Thursday, January 03, 2008

Rocket Scientists ~ Looking Backward

This nifty box set landed on my doorstep a few days after Christmas. Containing remastered CD’s of RS’s earlier albums together with a disc of newly recorded versions of choice tracks and a DVD of those recording sessions, this is a wonderfully put together set.

RS’s “Earthbound” and “Brutal Architecture” albums have long been unavailable, so when keyboardist Erik Norlander planned to remaster them, the project eventually took on a life of its own. We now have those albums together with a remastered “Oblivion Days” and a full CD’s worth of beautifully recorded new versions of some favourite RS tracks. Over these 4 CD’s this is prime American prog rock, showcasing what wonderful musicians, Erik Norlander, guitarist/vocalist Mark McCrite and Stick player Don Schiff really are, ably supported by amongst others Greg Ellis on drums.

The whole package is rounded out by a fantastic 64 page booklet which includes complete lyrics, credits, notes and photographs. Erik and his label Think Tank Media are known for the quality of their releases, from the recording, producing, musicianship, down to the artwork and packaging. On this box set they have outdone themselves. And with the exchange rate the way it is, the whole thing can be bought for around £25 so it is an absolute bargain!


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