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Rocket Scientists was formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite. The two released their first CD, "Earthbound", in 1993 joined by then - session bassist Don Schiff. Schiff quickly became a part of the band for their second release in 1995, "Brutal Architecture", and the three toured in the US and Europe in 1997 along with ... Read more in Amazon's Rocket Scientists Store

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TDNE
  • ASIN: B00003L2NP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1999 album on Transmission Records includes 2 bonus tracks 'Wake Me Up' (live in Tokyo) & 'Stardust' - MM96'. Produced by Erik Norlander for Think Tank Media.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Troy on June 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Rocket Scientists are one of two trendsetting bands at the forefront of the progressive rock movement, founded by and centered around creative mastermind Erik Norlander, keyboard player par excellence and allround musical genius. A glance at the line-up of both groups suggests that saying they are closely linked would be an understatement: each of the four regular band members and most of the musicians who put in a guest appearance are also part of or contribute to the prolific, up and coming female fronted band Lana Lane (see my review of "Queen of the ocean"). What sets the two apart is not so easy to determine, save for the eyecatching fact that Mark McCrite, one half of a notorious guitar tandem (that also includes Neil Citron) and backing vocalist on all but the most recent of Lana Lane's releases, is the Rocket Scientists' lead singer. In view of the zeal and conviction with which he performs his vocal duty, one might wonder why he does not sing lead vox with Lana Lane more often, were it not for the fact that since the Queen of Progrock is such a tremendous vocalist herself they are spoiled for riches and he is simply not needed in this capacity.
Besides Norlander and McCrite, the core of the Rocket Scientists is made up of drummer/percussionist Tommy Amato and bass player Don Schiff, who also wields the so-called Chapman Stick and NS/Stick (which is "kind of like a bass and guitar that are played simultaneously", as Mr. McCrite himself has been kind enough to inform me). No fewer than three guitarists co-star on "Oblivion days". Mark McCrite on mainly acoustic guitar is (re)joined by Neil Citron on electric guitar and Dutchman Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Ambeon/ex-Vengeance) on heavy rhythm guitars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on December 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you happened to have read my recent review on Erik Norlander's Into the Sunset, then you may have noticed my mention of the Rocket Scientists, who are Los Angelites, Erik Norlander - keyboards and Mark McCrite - guitar/vocals, who, on this album added guest musicians Tommy Amato - drums, Neil Citron - guitar, Greg Ellis - percussion, Tony Franklin - bass, Lana Lane - vocals(who has some 10 albums to her credit), Arjen Anthony Lucassen - guitar(who has some 9 albums to his credit), and Don Schiff - Bass
Rocket Scientists music is heavy melodic progressive rock / metal with some subservient vocal passages from McCrite and Lane. Lane of course is Norlander's wife and he usually backs her on her projects. The rest of the guest musicians have all guested on one or more of A. A. Lucassen's projects (Ayreon, Ambeon and Space Metal), thus giving this album an Ayreonesque sound, sans the Sci-fi/Fantasy themes.
Highlight Songs
First track, "Dark Water Part Three", is a short instrumental that segues into "Aqua Vitae", a very accessible catchy number that, except for it's 6:28 length, would fit at home on the radio. McCrite's voice is understated but quite pleasant.
"Oblivion Days" is a treat! Originally written by Norlander for ELP, they broke up before they could record it, so here it is. It has a slow chugging beat with McCrite's vocals and some really excellent keyboard and guitar playing within the somewhat bombastic attitude.
"Space: 1999, an instrumental, is apparently the theme song to the old British sci-fi series. It starts out with some militaristic or marching band type drums and intricate percussion throughout and Norlander's keyboards have a Rick Wakeman feeling.
"Escape" at ten minutes is a long one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Watcherofsky on December 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After the album "Brutal Architecture", an album softly and complex, the project Rocket Scientist formed by Mike McCrite and Eric Norlander, one of the best keyboard players (maybe the best)
of this age, made this extraordinary piece of heavy symphonic rock. Al the songs are excellents, very melodic, powerfull and a high quality in the music. This album have influence of ELP (Tarkus, Trilogy), Rush, Ayreon (the highlight in this album was the inclusion of other master music player, Arjen -Mr Ayeron-Lucassen), a bit of King Crimson and Alan Parsons Project and, of course, new elements.
My rating to this album: Composition: 9.2; Perfomance: 9.8;
Production: 9.8; Cover and cd package: 9.0. In 1999 the best album of Progressive Rock was Metropolis 2 of Dream Theather. I think that "Oblivion Days" is in the second place of best album of progressive rock and the best of Symphonic Rock in that year (Dream Theather is Progressive metal). There's only one problem with this album. It is very very difficult to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on February 17, 2008
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Of the two Rocket Scientists albums that I own this one is my favorite. The band is billed on the album as just a duo of Eric Norlander and Mark McCrite although 1st album member Don Schiff and Dave Amato appear on most of the tracks. Also on hand is bassist Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm, Whitesnake), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (better known as Ayreon) and Norlander's wife Lana Lane. Overall this album has a much heavier feel than their previous one with the band leaning towards heavy metal on a lot of this disc. Some people did not like this direction, but for me I think it really works. The album really starts out strong with the first 3 tracks "Dark Water Part Three: Neptune's Sun", "Aqua Vitae" and the title track "Oblivion Days". Another track I really like is "Escape" which almost sounds like Dio era Rainbow to my ears. The rest of the album is all solid too. Overall I like this a lot, and think it is well worth a purchase for fans of keyboard heavy melodic heavy progressive rock.
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