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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One: Looking Backward - The 2007 Sessions (2007):

1. Dark Water Part One [4:32] - new 2007 recording
2. Earthbound [6:12] - new 2007 recording
3. Picture Show [8:46] - new 2007 recording
4. Pythagoras (Unbound) [3:54] - new 2007 recording
5. Minstrel Saviour [7:28] - new 2007 recording
6. When Sorrow Falls [5:13] - new 2007 recording
7. Carry Me Home [5:18] - new 2007 recording
8. Escape [10:01] - 2007 remix, previously unreleased
9. Break the Silence [6:01] - 2007 remix
10. Mariner [7:31] - Kelly Keeling vocal version from 2003
11. Earthbound Reprise [2:16] - new 2000 / 2007 recording
12. Dark Water Part Five [6:36] - new 2007 recording
13. Dark Water Part Six [2:12] - new 2007 recording

2007 Sessions CD total running time . . . 76:23

Disc Two: Oblivion Days (1999, remastered in 2007):

1. Dark Water Part Three: Neptune's Sun [1:46]
2. Aqua Vitae [6:28]
3. Oblivion Days [7:07]
4. Archimedes [5:38]
5. Banquo's Ghost [6:00]
6. Space 1999 [4:38]
7. Escape [10:02]
8. Compass Variation [3:59] - 1999 Japanese edition bonus track
9. Break the Silence [6:01]
10. Dark Water Part Four: Heavy Water [4:44]
11. Wake Me Up - Live in Tokyo 1999 [6:22] - 1999 edition bonus track
12. Stardust - MM96 Mix [4:55] - 1999 European edition bonus track

Oblivion Days CD total running time . . . 67:43

Disc Three: Brutal Architecture (1995, remastered in 2007):

1. Dark Water Part One [4:12]
2. Wake Me Up [5:44]
3. Copernicus [2:53]
4. Brutal Architecture [6:20]
5. Nether [4:04]
6. Dark Water Part Two [1:39]
7. The Fall of Icarus [6:30]
8. Resolution [7:31]
9. Rainy Days & Pastel Grays [7:13]
10. Millennium 3 [7:16]
11. Mariner [11:31]
12. Stardust [4:57] - 1996 Japanese edition bonus track

Brutal Architecture CD total running time . . . 69:50

Disc Four: Earthbound (1993, remastered in 2007):

1. Earthbound [4:57]
2. Down Trodden [3:30]
3. Picture Show [4:59]
4. No More Lies [4:28]
5. Killing Joke [3:46]
6. Avalon [4:05]
7. Welcome to the Machine [4:48]
8. Minstrel Saviour [6:09]
9. When Sorrow Falls [3:46]
10. Calm Before the Storm [4:27]
11. Pythagoras [0:57]
12. Temple of Pain [3:58]
13. Carry Me Home [4:12]
14. To the Edge of the World - 1993 Demo [3:42] - previously unreleased bonus track

Earthbound CD total running time . . . 57:46
DVD (NTSC Region Free): Looking Backward (2007):

"LOOKING BACKWARD" Feature [102 min.]
1. Dark Water Part One / Main Titles
2. Earthbound
3. Interview segment
4. Picture Show
5. Interview segment
6. Pythagoras (Unbound)
7. Interview segment
8. Minstrel Saviour
9. Interview segment
10. When Sorrow Falls
11. Interview segment
12. Dark Water Part Five
13. Dark Water Part Six / End Titles



Candid Studio Footage 1993-2007 [21 min.]

DVD total running time . . . approx. 1 hour, 48 minutes


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Line-up / Musicians

- Mark McCrite / vocals, guitars
- Erik Norlander / keyboards, vocals
- Don Schiff / NS/Stick, Chapman Stick, bass guitars

- Greg Ellis / drums and percussions
- Tommy Amato / drums
- Lana Lane / vocals

... and many other guest musicians

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Earthbound reprise

This rating and review is not for the full 5 disc box set Looking Backward, but only for the individual disc of the same name. This disc is part of the box set but it is also available separately (through iTunes). The box set also contains re-mastered versions of the three studio albums Earthbound, Brutal Architecture, and Oblivion Days, as well as a DVD. For my reviews of the original studio albums see the individual album pages, but as I do not own the box set I cannot comment on the DVD.

The disc contains re-recorded versions of older Rocket Scientists songs. The bulk of the material originally appeared on the band's 1993 debut album Earthbound; Earthbound, Picture Show, Pythagoras (here subtitled 'unbound'), Minstrel Saviour, When Sorrow Falls, and Carry Me Home, were all originally on that album. These new versions were recorded in 2007 and are greatly expanded and generally improved upon, though the 1998 live album Earth Below And Sky Above (not part of the box set) already contained new arrangements of some of these songs similar to those found here. Earthbound reprise is new for this present album.

Brutal Architecture is represented by a new version of the excellent Mariner. This version was recorded in 2003 and features Kelly Keeling on lead vocals instead of Mark McCrite. Though I prefer Keeling over McCrite, I think that the best version of this song is the one that appears on the Erik Norlander solo live album Stars Rain Down (also featuring Keeling's vocals). Dark Water parts one and two - the first of which is recreated here - originally appeared on Brutal Architecture (while parts three and four originally appeared on Oblivion Days). Looking Backward contains parts five and six of this instrumental.

Finally, there are two remixes of songs that originally appeared on Oblivion Days. These are Escape and Break the Silence.

Overall, I enjoy this disc every bit as much as the four proper studio albums by the band. The best introduction to Rocket Scientists remains the aforementioned live album Earth Below And Sky Above, but Looking Backward is a worthy addition to any Rocket Scientists collection.

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5 stars As I said before in my review for Earth Below and Sky Above, I have only recently become interested in Rocket Scientists. The best place to start as of late is the new box set LOOKING BACKWARD. This 5- disc set came about as a result of the band's entire 90's studio back catalog going out of prin ... (read more)

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