Monthly Archives: August 2013

Album review: PETE BROWN & PHIL RYAN WITH PSOULCHEDELIA – Perils Of Wisdom

Repertoire [Release date 24.06.13] Pete Brown and Phil’s Ryan’s Psoulchedelia is a misleading name for a band whose music only occasionally broaches soul and is not remotely psychedelic.  The punned title ‘Perils of Wisdom’ turns out to be an oblique … Continue reading

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Book review: Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison by John Kruth

Backbeat Books I have personally been looking for a good biography of Roy Orbison for a number of years and John Kruth’s “Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison” has certainly met my expectations. With a sense … Continue reading

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Quick plays: REBELLIOUS SPIRIT, UGLY KID JOE, KING KOBRA

REBELLIOUS SPIRIT - Gamble Shot

REBELLIOUS SPIRIT – Gamble Shot (SPV) The recent success of Reckless Love has had an impact on a number of young bands. A good example of this is young German band Rebellious Spirit, whose logo is not dissimilar from the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BLUES BAND – Live At Rockpalast

Repertoire [Release date 10.06.13] The Blues Band ‘Live at Rockpalast’ is that rare thing, a live DVD that connects as much with the viewer at home as the band did with the audience on the night. Too often a multi … Continue reading

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Album review: ALVIN LEE & TEN YEARS LATER – Live At Rockpalast

Repertoire [Release date 10.06.13] Alvin Lee & Ten Years Later actually came 5 years after the dissolution of Ten Years After. It was essentially a virtuoso power trio who relentlessly toured The US and Europe and on this live DVD … Continue reading

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Album review: EWAN DOBSON – Acoustic Metal

Candy Rat Records [Release date 06.02.13] ‘Once you see the line between metal virtuosity and classical music the challenge begins.’ So says Canadian guitarist Ewan Dobson whose 2 CD ‘Acoustic Metal’ is a challenging, innovative and hugely enjoyable CD. If … Continue reading

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Album review: FERGIE FREDERIKSEN – Any Given Moment

FERGIE FREDERIKSEN – Any Given Moment

Frontiers www.frontiers.it Fergie sang on Le Roux’s wonderful So Fired Up and then joined Toto for one of my absolute favourite Toto albums, namely Isolation…it was just a shame that his time in the band was so short. Back in … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGGIE REILLY – Heaven Sent

Maggie Reilly - Heaven Sent

Red Berry Records [Release date 11.11.13] www.maggiereilly.co.uk Maggie Reilly frequently features in our singer-songwriter sequence on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio and , since 2009 when we interviewed her, she has become a firm favourite. Her solo albums are always worth … Continue reading

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DVD Review: STATUS QUO – The Frantic Four Reunion 2013 – Live At Wembley Arena

Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion 2013

Fourth Chord Records [Release date 30.09.13] When Quo announced the Frantic Four Reunion shows there was some consternation that the venues chosen were theatre sized rather than arenas around the country. It proved, however, to be a masterstroke that led … Continue reading

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Interview with AYNSLEY LISTER – 29 Aug 2013

Aynsley Lister is back with his first studio album for 4 years. It’s suitably titled ‘Home’, because it’s his debut recording on his own Straight Talkin’ Records label. It also features his current tour band and is overseen by his … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT PALMER – Reissues (1974-1985)

Robert Palmer - reissues

Edsel Records [Release date 26.08.13] 2-CD reissues Robert Palmer came to the music buying public’s attention with Vinegar Joe in 1971 and for a time he formed a formidable singing partnership with Elkie Brooks. Palmer’s transformation to a suave, smart–suited, soul … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBOW BRIDGE REVISITED

Gonzo [Release date 15.04.13] OK first things first. While the significance of Jimi Hendrix’s Rainbow Bridge concert was that it was his penultimate American show, there’s nothing of interest here for the Hendrix fans, outside of a few vague anecdotes … Continue reading

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Interview with Gunnar Thomsen (TYR) – 27 August 2013

Faroese Viking metal gods TYR are about to release their seventh album ‘Valkyrja’ on Metal Blade records and hit the highways and by-ways across Europe. Get Ready To ROCK! caught up with bass player Gunnar Thomsen to get the low … Continue reading

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EP review: MAKUINI – Roll The Dice

Self release [Release date 05.08.13] There’s blues and there’s blues. While the contemporary blues world is dominated by virtuoso guitar slingers and jazzers who fall back on the genre due to a lack of material, there’s also a raft of … Continue reading

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Album review: TYR – Valkyrja

      Metal Blade Records (Release date – 17th Sept 2013) This is TYR’s seventh album and once again it plunges the listener into the dark world of Norse mythology and ancient gods. ‘Valkyrja’ is a concept album loosely … Continue reading

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Interview with AARON MORELAND (MORELAND & ARBUCKLE) – 27 August 2013

Hailing from the American Heartland of Wichita, Kansas, Moreland & Arbuckle have been described as heavy roots rockers who incorporate delta blues, rhythm & blues, folk, rock and soul into a power trio line-up with a difference  Aaron Moreland plays … Continue reading

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Album Review: MINISTRY – From Beer To Eternity

AFM Records The enigma that is Al Jourgensen. A man who does not do things by halves. In a career with more diversions than the M1 junction 13 roadworks, Jourgensen returns here with a Ministry album that seemed unlikely to … Continue reading

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Album review: SAGA – Spin It Again Live In Munich

SAGA – Spin It Again Live In Munich

Ear Music/Edel  [Release date 30.09.13] 2-CD Also available on DVD and Blu-Ray this was recorded on the band’s 2012 tour which marked the return of original vocalist Michael Sadler and the live debut of new drummer Mike Thorne. Saga have … Continue reading

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Gig review: DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE – The Borderline, London, 23 August 2013

Deadly Circus Fire take their moniker from the Hartford circus fire of Connecticut in 1944, one of the worst fire disasters in US history. Many burned to death while others, overcome by hysteria, were reported to have run round in … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMANTHA FISH – Black Wind Howlin’

Ruf [Release date 23.09.13] Samantha Fish makes much of her growing maturity on her second solo album ‘Black Wind Howlin’. Given the wide variety of relationship songs and a mix of reflective and self confident narratives, it appears she’s taken … Continue reading

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