Monthly Archives: July 2015

Album review: VINDICTIV – World of Fear

VINDICTIV – World of Fear

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.07.15] Swedish neo-classical metal band Vindictiv return with their fourth album, “World of Fear”, and their first with well-travelled vocalist Mark Boals. Guitarist Stefan Lindholm, keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson have been in … Continue reading

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Album review: TEN YEARS AFTER, THE BLUE AEROPLANES (Access All Areas)

Ten Years After - Access All Areas

Edsel [Release date 29.06.15] CD/DVD Right up until his untimely passing in March 2013, Alvin Lee always bemoaned that he’d been typecast after Woodstock.  And this 1990 TV concert demonstrates that he still carried the albatross of ‘Good Morning Little … Continue reading

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Album review: FLORIAN GREY – Gone

FLORIAN GREY – Gone

Echozone [Release date 05.06.15] Florian Grey is a German singer/songwriter who cut his musical teeth with Eves End and has played live with the likes of Tarja Turunen. So it is no surprise to learn that this is a very … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ZILLA PROJECT – This One’s For The President

THE ZILLA PROJECT - This One

[Release date 25.09.15] www.zillaproject.com The Zilla Project hail from Cyprus, not maybe a country you’d associate with blues based music. This four piece band are set to change that perception and if you like your blues steeped in the classic … Continue reading

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Album review: JUPITER FALLS – Revolution

JUPITER FALLS - Revolution

Broken Road Records [Release date: 10.08.15] This is a stunning debut from the young Yorkshire hard rockers. Jupiter Falls hail from Morley, Leeds and have delivered a confident, varied album of quality tunes, strong performances and massive promise. Formed only … Continue reading

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News: RUSS BALLARD interview feature, Sunday 26 July 2015

Russ Ballard

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Part 1, Sunday 26 July, 16:00 GMT Part 2, Sunday 2 August, 16:00 GMT In the first of a two-part special rock writing royalty Russ Ballard chats to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio’s David Randall. … Continue reading

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News: SHOOTING STAR, MICHAEL MONROE, ART NATION – Saturday 25th July 2015

Shooting Star - Firefest X

Shooting Star have released their new album ‘Into the Night’ for free as a download on their website. Download by going to www.shootingstarmaniacs.com and using the code “1980″. Art Nation release their new album ‘Revolution’ on AOR Heaven on 28th … Continue reading

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Gig review: MOONDANCE JAM, Walker, Minnesota, USA, 16-18 July 2015

MOONDANCE JAM, Walker, Minnesota, USA, 16-18 July 2015

I’ve been hooked on Moondance Jam ever since first arriving in this unspoiled part of the Minnesota countryside with its woods and lakes in 2009. The Jam plays host to a hedonistic four days of holiday relaxation and partying for … Continue reading

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Gig review: VARDIS & DIAMOND HEAD – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London, 18 July 2015

VARDIS  – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London, 18 July 2015

It’s been thirteen years since I started working for Get Ready to ROCK! and, during that time, I have had the pleasure of reviewing many London shows – yet, I have to admit that I didn’t know that the Bush … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSS BALLARD – It’s Good To Be Here

RUSS BALLARD - It

umumusic.com The recent return of Russ Ballard – initially with Argent (reforming in 2010/13) – has been one of great rejoicing and relief.  He was perhaps thought to be exiled forever in some L.A. mansion spending his dotage peeling grapes … Continue reading

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Album review: FREDDIE STEVENSON – The Darkening/The Brightening

FREDDIE STEVENSON - The Darkening/The Brightening

[Release date 18.09.15] Co-produced by Mike Scott, this release by British/American songwriter and guitarist Freddie Stevenson comprises 18 short stories written in the Scottish Borders and arranged in two song montages. Originally conceived as just The Brightening following breaking up … Continue reading

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Quick plays: OFFICER, GILMORE & ROBERTS, HIP HATCHET, SAM LEWIS

Officer - Myriads

OFFICER Myriads You’d think – in these digital days – if you were going to record under a pseudo name, you’d have the foresight to pick one that might be a little easier to find via Google.  But unless you’ve … Continue reading

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Album review: SUPERTRAMP – Live In Paris ’79

SUPERTRAMP - Live In Paris

Eagle Rock [Release date 17.07.15] This definitive Supertramp live set has been a long time coming.  Originally recorded as part of the band’s 10 month Breakfast In America tour, and released as a double LP in 1980 it included the … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM BOWNESS – Stupid Things That Mean The World

TIM BOWNESS – Stupid Things That Mean The World

Inside Out – Out Now. Musicians are truly unpredictable creatures! Take, for instance, British-born singer/songwriter Tim Bowness. Though a fairly active entity in the Progressive Rock scene, his valuable services provided to top-quality artists such as Robert Fripp, OSI and … Continue reading

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Book review: THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL by BOB MERSEREAU

THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN ROCK

Backbeat Books [Published 22.05.15] RRP £16.50 A quick word of advice: this book covers rock ‘n’ roll in its broadest terms, heck even Celine Dion gets mentioned and Triumph get a one page mention, so don’t go expecting any Maple … Continue reading

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Album review: SAGA – Best Of – Now And Then – The Collection

SAGA - Best Of - Now And Then - The Collection

earMusic [Release date 03.07.15] A two CD best of released as a taster for the upcoming Saga re-issues due in the autumn. An interesting way to select the songs as it features one song from each of the band’s 21 … Continue reading

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Album review: S.A.Y – Orion

S-A-Y - Orion

MelodicRock Records [Release date 22.05.15] S.A.Y are Swedish and ‘Orion’ is yet another melodic rock record from the Scandinavian melodic rock factory that keeps churning out releases like it was 1986 all over again. Who are S.A.Y then?  Perhaps friends … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BURNING CROWS – Murder At The Gin House

THE BURNING CROWS – Murder At The Gin House

Burning Crows Records [Release date 03.08.15] This is the second album release from The Burning Crows and on listening it would appear that the band are developing nicely. The thing which impresses here is the advanced song writing skills on … Continue reading

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Gig review: A Week in Rock on the Riviera‏ – SLASH, ZZ TOP (5-9 July 2015)

Now, I know most of you are thinking that life on the French Riviera doesn’t suck, and in some ways, you’d be right. But if you’re a rock and blues junkie, this place is a cultural wasteland where some apocalyptic … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TONY IOMMI TRIBUTE, MARK MORRISS, GUNSHIP, CEREBELLION

Great Lefty: Live Forever! (Tony Iommi Tribute)

VARIOUS – Great Lefty: Live Forever! www.tanzanmusic.com [Release date 04.05.15] An interesting double CD this one featuring a collection of Black Sabbath tribute bands, musicians and a couple of ex-Black Sabbath members, all paying tribute the master of the doom … Continue reading

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