News: Albums of the Month (February-April 2016)

Albums of the Month (2016)

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The Best of 2016

February 2016


SIMO Let Love Show The Way (Provogue)
…only a band with true jam band sensibilities could enter the studio with such a loose approach to produce music as thick as molasses, but with spiky, gnawing solos that bite like a vampire.. (Pete Feenstra)
MAGNUM Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies (SPV)
The band keep doing what they do and with Clarkin at the controls and his able cohort Catley, the starship remains in rude good shape…nearly 40 years after their album debut – fresh, relevant and, yes, even redolent of the glory days. (David Randall)

Dream Theater

DREAM THEATER The Astonishing (Roadrunner)
I shall require another 10-20 listens before I figure out if this is their masterpiece or not. It at least lives up to its title: The Astonishing is indeed an astonishing piece of work from one amazing band, in scope and scale. (Chris Martin)


RUNRIG The Story (Ridge Records)
The band can be rightly proud of their musical legacy which has provided the soundtrack to a groundshift in the Scottish nation over the last 43 years and will no doubt continue to do so long after the band hang up their guitars. (David Wilson)

The Best of 2016

March 2016


GRANDHOUR Bombs & Bullets(Rock Hawk Records)
… an album of anthemic, easy on the ear, tunes with many highlights… (David Randall)
The New Black
THE NEW BLACK A Monster’s Life (SPV)
… quality is something that this has in mounds … melodic modern alternative metal rules supreme … (Phil Berisford)


KIAMA Sign Of IV (Tigermoth)
… an outstanding progressive rock album that captures the excitement of that 70′s vibe whilst sounding every bit as contemporary as (Rob)Reed intended. (Alan Jones)
The Dowling Poole
THE DOWLING POOLE One Hyde Park (369 Music)
…steeped in the classic British art of songwriting and quirky pop … it will be one of the best pop albums you’ll hear all year … An album of the year or any year for that matter. (Jason Ritchie)

Bruce Foxton

BRUCE FOXTON Smash The Clock (Pledge Music)
…this is probably the best album Paul Weller never made. It may even make a few re-evaluate the perceived division of talent in The Jam. Faultless. (Pete Whalley)

The Best of 2016

April 2016

Tony Patterson

TONY PATTERSON Equations Of Meaning (Esoteric Antenna)
…together with a coterie of stellar musicians, has helped him … to produce an exceptional album of melodic progressive rock (Alan Jones)
The Raptor Trail
THE RAPTOR TRAIL New World (indie)
The band have been incubating for a couple of decades and, to date, appears to be something of a cottage industry. It would be a real shame if ‘New World’ didn’t find a much wider audience. Refreshing and totally compulsive. (David Randall)

Toronzo Cannon

TORONZO CANNON The Chicago Way (Alligator)
… a contemporary blues man with old school values who has the ability to communicate outside of the realm of cliché. A conversation with the blues never sounded so fresh and honest. (Pete Feenstra)
Spiritual Beggars
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Sunrise To Sundown (Century Media)
…will appeal to all those who crave Hammond-infused heavy rock, a glorious genre that maybe is not being delivered now by the most obvious candidates or in a diluted or unpleasantly plagiarised form. (David Randall)

Stevie Nimmo

STEVIE NIMMO Sky Won’t Fall (Manhaton)
…overall he attacks his material with such gusto and self belief that he’s never less than totally convincing. Marvellous stuff. (Pete Feenstra)

May-August 2016
September-November 2016


The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.

More about Josh:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 15 November 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 17 November 2020

Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
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Featured Albums w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 JEFF SCOTT SOTO Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 LAZARUS DREAM Alive (Pride & Joy Music)
14:00-16:00 RONAN FURLONG The King Of Leaves (Thoroughbred Music)

Power Plays w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)

L.A. GUNS All That You Are (Golden Robot Records)
THE DUST CODA Limbo Man (Earache)
IRON SAVIOR Souleater (AFM Records)
IVY GOLD This Is My Time (indie)

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