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

Albums of the Month (2016)

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The Best of 2016

February 2016

Simo

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
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

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

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

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


Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting. “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.

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Power Plays w/c 3 December 2018

We play Top Albums and Live Acts as selected by the GRTR! Reviewers.

Featured Albums w/c 3 December (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 Melodic Rock – featured in 2018
12:00-13:00 Melodic Hard Rock – featured in 2018
14:00-16:00 Singer Songwriter – featured in 2018

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

18:00-19:00 21 GUNS Nothing’s Real (1997)



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