News: Get Ready to ROCK! announce Best of 2017 – top albums, live acts

Pop rock revivalists Cats In Space and their second album ‘Scarecrow’ has been selected as Top Album of 2017 by popular music website Get Ready to ROCK!  Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie wrote “Cats In Space have succeeded in taking their love of 70′s music and adding a modern shine to it all, purrrfect.”

Top Live Act award goes to Black Star Riders who consolidated their popularity this year with a new album and touring.  Live Editor Dave Wilson is a big fan and, reviewing the band in Edinburgh, described them as “one of the most consistent live acts on the circuit”.

Breakthrough Act was named as Eliza Neals who Blues Editor Pete Feenstra described as “the most original and hardest hitting voice to come out of the Detroit blues scene for years”.

Since 2003 the website has published a selection of ‘Best of’ the year, as chosen by their reviewers.

There are always some surprises.  As Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie points out: “The list includes the less obvious and reflects the eclectic tastes and nature of the website.”

Managing Editor David Randall adds: “2017 marked our fifteenth year and I’m happy to say for most of that time we have maintained our superb review team.  This means that our end of year selections build into a definitive listing and reflect the writers’ knowledge and authority.”

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Get Ready to ROCK! has a wide brief and, together with a complementary radio station, covers classic rock, blues, progressive and singer songwriter.

GRTR! genre specialists voted the following albums ‘Best of 2017′:

Blues Rock: MARCUS MALONE – A Better Man
Progressive Rock: MAGENTA – We Are Legend
Melodic Rock: ECLIPSE – Monumentum
Singer Songwriter: JUDIE TZUKE – Peace Has Broken Out

From Monday 4 December, readers and listeners can vote for their favourites in a  Popular Poll the results of which will be announced in a radio special on Sunday 17 December.  Participants can also enter a prize draw to win a  selection of CDs and vinyl.

Throughout December the Get Ready to ROCK! Radio playlists will include Best of selections.

The Best of 2017


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Pete Feenstra celebrated his 300th show in October 2019. Pete heads up a five-hour blues rock marathon when “Tuesday is Bluesday” from 19:00 GMT. Listen out also for his interview-based Feature show on Sundays (20:00 GMT)

Power Plays w/c 11 November (Mon-Fri)

MILES NIELSEN AND THE RUSTED HEARTS Hands Up (indie)
THE FARGO RAILROAD COMPANY Something In The Water (indie)
THE DARK ELEMENT If I Had A Heart (Frontiers)
LIBERTY LIES A Thousand People (indie)
DIRTY SHIRLEY Here Comes The King (Frontiers)
CARRY THE CROWN Runaway (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 11 November (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 WORK OF ART Exhibits (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 SIGN X Like A Fire (Pride & Joy Music)
14:00-16:00 JACK BROADBENT Moonshine Blue (Creature Records)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

MAGNUM Sleepwalking (1992)



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