Monthly Archives: February 2021

Album review: NOTHING CONCRETE – The Haberdasher’s Voyage

NOTHING CONCRETE – The Haberdasher’s Voyage

Round Flat Music [Release date 01.04.21] Nothing Concrete are a six-piece international band (featuring two French members, one English, one Scot, one Italian and one Belgian) is based in the countryside of the French Pyrenees- sometimes compared to Ronnie Lane’ … Continue reading

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Album review: 3.2 – Third Impression

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Pete Feenstra chatted to Robert Berry for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in May 2021. Frontiers Records [Release date 12.02.21] This is the end. Second and final album from 3.2. The success of the first collaboration between Robert Berry, Keith … Continue reading

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Album review: BIRDPEN – All Function One

BIRDPEN – All Function One

JAR Records [Release date 05.03.21] BirdPen – Dave Pen (vocals, guitar) and Mike Bird (guitars, keyboards) – are back with their sixth album, recorded during the early part of 2020 as the duo watched the global pandemic unfold. This formed … Continue reading

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Album review: TOBY JEPSON – Viewfinder

TOBY JEPSON - Viewfinder

Jepsongs Recordings [Release date 12.03.21] “This is a selection of my solo songs that I hope you enjoy for what they are; moments in time when I was on a journey that ultimately brought them into being.” So says former … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – The Blues Album

WHITESNAKE – The Blues Album

Rhino [Release date 19.02.21] There’s always been a huge swathe of older fans who believe that Whitesnake were at their peak some forty years ago, the bluesy hard rock of the ‘classic’ line-up unbeatable and everything since the world conquering … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGGIE E ROGERS – No Going Back

Maggie E Rogers - No Going Back

Self release [Release date 09.03.21] Maggie E Rogers’ ‘No Going Back’ is both a pleasant surprise and absolute delight. It’s a surprise simply because it’s a vast improvement on her previous album in terms of material, performance, and above all … Continue reading

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Album review: WAYSTED – Vices

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Rock Candy Records [Release date 12.02.21] In 1983, after an enduring love affair with UFO, a brief flirtation with Ozzy, and a frustrated liaison with Fastway, bass player extraordinaire Pete Way founded Waysted. Around him, he assembled a shit hot … Continue reading

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Album review: LYNYRD SKYNYRD – Nothing Comes Easy

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Cherry Red Records (5CD Boxset) [Release date 26.02.21] Arguably, it’s only when your roots run as deep and as wide as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s that you achieve the kind of longevity that sees you still running hard today, 48 years, 15 … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LYLE WORKMAN, CAMERON GRAVES

LYLE WORKMAN - Uncommon Measures

Pete Feenstra chatted to Lyle Workman for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in May 2021. LYLE WORKMAN Uncommon Measures (Blue Canoe Records) Digital [Release date 19.02.21] Physical [Release date 16.04.21] Workman has recorded or toured with any number of well-known … Continue reading

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Album review: SOUNDS INCARCERATED – Unswitchable Hits Vol 1

SOUNDS INCARCERATED – Unswitchable Hits Vol 1

Fool’s Paradise Records Hot on the heels of The Galileo 7’s “Decayed” release, Allan Crockford and Viv Bonsels (aka Sounds Incarcerated) from the band unleash a series of recordings originally created for Mister Unswitchable’s semi-regular online themed cover version events. … Continue reading

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Album review: BONFIRE – Roots

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AFM Records [Release date 26.02.21] Bonfire‘s continued popularity and success confounds critics, of the genre at least, if not the band. And you could hardly describe each new album as a reinvention. They have constantly returned to their home territory … Continue reading

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Album review: LESZEK CICHONSKI AND FRIENDS – Thanks Jimi Symphonic

Ledzek Cichonski And Friends - Thanks Jimi Symphonic

Pete Feenstra chatted to Leszek Cichonski for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, including the background to his album, world record-breaking and the Hendrix festivals.  First broadcast 21 February 2021. Luna Music [Release date 26.06.2o] From the guitar and orchestral intro … Continue reading

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Feature: Collectible Collections – MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – 40th Anniversary Box Set

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND - 40th Anniversary Box Set

Pete Feenstra chatted to Manfred Mann for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio with tracks from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.  First broadcast 23 February 2021. Creature Music (2011) The rather large parcel dropped off at GRTR! Towers was like Christmas come … Continue reading

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Album review: MAXIMO PARK – Nature Always Wins

MAXIMO PARK – Nature Always Wins

PIAS, Prolifica [Release date 26.02.21] Maximo Park have been around since 2001, now releasing their seventh album ‘Nature Always Wins’. Although I had heard of Maximo Park I had not heard much by them and that I have swiftly rectified … Continue reading

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Album review: EVERGREY – Escape Of The Phoenix

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AFM Records [Release date 26.02.21] Evergrey, led by the formidably talented writer/producer/guitarist/vocalist, Tom Englund, are now on their 12th album. Escape Of The Phoenix once again revisits the band’s idea of adult contemporary metal. It’s a dark, sinewy sound, braced … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Denizen Tenant

JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Denizen Tenant

The Players Club/Mascot Records [Release date 26.02.21] Toto’s Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams both release solo albums on the same date and label, with both artists including a few cover versions on their respective albums. Joining Joseph Williams on his … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY BOLIN – Shake The Devil The Lost Sessions

TOMMY BOLIN - Shake The Devil The Lost Sessions

Cleopatra Records [Release date 12.02.21] As Dave Thompson’s notes make clear, based on a recent interview with Tommy Bolin’s brother Johnnie, the latest “lost sessions” have been something of a holy grail amongst fans. After Bolin’s premature death in December … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE LUKATHER – I Found The Sun Again

STEVE LUKATHER - I Found The Sun Again

Mascot [Release date 26.02.21] We are being spoilt.  Neal Schon’s album slipped out before Christmas and is one of his best.  The earliest indication of Luke’s forthcoming album was a Lockdown video ‘Run To Me’.  It was entertaining if not … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…UFO (Every Album, Every Song) by Richard James

On track...UFO (Every Album, Every Song) by Richard James

Sonicbond Publishing [Release date 26.02.21] It was a sad day when UFO announced their ‘Last Orders’ tour in 2018, even sadder when a couple of weeks after the UK leg long-standing keyboard/guitar player Paul Raymond died of a heart attack.  … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC BLUES MATES – Electric Blues Mates

Electric Blues Mates

Timezone [Release date 18.12.20] Given the recent number of lockdown and remotely recorded albums, ‘Electric Blues Mates’ is by no means a unique project.  But when it comes down to the spirit of cooperation, focus, intensity and sheer exuberance, this … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Oh! You Pretty Things Glam Queens And Street Urchins

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Cherry Red [Release date 26.02.21] Oh! You Pretty Things is a 3 disc, 66 track Glam (and more) boxfest, which disappointingly, despite its title, doesn’t feature the late David Bowie song. And ironically, nothing from Hermans Hermits, who turned it … Continue reading

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Quick plays: IVY GOLD, BLACK PISTOL FIRE

IVY GOLD - Six Dusty Winds

IVY GOLD Six Dusty Winds A1 Records/Golden Ivy Records [Release date 12.03.21] Ivy Gold is built around singer Manou and guitarist Sebastian Eder (Avalon). Rounding out Ivy Gold are drummer Tal Bergman (Joe Bonamassa, Billy Idol, Rod Stewart, Simple Minds, … Continue reading

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Album review: SCARDUST – Strangers

SCARDUST - Strangers

M-Theory Audio [Release date 30.11.20] Progressive Rock’s most famous unknown band, Scardust, released their second album, Strangers, to widespread critical acclaim in November last year. It was an unauspicious time to be releasing new product. Consequently, the label has “re-released” … Continue reading

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Album review: NINEBARROW – A Pocket Full Of Acorns

NINEBARROW – A Pocket Full Of Acorns

www.ninebarrow.co.uk [Release date 05.03.21] Ninebarrow – the duo of Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere – were planning to carry on their impressive and relentless series of gigs up and down the country last year. Of course the pandemic put paid … Continue reading

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Album review : KREEK – Kreek

KREEK - Kreek

Frontiers [Release date 12.02.21] Debut album from Kreek, a new band built around ex Bigfoot vocalist, Antony Ellis. It’s produced by Night By Night & Passion vocalist/guitarist, Dan Rosall. It’s surprising that this one got past Frontiers generally on-the-ball quality … Continue reading

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