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Quick plays: THE LOVETONES, JOE EDWARDS, PATSY THOMPSON

THE LOVETONES  Myriad

THE LOVETONES  Myriad Cleopatra Records [Release date 28.02.20] I can’t say I’m familiar with The Lovetones – an Aussie indie psychedelic rock band previously active between 2002 and 2010.  But main man Matthew J Tow’s song writing has been compared … Continue reading

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Album review: MISSING PERSONS featuring Dale Bozzio – Dreaming

MISSING PERSONS featuring Dale Bozzio - Dreaming

Cleopatra Records [Release date 20.03.20] A ‘household name’ back in the early days of MTV – as lead singer of Missing Persons – Dale Bozzio is said to have influenced Lady Gaga via Madonna. Also known for her work with … Continue reading

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Album review: ROB COTTINGHAM – Back Behind The Orchard Tree

ROB COTTINGHAM - Back Behind The Orchard Tree

[Release date 03.04.19] You have to hand it to Rob Cottingham.  He doesn’t like to sit idle, and this re-working of the Touchstone/Cairo founder’s debut solo album has been on his bucket list for some time. Having learnt a shed … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to WISHBONE ASH

WISHBONE ASH - The Tivoli, Buckley, 3 November 2018

GRTR!’s melodic rock maestro Andy Nathan charts the progress of Wishbone Ash, currently celebrating their 50th anniversary Wishbone Ash may have a criminally low profile in the wider world, but there aren’t many bands that can boast both a history … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to COZY POWELL

Cozy Powell

Joe Geesin recalls Cozy Powell’s long career, the key albums, and a friendship with one of rock’s finest drummers Colin Flooks, better known as Cozy Powell, was a renowned rock drummer who, like many, lived like he played – hard … Continue reading

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News: Singer songwriter JOSH TAERK plays live for Get Ready to ROCK! (Sunday 5 April, 21:00 BST, GMT+1)

Josh Taerk

Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk plays an exclusive live session via Get Ready to ROCK!’s Facebook page on Sunday 5 April at 21:00 BST (GMT+1) Josh was born in Toronto, Canada. He is an official Recording Academy/Grammy Member and his  … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect: An introduction to FOCUS

Focus - GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 27 January 2019

David Randall developed the groundbreaking website Akkernet in 1996 during the Internet’s infancy and went on to manage several UK tours for Jan Akkerman before writing the original biography published in 2003.  Here he recalls Focus and the key recordings. … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE SATRIANI – Shapeshifting

JOE SATRIANI - Shapeshifting

Sony Music [Release date 10.04.20] We’ve always commented on the energy displayed by Satriani not least sustained during a two hour live show.  Recent albums have been pretty convincing too.  That energy permeates this latest offering and will surely translate … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to MAGNUM

Bob Catley - Magnum

David Randall has followed Magnum since the 1990s when they consolidated their earlier successes.  They split in 1995, subsequently re-generating in 2001.  Since that time they have gone from strength to strength,  maintaining a consistency across several albums and touring … Continue reading

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Feature: What NAZARETH means to me…

Nazareth - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 1 - Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 25 July 2015

Joe Geesin revisits one of his favourite bands – Nazareth – and discusses the impact they made on his musical interests and signposting their recommended albums. The long enduring Scottish rockers Nazareth have been around since the late 60s (and … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2020 – June 2020

RICHARD MARX - Limitless

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January-March 2020 April 3rd ALL TIME LOW ‘Wake Up Sunshine’ Fueled By Ramen ALMANAC ‘Rush Of Death’ Nuclear Blast BONFIRE ‘Fistful Of Fire’ AFM Records CONCEPTION ‘State Of Deception’ DYNZATY ‘The Dark Delight’ AFM Records GENTLE … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2020 – March 2020)

BLIND EGO - Preaching To The Choir

In his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 29 March David Randall featured a selection of tracks from “Albums of the Month” (January-March 2020) (29:45) BLIND EGO Preaching To The Choir (Gentle Art Of Music) As with … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio encourages listener participation during self-isolation (March 2020)

Peter Muir - Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is inviting listeners to host their own show during extended periods of self-isolation, as a result of the virus pandemic. The radio station broadcasts a wide mix of classic rock music for 18 hours a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS & THE BROTHERHOOD – Blue Sky

THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS & THE BROTHERHOOD - Blue Sky

Put Together [Release date 17.04.20] Americana tinged with a little bit of everything – electronica, reggae, ambience, psychedelia, the blues.  And that’s the just gently flowing opener ‘Stranger Than Toda’y. Shawn Amos is a New York songwriter and record producer … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DANBERRYS – Shine

THE DANBERRYS - Shine

Singular Recordings [Release date 08.05.20] The third album from Americana husband and wife duo The Danberrys (Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry) is something of a ‘game changer’. While their previous two outings – The Danberrys (2013), and Give And Receive … Continue reading

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Quick plays: GENTLEMEN’S ACADEMY, NELS ANDREWS

NELS ANDREWS Pigeon And The Crow

NELS ANDREWS Pigeon And The Crow Probably the most interesting thing about this fourth studio endeavour by Californian singer songwriter Nels Andrews is that it was recorded at Whispering Pines Studio in LA which was originally built for Sam Cooke … Continue reading

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Album review: EILEEN ROSE – Muscle Shoals

EILEEN ROSE - Muscle Shoals

Holy Wreckords [Release date 17.04,20] Looking back, I had my last encounter with Eileen Rose with the release of her third solo album, Come The Storm, a record I had down as a strong contender for my 2005 album of … Continue reading

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Album review: MAYA RAE – Can You See Me?

MAYA RAE - Can You See Me?

Black Hen Music [Release date 24.04.20] It’s perhaps not the smartest PR move in the book to compare the debut album (of sorts) – by an artist not yet 18 – to timeless classics such as Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVID CROSS & PETER BANKS – Crossover

DAVID CROSS & PETER BANKS - Crossover

Noisy Records [Release date 17.01.20] David Cross will be best known for his time with King Crimson in the 1970s. His more recent solo works and collaborations (with the likes of one-time Van Der Graaf sax player David Jackson and … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids

GRAHAM GOULDMAN - Modesty Forbids

Lojinx [Release date 20.03.20] Graham Gouldman is a real trooper.  In recent years he has toured fairly constantly either with 10cc or with his ‘Heart Full Of Songs’ show.  And he’s also found time to accompany Ringo Starr and other … Continue reading

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