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News: KINGDOM OF MADNESS – Classic Magnum dates in March and radio special

Mark Stanway

In this extended, exclusive edit Mark Stanway chats about Magnum and Kingdom of Madness (15:45)  A two-part special is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019 prior to the tour (see news item for details) The band … Continue reading

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EP review: MIKE DEKLEVA – Psychedelia

MIKE DEKLEVA - Psychedelia

www. mikedeklevamusic.com [Release date 09.11.18] There are many guitar hero wannabees out there but frequently they fall down due to lack of production values, guitar tone, or craftsmanship.  Mike Dekleva has all these qualities in spades.  Mike who?  Well to … Continue reading

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Album review: DESIGN – Children Of The Mist – The Best Of

DESIGN - Children Of The Mist - The Best Of

Market Square Music [Release date 05.04.19] You may well ask: was there a Design flaw?  This six-piece pop harmony group had great exposure in the early-1970s via several major TV shows but they never had a hit single.  Their ultimate … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VINDICATA, REVOLUTION HIGHWAY, ROCKICKS

VINDICATA Beneath The Surface

VINDICATA Beneath The Surface Grooveyard Records [Release date 23.11.18] The “secret weapon” on this debut album might be construed as early Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland (who handles most of the solos) but in actual fact it’s vocalist Mary Magill who … Continue reading

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DVD review: CONNY PLANK – The Potential Of Noise

CONNY PLANK - The Potential Of Noise

CONNY PLANK The Potential of Noise Cleopatra Entertainment (DVD) To be honest I hadn’t heard of Conny Plank before watching this film, and to be even more honest I don’t feel I know much more about him after watching this. … Continue reading

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EP review: DOWNCAST, BLACK TREE VULTURES

DOWNCAST [Release date 11.01.19] This five track EP from British band Downcast is an interesting one as on the first listen you just think of the music, then it becomes apparent that the whole thing is one big break up … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – The Second British Rock Meeting 1972

CURVED AIR - The Second British Rock Meeting 1972

Curved Air [Release date: 05.10.18] Dawn breaks grey on the last day of the 1972 Second British Rock Meeting at Germersheim, Germany. The festival has included sets from Pink Floyd, Humble Pie, The Strawbs, Savoy Brown, Lindisfarne and many other … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – St.David’s Hall, Cardiff, 1 February 2019

THUNDER - St.David

When the Please Remain Seated album and tour was announced, it brought a mixed response from myself: on the one hand, it was interesting to see Thunder doing something different from their usual electric shows.  What I was fearful of: … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 25-27 January 2019

Zal Cleminson - GIANTS OF ROCK, Butlins, Minehead, 25-27 January 2019

Three more days of rock, roll and roast pork and “last man standing” is becoming an ever more recurring theme. “Last man” might mean, literally, the last remaining member of a particular touring band or maybe a sole representative plying … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – Yesterday And Today (A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes)

Yesterday And Today (A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes)

RecPlay [Release date: 02.11.18] I once read of a Genesis tribute band that released an album in tribute to  another Genesis tribute band. The only step up is to tribute yourself and in essence that’s what this is all about. … Continue reading

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Album review: JESS KLEIN – Back To My Green

JESS KLEIN - Back To My Green

Blue Rose Records [Release date 22.02.19] With 11 albums over two decades to her name, native New York singer songwriter Jess Klein will have no better opportunity to broaden her appeal than with the seemingly insatiable current demand for Americana. … Continue reading

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News: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Black Stone Cherry are Saturday headliner (19-21 July 2019)

Black Stone Cherry - DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL - Donington Park, 8-10 June 2018

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced their Saturday main stage headliner at this year’s event (19-21 July 2019). Black Stone Cherry (pictured) will bring their southern-edged hard rock style, promoting their acclaimed current album ‘Family Tree’. They join the previously announced … Continue reading

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Album review: EXCALIBUR (Alan Simon) – Ladies Of The Lake

EXCALIBUR (Alan Simon) - Ladies Of The Lake

Babaika [Release date: 02.11.18] Girl Power: albeit nary a Spice in sight, but the whiff of joss hangs pendulously over this female vocalist-fronted compilation trawl through the four Excalibur sword-and-sorcery releases by French composer Alan Simon. Alan explains in his … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WINDMILL – Tribus

THE WINDMILL - Tribus

Apollon Records [Release date 15.11.18] ‘Tribus’ may be somewhat derivative as a lot of prog is these days.  But you can’t deny the musicianship.  This is the Norwegian band’s third studio album and it gets mixing and mastering treatment from … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – Live At The Symphony Hall

MAGNUM - Live At The Symphony Hall

SPV [Release date 18.01.19] Magnum started 2018 in shaky form when we saw them at Giants Of Rock.  With great expectations that we’d hear a smidgeon of the new album, they appeared for a few songs and disappeared due to … Continue reading

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News: A Year in ROCK! 2018 – photographed and reviewed by Get Ready to ROCK!

Bearded Theory - Blossoms

Each year during the festive period Get Ready to ROCK! publishes a selection of photographs reflecting their gig reviews during the previous twelve months. Says Reviews Editor Jason Ritchie: “Once again the review team have shown their eclectic tastes with … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM MORSE – Tim Morse III

TIM MORSE III

Cymbalick Music [Release date 5.10.18] As you might guess from the title, this is the third solo album from Tim Morse, a keyboard /guitarist from California. My initial reaction on hearing the opening refrains of ‘Wake Up’, was ‘Yes’.  And … Continue reading

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Album review: PHENOMENA – reissues

PHENOMENA

Explore Rights Management Ltd [Release date 09.11.18] www.phenomenaproject.co.uk Phenomena was a concept developed by Tom Galley with brother Mel who had featured in Whitesnake and had previously worked with Glenn Hughes in Trapeze..  It brought together various rock alumni including … Continue reading

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News: Heavy rockers MASSIVE WAGONS, IRON MAIDEN and THOSE DAMN CROWS named in popular poll (December 2018)

Massive Wagons

On 16 December, David Randall presented a two hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio reflecting the reviewer and popular choices for “Best of 2018″ Readers and listeners have had their say in the annual ‘Best of 2018′ popular … Continue reading

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Album review: SALVA – Off The Deep End

SALVA - Off The Deep End

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Not another band pillaging the vaults of pioneer classic rock acts such as Genesis Yes, Genesis, Tull, Floyd, Sabbath, Purple and the like? Yes, Swedish proggers Salva, are back with their ‘own’ brand of … Continue reading

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