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Album review: VOODOO SIX – Make Way For The King

VOODOO SIX - Make Way For The King

Cadiz Music [Release date 08.09.17] It seems an age since we caught up with Voodoo Six at a gig in Crewe in 2008.  At that time their vocalist was Henry Rundell and current album ‘First Hit For Free’ a reworking … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN BAIRD’S HOMEMADE SIN – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 19 June 2017

DAN BAIRD

And they call it rock and roll! Charlie Watts once said something along the lines that rock & roll was 95% hanging around. Last night Dan Baird’s Homemade Sin didn’t have the benefit of being able to test that theory. … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

Rainbow - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

For the second successive year the Stone Free festival took over the whole of the 02 complex for the day: targeted at a discerning classic rock audience not wishing to slum it in a muddy field, and drawing inspiration from … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FILL INS – The Time Is Now

THE FILL IN

Hallelujah brothers and sisters! The Fill Ins are back!!! Charlotte NC’s fantastic rock and roll combo have been slugging it out in the studio, hammering out a brand new album and it is finally approaching its release date, and as … Continue reading

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Album review: EXIST – So True, So Bound

Exist - So True, So Bound

Prosthetic Records [Release date 09.06.17] I’ve made it no secret my undying love for all things Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied…not so much Voodookult) and even the band Cynic formed by former members of Death ranks as some of my … Continue reading

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Album review: MASTERPLAN – PumpKings

MASTERPLAN - PumpKings

AFM Records [Release date 28.07.17] Masterplan is one of those bands that as soon as someone mentions the name you automatically think, “What a great band!” At least I do. Since their inception in 2003, they’ve consistently released some killer … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!

DIRKSCHNEIDER - Live Back To The Roots Accepted!

AFM Records [Release date 04.08.17] When I reviewed Dirkschneider’s album Live Back To the Roots back in October I was looking forward to seeing him live the following January (earlier this year, clearly.) Sadly, I didn’t make it to the … Continue reading

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Album review: ZZ TOP – Cinco: The First Five LPs

ZZ TOP - Cinco: The First Five LPs

Warners [Release date 09.06.17] One of the greatest blues rock and boogie exponents, this Texan trio have become as famous for their beards (except for the drummer called Beard – now THAT’s irony) as for their music. 70s tracks like … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – s/t

The Magpie Salute

[Release date 09.06.17] The long-awaited release of The Magpie Salute’s self-titled debut album is like meeting an old flame after many years – you wonder how she’s stood the test of time, if she still has it….and then she walks … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMPLE MINDS – Acoustic In Concert

SIMPLE MINDS - Acoustic In Concert

Eagle [Release date 16.06.17] CD/DVD Well, if Status Quo can do it, why not Simple Minds? The Scottish band’s eighties heyday was always predicated on big, anthemic, arrangements and in this BBC Radio 2 gig we get trimmed down versions … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE, NORMAN CONNORS, HARVEY MASON (Jazz Funk compilations)

STANLEY CLARKE - The Definitive Collection

Cherry Red Records/imprints The mid to late 1970s was a golden age for disco/jazz-funk.   Bands like Earth, Wind & Fire were ascendant in the charts whilst our more home-grown Level 42 picked up the baton for the burgeoning Brit Funk … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SCARVED, OOBERFUSE

SCARVED Lodestone

SCARVED Lodestone [Release date 03.03.17] What springs to mind when you think about Belgium?  World class beer, chocolate, and a national football team?   Could female fronted rock be added to that impressive roster with the sophomore release from Scarved? Fronted … Continue reading

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Album review: NASHER – 432-1 Open The Vein

NASHER - 432-1 Open The Vein

Babylon Pink [Release date 23.06.17] Whatever happened to Frankie Goes To Hollywood guitarist Brian ‘Nasher’ Nash? The opener – ‘Salt In Her Veins’ – sounds like you’ve put the radio on FM by mistake and it’s drifted ‘off station’.  But … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW – Live In Birmingham 2016

RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Eagle Records [Release date 09.06.17] You may wonder why – after the release last year of the German gigs – we have yet another version of Ritchie’s hard rock comeback?  As we commented in our original review, it is a … Continue reading

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News: STACKRIDGE release The Final Bow (July 2017)

Andy Davis - Stackridge

Pop prog rockers Stackridge played their “Farewell” Tour in late 2015 and their gig at The Fiddlers Club, Bristol on 19 December 2015 is released on 14 July by Angel Air Records. The band appeared at the formative Glastonbury Festival … Continue reading

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Gig review: VINTAGE TROUBLE – The Tramshed, Cardiff, 1 June 2017

VINTAGE TROUBLE - The Tramshed, Cardiff, 1 June 2017

Every once in  a while you have to step out of your comfort zone, tonight in Cardiff’s  premier venue the Tramshed, I pretty much danced out of it. Leaving behind the rock music and submerging myself in soul. To tag … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY PHILLIPS – Slow Dance (Deluxe reissue)

ANTHONY PHILLIPS - Slow Dance

In March 2015 David Randall chatted to Anthony Phillips for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In this exclusive edit, Ant talks about ‘Slow Dance’ (3:29) Esoteric [Release date 17.06.17] ‘Slow Dance’ might be regarded as Ant Phillips’ ‘Tubular Bells’, coincidentally … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July-September 2017

42 Decibel - Overloaded

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Updated 12.06.17 June 2nd ADRENALINE MOB ‘We Are The People’ Century Media DON AIREY ‘K2 – Tales of Triumph & Tragedy’ Gonzon Multimedai (limited editoion 100 copies) http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/donairey ALL TIME LOW ‘Last Young Renegade’ COLDPLAY ‘Kaleidoscope’ … Continue reading

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News: TODD RUNDGREN: New album and interview (May 2017)

Todd Rundgren

The full version of this interview is broadcast as part of the 500th ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  Repeated Monday 29 May, 22:00 GMT and Friday 2 June, 22:00 GMT (5:22) Now … Continue reading

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Gig review: ELEANOR McEVOY – Penylan Hall, Meiford, 19 May 2017

ELEANOR McEVOY - Penylan Hall, Meiford, 19 May 2017

In a lifetime of gig-going you invariably encounter unusual venues.  Village halls, churches, some that are literally off the beaten track.  Some that defy sat-nav.  It is when you find in these places artists of  a certain stature, or your … Continue reading

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