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Album review: URIAH HEEP – Living The Dream

URIAH HEEP - Living The Dream

Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] We really have no right to expect – in 2018 – a tremendously vital album from a “heritage” band with an average age of 60 and who celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019.  But that’s exactly … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PINEAPPLE THIEF – Dissolution

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF - Dissolution

Kscope [Release date 31.08.18] I know, it’s easy to confuse The Pineapple Thief with Porcupine Tree.  This perception is only reinforced by the presence of now regular drummer Gavin Harrison.  Similarities might normally end there, but in fact Pineapple Thief … Continue reading

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Album review: BIRDSONG AT MORNING – Signs And Wonders

BIRDSONG AT MORNING - Signs And Wonders

Blue Gentian Records [Release date 22.08.18] ‘Signs And Wonders’ is a remarkably ambitious album from a band based around singer/songwriter/vocalist Alan Williams.  But then this is a band that released a 4-CD box set debut in 2011.  This time the … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSEA – The Tide

RIVERSEA - The Tide

[Release date 23.04.18] available at bandcamp.com and at riversea-band.com Quite how Riversea – an outstanding Northern Powerhouse of a ‘combo’ – have evaded the Get Ready to ROCK! net thus far is something of a mystery.  But it’s amazing where … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK ROWEN – Radiance

MARK ROWEN - Radiance

[Release date: 01.09.18] available at bandcamp.com Anyone remember Breathing Space, featuring ex-Mostly Autumn’s Iain Jennings and Olivia Sparnenn?  The band produced a clutch of excellent melodic semi ‘prog’ albums in the ‘noughties’, including Coming Up For Air (2007) and Under … Continue reading

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Album review: ELEANOR McEVOY – Forgotten Dreams

ELEANOR McEVOY - Forgotten Dreams

Chasing The Dragon Audiophile Recordings [Release date: 08.18] available at chasingthedragon.co.uk We’ve had Alone (2011) and its companion release Naked Music (2016) – albums that saw Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy retire to the sanctuary of a sleepy Norfolk studio … Continue reading

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Album review: GREENSLADE (remastered and expanded)

GREENSLADE

Esoteric [Release date 28.09.18] When Warner Brothers’ then-fledgling UK arm scored a hit debut with Curved Air’s ‘Airconditioning’ it was clear there was something in this new progressive rock music and the London office A&R scouts duly sallied forth to … Continue reading

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News: GLENN HUGHES tour gets underway with more dates to follow in 2019

GLENN HUGHES, Club Academy, Manchester, 29 October 2015

Glenn Hughes performing Classic Deep Purple Live has started his UK tour with special guest Laurence Jones. The gig on 15 October has been switched to London’s Electric Ballroom due to construction work at the Koko. As bassist and co-vocalist … Continue reading

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Gig review: SONS OF APOLLO – Manchester Academy, 1 October 2018

SONS OF APOLLO - Manchester Academy, 1 October 2018

It always amazes me how a less than mainstream band (even though heavyweights in their own right) can attract a sizeable crowd on a Monday night.  It’s highly unlikely there were many students at this gig, although within rolling out … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE – Red Rain Tires

THE GHOST AND THE MACHINE - Red Rain Tires

Noise Appeal Records [Release date 28.09.18] Formed in 2014, The Ghost And The Machine are an Austrian ‘post blues’ three piece – Andi Lechner (resonator guitar, lapsteel, vocals), Heidi Fial (double bass, vocals) and Matthias Macht (drums). While their eponymous … Continue reading

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News: GIANTS OF ROCK – Skid Row, Roger Chapman, and many more head for Minehead (25-28 January 2019)

Roger Chapman - Under The Bridge, London, 10 September 2014

2019′s Giants Of Rock takes place at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset, 25-28 January. Amongst the bands appearing at the event, in its fifth consecutive year, Skid Row, Roger Chapman’s Family & Friends (pictured), and Sweet. As usual there is an … Continue reading

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News: STEELEYE SPAN UK Tour starts 1 October – win tickets to Cambridge gig (8 October)

Steeleye Span

As Steeleye Span approach their their 50th anniversary in 2019 they embark on a UK tour starting 1 October.  The band is working on a new studio album and some of the new tracks will feature in the setlist. Steeleye … Continue reading

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Album review: VANESSA PETERS – Foxhole Prayers

VANESSA PETERS - Foxhole Prayers

[Release date 05.10.18] For some reason, Texas based indie-folk singer songwriter Vanessa Peters’ last album – The Burden Of Unshakeable Proof (2016) seems to have bypassed GRTR!  But a quick listen on bandcamp.com suggests it was a welcome return to … Continue reading

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News: STEVE HACKETT – orchestral tour, box set, radio interview

Prog-meister Steve Hackett tours with a 41 piece orchestra in October, plus there is the release of a 6-CD/2-DVD box set covering the years 1984-2006. Steve’s orchestral tour stems from a one-off performance in March 2017 in the USA.  He’ll … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – Origins

DAN REED NETWORK - Origins

Zero One [Release date 23.11.18] ‘Origins’ is an interesting concept and is perhaps best viewed as a live album recorded in the studio.  Over the past year or so, DRN have recorded themselves in various studios (Manchester, NYC, Portland and … Continue reading

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Album review: BOB DAISLEY AND FRIENDS – Moore Blues For Gary – A Tribute to Gary Moore

BOB DAISLEY AND FRIENDS - Moore Blues For Gary

earMUSIC [Release date 26.10.18] The main thing to glean from this album is that no-one did it quite like Gary Moore.  He left us way ahead of his time in February 2011 after a long and sometimes under-rated journey first … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMEL – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7 September 2018

CAMEL - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7 September 2018

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio 9 September – Andrew Latimer of Camel Part 1 A two hour special celebrating the music of Camel – on tour in the UK 7-17 September. (Part 2, Monday 10 September, 16:00; Parts 1 & … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2018 – December 2018

Bad Touch - Shake A Leg

Compiled by Jason Ritchie October 2nd LED ZEPPELIN by LED ZEPPELIN Reel Art Press (50th anniversary illustrated book) 5th ANTHRAX ‘State Of Euphoria’ (30th anniversary re-issue) Island Records BAD TOUCH ‘Shake A Leg’ Marshall Records BEHEMOTH ‘I Loved You At … Continue reading

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News: Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrates 10 years (September 2018)

Peter Ross, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio

A month long promotion highlights the station’s 10 year interview archive As part of the station’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio will be replaying a selection of interviews gathered since 2008.  Most tie in with the artists’ … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2018 – September 2018

Marillion - All One Tonight - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Compiled by Jason Ritchie July 6th BARENAKED LADIES ‘Stunt 20th Anniversary Edition’ (CD/DVD) Parlophone DEVILDRIVER ‘Outlaws Till The End’ (country covers album) Napalm Records JUDY DYBLE ‘Earth Is Sleeping’ Acid Jazz Records A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS ‘Ascension’ IMMORTAL ‘Northern Cross’ … Continue reading

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