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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018 (Day 2)

Night Ranger - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018

Having given up the opportunity of the Thursday after-show party, a leisurely start to Friday was rewarded with Scottish rockers The King Lot.  They kicked off the main stage activity and, after a  successful Pledge campaign for their second album, … Continue reading

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News: WISHBONE ASH – Limited Edition ‘Vintage Years’ 30-CD Box Set out 20 April 2018

WISHBONE ASH - The Vintage Years (1970-1991)

Wishbone Ash – one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved rock acts – are celebrated on 20 April with the release of a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years via Madfish. This collection – authorised by … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BIRDS OF CHICAGO, IAN SHERWOOD

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime JT Nero (JT & The Clouds frontman Jeremy Lindsay) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl) first combined their talents on the 2011 JT Nero-branded Mountains/Forests album – an album of Americana that lacked a commercial … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDER – Stage (CD/DVD/Bluray)

THUNDER - Stage

earMUSIC [Release date 23.03.18] At Thunder rapidly approach their 30th anniversary, Stage – a live set from the band’s 2017 Rip It Up tour (available in 2CD + Bluray, 3 LP, 2 CD +DVD, Bluray, DVD, and various signed Limited … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Unplugged At The Walls/Tumbling Down The Years

MARILLION - Unplugged At The Walls

earMUSIC [Release date 23.03.18] Live albums three and four in this set of bi-monthly releases find our intrepid heroes in a restaurant in Oswestry in 1988, and once again at the 2009 Marillion Weekend convention in Port Zelande, Holland. Unplugged … Continue reading

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Album review: JIMI HENDRIX – Both Sides Of The Sky

JIMI HENDRIX - Both Sides Of The Sky

Sony Legacy [Release date 09.03.18] Here we go again. And maybe for the final time as veteran engineer Eddie Kramer has indicated that the studio well is now dry and only live gigs are being readied for future release. This … Continue reading

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News: FRUITS DE MER RECORDS celebrate 10th birthday with Glastonbury Gig

Goldfish: 10 Years of Fruits de Mer Records

Independent label Fruits de Mer Records celebrate their 10th birthday in 2018 with a raft of releases and a birthday celebration at the King Arthur pub in Glastonbury on 12 May. The gig has already sold out and will be … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Thursday 8 March 2018 (Day 1)

Eclipse - HRH AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, Thursday 8 January 2018

In March 2016, Joe Lynn Turner chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio for an extensive career overview, in three parts.  Parts 2 and 3 are available via Mixcloud The annual four hour jaunt to one of my favourite festivals … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHINE NOIR, GEORGE ST.CLAIR

Shine Noir

SHINE NOIR – s/t Alternative rock, from Germany, anyone?  Formed when Anne wanted to record a few of her singer-songwriter songs, the guys who owned the studio – Olli (guitars) and No (drums) decided to add their own metal and … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON KENT – In Another Life

SIMON KENT - In Another Life

ReprinT [Release date 04.05.18] Originally slated for release 12 months ago, and with the lead single ‘Never Stop Believing’ released as long ago as February 2016, Portsmouth singer songwriter Simon Kent’s follow up to his 2014 sophomore album Dreams And … Continue reading

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Album review: RUPERT HOLMES – Songs That Sound Like Movies – The Complete Epic Recordings

RUPERT HOLMES - Songs That Sound Like Movies - The Complete Epic Recordings

This is a non-broadcast preamble and exclusive edit from a two hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio featuring the music of Rupert Holmes and a recent interview (6:17) Part 1 is broadcast on Sunday 1 April at 18:00 … Continue reading

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Album review: LESOIR – IV Latitude

LESOIR - IV Latitude

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date 13.04.18] Dutch female fronted prog/metalers Lesoir’s last album Luctor Et Emergo (2015) left no enduring mark on my consciousness (or music library), and it was only spotting the cover whilst researching that rang a … Continue reading

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Album review: FREQUENCY DRIFT – Letters To Maro

FREQUENCY DRIFT - Letter To Maro

Gentle Art of Music [Release date 13.04.18] Quite how German cinematic rock band Frequency  Drift’s last release Last (2016) slipped through the GRTR! net (after Alan Jones waxing lyrical about the life-reaffirming qualities of Ghosts (2011), Laid To Rest (2012), … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – Air Cut (reissue)

CURVED AIR - Air Cut

Esoteric [Release date: 26.01.18] Interviewed in the booklet notes for Esoteric’s contemporaneous reissue of the bands’ 1970 debut ‘Air Conditioning’, chanteuse linchpin Sonja Kristina opined it – and this later release – to be her faves, and it’s clear why. … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – Air Conditioning (reissue)

CURVED AIR - Air Conditioning

Esoteric [Release date: 26.01.18] Whether by design or default, Warner Bros hit something of a mother lode when they launched their UK music arm back in 1970 with the much trumpeted signing of this then-unknown talent. It was a leap … Continue reading

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News: HRH PROG – more acts added, 15-18 November 2018

Martin Barre - Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2015

HRH Prog have announced more acts appearing at this year’s event  between Thursday 15th-18th November 2018. Thursday headliner will be Martin Barre, legendary Jethro Tull guitarist back in 1968 and who remained with the band for close on 45 years. … Continue reading

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News: FM – new album and Steve Overland interview (March 2018)

Steve Overland - FM

On Sunday 4 March in the first hour of his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall chatted to FM’s Steve Overland and played tracks from ‘Atomic Generation’. In this exclusive edit, Steve chats about career highlights … Continue reading

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Album review: JEB BARRY AND THE PAWN SHOP SAINTS – texas, etc…

JEB BARRY AND THE PAWN SHOP SAINTS - texas, etc...

Dolly Rocker Recordings [Release date 27.04.18] Upbeat isn’t a word you ‘d associate with this gritty, lo-fi debut release from Jeb Berry And The Pawn Shop Saints – a sparse acoustic-based set focusing on the darker side of life from … Continue reading

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Album review: VERITY WHITE – Breaking Out

VERITY WHITE - Breaking Out

[Release date 10.11.17] Fresh from opening for Pendragon, and featuring as one of the backing vocalists on their 2016 Masquerade Overture 20th anniversary, and 2017 European  tours, Cheltenham- based singer songwriter Verity White looks to establish a solo career with … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDERMOTHER – s/t

THUNDERMOTHER

Despotz Records [Release date 23.02.18] Some all-female, Swedish, rock ‘n’ raunch, anyone? What hot blooded male’s interest could possibly not be piqued by such an invitation?  Shame on you, in these overly politically correct times. With all bar founder member/guitarist/songwriter … Continue reading

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