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Album review: DIAMANTE – Coming In Hot

DIAMANTE - Coming In Hot

Better Noise Records [Release date 15.06.18] Mixing pop, alt and classic rock, the debut album of 21 year old LA-based Diamante Azzura Bovell’s (she’s of Mexican/ Italian parentage) is a humungous slice of 80′s influenced, American radio friendly, hard-hitting pop/rock. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KENTISH SPIRES – The Last Harvest

THE KENTISH SPIRES - The Last Harvest

[Release date 27.07.18] If not the epicentre of prog, Canterbury is nevertheless synonymous with the genre, and perhaps its spiritual home, spawning bands like Camel, Caravan and Soft Machine.  Inspired by the Canterbury scene, and using recording techniques sympathetic to … Continue reading

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News: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL – First Aid Kit and Patti Smith headline (2-5 August 2018)

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 27-30 July 2017

On Sunday 15 July, in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall previewed the Folk Festival playing several tracks from some of the artists appearing at this year’s event (14:11) One of the longest established folk … Continue reading

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Quick plays: AL DI MEOLA, JON DURANT, STU HAMM

AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy & More Live

AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy & More Live (earMUSIC) [Release date 20.07.18] This year’s ‘Opus’ marked a return to form for the jazz fusion guitarist and this live outing – recorded in the US last year – is also a … Continue reading

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Album review: RAMIN PARTOVI – 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart (Simon Phillips, Mike Stern & c.)

RAMIN PARTOVI - 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart

[Release date 18.02.18] This album is an interesting concept.  Take a song and invite a couple of dozen musicians to add their extemporisation.  Yes, that’s 27 versions of the same tune!  Surely the tune can’t be that good?  Well, the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARITA, LUCIFER, LIGHT AMONG SHADOWS

MARITA Bloodlust

MARITA Bloodlust Skullcrock[Release date 09.04.18] With her debut album – Rough Stuff (2015) reflecting a Norwegian ‘metal Madonna’ persona and yielding songs like ‘I Don’t Give  A Fuck About You’, ‘Cuff Me’, and ‘Hot Rockin’, Marita Sundit Solheim has gone … Continue reading

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Album review: LEE AARON – Diamond Baby Blues

LEE AARON - Diamond Baby Blues

Metalville [Release date 27.04.18] After a couple of decades in the wilderness dabbling with jazz, Lee Aaron made her rock ‘comeback’ in 2016 with the self-financed, and marginally more pop/rock orientated, Fire And Gasoline.  An excellent release that seems to … Continue reading

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Album review: FAY & LATTA – Dust To Stars

FAY & LATTA - Dust To Stars

Release date [03.18] Ex-Exoterik hard rockers Tom and Anneka Fay (nee Latta) continue their one man, one woman, acoustic soft rock journey that they so successfully began in 2008 with The View From Here, and capped with the wonderfully chilled … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

MARILLION - Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

earMUSIC [Release date 25.05.18] You need deep pockets in 2018 to keep up with the almost constant Marillion ‘product’ output.  As well as the single CD Steven Wilson-Brave stereo remix, this month sees the release of Part 3 of the … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN STUART – The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

DAN STUART - The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings

Cadiz Music [Release date 20.07.18] Green On Red were a brief mid-eighties reincarnation of the spirit of The Byrds, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Stones.  Featuring Dan Stuart on vocals, and Chuck Prophet on guitar they made an album in … Continue reading

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Album review: ULTRAPHONIX – Original Human Music (George Lynch/Corey Glover)

ULTRAPHONIX - Original Human Music

earMUSIC [Release date 03.08.18] George Lynch is ever the chameleon.  Known primarily for his time in Dokken, more recently he’s been involved in any number of projects:  KXM, T & N, Sweet & Lynch… What we do know is that … Continue reading

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News: CARL PALMER’s ELP LEGACY – new album and radio interview (June 2018)

Carl Palmer - HRH Prog (November 2018)

In this exclusive interview edit, Carl Palmer chats about progressive rock music (2:00) Carl Palmer releases a CD/DVD on 29 June (via BMG) celebrating the lives of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.  “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Live” features a CD … Continue reading

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News: WIN BLACK SABBATH SEVENTIES SINGLES SET (Starts 10 June)

LACK SABBATH - Supersonic Years The Seventies Singles Box Set

Here’s your chance to win the BLACK SABBATH “Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles” box set This 10 disc set comes in a presentation box with unique or rare reproductions of the original sleeves as released in different territories.  Check … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE – The Message

STANLEY CLARKE - The Message

Mack Avenue [Release date 29.06.18] With Stanley Clarke’s rare gigs in the UK in 2017, my interest in his music was rekindled and not least as a result of a lengthy chat for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. I grew … Continue reading

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Album review: RAMSEY LEWIS – Funky Serenity, Solar Wind, Sun Goddess (reissue)

RAMSEY LEWIS - Funky Serenity (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] I immediately recognised three of the albums on this 2-disc four album compilation.  In fact that’s the great thing about BGO releases.  They tend to bring together a series of albums spanning a couple of discs, … Continue reading

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Album review: NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN – Looking At You…, The Nature Of Things, Divine Emotion (reissue)

NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN - Looking At You, Looking At Me (reissues)

BGO [Release date 18.05.18] Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s it wasn’t unusual for fusion funk bands to be drummer-led.  We might recall Maurice White in Earth, Wind & Fire but then of course, there was Lenny White and Harvey … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEW FORBIDDEN – Songs From The Subway (Loyd Grossman and Valentine Guinness)

THE NEW FORBIDDEN - Songs From the Subway

Cadiz Music [Release date 04.05.18] The roots of The New Forbidden, a band led by Through The Keyhole / Masterchef presenter, and pasta sauce entrepreneur Loyd Grossman (OBE), can be traced back to his formative years reviewing for American underground … 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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Album review: TRACEY BROWNE – The Doctrine Of Song

TRACEY BROWNE - The Doctrine Of Song

[Release date 4.05.18] You could be forgiven – listening in a ‘blindfold test’ to this sophomore release from Manchester-based singer songwriter Tracey Browne, for occasionally thinking, “blimey, where did these ‘lost’ Thea Gilmore songs come from?” But dig a little … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TALITHA RISE, GIULIA MILLANTA

TALITHA RISE An Abandoned Orchid House

TALITHA RISE An Abandoned Orchid House Sonicbond [Release date 01.06.18] This full length debut from Sussex based indie folk singer songwriter Talitha Rise is an ambitious, ethereal, set that at times bears the hallmarks of Robert Plant’s Zeppelin and solo … Continue reading

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