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News : THE BEST of 2018 – Vote for your favourites! Top rock albums and live acts! Win a £50 Amazon Voucher!

The Best of 2018

Every year the GRTR! Reviewers choose their favourite albums, live acts and breakthrough artists. We reduce this selection to a list of ten in each category, reflecting the top choices of each reviewer. Vote for your own favourite from the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK STAR RIDERS – The Tivoli, Buckley, 28 November 2018

BLACK STAR RIDERS - The Tivoli, Buckley, 28 November 2018

It was good to see “The Tiv” nearly full tonight, in stark contrast to our last visit and Wishbone Ash.  This has more to do with Wishbone’s more extensive itinerary and accessibility and Black Star Riders’ more modest – and … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2018 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2018

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″ The Get Ready to ROCK! end of year ‘Best of’ fully reflects the reviewers’ … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: NORTHWARD – s/t

NORTHWARD

Nuclear Blast [Release date 18.10.18] The cover art image of the two main protagonists here – Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad – photoshopped head to head, jaws agape and bawling at each other, offers … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Atropa

LUNA ROSSA - Atropa

Firefly Music [Release date 19.11.18] Three albums in, and the latest chapter in Panic Room acoustic side project of Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) and Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute) finds them at a crossroads. The main stay of both … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN REED NETWORK – Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

DAN REED NETWORK - Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

This archive interview from April 2009 catches Dan Reed at the start of his more recent musical journey when the idea of reforming Dan Reed Network seemed less likely… (20:46) Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated its 10th anniversary this … Continue reading

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Album review: 41POINT9 – Mr. Astute Trousers

41POINT9 - Mr. Astute Trousers

The Highlander Company Records (19.10.18) 41point9 is a fascinating mix of prog and pop from a couple of guys who evidently don’t feel constrained by genre.  Bassist Bob Madsen and vocalist Brian Cline first collaborated in 1995 but it was … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2018 – December 2018)

Uriah Heep

Albums of the Month 2018 January – March 2018 April – June 2018 July – September 2018 URIAH HEEP Living The Dream (Frontiers) “…to their credit ‘Living The Dream’ remains wholly relevant to any rock audience, young or old. On … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2018 – September 2018)

Sari Schorr

Albums of the Month 2018 January 2018 – March 2018 April 2018 – June 2018 October 2018 – December 2018 SARI SCHORR Never Say Never (Manhaton) “…an album that goes a long way to establishing her own niche…this album does … Continue reading

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Album review: GRYPHON – Raindances (The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975)

GRYPHON - Raindances (The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975)

Esoteric [Release date: 24.08.18] Folk rock sipped at diverse sources in its late 60s evolution; the traditional ale-house song was most prominent, probably because it was relatively simple to repurpose, while the music of the medieval court was less so, … Continue reading

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Album review: KARMAMOI – The Day Is Done

KARMAMOI - The Day Is Done

Sonicbond [Release date 30.11.18] The fourth album from Italian proggers Daniele Giovannoni (drums, keys) and Alex Massari (guitars) aka Karmamoi is a concept album inspired by the story of two Syrian boys, one of whom died in the Grenfell Tower … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDER – Please Remain Seated

THUNDER - Please Remain Seated

BMG [Release date 19.01.19] Let’s be quite clear: ‘Rip It Up’ was one of the best albums of 2017, a vibrant, relevant chapter in the modern-day Thunder storybook.  It must surprise the band themselves that they have been allowed to … Continue reading

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Album review: ALBIE DONNELLY’S SUPERCHARGE – Get Hip

ALBIE DONNELLY

3MS Music [Release date 18.01.19] On a number of occasions back in the early 1970s, fellow scribe David Randall and I would venture to the Sportsman Bar in Liverpool, often post gig, to catch Albie Donnelly’s Supercharge. The band – … Continue reading

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Album review: SLASH – Living The Dream

SLASH - Living The Dream

Roadrunner [Release date 21.09.18] For me, things have gone consistently ‘downhill’ since Slash released his eponymous debut with a plethora of guest vocalists back in 2010.  Every track on that album was an absolute peach. Since then he’s stuck with … Continue reading

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Album review: LARKIN POE – Venom & Faith

LARKIN POE - Venom & Faith

In March 2011 David Randall interviewed Larkin Poe for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio during one of their earliest UK tours. This exclusive edit provides insight at an early point in the duo’s career. (9:45) Proper Music [Release date 09.11.18] … Continue reading

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Gig review: WISHBONE ASH – The Tivoli, Buckley, 3 November 2018

WISHBONE ASH - The Tivoli, Buckley, 3 November 2018

David Randall chatted with Andy Powell in October 2012 for “The Guitarists” series on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special discusses the development of the band and includes live tracks from 1977, 1988 and 1995.  Andy Powell/Wishbone Ash … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI – The Met, Bury, 26 October 2018

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI - The Met, Bury, 26 October 2018

David Randall chatted to Kiki Dee in March 2015 for a two-part special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Part 2 covers the 1970s including her work with Elton John and her partnership with Carmelo Luggeri, bringing the story up … Continue reading

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Album review: GALEN AYERS – Monument

GALEN AYERS - Monument

Bombinate [Release date: 27.07.18] A confident debut here from this British US/Greece-based singer-songwriter, ‘Monument’ births short/sharp essays in personal values and beliefs in a swell of acoustic ambience. Cool to the point-of-chilly opener, ‘You Choose’ sets out her stall with … Continue reading

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News: DAN REED NETWORK – Origins tour starts 7 November and new album

DAN REED NETWORK – Live Rooms, Chester, 17 November 2018

Dan Reed Network: UK dates and new album Dan Reed Network have announced their upcoming “Origins” tour in support of their new album released 23 November 2018 via Zero One Entertainment. The “Origins” tour is by direct result of Dan … Continue reading

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