Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: GINGER WILDHEART- G.A.S.S Mark 2

Round Records [ Release Date 20.09.18] The approach with every Ginger Wildheart album is ‘expect the unexpected’. Ginger is not one for sticking to a particular genre or style on his albums and this release is no different, only Devin Townsend can touch Ginger in the … Continue reading

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Album review: STATUS QUO – Vinyl Singles Collection (1990 – 1999)

UMC/Mercury [Release date 30.11.18] This is the 4th vinyl singles collection release from the Quo back catalogue each covering a different decade with all 7 inch singles lovingly recreated and packaged as a collector’s box set. When thinking of Status Quo’s output throughout their career perhaps the … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – Symphonized

Inside Out [Release date 16.11.18] In the summer of 1992 a good friend came to mine for a visit carrying with him “Always…”, the debut release of an atmospheric Death Metal outfit named The Gathering. My attraction to the work … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds Featuring Sonny Boy Williams

The Store For Music  [Release date: 09.11.18] And so to the endlessly recycled ‘Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds with Sonny Boy Williams’ (Williamson) and a few tracks from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. This material will always hold some interest … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLTER – Vlad The Impaler

Frontiers [Release date 09.11.18] Born as a one-off musical extravaganza by Trond Holter (ex-Wig Wam) and singer Jorn Lande, the ‘Swing Of Death’ album met with favourable reviews (fellow GRTR! reviewer Phil Berisford rated it an impressive ****1/2). So much so … Continue reading

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Album review: BERNIE TORME – Shadowland

BERNIE TORME - Shadowland

Pledge Music [Release date 16.11.18] Bernie Torme released the enjoyable triple album ‘Dublin Cowboy’ last year and he’s back with another Pledge Music funded album, ’Shadowland’ – this time a mere double! Joining him are the rhythm section of Sy Morton (bass) … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TANGENT – Proxy

THE TANGENT – Proxy

Inside Out [Release date 16.11.18] Since I was first introduced to the music of The Tangent via “COMM” back in 2011, Andy Tillson and his Progressive Rock ensemble have released five studio albums, so calling them prolific would be nothing … Continue reading

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Album review: LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

Self Release [Release date: digital 23.11.18 and CD 07.12.18] Lethbridge Owen are about to make significant splash. The musical pairing of vocalist /guitarist/songwriter Kelly Lethbridge and guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jimmy Owen may sound like an estate agent, but they are in fact … Continue reading

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Album review: MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Negative Capability

MARIANNE FAITHFULL – Negative Capability

BMG [Release date 02.11.18] With a recording career spanning over fifty years ‘Negative Capability’ is Marianne Faithfull’s twenty-first album. Battling arthritis, contemplating bereavement and dealing with loneliness, it’s a highly autobiographical and emotive offering from Faithfull. “It’s the most honest … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE KILBEY – Sydney Rococo

STEVE KILBEY - Sydney Rococo

Golden Robot Records [Release date: 23.11.18] Has anyone else noticed a trend lately to drench perfectly good music in an avalanche of overly high-in-the-mix orchestration? I don’t know why so many top artists are doing this – is it an … 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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Quick plays: THE WILLOWS, ME AND MY FRIENDS, JEROME MAZZA

THE WILLOWS Through the Wild [Release date 30.11.18] ‘Through the Wild’ is the third album from the Cambridge folk band the Willows, who have picked up praise from the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. Listening to this album … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN MIRALDI – Alphabet City 2 AM

DAN MIRALDI - Alphabet City 2 AM

Facebook [Release date 07.09.18] Get Ready To ROCK! has been around sixteen years now, almost as long as I have been reviewing, and over that time I am always surprised and delighted at the many musical discoveries I have made along … 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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Album review: BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers

Pride & Joy Music [Release date 07.12.18] Buckets Rebel Heart is the new band formed by ex-Bad Company and Humble Pie guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell, along with former 720 & New Torpedoes drummer, Paul “Taff” Edwards. The line-up is completed … Continue reading

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