Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: MADDY PRIOR with HANNAH JAMES & GILES LEWIN – Shortwinger

MADDY PRIOR with HANNAH JAMES & GILES LEWIN - Shortwinger

Park Records [Release date 25.05.18] It is fifty years since Maddy Prior released her first album with Tim Hart and since then she has been fronting Steeleye Span, with plenty of other musical diversions including the Silly Sisters with June … Continue reading

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Album review: JIZZY PEARL – All You Need Is Soul

JIZZY PEARL - All You Need Is Soul

Frontiers [Release date 11.05.18] Love/Hate front man Jizzy Pearl is a man that is one of the last of a dying breed. He IS rock n roll. Having fronted Ratt, LA Guns, Adler’s Appetite and Quiet Riot people seem to … Continue reading

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Album review: DOKKEN – Return To The East Live 2016

DOKKEN - Return To The East Live 2016

Frontiers [Release date 20.04.18] Well, where can I start? Dokken’s classic line up disbanded in 1989, got back together in 1993 but split again five years later. They then reformed for a short spell in 2016 for some live dates … Continue reading

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Album review: ROSE TATTOO – Blood Brothers

ROSE TATTOO - Blood Brother

Golden Robot Records [Release date 18.05.18] When it comes to good Aussie heads down, blues based rock n roll, played with a sense of urgency there are only three bands that come immediately to mind. AC/DC, Cold Chisel and Rose … Continue reading

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Album review: PERFECT PLAN – All Rise

PERFECT PLAN - All Rise

Frontiers Records [Release Date 20.04.18] The melodic rock world capital of Scandinavia is giving birth to an endless stream of bands- alongside now established names like H.E.A.T. and Eclipse, hardly a month goes by without a promising new band emerging … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Wild One

The Sharpeez - Wild One

Pete Feenstra interviewed Bill Mead for his Sunday Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features tracks from ‘Wild One’ 3Ms Music [Release date 30.05.18] The Sharpeez ‘Wild One’ makes a big statement of intent. For … Continue reading

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Album review: VEGA – Only Human

Release Date 11.05.18 British melodic rock standard bearers Vega are not ones to let the grass grow under their feet, this being their fifth album since 2010. Its predecessor ‘Who We Are’ was their most consistently convincing yet and indeed … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT – Heart & Soul

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.05.18] Guitarist Dennis Heltorp and drummer Henrik Zetterlund formed the Senior Management in 2015. They recruited vocalist Göran Edman (Malmsteen/John Norum/Kharma/Street Talk et al) and bassist Magnus Rosen to complete the band, so far so AOR. … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGELIC UPSTARTS – The Albums 1979-82

Captain Oi!/Cherry Red [Release date 27.04.18] It’s quite fitting that a Cherry Red label are releasing this box set of the first five Angelic Upstarts albums, as it was their Anagram Records imprint that released the faultless “Angel Dust” collection … Continue reading

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Album review: GENE CLARK – Gene Clark Sings For You

Omnivore Recordings [Release date 15.06.18] After leaving The Byrds, Gene Clark’s solo output contained some wonderful music, even though releases were fairly sporadic – particularly in his later years.  There have been a small number of archival releases since his … 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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Album review: BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY – Strange Men, Changed Men (The Complete Recordings 1978-1981)

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY – Strange Men, Changed Men (The Complete Recordings 1978-1981)

Cherry Red [Release date 27.04.18] Bram Tchaikovsky left The Motors in 1978 after playing on their 1977 debut album. Born Peter Bramall, he’d been christened Bram Tchaikovsky by fellow Motor, Andy McMaster. This new 3CD set collects all three albums … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SAGA, CUDDLY SHARK, THADEUS GONZALEZ

SAGA Live In Hamburg earMUSIC [Release date 01.06.18] ‘Live In Hamburg’ was recorded back in 2015 in one of Saga’s main national fan bases Germany. It was originally released as limited-edition, however now it gets a full release. Some of … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN SIEGAL – All The Rage

IAN SIEGAL – All The Rage

Nugene Records [Release date 16.03.18] There’s a lot to be said for just following your stream of consciousness and moulding it into a song by simply plugging in and laying down your art. It’s something Ian Siegal and his exemplary … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK COFFEE – Take One

[Release date 21.04.18] Columbus, Ohio represents the US industrial heartland the same way Birmingham and Wolverhampton do in the UK so it’s entirely unsurprising that Black Coffee hail from there. Formed in 2017 by drummer Tommy McCullough, singer/bassist Ehab Omran … 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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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

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Self release [Release date 01.04.18] From the opening filmic feel of ‘Blues At Sunrise’ to the conceptually opposite of ‘Blues At ‘Twilight’ – two ambient blues instrumentals that top and tail Ritchie Dave Porter’s ‘End Of The Line’ – this … Continue reading

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Album review: DS4 – Sweet Georgina

DS4 - Sweet Georgina

Critical Discs [Release date 11.05.18] DS4′s ‘Sweet Georgina’ is a lyric-led album, full of Ray Davies style vocals and coloured by imaginative narratives that leap from the page. And right there at the bottom of the credits is the great … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PAUL RODGERS, ATOMIC ROOSTER

PAUL RODGERS - Free Spirit

PAUL RODGERS – Free Spirit Quarto Valley Records [Release date 29.06.18] This account of Paul Rodgers revisiting his Free-form past was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 2017 . It was the culmination of his UK tour where … Continue reading

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Album review: CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY – Live (CD/DVD)

CARL PALMER

In this exclusive, extended, interview edit, Carl Palmer chats about his formative years and the influence of his musical family in terms of career direction. (9:14) The full interview with Carl was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on … Continue reading

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