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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – A Fire In The Sky

Deep Purple - A Fire In The Sky

Parlophone [Release date 15.09.17] British classic rock legends are still going strong, and basking on the back of the rather wonderful ‘iNfinite’ album, released earlier this year. And while compilations may be so common they’re on a street corner with … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – To The Moon and Back

BLACKMORE

David Randall chatted to Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore in October 2015 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  The hour special gives background to the formation of the band along with selected tracks from their 20 year-history. Minstrel Hall Music … Continue reading

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Album review: WILKO JOHNSON – I Keep it to Myself – The Best Of Wilko Johnson

Chess [Release date: 10.03.17] A new Wilko Johnson best of. What’s not to like? Well, despite the strength of the material, even a die-hard fan such as myself might legitimately ask whether this new collection adds anything significant to the … Continue reading

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Album review: STRATOVARIUS – Best Of

STRATOVARIUS - Best Of

earMUSIC [Release date 20.05.16] Stratovarius have been around since 1985 and have to date released 16 studio albums, so as you can imagine this 29 song best of will only touch on the band’s impressive musical output to date. The … Continue reading

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Album review: OYSTERBAND – This House Will Stand Best Of 1998-2015

OYSTERBAND - This House Will Stand Best Of 1998-2015

Navigator Records [Release date 27.05.16] This is a 2CD, 29 song collection from the Oysterband covering their latter day output from 1998 to the present day. They started out back in 1977/78 as the Oyster Ceilidh Band before morphing into … Continue reading

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Album review: STEELEYE SPAN – The Essential Steeleye Span: Catch Up

STEELEYE SPAN - The Essential Steeleye Span: Catch Up

Park Records [Release date  11.12.15] Steeleye Span released their 1996 record ‘Time’, their first album with Park Records, an association that has been maintained for nearly twenty years. Since signing with the label the band have released eight studio albums … Continue reading

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Album review: BELLOWHEAD – Pandemonium: The Essential Bellowhead

BELLOWHEAD - Pandemonium: The Essential Bellowhead

Navigator Records [Release date 16.10.15] Sadly Bellowhard have announced they are calling it a day after 11 years, however they are going out in style with an extensive farewell tour that carries on into 2016 and this, their first best … Continue reading

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Album review: SAGA – Best Of – Now And Then – The Collection

SAGA - Best Of - Now And Then - The Collection

earMusic [Release date 03.07.15] A two CD best of released as a taster for the upcoming Saga re-issues due in the autumn. An interesting way to select the songs as it features one song from each of the band’s 21 … Continue reading

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News: ROB HALFORD, MIKE TRAMP, DEEP PURPLE – Thursday 26 March 2015

RIP – John Renbourn, founder of folk rock band Pentangle Devin Townsend has revealed his next musical project will see him writing and composing a symphony. Rob Halford releases a 2CD, 30 track best of from his Fight, Two and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: GRAND DESIGN, 220 VOLT, JUDE GWYNAIRE

Grand Design - Thrill Of The Night

GRAND DESIGN – Thrill Of The Night AOR Heaven [Release date 29.09.14] Grand Design are back with their 80’s influenced hard rock, or as I like to think Def Leppard with a helium infused vocalist! Vocalist Pelle Saether has a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ROBBY HECHT, DAVID BERKELEY, PETER MULVEY, DAMIEN DEMPSEY

Robby Hecht

ROBBY HECHT Robby Hecht (Old Man Henry Records) [Release date 24.03.14] DAVID BERKELEY The Fire In My Head (Straw Man Music) [Release date 17.03.14] I’ve brigaded these two singer songwriter’s releases together, not just because they’ll be touring the UK … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – New Music For Amnesiacs – The Essential Collection

Lil Beethoven Records (2CD) This two CD, 40 song best of is a condensed version of the recent box set, which features 83 songs. Sparks may be masters of pop yet they have had an influence in the rock world … Continue reading

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Album review: PROPHET – Asylum

Z Records www.z-records.com This best of rounds up highlights from the band’s three albums to date – ‘Prophet’ (1985), ‘Cycle Of The Moon’ (1988) and ‘Recycled’ (1991). ‘Cycle Of The Moon’ on its own should be any AOR/melodic rock fans … Continue reading

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Quick plays: CRAIG JOHN DAVIDSON, ERICA NOCKALLS, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON,DERRIN NAUENDORF

Craig John Davidson - The Last Laugh

Craig John Davidson – The Last Laugh (Fat Hippy Records) [Release date: 29.04.13] Being on Fat Hippy Records is somewhat appropriate in the case of this 4th solo album from acoustic troubadour Craig John Davidson.  Not because he’s fat, because … Continue reading

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Album review: FREEDOM CALL – Ages of Light 1998-2013

SPV (Released 29th April) Melodic rockers Freedom Call celebrate their 15th anniversary with a decent best of, the first disc containing 18 tracks from across their career, not a bad one here. While largely considered a power metal band, they … Continue reading

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