Tag Archives: classic rock

News: CROWDED HOUSE, EAGLES, DENNIS DEYOUNG, 10CC, THE CULT

Dennis DeYoung’s new album ’26 East: Volume 1,’ will be released Spring 2020 via Frontiers and will feature the duet “The Good Old Days” with Julian Lennon. DeYoung also guests on one song on the forthcoming album from Tokyo Motor … Continue reading

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Album Review : THE BABYS – Silver Dreams: The Complete Albums 1975-1980

THE BABYS - Silver Dreams

Cherry Red Records [Release date 06.12.19] The Babys were indeed the launching pad for John Waite’s worldwide solo success and a key component of the CV that landed Jonathan Cain the job with Journey. But the band would never have … Continue reading

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Album review: COLLATERAL – Collateral

COLLATERAL - Collateral

www.collateralofficial.com [Release 21.02.20] The rock scene has seemingly never looked healthier and 2019 has seen some absolutely incredible new albums emerge this year. This trend looks to continue well into 2020 with the release firstly of the Anchor Lane debut … Continue reading

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News: THE BEST OF 2019 – Vote for your favourites in our popular poll (albums, live acts, breakthrough acts)

The Best of 2019

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 also the top choices of each reviewer. Vote for your own favourite from … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNT OUT WRECK – This Is Hell

BURNT OUT WRECK - This Is Hell

Burnt Out Wreckords/Cherry Red [Release date 11.10.19] After an extremely well-received 2017 debut ‘Swallow’, some barnstorming festival appearances and support slots for the likes of Anvil, Burnt Out Wreck – the band created by former Heavy Pettin’ drummer Gary Moat … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAWKWIND – Cambridge Corn Exchange,18 November 2019

Now celebrating their 50th tour, Hawkwind have always been one of the giants of the UK rock scene but have, despite their longevity, never seen the plaudits and respect that are heaped on many acts of their vintage and younger. … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2019 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2019

The Get Ready to ROCK! end of year ‘Best of’ fully reflects the reviewers’ and the website’s eclectic tastes.  Their reviews are amongst the most highly visible and authoritative on the web. The Best of… has been a feature on … Continue reading

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Album review: QUIET RIOT – Hollywood Cowboys

QUIET RIOT - Hollywood Cowboys

Frontiers [Release date 08.11.19] “After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow’s family, Frankie has moved … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2019 – December 2019)

Buck & Evans - Write A Better Day

January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July – September 2019 BUCK AND EVANS Write A Better Day (Departure Records) …feels like an old school album crafted with contemporary values.  Given enough airplay this impressive debut album should help … Continue reading

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Album review: ABLAZE – No Chaser

ABLAZE - No Chaser

www.ablaze.com [Release date 08.10.18] Ablaze have been blazing their own trail (no more bad puns honest!) with an EP and debut album, plus a fair few live dates and support slots under their belts. Hailing from Australia, Ablaze are a … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVY PETTIN’ – Reissues

BurntOut Wreckords/Cherry Red [Release date 29.11.19] Melodic rockers Heavy Pettin’, onetime Kerrang! faves, produced a couple of fine records in the 80s, and with drummer Gary Moat’s own Burnt Out Wreck currently receiving much acclaim, the band’s three albums get … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROLLING STONES – Bridges to Buenos Aires

THE ROLLING STONES - Bridges to Buenos Aires

Eagle Records [Release date 08.11.19] It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that I am a huge Stones fan, and the band’s live releases over the last few years has been prolific to say the least. The latest, … Continue reading

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Album review: PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness

PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness

Frontiers [Release date 08.11.19] This new album by the Pretty Maids (number 16 from a band who have been around for nearly 40 years now), has been overshadowed by the sad news that vocalist Ronnie Atkins has been diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Album review: RODNEY MATTHEWS & JEFF SCHEETZ – Trinity

RODNEY MATTHEWS - Trinity

Rodney Matthews Studios [Release date 13.12.19] Renowned fantasy artist Rodney Matthews, illustrator of over140 album covers, is also a jazz/rock/prog drummer of note, and has previously recorded solo and with guitarist Jeff Scheetz. Here he teams up again with Scheetz … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks

SPARKS – Past Tense The Best Of Sparks

BMG [Release date 08.11.19] For many people of a certain age Sparks are famed for the high vocals and scary looking bloke on the keyboards, yet there is so much more to their music aside from the big hits ‘This … Continue reading

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News: CANCER ON THE ROCKS – charity gig at Bush Hall, London features Romeo’s Daughter, Piston and others (23/24 November 2019)

Romeo

Cancer On The Rocks, a two day festival in aid of Macmillan and The Royal Marsden Hospital, takes place for the first time this year in London at Bush Hall, 23/24 November.   The brainchild of Skyfire Records’  Rick Palin, … Continue reading

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Gig review: MASON HILL/Keylock/Cormac Neeson – The Black Heart, Camden, London, 5 November 2019

MASON HILL/Keylock/Cormac Neeson- The Black Heart, Camden, London- 5 November 2019

While classic rock may no longer sit in the mainstream, the contemporary scene has continuously been improving and is now arguably at its healthiest for many years, helped by sympathetic radio stations and websites (or both in GRTR!’s case!) This … Continue reading

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Album review: MOLLY HATCHET – Battleground

MOLLY HATCHETT - Battleground

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 29.11.19] Formed in the early 70s by guitarists Steve Holland and Dave Hlubek, Molly Hatchet released their eponymous debut on Epic in 1978, and were at the forefront of the second wave of Southern Rock. Inspired by … Continue reading

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Album review: RINGO STARR – What’s My Name

RINGO STARR - What

Universal Music Group [Release date 25.10.19] The world’s most famous drummer doesn’t need to keep bringing out new albums and could rest on his laurels and enjoy the fruits of his past labour but no, here is a man who … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAND SLAM – Hit The Ground

GRAND SLAM - Hit The Ground

Marshall Records [Release date 22.11.19] Great things should have happened for Grand Slam when they emerged in 1984 from the dust that settled after the tangled and anti-climactic end of the great Thin Lizzy, who themselves were just seeing a … Continue reading

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