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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – 50 Years Of Jethro Tull (2-CD)

MARTIN BARRE - 50 Years Of Jethro Tull

On Sunday 18 October, Martin Barre chats to Pete Feenstra for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (20:00 BST, GMT+1) More… The Store For Music [Release date 16.10.20] The first thing to say is that the cover, both inside and out, … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN DURY – Hit Me! The Best Of

IAN DURY - Hit Me! The Best Of

BMG [Release date 16.10.20] 3-CD Reasons To Be Cheerful? Well we certainly need some of those and who better than to supply a cheery soundtrack to covid-crocked  times than the cheeky chappy from Harrow.  Ian Dury may have died in … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – NWOBHM Thunder 1978-86

VARIOUS - NWOBHM Thunder 1978-86

Cherry Red Records [Release date 31.07.20] (3 CD set) 1978 to 1986. Those 9 years were the Golden Age of NWOBHM. They were the years that spanned the birth, working life and eventual demise of a significant sub genre in … Continue reading

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Album review: GORDON GILTRAP – Woman

GORDON GILTRAP - Woman

Angel Air Records [Release date 28.02.20] The latest couple of Gordon Giltrap albums may appear slightly disingenuous to the hardcore fan and may even dupe the casual observer.  Both Peace Will Fall and now Woman have been released without any … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Come On Let’s Go! (Power Pop Gems from the 70s and 80s)

Big Beat/Ace [Release date 26.07.19] Every few years a label attempts a new “Power Pop” collection, and this time it’s the turn of Ace Records via their Big Beat imprint.  Dave Burke presents an impressive selection of 70′s and 80′s … 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: BERT JANSCH – Such A Simple Soul

BERT JANSCH - Such A Simple Soul

BMG [Release date 26.10.18] The exquisitely talented Bert Jansch, the former Pentangle guitarist who died in 2011, has been inspiring musicians for decades – from Jimmy Page and Paul Simon to Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon. Indeed, it was another … Continue reading

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Album review: JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Vol 1

JEAN BEAUVOIR - Rock Masterpieces Vol 1

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.06.18] Jean Beauvoir has a had a long and varied career working with Kiss, the Plasmatics, an album with cult faves Voodoo X and melodic rockers Crown Of Thorns, whose 1993 debut album featured Beauvoir alongside … 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: RICHIE KOTZEN, IAN GILLAN (reissues)

RICHIE KOTZEN - Telecasters & Stratocasters - Klassic Kotzen

The Store For Music [Release date 17.11.17/23.02.18] A welcome outing for three late-1990s solo albums from the underrated Richie Kotzen, repackaged as Telecasters & Stratocasters: Klassic Kotzen.  Kotzen might be best known for his stints in Poison and Mr.Big and … Continue reading

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Album review: STRAY – Fire & Glass (The Pye Recordings 1975-1976)

STRAY - Fire & Glass (The Pye Recordings 1975-1976)

Esoteric [Release date: 24.11.17] Regulars on the 70s’ gigging circuit in the UK, Stray harnessed consistently strong and varied repertoire with colourful performances supporting the likes of Black Sabbath and Ten Years After. But they were also signed to indie … Continue reading

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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: SONJA KRISTINA – Anthology

SONJA KRISTINA - Anthology

David Randall chatted to Sonja Kristina in May 2015 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio for a two-part career overview.  Part 2 is available here Curved Air Records [Release date 06.10.17] 2-CD In a review several years ago I referred … Continue reading

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Album review: JANIS IAN – The Essential 2.0

JANIS IAN - The Essential 2.0

Sony Legacy [Release date 22.09.17] This 2 CD collection neatly brings together, for the first time, some of Ian’s best (?) works spanning her whole career from 1967 to date on the Columbia, Verve And Rude Girl labels. All too … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS JAGGER – All The Best

CHRIS JAGGER - All The Best

BMG [Release date 01.09.17] “OK class, hands up who’s familiar with the works of Chris Jagger?” “Michael Eavis put your hand down, and take 100 lines:  ‘I will put more rock acts on at Glasto”’. Yes, Chris Jagger ‘ Mick’s … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE, NORMAN CONNORS, HARVEY MASON (Jazz Funk compilations)

STANLEY CLARKE - The Definitive Collection

Cherry Red Records/imprints The mid to late 1970s was a golden age for disco/jazz-funk.   Bands like Earth, Wind & Fire were ascendant in the charts whilst our more home-grown Level 42 picked up the baton for the burgeoning Brit Funk … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BURNT OUT WRECK, CHESS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

BURNT OUT WRECK Swallow

BURNT OUT WRECK Swallow Cherry Red Records [Release date 24.03.17] Gary Moat was the drummer with Scottish rockers Heavy Pettin’ and for his new band, Burnt Out Wreck, he leaves his drum kit behind to head for the mic stand. … Continue reading

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Album review: ROD STEWART – Sir Rod Stewart and some of his early faces

ROD STEWART - Sir Rod Stewart and some of his early faces

The Store For Music [Release date 21.10.16] 2-CD When ‘Sir’ precedes Rod’s name, and the album artwork features a Spitting Image/ Newzoid caricature of the man, it’s natural to have some doubts about the depths that have been plumbed to … Continue reading

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News: Win AC/DC Book and Black Sabbath ‘Ultimate Collection’ (Competitions)

AC/DC - "In Full Flight"

“In Full Flight” is a limited edition 128 page photographic account of AC/DC during the years 1978-1982.  Covering the final months with Bon Scott and earliest times with Brian Johnson, the book also features relevant quotes from contemporary magazines, memorabilia, … Continue reading

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Album review: BILL WYMAN/RHYTHM KINGS – The Best Of

The Best Of Bill Wyman and Bill Wyman

Edsel Records [Release date 29.07.16] Ask almost anyone to name three things about Bill Wyman, and the chances are you’ll get three of 1) Rolling Stone, 2) Mandy Smith, 3) (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star, and 4) Rhythm … Continue reading

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