Tag Archives: Progressive Rock

News: The Best of 2018 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2018

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. From Monday 3 December, in the run-up to … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSIDE – Wasteland

RIVERSIDE - Wasteland

Inside Out  [Release date: 28.09.18] The death of Riverside guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in 2016 hit the band really hard. Not only was he one of a ‘band of brothers’ and an exceptional guitarist, he was part of a band that … 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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Gig review: RIVERSIDE – De Casino, Sint Niklaas, 11 November 2018

RIVERSIDE – De Casino, Sint Niklaas – 11th November 2018

The first time I attended a Riverside gig was back in April 2014 and those of you who read my review of the said show will remember that the overall experience involved a very long drive from London to Liverpool, … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2018 – December 2018)

Uriah Heep

Albums of the Month 2018 January – March 2018 April – June 2018 July – September 2018 URIAH HEEP Living The Dream (Frontiers) “…to their credit ‘Living The Dream’ remains wholly relevant to any rock audience, young or old. On … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2018 – September 2018)

Sari Schorr

Albums of the Month 2018 January 2018 – March 2018 April 2018 – June 2018 October 2018 – December 2018 SARI SCHORR Never Say Never (Manhaton) “…an album that goes a long way to establishing her own niche…this album does … Continue reading

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Album review: RENAISSANCE – A Symphonic Journey (CD/DVD)

RENAISSANCE - A Symphonic Journey (CD/DVD)

Annie Haslam chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio shortly before Renaissance’s UK dates in April 2015.  This hour special includes tracks from the band’s albums. Symphonic Rock Recordings [Release date: 14.09.18] Bands to have hurdled a half century’s performing … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PINEAPPLE THIEF – Dissolution

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF - Dissolution

Kscope [Release date 31.08.18] I know, it’s easy to confuse The Pineapple Thief with Porcupine Tree.  This perception is only reinforced by the presence of now regular drummer Gavin Harrison.  Similarities might normally end there, but in fact Pineapple Thief … Continue reading

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Album review: GREENSLADE (remastered and expanded)

GREENSLADE

Esoteric [Release date 28.09.18] When Warner Brothers’ then-fledgling UK arm scored a hit debut with Curved Air’s ‘Airconditioning’ it was clear there was something in this new progressive rock music and the London office A&R scouts duly sallied forth to … Continue reading

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Gig Review: STEVE HACKETT – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 3 October 2018

STEVE HACKETT - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 3 October 2018

This new interview with Steve Hackett was broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on the eve of his UK orchestral tour. The hour special includes tracks from several albums included in the retrospective box set released in October 2018. … Continue reading

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News: STEVE HACKETT – orchestral tour, box set, radio interview

Prog-meister Steve Hackett tours with a 41 piece orchestra in October, plus there is the release of a 6-CD/2-DVD box set covering the years 1984-2006. Steve’s orchestral tour stems from a one-off performance in March 2017 in the USA.  He’ll … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMEL – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7 September 2018

CAMEL - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7 September 2018

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio 9 September – Andrew Latimer of Camel Part 1 A two hour special celebrating the music of Camel – on tour in the UK 7-17 September. (Part 2, Monday 10 September, 16:00; Parts 1 & … Continue reading

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News: Prog rockers CAMEL play Moonmadness in September 2018

CAMEL - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7 September 2018

Camel’s appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2018 will be preceded by an extensive run of UK tour dates. The band – led by Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals) and featuring Colin Bass (bass guitar, vocals), Denis Clement … Continue reading

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Album Review: FERNANDO PERDANO – Out To Sea

FERNANDO PERDANO - Out To Sea

Cherry Red Records [Release date: 04.05.18] There are not that many rock guitar players who can really carry off an instrumental album. Once you get beyond Satriani, Jeff Beck, Vai and Malmsteen the list tails off and, in the field … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE RED GOES BLACK, FISCHER’S FLICKER

THE RED GOES BLACK Fire

THE RED GOES BLACK Fire Hold On Music [Release date 27.04.18] The fact this is proclaimed as a ‘nouvel’ album, and that the accompanying Press Release is in French, is a pretty good indication that The Red Goes Black are … Continue reading

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Album review: THE KENTISH SPIRES – The Last Harvest

THE KENTISH SPIRES - The Last Harvest

[Release date 27.07.18] If not the epicentre of prog, Canterbury is nevertheless synonymous with the genre, and perhaps its spiritual home, spawning bands like Camel, Caravan and Soft Machine.  Inspired by the Canterbury scene, and using recording techniques sympathetic to … Continue reading

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Album Review: YUKA AND CHRONOSHIP – Ship

YUKA AND CHRONOSHIP - Ship

Cherry Red Records [Release date 11.5.18] Yuka Funakoshi is a Japanese keyboard virtuoso who would certainly give any of Sherinian, Rudess or Norlander a run for their money and, together with her band of exceptional session men, Yuka and Chronoship … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

MARILLION - Smoke/Mirrors (reissues)

earMUSIC [Release date 25.05.18] You need deep pockets in 2018 to keep up with the almost constant Marillion ‘product’ output.  As well as the single CD Steven Wilson-Brave stereo remix, this month sees the release of Part 3 of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TWELFTH NIGHT – Fact And Fiction

TWELFTH NIGHT - Fact And Fiction

F2 Music/Festival [Release date 11.06.18] Twelfth Night were one of the bands to emerge in the early to mid-80′s boom in prog rock that was spearheaded by Fish-era Marillion. ‘Fact And Fiction’ was originally released back in 1982, Twelfth Night’s first proper … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL – Day 2 – 02 Arena, London, 17 June 2018

Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman - STONE FREE FESTIVAL- DAY 2 - 02 Arena, London, 17 June 2018

If day one of Stone Free exhibited classic rock at its heaviest and loudest, the Sunday – at least in the main O2 Arena- had a more progressive and thoughtful bent to it. However the Orange Amps stage was still … Continue reading

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