Tag Archives: progressive

Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

RAMBLIN

After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Interview: JOHN MITCHELL (LONELY ROBOT)

Lonely Robot aka John Mitchell released the second album in the trilogy, ‘The Big Dream’, earlier this year. Lonely Robot play UK dates supported by Tilt at the end of this month. Over to John Mitchell… Have you been pleased … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DA VINCI, LEPROUS

DA VINCI Ambition Rocks

DA VINCI Ambition Rocks AOR Heaven [Release date 25.08.17] It has been a mere 25 years since Da Vinci last released an album, the rather good ‘Back In Business’. The 2017 version of the band appears to only feature guitarist … Continue reading

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Album review: EXTREMES – CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)

EXTREMES - CD/DVD (Supertramp, Arc)

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 30.06.17] Ah, those heady early 1970s.  Flower power, the permissive society, long hair and … dangly bits.  There are a lot of them on show in this fascinating social snapshot. Heady times indeed.  “Extremes” was a … Continue reading

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Gig review: SUMMERFEST – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 28 June-9 July 2017

In a world of constant change in popular music, for a festival to celebrate its 50th year, as Milwaukee’s  Summerfest did this year, represents a lifetime. I’d been to the festival certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest … Continue reading

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Album review: HEDERSLEBEN – Orbit

HEDERSLEBEN - Orbit

Cleopatra Records [Release date 19.05.17] There’s a time and place in everyone’s life for a little space rock.  For many of us, that was around 1971 to 1973, but if you fancy reliving your youth (or indeed, were too young … Continue reading

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Album review: STACKRIDGE – The Final Bow, Bristol 2015

STACKRIDGE - The Final Bow, Bristol 2015

In late-June 2017 David Randall chatted to James Warren for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  This hour special features Stackridge highlights and tracks from James’ solo career.  First broadcast 25 June 2017. (58:12) Angel Air Records [Release date 14.07.17] Stackridge … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE, TUESDAY THE SKY

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell Metropolis Records [Release date 09.06.17] I first came across the Birthday Massacre with last year’s enjoyable ‘Imagica’ album, which was a reworking of some of their earlier songs, so was looking forward to hearing new … Continue reading

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Album review: IT – We’re All In This Together

IT - We

Progressive Gears Records [Release date 01.03.17] This is the fifth album by IT and judging by this album I have some catching up to do. IT is the mastermind of Nick Jackson and Andy Rowberry, with the band completed by James Hawkins … Continue reading

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News: STACKRIDGE release The Final Bow (July 2017)

Andy Davis - Stackridge

Pop prog rockers Stackridge played their “Farewell” Tour in late 2015 and their gig at The Fiddlers Club, Bristol on 19 December 2015 is released on 14 July by Angel Air Records. The band appeared at the formative Glastonbury Festival … Continue reading

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Gig review: PANIC ROOM – Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens, 2 June 2017

Panic Room - The Citadel, St.Helens, 2 June 2017

Tour preview broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 4 June 2017 (9:47) It is two years since I last saw Panic Room, and, musically, what a difference two years can make. Back then, the band played a fantastic ‘double … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July-September 2017

42 Decibel - Overloaded

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Updated 14.08.17 June 2nd ADRENALINE MOB ‘We Are The People’ Century Media DON AIREY ‘K2 – Tales of Triumph & Tragedy’ Gonzon Multimedai (limited editoion 100 copies) http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/donairey ALL TIME LOW ‘Last Young Renegade’ COLDPLAY ‘Kaleidoscope’ … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – inFinite

DEEP PURPLE - inFinite

earMUSIC [Release date 07.04.17] 2013′s ‘Now What?!’ found Deep Purple in rude good form and backed up by a well received UK tour.  With more UK dates in November 2017, inFinite doesn’t quite match the sheer audacity of that album … Continue reading

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Album review: LABYRINTH – Architecture of a God

LABYRINTH - Architecture of a God

Frontiers [Release date 21.04.17] Labyrinth seemed to have disappeared off the scene follwoing 2010′s ‘Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II: A Midnight’, however they added vocalist Mark Boals to the line-up in 2014. Then last year a reunion of founding members Olaf … Continue reading

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Album review: URIAH HEEP Reissues (Look At Yourself, Demons And Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday)

URIAH HEEP - Look At Yourself

BMG [Release date 31.03.17] As we opined when reviewing the first tranche of Heep reissues, we would question the merits of adding a second disc with the “alternative”  album version as reimagined by Heep fan and collector Robert Corich under … Continue reading

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Album review: EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – Reissues (Works Vol.1 & 2, Love Beach)

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER - Reissues

BMG [Release date 26.05/17] Formed in 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the first progressive rock supergroups, and certainly one of the most successful. Keyboard player, pianist and keen advocate of the Moog Keith Emerson had previously played with … Continue reading

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Gig review: LONELY ROBOT – Sub89, Reading, 27 April 2017

Sub89 is a decent sized venue in a less than salubrious part of Reading, McD’s and Nandos being the classier places in the street! It has a decent sized stage and the only downside was the sound which wasn’t great … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG BIG TRAIN – Grimspound

BIG BIG TRAIN - Grimspound

English Electric Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] www.bigbigtrain.com Following hot on the heels of last year’s excellent ‘Folklore’ album Big Big Train are back with another album featuring tales of national heroes, the countryside and family dramas. This album also sees … Continue reading

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Album review: PROCOL HARUM – Novum

PROCOL HARUM - Novum

Eagle Records [Release date 21.04.17] What do you think of when you hear the words “Procol Harum”?  “Whiter Shade Of Pale”?  Symphonic rock, maybe?  Robin Trower was in an early incarnation?  Perhaps this demonstrates the band’s eclectism over 50 years … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VEXINE, SIREN’S SKY, NARYAN, THE VIOLET HOUR, THIRD LOVE

VEXINE Little Sin

VEXINE Little Sin [Release date 30.04.16] Female fronted blues based rock bands are becoming increasingly ‘in vogue’, but Richmond, Virginia, based 4-piece Vexine have hooked a left at the crossroads and are taking the genre across country. A seasoned bunch … Continue reading

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