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Album review: SAXON – The Eagle Has Landed

BMG [Release date 19.10.18] To coincide nicely with their latest opus Thunderbolt, we get this reissue of Saxon’s classic 1982 live album. This rounds off the BMG reissues of the Carrere and Phonogram catalogue. Originally a single LP, this comes … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THEM, SODOM, BROTHERS OF METAL

THEM Manor of the Se7en Gables SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 26.10.18] US/German thrash/power metal band return with their second album, a horror story featuring witchcraft, murder and they use a series of spoken word parts to keep the story moving along. … 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: BIRDPEN – There’s Something Wrong With Everything

Jar Records [Release date 12.10.18] BirdPen are a duo hailing from Southampton – singer/songwriter Dave Pen and guitarist, keyboardist Mike Bird. They have been making music since 2003, with this being their fifth full studio album. Set in the now/near … Continue reading

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Album review: URIAH HEEP – Living The Dream

URIAH HEEP - Living The Dream

Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] We really have no right to expect – in 2018 – a tremendously vital album from a “heritage” band with an average age of 60 and who celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019.  But that’s exactly … Continue reading

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Gig review: GLENN HUGHES – Electric Ballroom, London, 15 October 2018

GLENN HUGHES - Electric Ballroom, London, 15 October 2018

For many years, high on my diminishing bucket list was a reformation of Mark 3 Deep Purple, from the years when the contrasting vocal talents of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes revitalised the band, throwing fresh soul, blues and funk … Continue reading

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Album review: GROUNDBREAKER

Groundbreaker

Frontiers [Release Date 14.09.18] While FM have come back better and more consistently diverse than ever, notably with this year’s ‘Atomic Generation’, many of the AOR purists among their fanbase still hanker for a repeat of their 1986 debut ‘Indiscreet’. … Continue reading

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Album review: TREAT – Tunguska

TREAT - Tunguska

Release Date 14.09.18 Elder statesmen of the thriving Scandinavian melodic rock scene Treat have, since reforming, pursued an updated sound rather than just revisit past glories. But unlike their great contemporaries Europe, they have done so without losing touch with … 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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Gig review: PUNKY MEADOWS AND FRANK DIMINO (Angel) – Camden Underworld, London, 13 October 2018

PUNKY MEADOWS AND FRANK DIMINO OF ANGEL - Camden Underworld, London, 13 October 2018

Back in the late seventies, when news travelled a lot slower than in today’s globalised world, the average British rock fan was mainly reared on home grown bands with the odd colonial interloper like AC/DC and Rush. American hard rock … Continue reading

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Album review: HEARTS ON FIRE – Call Of Destiny

MelodicRock Records [Release date 19.10.18] Hearts On Fire formed in 2017 by Jean Funes, guitarist of Sound Of Eternity.  He said “This is the album I always wanted to make. Sound of Eternity had that modern rock touch all over it … Continue reading

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Gig review: KEE MARCELLO – Camden Underworld, London, 12 October 2018

KEE MARCELLO - Camden Underworld, London, 12 October 2018

Thirty years ago Europe proved The Final Countdown was no flash in the pan by recording their follow up album Out Of This World. Having played its predecessor to death, I was initially underwhelmed, but over the years it has … Continue reading

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Album review: RAINBREAKERS – Face To Face

www.therainbreakers.com  [Release date 31.08.18] The Shrewsbury based Rainbreakers have now recorded their debut album, after releasing  a couple of well received EPs and touring with the likes of Corky Laing (Mountain) and played a handful of festivals. Comprised of Ben Edwards … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – Vector

Inside Out [Release date 26.10.18] Haken recently celebrated their tenth anniversary and now we have album number five from them. Although the band produced the album s they normally do, this time they enlisted Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELEYE SPAN – Hexagon, Reading, 15 October 2018

Steeleye Span

First visit to the Hexagon in Reading, a venue I had seen on TV previously when a snooker tournament used to be held here. Tonight though it hosts folk rock legends Steeleye Span, to a sadly half-full auditorium which is even … Continue reading

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Album review: BIRDSONG AT MORNING – Signs And Wonders

BIRDSONG AT MORNING - Signs And Wonders

Blue Gentian Records [Release date 22.08.18] ‘Signs And Wonders’ is a remarkably ambitious album from a band based around singer/songwriter/vocalist Alan Williams.  But then this is a band that released a 4-CD box set debut in 2011.  This time the … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSEA – The Tide

RIVERSEA - The Tide

[Release date 23.04.18] available at bandcamp.com and at riversea-band.com Quite how Riversea – an outstanding Northern Powerhouse of a ‘combo’ – have evaded the Get Ready to ROCK! net thus far is something of a mystery.  But it’s amazing where … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK ROWEN – Radiance

MARK ROWEN - Radiance

[Release date: 01.09.18] available at bandcamp.com Anyone remember Breathing Space, featuring ex-Mostly Autumn’s Iain Jennings and Olivia Sparnenn?  The band produced a clutch of excellent melodic semi ‘prog’ albums in the ‘noughties’, including Coming Up For Air (2007) and Under … Continue reading

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Album review: ELEANOR McEVOY – Forgotten Dreams

ELEANOR McEVOY - Forgotten Dreams

Chasing The Dragon Audiophile Recordings [Release date: 08.18] available at chasingthedragon.co.uk We’ve had Alone (2011) and its companion release Naked Music (2016) – albums that saw Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy retire to the sanctuary of a sleepy Norfolk studio … 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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