On 16 December, David Randall presented a two hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio reflecting the reviewer and popular choices for “Best of 2018″
Readers and listeners have had their say in the annual ‘Best of 2018′ popular poll conducted by top classic rock website www.getreadytorock.com
The Best of 2018 is based on the reviewers’ selections for Top Album, Live Act and Breakhrough Act of the year.
Reviews editor Jason Ritchie commented “It’s always a wide ranging mix of choices each year and not always the most obvious and mainstream.”
Readers and listeners could vote from early December with a chance to win an Amazon voucher in a prize draw.
Hard rockers Massive Wagons captured the Popular Poll vote for Top Album. Live Editor Dave Wilson described “Big tunes with huge hooks galore are always a winning combination and this album has both in spades”.
Massive Wagons (pictured, above) play headline dates in April 2019 promoting the album ‘Full Nelson’ (Earache Records) which made No.16 in the UK album charts on release.
Iron Maiden were voted Top Live Act. Andy Nathan wrote: “Quite simply the definitive Maiden show in my 32 years of seeing them – a spectacular stage show framing a setlist to die for”.
Breakthrough Act is Those Damn Crows. Reviews editor Jason Ritchie enthused “A re-vamped debut album, a record label behind them backed by plenty of live shows, 2019 will be their year.” The band will tour with Stone Broken in February.
The eclectic selection of the GRTR! reviewers reflects both the review-based website and the complementary radio station. The website started in 2002 and quickly established itself as a definitive source of information for rock/related album reviews.
Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008 and the playlists include specialist sequences for progressive, melodic rock and singer songwriter genres.
A two-hour special on Sunday 16 December showcased a selection of favourite albums and artists featured in The Best of 2018 listings. Station manager David Randall said “The show is a tribute to the hard work of the reviewers and their insightful choices as well as reflecting the Popular Poll results.”
Photos: Darren Griffiths/GRTR! (Massive Wagons), Linda Flynn (Those Damn Crows)
The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 21 November. Next session 12 December. The video above was a Halloween Special, streamed 31 October.
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 31 October 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at www.getreadytorock.com for that week.
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From 1 December the Featured Albums and Power Play segments will reflect those artists and tracks featured during 2021.
Featured Albums w/c 15 November 2021 (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 MEMORIA AVENUE Memoria Avenue (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 FANS OF THE DARK Fans Of The Dark (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 HANNAH JAMES & TOBY KUHN Sleeping Spirals (Jigdoll Records)
Power Plays w/c 15 November 2021 (Mon-Fri)
THE FORGOTTEN Interstellar (FiXT Noir)
QUILL Riding Rainbows (indie)
DEAD REYNOLDS Uninspired (The Fort)
CAVALCADE Dreaming About (Golden Robot)
HANNAH ALDRIDGE Sinking (indie)
GREYHAVEN All Candy (Rude Records)
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