Yearly Archives: 2022

Album review: LILLIAN AXE – From Womb To Tomb

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Global Rock  [release date : 19.08.22] There’s a thin line between pretension and serious minded rock’n’roll. Lillian Axe do a high wire balancing act on this, their first album for ten years, titled From Womb To Tomb. Mainman, songwriter, guitarist, … Continue reading

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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – A Model Life

LONELY ROBOT – A Model Life

Inside Out [Release date 26.08.22] Lonely Robot originally started out as a planned trilogy of album’s by John Mitchell (Arena, Frost*, It Bites) and luckily for us listeners & fans he decided to carry on with Lonely Robot, which brings … Continue reading

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Single reviews: BILLY IDOL, 1+1 with MICHAEL ARMSTRONG, PERFECT PLAN

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Billy Idol is lining-up his second EP release in just over a year with ‘The Cage’ due out on September 23. Ahead of this we can enjoy the title track which is a bit of a belter, featuring a heavy … Continue reading

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Album review: DURHAM COUNTY POETS – Out Of The Woods

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Self release [Release date: 18.05.22] The Durham County Poets is a Quebec based, soul driven, horn powered roots-rock band that is equally at home playing white boy soul, blues, funk, boogie, r&b, gospel and Americana. Their strength lies in their … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITE SPIRIT – Right Or Wrong

WhitE Spirit - Right Or Wrong

Pete Feenstra chatted to Mal Pearson and Mick Tucker of White Spirit for his show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 7 August 2022. Conquest Music [Release date: 29.07.22] ‘Right Or Wrong’ is White Spirit’s first album for … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – Two Rivers

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Red Steel Music [Release date: 12.08.22] John Sloman’s ninth solo album is a tale of two cities. His life has been a neverending musical quest to find success and certitude. All the time torn between his hometown of Cardiff, where … Continue reading

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Album review: SOIL – Play It Forward

SOIL - Play It Forward

Cleopatra Records [Release date 26.08.22] A covers album from Soil whose last studio album was released back in 2013, so this covers album should keep their fans happy, even if it contains no new original songs. ‘Playing It Forward’ is … Continue reading

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Album review: SLADE – All The World Is A Stage

SLADE - All The World Is A Stage

BMG [Release date 09.09.22] British glam hard rock legends Slade ruled the world in the early to mid 70s, and quickly built up a fearsome live reputation. With Noddy Holder’s trademark vocals, the Holder/Jim Lea penned songs, Don Powell’s driving … Continue reading

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Album review: DEF LEPPARD – Euphoria (Vinyl reissue)

DEF LEPPARD - Euphoria

Universal [Release date 05.08.22] The Sheffield rock legends’ seventh studio album, originally released in 1999, gets the vinyl reissue treatment here. It was the second full album to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell, which returned the band to a five piece … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSTY SHACKLE – Under A Bloodshot Moon

RUSTY SHACKLE – Under A Bloodshot Moon

Bandcamp [Release date 19.08.22] Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle have not passed across the musical radar of this reviewer until now and I am gald that have finally. Rusty Shackle have been recording and touring around the globe since 2010. … Continue reading

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Album review: STEAMHAMMER – Wailing Again

STEAMHAMMER - Wailing Again

MiG records [Release date 30.09.22] Having just completed an overview of the current “state of play” in rock music for our 20th anniversary I mentioned that there has been a void in recent times allowing  old stagers to reform and … Continue reading

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Album review: ESBE – I Might Be Dreaming

Esbe - I Might Be Dreaming

New Cat Records [Release date 20.05.22] Esbe is a British composer, musician, arranger, producer and vocalist with a beautifully expressive Bjork style timbre. She’s is in her element when hovering over subtly layered electronic arrangements with ambient influences. She’s uses … Continue reading

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Album review: FLASH – In The USA Live Recordings 1972-73 (3-CD set)

FLASH - In The USA Live Recordings 1972-73

Think Like A Key Music [Release date 09.09.22] Flash were a post-Yes vehicle for guitarist Peter Banks.  In the UK at least they may have attracted more attention for their “risqué” album covers after they’d signed for Sovereign/EMI in 1971. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HOOTENANNY – Plays The Songs Of Ron Ryan

THE HOOTENANNY - Plays The Songs Of Ron Ryan

Think Like A Key Music [Release date 02.09.22] By all accounts, Ron Ryan was the writing force behind several of The Dave Clark Five’s hits in the sixties.  He was introduced to Clark via his brother, early band member Mick … Continue reading

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Album review: SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS – Charm Offensive

SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS – Charm Offensive

Ray Records [Release date 19.08.22] Slyder Smith you may know from glam-tinged power popsters, Last Great Dreamers, who have released four studio albums and one live album to date. He’s now decided to take the place behind the mic stand. … Continue reading

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Album review: DIM GRAY – Firmament

Dim Gray - Firmament

English Electric Recordings  [Release date: 02.09.22] In a world going to Hell in a hand-cart, we all need a quiet place where we can escape for a while, chill out and contemplate the infinite – some may choose the floatation … Continue reading

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Album review: ALISON O’DONNELL – Hark The Voice That Sings For All

ALISON O'DONNELL - Hark The Voice That Sings For All

Talking Elephant [Release date 22.07.22] Until this album appeared at GRTR! Towers I’d not heard of Alison O’Donnell. Apart from, that is,  the actress who plays “Tosh” in the superb “Shetland” TV series. The musical one has plied her trade … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…STACKRIDGE by Alan Draper

On track...Stackridge by Alan Draper

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.08.22] One of the really positive personal aspects of reviewing and interviewing for Get Ready to ROCK! over a twenty year period is the discovery of bands you missed earlier.  Or maybe had given you the … Continue reading

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Single reviews: PYLON POETS, AILYN, TABOO, BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN

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Pylon Poets are back with a new single ‘Remedy’, released as the follow up to the band’s 2020 EP ‘Lucid Hallucinations’. Combining feelings of disillusion, growth, heartbreak and betrayal ‘Remedy’ packs a powerful punch as the band hone their rock … Continue reading

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Album review: SUNSTORM – Brothers In Arms

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Frontiers [Release date: 12.08.22] All that accumulated weight from the Joe Lynn Turner era has been thrown overboard, and Version 2 of the new, invigorated Sunstorm is writing and performing with confidence and skill. Ronnie Romero remains from Version 2′s … Continue reading

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Album review: HYDRA – Point Break

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Frontiers [Release date: 12.08.22] Hydra is a project put together by rock’n’roll impresario, Daniel Flores, built around the songs of Swedish wunderkind, Henrik Hedstrom. Flores has brought in another highly talented musician, Andy Kravljaca, to sing and add lead and … Continue reading

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Album review: SIX BY SIX

SIX BY SIX

Inside Out [Release date 12.08.22] SiX By SiX is a new trio that sees Saga guitarist Crichton, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler and vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry (3 – Emerson, Berry, Palmer; Alliance) join forces. Maybe seeing Saxon’s drummer in … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE BROOKFIELD – Built To Last

Mike Brookfield - Built To Last

Golden Rule [Release date 01.07.22] The Anglo-Irish singer songwriter/guitarist Mike Brookfield is back with the latest version of his own ever changing musical vision. The aptly titled ‘Built To last’ is a song driven album with meaningful lyrics and the … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE TEXAS – 4 Classic Albums on 2 CDs

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Cherry Red [Release date 12.08.22] In the nineties, Little Texas were country rock’s most famous unknown band. Unknown outside of the USA perhaps, but a multi platinum selling band in their home territory through that decade. This 2 CD set … Continue reading

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Album review: H.E.A.T. – Force Majeure

H.E.A.T- Force Majeure

earMUSIC (Release date 05.08.22) H.E.A.T’s seventh album has been anticipated with some curiosity. 2020’s misleadingly entitled ‘H.E.A.T II’ was a  refreshing return to their trademark anthemic melodic rock sound, after the experimental ‘Into The Great Unknown’ but singer Erik Gronwall, … Continue reading

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