Album review : GIRLSCHOOL – From London To Nashville (2 CD Set)

Store For Music [release date: 21.01.22]

Girlschool experienced their share of heartache… label let downs, revolving door membership issues, conflicting views on musical direction and the struggles to sustain their ambitions in the face of all of the above, never mind the industry’s prevalent sexism.

But they soldiered on regardless, having to endure some critical bashings by the music press, but enjoying brief peaks of fame nonetheless.

This 2 CD/ 2 Live Gig release is taken from the band’s concerts in Nashville and London, both in 1984.

It was a key year for the band. This was to be the time of transition, from Metallised Biker Punk, to polished American Pop/Metal. Success beckoned.

Live From Nashville
The US gig looks back on the raw and raucous, rough edged rock of their first 3 albums, reeling off a series of consistently strong songs. The blissfully thunderous ”Screaming Blue Murder’ and ‘Hit & Run’, and the DIY Garage/Biker Rock excitement of ‘Rock Me Shock Me’ and ‘Emergency 999′ drive the gig forward like a rock’n'roll juggernaut. ****

Live From The Camden Palace, London
The London gig sees the band straddling the boundary line between the past
and the polish of their 4th and latest album, the Radio/MTV friendly Play Dirty.
In fact only 4 tracks from those earlier recordings, ‘Hit & Run’, ‘C’mon Lets Go’, ‘Emergency 999′ and ‘You Got Me’ survived the shift from the studio to the Camden Palace stage.

The remainder are an even mix of songs from Play Dirty and those planned for 1985 album, Running Wild.

Of the new material, ‘Love Is A Lie’, ‘Running For Cover’ and ‘Are You Ready To Rock’ never feel like too much, or not enough. Hearing them live deceived us to thinking perhaps the new, improved pop metal sound would be just like this. When in fact “just like this” was reserved for live performance. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: URIAH HEEP – vinyl picture discs

…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble, Salisbury, Demons And Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday

BMG [Release date 28.01.22]

Led by the ever present and ever grinning guitarist Mick Box (the sole remaining founding member), Uriah Heep are iconic legends in British progressive rock. Formed in the late 60s, they were originally called Spice (with connections to bands like Toe Fat and Gods). Many line-ups later, the band are still going very strong, but in the early 70s the band’s sound was centred around Ken Hensley’s organ and David Byron’s powerful operatic vocals. Before later forays into solid hard rock, their early 70s sound epitomised classic progressive rock.

Although the catalogue has been issued many times on a variety of formats, four of their first five albums are here reissued as picture disc LPs and they look and feel as good as they sound.

1970’s debut Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble was originally issued on Vertigo (Mercury in the US), and soon reissued on Bronze, and recording had started in mid 1969. Opener Gypsy is much loved classic oft played live. Crunchy guitars, grinding organ, operatic vocals, it was certainly heavy for the period (the album has been called proto heavy metal), then there’s the ballad Come Away Melinda, which showcased Byron’s range and versatility.

The occasional genre hopping was slated at the time, but there was a feel the band hadn’t quite found their feet (2 tracks were recorded while still Spice, with a session pianist, and not rerecorded when Hensley joined). But there is plenty to love here and in retrospect it is widely (and rightfully) considered a genre defining classic.

Recorded at the tail end of 1970 and issued in early 1971, second album Salisbury is a more solid and consistent affair (a contemporary review called it a failed experiment – I still laugh at that now). Ken Hensley had taken control of much of the song writing.

There’s still some variety on the album, without being completely tangential. Opener Bird Of Prey (which featured on the US issue of the debut) is a lesson in prog rock and one still loved today. The acoustic The Park is reminiscent of Come Away Melinda. Lady In Black is a short, catchy number often extended live with crowd involvement. The classic on this album is the 16 minute title track, featuring a 24 piece orchestra. A mini rock opera in its own right, a great guitar solo or two in there, a little overblown but that is what prog was all about back in the day. Another fabulous album.

Also issued in 1971 was their third album Look At Yourself, a personal fave, but not issued (yet?) as part of this series.

1972 kicked off with Demons And Wizards, by which time the chemistry was well and truly cemented. Here Box, Hensley and Byron are augmented by drummer Lee Kerslake and incoming bassist Gary Thain (though Mark Clarke appears on a couple of tracks). This was the first album to feature the iconic art of Roger Dean.

The Wizard is a great tune, and Traveller In Time nods to the same kind of glam that T Rex and Elton John alluded to at the time, albeit in a heavier fashion. Then there’s the conundrum of Easy Livin’; a catchy blast and a hit single by a prog rock band? Indeed yes. If this track isn’t well known by anyone reading this, well, it should be. Solid, great riff, and Byron’s vocals go from solid to whimsical falsetto and back again.

Also issued in 1972 is The Magician’s Birthday, again illustrated by Roger Dean. A much loved album and in a time of revolving door line-ups there’s some stability here. While the musicianship is spot on, and there are some very good songs such as Spider Woman and Sweet Lorraine, none really follow opener Sunrise with the same aplomb. The 10 minute title track is always worth going back to though.

Great times, great albums, and these look and feel lovely on picture disc.

Sound wise, these are as good as picture discs will get; by definition through the method of manufacture (the pictorial layer and lacquer), the needle will always be a layer removed from the original grooves. But that said, the sound is warm and you really can’t beat the look of one of these spinning on your deck.

These albums really should be in your record collection in one form or another and these are a great addition.

Review by Joe Geesin





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: TOKYO BLADE – Fury

Dissonance / Cherry Red [release date: 21.01.22]

It’s interesting to note that Tokyo Blade’s current members, including guitarist Andy Boulton and vocalist Alan Marsh, were with the band almost from the beginning, but left and rejoined at various intervals since the band’s inception in 1982.
What comes around…

They are another band who have bought into the lockdown cliché, in that they claim to have used it to refine their craft and subsequently to write and record new material.

Then, listening to Fury, the band’s 10th album, it’s clear that the cliché has taken on new life, and that the band should lockdown more often.

30 to 40 years on, the heads down, pedal-to-the-metal mindset of NWOBHM has ultimately been replaced by a heads up, informed view of the turmoil surrounding us, politically and economically.
15 songs here: focused, self aware heavy metal, each track cutting its own path through a post NWOBHM soundscape that has virtually been usurped and disappeared by the rise of European Power Metal.

Maybe highly melodic polemics like ‘Blood Red Sky’ and ‘When The Bullets Fly’, two songs that take a lightfooted musical journey through heavy metal territory, despite the abrasive lyrics, are a natural pushback against Power Metal excesses. There’s an underlying dissonance in these songs that anchors them to the genre’s industrial roots, if further proof were needed.

A distinct Thin Lizzy feel to the guitar tones and harmonics on ‘Heart Of Darkness’ and to a lesser extent, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ are surprise moments. But the body of each song is remarkably lean, clean and confident, reprising the twin guitar metal of the ‘Blade’s past, with the narratives exploring the cultural revisionism that is rife in today’s media.

Putting the brooding lyrics to oneside, the album packs in a number of truly outstanding heavy metal songs, with the slower paced yet eminently anthemic ‘Cold Light Of Day’, and ‘We All Fall Down’, full of slick guitar gearshifts and galloping rhythms, being absolute standouts. While elsewhere ‘Man In A Box’ and ‘Disposable Me’ lock into a glammy, heavy metal groove.

All in all, it’s an hour and 20 minutes of prime Tokyo Blade. They’re grappling with weighty themes at times. But at least we listeners emerge as the winners. ****

review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: GRAHAM BONNET – The Historic Collection (2 CDs)

Store For Music [Release date 21.01.22]

Graham Bonnet needs little or no introduction.

His 5 decade back catalogue is a rich and constant source of reissues and expanded versions.

This double CD package sees his 1991 album, Here Comes The Night paired with Live Around The World.

Here Comes… is a game of two halves, and a covers album. In some ways a return to the classic pop tropes of his earlier material. On yet another version of ‘Only One Woman’, the artificiality of the synth soaked production actually adds to the song’s blazing pop majesty.

It’s in good company, being surrounded by material written by Denny Laine (Eyes Of A Child), Ray Davies (I Go To Sleep) and uber popular music songwriter/ producers, Lieber & Stoller (Don’t).

We first saw Bonnet’s soulful rhythm& blues leanings taking root in his self titled 1977 recording. Mixed in with the classic pop songs already mentioned, a sensual sax turns a cover of Them/Van Morrison’s ‘Here Comes The Night’ into something really interesting. Sam Cooke’s prescient ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ and ‘I’ll Go Crazy’, a huge R&B hit for James Brown in the sixties, contribute to Bonnet’s reputation for cross genre artistry.

The Live CD plucks top performances from Bonnet at various venues from all over the globe.

Stomping reconstructions of ‘Since You Been Gone’ and ‘All Night Long’ are the not unexpected highlights. Still, the soaring ‘Eyes Of The World’ and oft underrated ‘Night Games’ cross the line not too far behind.

In all honesty, when you can also include high calibre material like ‘Island In The Sun’, ‘Assault, Attack’ and ‘Lost In Hollywood’ in your repertoire, your fans might well be reminded of why they got into melodic hard rock in the first place. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – Let’s Hear It For The King

DAN REED NETWORK - Let's Hear It For The King

Drakkar Entertainment [Release date 04.03.22]

In 2022 all we need is some live music and a Dan Reed Network album.

This is the band’s third album of their more recent renaissance following 2018′s ‘Origins’ which sprinkled some new stuff along with re-workings.  And if they’ll never quite recapture the sheer novelty and vibrancy of 1989′s  ‘Slam’ this comes pretty damn close.

Always with great songwriting, sweeping, anthemic melodies and rooted in “the groove”.  Plus of course a social and political awareness.

‘Pretty Karma’ is a stonking start with all these expected elements whilst ‘The Ghost Inside’ is led by a dramatic Brion James riff.

‘Starlight’ – an early single/video – was inspired by AC/DC after Reed was travelling back from watching their concert in Berlin.  The lyrics inspired by those obsessed with seeking fame via social media.

Along with bands such as FM and Winger (who respectively never quite hit the big time or sustained their success “back in the day”), Dan Reed Network have found their own niche in the millennium;  an example that true talent (and decent back catalogue) eventually wins out especially if they can regenerate in near original form.  But, as previously alluded to,  I can’t help thinking that many revivalists are simply filling a creative void that exists with some modern rock music and younger bands.

‘Supernova’ reflects this dichotomy, the internet has been a great leveller but it’s not quite the same as an era when bands had to prove themselves to an A&R person and producer and then benefit from a budget and more widespread radio airplay.  Enduring anthems as well as careers were made as a result.

The quality of this band is such that the four opening tracks could have all been singles and garnered airplay back in their heyday.

Only the title track sits proud of much of the material.  The lyrics dominate, and originated in the late 1990s when Reed ran a night club, and rail against oppression and tyranny. Personal preference of course but I remain unconvinced by the use of radio announcer style voiceovers which are also used on several other tracks.

Fortunately we get back on track with a slow burner written by James ‘I See Angels’.  It has all the hallmarks of classic DRN.

‘Homegrown’ melds heavy riffs and electronica and there’s even a saxophone!  ‘Stumble’ reminds us that a late-1980s review described Dan Reed Network as a cross between Prince and Bon Jovi.

‘Just Might Get it’ is one of two Rob Daiker (keyboards) co-writes and sits well with the other, a bonus track on the CD, ‘Last Day On Saturn’.

‘Where’s The Revolution’ is a return to the band’s bump, grind and groove heyday whilst ‘Are You Ready’ and ‘Unfuck My World’ pile on the characteristic gut churning and insistent riffs.

The consistency of this 60 minute album is incredible, the messages all positive.  This is just what we need to restore a semblance of normality.  Take Dan Reed Network with you.  A guide perhaps but, indisputably, a damn good groove too.  ****1/2

Review by David Randall

FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2022
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH RECKLESS LOVE
SPECIAL GUEST: COLLATERAL
Engine Rooms, Southampton
Monday 28 February 2022
Tramshed, Cardiff
Tuesday 1 March 2022
Rock City, Nottingham
Thursday 3 March 2022
Academy 2, Manchester
Friday 4 March 2022
Grand Central Hall, Liverpool
Saturday 5 March 2022
The Garage, Glasgow
Sunday 6 March 2022
The Mill, Birmingham
Tuesday 8 March 2022
The Warehouse, Leeds
Wednesday 9 March 2022
Electric Ballroom, London
Thursday 10 March 2022

Search Dan Reed at GRTR!





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: EDGE OF FOREVER – Seminole

Frontiers [Release date 21.01.22]

Edge Of Forever’s mainman, Alessandro Del Vecchio’s description of the band’s fifth album is worth reading. You get the gist, but its over the top, disconnected language gives the impression it’s an outtake from Spinal Tap.

He explains the album was written by him, while, ahem… “looking through the eyes of a Seminole warrior”.

That said, once you absorb several pinches of salt, Del Vecchio clearly found the Native American culture inspirational. The music, the songs, the production, the performances are all rather good.

He’s now got Aldo Lonobile, the superb Italian guitarist who heads up the EU’s Power Metal poster boys, Secret Sphere in his team, along with Hardline’s drummer, Marco DeSalvia. It’s the European variant of Hard Rock Superheroes Assemble.

Throughout the album, the constituent pieces are perfectly judged. Openers ‘Get On Your Feet’ and ‘On The Other Side Of Pain’ are tight, solid mixes of hard rock writing and performance, dismissing any initial doubts we may have had. It’s as if pieces of a musical jigsaw puzzle have suddenly come together to create a complete picture.

Though Lonobile’s axework continually plays a leading role, it doesn’t have the angularity and fierceness of his power metal moments, but it generates no less excitement. DV has written some exhilarating choruses here.

The balladic ‘Breath Of Life’ and the Harem Scarem like ‘Shift The Paradigm’ are instilled with the confidence of a writer/producer who knows how to write a pulse quickening hook. When the pace is dropping, when the melodies are thinning out, and it all begins to get a bit derivative, he finds another layer to pull them back onto their feet and back on course again.

That said, he’s saddled a few songs – like ‘Made It Through’ and ‘The End’s Starting To Begin’ – with an uneasy balance of sentiment and introspection, but the band’s sheer enthusiasm for their subject matter is contagious, and almost always carries the day. The latter track is the last section of a four part “suite” that climaxes the album. It’s an ambitious piece that works more often than it doesn’t. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

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Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: HEAL & HARROW

Heal & Harrow - Rachel Newton & Lauren MacColl

Website [Release date 04.02.22]

Composer, singer and harpist Rachel Newton (The Shee, The Furrow Collective, Spell Songs) and fiddle player Lauren MacColl’s (Salt House, Rant) new project, Heal & Harrow, is a tribute to those persecuted during the Scottish Witch Trials. The 16th and 17th Century Scottish Witch Trials were one of the darkest periods of Scotland’s history, where an estimated 2,500 people were executed, 80% of which were thought to have been women.

Each piece of music is based on specially commissioned works by celebrated author Mairi Kidd – tales inspired by and in remembrance of real women who were persecuted and tried as witches, and characters from the folkloric tales and mythology enshrined in our oral culture.

‘Lilias’ opens the album, based on Lilias Addie the only person accused of witchcraft in Scotland with a known grave. From the first listen you can hear that Newton & MacColl have a string musical bond, each playing to their strengths, to create the moving and thought provoking music & lyrics on this album.

Other highlights include ‘Da Dim’, where MacColl’s fiddle playing takes centre stage, with more ethereal vocals from Newton. An interesting piece of music that mixes the traditional with a modern loop running through it. ‘Cutty Sark’, inspired by ‘Tam O’Shanter’ by Robbie Burns, is a lively instrumental as fiddle and harp combine beautifully.

‘Heal & Harrow’ is one of those albums that shines a light on a dark period of history, wonderfully told and played by Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: iVARDENSPHERE – Ragemaker

iVARDENSPHERE - Ragemaker

Metropolis Records [Release date 04.02.22]

Albums like this one are why, after nearly twenty years reviewing for GRTR!, my love of discovering and hearing new music shows no signs of waning. Not for everyone this one, as industrial-tribalist iVardenspehere weaves electronics with haunting vocals, textured orchestral pieces and percussive rhythms into a hypnotic and thoroughly enjoyable mix.

The theme of the album is one creating hymns to totemic gods of war & rebirth, and to unknown ancient goddesses of harvest & hunt, telling the tragic mythos of The Shattering Queen.

To create the soundscapes on here iVardenspehere used traditional percussion from all over the world including Taiko, Surdo, djembe and timpani. Further sounds were added from hammers and anvils, through to slamming doors, and many more weird and wonderful effects.

The vocals of Brittany Bindrim (I:Scintilla) fit perfectly onto the menacing ‘Varunastra’ – shades of Dead Can Dance meets ‘Mad Max’ on here. iVardenspehere brings in other guests from the industrial/electronica music fields including The Rain Within (who appears on the very eerie ‘Eastruun’) and Seeming.

The tribal drumming on ‘The Shattering Queen’ is simply breath-taking, showing that you can create heavy music without guitars!

The production on this album is excellent, Vangelis comes to mind in that it has a deep, rich sound and can appeal to listeners outside of the industrial & electronica genres.

‘Ragemaker’ is the soundtrack to a SF or near future film/TV series yet to be made, or a vampire movie. One that the listener can lose themselves in and imagine various future world(s). It is different but well worth the effort and listening experience, particularly if you enjoy Dead Can Dance or futuristic film soundtracks. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

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Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: JOHN MAYALL – The Sun Is Shining Down

John Mayall - The Sun Is Shining Down

Forty Below [Release date 28.01.22]

John Mayall’s 5th album for his producer Eric Corne’s Forty Below label may or may not be his 43rd in all, but it’s surprisingly good.

Surprising, because despite 6 guests and 3 covers it’s still very much a document of the veteran blues man’s own prowess,  from his songwriting, organ and harp playing, to his gritty vocal phrasing and an uncanny ability to pick guests for particular songs.

Above all, he retains the ability to draw us into a song with arrangements that percolate, groove, occasionally sparkle and always beguile.

This is particularly so on the single release of Bobby Rush’s ‘I’m As Good As Gone’, which is full of strong band interplay and guitarist Buddy Miller’s growling, dirt- sounding solo which brings a moody gravitas to the track.

Mayall is at his best when he revisits his own Laurel Canyon sound on ‘Deep Blue Sea’ (originally from his 1970 ‘USA Union’ album). He updates Sugarcane Harris’s electric violin contribution with the hugely impressive Scarlet Rivera.  And she dominates from the intro on a song given extra heft by a full rhythm section.

She also stars on ‘Got To Find A Better Way’, linking impressively with Mayall’s electric piano. Her solo is both deeply wrought and uplifting and gives the album as a whole a new dimension.

And when Mayall relies solely on his core band members, they step up to the plate on the sublime title track with an autobiographical feel: “Got a home in California and the sun is shining down.”

He further adds the defiant mission statement: “It’s been a long, long journey and I ain’t got time to quit.”

The beautifully crafted song features Mayall on organ and some intricate guitar work by his current Texan guitarist Carolyn Wonderland.

This is an album that flows purposefully like a slow river that is in no hurry to reach its destination. It’s also coloured by Mayall’s intuitive phrasing, his story telling ability and his willingness let a song breathe and focus on the grooves.

Eric Corne’s unobtrusive production nails the dynamics and polishes the solos to emphasize plenty of contrast, or as Mayall himself suggests “something unique.”

This is the case on the walking bass shuffle of ‘One Special Lady’ on which Jake Shimabukuro’s sharp toned ukulele cuts a swathe though Mayall’s layered organ and the mellifluous rhythm section of Greg Rzab, drummer Jay Davenport.

The subtle thread of dynamics at the core of the album continues with Melvin Taylor’s Chicago tinged aggressive lines on the stop-time shuffle “Hungry & Ready’ and his stinging attack on Roosevelt Sykes’s ‘Driving Wheel’.

By contrast, Marcus King offers a warm tone break well suited to the funky horn driven ‘Can’t Take No More’, while Mike Campbell dominates the funky Bernard Allison cover ‘Thrills & Chills’, though in truth it’s a reverential rather than inspired version.

‘The Sun is Shining Down’ is an updated snapshot of John Mayall’s continuing blues journey. He may have just announced his retirement from the road, but at 88 he’s still writing and crafting hand made blues of the highest order. ****

Review by Pete Feenstra





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: THE FERRYMEN – One More River To Cross

Frontiers [Release date: 21.01.21]

The Ferrymen are Magnus (Freefall/ Heart Healer) Karlsson, Ronnie (Lords Of Black/  Rainbow) Romero and Mike (Rage/ Axel Rudi Pell) Terrana.

One More River To Cross is their third album on Frontiers, and this is a much more considered affair. Yes, it can be categorised as Melodic Metal, but the band have shaken off much of the DIO/Primal Fear baggage that tended to weigh down the previous albums.

The competing tensions of power metal traditions versus the freedoms of a more melodic, open handed sound had run their course with on the trio’s previous recordings. And now, this new release is nudging the needle of the band’s stylistic compass toward a more personalised musical style.

The songwriting is sharper, more focused. The songs are in the image of this experienced, professional trio … each track arrives on time, does the job it’s paid for and gets out again.

The PR men talk of huge vocals, epic song structures, mind bending drumming, and… yes, all of the above are present and correct, but the trio have stepped back from the edge with One More River To Cross. There is restraint.

As with any kind of heavy metal variant, there is mood and there is emotion, but there’s precision here too, with the measured arrangements creating their own clearly delineated melodic metal landscape.

Each track is compact, punchy, melodic… Karlsson’s production is flawless. There’s a distinctive clarity of detail on ‘The Last Wave’ and ‘Morning Star’… the band’s seamless merge of guitars, keys, drums and voice resonates like a ringing bell.

Similarly his arrangements. On ‘One Word’ and ‘Shut It out’ the band seems liberated, having apparently abandoned the limiting structures of the heavy metal formula. And still, the music can be fiercely dramatic at times.

Standout tracks ‘One More River To Cross’, ‘The Last Ship’ and ‘The Passenger’ come in a glorious rush of amplitude and unhurried complexity. Like most new tracks here, they sound unshackled from the trio’s collective past in this setting. ****

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: DOM PRAG – Needle & Thread

DOM PRAG – Needle & Thread

Website [Release date 04.02.22]

Dom Prag has been steeped in the traditions of the classical guitar since childhood, then learning to play blues and composing songs of his own. He still plays in the classical style, however, his song writing has moved into folk, specifically songs in the storytelling style.

‘Needle & Thread’ is Dom Prag’s second album which was produced by Phil Beer, of Show Of Hands fame. Beer’s production experience certainly helps this album sonically as it highlights the vocals or instrumental passages at just the right times in a song.

His take on the traditional song, ‘The South Medomsley Strike’, is one of many stand outs. Vocally easy on the ear, yet with enough presence to maintain the listener’s interest. Folk music in particular has a great way of incorporating and preserving historical events, as this song does commemorating the miners’ strike of 1885. It even had me looking into this story further to see who the candy crew were. It transpires they were blackleg miners and their name originated when a local candy seller turned blackleg hirer in the early days of North East miners’ strikes.

Tommy Armstrong’s ‘Oakey Strike Evictions’ carries on in a similar vein with a jaunty melody. Not sure who plays the fiddle or adds the female backing vocals, but both add greatly to the song.

The wonderful instrumental ‘The Shoemender’s Tune/George Brabazon, First Air’ leads into ‘The Shoemender’, a look at how the town centres have changed and become a virtual wasteland, save for the ubiquitous Starbucks, nail salons and betting shops.

The title track is a beautiful piece that is both uplifting and thought provoking at the same time, dealing with mental health. His playing is pretty stunning on this one too. ‘Foster’s Mill’ is another one of his own compositions where he is joined by the vocal harmonies of Rowan Piggott and Rosie Hodgeson of The Wilderness Yet.

What a talent Dom Prag has. With the live scene returning, he can resume his live performances which have won him many a rave review. Remember the name as he is an artist on the up and up. Only January, yet this is already a contender for ‘Folk Album of the Year’. ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

Tour dates –

28 Feb Folk in the Cellar, Camden

07 Mar Nettlebed folk club

18 Mar Harwell Village Hall

24 Mar Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham

25 Mar Saltburn folk club

02 Apr Under the Edge Arts

01 May The Met, Bury





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: ERIC GALES – Crown

Eric Gales - Crown

Provogue [Release date 28.01.21]

Eric Gales opens his 21st album ‘Crown’ with a track called ‘Death Of Me’ with the open ended: “My name is Eric Gales, any questions?”

It’s a more ambivalent intro than you might at first imagine, for this superlative guitar player has never quite found his true career defining niche, until now.

So the real question is, which Eric Gales are we going to get here?

‘Crown’ suggests the former child prodigy has matured, being unafraid to dig deep into autobiographical songs, while his guitar playing always serves the song.

Where previously a melange of rock, blues, funk, gospel, r&b and psychedelia – with significant Hendrix influences – provided a backdrop for his scintillating fretwork, ‘Crown’ gives him a coherent identity, born of lyrical depth and well structured arrangements that facilitate the album’s flow from start to finish.

He taps into the post George Floyd world for his frisson and dips into his own experiences to reveal who he really is.

The album also focuses more on his warm vocal style which is well suited to songs that shift from the autobiographical to the observational, with occasional glimpses of his droll humour.

‘Crown’ is a career high, possibly because he’s sidelined his guitar playing metaphor – “a left-handed upside-down player in a “right-handed world” – to cut through the injustices of modern life and embrace the positives.

More significantly, his deeper moments of self analysis are sometimes given a more universal feel that we can all relate too.

‘You Don’t Know The Bluesfor example, rises from an opening audio collage and a tempo change into a cool groove with the uncompromising opening line: “If you ain’t been to jail, you don’t know the blues.”

However, he delineates his blues in a way we can all to relate too, from the tax man to relationships.

Deep into the album he pulls everything back to his autobiographical roots on luscious funk of ‘Let Me Start With This’, which serves a restatement of his own self affirmation.

It’s a near conclusion of a musical journey that opens with the kind of post Zeppelin bluster on ‘Death Of Me’ that could have come from one of co-producer’s Joe Bonamassa’s albums.

The difference is Gales warm vocal timbre, expressive phrasing and clarity of diction. The bluster gives a way to a drop-down with a spoken word rap and a dynamic guitar break full of poise, belated gritty wah-wah and a wall of sound that thunders on.

‘The Storm’ is better still.  It moves from an a cappella comment on racism – “How can you love what I do, but hate who I am” –  into a horn-led groove not far removed from Steely Dan, but peppered with gutsy guitar work that draws an exclamatory ‘woo’, ‘hey’ and guttural expressions from Eric, on a beautifully realised track that defines his oeuvre.

The slow soulful relationship blues ‘Stand Up’, counterweights musical restraint with gospel tinged bv’s with spiky lyrics before a surprisingly gentle slow fade robs us of a big finish.

In sharp contrast, both ‘Survivor’ and ‘Too Close To The Fire’ finds him at his most animated.

On the former he pours his vitriol into his playing and lyrics about a need for change, while ‘Too Close To The Fire’ is a more restrained piece that channels emotions though lovely accented guitar lines, as he uses fiery metaphors with allusions to the 1964 civil right murders in Mississippi.

Around the 5.16 mark his intricately woven guitar playing explodes into magical solo that eviscerates all that has gone before.

It’s venomous, emotional, and inspirational, with feverish wah-wah and gospel tinged bv’s that end up in the realms of Pink Floyd.

It’s also a brush with his subconscious that leads to lyrical flow and the kind of magisterial playing that effortlessly transcends genres.

And there, right at the centre of an album that teases us with 3 vignettes of his playing ability, is ‘I Want My Crown’, a showdown with Bonammassa on the album’s lead single.

It will surely draw many more listeners into an album that has even far more to offer than this intense smoking duel.

He shares the load with his wife LaDonna Gales  on “Take Me Just As I Am.”, which marks a makes a slight diversion into soulful funk, but there’s no denying the lyrical veracity or indeed the percolating horn/strings/guitar  backing track which arguably fades too quickly.

‘Crown’ marks Eric Gales ascent to his rightful place in the rock-blues pantheon. It has more depth and vision than his early career highlights such as ‘Crystal Vision’ and ‘The Psychedelic Underground’.

It also eclipses 2019’s acclaimed ‘The Book Ends’, being more song-driven, coherent and focused, while vindicating his decision to hook up with the Joe Bonamassa/Josh Smith guitar playing production team who know his strengths.

The result is a five star success. *****

Review by Pete Feenstra

UK Tour dates

BRIGHTON, CONCORDE
WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH 2022

DOVER, BOOKING HALL
THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2022

LONDON, O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
FRIDAY 25 MARCH 2022

SOUTHAMPTON, 1865
SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2022

BRISTOL, FLEECE
SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2022

NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS
TUESDAY 29 MARCH 2022

BILSTON, ROBIN
WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 2022

MANCHESTER, ACADEMY
THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2022

GLASGOW, ORAN MOR
FRIDAY 1 APRIL 2022

WHITLEY BAY, PLAYHOUSE
SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2022

LEEDS, BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
SUNDAY 3 APRIL 2022





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: PETER GOALBY – Easy With The Heartaches

PETER GOALBY – Easy With The Heartaches

Cherry Red Records [Release date 10.12.21]

Peter Goalby was the vocalist on a trio of albums released in the 80s by Uriah Heep – Abominog, Head First and Equator. After he left the band in 1986 little was heard from him after guesting on albums from the likes of Shy and John Parr. There was a series of songs recorded in a studio in Wolverhampton with keyboardist Paul Hodson and guitarist Eddy Morton. Robin George also co-wrote three songs and plays guitar on those.

Now, at long last, these songs finally get a proper release on this 11-track album personally overseen by Peter Goalby (from tape transfer, mastering and artwork).

The album starts off with the title track, one awash with guitar riffs and lashings of keys. Takes you right back in time to the 80s melodic hard rock from the likes of Shy, Robin George and Magnum. ‘I Found Real Love’ has a Foreigner feel to it and again plenty of glorious keyboard moments. As does the ballad ‘Take Another Look’, where you do think it is Lou Gramm singing at times.

‘Mona Lisa Smile’ will have Heep fans nodding along, whilst ‘Perfection’ would have given the US melodic rock giants Journey and Foreigner a run for their money. This one damn fine, catchy tune.

Touch of John Parr on ‘I Built This House’, a song which would have been a radio favourite back in the day. Another fantastic song on here and nicely polished to give it that classic 80s melodic rock sound.

All eleven songs feature strong melodies and hooks, any of which could have found their way on rock radio or covered by another artist. Plus of course you have the vocals of Peter Goalby, which really add that extra special something to the songs.

If you loved the Uriah Heep albums Peter Goalby appeared on and/or love 80s melodic rock, this album is a ‘must have’. Of its time certainly, but then good music never loses is appeal and luckily this is one of those ‘lost’ albums that has finally got the full release it deserves. ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: OUT OF THIS WORLD – S/T

Out of This World

Atomic Fire Records (Release date 14.01.22)

Kee Marcello’s recording debut with Europe was 1988’s ‘Out of This World’ and I well remember how, celebrating 30 years of the album on a solo tour, the guitarist expressed his pride in the record- so much so that he has borrowed the album title for his new outfit.

Alongside long-time bassist Ken Sandin and drummer Darby Todd,  the last piece of the puzzle was Fair Warning singer Tommy Heart, resuming their partnership that saw the ‘Kee of Hearts’ album released in 2017. Though as an interesting curio, three songs in demo form with Kee singing are included as bonus tracks.

Opener ‘Twilight’ is smothered in parping keys throughout (possibly from Don Airey who makes a guest appearance) and boasts Tommy’s rough-edged slightly accented vocals and one of Kee’s fluid solos in which he bends those notes in  trademark elongated manner.  However at seven and a half minutes it is rather longer than it needs to be, and the verses have a rather incomplete to them. .

On ‘Hangin On’ a relatively weak verse is compensated for by a big chorus with a bank of soaring vocals that call to mind TNT and a great solo from Kee, albeit rather out of context with the song. But ‘In a Million Years’  is a real grower- reading that this was an unused Europe song from the early nineties makes sense, with a familiar lyrical theme of travelling into the future and Tommy’s superb vocals even sounding uncannily close to Joey Tempest.

The impression of the opening songs is that they have moments of quality but do not flow naturally- ‘Lighting up My Dark’, boasting good guitar solos, and ‘Staring at the Sun’,  with a Journey feel in places,  both have fine melodic choruses but feel a little disjointed in places, such as a vintage seventies synyth intro on the latter totally out of kilter with the rest of the song..

‘The Warrior’ is the most differently structured song on show, a fast-paced,  loose limbed number reminiscent of Van Halen and Mr Big with suitable widdling from Kee.

After that though we move firmly into the Scandi melodic rock mainstream with a closing quartet of songs that are quite simply glorious. ‘Up To You’ is the most melodic to date with the massed vocals soaring in almost symphonic fashion on the chorus, while ‘Ain’t Gonna Let You Go’  is a big anthem with a good hook on the chorus, keys and drums playing off each other and a Journey meets Europe vibe.

Then to end a mainly up tempo album with two ballads risks ending on a downbeat note but the quality of both justifies the track ordering. ‘Only You Can Teach Me How to Love’ has a lush feel with another big chorus with soaring vocals, reminding me of Tommy’s fellow countrymen Zeno; and ‘Not Tonight’ is a big scarf waver, slower but expressive with a particularly sweet solo from Kee.

Though the songwriting could be tighter in places, when they hit their stride this is an impressive collection of melodic rock anthems. As their moniker might suggest Out Of This World will appeal to those traditionalists who prefer the old-school Europe to the current incarnation of the band.  ****

Review by Andy Nathan

 





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UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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JOE LYNN TURNER – Rescue You (Remaster)

Rock Candy Records [Release date 17.12.21]

1985, and the first of Joe Lynn Turner’s ten solo albums over the last 20 years, Rescue You, is released to huge acclaim.

He’s clearly decided to distance himself from the rock/metal approach of his band of the previous 5 years, Rainbow.

In fact a visiting alien who’s been brought up on a strict diet of Foreigner albums might be forgiven for thinking he (or indeed she) is listening to Lou Gramm here.

Opener ‘Losing You’ has that same confident timbre, a voice weighted with emotion, but not weighed down. Like Gramm, Turner possesses the same soaring, soulful delivery. And indeed, the song itself has that same pulsing urgency that reinforced many of Foreigner’s best tracks.

And funnily enough, all the songs on Rescue You are co-writes between Turner and one of Foreigner’s founding members, Al Greenwood, who played keyboards on the first 3 albums.

The title track, ‘Rescue You’ is in a similar vein to the opener. It summons up just enough melody to match Turner’s vocal intensity, on a quality song tuned to FM Radio. Greenwoods keyboards can be intrusive at times, but here they get the balance right.

‘Young Hearts’ and ‘Endlessly’ go off, if not tangentially, but at an acute angle into AOR territory. It’s Greenwood’s keyboards that do the heavy lifting, sending Turner’s voice skimming across the surface of these elegantly crafted romantic ditties. The latter was clearly aimed at radio, and to an extent it hit the target, rebounding off the Billboard Top 100 a few times, before falling back to earth.

Of the rest, only the rocky ‘On The Run’ measure up, mainly thanks to Bobby Messano’s skillfully turned axework, and Chuck Burgi’s thundering percussive thump, both pushing the music in the right direction. ‘Soul Searcher’ nearly gets there but is undone by the overuse of samples and programmed beats.

At times you can’t escape the feeling that it’s all a bit underdone, that what could have been so special needed a beefier production, but ultimately it suffers from a lack of enough truly memorable melodies. ***

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

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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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: SAXON – Carpe Diem

SAXON - Carpe Diem

Silver Lining [Release date 04.02.22]

Saxon, one of the world’s most consistent and reliable classic metal bands, a name synonymous with the New Wave Of British Heavy (NWoBHM); there were there at the start in the late 70s. Hits such as Wheels Of Steel and Princess Of The Night may have been 40 years ago, but Saxon have continued to produced a long run of strong metal albums, more consistently than any of their contemporaries.

The current line-up is the most stable the band have had, and they’re still rocking hard. Saxon have moved on from their NWoBHM roots and experimented with commercial metal and rock ’n’ roll, before coming full circle to the power metal they helped influence, and in the new millennium occasionally nodded to prog metal and symphonic too.

Covid may have put the spanner in many a works, with cancelled gigs aplenty, and while Saxon have had their own upheaval, they’ve remained busy, and this is their 23rd new studio album (24th if you include last year’s Inspirations covers album). And don’t forget vocalist Biff Byford’s solo album, and the Heavy Water album Biff recorded with his son Seb.

As vocalist Biff tells us: “I had the heart attack back in September 2019, so things went a bit pear-shaped for the band. And then Covid hit two or three months later, but luckily, we started writing and recording this album before Covid.

We did the drums in Germany and we did the guitars in various places. I was doing a lot of writing while I was in the hospital bed, and we spent quite a long time writing and arranging the ideas that we all had. I do think it’s a very intense album, and maybe some of that intensity comes from the frustration of not being able to do anything in the Covid period.

The new album’s title is Carpe Diem, literally translates as Seize The Day, which could have been the band’s motto since day one. And alongside Biff are guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, bassist Nibs Carter and drummer Nigel Glockler.

Opening with the title track, there’s a building intro before Biff hits you like a sledgehammer and the band rip you apart with riffs.

‘Age Of Steam’ follows and is suitably heavy; some of the guitar work nods back to mid 80s classic rock, there’s a strong power metal overtone, and a tribal feel to the drums. As heavy as the lyrical theme.

Then there’s the stand out 6 minute ‘The Pilgrimage’. It’s a little slower, but solid, and there’s a hint of a progressive Crusader in the guitar feel. Some changes of feel throughout, and the guitar solo soars like an eagle that doesn’t want to land.

The pace is definitely taken up several gears for ‘Dambusters’, and it continues the historical lyrical themes. And some interesting guitar interplay halfway through.

‘Remember The Fallen’ is based around a familiar lyrical theme, another excellent track. There’s a nod to the early 80s in the guitar, but given a serious power metal bolster.

I love the idea behind ‘Super Nova’, a subject very few write about and this could accompany a Brian Cox lecture, it kicks off in power metal mode with a melodic break mid song, some excellent guitar work

The album’s closer is ‘Black Is The Night’, a slight anthemic hint, the rhythms and riffage memorable, and the pace changes keep it enthralling. An addictive chunky feel, this is a song I hope they play live.

The production, courtesy of Andy Sneap (Judas Priest) bolsters the album’s intensity, which was partly shaped by recent world events. Saxon not being able to tour? That’d do it.

Saxon never fail to deliver, and they’ve done it again. Now hopefully Covid will sod off as this is one album I want to see on the road.

The band have already started work on the follow up to the Inspirations set, and who knows when they’ll start work on their next Saxon album proper – Saxon are at the top of their game with a “bollocks to Covid” work ethic to boot. ****1/2

Review by Joe Geesin





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

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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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review : LYNCH MOB – Lynch Mob (Remaster w/bonus tracks)

Rock Candy Records [release date: 17.12.21]

Lynch Mob, the album, came two years after the 1990 debut, Wicked Sensation. This was more of a band effort, with all members collaborating on the songwriting. Oni Logan had gone, and the superb Robert Mason was upfront.
Like its predecessor, it racked up several complimentary reviews in the music press, but was criminally overlooked by the record buying public, whose attention was fast being diverted toward the USA’s Pacific Northwest.

Still, there are some shrewdly crafted songs here. ‘Jungle Of Love’ and ‘Tangled In the Web’ … the opening tracks, are huge improvements over most of the debut’s content. It’s fair to say (like a lot of Lynch Mob material) that they are not immediately lovable, but the effort required to get there is part of the payoff.

At times, Logan’s lyrics on ‘Wicked Sensation’ pursued a plain speaking directness, aiming to match Lynch’s shadowy guitar phrasings. Here on the follow up, the Brown/Esposito/Mason lyric writing team try to distance themselves from the over-familiarity of love and lust tropes. Or at least leaven them with the realities of life on the street (‘Secret’ and ‘Cold Is The Heart’ are especially effective).

Lynch, of course, is a huge presence. He’s clearly self aware, and works hard to light up the music with the kind of calm intensity that stops short of overloading the band’s musical circuits. It’s impressive.

Bonus tracks ‘Love In Your Eyes’ and ‘Love Finds A Way’ were the original “bonus tracks for Japan”, and could easily have found a place anywhere on the album.

Producer, Keith (Foreigner/ Heart/ Hagar) Olsen had a hand in the remastering, and all the usual RC Reissue goodies are on board… new interviews and pics etc etc ****

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: LOVERBOY – Keep It Up/Lovin’ Every Minute Of It (Remasters)

Rock Candy Records [release date: 17.12.21]

The remasters of Loverboy’s third album, Keep It Up (1983), and their fourth, Lovin’ Every Minute Of It (1985) follow hard on the heels of the first two, Get Lucky (1981) and the self titled debut (1980).

(It’s generally accepted that the essence of a remastered album is the unaltered sound of the original recording, cleaned up, polished and balanced for today’s audio. Rock Candy seem to get this right every time.)

If any band characterised the rise of the melodic rock genre it was Loverboy. Those first two releases were gateway albums for high calibre US AOR, which came from every angle as the labels caught on.

Bands like Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard seemed to claim the fame, but you only have to hear Mike Reno’s singular vocals, perfectly toned for melodic rock, and Paul Dean’s tough but finely calibrated riffs on ‘One Sided Love Affair’ and ‘Strike Zone’ from Keep It Up to appreciate the quality – and indeed depth – of the band’s music. The charting singles, ‘Hot Girls In Love’ and ‘Queen Of Broken Hearts’ are everything their titles suggest. It was the band’s third album to be produced by hugely talented Canadian, Bruce Fairbairn…the hits just kept on coming. ****

Tom (YandT/Krokus) Allom produced 1986′s Lovin Every Minute Of It.
Being a shrewd bunch, the band had no qualms about turning to Mutt Lange for the title track and to Jonathan Caine and Harry Nilsson for ‘This Could Be The Night’.

Despite some inevitable music critic (you know, the ones with a short attention span) backlash, both songs were US Billboard top ten entries. Fellow Canadian Jim Vallance contributed ‘Dangerous’, and prolific hit writer Bill Wray, who penned best selling songs for Diana Ross, ELP, Trixter and Ace Frehley, co-wrote most of the remaining tracks with Dean and Reno. 

Like every Loverboy album to date, it’s loud yet it has soul and warmth.
The heart on the sleeve love laments and the pulse quickening hooks perhaps began to pale a little, but it still went platinum. They must have been doing something right. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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EP review: CUSTARD DREAM – Blue Wave

3MS [release date: 17.12.21]

Custard Dream is Ryan Davies, a young man who’s written, produced and performed everything you hear on this 6 track EP, Blue Wave.

The label, 3MS, could be stylised as the gambler who likes to take a punt on the outsiders, with the utmost confidence that one or more of the bands he’s backing will soon break through.

There are perhaps a few more mainstream bands on the label now, like Saints Of Sin and High Treason, but this one man band could be the one.

Davies’s signature sound is hard to pin down. The melancholy tones and slender tune of opener ‘Asteroid’ are guided by chirping rhythms, and glassy synths, punctuated by a resounding programmed bass line. It all suggests that Davies’s musical inspiration is drawn mainly from the Synth/New Wave bands of the eighties, like Tears For Fears or OMD.

Subsequent tracks are much more interesting. ‘Back In The Room’ and ‘Ocarina Vice’ riff off that whole Wang Chung/ Hall & Oates blue eyed soul vibe that peaked in the mid eighties.

But it’s probably ‘Mastermind Champion’ that works best. If only for the way in which the processed vocals and distorted keys lead ultimately to the sparkling pop immediacy of the hook, and one of the best lines of lyrics you’ll hear this year – “I’m the Mastermind champion, and you’re my speciality, but it’s like I’m playing Guess Who indefinitely”. Make of that what you will.

The EP closes with a synth rock interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s ‘When The Levee Breaks’. Yes, it sucks out the blues, but it fills the void with satisfying synth soul. It works surprisingly well.

Ryan Davies, aka Custard Dream. Two names to watch. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Not The End Of The Road

Kissin’ Dynamite - Not the End of the Road

Napalm Records [Release date 21.01.22]

Kissin’ Dynamite is a German band, formed in 2007. Entertaining the public with great albums for over 20 years, they now release their new album, ‘Not the End of the Road’, and it would be an understatement to call it just ‘good’.

The album starts with a catchy and melodic song, named as the album itself, ‘Not the End of the Road’. It goes on with ‘What Goes Up’ which draws a more ecstatic feeling to it – one to play at a party. ‘Good Life’ (featuring Saltatio Mortis/Alea, Guernica Mancini & Charlotte Wessels) is more melodic and innovative, combining feelings of hopefulness and love. Quite opposite to ‘Only the Dead’, which embraces the beauty of the unknown when it comes to being six feet under.

‘Yoko Ono’ goes slightly Pop-Rock style, making you want to dance and jump around – who says the 80’s has been forgotten? ‘Coming home’ will hit home for many people who have been away from their loved ones in the past 2 years, with everything that has happened around the world – but nonetheless it shows the greatness of the band for reaching to people’s emotions through their music.

‘All for a Halleluja’ brings the album back to its heavy metal feeling, with the intro guitars being outstanding. ‘No One Dies a Virgin’ is filled with great lyrics, such as ‘[…] it makes you lose your cocky winner-smile’ and ‘In the very end life f*cks us all’, which will definitely bring a smile on your face.

The 9th song in their album of 12, ‘Gone for Good’ reminds of me early Axel Rudi Pell with its glam feeling to it and lyrics like ‘Funny how all our yesterdays grow pale’. It also allows Hannes Braun to show his empowering and strong voice. ‘Defeat it’ follows the same route when it comes to emphasizing Braun’s voice and it is impossible not to like it.

‘Voodoo Spell’ brings back the excitement from the beginning of the album, being a super captivating and melodious song, including some tribal beats alongside an intense guitar. All that to introduce us to the last song of the album, ‘Scars’ which is a gentle, acoustic and mellow song. It brings a lot of emotion while listening to it and closes the album on a feeling of yearning for more. ***1/2

Review by Marina Negru





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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EP review: JASON SWEENEY – Welcome To Bathvegas

JASON SWEENEY - Bathvegas

Facebook [Release date 07.01.22]

We’ve played a couple of songs Jason Sweeney released last year on GRTR! Radio, including the rather good ‘She’s A Fighter’. Now he kicks off 2022 with a new five song EP where he is joined by Scott Hannah (guitar), Craig Rolls (keys), Brian Stewart (bass) and Chris Kip Smith (drums).

The EP starts off with the classy melodic rocker ‘Without Love’, complete with parptastic keyboard fills. Chances are if you enjoy the likes of Nestor or Night Flight Orchestra you’ll like this 80s influenced tune.  ‘Drinking For The Weekend’ (with plenty of cowbell throughout!), is a raucous rocker that is one of those good time songs, perfect as a musical pick me up.

‘Love By The Hour’ is pretty standard fare, however, the pace picks up nicely on ‘Georgia Sunshine’. The guitar riffs neatly combining with the piano, with another fine guitar solo on the outro. ‘The Road I Take’ sees the EP out with the sort of tune Bon Jovi used to do. Good use of harmony vocals on this one.

Musically this one hits the spot as Jason Sweeney has assembled a good bunch of musicians. The production allows each instrument to be heard clearly, none of that overly cluttered sound that has spoiled a few recent melodic rock releases by other artists.

Jason Sweeney deserves to be more widely known based on the highly enjoyable EP. Lovers of melodic hard rock should investigate and invest in this EP pronto. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: IVY GOLD – Six Dusty Winds

Pete Feenstra chatted to Manou and Sebastian from Ivy Gold for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 9 January 2022.

Ivy Gold - Six Dusty Winds

Golden Ivy Records [Release date: 12.03.21]

Ivy Gold is a muscular international rock-blues band featuring the dynamic duo of Austrian vocalist Manou and German guitarist Sebastian Eder, formerly of power metal outfit Avalon.

They work hard on their songs and fill their expansive arrangements with plenty of gusto and enough room for spontaneity.

The band is powered by the punchy rhythm section of drummer Tal Bergman, (Terence Trent Darby, Rod Stewart, Joe Zawinul, BB King and Joe Bonamassa etc) and German based American bassist Kevin Moore.

The lineup is completed by keyboard player Anders Olinder who was last seen with Sari Schorr and Glenn Hughes.

The band’s hard rocking style is based round Eder’s soaring guitar work, Olinder’s keyboard noodles and Manou’s wiry vocals, which on the opening cut ‘Face Of Deceit’ and the later ‘Suspicion’ reminds me of Amon Düül II’s Renate Knaup.

The impressive thing about this album is the way that the band grows exponentially over 10 tracks that give everyone room to breathe, stretch out and shape their collective identity.

‘Believe’ for example, bubbles up from a funky groove into a dazzling organ and guitar solo to give the song its defining touches.

‘We Are One’ also draws on a similar funky feel with an animated vocal and a big hair era chanted hook which unfortunately gives it a slightly dated feel.

‘This Is My Time’ is a similar guitar driven funky groove with a notably uplifting anthemic chorus.

The dirge filled title track asks some questions of Manou’s vocals, which she answers favourably when she soars rather than growls.

‘Suspicion’ is a guitar tour de force, opening in a bluesy vein, but then becomes more funkier over a cool organ line. It also marks the point in the musical journey when the project seems to be more relaxed and grooves nicely, especially on the very cool slow fade out.

For the most part, Ivy Gold straddle hard rock bluster, funk and blues, while the slow burning ‘Retribution’ strikes a neat balance between a subtle arrangement, Manou’s hard rock phrasing and a gospel influenced chanted hook which neatly resolves the piece.

Eder again comes into his own with a fluid solo on the melodic radio friendly ‘Shine On’, while ‘Without You’ finds Manou almost over singing on an otherwise laid back track full Eder’s delicate notes, Linder’s cool organ flourishes and Bergman’s subtle shuffle percussive work.

‘Born Again’ rounds things off impressively in hard rocking style, as Eder’s opening guitar burst cuts through a mid-tempo track that borders on the ponderous, but is rescued by the  uplifting lyric: “My soul is rising higher.” The song is finally  transformed by the big chorus and Eder’s defining solo that leaves you wanting more.

There’s plenty of good hard rocking vitality here, making ‘Six Dusty Winds’ a solid enough debut. It’s an album forged by an impressive collective musical ability that is only a few good songs short of a being completely convincing.

File under promising. ***½

Review by Pete Feenstra





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

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Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
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Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

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Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: DIRTY WHITE BOY – Bad Reputation (Remaster with bonus track)

Bad Reputation Records [Released 16.12.21]

Dirty White Boy originally released Bad Reputation in 1990.

Melodic hard rock had entered the new decade unconvincingly, and was rapidly evolving into a bloated, corporate rock cliché. Bad Reputation was a significant exception.

The fast formed assembly of three seasoned professionals, Earl (Lennon/Bowie) Slick, Keni (Autograph) Richards and ex Giuffria vocalist, David Glen Eisley had talent to burn. They cranked the machine back to a better time, and recorded one of the era’s outstanding albums.

France’s premier rock reissue label is named for this album. Fittingly then, it has given us a remastered version (with bonus track) to remind us of that rich feeling that hard rock has when great musicians are in the room at the same time.
The band’s percolation of robust melodies through seventies’ hard rock produced powerful, punchy songs. Slick’s sleazy riffs and Eisley’s abrasive vocals are a lethal combination on every track here.

The glorious, relentless blues rock of ‘Let’s Spend Momma’s Money’ is unquestionably the album standout. And in fact would have stood tall on most rock albums of the time. It dispenses with the usual lyrical banalities of the genre to tell an amusing short story of luck, big winnings and Hollywood.

Everywhere you look, they’re taking classic seventies’ rock and subjecting it to their own forms, structures and influences.
‘Lazy Crazy’ places AC/DC somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line.
The inevitable ballad, ‘You Give The Night’ is low key torch balladry – a sensual mix of the Beatles, Joe Cocker and G’n'R – a welcome change to the cheesy, by- the-numbers chart fodder that had eventually choked the genre.

Elsewhere, the band’s driving, electrifying energy is impossible to resist. ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Badlands’ are full fat, valve driven rock monsters, surging, uplifting, creating an unstoppable groove.

And yet, nothing is overcooked. Yes, it’s in your face hard rock, but you never want to turn away. Even with the bonus track ‘Back in the Night’ (originally appeared on the vinyl single of ‘Let’s Spend…’ in 1990) taking the running time to around 55 minutes, we’re still left wanting more.
A unique album, in more ways than one. ****1/2

review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: JETHRO TULL – The Zealot Gene

JETHRO TULL - The Zealot Gene

InsideOut Music [Release date 28.01.22]

Some, like me, haven’t quite recovered from Martin Barre’s departure from Tull in 2011/12.  And, more recently, it appears his replacement Florian Ophale has given way to Joe Parrish-James although Ophale appears on the new album. On stage, bizarrely, the German successor even looked a bit like Barre.

Ian Anderson has always had a high turnover of staff since the late 1970s, and it seems now it is no different in terms of guitarists although the core band of David Goodier (bass) and John O’Hara (keyboards)  have been mainstays since the early millennium.

Anderson has now fully reclaimed the Jethro Tull moniker, having billed himself a little more circumspectly  in recent years.  But that’s about it as far as changes go because the music is still very much the same, following 2014′s ‘Homo Erraticus’.

The opening tracks are even a throwback to Classic Tull.   Mrs Tibbets has the spirited bounce of ‘Songs From The Wood’  whilst ‘Jacob’s Tales’  has an acoustic ‘Aqualung’ vibe along with ‘Sad City Sisters’. And ‘Mine Is The Mountain’ has echoes of  ‘My God’.

Perhaps we can’t expect much more than reframed past glories with artists of a certain age?

And if we judge Tull by the usual prog rock benchmarks most of these tracks barely touch the four minute mark.

Lyrically, as with recent ‘solo’ albums -  ‘Homo Erraticas’ and ‘Thick As A Brick 2′ – this is demanding, taking biblical themes as a basis for further observation.  However, given the short track lengths, perhaps not appropriately balanced by enough flamboyant instrumentation with Ophale’s contribution in particular very perfunctory.  You can see why Barre took a view a decade ago.

Oh well, ‘The Zealot Gene’ at least provides a platform for further touring. ***1/2

Review by David Randall





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review: STEVE GIBBONS BAND – Rollin’-The Albums 1976-78 (5CD boxset)

Pete Feenstra chatted to Steve Gibbons for Get Ready to ROCK! radio.  First broadcast 16 January 2022.

Cherry Red [Release date 07.01.22]

The Steve Gibbons Band family tree has so many branches, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s an impenetrable forest of rock’n'roll connections.

The man’s career is well documented, from his beginnings playing in strip clubs, to touring with The Who, Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other rock’n'roll luminaries, to his time recording a bunch of streetsmart albums that still sound relevant today. And there is probably no better insider’s perspective than the one written by regular GRTR! contributor, Pete Feenstra, on his website. Take a look.

This (remastered) 5 CD boxset catches the band on the rise in the seventies, moulding blues, country, pop and pub rock into one homogenous sound that began to resonate loudly in the UK.

It’s the closest the band have come to offering up a representative body of work in one helping.

Any Road Up (1976) didn’t set the world alight, but in focusing mainly on rough edged, but finely tailored pub/street rock, it was a welcome alternative for many music fans to the rise of Punk.

It maybe attempts to tick too many stylistic boxes. Yet, that said, although the unrelenting drive of ‘Take Me Home’ and the poetic, hard edged pop of ‘Standing On the Bridge’ make for strange bedfellows, they are both exceptional examples of how to write and record outstanding material.

A year later the band recorded their follow up, Rollin On. (these were the days when labels pushed artists for at least one album a year).

An ironic cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Tulane’, was subsequently released as a single, and became a welcome, if surprising Top Ten hit.

The same country rock (Now You Know Me) and pop (Wild Flowers) influences loom large on this second album as the debut, but overall the writing is sharper now and there’s a strutting, swaggering confidence across the board.

Live on stage is where the SGB separate themselves from other bands.

Remastered with clarity and crispness, Caught In The Act is testament to the power of live performance.

It’s the arena in which genuinely talented musicians can surprise their audience with “not previously released” rock’n'roll nuggets like ‘One Of The Boys’ and ‘You Gotta Pay’. Then deploy their bolted-to-the-floor rhythm section in building to the 1,2,3 knockout punch of ‘Tulane’, ‘Speed Kills’ and ‘Rollin’ to close the set.

1978′s Down In The Bunker is widely claimed by discerning music critics to be the pinnacle of the band’s studio recordings. Maybe they have been influenced by Tony Visconti’s populist production, which tries hard to bridge from the band’s street smart rock’n'roll groove to the sound of the late seventies’ zeitgeist. But the ornate instrumentation sometimes gets in the way of the songs.

That said, the catchy pop immediacy of ‘Eddy Vortex’ allowed for a minor hit single in the UK, and the toe-tapping ‘Any Road Up’ again demonstrated the sheer versatility of Gibbon’s songwriting talent.

The fifth and final CD in the set, a BBC Radio One In Concert, recorded live at the Golders Green Hippodrome in 1977, again demonstrates the excitement this band generates on stage. Being performed live seems to give their material an emotional weight, an intensity that grabs hold of the audience.

It might not be quite warts’n all, who knows, but one thing was clear, and was noted in the music press at the time – Gibbons’ live version of his self penned song, ‘One Of The Boys’ was easily the equal of Roger Daltrey’s version. It was The Who singer’s title track on his third solo album, released in the same year.

What we haven’t mentioned so far is the bountiful provision of bonus tracks across these 5 CDs. Many come from John Peel sessions, which is not surprising given Peels pioneering spirit. Others have been tracked down by Cherry Red’s archive detectives. There are 20 in all, helping form a clear musical picture of a talented band making its way in the world nearly fifty years ago. ****

Review by Brian McGowan





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio


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 19 December 2021 and celebrates The Best of 2021 based on the GRTR! reviewer selections and popular poll results.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 4 January and features show highlights from the year (Part 2).

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com



Power Plays w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
UNTIL 9 Headstone (indie)
MARSHALL POTTS The Storm (indie)
WAKING THE ANGELS Stand Back From The Redline (CD Baby)
BLACKTOP MOJO Strike Me (indie)
THE KARMA EFFECT Steal Your Heart (indie)
REVIVAL BLACK Believe (indie)
KUBRICK Devastate (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 24 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GIANT Shifting Time (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE FERRYMEN One More River To Cross (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 PEGGY JAMES The Parade (indie)



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Album review : GIRLSCHOOL – From London To Nashville (2 CD Set)

girlschool london nashville

Store For Music [release date: 21.01.22] Girlschool experienced their share of heartache… label let downs, revolving door membership issues, conflicting views on musical direction and the struggles to sustain their ambitions in the face of all of the above, never … Continue reading

Album review : GIRLSCHOOL – From London To Nashville (2 CD Set)

girlschool london nashville

Store For Music [release date: 21.01.22] Girlschool experienced their share of heartache… label let downs, revolving door membership issues, conflicting views on musical direction and the struggles to sustain their ambitions in the face of all of the above, never … Continue reading

Album review: URIAH HEEP – vinyl picture discs

URIAH HEEP - …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble

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Tokyo-Blade-cover-Fury

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graham bonnet historic

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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – Let’s Hear It For The King

DAN REED NETWORK - Let's Hear It For The King

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EDGE-OF-FOREVER-seminole CD

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Heal & Harrow - Rachel Newton & Lauren MacColl

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iVARDENSPHERE - Ragemaker

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John Mayall - The Sun Is Shining Down

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ferrymen one more

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DOM PRAG – Needle & Thread

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Eric Gales - Crown

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Out of This World

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joe lynn turner rescue

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SAXON - Carpe Diem

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lynch mob 2

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Album review: LOVERBOY – Keep It Up/Lovin’ Every Minute Of It (Remasters)

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Rock Candy Records [release date: 17.12.21] The remasters of Loverboy’s third album, Keep It Up (1983), and their fourth, Lovin’ Every Minute Of It (1985) follow hard on the heels of the first two, Get Lucky (1981) and the self … Continue reading

EP review: CUSTARD DREAM – Blue Wave

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3MS [release date: 17.12.21] Custard Dream is Ryan Davies, a young man who’s written, produced and performed everything you hear on this 6 track EP, Blue Wave. The label, 3MS, could be stylised as the gambler who likes to take … Continue reading

Album review: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Not The End Of The Road

Kissin’ Dynamite - Not the End of the Road

Napalm Records [Release date 21.01.22] Kissin’ Dynamite is a German band, formed in 2007. Entertaining the public with great albums for over 20 years, they now release their new album, ‘Not the End of the Road’, and it would be … Continue reading

EP review: JASON SWEENEY – Welcome To Bathvegas

JASON SWEENEY - Bathvegas

Facebook [Release date 07.01.22] We’ve played a couple of songs Jason Sweeney released last year on GRTR! Radio, including the rather good ‘She’s A Fighter’. Now he kicks off 2022 with a new five song EP where he is joined … Continue reading

Album review: IVY GOLD – Six Dusty Winds

Ivy Gold - Six Dusty Winds

Pete Feenstra chatted to Manou and Sebastian from Ivy Gold for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 9 January 2022. Golden Ivy Records [Release date: 12.03.21] Ivy Gold is a muscular international rock-blues band featuring the dynamic duo of … Continue reading

Album review: DIRTY WHITE BOY – Bad Reputation (Remaster with bonus track)

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Bad Reputation Records [Released 16.12.21] Dirty White Boy originally released Bad Reputation in 1990. Melodic hard rock had entered the new decade unconvincingly, and was rapidly evolving into a bloated, corporate rock cliché. Bad Reputation was a significant exception. The … Continue reading

Album review: JETHRO TULL – The Zealot Gene

JETHRO TULL - The Zealot Gene

InsideOut Music [Release date 28.01.22] Some, like me, haven’t quite recovered from Martin Barre’s departure from Tull in 2011/12.  And, more recently, it appears his replacement Florian Ophale has given way to Joe Parrish-James although Ophale appears on the new … Continue reading

Album review: STEVE GIBBONS BAND – Rollin’-The Albums 1976-78 (5CD boxset)

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Pete Feenstra chatted to Steve Gibbons for Get Ready to ROCK! radio.  First broadcast 16 January 2022. Cherry Red [Release date 07.01.22] The Steve Gibbons Band family tree has so many branches, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s an … Continue reading