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Albums of the Year 2017

Posted in Albums of the Year, AOR, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, indie, Melodic rock, metal, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

Music for 2016: BIG BIG TRAIN

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2016, News, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Really looking forward to hearing this one as Big Big Train are one of the best and most consistent progressive music bands out there at the moment.

Big Big Train have released a teaser video for their upcoming album ‘Folklore’. The album is released on May 27 and is available for pre-order now in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

Folklore tracklist:
  • Folklore
  • London Plane
  • Along The Ridgeway
  • Salisbury Giant
  • The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
  • Wassail
  • Winkie
  • Brooklands
  • Telling The Bees

Music for 2016: FROST* announce their new album

Posted in Music for 2016, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on March 14, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Looking forward to this one a lot…

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Frost*, the brainchild of keyboard player and song-writer Jem Godfrey, have announced the release of their long-awaited new album ‘Falling Satellites’ for the 27th May 2016. Joined by guitarist & vocalist John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, It Bites), drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) & bassist Nathan King (Level 42), ‘Falling Satellites’ is the band’s first album in 8 years & the follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Experiments In Mass Appeal’.

Comprising 11 songs, the final 6 forming a 32-minute long suite, this album also sees a guest appearance from Grammy-nominated guitar legend Joe Satriani who Godfrey played with on the G3 tour in 2012. Jem had this to say about the album:

“It’s been a long time coming, but we got there in the end. I think this is our strongest album to date and moves the sound forwards whilst still referencing what’s gone before. It’s also great to have finally co-written some songs with John in a Frost* context. The end results were better than either of us could have imagined, we just can’t wait to get out and play it all live now.”

The album will arrive on limited edition CD mediabook (incl. 2 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. The full track-listing is as follows:

1.       First Day

2.       Numbers

3.       Towerblock

4.       Signs

5.       Lights Out

6.       Heartstrings

7.       Closer To The Sun

8.       The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues

9.       Nice Day For It…

10.   Hypoventilate

11.   Last Day

12.   Lantern (bonus track)

13.   British Wintertime (bonus track)

The band will also head out on tour in the UK in support of the new record, including an appearance at Ramblin Man Fair in July. You can find the full list of confirmed dates below:

Friday 17th June – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Saturday 18th June – Montgomery Hall, Wath-Upon-Dearne

Sunday 19th June – The Robin 2, Bilson

Saturday 23rd July – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone

Friday 29th July – Thekla, Bristol

Saturday 30th July – 02 Islington Academy, London

Sunday 31st July – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tickets for all headline dates available here: http://themerchdesk.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=155_201

The music is out there…

Posted in Blues rock, Classic albums, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, hard rock, Heavy metal, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Mix tape, Modern rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on February 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I love discovering and listening to new music, be it actual new music or older music that I listen to for the first time. I know many music fans my age or older get very set in their tastes and say nothing new is as good as the older, established bands, however that misses the point a little for me. Yes bands like say the Temperance Movement or Inglorious, to name but two, are nothing new musically yet they take the music they love and give it their own twist. Heck, bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple borrowed and were influenced by established artists in their day to create the music that still resonates today.

Just this week I picked up a Richard Hawley CD after reading a rave gig review on GRTR! On Twitter I have been picking up on new music and currently loving Broken Witt Rebels (their new EP is superb!) and the indie rock of Mountain Jam. The joy and thrill of hearing new music and championing the musicians is one of life’s great joys for me and many others.

Go on, listen to at least one new band/musician this week, be they new or old…

Music for 2016: THE MUTE GODS

Posted in Music for 2016, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on January 22, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Nick Beggs had this to say: “Possibly the most important song on The Mute Gods album, a real father/daughter dialogue that was not easy to have.”

The Mute Gods release their debut album ‘Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me’ today on Inside Out. Nick Beggs is joined by respected drummer Marco Minnemann and Roger King (Steve Hackett) on keyboards/guitars/backing vocals. It is a fine mix of progressive music with a distinct ear for melody and some wonderful atmospherics on the songs – as can be heard on the song above. Highly recommended.

DAVY O’ LIST LIVE AT THE BORDERLINE LONDON 23rd JANUARY 2016

Posted in Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

DAVY O’ LIST LIVE AT THE BORDERLINE LONDON 23rd JANUARY 2016.

Davy O’List, who has during his colourful career, has been a founding member of Roxy Music, sideman to Bryan Ferry and John Cale, as well as a producer, writer, arranger and performer for bands such as Pink Floyd, The Attack and The Nice, proudly introduces his latest solo album, Second Thoughts.

This highly anticipated new album comes 18 years since last solo release ‘Flight of the Eagle’.  An elusive figure within the British rock scene, Davy was once voted within the

Top 100 guitarists ever by Classic Rock Magazine, yet in recent years, his disappearance from the music scene has remained a mystery to fans across the world.

Over the years Davy has produced singles and albums for The Attack, The Nice and Roxy Music, along with various others artists for Island Records, CBS and various indie labels.  Through his production work he became a pioneer, where he was one of the first in line to commercialise the blending of rock, pop, funk, jazz and classical music, in order to establish chart success.

‘Second Thoughts’ sees Davy returning to Prog Rock routes, a genre which he helped define in the late 60s during his time in The Nice.

Promo for the new record has included several interviews in Uncut Magazine throughout the progress of the new album, including a five page feature in 2014 and another which called his new material ‘Spectacular. Some tracks sound like long-lost Prog classics from 1973’.

Interviews with Davy have featured in Prog, Classic Rock and Record Collector magazines, alongside numerous glowing reviews, including a 4 star review in Classic Rock which said ‘Key to its appeal is O’List’s guitar tone, surely the best in Western civilisation‘. Record Collector, who also gave the album 4/5, said it was ‘Bursting with ideas’.

During his career Davy became notorious for his incredible live performances, so it’s with great excitement that he’s announced several live dates in October and November this year and a show at The Borderline in London on Saturday 23rd January.

☆☆☆☆ – Classic Rock Magazine ‘Key to its appeal is O’List’s guitar tone, surely the best in Western civilisation‘

☆☆☆☆ – Record Collector ‘Bursting with ideas’

THE BORDERLINE Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB

SATURDAY 23rd JANUARY 2016 Doors 7.30pm

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2016, News, Power metal, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

4th-7th August 2016

70’s Legends Headline This Years Main Stage

The Cambridge Rock Festival is a superb music event featuring Classic Rock, Blues, with Progressive Rock and some young and exciting Metal bands, all stages are covered.  On the Thursday, the festival caters to the locals, with an evening of Tribute bands. This festival offers a stage to some up and coming younger bands and has seen some become successful. The Treatment, Bonafide, Pearl Handled Revolver and Walkway (recently supported the great Status Quo) to name a few. The Festival has some great food stalls, and is renowned for its 70 real ales, ciders, wines and lager!

The first bands announced for the 2016 festival are: One of Progressive Rock’s greatest legends, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour.    The extraordinary Dutch band Focus still featuring original members Thijs Van Leer (organ, flute and vocals) and Pierre Van Der Linden (drums). Curved Air with the beautiful Sonja Kristina at the helm. Sonja was one of the stars of the original cast of the musical Hair, in London in 1968. Curved Air rose to fame with their song Back Street Luv.

80’s star Hazel O’Connor, is huge favorite of the festival, and we are thrilled that she playing again in 2016.

Cregan and Co, Jim Cregan is Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-songwriter. X-Factor finalist Ben Mills is on vocals. Jim was responsible not only for writing many of Stewart’s greatest hits, he also wrote Cockney Rebel’s hit Come Up And See Me.

The Pink Fairies are an English rock band initially active in the London underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970s.  They have reformed for a series of gigs including the CRF.

Also playing are:  Walkway, a great Cambridge favorite.  HeKz a progressive metal band, who received a huge ovation at Cambridge 2014.  The Mentulls play their own brand of Progressive Blues. Purson,  Yossarian, Malayan Blues, Doris Brendel, and Derecho.

The Blues Stage bands will be announced soon.  Many more bands are still to be confirmed.

Camping and caravaning available over the full festival. Just 2.5 miles from the historic centre of Cambridge and 3.3miles from Cambridge Rail Station. 30 mins from Stansted Airport (150metres from M11 Motorway J12). Cambridge Rocks! as after all Cambridge is the original hometown of Pink Floyd.

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, CB23 7PZ.Just off the M11 Junction 12.

www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk