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This month in ROCK
December 16 - January 15

  • Ian Hunter leaves Mott The Hoople in 1974

  • Rubber Soul by The Beatles is the No 1 UK LP in 1965

  • In 1975 the No 1 UK LP is Queen A Night At The Opera

  • On January 1 1962 The Beatles failed their audition for Decca Records

  • Eric Clapton makes his comeback at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1973

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Stray, photo by Noel Buckley
Del Bromham and Stray. Photo: Noel Buckley

The Best of 2009 - our reviewers' choice!

We've been canvassing our reviewers for the past few weeks for their annual "Best Of" selections and the results are in!

STRAY Valhalla is rated the Top Album.

Features Editor Pete Feenstra enthused: "This is hard rock at its best, with Del's searing guitar cutting through the best tracks like ''Free At Last', 'Harry Farr', '1600 Pennsylvania Avenue', go and buy it, it's his best ever!"

Chickenfoot, photo by Noel BuckleyClose runners up were CHICKENFOOT and their debut release, and the latest from DREAM THEATER

The top live act was deemed to be CHICKENFOOT and their spectacular London gig in June with SAXON and EUROPE close on their tails.

More information in our dedicated feature and David Randall features a selection of our reviewers' favourites in his end of year show on our dedicated radio channel (Sunday 27 December, 22:00)

The Best of 2009

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