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The Best of 2016


With the festive season approaching we are following tradition and publishing the GRTR! Reviewer 'Best of' album and gig selections for 2016, from 28 November.

From Monday 5 December, we'll be inviting a popular vote with the results announced live on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 18 December.

All participants can enter a Prize Draw to win a selection of albums.

Albums of the Month 2016


Albums of the Month

Rock Wolves

...this is a supremely well  crafted and produced album that offers up some memorable almost perfect debut that one hopes will be continued rather than merely mark down time from the band members' respective projects.    (David Randall)

Glenn Hughes

GLENN HUGHES Resonate (Frontiers)
...It’s an album sculpted by layered parts and shaped by a huge wall of sound that accommodates every element of Glenn’s bristling persona. He’s an indefatigable performer who rocks, grooves and gets just as soulful in the studio as he does while treading the boards.  (Pete Feenstra)

Red Butler

RED BUTLER Nothing To Lose (indie)
...lights a fuse which smoulders, sparkles and finally glistens, as it fully reveals itself as an album with purposeful songs built round intricate little pauses, rich layers of sounds, catchy hooks and big guitar breaks..   (Pete Feenstra)

Blackberry Smoke

BLACKBERRY SMOKE Like An Arrow (Earache)
... Blackberry Smoke have produced another fine set of tunes and each one holds its own delights...and many will doubtless become firm favourites in their live shows  (Jason Ritchie)

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Boneyard Dog

This month in ROCK
November 16 - December 15

In 1976 an inflatable pig being used by Pink Floyd for cover photography drifts across London after breaking its moorings

In 1968 the No 1 UK LP is The Beatles White Album

In 1987 REM debut on UK chart with The One I Love

Freddie Mercury (Queen) dies in 1991

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w/c 14 November 2016

LUCID FLY Building Castles In Air (indie)
RED BUTLER Nothing To Lose (indie)
ROSSINGTON Take It On Faith (Loud & Proud)
SON OF MAN (Esoteric)

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MARTIN TURNER (ex-Wishbone Ash) 2 November-10 December
KING KING/Broken Witt Rebels, 9-29 November (see above)
LAURENCE JONES 10-25 November
BETH HART 11-23 November
BLACK STONE CHERRY 19 November-8 December
EDEN’S CURSE 21-27 November
ALTER BRIDGE 23 November-2 December
MARILLION 27 November-4 December
MAGNUM 6-11 December

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