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December 2018
1) Palace – ‘Binary Music’ (Frontiers – Amazing, captivating, sparkling AOR… and the best band name ever!)
2) Devil’s Hand featuring Mike Slamer & Andrew Freeman – ‘Devil’s Hand’ (Frontiers – A fantastic return for the illustrious Slamer and vocalist Freeman)
3) Be-Bop Deluxe – ‘Sunburst Finish’ (Esoteric Recordings – The new, double-disc re-mastered edition)
4) Procol Harum – ‘In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’/‘Grand Hotel’/’Exotic Birds And Fruit’/‘Procol’s Ninth’/‘The Prodigal Stranger’ (Esoteric Recordings – Fabulous expanded re-masters)
5) Freak Kitchen – ‘Confusion To The Enemy’ (Thunderstruck Productions – These Swedes always make brilliant, imaginative music)
6) John Gioeli – ‘Once Voice’ (Frontiers – Highly creditable solo debut from Hardline’s frontman)
7) Purser Deverill – ‘Square One’ (Mighty Music – Ex-Tygers duo reunite for subline slice of AOR-tinged pomp-rock)
8) IQ – ‘Ever’ (GEP – A full-on bells and whistles 25th anniversary edition of an album some fans consider their pinnacle)
9) Roine Stolt’s The Flower King – ‘Manifesto Of An Alchemist’ (Inside Out – Luscious, often orchestral-flavoured prog-rock)
10) Creye – ‘Creye’ (Frontiers – A tad overrated in my book, but above-par Scandi-AOR all the same)
11) Motorpsycho – ‘The Crucible EP’ (Rune Grammofon – Norway delivers yet more awesome prog-meets-hard rock)
12) Clutch – ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ (Weathermaker Music – Still slightly flummoxed at this being Classic Rock’s writers’ album of 2018, but it’s rather good…)
13) Eden’s Curse – ‘The Demos: The Complete Series, Volume 1’ (A&D Records – Work-in-progress five-disc chronology, from ‘Eden’s Curse’ to ‘Cardinal’)
14) Evergrey – ‘The Inner Circle’ (AFM – Re-mastered edition of the fifth album from the Swedish prog-metallers… impressive!)
15) Red Dragon Cartel – ‘Patina’ (Frontiers – Jake E Lee is back, and this is far better than their debut)
16) Steelheart – ‘Rock’n Milan’ (Frontiers – Okay, the bloke’s a prize asshat but this live album shows his talent)
17) Doomsday Outlaw – ‘Suffer More’ (Frontiers – Hard rocking blues from a young Derby-based combo with real potential)
18) Heaven’s Trail – ‘Lethal Mind’ (Escape Music – Ex-Jaded Heart members dish up a slab of hard-driving melodic metal)
19) Thundermother – ‘Thundermother’ (Despotz – Hugely enjoyable, AC/DC-ish all-female rock from Sweden)
20) Mutter Slater Band – ‘Field Of Stone’ (Angel Air – Gritty, slightly dark, R&B-flavoured solo album from the former Strackridge member)

November 2018
1) Twisted Sister – Live At The Marquee 1983’ (Atlantic – Audio documentation of one of the finest gigs that I ever saw!)
2) Rush – ‘Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Super Deluxe’ (Universal Music – Joyously detailed revision of my favourite Rush record)
3) Roxanne – ‘Radio Silence’ (Rat Pak – Among the most flawless AOR records of the past 12 months)
4) Alice In Chains – ‘Rainier Fog’ (BMG – Their post-Layne reunion continues… I really dig this!)
5) Newman – ‘Decade II’ (AOR Heaven – The perfect starting point for those new to their deliciously pomp-laden melodic hard rock)
6) Bucket’s Rebel Hart – ‘20 Good Summers’ (Pride & Joy Music – Never underestimate the power of a good song, well sung)
7) Electric Boys – ‘The Ghost Ward Stories’ (Target – Return of the ace Swedish funkmeisters)
8) Lee Aaron – ‘Diamond Baby Blues’ (Big Sister – The rock comeback continues in fine style!)
9) Tony Mitchell – ‘Beggar’s Gold’ (Melodic Rock – Rousingly enjoyable solo album from the ex-Kiss Of The Gypsy frontman)
10) Bernie Tormé – ‘Shadowland’ (Retrowrek – Fiery, blues-laden hard rock delivered as only Tormé can)
11) REO Speedwagon – ‘The Early Years: 1971-1977’ (Hear No Evil – Eight discs of pre-MTV era hard rock)
12) Nordic Union – ‘Second Coming’ (Frontiers – Just as good as their debut, possibly even better…)
13) Voivod – ‘The Wake’ (Century Media – The French-Canadian fruitloops deliver another concept piece)
14) Riverside – ‘Wasteland’ (Inside Out – Heart-warming neo-prog from these enduring, deserving Poles)
15) Eden’s Curse – ‘Testament – The Best Of’ (AFM – Two discs of catalogue highlights, plus a brand new tune)
16) Chariot – ‘The New Horizon Dawns’ (PFR – New material from Chariot is always welcome… shame this may be their swansong)
17) City Of Thieves – ‘Beast Reality’ (Frontiers – The band formerly known as Four Wheel Drive *finally* gets into gear!)
18) Stephen Pearcy – ‘View To A Thrill’ (Frontiers – There’s no mistaking Ratt’s frontman…)
19) Haken – ‘Vector’ (Inside Out Music – The UK proggers continue their steady rise)
20) Joe Cocker – ‘The Essential Collection’ (PolyGram TV – Car boot sale bargain CD… well worth 50 pence!)
21) The Pineapple Thief – ‘Dissolution’ (KScope – Better late than never!)
22) Jerome Mazza – ‘Outlaw Son’ (Escape Music – The former voice of 1990s Christian metallers Angelica is back)
23) Icarus Witch – ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ (Cleopatra – Slightly Maiden-esque, melodic, hummable heavy metal)
24) The Blackheart Orchestra – ‘Diving For Roses’ (Right Track – Female-fronted gothic prog-lite… very moreish)
25) Hearts On Fire – ‘Call Of Destiny’ (Melodic Rock – Their admiration for Journey, Leppard and Europe shines out like a beacon)

October 2018
1) Nazareth – ‘Loud & Proud! The Box Set’ (BMG – Everything they’ve ever done in one heavyweight box… sensational!)
2) Nazareth – ‘Tattooed On My Brain’ (Frontiers – A brave, highly encouraging new start)
3) It Bites – ‘Live In London’ (www.itbites.com – Five live discs from 1986-1990… absolutely essential for fans)
4) Greta Van Fleet – ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ (Lava – Very much a Marmite band, but I love them!)
5) Hawklords – ‘Brave New World’ (Shellshock Distribution – Another bloody terrific record)
6) Fish – ‘A Parley With Angels EP’ (Chocolate Frog – Three wonderful new tracks)
7) Del Bromham – ‘White Feather’ (Esoteric Antenna – Stray’s frontman strikes out with a right l’il beauty of a solo album)
8) Pavlov’s Dog – ‘Prodigal Dreamer’ (Rockville – How on God’s green earth does David Surkamp still sing like that?!)
9) Hogjaw – ‘Way Down Yonder’ (Snakefarm – Highly capable, meat and potatoes Southern rock)
10) Hank Erix – ‘Nothing But Trouble’ (Livewire/Cargo – Agreeable solo album from the Houston mainman)
11) Damanek – ‘In Flight’ (Giant Electric Pea – Extremely melodic, at times very Toto-esque prog-rock)
12) Kenny Leckremo – ‘Spektra’ (IDIC Music – The original voice of H.e.a.t returns)
13) Curved Air – ‘Second Album’ (Esoteric Recordings – Swanky, double-disc expanded re-mastered edition)
14) Mob Rules – ‘Beast Reborn’ (SPV – One of the premier melodic power metal releases of 2018)
15) Glass Hammer – ‘Chronomonaut’ (Sound Resources – Beautifully constructed prog rock)
16) Dynazty – ‘Firesign’ (AFM – A pulsating mix or melodic hard rock and metal)
17) Mia Klose – ‘Stronger’ (Mia Klose Music – More good-time pop-rock from the London-based Swede)
18) Night Demon – ‘Live Darkness’ (SPV – Two discs of 1980s-inspired heavy/speed metal)
19) The New Roses – ‘One More For The Road’ (Napalm – Inoffensive, mildly enjoyable Teutonic rock)
20) Hercules – ‘On The Radar’ (Herculesrockband.com – Good-time boogie rock ‘n’ roll band from Fåvang, Norway)

September 2018
1) Uriah Heep – ‘Living The Dream’ (Frontiers – Every bit as good as I hoped it would be!)
2) Angel – ‘The Casablanca Records Years’ (Caroline – Their entire catalogue over seven sumptuous discs… pomp-rock heaven!)
3) Newman – ‘Decade II’ (AOR Heaven – Re-recorded highlights of his second spell… ideal for beginners!)
4) Nashville Pussy – ‘Pleased To Eat You’ (Ear Music – I just cannot get enough of the track ‘Testify’!!)
5) Satan – ‘Cruel Magic’ (Metal Blade – Heavy metal like it used to be!)
6) Hawkwind – ‘Road To Utopia’ (Cherry – Orchestral re-workings, and a cameo from Eric Clapton!)
7) Frankie Miller – ‘…That’s Who: The Complete Chrysalis Recordings’ (1973-1980) (EMI – Recently re-discovered four-disc set from 2011)
8) Those Damn Crows – ‘Murder And The Motive’ (Earache – A fine and now rebooted debut which drips with potential)
9) Monster Truck – ‘True Rockers’ (Mascot – Does what it says on the tin!)
10) Doro – ‘Forever Warriors, Forever United’ (Nuclear Blast – Her 20th album is a 35th anniversary year… much respect)
11) Joe Bonamassa – ‘Redemption’ (Provogue – Though it’s quite trendy to take a dig, this has some amazing moments)
12) Status Quo – ‘1+9+8+2’/‘Back To Back’/‘In The Army Now’/ ‘Ain’t Complainin’’ (Universal – Not my favourite era in Quo history, but the sleeve essays are pretty good!)
13) Billy F Gibbons – ‘The Big Bad Blues’ (Snakefarm – Light years better than that puzzling solo debut!)
14) U.D.O. – ‘Steelfactory’ (AFM – Yet more Teutonic metaaaaal from Herr Dirkschneider)
15) Federal Charm – ‘Passenger’ (Wire Sound – New singer, revamped style… I dig this!)
16) Corky Laing’s Pompeii – ‘The Secret Sessions’ (Rouge – Guests spots from Clapton, Hunter & Ronson, Todd and more… now re-mastered and on yellow vinyl!)
17) Michael Romeo – ‘War Of The Worlds Part 1’ (Mascot – Symphony X guitarist tackles the HG Wells novel in his own overblown way)
18) Various Artists – ‘Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal’ (Cherry Red – Five-disc set… great to hear Metal Duck again!)
19) Supersuckers – ‘Suck It’ (SPV – They’re still quite Super, and they definitely don’t Suck)
20) Sulo – ‘Nightshift’/‘Brilliant Outsiders’ (Livewire/Cargo – Two wildly differing discs, both enjoyable in their own way)

August 2018
1) The Magpie Salute – ‘High Water I’ (Provogue/Mascot Label Group – Indispensable for fans of The Black Crowes)
2) Airrace – ‘Untold Stories’ (Frontiers – One of the melodic hard rock records of 2018)
3) Groundbreaker – ‘Groundbreaker’ (Frontiers – Steve Overland and Robert Säll in perfect harmony)
4) The Sign – ‘Signs Of Life’/‘The Second Coming’ (Escape Music – Their two albums as a double-CD deluxe boxed set, with bonus tracks)
5) Enchant – ‘A Dream Imagined…: The Complete Collection 2993-2014’ (Inside Out – All eight studio albums housed in a beautiful box)
6) Pete Spiby – ‘Failed Magician’ (Be Lucky – The former Black Spiders frontman spreads his wings)
7) Massive Wagons – ‘Full Nelson’ (Earache – The daftest thing to come out of Lancaster is also the most popular… who knew?!)
8) Mad Max – ‘35’ (SPV – The Teutonic melodic heavy metal combo reaches yet another birthday… congratulations!)
9) Atlas – ‘In Pursuit Of Memory’ (AOR Heaven – A full-length debut from the promising Mancunians AOR crew)
10) Little Red Kings – ‘Callous’ (Littleredkings.com – Heartfelt, blues rock ‘n’ roll with some strong hooks)
11) Dallas – ‘Dallas’ (AOR Blvd – Bay Area combo cannot fail to conceal a debt to Def Leppard, but this is rather good)
12) King Company – ‘Queen Of Hearts’ (Frontiers – Members of Thunderstone, Children Of Bodom, Kotipelto and Northern Kings sounding surprisingly accessible)
13) Haken – ‘L-1VE’ (Inside Out’ – The fast rising UK proggers’ first ever official concert set)
14) Corky Laing’s Mountain – ‘Live At Howard’s Club H’ (Gonzo Multimedia – In the continued absence of the real thing, this’ll do…)
15) Gryphon – ‘Raindances, The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975’ (Esoteric Recordings – Their first four albums spread over two discs)

July 2018
1) Big Big Train – ‘Merchants Of Light’ (English Electric – Beautifully packaged presentation of their shows at Cadogan Hall)
2) Halestorm – ‘Vicious’ (Atlantic – No doubt about it, this will be among the year’s finest LPs)
3) Modern Art Featuring Ted Poley – ‘Modern Art Featuring Ted Poley’ (Ted-poley.com – The voice of Danger Danger and Degreed… one mighty package)
4) Dare – ‘Out Of The Silence II’ (Legend – A joyous thirtieth anniversary remake of one of the best debut albums ever)
5) Megadeth – ‘Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good – The Final Kill’ (Legacy – The debut… as it should’ve been)
6) Southern Empire – ‘Civilisation’ (Giant Electric Pea – Where prog meets melody with a dash of pomp thrown in)
7) Night Flight Orchestra – ‘Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough’ (Nuclear Blast – A fabulous 1980s rock pastiche, though the cheesy disco bits don’t work)
8) Clif Magness – ‘Lucky Dog’ (Frontiers – What class! What craftsmanship! Welcome back, sir…)
9) Molly Hatchet – ‘Fall Of The Peacemakers 1980-1985’ (Hear No Evil – Bourbon-soaked four-disc set… yeee-haaaaw!)
10) Treat – ‘Tunguska’ (Frontiers - Their third consecutive masterpiece of the melodic trock genre)
11) Curved Air – ‘Phantasmagoria’ (Esoteric Recordings – A classic from 1972, now available as double-disc set)
12) Rox Diamond – ‘Let The Music Do The Talkin’’ (Lions Pride Music – A wonderful third album from the talented LA AOR band)
13) Mr Big – ‘Live From Milan’ (Frontiers – Two audios discs and a DVD… the entire show… niiiice!)
14) Tremonti – ‘A Dying Machine’ (Napalm – Alter Bridge man lets rip with conceptual heavy metal beast!)
15) Tokyo Blade – ‘Unbroken’ (3Ms Music – Their original line-up is back… and this kicks ass!)
16) Stone The Crows & Maggie Bell – ‘Best Of’ (Angel Air – Highlights spread over two discs)
17) C.I.T.A. – ‘Act 1 — Relapse Of Reason’/‘Heat Of Emotion’ (Escape Music – Their two albums in one handy package, plus bonus tracks)
18) Nitrate – ‘Real World’ (Melodic Rock – This might interest fans of spandex-era Bon Jovi, Europe and Def Leppard)
19) Destinia – ‘Metal Souls’ (Frontiers – A respectable fusion of European power metal and US AOR)
20) Fireblast – ‘Dreams To Life’ (Z – A big riffing yet commercial sound that’s redolent of the Scorpions and Dokken)

June 2018
1) Lizzy Borden – ‘My Midnight Things’ (Metal Blade – His first album in 11 years… I love this guy’s work!)
2) Ginger Wildheart – ‘Ghost In The Tanglewood’ (Round Records – His country outlaw-folk record… utterly seductive!)
3) Shinedown – ‘Attention! Attention!’ (Atlantic – Wow… what a grower!)
4) Ghost – ‘Prequelle’ (Spinefarm – A slice of intelligent, mysterious, fascinating hard rock)
5) Kissin’ Dynamite – ‘Ecstasy’ (Metal Blade – So-called “modern hard rock” from Germany… sehr, sehr gut!)
6) Gioeli-Castronovo – ‘Set The World On Fire’ (Frontiers – The former Hardline duo reunite to produce sparks)
7) Thunderstick – ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ (Pledge Music – Wonderfully theatrical, female-fronted kitsch)
8) Finn – ‘Finn’ (Parlophone – Charity shop gem… featuring the Kiwi icons Tim and Neil)
9) Jim Lea – ‘Lost In Space EP’ (Wienerworld – Six tracks of solo greatness from Slade’s former bassist)
10) The Sea Within – ‘The Sea Within’ (Inside Out – Double set from members of Transatlantic, Pain Of Salvation, etc… heady, fascinating, moreish stuff)
11) Various Artists – ‘NWOBHM: Winds Of Time 1979-1985’ (Hear No Evil – Three discs of the good, the bad and ugly)
12) Two Of A Kind – ‘Rise’ (Frontiers – Heart-esque hard rock from Holland)
13) Guild Of Ages – ‘Rise’ (Escape Music – Chunky, insistent and hugely enjoyable)
14) Sunstorm – ‘The Road To Hell’ (Frontiers – Joe Lynn Turner sounding bright and breezy… hope he’s better soon)
15) TNT – ‘XIII’ (Frontiers – Unbalanced and frustrating… but the good bits are worthwhile)

May 2018
1) Wishbone Ash – ‘The Vintage Years 1970-1991’ (Madfish – 30 discs, 156-page hardback book, signed photos, posters… is this the greatest boxed set ever?!)
2) Saxon – ‘Thunderbolt’ (Militia Guard – Their purple period continues…)
3) Bonfire – ‘Temple Of Lies’ (AFM – Gott im Himmel… these enduring Germans still have juice in the tank!)
4) Kissin’ Dynamite – ‘Ecstasy’ (Metal Blade – A rousing, invigorating and fresh twist on hard rock themes)
5) John Coghlan’s Diesel – ‘Flexible Friends’ (Hear No Evil – Adds the fabled gig from the Marquee Club in 1985, with Rick, Alan and Bob Young)
6) Glenn Hughes – ‘The Official Bootleg Box, Volume One: 1994-2000’ (Purple – Seven concert discs from the Voice Of Rock… quality varies)
7) Shiraz Lane – ‘Carnival Days’ (Frontiers – At last they have the walk to match the talk!)
8) The Senior Management – ‘Heart And Soul’ (Melodic Rock – Göran Edman aims to meld AOR and country… amazingly, it works)
9) Mass – When 2 Worlds Collide’ (Escape Music – Typically rich in melody and sturdy of backbone)
10) Blackberry Smoke – ‘Find A Light’ (Earache – Better late than never!)
11) Fargo – ‘Constellation’ (SPV – Gnarly, grey-haired yet unmistakably sprightly rock ‘n’ roll)
12) American Tears – ‘American Years’ (Escape Music – Mark Mangold goes prog!)
13) John Mellencamp – ‘Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre’ (Eagle Vision – CD/DVD package recorded/filmed in 2016)
14) Barclay James Harvest – ‘Barclay James Harvest’ (Esoteric Recordings – Re-mastered, expanded edition of their debut from 1970)
15) Dave Greenslade – ‘Cactus Choir’ (Angel Air – A cult prog classic from 1976, with bonus track)
16) Stormzone – ‘Lucifer’s Factory’ (Metal Nation – Cool melodic metal from a band that just doesn’t know when to give up… thankfully!)
17) The Jon Butcher Axis – ‘Stare At The Sun’ (Escape Music – Re-issue of his cult favourite from 1983)
18) Universe Infinity – ‘Rock Is Alive’ (Pride & Joy Music – A slick, bombastic set of strong-arm hard rock tunes)
19) Amanda’s Somerville’s Trillium – ‘Tectonic’ (Frontiers – Jeez… what a voice!)
20) Bullets & Octane – ‘Waking Up Dead’ (Bad Mofo – My first album of theirs in 11 years… and they haven’t changed a jot!)

April 2008

1) Vega – ‘Only Human’ (Frontiers – Their most accomplished work to date)
2) Monster Magnet – ‘Mindfucker' (Napalm – A prime slab of punk-infused stoner-rock)
3) Spock’s Beard – ‘Noise Floor’ (Inside Out – The band’s most immediate record in quite a while)
4) Roger Glover & Friends – ‘The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper’s Feast’ (Purple – The new, three-disc edition… fantastic!)
5) Praying Mantis – ‘Gravity’ (Frontiers – NWOBHM survivors administer the usual melodic twist, love it!)
6) Laurence Jones – ‘The Truth’ (Top Shop Music – His best to date, methinks…)
7) Corrosion Of Conformity – ‘No Cross No Crown’ (Nuclear Blast – Better late than never!)
8) Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – ‘Memories In Rock II’ (Minstrel Hall Music – Live document of the second run of dates)
9) Jizzy Pearl Of Love/Hate – ‘All You Need Is Soul’ (Frontiers – Typically swaggersome rock ‘n’ roll)
10) Blitzkrieg – ‘Judge Not’ (Target – Still keeping it true, respect is due)
11) The Outlaws – ‘Los Hombres Malo’/‘In The Eye Of The Storm’ (Floating World – I’ve never owned ‘Los Hombres…’ on CD before)
12) 10cc – ‘I’m Not In Love: The Essential’ (Spectrum – Triple-disc collection of hits and deep cuts… worth four quid of anyone’s money!)
13) The Dust Coda – ‘The Dust Coda’ (Thedustcoda.com – They call it “rootsy, soulful, yet edge-driven hard rock ‘n’ roll”, and I agree!)
14) Dizzy Reed – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Easy’ (Golden Robot – Guest-embellished rock from GNR’s keysman, nick ‘n’ sleazy!)
15) Voices Of Extreme – ‘Mach III Complete’ (Z – Recommended for lovers of crunchy melodies and jeans-creaming lead singers)
16) Merryweather Stark – ‘Carved In Rock (GMR Music – A kick-ass retro-rock banquet)
17) Palace Of The King – ‘Get Right With Your Maker’ (Golden Robot – Big-riffing retro rock from Down Under)
18) Universe Infinity – ‘Rock Is Alive’ (Pride & Joy Music – Fruity, fulsome, good-time Swedish rock ‘n’ roll)
19) Colosseum II – ‘Wardance’ (Esoteric Recordings – Re-mastered edition of 1977 disc from Gary Moore, Don Airey and chums)
20) Weend’ô – ‘Time Of Awakening’ (Sonic Bond – Intoxicating, atmospheric, female-voiced prog-metal)
21) Grand Design – ‘Viva La Paradise’ (GMT Music – Sweden’s Leppard worshippers are back!)
22) Comus – ‘First Utterance’ (Esoteric Recordings – Re-mastered re-issue of the prog-folk gem from 1971)
23) 3Sixty – ‘#Truestories (3sixtyrockband.co.uk – Gutsy, tuneful hard rock… promising)
24) Lords Of Black – ‘Icons Of The New Days’ (Frontiers – Leaps and bounds better and its predecessor)
25) Dokken – ‘Return To The East Live (2016)’ (Frontiers – Oh my goodness, this is feeble)

March 2018
1) FM – ‘Atomic Generation’ (Frontiers – How on God’s green earth do they remain so consistently wonderful?!)
2) Judas Priest – ‘Firepower’ (Columbia – The Priest is back! And with all guns blazing!)
3) Rick Parfitt – ‘Over And Out’ (Ear Music – Gone, but never to be forgotten)
4) Saxon – ‘Saxon’/‘Wheels Of Steel’/‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ (BMG – Revised versions of three albums that helped to shape metal)
5) Chris Squire – ‘Fish Out Of Water’ (Esoteric Recordings – Never owned this on CD before… the double-disc edition is fabulous!)
6) Perfect Plan – ‘All Rise’ (Frontiers – Where Scandi-AOR meets North American hard rock… utterly God-like!)
7) Kino – ‘Radio Voltaire’ (Inside Out – Album number two from the band everybody assumed was dead)
8) Rick Springfield – ‘The Snake King’ (Frontiers – His blues album?! I don’t think so… and that’s meant positively)
9) LA Guns – ‘Made In Milan’ (Frontiers – CD and DVD from last year’s gig in Italy)
10) Myles Kennedy – ‘Year Of The Tiger’ (Napalm – The Alter Bridge/Slash singer goes unplugged in style)
11) Drive, She Said – ‘Real Life’ (Escape Music – Newly re-mastered edition of their album from 2003)
12) The Damned – ‘Evil Spirits’ (Spinefarm – Better late than never… this is great!)
13) JCM – ‘Heroes’ (Repertoire – What a power-trio… Jon Hiseman, Clem Clempson and Mark Clarke playing some great cover version tributes)
14) Atomic Rooster – ‘Sleeping For Years: The Studio Recordings 1970-1974’ (Esoteric Recordings – Four-CD set… does what it says on the tin!)
15) Richie Kotzen – ‘Telecasters & Stratocasters’ (The Store For Music - Contains the albums ‘Something To Say’, ‘What Is’ and ‘Break It All Down’)
16) Danny Bryant – ‘Revelation’ (Jazzhaus – This is the UK bluesman’s best yet)
17) Bullet – ‘Dust To Hold’ (SPV – The sixth album from the Swedish trad-metallers)
18) Savage Messiah – ‘Hands Of Fate’ (Century Media – Quality thrash-metal… from… ulp… England!)
19) The Sharpeez – ‘Wild One’ (3MS – Rock-solid blues with strong choruses)
20) Last Great Dreamers – ‘13th Floor Renegades’ (Ray – Eager, often rather memorable rock ‘n’ roll)
21) Sudo Karlsson – ‘Sudo’s Full English’ (Cargo/Livewire – Cool solo album from the former Diamond Dogs singer)
22) ReVertigo – ‘ReVertigo’ (Frontiers – High quality heavy melodic rock from Mats Levén and Anders Wikström)
23) BulletBoys – ‘From Out Of The Skies’ (Frontiers – Some enjoyable tunes… and a whole load of crud!)
24) Amorettes – ‘Born To Break’ (SPV – They’re improving… gradually!)
25) Salty Dog – ‘Lost Treasure’ (Escape Music – Way too leaden and unformed… but a handful of good moments)

February 2018
1) Marillion – ‘Brave – Deluxe Edition’ (Parlophone – Four-disc reappraisal of one of their defining moments)
2) Rose Tattoo – ‘Tatts Live In Brunswick’ (Golden Robot – Tearing up an Aussie bikers club in ’82… amazing!)
3) Cats In Space – ‘Cats Alive!’ (Harmony Factory – Their set supporting Thunder in Cardiff… fabulous stuff)
4) The Temperance Movement – ‘A Deeper Cut’ (Earache – The band’s best since that awesome debut)
5) W.E.T. – ‘Earthrage’ (Frontiers – This new music from Soto, Mårtensson and Säll is F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.!)
6) Dukes Of The Orient – ‘Dukes Of The Orient’ (Frontiers – Silky, melodic pomp-rock doesn’t get too much better)
7) Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman – ‘The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour’ (Blacklake – A mesmerising two-man collaboration)
8) Damian Wilson – ‘Built For Fighting’ (Blacklake – Available since 2016, but I’ve *finally* got it on vinyl!)
9) Burn – ‘Ice Age’ (Melodic Rock – Some fillers at the end but otherwise what a great melodic hard rock record)
10) The Sheepdogs – ‘Changing Colours’ (Dine Alone – Killer retro-rock from Saskatoon, Canada)
11) Space Elevator – ‘Space Elevator II’ (SPV – This is one heck of a grower…)
12) Jared James Nichols – ‘Black Magic’ (Listenable – Okay, it came out last year but this coloured vinyl adds three bonus tracks!)
13) David Byron – ‘Baby Faced Killer’ (Floating World – The first time I’ve owned it on CD… patchy but good bits are great!)
14) Little Caesar – ‘Eight’ (Golden Robot – Still hard rockin’, still soulful…)
15) No Hot Ashes – ‘No Hot Ashes’ (Frontiers – Back after 34 years away and produced by Messrs Goldsworthy and Jupp, this is a darned fine return!)
16) Skam – ‘The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard’ (www.skamuk.com – What a massive improvement on what went before!)
17) Wayward Sons – ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’ (Frontiers – Ex-Little Angels/Fastway singer Toby Jepson returns in fine voice)
18) Tribulation – ‘Down Below’ (Century Media – Saw them with Arch Enemy and their album is outstanding)
19) Stuckfish – ‘Calling’ (Sonic Portrait – Fantastic melodic prog-rock)
20) Signal Red – ‘Under The Radar’ (Escape Music - Powerful and fiery yet well-grounded in a melodic sense)
21) Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins’ – ‘Pawn And Prophecy’ (Frontiers – All-star power-metal combo led by the Symphony X bassist)
22) Fabio Lione-Allessandro Conti – ‘Lione v Conti’ (Frontiers – It’s a melodic power-metal meltdown!)
23) Billy Walton Band – ‘Soul Of A Man’ (No Fret – Bluesy, funky and uplifting!)
24) Seven More Days – ‘Little Dark Pleasures’ (Sevenmoredays.com – Hard rock/metal with lashings of light and shade)
25) Neon Animal – ‘Bring Back Rock ‘N’ Roll From The Dead’ (Cargo – Sleazy, wasted-sounding, bubblegum-esque rock ‘n’ roll)

January 2018
1) Michael Schenker Fest – ‘Resurrection’ (Nuclear Blast – This will be among the best releases of 2018)
2) Ammunition – ‘Ammunition’ (Frontiers – Nü-AOR genius from Erik Mårtensson and Åge Sten Nilsen)
3) Nightwish – ‘Decades’ (Nuclear Blast – So many great songs!)
4) Curved Air – ‘Airconditioning’/‘Air Cut’ (Esoteric Recordings – Newly expanded editions of albums from 1970 and ’73)
5) Raintimes – ‘Raintimes’ (Frontiers – US-style pure-AOR… from Italy!)
6) Jon Butcher Axis – ‘Jon Buther Axis’ (Escape Music – For the first time on CD… this li’l gem stands up very well!)
7) Vandenberg’s Moonkings – ‘Mk II’ (Mascot – Always loved this guy’s work!)
8) Mollie Marriott – ‘Truth Is A Wolf’ (Amadeus Music – Newly tweaked version of her debut, previously issued in 2015)
9) Rick Derringer – ‘Joy Ride: Solo Albums 1973-1980’ (Hear No Evil – Four-disc set… such an underrated body of work!)
10) Kayak – ‘Seventeen’ (Inside Out – Delicious symphonic prog from Holland… with cameo from Andy Latimer)
11) Malinda Moye – ‘Bad As I Wanna Be’ (Leopard – Malinda’s mix of funk, rock and soul can be a bit too poppy for me, but I love what she does!)
12) Michael Schenker – ‘A Decade Of The Mad Axeman’ (Inakustik – Double-disc anthology)
13) Robin Beck – ‘Love Is Coming’ (Frontiers – Sprightly, colourful, fun AOR)
14) Jessica Wolff – ‘Grounded’ (Metalopolis – Not sure why I love this slice of pop-rock like I do… but it’s great)
15) Perfect Beings – ‘Vier’ (Inside Out – Dreamy, blissful prog… ideal for a Sunday morning chillout)
16) Matthew Fischer – ‘Matthew Fischer’/ ‘Strange Days’ (Angel Air – Two-on-one re-issue of the Procol Harum keyboardist’s solo work)
17) Prayer – ‘Silent Soldeiers’ (Escape Music - These Finns weld a colourful, pompous edge to a fairly robust strand of AOR)
18) Pretty Boy Floyd – ‘Public Enemies’ (Frontiers – The Aldi edition of Mötley Crüe… oddly, this catchy collection includes a track by Nikki Sixx)
19) Bodast – ‘Towards Utopia’ (Esoteric Recordings – The ‘lost’ debut from Steve Howe and company)
20) John Steel with Doogie White – ‘Everything Or Nothing’ (John Steel – Bulgarian metalheads are joined by the estimable Mr White… not too shabby!)

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