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New Paul McCartney Tracks

Paul McCartney - I Don't Know / Come On To Me
Paul McCartney – I Don’t Know / Come On To Me

I have just added 2 new tracks from the upcoming album from Paul McCartney (you know – that Beatle guy!) into high rotation on the playlist. McCartney‘s new album is called Egypt Station and is set for world-wide release on September 7th. It was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters). This will be McCartney‘s first album of all-new music since 2013’s New. Tune in now and listen for the tracks I Don’t Know and Come On To Me.

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New Clapton, Allman Brothers Band and More!

Eric Clapton - Life In 12 Bars
Eric Clapton – Life In 12 Bars

I have just added 10 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars … This double disc album is the soundtrack for the recently released documentary on the iconic guitar player. It features songs from Clapton‘s career in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and his solo catalogue – but also some session work he did with the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and Delaney & Bonnie. The best part of the release is that it has 5 previously unreleased tracks that are actually essential to the Clapton catalogue. Listen for the tracks Little Wing (Live At the Fillmore East) by Derek & The Dominos, as well as the Clapton solo tracks Little Queenie (Live At Long Beach Arena) and the full length version of I Shot The Sheriff. Read the review here.

Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well … The 7 time Grammy aware winner has released an excellent album at the young-at-heart age of 81! Listen for the tracks Old Fashioned, Ooh Daddy and Cognac (which features guest guitarists Jeff Beck and Keith Richards swapping guitar solos with the blues icon). Read the review here.

The Allman Brothers Band – Peach Picks: Cream Of the Crop 2003 … The four disc set captures selected live performances from July and August of 2003. It features the 2001 to 2014 lineup of original members Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals) and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, with percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists/vocalist Warren Haynes, guitarist Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge. Listen for a rocking cover of the Derek & The Dominos classic Layla and a 14 minutes workout of the bands classic Whipping Post – featuring Brantford Marsalis on saxophone. Read the review here.

The Beach Boys – With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra … Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios – this album pairs the band with a world famous orchestra, and the results are actually well worth a listen! Listen for the tracks Good Vibrations and Sloop John BRead the review here.

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New Roger Daltrey and Smithereens Tracks

Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You
Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You

I have just added 4 new tracks into high rotation from the following newly released classic rock albums:

Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You … The lead vocalist of The Who returns with his first solo project in many years (although his bandmate Pete Townshend does play on 6 of the tracks). It features a return to his R&B roots – harking back to the very early days of The Who. Listen for the songs As Long As I Have You and How Far. Read the review here.

The Smithereens – Covers … This album features a collection of the bands’ favourite cover tunes. Listen for the songs The Seeker (originally done by The Who) and a cool version of Shakin’ All Over (originally done by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates). Read the review here.

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Ten Newly Released Tracks Added In to High Rotation

The Who - Live At the Fillmore East 1968
The Who – Live At the Fillmore East 1968

I have added 10 classic rock tracks into high rotation from newly released albums. Tune in now and listen for songs from the following albums:

Chicago – VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do) … This 4 CD/ 1 DVD box set captures some of the band’s live performances between 1969 and 2014. The first 2 discs captures their headlining performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 28, 1970. Listen for the song 25 or 6 to 4. Read the review here.

Various Artists – Johnny Cash: Forever Words … This is an interesting project where various country and rock artists put music to some of Johnny Cash‘s poetry. Listen for the track Them Double Blues by John Mellencamp. Read the review here.

The Who – Live At the Fillmore East 1968 … This double CD live set captures The Who‘s Fillmore East performance of 50 years ago when the band was at the height of their musicianship – pushing the boundaries of violence on stage (They do end up smashing their instruments). Listen for a powerful working of Shakin’ All Over. Read the review here.

RSO – Radio Free AmericaRSO is ex-Bon Jovi guitar player Richie Sambora and Australian guitar player Orianthi. The album gets better the more I listen to it, with the songs covering a diverse range of styles, including Rock, Pop, R&B, Blues, and even a bit of Country. Produced by legendary producer Bob Rock – the sound is exquisite. Listen for the songs Good Times and Take Me. Read the review here.

Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco – You’re Driving Me Crazy … This is Van Morrision‘s third album in just seven months and finds him exploring his jazz roots teamed up with jazz organist, composer, and bandleader Joey DeFrancesco. Listen for the track Everyday I Have the Blues. Read the review here.

Foreigner – With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus … This is an interesting combination of an orchestra, chorus and Foreigner but works more often than it doesn’t. Listen for the songs Double Vision, Feels Like the First Time and Urgent. Read the review here.

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings – Studio Time … This album from the ex-Rolling Stone bass player gathers up fifteen outtakes from eight different sessions, including two songs from as far back as March 1987 (before the actual formation of the Rhythm Kings). These previously overlooked and unheard gems have been newly mixed for this album by Bill Wyman and Terry Taylor. Listen for the song Going Up the Country (which was made famous by Canned Heat). Read the review here.

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New Rainbow, Steppenwolf and Sting & Shaggy

John Kay & Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf At 50
John Kay & Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf At 50

I have just added 3 new tracks into high rotation featuring Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Steppenwolf and Sting & Shaggy. Tune in now and listen for songs from the following albums:

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Memories In Rock II … this live double disc album captures a 2017 “reunion” concert that showcases some Rainbow tunes with a few Deep Purple tunes thrown in. Listen for the song Man On the Silver Mountain/Woman From Tokyo. Read the review here.

John Kay & Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf At 50 … this triple disc album contains 2 CDs of rare and deeper tracks, as well as 1 CD of a live recording of some of their best-known work. Listen for  previously unreleased track Compared To What. Read the review here.

Sting & Shaggy – 44/876 … this is an interesting combination of Sting and Reggae man Shaggy – but it definitely works. Listen for the track Dreaming In the U.S.A. Read the review here.

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New Moody Blues, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow and More!

The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed Live
The Moody Blues – Days Of Future Passed Live

I have just added some newly released classic rock tracks into the “new music” high rotation slot on the station. Tune in now and listen for songs from the following albums:

The Moody Blues – Days Of Future Passed Live … recorded live with the Toronto World Festival Orchestra, this album captures one set of live “greatest hits” songs and then the fully performed album Days Of Future Passed. Listen for live versions of the tracks Question and The Story In Your EyesRead the review here.

Neil Young + Promise Of the Real – Paradox … this album is a soundtrack to a movie of the same name – which was filmed by Neil Young‘s partner Daryl Hannah. Listen for the track Peace TrailRead the review here.

I have also added the following newly released songs into the “new music” high rotation slot:

Waiting For A Sign by Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow. This is the first rock song Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple / Blackmore’s Night) has recorded in a very long time – and it was well worth the wait. Here’s hoping there’s more to come.

Philly Forget Me Not by Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train. This track is a salute to the hall-of-fame duo’s hometown – and is a grooving little number (if I do say so myself).

Walls by Bon Jovi. This is the latest single release from the bands 2017 album This House Is Not For SaleRead the review here.

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New Hendrix, Bachman, Byrne, Judas Priest and More!

Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides Of the Sky
Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides Of the Sky

I have just put 14 newly-released classic rock tracks into high rotation in the playlist. Listen for songs from the following recently released albums:

Jim Hendrix – Both Sides Of the Sky … Although he died 47 years ago – the Jimi Hendrix legacy lives on. This album contains studio music from sessions started in 1968 but never released on album. Listen for the tracks Mannish Boy and Lover Man. Read the review here.

Randy Bachman – By George By Randy … This album is Randy Bachman‘s tribute to George Harrison. It contains songs written by the ex-Beatle – but done very differently from the originals. Listen for the tracks Between Two Mountains (a Bachman original describing how Harrison was stuck between the two musical mountains of John Lennon and Paul McCartney) and TaxmanRead the review here.

Joan Baez – Whistle Down the Wind … From what will probably be Joan Baez‘s last album – listen for the track The Great CorrectionRead the review here.

David Byrne – American Utopia … His first new solo album since 2004 – the former front man for Talking Heads takes an optimistic look at America. Listen for the tracks Every Day Is A Miracle and Everybody’s Coming To My HouseRead the review here.

The Choir – Artifact: The Unreleased Album … Before there was The Raspberries – there was The Choir. This album celebrates the early incarnation of the band’s take on Power Pop which went on to so much success as The Raspberries. Listen for the track Anyway I CanRead the review here.

Myles Goodwyn – Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of the Blues … Joined by David Wilcox, Rick Derringer, Frank Marino and a host of other blues players, the ex-April Wine frontman takes a long look at the blues. Listen for the tracks I Hate To See You Go (But I Love To Watch You Walk Away) and You Never Got The Best Of MeRead the review here.

Judas Priest – Firepower … A little something for the metalheads from the brand new Judas Priest album. Listen for the track Rising From RuinsRead the review here.

Myles Kennedy – Year Of the TigerMyles Kennedy was the go-to vocalist for two solo albums from Slash (of Guns n’ Roses). This is the celebrated vocalist and song writer’s first solo album. Listen for the title track Year Of the TigerRead the review here.

Matthews Southern Comfort – Like A Radio … Probably most famous for their cover of the Joni Mitchell song Woodstock (which was released in 1970), Matthews Southern Comfort is still making great music. Listen for the track Bits And PiecesRead the review here.

John Mayall – Three For the Road … Recorded live in Germany last year, this album features only 3 players (John Mayall on vocals, harmonica and keyboards, Greg Rzab on bass, Jay Davenport on drums) but delivers a polished, laid back set of Mayall‘s favourite songs. Listen for the track I Feel So BadRead the review here.

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Stream Is Back Up – But We Are No Longer Available via iTunes

After being moved to a different server by my music stream provider – the radio stream is back up – but we are no longer available via iTunes.

However, the address for the Choice Classic Rock stream had to be changed. This resulted in some of the third party web sites having the wrong streaming address – which no longer play anything. I am in the process of updating all the radio station directories on the internet with the new streaming address – but this is a long painstaking process.

Even worse – I contacted iTunes and informed them of the change in the music stream server address – but received an email saying that they were “no longer adding or modifying Internet stations” in the iTunes app. So if you are used to listening to us through iTunes on the Internet Radio preset that was there – it will no longer work. There is no money in it for iTunes I suppose – so they have stopped support for internet radio stations in the iTunes app.

My apologies to anyone who listened through iTunes (I know there were a lot of you) – but these circumstances are beyond my control. However, having said that – you can manually type the music stream address into iTunes and listen to the station by following these steps:

  1. Start the iTunes app.
  2. Go to the File menu and select Open stream.
  3. Type (or copy and paste) the following:  http://bb23.sonixcast.com:20012  into the URL field.
  4. Click the OK button.

Thanks for your continued support.

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New Doors, Toto, Simple Minds and More!

Toto - Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around the Sun
Toto – Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around the Sun

I have just put 14 newly-released classic rock tracks into high rotation in the playlist. Start streaming now (it’s always free – and commercial free!) and listen for songs from the following recently released albums:

The Doors – Live At the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 … this recording of the doors last live appearance prior to the death of Jim Morrison has finally been released. Listen for the tracks Break On Through (To the Other Side) and Ship Of Fools. Read the review here.

Toto – Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around the Sun … This greatest hits package celebrates 40 years since the release of their first album. Listen for the new tracks included on the album Spanish Sea and Struck By Lightning. Read the review here.

Simple Minds – Walk Between Worlds … a brand new 18th studio album from the band that was so popular in the 1980’s. Listen for the tracks Magic and Summer. Read the review here.

John Oates – Arkansas … this member of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as part of Hall & Oates has just released his latest project. It is a distinctly different sound for someone remembered as slick and soulful. Listen for the track Dig Back Deep. Read the review here.

Kayak – Seventeen … one of Holland’s biggest bands in the 1970s – they are still turning out solid prog rock – even after 45 years. Listen for the tracks La Peregrina (She Wanders Alone) and Somebody. Read the review here.

Steve Hackett – Wuthering Heights: Live In Birmingham … The new live album from the former Genesis guitar player features his own solo compositions, as well as several Genesis tracks – including the entire Wind and Wuthering. Listen for the track Every Day. Read the review here.

Rick Springfield – The Snake King … I know, I know – you are asking “Rick Springfield?” Yes – Rick Springfield. This is a very solid album featuring great songs. Listen for the track Little Demon (Parts 1 and 2) and make up your own mind! Read the review here.

Joe Perry – Sweetzerland Manifesto … this solo album from the Aerosmith guitar player features guest vocals from Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander and The New York Doll‘s David Johansen. Listen for the track Aye, Aye, Aye. Read the review here.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust … released a while back – this album features live versions of ELO classics, as well as the track I have just added into the rotation – a cover of The Traveling Wilburys song Handle With Care. Read the review here.

I have also added into high rotation the latest single from Alice Cooper‘s latest album Paranormal. Listen for the track The Sound of A.

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