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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:  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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Finally – New Tracks Released!

Strawbs - The Ferryman's Curse
Strawbs – The Ferryman’s Curse

After a quiet holiday season (music release-wise), we finally have some new tracks released! I have just put 6 newly-released classic rock tracks into high rotation in the playlist. Start streaming now (it’s free) and listen for songs from the following recently released albums:

The Yardbirds – Yardbirds ’68 … this Jimmy Page produced double release contains one disc of live material recorded in May of 1968 at the Anderson Theatre in New York, and one disc of never previously officially released “studio sketches” recorded by the band during the same period – consisting of eight tracks ranging in quality from near finished master takes to bare bone instrumental scratch tracks. Listen for the tracks The Train Kept A Rollin’ and Over Under Sideways DownRead the review here.

Strawbs – The Ferryman’s Curse … this critically acclaimed album from the English prog-rock band fronted by Dave Cousins (which has been recording since 1968) is a joy to listen to. Listen for the tracks In The Beginning/The Nails In the Hands of Christ and We Have the PowerRead the review here.

Joe Satriani – What Happens Next … If you like the electric guitar – you will find this album a pure delight. One of the finest guitar players on the planet has released another album of sizzling instrumentals. Listen for the tracks Smooth Soul and Cherry BlossomsRead the review here.

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22 New Tracks Added Into High Rotation

U2 - Songs Of Experience
U2 – Songs Of Experience

I have just added 22 new classic rock tracks into high rotation on the playlist. Tune in and listen for songs from the following newly released albums:

U2 – Songs Of Experience … from their long-awaited album, I have added 5 new tracks into high rotation. Listen for the songs The Showman (Little More Better), Red Flag Day, Lights Of Home, American Soul and The Little Things That Give You AwayRead the review here.

Van Morrison – Versatile … from his second album released this year, listen for the tracks I Forgot That Love Existed and Start All Over Again. Read the review here.

Squeeze – The Knowledge … listen for the track Innocence In ParadiseRead the review here.

The Rolling Stones – On Air … from this double CD package of early live recordings, listen for the track Fanny MaeRead the review here.

Ten Years After – A Sting In the Tale … although Alvin Lee passed in 2013, the remaining member of the band have release an excellent new record. Listen for the tracks Two Lost Souls and Miss Constable. Read the review here.

Virgil & Steve Howe – Nexus … this all-instrumental album features Steve Howe (of Yes) and his son Virgil Howe. It was recorded just prior to the untimely passing of Virgil. Listen for the track Night HawkRead the review here.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – I Knew You When … listen for the tracks Busload Of Faith and Runaway TrainRead the review here.

Neil Young + Promise Of the Real – The Visitor … this is Neil Young‘s second release this year. Listen for the songs Diggin’ A Hole and Fly By Night DealRead the review here.

Downchild – Something I’ve Done … listen for the track Something I’ve Done from this Canadian blues band’s new release. Read the review here.

Gary Numan – Savage … famous for his early hit CarsGary Numan released this new album a couple of months ago. I have added the excellent track When The World Comes Apart to the playlist. Read the review here.

Tears For Fears – Rule The World: The Greatest Hits … listen for a newly recorded track called I Love You But I’m Lost from the band’s latest greatest hits collection. Read the review here.

Kansas – Leftoverture Live And Beyond … this recording captures their recent American tour. Listen for the track The Voyage Of Eight EighteenRead the review here.

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood … this album is so good I have added a couple more tracks into high rotation. Listen for the songs Willin’ and I Love The Life I LiveRead the review here.

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Five New Tracks Added Into High Rotation

Bryan Adams - Ultimate
Bryan Adams – Ultimate

I have just added five new tracks into high rotation on the playlist. Tune in and listen for the following songs:

U2 (ft. Kendrick Lamar)Get Out Of Your Own Way … from the band’s impending new project Songs Of Experience (which is scheduled for full release on December 1st, 2017).

TotoAlone … an early single from Toto‘s next release – which is called Greatest Hits: 40 Trips Around the Sun. The album celebrating 40 years of Toto is scheduled for release early in 2018.

Bryan AdamsPlease Stay … this track is the single off the latest greatest hits collection from this Canadian rocker – which is called UltimateRead the review here.

Joe SatrianiThunder High On the Mountain … this is the second single from the guitar virtuoso’s soon-to-be-released album – What Happens Next – which is due for release on January 18th, 2018.

AppiceMonsters and Heroes … from the newly released project from the Appice brothers – Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge and Jeff Beck) and Vinny Appice. This track rocks very heavy. Read the review here.

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More Brand New Classic Rock Albums!

Robert Plant - Carry Fire
Robert Plant – Carry Fire

The new classic rock releases just keep on coming! I have just added 17 newly-released classic rock tracks into high rotation on the playlist from brand new classic rock albums. Listen for songs from the following newly released projects:

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood … This album was finished just prior to his tragic passing. Listen for the track Song For Adam – which was written by, and features Jackson Browne on vocals. Read the review here.

Jeff Beck – Live At the Hollywood Bowl … This album was recorded live as a celebration of Jeff Beck‘s 50 years of recorded guitar brilliance. Listen for the tracks Beck’s Bolero, Heart Full Of Soul (which was originally recorded with The Yardbirds) and Let Me Love You (which features Buddy Guy on guitar and vocals). Read the review here.

David Gilmour – Live in Pompeii … During his Rattle That Lock tour – Gilmour returned to the legendary site of Pink Floyd’s Live At Pompeii film. The result was captured on this DVD and CD compilation. Listen for the track Comfortably NumbRead the review here.

Robert Plant – Carry Fire … The Led Zeppelin front man’s latest project continues to push forward and not just rest on his laurels as the greatest rock singer of all time. Listen for the song Bluebirds Over the Mountain which features Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders assisting on vocals. Read the review here.

Chris Rea – Road Songs For Lovers … Listen for the track The Road AheadRead the review here.

Leon Russell – On A Distant Shore … This album was recorded prior to his passing away in 2016. Although some of the tracks are hit and miss – it still serves as a fitting legacy for this musician who was so influential in the 1970’s. Listen for the tracks Black And Blue and Love This WayRead the review here.

Rusty Young – Waitin’ For the Sun … This is the first-ever solo album from the mainstay and leader of the country-rock band Poco. Listen for the track Hey ThereRead the review here.

The Who – Tommy: Live At the Royal Albert Hall … This double CD set features the entirety of the rock opera Tommy on the first CD. The second CD captures live versions of some of The Who‘s best known songs. Listen for the tracks I Can See For Miles and Who Are YouRead the review here.

Brian Wilson – Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology … This album captures highlights of the his solo work outside of The Beach Boys as well as two previously unreleased tracks. Listen for the song Run James RunRead the review here.

Also listen for the following newly released tracks:

Pat Benatar – Dancing Through the Wreckage … This track is taken from the soundtrack of the movie Served Like A Girl.

Joe Satriani – Energy … This instrumental track is an early release from the guitar virtuoso’s impending album called What Happens Next.

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Lots Of Brand New Classic Rock!

Ronnie Montrose - 10x10
Ronnie Montrose – 10×10

I have just added 18 newly released classic rock tracks into high rotation on the playlist. Tune in now to hear tracks from the following new albums:

Ronnie Montrose, Ricky Phillips & Eric Singer 10×10 … Before his untimely death in 2012, Ronnie Montrose started on a project of 10 songs with 10 different singers. After his passing, Ricky Phillips completed the project. The album features a host of classic rock luminaries – including Eric Martin (of Mr. Big), Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Sammy Hagar, Tommy Shaw (of Styx) – and many more! Listen for the tracks Heavy Traffic, Love Is An Art and Strong Enough. Read the review here.

Chris Hillman Bidin’ My Time Chris Hillman was a member of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Stephen Stills led band Manassas. On this project – he is joined by David Crosby and Roger McGuinn (of The Byrds), Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, as well as the late departed Tom Petty who produced the album. Listen for the tracks She Don’t Care About Time and Here She Comes AgainRead the review here.

Roadcase Royale First Things First … with Heart taking an extended hiatus, Nancy Wilson has teamed up with Liv Warfield and other members of Prince’s New Power Generation for this interesting project. Listen for a cover the Heart classic These DreamsRead the review here.

Bruce Cockburn Bone On Bone … this Canadian folk singer has recently released his 33rd album. Listen for the track Stab At Matter. Read the review here.

Michael McDonald Wide Open … this new album from the ex-Doobie Brothers frontman features a great supporting cast, including Toto’s Steve Porcaro and jazz legend Branford Marsalis. Listen for the tracks Blessing In Disguise and Free A ManRead the review here.

Van Morrison Roll With the Punches … on this new album Morrison delves deep into the electric blues and R&B – like only he can! Listen for the tracks Ride On Josephine and I Can TellRead the review here.

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins Everybody Knows … This couple, who dated for 2 years way back in the 1960’s, join forces for an album of duets. Listen for their cover of the classic track Reason To Believe, as well as a cover of the Stills’ penned Buffalo Springfield track QuestionsRead the review here.

UFOThe Salentino Cuts … this is UFO‘s first album of covers. I have to admit – they do a great job on all the songs they cover, giving them their own UFO styled twist. Listen for the tracks Mississippi Queen (Mountain), Too Rolling Stoned (Robin Trower) and Heartful Of Soul (The Yardbirds). Read the review here.

Ringo Starr Give More Love … this is the Beatle drummer’s 19th solo album and with assists from the likes of Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Dave StewartRingo remains true-to-form! Listen for the title track Give More LoveRead the review here.

David Crosby Sky Trails Crosby has been very active lately – this is his second album in less than a year. Listen for the track Sell Me A DiamondRead the review here.

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New Steve Miller Band, Cat Stevens and Neil Young

Steve Miller Band - Ultimate Hits
Steve Miller Band – Ultimate Hits

I have added 5 new tracks into high rotation from new releases from classic rock artists. Start streaming now and listen for songs from the following albums:

Neil YoungHitchhiker … recorded in one night in 1976 – this album was talked about for decades and has now been officially released. Listen for an acoustic version of the song Powderfinger. Read the review here.

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)The Laughing Apple … the singer/song writer formally known as Cat Stevens has given us a new album, in which he teams up with the Paul Samwell-Smith, who produced the artist’s watershed albums from the 1970s: Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat and Catch Bull at Four. Listen for the new track Blackness Of the Night. Read the review here.

Steve Miller BandUltimate Hits … released as both a single disc and a deluxe double disc album, these packages contain a lot of the bands hits as well as some unreleased material. Listen for the following tracks that have never been released: Baby’s Callin’ Me Home – and live versions of the songs Living In the U.S.A. and Space Cowboy. Read the review here.

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New U2, Steve Winwood and Robert Plant

Steve Winwood - Greatest Hits Live
Steve Winwood – Greatest Hits Live

I have just added 5 new brand new classic rock tracks to the playlist from U2, Steve Winwood and Robert Plant. Listen for:

U2You’re The Best Thing About Me … This is the first single released from their upcoming brand new album – Songs Of Experience, which is due for release on December 1st.

Steve WinwoodGreatest Hits Live … This double CD / 4 sided vinyl release features live versions of many of this iconic musician’s catalogue of songs – including tracks from his stints in The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith. Listen for live versions of the tracks Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys, Empty Pages and While You See A Chance. Read the review here.

Robert PlantBones Of Saints … This interesting song is the second single release from the former Led Zeppelin front man’s impending new album Carry Fire.

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