Friday, 2 December 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again!One of the rarer records sought after by ELO (and related artistes) vinyl collectors is the solid centre pressing of their third UK single, the Jeff Lynne penned classic "Showdown" b/w "In Old England Town (Instrumental)".

Whereas it is somewhat easy to find a solid centre version of ELO's other Harvest singles "10538 Overture" b/w "First Movement (Jumping Biz)" (HAR5053) and "Roll Over Beethoven" b/w "Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)" or "Queen Of The Hours" (HAR5063), their final original Harvest single "Showdown" (HAR5077) - which peaked at #12 in November 1973 - is much harder to track down.

The irony is that Yours Truly KJS found the above copy of HAR5077 whilst searching for the equally rare solid centre issue of ELO's 1977 single "Turn To Stone" (Jet/UA #UP36313), as featured in this recent elobeatlesforever (elobf) article: UP36313: TURN TO STONE TWIST 

Meanwhile, my search for a solid centre copy of "Turn To Stone" goes on ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Dec-2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Perhaps the rarest (and most unlikely) of ELO 'B' sides is found on the 1972 US issue of their debut 7" single "10538 Overture" (United Artists #50914). Whereas the Roy Wood penned "First Movement (Jumping Biz)" was to be found on the reverse side of the UK edition (Harvest #HAR5053), the American release was surprisingly backed an alternative Wood composition: "The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644)".

The story of why ELO's first album was mistakenly entitled "No Answer" (#UAS-5573) in the US is well known by most fans of the band due to a unanswered phone call and misunderstood message but the hard to find US issue of "10538 Overture" also reveals something of the ongoing transition of The Move into The Electric Light Orchestra (as does "No Answer") with these hallowed words:

"Move Enterprises Ltd. Presents The Services Of THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCH."

Thereafter, it would be but a short period of time before Roy left his ELO brainchild in the capable hands of co-founders Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan. Fans and followers of ELO should never underestimate or forget the role of Roy Wood and The Move in the foundation of the band we know and still love here in Yours Truly 2016.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-Nov-2016

Monday, 28 November 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The opportunity to go see Midlands legend Steve Gibbons (and band) and the mighty Quill share the same bill at The Prince Of Wales Theatre in nearby Cannock on Saturday night (26th November) proved much too tempting for elobeatlesforever (elobf) and Yours Truly KJS as they combined to deliver an evening of the highest musicianship in front of an enthusiastic audience.
First up on stage was Steve Gibbons with his top class band. Belying his 75 years, this particular rock 'n' roll maestro took those assembled on a journey through his own personal inspirations - the likes of Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and, of course, Bob Dylan - in a set that also included his own standards too. There was no "Tulane" on the night but that kind of didn't matter. I've had the opportunity to see Steve perform both solo and with SGB in the last week. If nothing else, it has been a timely re-education regarding another local musician (with such a longstanding legacy) who deserves much more recognition and plaudits than has been afforded him to date.

The Steve Gibbons Band performed: “Boppin' The Blues (Carl Perkins)” ~ “Hey Buddy” ~ "Chuck In My Car” ~ “The Memphis Flash” ~ “Trying To Get To You” (Elvis Presley) ~ “Don't Trade Me In” ~ “I Shall be Released” (Bob Dylan) ~ "Tupelo Mississippi Flash" (Jerry Reed) ~ “Mister Jones/Let There Be Love/Purple Haze
Quill debuted their new single "Ghosts Of Christmas" during the show ...
The short interval prepared us for the arrival of Joy Strachan-Brain and her reinvented Quill sextet, a merry band of minstrels if ever there were one! New song "Pretty Ribbons" was aired for the first time as was their forthcoming new single "Ghosts Of Christmas"  - watch out for an elobf feature on that soon! Alongside the newer tracks, which will form the backbone of their next studio album in 2017, Quill once again delivered some quite stunning covers in their set with “Can’t Find My Way Home”, "A Showman's Life" and their marvellous take on "The Whole Of The Moon" once again highlights. Jeff Lynne's "Telephone Line" has almost been given a new life by Joy's haunting vocal and remains a personal fave. And how can anyone not shed a tear with the first note of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" heralds "The End" of another memorable show. You catch Quill for a final time this year on Saturday 10th December when they join up with The Robbie Blunt Band at The Civic Hall in Stourport-on-Severn (see below).

Quill performed: “The Bells Of Rhymney” ~ "Pretty Ribbons" ~ "A Showman's Life" ~ “Black Dog Day” ~ “Telephone Line” ~ “Elephant In The Room” ~ “Can’t Find My Way Home” ~ “Say It Ain’t So” ~ "Gordon's Jig" ~ “The Whole Of The Moon” ~ Say Goodbye ~ The Celtic Experience: "Wild Mountain Thyme/England/Jerusalem" ~ Abbey Road Medley: "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End” ~ Encore: "Ghosts Of Christmas"
Find out what Quill and Steve Gibbons are up to via their official web sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Quill and The Steve Gibbons Band to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Nov-2016

Sunday, 27 November 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #1,200: Esoteric Recordings (an imprint of Cherry Red Records), the people who brought you the rather nice expanded CD and vinyl editions of those four (4) studio albums by The Move (and the "Something Else" EP) earlier this year, are releasing a new expanded CD/DVD compilation on Friday 27th January 2017 entitled: "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move".

CD: (1) "Night Of Fear" (mono); (2) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" (mono); (3) "Wave The Flag And Stop The Train" (mono); (4) "Kilroy Was Here" (mono); (5) "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" (mono); (6) "Walk Upon The Water" (mono); (7) "Flowers In The Rain" (mono); (8) "Fire Brigade" (mono); (9) "Wild Tiger Woman (mono); (10) "Blackberry Way" (mono); (11) "Curly" (mono); (12) "Hello Susie"; (13) "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited"; (14) "Brontosaurus"; (15) "When Alice Comes Back To The Farm"; (16) "What?"; (17) "Ella James"; (18) "Tonight"; (19) "Chinatown"; (20) "California Man"; (21) "Do Ya"
DVD: (1) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" (Promotional Film); (2) "Night Of Fear"; (3) "Walk Upon The Water"; (4) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" (Beat Beat Beat, German TV, 26/06/67); (5) "Fire Brigade" (Top Of The Pops, BBC, 15/02/68); (6) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"; (7) "Beautiful Daughter"; (8) "Christian Life"; (9) "Flowers In The Rain"; (10) "The Last Thing On My Mind"; (11) "Wild Tier Woman"; (12) "Goin' Back"; (13) "Fire Brigade"; (14) "Something"; (15) "Blackberry Way"; (Colour Me Pop, BBC, 04/01/69); (16) "Fire Brigade" (Beat Club, Radio Bremen TV, February 1968); (17) "Wild Tiger Woman" (Beat Club, Radio Bremen TV,  August 1968); (18) "Blackberry Way" (Beat Club, Radio Bremen TV, January 1969); (19) "Curly" (Beat Club, Radio Bremen TV, August 1969); (20) "Brontosaurus" (Beat Club, Radio Bremen TV, April 1970); (21) "When Alice Comes Back To The Farm" (Beat Club, Radio Bremen TV, December 1970)

The two (2) disc set features a 21 track CD that includes hit tracks from "Night Of Fear" all the way through to "California Man", some in mono and some in stereo. Quite possibly, it's the most complete overview of The Move's releases in single and EP format on a single disc, ticking many of the boxes for fans of both Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. Coupled with the CD, is a DVD featuring twenty one (21) visual nuggets of The Move from BBC and German TV archives between 1967-70 including their legendary Colour Me Pop appearance and the ultra-rare promo video for "I Can Hear The Grass Grow".

"Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" will soon be listed by major retailers including but, if you can't wait, it can be pre-ordered now from Spin CD's (priced at £13.99) via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-Nov-2016

Saturday, 26 November 2016

REVIEW: BUBBLES [Morganisation]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Four light years have passed since 2012's "Across The Divide" and in that "Time", Dave Scott-Morgan has assembled his rather talented quintet Morganisation and taken them out on the road to rave reviews. Significantly, their debut studio album "Bubbles" is officially and digitally released today (Saturday 26th November).

"Bubbles" is a collection of ten (10) tunes including a stomping cover of the Buddy Holly classic "Well ... All Right" alongside nine original compositions which exhibit the influence of Bob Dylan in places with welcome nods to The Beatles and, of course, his old pal Jeff Lynne and ELO too. So named after the "various interludes which sort of bubble up between tracks" (as eloquently explained by Dave recently), "Bubbles" opens with the atmospheric layered vocals of "I'd Love To See You" before "On A Plane" - the most ELOesque of the songs on show here - arrives to grab your aural attention complete with additional guitar contribution of Tony Kelsey. The bluegrass flavoured "Black Dog Day" signposts a change of genre before a new version of the quirky "Mistress Caroline" (originally found on Dave's 2001 "Reel Two" album) makes its appearance, with former ELO bassist Martin Smith also guesting on guitar. The interestingly entitled "The Queen, The Prince And The Dish" is next, a song about HM The Queen, the passing of Prince and an old friend. The last four tracks have all been proof tested in Morganisation's recent live shows and all translate nicely into studio tracks. The crowd pleasing rocker "Knower" is followed the beautiful homage to wartime heroine Violette Szabo GC: "Gibraltar Farm". The anthemic "Are You Ready?" and finally the catchy "Big Brown Sky" close out this highly enjoyable outing which also serves as as a reminder (if it were needed) to the songwriting legacy of one Dave Scott-Morgan with a little help from wife Mandy, talented guitarist Alex Lowe, Alan Smith and Jack Rosa. My fave track has to be "On A Plane" and with an asking price of only £7, this album is a real steal! (10/10)

"Bubbles" by Morganisation comprises: "I'd Love To See You" [1:18] ~ "On A Plane" [3:56] ~ "Black Dog Day" [3:34] ~ "Mistress Caroline" [5:19] ~ "Well ... All Right" (Buddy Holly) [3:12] ~ "The Queen, The Prince And The Dish" [3:54] ~ "Knower" [4:11] ~ "Gibraltar Farm" [2:41] ~ "Are You Ready?" [3:20] ~ "Big Brown Sky" [3:47]
On a Wing and a Prayer: Morganisation are (l-r) Mandy & Dave Scott-Morgan, Alex Lowe, Jack Rosa, Alan Smith
You can find out more about Morganisation via their official web site and/or purchase their new album "Bubbles" (in download format only) via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Bubbles" by Morganisation to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Nov-2016

Friday, 25 November 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Thanks to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre Winter 2016 into Summer 2017 brochure, several theatre web sites, a certain photograph published via the official Brian Yeates Associates Facebook page on Tuesday 15th November (see above for both images) and a new tour poster (see below), it appears that we can again look forward to seeing Jasper Carrott and Bev Bevan embarking on another series of Stand Up & Rock! dates next year after a two (2) year hiatus.
The line-up of the show will also feature Geoff TurtonTony Kelsey, Phil Tree, Abby Brant and new girl Suzi Woo (from the excellent Suzi & The Backbeats). Note that Quill leading lady Joy Strachan-Brain will not be participating in the show this time around.

Confirmed dates (click on each link for further details), at the time of writing, are:
Telford Oakengates Theatre (Sunday 26th/Monday 27th March),
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre (Wednesday 5th April),
Yeovil Octagon Theatre (Wednesday 12th/Thursday 13th April),
Crewe Lyceum Theatre (Wednesday 19th April),
Dudley Town Hall (Saturday 22nd April),
Newark Palace Theatre (Tuesday 25th April),
Weston-super-Mare Playhouse Theatre (Tuesday 2nd May),
Redditch Palace Theatre (Thursday 11th/Friday 12th/Saturday 13th May),
Nottingham Theatre Royal (Thursday 18th May),
Wakefield Theatre Royal (Sunday 21st/Monday 22nd May),
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (Thursday 1st June),
Malvern Forum Theatre (Wednesday 21st/Thursday 22nd/Friday 23rd June),
Shrewsbury Theatre Severn (Monday 26th/Tuesday 27th June)

Find out more about the tour, the venues and dates via the Brian Yeates website thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Stand Up & Rock! to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Nov-2016

Thursday, 24 November 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The news that Jeff Lynne is one of five nominees for BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Year in the BBC Music Awards 2016 - to be held on Monday 12th December in London - is the latest in a series of music industry recognitions following on from the amazing success of "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO and the ensuing sold-out tour, watched by well over a quarter of a million fans in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and the United States, including a headline Glastonbury appearance.

The BBC nomination follows the news that Jeff Lynne has also made the shortlist for Self-Producing Artist Of The Year in the 2017 Music Producers Guild Awards - to be held on Thursday 16th February in London. Jeff Lynne's ELO were also winners of the Band Of The Year at the Classic Rock Awards held in Tokyo, Japan on Friday 11th November.

Last (but not least), don't forget that ELO continue to strongly challenge in the race to win the 2017 nominee fan vote to become join the Rock & Rock Hall Of Fame inductees at the award ceremony, due to held in New York City during April next year. You can help ELO win the hotly contested fan poll (and pip the current leader Journey) by voting every 24 hours (per individual email address and/or Facebook profile) until 11:59PM (ET) on Monday 5th December via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Nov-2016