Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ABC have "Absolutely" nothing to do with ELO but they are one of my other fave bands. And if Yours Truly KJS was thrilled to see them live for the first time last November, then this concert - in the same venue and also backed with a full orchestra - was not to be missed. And so it was last night (Monday 24th October) as Martin Fry and his impressive ABC troupe contrived to deliver an astounding gig at Birmingham's fantastic Symphony Hall, ably assisted by Anne Dudley conducting The Southbank Sinfonia.

And yet there was an ELO connection on the night "After All" as the ultra-talented Rob Fusari included a sample from "Concerto For A Rainy Day" during his entertaining and energetic preamble to the arrival on stage of Sheffield's finest! Everywhere I go, there is always something ELO!

Then came Martin Fry and ABC. Basking in the Top 5 success of "The Lexicon Of Love II" (see the elobf album review here) and relishing the buoyant full house, their first set involved a slick selection of songs from the new album sandwiched between opener "When Smokey Sings" and "The Night You Murdered Love". New tracks including lead single "Viva Love", "The Flames Of Desire", "Ten Below Zero", "The Love Inside The Love", "Singer Not The Song" and my fave "Confessions Of A Fool"  were completely at home - and thoroughly ABC - within their lavish orchestral surroundings.
The interval only served to further excite the 2,200 audience as that anticipation was rewarded with an accurate and inspired rendition of their 1982 bestselling debut produced originally, of course, by Trevor Horn. I've been to many gigs at this venue and, in all honesty, I've never seen an audience react, dance and sing the way this one did as - from "Show Me" to "The Look Of Love (Part Four)" via "Poison Arrow", "Date Stamp", "All Of My Heart" and two performances of "The Look Of Love" - Martin FryABC, Anne Dudley and The Southbank Sinfonia recreated this memorable note perfect live spectacle celebrating the timelessness and class of "The Lexicon Of Love". It was dream come true for this particular fan of the stringed excellence of both ABC and ELO, alphabetically speaking, of course!

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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend ABC, The Southbank Sinfonia and Rob Fusari 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-Oct-2016

Sunday, 23 October 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular (and irregular) visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) will doubtless be aware that we have featured - from "Time" to "Time" - the 'missing' 1978 Jet/CBS re-issue of ELO's Jeff Lynne penned "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" single (SJET103), which peaked at #18 in December 1977 initially as Jet/UA UP36313.
Most 7" copies of "Turn To Stone" looked like this ...
It therefore came as a surprise earlier this week to hear from avid ELO collector Matt McGough that he had just acquired what he believes to be a very rare original issue copy of "Turn To Stone" (UP36313) with a solid centre. Although Yours Truly KJS is still reasonably sure that I did see a SJET103 at the HMV shop in Wolverhampton back in the day, this "Discovery" is a welcome reminder that collecting ELO (and related) vinyl is still very much rewarding. For completeness, here are those previous elobf articles on the subject of SJET103 thus:

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) would still like to hear from anyone with a physical copy of that SJET103 single or even one of those acetates. Photographs would be much appreciated! Many thanx to Matt McGough for highlighting this fantastic find and the images.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Oct-2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Fee Waybill and The Tubes have been around a long time. They've shocked, they've challenged and they've been inventive through their various phases. Fans of ELO, in theory, would find very little in common between the band who brought you the excesses of "White Punks On Dope" and "Mondo Bondage" and the music of Jeff Lynne, save for the fact that The Tubes made a cameo appearance in the 1980 film "Xanadu" and also managed to split the song "Dancin'" with Olivia Newton-John on the "Xanadu" OST (the best track on the non-ELO side of the LP, in the opinion of Yours Truly KJS).
Yet, The Tubes are a band who also drive intrigue and are almost irresistible, especially if they happen to be gigging in your vicinity. Hence, a return trip to The Robin 2 in Bilston on the night of Tuesday 18th October to catch them during their 2016 UK tour was something to look forward to. And what a show it was! Starting with out and out funk in tribute to James Brown, dabbling in country, sublime Blues, hard rock and a little Glam rock too in a tour de force of their varied and substantial catalogue with Waybill going through several costume changes - and utilising some interesting props! There was to be no "Dancin'" and, sadly, no "Prime Time" (one of my faves) but there was a cracking cover of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There".
Glamtastic: "White Punks On Dope" ...
The set list ensured an energised performance ensuring that this concert was truly an experience. The likes of "What Do You Want From Life?", "Show Me A Reason", "Love's A Mystery" and "She's A Beauty" balanced out the more raucous elements of the show with the odd monologue/diatribe by Fee added for good measure - alongside a cover of Gene Pitney's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". Special mention must be made of the guitar wizardry of Roger Steen and the astounding drumming and percussion of the legendary Prairie Prince. Bassist Rick Anderson and keys man David Medd weren't bad either! This was a gig that rocked the packed midweek house, proof in and of itself of the draw of The Tubes here in 2016.
Find out more about the band and their current tour via their official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend The Tubes 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 ... 20-Oct-2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The welcome if not long overdue news that ELO are finally in the running as inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017 is being rightly celebrated by fans of the Jeff Lynne led, Birmingham born band once famously described as "the most outstanding rock group in the world" by the legendary Tony Curtis. Only ELO co-founders Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Roy Wood are named as members alongside Richard Tandy on their RRHOF biography page suggesting the possibility that all four could find themselves on stage together at the induction ceremony, should ELO be successful in the ballot. Sadly, the name of the late Kelly Groucutt and those of ELO's famed string section are not listed as members.

The Ballot Process
The fan poll - part of the nomination process since 2012 - will be combined with the preferences of six hundred historians, members of the music industry and artistes (including every living Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee). ELO will need sufficient votes to finish in the top five of the vote in order to be inducted in the RRHOF in Spring 2017 and cap another amazing year of success.

How To Vote
The competition will be stiff with the like of The Cars, Yes, Journey, The Zombies, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson and Pearl Jam (and not a few other well known artistes). Admirers and followers of ELO and/or Jeff Lynne should consider voting every 24 hours (per individual email address and/or Facebook profile) until 11:59PM (ET) on Monday 5th December 2017 via this link thus:


Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) encourage those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat', The Traveling Wilburys and The Beatles to vote regularly in the 2017 RRHOF 2017 fan ballot so that the name of ELO can takes its rightful place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Oct-2016

Monday, 17 October 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Yours Truly KJS found out that Iain Hornal was to support The Feeling for their Autumn tour dates prior to their self imposed hiatus, I was thrilled. Iain, fresh from his acclaimed performances in Jeff Lynne's ELO on either side of the Atlantic and The Feeling, also fresh from their impressive support slot on the "Alone In The Universe" tour and their Summer festival dates, combined powerfully to present a memorable evening of the highest order in front of the packed house at The Slade Rooms here in "Down Home Town" Wolverhampton last night (Sunday 16th October).
Iain Hornal (Photo: Gillian Wall/Facebook) and Yours Truly KJS with Iain post gig ...
First up was the effervescent Iain Hornal who delivered a sublime acoustic set comprising eight (8) classy songs in a wonderfully confident manner to charm those assembled. "Quit You", "Running Away", "Jennifer" and "She Doesn't Have Anyone" all bode well for Iain's forthcoming as yet untitled album, due out in January 2017. And with contributions from the likes of 10cc legends Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley as well as Sophie Ellis-Bextor and (of course) The Feeling. it's a recording to truly look forward to. Watch that space!

Iain Hornal performed: "Quit You" ~ "Any Other Way" ~ "Running Away" ~ "Drop This Song" ~ "Everybody Needs A Helping Hand" ~ "Pictures Of Past" ~ "Jennifer" ~ "She Doesn't Have Anyone"

Find out more about Iain Hornal via his official web site at: www.hornal.net
Getting The Feeling: Dan Gillespie Sells (Photo: Liz Rosier/Facebook)
Based on their showing last night, you cannot come to any other conclusion that The Feeling are a proper band. No clichés and no excuses. I kinda missed them the first time around for various reasons but the way they owned the stage and prompted the crowd during their set spoke volumes for a band at the top of their game celebrating and enjoying their longevity whilst punching out their hefty legacy of catchy rock anthems with a deft touch of keys and some astounding percussion work. Their fans were so in tune with the band that they were a part of the show, much to the delight of both as Dan Gillespie Sells - leading his polished quintet from the front - belted out their hits and more) including the beautiful "Rosé" , the anthems "I Thought It Was Over", "Never Be Lonely" and "Love It When You Call" plus newer tracks "Spiralling" and "Feel Something". Perhaps the surprise of the night (for this writer anyway) was their bostin' cover of The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star". I certainly didn't expect it but it topped off the night perfectly. We look forward to the return of The Feeling in 2018.
The Feeling performed: "Fill My Little Fanfare" ~ "I Want You Now" ~"Fill My Little World" ~ "Anyone" ~ "Without You" ~ "Helicopter" ~ "Spiralling" ~ "Rosé" ~ "Strange" ~ "Blue Murder" ~ "Never Be Lonely" ~ "Kettle's On" ~ "Sewn" ~ "Join With Us" ~ "Love It When You Call" ~ "I Thought It Was Over" ~ "Video Killed The Radio Star" ~ "Feel Something"

Find out more about The Feeling via their official web site at: www.thefeeling.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Iain Hornal and The Feeling to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artists.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-Oct-2016

Saturday, 15 October 2016


From promo to release: Anyone can make a mitsake ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in October 2013, Yours Truly KJS wrote and published an article for elobeatlesforever (elobf), entitled KING OF THE GREENWOOD, wherein I noted the difference in the listing of the tracks "King Of The Universe" and "Poorboy (The Greenwood)" on the 'B' side of ELO's "Telephone Line" 7" single between the original Jet/UA issue (UP36254) and the later Jet/CBS re-issue (SJET101).
In order of issue: Two out of three list the correct running order ...
However, since the aforementioned article, I've acquired a mint condition promo copy of UP36254. And while I was rummaging through my ELO record collection the other day, I discovered a further twist in the story in that the 'B' side of the promo was opposite to that of the standard issue UP36254 and therefore in the same order as listed on SJET101!

The physical running order on all three (3) records is "King Of The Universe" followed by "Poorboy (The Greenwood)" which means that only the standard issue UP36254 is wrong and that the Jet/CBS re-issue actually corrected the mistake. It just goes to show that you never know what will turn up next when you are a studious collector of ELO (and related) vinyl!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2016

Friday, 14 October 2016


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! "Flykten Till Framtiden" - English title: "My Future Love" - will hit cinemas in Sweden on Friday 11th November. The feature-length film is directed by Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin and stars Henrik Dorsin, Elias Palin, Victoria Dyrstad and Johan Ulveson in a time-travel themed adventure, partially set in 1973. The OST for the film has been overseen by composer Jimmy Lagnefors with a brief to create a soundtrack authentic to that period. So when the directors specifically requested a song that "sounds like Electric Light Orchestra"elobf recommended singer/songwriter David Myhr was brought in to collaborate.

Myhr, with his background in 90’s power pop combo The Merrymakers and, in particular, his 2012 album "Soundshine" (LoJinx), has demonstrated a knack for creating fresh, modern, pop music with roots firmly in the classic tradition of Paul McCartney and Jeff Lynne. Hence it was no surprise that Myhr jumped at the chance. Lagnefors and Myhr were also behind the song "Vänta Inte På Mig" ("Don’t Wait For Me") in the 2015 Swedish box office smash "Micke & Veronica" and with new song "Spellbound", the songwriting duo have managed to create "the song that ELO never made""Spellbound" features heavily in the film and plays when the credits roll.

Yours Truly KJS has been privy to this superb song for the last few days and thinks that "Spellbound" by David Myhr will most certainly to appeal to fans of Jeff Lynne and the classic ELO sound. In an interview with the acclaimed Swedish musician earlier this week, I asked David a few questions about "Spellbound" in this interview for elobeatlesforever (elobf) thus:

KJS: How did David Myhr and Jimmy Lagnefors cross paths?
DM: Jimmy and I are both musicians and we live in the same part of Stockholm (Södermalm) and we hang out at the same little bar called Noel's. Many years ago he was responsible for booking artistes to a small venue and that was where I first met him. He talked fondly of The Merrymakers and that doesn’t happen very often here in Sweden. So obviously I instantly took a liking to him! In recent years we’ve been socialising quite a lot and we love to sit and have something to drink, play guitars, talk about music in general and songwriting, Paul McCartney and Jeff Lynne in particular. He’s a very creative and productive guy. It’s always an honour for me when he suggests the two of us working together!
KJS: With a brief to write a song that “sounds like Electric light Orchestra”, did you have an idea of the sound you wanted to achieve?
DM: Well, the brief actually was to sound "like ELO in 1973” and I did some homework going through some deep cuts. But the period both Jimmy and I are most fond of is when the really big hits started to come, around 1975-1977. And, personally I also have the "Time" album as a big favourite 'despite' all the synthesisers. But I think we had a mutual understanding of what we wanted to do.
KJS: Were there specific ELO tracks and/or Jeff Lynne compositions that inspired you?
DM: Yes, indeed! And that was what really helped us. We agreed on letting us be inspired (and very much shamelessly so!) by "Livin’ Thing". I’ve always loved that song so much. Not only the chorus, but the verse! I just love everything about it. The way Jeff sings. The beautiful ascending melody supported by those simple but still surprising and fresh-sounding chords. Anyone with some music theory knowledge knows that C and Am are very much related and predictable. But it’s when they’re followed by Ab to Fm - that does it for me! Those two chords have the same relation to each other but in another key. And as if it wasn’t enough, then comes a beautiful Em. Even Jeff himself has said in an interview that it’s the chord that "makes the whole song". Music nerd stuff, I know. But that’s what we are. And Jeff as well!
KJS: How did you and Jimmy go about writing and arranging the song?
DM: Basically we nicked just about everything about the production from "Livin’ Thing". The instrumentation, the groove, the beat, the tempo, the vibe, the style, the way the parts are played. Also, we tried to emulate the parts sound-wise. For instance I multi-tracked a bunch of six and twelve string acoustic guitars to get that thick layer of acoustic guitars that I often associate with Jeff Lynne’s stuff. All that is just production tricks and they are up for grabs. Nobody can copyright a chord sequence or a groove. And actually that’s a quite common trick among professional songwriters to nick production aspects of successful songs. The Beatles took the riff style and groove of "Watch Your Step" by Bobby Parker as an inspiration for "I Feel Fine". And Bobby Parker in his turn got the groove from "What’d I Say" by Ray Charles. So it’s a nice old tradition. Pop music is born out of pop music and "Spellbound" is born out of "Livin’ Thing". But having said that, the melody and the lyrics are brand new and, hopefully, unique. We hope they have a certain Lynnesque and ELOesque 'vibe'. That's the tricky part! Because you’re not allowed to steal melodies. Jeff wouldn’t forgive us for that. But I do hope he gets to hear our song one day and smile at the obvious tribute it is. It’s on my bucket list to meet him one day so I hope we don’t upset him too much.

KJS: It must be a tremendous honour to have “Spellbound” featured throughout the new film.
DM: Yes, for me as a songwriter, who always have been somewhat "under the radar", not least here in Sweden, when it comes to media exposure, it’s a very cool thing to hear one's own song blasting out in the cinema at the end of the movie. For Jimmy, it’s just another day at work since his job is to be a film music composer. So I really appreciate his generosity in that he invites me to be part of this. It’s actually not the first time. I co-wrote two songs with him for a movie in 2014 called "Micke & Veronica" which was a really successful movie. For that we wrote another early 70’s sounding song called "Vänta inte på mig". That, by the way, was the first time, and possibly last, that I sang in Swedish!
KJS: What are your hopes for “Spellbound”?
DM: My hope is that those who see the film instantly goes home and google this unknown guy called David Myhr and that they fall in love with my music, and the music of The Merrymakers, and that this means that people start to come in big numbers to my concerts and that the song will be played on the radio all the time and that Jeff Lynne will call me and suggest producing my next record. However, I’ve been in this business for too many years to actually except any of that to happen. Of course, as usual, nobody will care. Three more likes on Facebook, maybe. A few hundred spins on Spotify that will, at best, pay me a cappuccino at Starbucks. Do I sound bitter? No, no! That was years ago when I was bitter. Now I only do it from sheer passion! And can anything make me happier than to make some three minute pop songs in a Jeff Lynne vain. Probably not. Well, except for my wife and cat of course! Another hope I have is that the song will have a life outside and after this movie. After all the movie is mainly a Swedish affair. But I figure it’s too much of a pastiche to put on my own album. Anyway, the song’s out there now - let’s see if it gets wings.
KJS: What was the reaction of film directors Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin when they heard it?
DM: The rumour is that at least Ulf Malmros loves it! And he is known to be a big fan of ELO so I couldn’t be happier about that. And at the pre-screening for the film crew he actually came up to me and said "great vocals" so that felt very good as well. At the moment I was a bit shaken though because in the credits that just had rolled by it had said "performed by Daniel Myhr". Daniel? A very Spinal Tap moment! But according to the rumour, that should be fixed by now!
KJS: Could we see David Myhr writing more film scores with Jimmy Lagnefors in future?
DM: Sometimes I think Jimmy gets a bit scared about how obsessed I get with the production and recording of my songs so I’m sure he’ll think twice. But I sure do have my fingers crossed! It’s too much fun! 
KJS: Is it your ambition to write film scores and is your second solo album on the way?
DM: I don’t know about film scores. There are so many talented people in that area. Jimmy is one of them. But to contribute with pop songs for other movies would be a dream! The first time for me was when The Merrrymakers had a song in the American movie "Love & Sex" with Jon Favreau in the leading role. That was a very cool thing. He’s such a big shot now. I wish he would call me now and ask for a song for any of his upcoming projects. As for a second solo album, the answer is actually yes! I’m very excited to finally be able to say that the recordings have started. It’s going to be an album full of songs on which I have collaborated with bunch of great songwriters. There’s a blog post at my web page www.davidmyhr.com about it with a bunch of video blogs from the recordings that took place a month ago in Nashville. With Brad Jones as a producer. Exciting times. I hope it will be out next year!

The download single is released in Sweden and the rest of Europe, today - Friday 14th October - via LoJinx and can be purchased via these links thus:
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Spellbound" by David Myhr to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artists.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Oct-2016