Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Exclusive: New Video & Single: Time Immemorial (The 286)

With 286 days left in 2018, it's more than apt to post this article today! The ultra talented Spencer Hannabuss and his elobf endorsed stringed combo The 286 have just released their new single "Time Immemorial" and this wonderful intimate, acoustic love song with echoes of "She" (Jeff Lynne), "Beautiful Daughter" (The Move) and "Yesterday" (The Beatles) is sure to appeal to their own growing band of followers as well as fans of ELO and The Fab Four. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are thrilled to bring you the brand new official music video for "Time Immemorial". Enjoy!

Recorded and produced at The Mix Room in London and released on Monday 19th March via Bandcamp, this is both a departure from their usual sound and yet another highly impressive outing from The 286. You can listen to "Time Immemorial" and/or buy the single for just 99p (a bargain!) via these links thus:


www.facebook.com/the286   twitter.com/the286   the286.bandcamp.com   www.instagram.com/the286   soundcloud.com/the286  open.spotify.com/artist/the286   itunes.apple.com/artist/the-286  www.youtube.com/channel/the286

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Time Immemorial" by The 286 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-March-2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

Recommended: Brum Rocks Live 2018

It very much looks as if The Move and ELO co-founding legend Bev Bevan will be back with Brum Rocks Live 2018 this Autumn. Yours Truly KJS discovered several dates are already being listed by certain Midlands venues whilst researching the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Q2 Gig Guide, with more sure to follow when the tour is officially revealed in the near future.

The show will feature Bev and Geoff Turton with the returning Trevor Burton, Joy Strachan-Brain and Danny King alongside Phil Tree, Abby Brant and Tony Kelsey. Five gigs are confirmed at the time of writing with additional shows likely. In the meantime, here are those dates for you to peruse and/or buy tickets thus:

Sunday 9th September
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: from £19.50 to £34.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 20th September
Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 4th October
Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 12th October
The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 13th October
Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Brum Rocks Live 2018 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-March-2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Turn To Stone: Solid Centre Success!

After almost eighteen months of searching and not a few false alarms, Yours Truly KJS finally got my hands on a solid centre copy of ELO's iconic 1977 single "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" (Jet/UA UP36313) earlier this week. Having been alerted to its existence by ELO super collector Matt McGough of ELO UK Albums back in September 2016, I've had a frustrating "Time" trying to find a copy of the rarity for my collection and, thanx to Discogs seller Cliffs in Margate, that search is now over. One or three of my friends will doubtless be relieved that this particular vinyl quest is complete. The only downside is that I've accumulated several copies of TTS with the familiar four pronged push-out centre due to them being advertised incorrectly by various internet sellers and not being worth the hassle of sending 'em back!

"Turn To Stone" was, of course, the lead single from "Out Of The Blue" (peaking at #18 in the UK) and has always been a special song for me. The Jeff Lynne penned classic was the first record I ever bought and also the first ELO song that I heard performed live. TTS has also been the subject of several elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles down the years thus:


My sights are now set on obtaining the equally rare solid centre issue of "Telephone Line" (Jet/UA UP36254) and the black vinyl solid centre edition of "Mr. Blue Sky" (Jet/UA UP36342) ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-March-2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Recommended: Wembley Or Bust by Jeff Lynne (Genesis Publications)

Genesis Publications have duly published details of the Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition book "Wembley Or Bust" (ISBN 9781905662524) after teasing fans with hints of its content in December last year. Just 1,500 copies are being published in two waves with the first 350 copies termed as the Deluxe Edition and the remaining 1,150 copies marketed as the Collectors Edition, the difference essentially being a blue (Deluxe) versus red (Collector) leather quarter binding with gilt foiling and page edging, an ELO spaceship cutout (Deluxe) and a cloth-bound Solander box (Deluxe) versus a cloth-bound slipcase (Collector).

The 184 page book will be individually signed by ELO maestro Jeff Lynne himself and also includes a 7" picture disc with "Xanadu" backed by "Don't Bring Me Down" taken from the album/film "Wembley Or Bust". Page size is 300mm x 210mm (slightly taller than A4). "Wembley Or Bust" will be published during the Jeff Lynne's ELO 2018 World Tour in September 2018. The Deluxe Edition is priced at £495 (plus P+P) with the Collectors Edition priced at £245 (plus P+P). Find out more via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne via Genesis Publications to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-March-2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Caught Live (14): Quill @ Lichfield 10/03/18

A little over a week after originally planned, new look Quill returned home (figuratively speaking) to the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Saturday night (10th March) dazzling their audience with a sparkling fourteen song set comprising something old, something borrowed and something very much new. The amazing thing about Quill is that every time their members come and go, Joy Strachan-Brain's Celtic Rock cum Americana outfit still manage to be quintessentially Quill.

But first a mention for their support on the night. Thanks to Bev Bevan's recent appointment as Patron of Music Courses at Kidderminster College and Quill drummer Andy Edwards' lecturing there too, the opportunity arose for a trio of their talented students to demonstrate their talents on stage. Cue songwriter/singer Rob Challis on keys, vocalist Sophie Ritanne and guitarist Ethan Webster who between them delivered an entertaining ten song cameo of original compositions including the poignant "Enjoy Your Joy" (written by Rob after he was mugged) and the impressive "White Flowers" (written by and sung beautifully by Sophie) alongside distinctive covers of Fleetwood Mac and Doobie Brothers classics.

Back to a septet with the returning Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and his wife JoQuill have managed to reinvent themselves again. Now with an altogether rockier edge, the band delivered a storming if not balanced array of songs with tempting glimpses of their forthcoming new studio album slotted perfectly next to their interpretations of iconic ELO ("Telephone Line") and Move ("California Man") hits with reference also to Bev's time with Black Sabbath ("Changes").

Add to the mix Quill's very own classic "Say It Ain't So" plus inspired covers of "The Whole Of The Moon" and "You're The Voice" and one cannot help but applaud and smile. This was the first time since 1997 that Yours Truly KJS had seen both Bev and Phil on stage together so seeing them in an ELO Part II photo (fittingly with the late, great Kelly Groucutt) as the backdrop during a certain Jeff Lynne penned classic kind of squared the circle.

As ever, Joy Strachan-Brain owned the stage from the first note with her wonderful vocals and Quillesque demeanour in perfect unison with the sublime strings of violinist Kate McWilliam and Jo Bates also making her mark. The heartbeat and pulse of any band is bass and drums so with bassist Matt Worley flanked by world class percussionists in Bev Bevan and Andy Edwards, 2018 sees Quill in good hands. This was another memorable Quill gig making their future dates at Solihull (Wednesday 4th April), Bromsgrove (Friday 8th June) and Bilston (Friday 29th June) all the more a 'must see'.

Quill performed: "The Bells Of Rhymney" ~ "Pretty Ribbons" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Elephant In The Room" ~ "Nine Mile Camp" ~ "Telephone Line"  ~ "Changes" ~ "Forever Young" ~ "Grey Goose Call" ~ "Jig-A-Jig" (Instrumental) ~ "The Whole Of The Moon" ~ "Say Goodbye" ~ "California Man" ~ "You're The Voice"
Quill are (L-R): Matt Worley (Bass/Vocals) ~ Katherine McWilliam (Violin/Vocals) ~ Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead Vocals/Tambourine) ~ Bev Bevan (Percussion/Drums) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums/Percussion) ~ Phil Bates (Guitars/Vocals) ~ Joanna Bates (Keyboards/Flute/Vocals)
Find out more about Quill via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-March-2018

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Move: European RSD2018 Release

It looks as if the launch of Trevor Burton's debut solo album "Long Play" on Record Store Day (RSD2018) next month will not be the only item of interest for vinyl buying fans of ELO and related artistes, especially if you reside in The Netherlands and/or Germany. "In Europe '66-'67" by Move (1960's Records #RANDB022LP) is a mono 1LP listed as a release on both the Dutch and German RSD2018 sites. Expected price tag is circa €26. No details of the tracks involved is known at the time of writing but Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have obtained this brief overview:

"Material mainly from TV recordings from the European mainland. Listen especially to The Move's versions of a pair of Northern Soul classics."

For further details, please click on these links thus:

With thanx to Jason C for the heads up!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-March-2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Long Play: RSD2018 Launch for Trevor Burton Solo Debut

Record Store Day 2018 (RSD18) will see The Move co-founder Trevor Burton unveil his debut solo album "Long Play" via Gray Sky Records, their twentieth release. The eleven track album features two original songs from Trevor in "Hit And Run" and "When It All Come Down" alongside his own unique acoustic take on modern if not undiscovered classics including Tom Petty's iconic "Wild Flowers". You'll also find the familiar, unlimited talent here of Abby Brant as well as Jack Hayter (Hefner) on an album recorded at Rain Studios (formerly Highbury Studio) on Trev's home patch in King's Heath. Whilst the official Press Release promises a record "stripped down to its bare essence", Yours Truly KJS feels that this particular 1LP is certain to showcase the unsung versatility and sheer class of Trevor Burton.
Trax: [A1] "Hit And Run" (Burton); [A2] "Be Positive" (Callaci); [A3] "Poverty Draft" (Scorch); [A4] "I'm Alright" (Cook-Parrott); [A5] "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" (Mangum); [A6] "Wild Flowers" (Petty); [B1] "Flirted With You All My Life" (Chesnutt); [B2] "When It All Comes Down" (Burton); [B3] "Just Breathe" (Vedder); [B4] "After It Ends" (Vanderslice); [B5] "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds" (Darnielle)

Just 1,000 copies of "Long Play" will be released on Saturday 21st April in Blood Red 180 gram vinyl (including digital download and bonus CD EP) and limited edition cassette (also with digital download). Trevor will be playing a live in-store set at The Diskery in Birmingham on the day too. A full CD release will likely follow later this year. You can find out more about "Long Play" via the brand new Trevor Burton web site and the official RSD18 web site via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Long Play" by Trevor Burton to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes. See you soon in a queue?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-March-2018