Saturday, 18 August 2018

All Change for Brum Rocks Live 2019

Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) may recall that earlier this year in March, Yours Truly KJS revealed that the acclaimed Brum Rocks Live show was to return to local theatres in Autumn 2018. Ashley Yeates over at Yeates Entertainment has confirmed several changes to the production both in terms of timing and personnel with a new series of dates starting to appear in Spring 2019 with this noteworthy show now featuring Ricky Cool & The In Crowd and The 3 Sixties alongside The Move co-founder Trevor Burton and Brummie legend Danny King. Three 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:

Saturday 30th March 2019
Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 25th April 2019
Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 26th April 2019
The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Brum Rocks Live 2019 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 ... 18-Aug-2018

Friday, 17 August 2018

Recommended: Original Album Classics: Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne

As suggested by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) previously in this February 2018 article, ELO maestro Jeff Lynne has cemented his return to the Sony Legacy fold from Frontiers with a new 5CD release in the Original Album Classics series next month featuring "Armchair Theatre", "Zoom", "Long Wave", "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Electric Light Orchestra Live", following on from their digital debut earlier this year.

Release date (according to amazon.co.uk) is Friday 14th September (just a week before their first 7" singles boxed setand pre-orders can be placed via these links thus:

An elobf selection of previous ELO multi-CD releases betwixt 1990-2016 ...
Fans and collectors now await the release of a boxed CD set covering ELO's studio albums from 1980-1986 to partner the 2016 edition covering the years 1973-1977 (above left) ...

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne: Original Album Classics 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 ... 17-Aug-2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Secret Messages Enters UK Vinyl Chart Top 10

Quite a few interesting happenings occurred in the elobeatlesforever (elobf) whilst Yours Truly KJS was out of the country recently and one of those was the entry of ELO's 2LP "Secret Messages" reissue in the Official UK Vinyl Albums Chart at a respectable #7 on Friday 10th August after peaking at #49 in the Official Midweek Album Chart four days earlier (based on decent pre-order numbers). Whilst it's pleasing to see "Secret Messages" return to the chart as a vinyl only release, one can only wonder whether the inclusion of "Beatles Forever" and/or a CD issue would have also elevated it not only in the vinyl chart but also helped it return to the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart a little over 35 years after its original 1LP launch back on Monday 6th June 1983 ...


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Secret Messages" by Electric Light Orchestra 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 ... 16-Aug-2018

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Review: Secret Messages 2LP (ELO)

The day finally arrived on Friday 3rd August when a 2LP edition of ELO's seminal 1983 album "Secret Messages" (Epic 1907583769181) was released some 35 years and 2 months since an abridged 1LP version (JETLX527) hit the proverbial shelves in June 1983. A lot has been written by Yours Truly KJS in the nine and a half years since elobeatlesforever (elobf) was launched in February 2009 with an initial mission to campaign for the originally intended 2LP version of "Secret Messages" (JETDP402) replete with a certain septet of missing tracks including "Beatles Forever". Rather than go over old ground, I wanted to write an article which collated my thoughts on the positive and negative aspects of "Secret Messages" (one of my very fave ELO albums) in 2018.
The positives? It feels great to handle "Secret  Messages" as a double album. It really does. Playing both discs (and listening to the accompanying digital download) reveals a deep, lush texture to the whole record with nuances and detail not previously revealed. Add to that the fact that "Mandalay", "Buildings Have Eyes", "Time After Time" (on cassette first time around), "Endless Lies", "No Way Out", "Hello My Old Friend" (sounds great on vinyl!) and a shortened "After All" now have a permanent place on 33 1/3 RPM vinyl and you know that this is a significant enhancement to a classic Electric Light Orchestra album.
The negatives? You won't be surprised to read that my personal opinion is that the glaring omission of "Beatles Forever" is the most obvious shortcoming of this 2LP. That hasn't changed and will not change. A "Secret Messages" without "Beatles Forever" sandwiched between "No Way Out" and "Letter From Spain" is incomplete. It's the elephant in the room that many fans are being guided to forget by clever soundbites and quotes. If it was good enough to be included in the 1983 double album then the same applies here in 2018. My only other observation is that it's disappointing that lyric sheets are missing with the credits and some kind words from Jeff Lynne forming the inside of the gatefold and both discs supplied in plain white paper sleeves. Note also that the backward messages warning has been deleted and that "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" is now appended by its original working title "Motor City" here too. In summary, this edition is flawed but still worth the investment for the positives mentioned above. ★★

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Secret Messages" by Electric Light Orchestra 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 ... 04-Aug-2018

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Replay: ELO Forever (Bubble Gum Orchestra)

With Jeff Lynne's ELO about to embark on their first major intercontinental tour in eons in Oakland, California on Thursday 2nd August, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) thought it would be a good idea to revisit the excellent Bubble Gum Orchestra track "ELO Forever", perhaps the ultimate in tributes to ELO/Jeff Lynne penned in 2014 by BGO maestro Michael Laine Hildebrandt. Taken from his iconic concept album "Beyond Time", it's a song that will soon be particularly poignant for MLH as he will be in the audience at the Dallas show having first seen the original ELO during the "Time" tour at Minneapolis in late October 1981. Listen between 19:17 and 27:24 during this Time Machine Radio Show interview and you'll hear the story behind "ELO Forever", the song itself and more:
Click on these links for more information on "ELO Forever", "Beyond Time", Bubble Gum Orchestra and latest album "Zentopia" via these links thus:

bubblegumorchestra.com
bubblegumorchestra.com/track/940977/elo-forever
bubblegumorchestra.com/beyond-time-2014
REVIEW: BEYOND TIME [Bubble Gum Orchestra]
EXCLUSIVE: NEW BGO SINGLE: ELO FOREVER

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "ELO Forever" by Bubble Gum Orchestra 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 ... 31-July-2018

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Eleven Recommended Reads

Yours Truly KJS likes to recommend books, from "Time" to "Time", that regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) may find interesting. It's been almost three years since our last list of recommended reads so here is a 2018 update! This particular literary selection are written by the likes of John Van Der Kiste, Brian Paone, Randy Blazak, Bob Lawton, Mark Stanway (Magnum), Charlie Grima (Wizzard), Dave Scott-Morgan (The Uglys/Magnum/ELO) and Pam Van Allen.

The eleven publications in question include recollections, memoirs, fiction and biographies. Please click on the links below to find out more about each publication thus:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-July-2018

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Recommended: ELO: The UK Singles Volume One 1972-1978

As exclusively revealed in this April elobeatlesforever (elobf) article, the folks at Jeff Lynne revealed earlier today that one of two boxed sets of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) UK 7" singles (in replica sleeves) will be released on Friday 21st September 2018. The set will recreate all sixteen ELO 45RPM singles from "10538 Overture" b/w "First Movement (Jumping Biz)" (originally Harvest/EMI HAR5053) in 1972 all the way through to 1978 with "Sweet Talkin' Woman" b/w "Bluebird Is Dead" (originally Jet/CBS SJET121) and also includes The ELO EP (originally Jet/CBS ELO1), ensuring a bumper Summer for ELO vinyl collectors following in the wake of the almost 2LP edition of "Secret Messages" - minus "Beatles Forever" - seven weeks earlier on Friday 3rd August. Accurately reproduced sleeves and a return to their original labels also appeal.

ELO: The UK Singles Volume One 1972-1978 (Sony Legacy 88985424617) is priced at £125 and can be ordered directly from jefflynneselo.com via this link thus:


A second boxed set covering the singles taken from "Discovery" (1979) to "Xanadu" (1980) to "Secret Messages" (1983) to "Balance Of Power" (1986) is expected to follow thereafter.


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends ELO: The UK Singles Volume One 1972-1978 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 ... 24-July-2018