Friday, 12 June 2009

VIDEO VAULT: THE GREAT ELO MYSTERY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I was neither old enough or lucky enough to ever see an ELO concert with Jeff Lynne in the line-up. So when I picked up a copy down in Weston-Super-Mare of a copy of The Daily Mirror one day back in April 1991 and saw an advert for not only a new ELO single ~ "Honest Men" ~ and album but also a UK tour together with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra [MSO], I was thrilled.

I do remember going to the gig at the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday 28th May 1991 and being totally enthralled with hearing ELO's [old and new] music live and for the first time ever and with the full backing of an eighty [80] piece orchestra too. Yours Truly KJS also remembers watching highlight of the concert on ITV that year and also buying this video of concert highlights released by Telstar Video Entertainment [#TVE1037]:
Well overdue a DVD release: ELO Part II live with The Moscow Symphony Orchestra [1991] ...
There are not that many official ELO/ELO Part II concerts video &/or DVD releases about. To my knowledge; besides the above ELO2/MSO release; there is the "Fusion" video [Pickwick; #PTR2152], multiple re-packages of the "Out Of The Blue" 1978 'spaceship' charity concert [the one introduced by Tony Curtis], the "Discovery" promotional film, the ELO Part II "Access All Areas" rockumentary [1997] and, of course, the "Zoom Tour Live" DVD [2001].
The best-selling "Zoom Tour Live"DVD [2001] ...
I have never understood why we have never seen a definitive ELO music video collection released by Sony or that fantastic concert with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra released on DVD [Telstar went bust and I don't know who currently holds the rights to that recording]. It seems to this writer that the ELO video and/or DVD back catalogue is threadbare compared to their other media releases. They must hold the record for the most audio compilations released - beating even The Beatles and Elvis! Besides looking forward to seeing a full '"Secret Messages" release in its originally intended format ~ including "Beatles Forever" [of course!] ~ I like to think that it would be worth lobbying Sony for a video hits release and also investigating what happened to the ownership of the Telstar/ELO II concert video.

"Do Ya" agree with me? Do you have anything to add to this discussion? Or am I a seventies refugee anorak on the wrong side of 40? Answers on a postcard? Most probably ...
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-June-2009

2 comments:

  1. Good point Keith especially as there are loads of stuff on youtube which needs an official release.
    Keep up the good work on your site.

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  2. ...and if the ELO Pt.2/MSO concert were to be released on DVD etc. it would be nice to see the full version. The VHS version omitted Eldorado Overture/Can't Get It Out Of My Head but was included in the 2 part version shown on UK TV.

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