Wednesday, 7 October 2009
ELDORADO vs. ZOOM
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Only six  days now to the big gig at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton [the 'centre of the universe'] on Tuesday 13th October 2009 when The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] return to their Midlands musical roots!
Today I took a rare day off work and whilst meandering about in downtown Wolverhampton, Yours truly KJS suddenly heard the familiar [but rarely played] tones of the ELO album track "Poorboy [The Greenwood]" blasting out over the tannoy. Ten  minutes later it was "Mr. Blue Sky". Nice to know somebody out there has taste!
It reminded me of something that I meant to write last week. I listened to both the "Eldorado" and "Zoom" ELO albums in the car whilst driving to and from work and I've come to the conclusion that there really is no comparison between these two  recordings.
One is a classic concept album from 1974 brilliantly conceived by Jeff Lynne and performed by one of the two  classic ELO line-ups and the other, although still a good offering, is essentially a Jeff Lynne solo album from 2001 or, as I've described it to Christian 'Kuiama' Evans on not a few occasions, is it "Armchair Theatre Part II"? I do hope that I haven't started another controversy with that statement ...
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Oct-2009