Friday, 29 June 2012

NEW WEB SITE: THE MOVE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Just in time for their upcoming appearance at the BREWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday 14th July 2012The Move featuring Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton, Neil Lockwood, Tony Kelsey and Phil Tree have announced their new; updated web site thus:


Their new, improved web site includes HomeHistoryDatesThe BandPhotosLive At The Fillmore 1969 and Contact sub-sections and is very informative giving the visitor plenty of information about the band and what they are up to. Why not visit and check it out for yourself? This is what their original manager and the present version of the band say about themselves:

Tony Secunda"Without doubt, it was The Beatles, The Stones and The Move in that order in England."

The Move: "Formed by Ace Kefford and Trevor Burton, The Move became one of the best and most significant bands of the late sixties, with five Top 5 Roy Wood penned hits during 1967 and 1968. Good bands come and go, but great bands just regenerate. 21st Century and still rockin' ... Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan are back together as The Move after forty years."

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you at Brewood?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-June-2012

Monday, 25 June 2012

RETURN TO VINYL [2]: A NEW WORLD RECORD & OUT OF THE BLUE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may or may not recall that back in January 2012, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] posted this article regarding the impending release on 180g vinyl of ELO's superb 1974 release "Eldorado":


Yours Truly KJS is now pleased to announce that the superb Music On Vinyl label will also be releasing those ELO seventies epics "A New World Record" [1976] and "Out Of The Blue" [1977] on 180 gram vinyl this Summer too! [source: Jerry Palovick via his A Jeff Lynne And Related Blog]. Both releases are presently available for pre-order thus:


ANWR is released on Monday 2nd July 2012 and is priced at £23.23 each ... it is advertized as 180 gram audiophile vinyl with insert and embossed sleeve.

OOTB is due for release on Monday 6th August 2012 and is priced at £26.41 each ... it is advertized as 180 grams 2LP audiophile vinyl in Gatefold sleeve with Inserts. Note: It has now been confirmed by: Music On Vinyl that this release will be in matching, classic transparent Blue vinyl - but for the first 1,000 numbered copies only!

Both releases are a tempting yet worthwhile purchase for the record buying ELO connoisseur - even if you don't currently possess a turntable!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-June-2012

CHART CHAT: ROLLING OVER WITHOUT BEETHOVEN

 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's "Time" to ask that question again: Are ELO & Jeff Lynne mutually exclusive? Can either be truly successful in terms of record sales without the other? The reason I ask this is because it is very interesting when one considers that:
  • Jeff Lynne's first solo outing: "Armchair Theatre" peaked at #24 in the UK album chart in 1990 with a four [4] week chart run
  • ELO Part II's eponymous album "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" peaked at #34 in the UK album chart in 1991 with a four [4] week chart run
  • ELO's "Zoom" also peaked at #34 in the UK album chart in 2001 with a three [3] week chart run
  • Regina Spektor's "Far" [part produced by Jeff] attained #30 in the UK album chart in 2009 with a five [5] week chart run
  • Joe Walsh's "Analog Man" [co-produced by Jeff] has managed #53 in the UK album chart so far after a two [2] week chart run
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] notes that neither the ELO ‘brand’ without Jeff Lynne or Jeff Lynne without ELO have had anything more than moderate direct on indirect [album] chart success?

If we set aside Jeff's posthumous work with George Harrison and his great success with The Beatles as well as the best-selling Traveling Wilburys Rhino re-issue - even with all the good, positive press about the Regina Spektor and Joe Walsh albums as well as what appears to be the full backing of the ELO fan community - the UK album chart Top 20 has not been breached by any Jeff Lynne solo or part Jeff produced material save for the many [and relatively successful] ELO compilations and the "Out Of The Blue" remaster [#18] in the last two [2] decades or so. This is an observation and not a criticism.

Again, one has to wonder where a second Jeff Lynne truly 'solo' album' would chart. And where would an ELO album with the involvement of at least a few more of that ‘classic’ ELO line-up in Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy, Mik Kaminski [but sadly not Kelly Groucutt] chart too? Yours Truly KJS suspects a little better. For that reason could it be that trademark ELO & Jeff Lynne without each other are rather like [in charting terms] ‘Rolling over without Beethoven’ yet never quite "Getting To The Point"? I honestly hope that I am proven wrong ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 25-June-2012

Sunday, 24 June 2012

CAUGHT LIVE: DESPERADO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I knew that this much anticipated concert was going to be a winner when, as I settled into my seat, Yours Truly KJS could hear the dulcet tones of The Traveling Wilburys being broadcast from the PA at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock last night [Friday 22nd June 2012].

And Desperado did not disappoint. In a set that traversed the whole recording career of The Eagles, Don Henley and Joe Walsh, this six [6] piece Walsall based band rocked it up as they not only superbly covered Eagles classics including "Hotel California"; "The Long Run"; "One Of These Nights"; "Lyin' Eyes"; "Life In The Fast Lane"; "Tequila Sunrise" and  "Desperado" with rarities "Ol '55" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive" - and not a few others. My faves were the live renditions of "The Boys Of Summer"; "Rocky Mountain Way"; "Life's Been Good" and "Dirty Laundry".

This was the last gig for guitarist Steve Gee and he produced a superb display of top quality guitar work which really lifted the bands performance to the next level with many of those Eagles songs given a much rockier edge than this writer expected. And once again the superb, clear vocals of Chris Brighton were again evident - as they were earlier in the year during the debut Spring tour of: The Abbey Road Experience. The whole band were tight, professional and provided a real crowd pleasing tribute to The Eagles.

Desperado were Chris Brighton [Guitars/vocals]; Steve Ashcroft [Guitars/tambourine/vocals]; Steve James [Drums/vocals]; Frank Beach [Keyboards/harmonica/vocals]; Mike Tinsley [Bass guitar/vocals] and Steve Gee [Guitars/vocals].


IELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Desperado to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The BeatlesThe Eagles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 24-June-2012

Thursday, 21 June 2012

RECOMMENDED: DESPERADO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! In the month when Joe Walsh released his first solo album "Analog Man" for twenty [20] years - which is produced in part, course, by Jeff Lynne - Yours Truly KJS finds it of no coincidence that tomorrow [Friday 22nd June]. I'll be attending my first ever gig by premier UK Eagles tribute band Desperado at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock.

The musical connections between ELO and The Eagles appear to be strengthening significantly. I say this because two [2] members of Desperado - Chris Brighton and Steve James - were also founding members of The Abbey Road Experience - who, of course, also feature former ELO Part II, The Orchestra and Bev Bevan's Move member Phil Bates in their ranks.


I'm very much looking forward to seeing and hearing this band tomorrow and will [hopefully] be publishing a review of the gig for ELOBF in the near future. See you there?

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Desperado to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The BeatlesThe Eagles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 21-June-2012

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

RECOMMENDED: VINNIE ZUMMO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend and Hamilton Radio colleague Gino 'Doc G' DiPierro suggested that Yours Truly KJS touch base with multi-talented musician Vinnie Zummo a couple of months ago. So, when Vinnie contacted me and detailed his impressive musical CV - as well as his many Beatles flavoured compositions - it proved to indeed be an informed recommendation.

Vinnie is a former guitarist with The Joe Jackson Band as well being an accomplished jazz musician, songwriter and percussionist. He has worked with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Roger Daltrey, Art Garfunkle and Paul Carrack amongst not a few others. Indeed, his superb musical tribute to Ringo Starr entitled [oddly enough] "Ringo" really does show off those Beatles influences - as do songs such as "Fab Gear""Photograph""Homicidal""John Lennon" and "Didn't Get The Memo" thus:

In fact, Vinnie is a prolific musician, recording artist and songwriter - as can be evidenced if you visit his extensive web sites. Hence, it's worth considering the purchase of his Beatlesque [if not ELOesque] material or maybe his latest release "Jazz Album" - recorded with his wife Janice - from CD Baby [and/or other reputable music outlets] via these links thus:

www.reverbnation.com/vinniezummo   www.cdbaby.com/cd/zummo3
itunes.apple.com/us/album/swinging-guitar-sounds   soundcloud.com/Vinnie+Zummo
cdbaby.com/cd/zummo2   www.cdbaby.com/cd/zummo

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Vinnie Zummo to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 20-June-2012

Monday, 18 June 2012

REVIEW: HIGH SOCIETY [Apology None]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Without a doubt, ELO's progenitors The Move traversed the sixties and could said to have been not only eclectic but also psychedelic in certain of their phases. And any band seeking to replicate that particular genre now has to be dedicated and suitably enthused. But to also do it under the guise of a cartoon band is truly a challenging undertaking. As an example, one thinks of ABC's amazing 1985 release "How To Be A Zillionaire" as they evolved from a five [5] piece to a duo via their own cartoon phase. Yours Truly KJS 'met' Tim Ross a.k.a. Terry Summer - a huge fan of The Move and ELO - via the excellent DJ Shaz Kuiama's Radio Backtrack show "Through The Years" chat room. Tim mentioned to me about the latest CD release by Apology None - his very own cartoon band by the name of "High Society" - and also their animated video releases over on YouTube at:


Trax: [1] "Sunshine"; [2] "Superfast!"; [3] "Capriccio"; [4] "Need Some Love From You"; [5] "Every Day"; [6] "Flirtin' Kind"; [7] "Yesterday Once More"; [8] "Song"; [9] "Swingin' Pad"; [10] "My Kind Of Girl"; [11] "Down"; [12] "Blast Off!"

As a result of those conversations, I decided to order "High Society" from amazon.com. It's a recording steeped in psychedelia and is as "groovy" a tribute to that era as that of the previously ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] reviewed "Red Hot" by The Ivory Tower Project was to AOR in the seventies and eighties. I like this album and might I suggest that you take a look at the bands web site in order to not only find out out more about Apology None but to also consider getting a hold of "High Society" for yourself thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "High Society" by Apology None to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 18-June-2012

Sunday, 17 June 2012

REVIEW: RED HOT [Ivory Tower Project]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the many benefits and greatest thrills of our partnership with Hamilton Radio is coming across fine and talented independent artistes. Hence, just after my good friend Gino 'Doc G' DiPierro introduced Yours Truly KJS to the The Ivory Tower Project, ITP leading light Mark Regula contacted me and kindly offered to send me their 2009 release entitled "Red Hot", and the "Time" was indeed right to introduce ITP to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF].

When ELO were a major force on those FM radio air play waves back in the late seventies and most of the eighties, they shared the limelight with great AOR acts like Foreigner, Survivor, Journey, Toto, Boston, Kansas, REO Speedwagon and Air Supply amongst many others. The repertoire of The Ivory Tower Project is both a tribute to and an extension of that great music genre and is as ear pleasing as those bands were.

"Red Hot" trax: [1] "My Name"; [2] "Burning"; [3] "Gotcha"; [4] "Way Too Late"; [5] "Guilty [You're The One]"; [6] "You Can See It In My Eyes"; [7] "Dreamer"; [8] "I Can't Tell Him [Her]"; [9] "Centre Street Radio Interview"; [10] "I Think I Fell In Love With You"

Whereas the artwork and imagery of ITP and "Red Hot" is reminiscent of ELO's 1981 classic "Time" and specifically those self same lyrics within "The Way Life's Meant To Be" and "When Time Stood Still", the thumping bass and slick guitar licks coupled with strong lyrics and clear vocals remind the listener of that great era of radio friendly rock we all knew and loved. And it is a tribute to Mark's passion and steadfastness that this "band-who-became-a-project" have stood the course despite tragedies and personnel changes. I like this album and suggest that you take a look at their web site in order to not only find out out more about ITP but to also consider getting a hold of "Red Hot" thus:

www.IvoryTowerProject.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Ivory Tower Project to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-June-2012

Saturday, 16 June 2012

RARE ELO RE-ISSUE PROMOS SURFACE ON eBay [2]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Every now and then some interesting ELO [and related] rarities pop up on eBay:


Yours Truly KJS was therefore most interested to stumble upon the above pair of 7" single-sided, coloured vinyl promos for "Surrender" [2006] and "Latitude 88 North" [2007] for the Sony remasters of "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue" up for auction thus:


Both items have been known to sell for up to £100 each so it'll be interesting to see what price they attain. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] believes that it is of interest to ELO fans and collectors alike that these items sometimes come up for auction - at a price! Good luck and happy bidding!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 16-June-2012

Monday, 11 June 2012

REVIEW: ANALOG MAN [Joe Walsh]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I have to admit that when I ordered the 'Limited Deluxe Edition' of this album from amazon.co.uk, I was expecting to hear either an album of great bluesy numbers in the same vein as the classic "Life's Been Good" or maybe another "Armchair Theatre", "Zoom" or "Far" in that tried and trusted "Produced by Jeff Lynne" style we all know and love. But ain't it good to be surprised every now and then?
Recording Rites: Jeff Lynne with Joe Walsh and friends ...
For me, the circle is completed in listening to and reviewing this latest release. I always fondly remember thumbing through the many 7" and 12" singles at Sundown Records in my search for ELO and related rarities in the day and often ending up looking at Joe's 1974 release "Turn To Stone" - later coupled to "Rocky Mountain Way"! So to be looking at a new Joe Walsh album co-produced and featuring Jeff Lynne is a nice position to be in. "Analog Man" is indeed an album of contrasts and surprises. I can also say that it has exceeded my expectations too. The twelve [12] tracks on the CD [as well as the three [3] live performances on the special edition DVD] include the much anticipated five [5] Jeff Lynne productions "Analog Man"; "Wrecking Ball", "Spanish Dancer", "One Day At A Time" and "Wishbone".
Joe Walsh also shared a certain song title with ELO ...
Parts of this album do sound like The Eagles - and you'd expect that. But with addition of Jeff's bass, deft keyboards, guitar and backing vocals, that unmistakable 'sound' and influence is there for all to see [and hear]. I'm reminded on "Wrecking Ball" of the construct on some of the songs on that classic 1991 Tom Petty release "Into The Great Wide Open" yet I can also hear the guitar driven, ELOesque wall of sound within "Spanish Dancer" and "One Day At A Time". Yet with "Fishbone" we have a departure back to the blues fusion apparent in "Analog Man" - and it works! Proving beyond all reasonable doubt that the there are many more strings [excuse the pun!] to the production bow of Jeff Lynne than this writer has given him credit for in recent years.

But there is a lot more to this release than the work of Jeff Lynne. This is a great release for Eagles and ELO fans alike with elements of both rock legends oozing out from each and every track. The guest drumming of one Ringo Starr on the autobiographical "Lucky That Way" and "Band Played On" adds The Beatles' interest with the superlative vocals of David Crosby and Graham Nash over the thankful ballad "Family" also adding a folksy bluesy touch to this particular musical adventure. There's also a nice nod to the late Barbara Orbison here too. We should indeed be thanking Joe's wife Marjorie for talking him out of solo artiste retirement! I also love the feel good song "Hi-Roller Baby", the thumping "Funk 50" and the instrumental, synth-driven slick guitar extravaganza that is "India" [Mike Oldfield would be proud of it!]. After twenty [20] years out; Joe Walsh has returned with a fresh; invigorating and foot-tapping set of songs that I believe will satisfy the musical appetite of not only any Eagles, ELO and/or Jeff Lynne fan, but anyone looking for something NEW to listen to in this present age of musical famine. "Analog Man" is available from the official Joe Walsh web site and all good music outlets including amazon.co.uk thus:

www.joewalsh.com/store
amazon.co.uk/joe-walsh/analog-man

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends and endorses: "Analog Man" by Joe Walsh to those enlightened folks who also enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The EaglesThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 11-June-2012

Monday, 4 June 2012

RARE ELO RE-ISSUE PROMOS SURFACE ON eBay [1]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Every now and then some interesting ELO [and related] rarities pop up on eBay. One of those ELO collectibles was the 33 1/3 RPM, 10" promo picture disc of  "Xanadu" [1980] which eventually sold for $9,105 [or £5,760] a week or so ago [see: RARE XANADU 10" PICTURE DISC SURFACES ON eBay].

So I was most interested when I stumbled upon these three [3] CD promos for "Surrender" [2006]; "Latitude 88 North" [2007] and the ultra-rare ten [10] track "Re-Issues Sampler" - for the 2006/2007 Sony remasters of "On The Third Day""Face The Music""A New World Record"; "Out Of The Blue" and "Balance Of Power" - up for auction, starting at just £5.19 each [plus £1 post and packing]:

Surrender CD promo
Latitude 88 North CD promo
Re-Issues Sampler CD promo

 Yours Truly KJS is told that these items have been sold for a minimum of £30 each in the past so it will be interesting to see what the final price turns out to be. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] believes that it is of interest to ELO fans and collectors alike that these items are out there and available ... at a price! Good luck if you decide to bid for them!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 04-June-2012

Saturday, 2 June 2012

RECOMMENDED: TELEPHONE LINE [Jack & White ft. Fitz]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend and DJ Shaz 'Kuiama' Pratt from The Light Shines On recently forwarded me the YouTube promo video for a superb new cover version of the 1976 Jeff Lynne penned ELO classic "Telephone Line" thus:

Jack And White featuring Fitz - from Fitz and The Tantrums - will release their new EP "Undercover" on Tuesday 5th June 2012 and it will include "California Dreaming", "Here Comes The Rain Again", "How's It Going To Be", "Cry Me A River" and "Tighten Up" alongside "Telephone Line". You can buy the EP and/or any individual tracks via these links thus:

itunes.apple.com/gb/album/undercover-ep  www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/undercover-ep

Find out more about both or either artistes via their official web sites thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Telephone Line" by Jack And White featuring Fitz to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 02-June-2012