Saturday, 3 May 2014

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This last week was of particular interest to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] for two reasons here in the UK. It was the week that saw both the DVD release of "American Hustle" on Monday 28th April and the British TV premiere of "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute" on Friday 2nd May.

Yours Truly KJS enjoyed watching "American Hustle". It's a good film with a plot that intrigues and ultimately serves up the expected twist at its finale. Obviously, the inclusion of "10538 Overture", "Long Black Road" and "Stream Of Stars" has long been a draw for fans of ELO/Jeff Lynne so the only negative for me was my failure to discern Jeff's much vaunted new interpretation of "Clair de Lune" within the film soundtrack. Note that both "10538 Overture" and "Long Black Road" appear twice, in the film itself and again during the credits. Also of note is that "Couldn't Get It Right" [co-written by ELO Part II founding member - the much missed Pete Haycock - for the Climax Blues Band] also makes an appearance in the deleted scenes section under "Carmine On Stage Singing". [8/10]
The other major media event in the ELOBF universe this week was the debut on British television, nearly three months] after the US TV broadcast, of "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute". The programme was fascinating and tremendously informative as the makers detailed the pre-Beatles lives of JohnPaulGeorge and Ringo and their fated coming together. The interviews, not only with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, were complimented by the memories of the studio crew and some of those present in the audience on 9th February 1964. Real history indeed.

It goes without saying that it was great seeing Jeff Lynne again performing "Something" with Dhani Harrison and Joe Walsh plus "Hey Bulldog" with Dave Grohl on nationwide TV here in the UK. I thought that the broadcast sound was a little flat, however, but not as annoying as the frequent and unannounced adverts. All in all, it was a noteworthy tribute to a Great Band. Looking forward to [hopefully] seeing a DVD this time! [9/10]

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-May-2014

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