Thursday, 30 October 2014

REVIEW: ALEX MILES [Alex Miles]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! If her sublime version of ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" [as featured in this previous ELOBF article] met with your approval, then Alex Miles' new ten [10] song self titled album may well leave you in sonic raptures. There is plenty to enthuse about with this release as Alex also interprets songs by the likes of Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon, Queen, Etta James and Stereophonics [amongst not a few others].

With her crystal clear, soothing vocals matched by her peerless piano playing, Alex Miles has put together an astounding and impressive album which not only showcases her enormous talent but also cries out to the many record labels looking [and failing] to discover exciting new artistes. This album will be of particular interest to ELOPaul McCartney and Beatles fans, opening as it does, with a lovely interpretation of "No More Lonely Nights" followed later with a sweet version of Etta James' classic "At Last" [recently also covered, of course, by Jeff Lynne] before finishing with the aforementioned Lynne penned finale to "Concerto For A Rainy Day" and perennial ELO anthem. You should also have a listen to this Wolverhampton born musician's utterly moving versions of "Use Somebody" and "Dakota", not forgetting the remaining enchanting tracks within the album. I have no hesitation is endorsing and recommending this classy recording to all and sundry. [10/10]

Track listing: [1] "No More Lonely Nights" [4:22]; [2] "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" [4:15]; [3] "Use Somebody" [4:23]; [4] "Moves Like Jagger" [4:08]; [5] "A Kind Of Magic" [4:17]; [6] "At Last" [4:39]; [7] "Dakota" [4:47]; [8] "No Diggity" [4:50]; [9] "Never Gonna Give You Up" [4:19]; [10] "Mr. Blue Sky" [5:42]

This wonderful album is priced at just £10.00 [including free P+P] and it can be ordered via the Contact page via her official web site or in person at her performances. Check out Alex Miles and her portfolio via her official web site thus:

www.alexmilesmusic.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Alex Miles" by Alex Miles 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 ... 30-Oct-2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

PETE HAYCOCK TO FEATURE IN NEW CLIMAX BLUES RELEASE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Tomorrow will mark the first anniversary of the tragic passing of the late, great Pete Haycock in 2013. Robin George had the great pleasure of working with the Climax Blues Band and ELO Part II co-founder both in recording his own album "World" as well as the much anticipated new album from Pete Haycock's Climax Blues Band.

Both recordings feature the sublime [slide] guitar craft and vocal skills of Pete and, as a gift to Pete's many fans, Robin has just released the lead single from the album - an edited version of "Bluesong" - which is taken from Pete's final album "Broke Heart Blues", his swansong project, with Robin George, Mel Collins, Charlie Morgan, Jacquie Williams and Charley Charlesworth joining forces with him one last time under the Climax Blues banner.
Both the single "Bluesong" and album "Broke Heart Blues" are being released in download format, one year to the day that Pete passed away, on Thursday 30th October 2014 with a CD release to follow [hopefully] in the near future. An official press release stated:

"A scintillating mix of Rock and Blues played by masters of their art. These are Pete's final recordings and the "Bluesong" single is released as a gift to his fans as a tribute to Robin's great friend and brother in guitar to commemorate the anniversary of his tragic passing."

"Bluesong [Single Edit]" is priced at $0.99 via: www.cdbaby.com/cd/climaxblues

Read my 2012 interview with Pete for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] via this link thus:

And my ELOBF tribute to Pete can be read via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Broke Heart Blues" by Climax Blues and "World" by Robin Georgeto those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-Oct-2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

ALEX MILES: MR. BLUE SKY

Introducing the beautiful and talented Alex Miles ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There are certain songs that are hard to improve upon, especially when they lend themselves only to be covered in the same style as the original. One of those songs is ELO's trademark epic anthem "Mr. Blue Sky".

A case in point would be Lily Allen's questionable effort to 'reinvent' MBS back in 2007. Now, earlier today my good Aussie friend Jib Khan [the man behind ELOBF recommended artiste Starflight], who alerted Yours Truly KJS to a truly wonderful piano laden interpretation of the Jeff Lynne penned classic by Alex Miles. In her own words:

"One of my favourite tracks ever, I recorded this version as a homage to the original. I was very careful in trying not to recreate the ELO version, as no cover version could ever surpass it. This is a different, acoustic take on a true masterpiece."

It reminds me a little of Sarah Blasko's serene 2009 version of "Xanadu" and it's so good that I felt it warranted some wider exposure to the ELO/Jeff Lynne fan base via ELOBF thus:
Wolverhampton born Alex has a CD available for sale which includes "Mr. Blue Sky" and also features her versions of "At Last" [also covered, of course, by Jeff Lynne] and also Paul McCartney's "No More Lonely Nights". The CD is priced at just £10.00 [including free P+P] and can be ordered via the Contact page at her official web site or in person at her performances.
We think that you'll love it! Check out Alex Miles and her portfolio via her official web site thus:

www.alexmilesmusic.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Mr. Blue Sky" by Alex Miles 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 ... 27-Oct-2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

REVIEW: EP [GlasOnGlas]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Gary Burton, a former UK radio DJ who now resides in New York now plying his trade as a singer/songwriter, kindly forwarded me the debut EP of his musical vehicle GlasOnGlas the other day. The release - entitled "EP" [for some strange reason!] - contains four [4] nicely crafted songs that showcase perfectly his stated musical influences including Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Pugwash, XTC and 10cc [and not a few others].

"EP", produced by former Psychedelic Fur Joe McGinty, is replete with catchy hooks, string accompaniment and quirky, heartfelt lyrics instantly impresses with "Lemons Are Not Limes" [my fave track] an instant attention grabber with ELOesque arrangements - and a lead vocal not dissimilar to that of Christopher Cross or Jon Anderson. Next up is the country tinged, pensive ballad "100 Per Cent Proof" with "Mice And Men" following with its eighties vibe pleasing to the ear. Final song "Summer Of Love Feeling" recalls heady London days of the swinging sixties whilst quoting Tony Blackburn, "Waterloo Sunset", "... wonderful Radio 1" and much more! This is not only a great EP of much variety and promise, it serves also as a nice introduction to the talents of a certain English exile in NYC. [9/10]

"EP" trax are: [1] "Lemons Are Not Limes" [4:29]; [2] "100 Per Cent Proof" [3:44]; [3] "Mice And Men" [3:50]; [4] "Summer Of Love Feeling" [4:25]
Gary Burton: Pondering life, lemons and limes ...
GlasOnGlas are: Gary Burton [Vocals]; Joe McGinty [Piano/Keyboards/Drum Machine]; Jim Mastro [Guitars]; Jeremy Chatzky [Bass]; Clem Waldmann [Drums/Percussion]; Claudia Chopek [Violin]; Eleanor Norton [Cello]; Meredith Meyer [Backing vocals]

"EP" by GlasOnGlas is available to purchase in MP3 format from Bandcamp.com, amazon.co.ukamazon.com, iTunes and other digital outlets.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "EP" by GlasOnGlas to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artists.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Oct-2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: STAND UP & ROCK!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was a case of it being so good that I had to see it twice as Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan and Co. arrived in Dudley on Thursday 16th October with their Stand Up & Rock! show more or less halfway through its highly successful sell-out national theatre tour. Dudley Town Hall was filled to capacity as the lifelong friends were joined by Trevor Burton [The Move], Geoff Turton [The Rockin' Berries], Joy Strachan-Brain [Quill], Phil Tree, Abby Brant and Musical Director Tony Kelsey for another evening of Carrott comic capers coupled with another fantastic musical journey through sixties and seventies classics.
Left: KJS with Jasper and friends; Right: Bev shows off his portrait ...
The night was all the more special as I had the opportunity after the show to both present Bev with an original portrait by Glaswegian artist Jennifer Crawford and also touch base with Jasper, who after hearing one of my jokes, advised me to carry on writing and taking photos! My review of the Stand Up & Rock! show at Wolverhampton back in September can be viewed via this link thus:

CAUGHT LIVE: STAND UP & ROCK!

Stand Up & Rock! features Jasper CarrottThe Bev Bevan Band [BevPhil TreeTony Kelsey and Abby Brant], Trevor BurtonGeoff Turton and Joy Strachan-Brain

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Stand Up & Rock! to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Oct-2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

RECOMMENDED: FIVE PRE-CHRISTMAS RELEASES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There are some interesting ELO and Beatles related releases to look forward to as 2014 ebbs away including a new Take That album, produced in part by Jeff Lynne. The Electric Light Orchestra maestro is also to be found on a new tribute album to Paul McCartney. And with new issues by The MoveRoy Wood and Magnum also due, ELOBF has listed them in release date order for you to peruse thus:

Monday 10th November 2014
THE MOVE: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE 1969 [2LP RED VINYL]

Monday 17th November 2014
VARIOUS: THE ART OF McCARTNEY [2CD]

Monday 24th November 2014
ROY WOOD: ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES [5CD]

Monday 1st December 2014
TAKE THAT: III
MAGNUM: ON CHRISTMAS DAY [10" VINYL]

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Oct-2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

BEV BEVAN HANDED JENNIFER CRAWFORD PORTRAIT

Jennifer Crawford's take on the three founding members of ELORoy WoodJeff Lynne and Bev Bevan
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this year in January, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] was pleased to introduce you to the awesome work of talented Glasgow based artist Jennifer Crawford - as featured within her Facebook page Fan Art of the Greatest Musicians in the World.

Jennifer recently sent me three [3] 12" x 16" prints of her fantastic portraits of The Move and ELO threesome Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan [see above]. She also surprised me by sending me her original Bev Bevan portrait. Being as a second visit to see Bev in the smash hit touring show "Stand Up & Rock!" was beckoning at Dudley Town Hall, I thought that it would be great idea to present The MoveELO and Black Sabbath drummer with Jennifer's portrait in person. This was also the first time that the subject of Jennifer's art has met up with her art! Hence, with many thanx to Tony Kelsey, Yours Truly KJS presented the picture to Bev after the show last Thursday night [16th October 2014] with long time pal Jasper Carrott "Looking On":
Bev Bevan receives his portrait from KJS [Photo: Abby Brant]
Jennifer Crawford can be contacted by email at: jenniferarmstrong1965@hotmail.co.uk, via private message on Facebook or via her fantastic Facebook page: Fan Art of the Greatest Musicians in the World for enquiries and/or to place orders. Check out this ELOBF article for further details thus:

RECOMMENDED: JENNIFER CRAWFORD'S ELO GALLERY AND MORE!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Jennifer Crawford 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 ... 19-Oct-2014

THE MOVE: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE TO SEE RED

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Right Recordings - the people who brought you the "Live At The Fillmore 1969" 2CD set by The Move back in 2012 have just announced that the legendary recording will be released in as a Limited Edition 2LP Gatefold edition [#BAD2LP205] in 180g Red vinyl on Monday 10th November 2014.

The original 2CD release in March 2012 came with the above white background and was the subject of this ELOBF review: RECOMMENDED: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE 1969. With an alternative sleeve in black background, this attractive double album can be pre-ordered from Right Recordings for £20.00 [plus P+P] or amazon.co.uk for £20.99 [plus P+P] via these links thus:

www.rightrecordings.com/the-move
www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Fillmore-Vinyl-Gatefold-VINYL

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Live At The Fillmore 1969" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Oct-2014

Saturday, 18 October 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [12]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

The ELO Experience
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Cannock's Prince of Wales Theatre was rocked to the rafters last night [Friday 17th October 2014] as Electric Light Orchestra tribute band The ELO Experience returned to the venue last night for the latest leg of their 2014 tour.

Once again the Hull based octet, led again from the front by the wigtastic Andy Louis, delivered a stunning set of songs perfectly reproducing those ELO records we all know and love whilst bringing the studio produced a show that effortlessly showcased their vibrant string section bringing them much more into prominence, in particular, with "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Strange Magic". As ever, such a great show makes it hard to select a favourite but for me the highlight of the night had to be their note perfect rendition of "10538 Overture". I could almost hear Roy Wood himself plunging his bow on a compliant cello! It capped yet another fantastic concert by The ELO Experience.

Set list: "10538 Overture", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Showdown", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Evil Woman", "Strange Magic", "Livin' Thing", "Rockaria!", "Telephone Line", "Turn To Stone"; "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Standin' In The Rain", "Big Wheels", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Wild West Hero", "Shine A Little Love", "Confusion", "The Diary Of Horace Wimp", "Last Train To London", "All Over The World", "Xanadu", "Prologue", "Twilight", "Hold On Tight", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"

The ELO Experience are: Andy Louis [Lead vocals/guitar], Steve Hemsley [Keyboards/vocals],
Pete Smith [Bass guitar/vocals], Jan Christiansen [Lead guitar/vocals], Tony Lawson [Drums],
Viv Blackledge [Cello], Clare Little [Cello] and Liz Stacey [Violin]
The ELO Experience continue to tour the UK extensively and you can view all their Tour Dates, sign their Guest Book and find out what they are currently up to via their official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy Wood, 'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Oct-2014

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

THE GREAT FTMYSTERY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #777: "Face The Music", ELO's 1975 classic LP, sports some interesting yet cryptic "secret messages" on its liner sleeve notes which have bemused and confused fans for nearly forty [40] years. Within the lyrics of "Down Home Town" the word "ucedemwinnin" [an alliteration, of course, of: "you see them winning"] bears a double asterisk referring to two explanatory notes stating:

* The band on this track have since grown a third eyebrow.
** Wrong.

There are many theories as to what those statements mean ranging from a private Jeff Lynne joke to a it being a reference to traditional Brummie speak or an acknowledgement of the significant vocal contributions of SuMagNa [alias Susan Collins, Marge Raymond, Nancy O'Neil plus Ellie Greenwich]. It could neither, either or both! ELOBF has its own theory that it signifies a changing of the guard as ELO transitioned to its classic seven [7] member line-up after the departures of Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards following 1974's "Eldorado" and the arrival of Kelly Groucutt and Melvyn Gale for "Face The Music". But, then again, I could be "** wrong"!

What are your theories or do you know the true story behind this great FTMystery?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

RECOMMENDED: THE ADERYN STRING QUARTET

The Aderyn String Quartet are: Sion Dafydd Dawson, Julia Elizabeth Howell, Martin Curda and Xenia Porteous
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When frantic cellist Sion Dafydd Dawson is not dashing about the stage [and audience] with ELO Again, he can also be found plying his trade with The Aderyn String Quartet, a Cardiff based ensemble of talented, international young musicians. Sion contacted ELOBF recently with some samples of their fantastic interpretations of the ELO feel good anthem "Mr. Blue Sky", Etta James' "At Last" [covered recently, of course, by Jeff Lynne] and The Beatles' "Yesterday". Have a listen to them here thus:



The Aderyn String Quartet are: Sion Dafydd Dawson [Cello]; Julia Elizabeth Howell [Viola]; Martin Curda [Violin] and Xenia Porteous [Violin]. Check them out via their official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend The Aderyn String Quartet to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Oct-2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

KING OF THE GREENWOOD


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Being an avid collector of ELO vinyl and their many releases on the Jet label in the decade following 1975 can occasionally offer up the odd quirk. Back in May 1978 after having ditched United Artists [UA] for CBS as their distributor, Jet Records re-issued five [5] singles by ELO & Jeff Lynne, namely "Rockaria!" [#SJET100], "Telephone Line" [#SJET101], "Doin' That Crazy Thing" [#SJET102], "Turn To Stone" [#SJET103][presumed as withdrawn at the time of writing] and "Mr. Blue Sky" [#SJET104].

One thing that stands out in my memory, being an ELO completist at the time, was the error found on the 'B' side of the "Telephone Line" re-issue. The originally released single [#UP36254] was backed by two [2] tracks from the then Jet/UA re-released "On The Third Day" and "Eldorado" albums [released on Warner Bros. first time around] in "Poorboy [The Greenwood]" and "King Of The Universe". However, the Jet/CBS re-issue [#SJET101] listed the tracks in reverse even though the physical tracks were in the same order. Jon Lock, the man behind the ultimate ELO collection web site ELO Light Years Ahead [ELOLYA], reminded Yours Truly KJS that a sticker was attached to the 7" back in the day to 'warn' buyers of the mistake but that it is unlikely that many survive intact to the present day.  A further minor spelling flaw can be found on the "Mr. Blue Sky" re-issue [#SJET104] too. But can you spot it?
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-Oct-2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

JEFF LYNNE TO SHINE ON NEW TAKE THAT ALBUM?

The official album artwork for "III" reflects the recent news that Take That are now a trio ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The news [see links below] that Jeff Lynne is contributing to the new Take That album "III" should not come as a surprise to his fan base. The news serves only to confirm his friendship with Gary Barlow, who was a key contributor in persuading Jeff to headline last years BBC Children In Need Rocks! event and also supplied most of Jeff Lynne's ELO at last months Hyde Park concert [besides, of course, Richard Tandy!] from his own and Take That's session/touring band members.

Jeff is very much behind the scenes in this his latest project and has certainly not replaced the departing Jason Orange but I, for one, will be interested to see what influence the ELO maestro has on the album when it is released on Monday 1st December 2014. Lead single "These Days" [produced by Greg Kurstin] was premiered this morning on national radio and will be released a week earlier on Monday 24th November 2014. Full details of Jeff's contribution to the LP - alongside co-producers Kurstin, John Shanks and Stuart Price - will be advised when known.

"III" tracks will be: [1] "These Days"; [3] "Let In The Sun"; [3] "If You Want It"; [4] "Lovelife"; [5] "Portrait"; [6] "Higher Than Higher"; [7] "I Like It"; [8] "Give You My Love"; [9] "Freeze"; [10] "Into The Wild"; [11] "Flaws"; [12]"Get Ready For It"; [13] "Believe"*; [14] "Amazing"*; [15] "Do It All For Love"* [* denotes Deluxe Edition only]

Jeff Lynne Steps In To Help Take That Recover From Orange Split
Take That Announce Jeff Lynne-Produced New Album 'III'
ELO star works on Take That album
Take That announce first album since Jason Orange quit

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Oct-2014

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

SHINE A LITTLE LOVE: BLACK & WHITE

Photograph: Jerry Palovick [A Jeff Lynne & Related Blog]
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has been a collector of ELO and related vinyl for well over three [3] decades yet my record collection is nowhere near as expansive as that of other ELO fans, such as my good friend Jon Lock over at the excellent ELO Light Years Ahead web site.

Indeed, I've posted some articles here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] from time to time regarding the Jet Records discography and such legendary ELO/Jet rarities as the original intended "Secret Messages" double album and acetates [#JETDP402], the missing Jet/CBS re-issue of "Turn To Stone" [#SJET103] and the legendary second ELO EP [#ELO2] amongst not a few others.

One of those others is a ELO/Jet rarity which has, to date, sadly escaped my grasp. "Shine A Little Love" b/w "Jungle" [#SJET144] was released in May 1979 as the advance lead single for ELO's "Discovery" album, peaking at #6 in the UK singles chart. Jet released a white vinyl 12" single [#SJET12144] in a die cut company sleeve in significant enough quantities that it can be still bought today at a relatively low price due to its wide availability. But unusually, Jet also pressed a limited edition of the 12" single in normal black vinyl that, as it turns out, is a highly prized collectors item even now.

My own personal tragedy regarding this item is that I tracked down a copy on eBay last year for around £30 only for it to turn up at my house several days later in two [2] pieces after what can only be described as the stupidity of a certain postman trying to fit it through a normal sized letterbox! There are still a few out there that turn up every now and then [at varying prices] but this ELO jewel still eludes my "Discovery".

Should you know of an available 12" black vinyl copy of "Shine A Little Love" in good condition, please do not hesitate to contact me at: sinclair.keith@talk21.com

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Oct-2014

Sunday, 5 October 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: ELO AGAIN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The thirty four [34] mile journey to see ELO Again at Ludlow Assembly Rooms in Shropshire last night [Saturday 4th October 2014] was more than justified as the South Wales based septet delivered a truly electrifying performance.
It had been nearly eleven [11] months since ELOBF had seen the band perform at The Robin 2 last November and this writer was keen to see the band again, especially after the overwhelming success of Jeff Lynne's appearance at Hyde Park last month. ELO Again really do give you a dramatic taste of what the classic ELO 'magnificent seven' were like on stage in their 1974-78 touring heyday. This was a very organic and enthusiastic show with the attention shared between the rhythm and string sections.

What I like about this band is the prominent part played by violinist Gaelle Favre in all of the songs, ably supported by cellists Sarah Waycott and Sion Dafydd Dawson, the latter as energetic and eclectic as Hugh McDowell, including his personal off-stage tour of the auditorium whilst playing said cello!
The ELO Again rhythm section - complete with a rather attractive range of wigs - led by the jovial Colin Smith [alias Jet Flynn] together with bassist Jim Ramsey, keyboard maestro Mike Holcombe [alias Rick Candy] and drummer Clive Smith [alias Bev Devon] kept the appreciative audience on their toes as they reproduced accurately those ELO songs we all know and love. This was an accomplished and professional performance. Choosing highlights from their twenty four [24] song set is difficult but I thought their covers of "Livin' Thing", "Showdown", "10538 Overture", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Twilight", "All Over The World" and "Telephone Line" were excellent. Go see 'em folks!
Set #1: [Intro: "Eldorado Finale" & "Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20"]: "Standin' In The Rain", "10538 Overture", "Evil Woman", "Big Wheels", "Livin' Thing", "Hold On Tight", "Wild West Hero", "Showdown", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "All Over The World", "The Diary Of Horace Wimp"
Set #2: [Intro: "Prologue"]: "Twilight", "Confusion", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Do Ya", "Shine A Little Love", [violin solo], "Last Train To London", "Telephone Line", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Turn To Stone", "Rockaria", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Roll Over Beethoven"

ELO Again are: Colin Smith [Guitar/Lead Vocals]; Jim Ramsey [Bass Guitar/Vocals]; Mike [Chas] Holcombe [Keyboards/Vocoder]; Clive Smith [Percussion/Vocals]; Gaelle Favre [Violin]; Sarah Waycott [Cello] and Sion Dawson [Cello/Guitar]. Check out the band via their official web site thus:


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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Oct-2014

Saturday, 4 October 2014

RECOMMENDED: ON CHRISTMAS DAY [Magnum]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Legendary Midlands rockers Magnum have a substantial back catalogue and have shared both labels [Jet Records between 1978-1983] and the odd member [Dave Scott-Morgan] down the years with ELO. Indeed, their current label SPV also released ELO Part II's 2CD album "One Night - Live In Australia" back in 1995 too!

The band have just announced the release of a new single entitled "On Christmas Day" in digital and vinyl formats only. "On Christmas Day" was originally included their release "Rock Art" [1994] and has been re-recorded at the suggestion of SPV boss Olly Hahn. This superb composition is about the temporary peace that took place at Christmas between the trenches during the First World War. Also to be found on the single is "Born To Be King" - a track from Magnum's LP "Goodnight L.A." [1990].

The single has a release date of Friday 14th November [Germany], Monday 17th November [Europe] or Monday 1st December 2014 [UK] will be available as a limited edition 10" vinyl single and/or download with three [3] tracks including a radio edit and a full version of "On Christmas Day".

You can pre-order the download [£1.79] and vinyl edition [£9.99] via amazon.co.uk with the vinyl issue also available for pre-order from EMP [£9.99] via these links thus:

amazon.co.uk/gp/product/magnum/on-christmas-day/mp3
amazon.co.uk/gp/product/magnum/on-christmas-day/vinyl
emp-online.co.uk/magnum-on-christmas-day-10-maxi/art_290755
Magnum are [L-R]: Mark Stanway, Harry James, Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin & Alan Barrow
Magnum will also be returning home to their roots on Friday 5th December 2014 with an attractive gig scheduled at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton. Tickets are priced at £22.50 [on the door, if available] or £20.00 in advance [*plus booking fee] and can be ordered via this link thus:

www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3821

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "On Christmas Day" by Magnum 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 ... 04-Oct-2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

ROY WOOD SYMPHONY HALL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Tickets for Roy Wood's much anticipated 'Rockmas' Christmas Show at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Tuesday 9th December 2014  [commencing at 8:00PM] are now available to purchase via this link thus:


Tickets will be available to the general public from Friday 3rd October 2014 onwards and are priced at £27.50 each [*plus booking fee for on-line purchases]. The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band will be playing selected dates n the UK during November and December as we approach the 41st anniversary of the release of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". Further gig details can be found [as and when announced] via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Roy Wood Christmas Show to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Oct-2014