Sunday, 31 January 2016

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO LAND PRIME GLASTONBURY SLOT

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back on Saturday 7th November last year, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] postulated and prognosticated the potential venues for the then soon to be announced 2016 Jeff Lynne's ELO "Alone In The Universe" UK tour [here]. Yours Truly KJS also suggested that a Glastonbury date in June might also be on the cards [see above]. This became much more of a probability when the two additional EJLO dates at Manchester Arena and Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena were announced for 22nd and 24th June.
It now appears that the cat is out of the proverbial bag with The Sun carrying a story today [Sunday 31st January] seemingly confirming that we can expect the music of ELO to finally grace the Glastonbury stage on Sunday 26th June. Happy days indeed - just as long as "Mr. Blue Sky" pays a visit and those assembled are not left "Standin' In The Rain" ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Jan-2016

Friday, 29 January 2016

CHARTWATCH: AITU NOW OUTSIDE TOP 50 AFTER 11 WEEKS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Albums Chart this week sees "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO down a further fifteen [15] places from #39 to #54 making it eleven [11] weeks in the Top 100. The Beatles' career overview "1" is down nine [9] places from #50 to #59 whilst ELO's other recently platinum certified 2005 compilation "All Over The World" has slipped another seventeen [17] places from #48 to #65.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-Jan-2016

Thursday, 28 January 2016

RECOMMENDED: KING'S HEATH WALK OF FAME BEATLES FEST 2016

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When John Lennon stated that ELO were the "son of [The] Beatles" back in 1974, it was the ultimate of compliments and another huge nod to the influence of The Beatles on Birmingham's finest, with many more links and comparisons to follow. But did you know that 2016 marks the 53rd anniversary of The Beatles' maiden live performance in Birmingham [the first of three appearances at King's Heath Ritz Ballroom] in the home of 'Brum Beat'  back on Friday 15th February 1963?

My good friends Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker at King's Heath Walk Of Fame have dropped Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] a line regarding their forthcoming Beatles Valentines Weekend Fest on Sunday 14th February. The day comprises two events: an "All You Need Is Love" themed aftrnoon with local musicians performing Beatles love songs [including our very own Trevor Burton] at Fletcher's Bar in York Road and an evening concert at The Hare & Hounds [also in King's Heath] by highly rated The Mersey Beatles, a band with the endorsement of none other than John Lennon's sister Julia Baird.

Tickets can be purchased in person from Kitchen Garden Cafe, Hare & Hounds or wegottickets.com with ticket prices ranging from £4.00 to £12.00 each [see above press release].
The Fab Four at The Ritz Ballroom on 15th February 1963
email info@kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk for further information and/or contact Bob Prew on [0121] 689 2360 and/or Ken Whittaker on [0121] 443 5237 or visit these sites thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends King's Heath Walk Of Fame Beatles Valentines Weekend Fest 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 ... 28-Jan-2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

RECOMMENDED: WAKE UP MY MIND [Steve Gibbons & Dave Scott-Morgan]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Former cohorts in The Uglys, Steve Gibbons and Dave Scott-Morgan will be reuniting for a special one-off gig in April at The Mac in Birmingham. The concert is entitled "Wake Up My Mind" - quoting their debut single - and is scheduled for Friday 15th April at 8:00PM. It promises to serve up a feast of music from the two [2] Brummie music legends, with a little help from Dave's band MorganisationThe Uglys feature prominently in 'Brum Beat' circles boasting Wizzard drummer Keith Smart and ELO keyboard maestro Richard Tandy amongst their former members. The official event description reads:

"A one-off extravaganza especially for fans of Birmingham music. Star of the local rock 'n' roll firmament Steve Gibbons teams up with hit song writer and former ELO guitarist Dave Scott-Morgan for the first time since the 60's when both were in The Uglys. Steve Gibbon's career includes tours with The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ELO. For one night only, Steve and Dave's group Morganisation will be bringing their unique styles together into one show which includes hit song Wake up my Mind, Dylan, Beatles and ELO hits plus self-penned works."

Tickets for this highly anticipated concert are priced at just £18.00 each [concessions: £16.00 each] and can be ordered via this link thus: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/wake-up-my-mind

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Wake Up My Mind" featuring Steve Gibbons and Dave Scott-Morgan 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 ... 26-Jan-2016

Saturday, 23 January 2016

THE MOVE: IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Fifty [50] years ago today, The Move [Roy Wood, Trevor Burton, Chris 'Ace' Kefford, Carl Wayne and Bev Bevan] made their live debut on the night of Sunday 23rd January 1966 at The Belfry, Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield.
This is a significant date for fans of The Move and, by extension, ELO. We should all continue to thank the late, great David Bowie [then Davy Jones] for his urging of the formation of a band at The Cedar Club in Birmingham the preceding month and the rest, they say, is history.


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Jan-2016

THE FALL: ELO & JET RECORDS 1981-86

The Jet Records finale from JET7011 to JET7038 ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The fortunes of our beloved ELO and Jet Records were always been intertwined with the legendary Birmingham band always the leading light on Don Arden's label from 1975 onward. This was more than ably demonstrated with the decline in UK Album chart performance of ELO from "Time" [1981; #1; #JETLP236] to "Secret Messages" [1983; #4; #JETLX527] to "Balance Of Power" [1986; #9; #EPC26467] coinciding with the demise of the Jet empire and ELO switching labels from Jet to Epic/CBS Associated during the hiatus between "Secret Messages" and "Balance Of Power" - albeit somewhat confusingly in Europe [see above table]. The same pattern could be observed with the lead singles from all three [3] albums with "Hold On Tight" [#JET7011] reaching #4, "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" [#A3500] attaining #13 and "Calling America" [#A6844] stalling at #28 in the UK Singles chart.
The Jet prefix ceased on ELO's UK singles when "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" was assigned the CBS stock catalogue number #A3500 [although #JET7034 prevailed on the continent] with "Secret Messages" [#A3720] also being numbered #JET7038 in Holland. The final ELO single with a JET prefix came in 1986 when some Dutch copies of "Calling America" were pressed mistakenly on the Jet label [#JETA6844] rather than the Epic label [#EPCA6844]. Interestingly, the final Jet Records single release in the UK with a JET prefix was "Cloak And Dagger" [#JET7049] by Shogun in 1987 a record that was preceded - quite amazingly - by Roy Wood's cover of "1-2-3" b/w "Oh What A Shame" [#JET7048]. These ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] articles may also be of interest on similar subject matter:

Friday, 22 January 2016

CHARTWATCH: 10 WEEKS IN THE TOP 40 FOR AITU

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Albums Chart announced today sees "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO down thirteen [13] places from #26 to #39 making it ten [10] weeks in the Top 40. ELO's platinum certified 2005 compilation "All Over The World" has slipped just five [5] places from #43 to #48 with The Beatles' career overview "1" is down fourteen [14] places from #36 to #50. Meanwhile, Bryan Adams' latest album "Get Up" - produced, of course, by Jeff Lynne - has sadly departed the Top 100 this week.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO and "Get Up" by Bryan Adams to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Jan-2016

Thursday, 21 January 2016

HOLD ON TIGHT: THE VIDEO LEGACY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! "Hold On Tight" [JET7011], the lead single from "Time", was sadly the last UK Top 10 single for ELO, reaching the heady heights of #4 back in September 1981. The official music video [see below] cost a reported £40,000 - making it one of the most expensive promotional films made at that "Time" to promote a single. And it worked with "Hold On Tight" ultimately making the Top 10 in twenty [20] countries worldwide.

There was an added benefit for both Jet Records and the many European ELO fans buying their releases thereafter too [see above montage] with colour stills from the video featuring ELO quintet Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy, Kelly Groucutt and Mik Kaminski used in the 7" picture sleeves for ensuing singles "Twilight" in the UK, "Crepusculo" [JET7015] in Spain and "Here Is The News" b/w "Ticket To The Moon" [JET7081] in Holland.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Jan-2016

Monday, 18 January 2016

ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE CERTIFIED PLATINUM + AWARD OVERVIEW

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The welcome news that "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry [BPI] on Friday 15th January has capped an amazing comeback for the ELO maestro just nine [9] weeks after his long awaited album was released on Friday 13th November last year.

In total, ELO have received a total of thirty two [32] accolades from the BPI including seven [7] Platinum, ten [10] Gold and fifteen [15] Silver certifications [plus the "Xanadu" OST which was certified Gold on 1st August 1980]. Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] thought it would be a good idea to put together this overview of what is an impressive roster of awards [proving that the late Tony Curtis was, of course, right!] thus:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Jan-2016

Sunday, 17 January 2016

REVERSE RELEASE: TIME'S THIRD SINGLE TWIST

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Although it was officially labelled a 'AA' sided single, many ELO fans in the UK remember "Ticket To The Moon" [#JET7018] as the third single from 1981's "Time" album even though it came with "Here Is The News" on the flip side. The single managed to attain a respectable #24 in the Official UK Singles Chart in an eight [8] week chat run.
Yet across the English Channel, it was a different case in more ways than one. "Here Is The News" was promoted as the 'A' side and "Ticket To The Moon" cited as the 'B' side with that running order reversal complimented [either deliberately or as an ironic error] by an interesting catalogue number switch too as JET7018 in the UK became JET7081 in Holland!
Hence, "Twilight" b/w "Julie Don't Live Here" was the last ELO single to maintain duality in terms of Jet record number across Europe, especially when one notes that "The Way Life's Meant To Be" [UK: #JET7021] was assigned JET809 on the continent.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-Jan-2016

Friday, 15 January 2016

CHARTWATCH: AITU OUTSIDE TOP 20 IN BOWIE AFTERGLOW

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Albums Chart announced today sees "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO down nine [9] places from #17 to #26 making it nine [9] weeks in the Top 30 primarily due to the amazing feat of there being nineteen [19] David Bowie albums in the Top 100 in the wake of his tragic death earlier this week. The "Starman" also has thirteen [13] singles in the Official UK Singles Chart Top 100 this week with the British record buying public paying mass tribute to the late rock icon in their droves.

The Beatles' best-selling "1" compilation is down from #21 to #36 with ELO's "All Over The World" greatest hits album falling thirteen [13] places from #30 to #43. Meanwhile, Bryan Adams' latest album "Get Up" - produced, of course, by Jeff Lynne - has dropped fifty [50] places from #26 to #76 with his 1999 career compilation "The Best Of Me" also slipping from #20 to #62.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO and "Get Up" by Bryan Adams to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Jan-2016

Monday, 11 January 2016

REMEMBERING DAVID BOWIE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Today - Monday 11th January 2016 - we mourn the passing of one of the greatest of the great musicians and artistes of our time after a hidden and honourable battle against cancer at the age of 69.

David Bowie went through many "Changes" in a distinguished career that endeared him to more than one generation of fans. No words that I can write at this time can adequately sum up his career and the impact of the man who started out with Davy Jones & The Lower Third and went on to do so much more, both inside and outside of the music industry.

Yet many fans of The Move - and, of course, ELO - do not fully appreciate the vital role that David Bowie played not only in the formation of Birmingham's finest but also their "move" to London which led ultimately to their successful residency at The Marquee and, by extension, the legacy of those amazing records we all know and love to this day. Both were his suggestion and probably the best advice that a young Trevor Burton, Ace Kefford, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Carl Wayne would ever receive.

Hence, in many respects, without the late David Bowie, there most likely would have been no Move and therefore no ELO. That's how important he was and why he is mourned today by Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF].

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-Jan-2016

Saturday, 9 January 2016

JET7021: IT'S A SLEEVIN' THING

The Way Life's Meant To Be: UK 7" promo, European P/S and a certain UK 12" picture disc ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I remember finding out that "The Way Life's Meant To Be" b/w "Wishing" [JET7021] was being released as the fourth single from ELO's former #1 album "Time" [JETLP236] in March 1982. But Yours Truly KJS also remembers walking into Sundown Records in Wolverhampton to buy the 7" only to find out that that it was issued in a plain white paper sleeve. The first record that I ever bought was "Turn To Stone" [UP36313] in November 1977 in its distinctive blue picture sleeve and, after that, every ELO UK 7"single had come in some kind of picture sleeve.

Meanwhile, over in Germany and Holland, "The Way Life's Meant To Be" [JET809] did see release with an interesting picture sleeve, using the same artwork and imagery that adorned the UK 12" picture disc of the double AA side "Ticket To The Moon" b/w "Here Is The News" [JETP12018] - the third single, of course, from "Time". Note that the 7" UK issue [JET7018] came in the sleeve originally intended for the second ELO EP [ELO2], peaking at a respectable #24.
The UK 7" P/S for "Ticket To The Moon"/"Here Is The News" [JET7018] and a rear view of JET809 ...
As a 14 year old fan and collector, I remember feeling really disappointed especially when I discovered that Magnum's "The Lights Burned Out" [JET7020] and Carl 'Charlie' Wayne's "Aerial Pictures" [JET7022] had both been released with picture sleeves. Unfortunately - and not unsurprisingly - JET7021 became the first ELO single to not trouble the Official UK Top 75 Singles Chart since "Nightrider" [JET769] back in 1975.

This heralded the beginning of the end for Don Arden's Jet Records empire, especially when taking into account the deletion of that second ELO EP [ELO2] and the failure to chart of the boxed set "Four Light Years" [JETBX2]. It was also the last "Time" in the UK that four [4] physical singles were issued from an ELO studio album ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Jan-2016

Friday, 8 January 2016

CHARTWATCH: AITU REMAINS IN TOP 20

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Albums Chart Top 100 announced today sees "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO has dropped just one [1] position from #16 to #17 in the making it eight [8] weeks in the Top 20. The extent of the success of AITU was confirmed earlier this week with the announcement that it was the UK's 18th best selling album of 2015 despite only being released on Friday 13th November.

The Beatles' best-selling "1" compilation is down from #17 to #21 with ELO's "All Over The World" greatest hits dipping four [4] places from #26 to #30. Bryan Adams' successful live New Year's Eve/Day set on BBC One has yielded superb results for the Canadian rocker too with "Get Up" - produced, of course, by Jeff Lynne - rising a amazing 61 places from #87 to #26 and his 1999 career compilation "The Best Of Me" re-entering the chart at #20.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO and "Get Up" by Bryan Adams to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Jan-2016

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS: WHERE PREFAB SPROUT MEET ELO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS mentioned the Sproutless project album "Jordan: Revisited" - a recording which pays tribute to the 1990 Prefab Sprout album "Jordan: The Comeback" - in my previous article [here] for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF], a review of the impressive album "Summer" by Pop4. Scott McPherson and Andrea Perry from Pop4 were also key contributors to "Jordan: Revisited" and like myself, they love the music of Prefab Sprout as well as that of ELO. And nowhere is this more highlighted than with the re-imagining of the album opener "Looking For Atlantis" by producer Jono Grant, a pleasing version of the original where a touch of "Turn To Stone" and that certain ELO sound is merged with what, to this writer, remains a class Paddy McAloon song. Enjoy it here thus:

"Jordan: Revisited" by Sproutless is available to purchase in CD format via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Jordan: Revisited" by Sproutless 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 ... 06-Jan-2016

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

REVIEW: SUMMER [Pop4]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in Autumn 2015, Yours Truly KJS received a rather nice package in the post from the States by Scott McPherson and Andrea Perry. Both are members of the the musical foursome known as Pop4 and they've also collaborated on the Sproutless project album "Jordan: Revisited" [more on that in the near future]. "Summer" - released back on Friday 12th August - is an impressive debut. It is unique, it rocks and it works. "Summer" is unique in that it was essentially recorded in four [4] different locations over the internet by four [4] ultra-talented singer/songwriters and musicians in the same way that Bryan Adams' latest LP "Get Up" was a transatlantic combination between the Canadian rocker producer, ELO maestro Jeff Lynne.

"Summer" works [and rocks] because it takes the listener on a journey through the many sweet harmonies and pleasing tunes on display. Songs that are worthy of the title 'Power Pop' with many nods to The Beatles and ELO as well as a whimsical quirkiness in places that reminds this writer much of The Idle Race. The opening track, the lovely multi-layer acapella "I Will Become Love" lays the foundation for such sonic beauties as the string laden "Jaded" and "Miserably Pursuing Happiness" as well as "Julianne Irish", "Tour For The Brokenhearted" [a real gem for fans of Prefab Sprout in and of itself] and mystical closer "Dust". Yet without doubt, the jewel in this impressive crown is the wonderful "Einstein And Sunshine" - a song as "Mr. Blue Sky" and ELOesque as you can possibly get whilst being inventive and a real homage to Jeff Lynne [see video below for further proof]. "Summer" is a credit to this quality quartet and a welcome listen in the midst of Winter ... or any other season! [9/10]

"Summer" by Pop4 comprises: I Will Become Love [1:21] ~ Beautiful [2:55] ~ Blow Wind Blow [2:45] ~ Einstein And Sunshine [3:20] ~ What's It Gonna Be Like Now [3:12] ~ Don't You Be Like That [2:54] ~ Jaded [3:50] ~ I'm So Jealous [2:24] ~ Miserably Pursuing Happiness [2:54] ~ Julianne Irish [2:53] ~ Straight To My Head [2:31] ~ You're No Aimee Mann [5:06] ~ Lovers Limbo [3:08] ~ You Love Me [3:34] ~ Tour For The Brokenhearted [4:12] ~ Dust [3:42]

Pop4 are: Scott McPherson, KC Bowman, Kirk Adams and Andrea Perry

"Summer" by Pop4 is available in CD and download formats via these links thus:

www.pop4.rocks
www.pop4.rocks/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Summer" by Pop4 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 ... 05-Jan-2016

Saturday, 2 January 2016

K56090: AN ETCHED ELDORADO ENIGMA

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! "Eldorado: A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra" was first released in the US [United Artists UA-LA-339-G] during September 1974. It was the bands first ever album to be certified Gold, rising to #16 in the USA Billboard 200. Back in the UK, "Eldorado" saw release a month later [Warner Bros. K56090] and sadly, despite critical acclaim, it failed to enter the Official UK Album Chart - at least until 1978 when it was a part of the successful Top 40 boxed set "Three Light Years" [Jet JETBX1].

I'd been after a decent copy of the original UK issue of "Eldorado" [K56090] for some time to replace my own long lost copy, until last weekend when I was fortunate to locate a near mint copy at the ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended Vinyl & Vintage in Wolverhampton. As usual, when I got it home, I gave it a good clean and then discovered something rather unusual.
Yours Truly KJS noticed that the LP run-out was factory stamped not only with the expected "K56090" but it was also etched with "UA-LA-339-G", the self same catalogue number for the US issue on UA. I therefore then checked with Sir Martin Kinch - from the legendary Cherry Blossom Clinic web site - to see if the same markings were to be found on his copy and he confirmed the same and also that his copy of the UK Warner Bros. copy of "On The Third Day" [K56021] had no such issues.

This suggests that at least some editions of "Eldorado" could have been UA pressings re-labelled with the Warner Bros. famed 'Burbank' label for the UK market. A similar thing happened with "Four Light Years" [JETBX2] - as detailed in this ELOBF article. Hence, once again, when it comes to collecting [and re-collecting!] ELO and related vinyl, you never know what "Discovery" you are going to make!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Jan-2016

Friday, 1 January 2016

CHARTWATCH: AITU SLIPPING AWAY FROM TOP 10

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! First thing first: HAPPY NEW YEAR! "Alone In The Universe", the new album from Jeff Lynne's ELO, has slipped from #7 to #16 in the latest Official UK Albums Chart Top 100 announced on New Years Day making it seven [7] weeks in the Top 20 following its release back on Friday 13th November.

The Beatles' best-selling "1" compilation is up from #28 to #17 with ELO's "All Over The World" greatest hits rising another four [4] places to #26. "Get Up" by Bryan Adams - produced, of course, by Jeff Lynne - has slipped to #87 from #60 last week. Also, the opportunity to stream classic Beatles tracks on Spotify has likely contributed to three [3] Fab 4 albums entering the Top 100: "The Beatles" at #48, "1967-1970" at #95 and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at #99 respectively.

Over in the Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart - Roy Wood's perennial Wizzard Christmas classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" has tumbled - not unexpectedly - from #27 to #73.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The BeatlesBryan Adams and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Jan-2016