Sunday, 21 October 2018

ELOpinion: What Do Those Jeff Lynne's ELO Teasers Tell Us?

The folks at Jeff Lynne's ELO and Live Nation in the United States have been busy dropping a few hints and teases over the last few days with tweets and social media images of a certain familiar spaceship and spurious comments including "Where will the ship land?", "Your Ticket To The Moon is coming soon ..." and "Hold On Tight" (see above).

This has led to some fans going into overdrive with various theories to the point where Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have been asked for an opinion as to what might be unveiled soon. It's even been postulated that the much vaunted new album or another collection of more re-recorded ELO classics by Jeff Lynne might be on the cards, being as two "Time" tracks are being quoted that have neither been performed live by Jeff Lynne's ELO or included on 2012's "Mr. Blue Sky".

But, speculation aside, what do we know? We know that according to their various Twitter pages, Live Nation will be making an announcement on Monday 22nd October at 9:00AM (PT) or 12:00PM (ET). We also know that those Twitter and Facebook posts seem to be aimed at the North American market, particularly when considering that the 2018 European/UK tour is almost at an end. Thus the most likely scenario is that more US and Canada dates are on the cards, most likely in new cities and venues as well as those visited earlier this year. Tour timing will, of course, have to be coordinated to align with next years Take That Greatest Hits Live 2019 dates, presuming that Jeff will retain his current touring band.
A new album may also be on the horizon but the only caveat to that is that in a recent Billboard magazine interview with Jeff Lynne on the subject of The Traveling Wilburys' 30th anniversary (click here to view), the ELO maestro states that he's "already halfway through it" and after this tour, he'll be back in his studio. In other words, this writer believes that we should expect more Stateside (and perhaps beyond) tour dates to be announced but not necessarily a new album - yet!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Oct-2018

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Roy Orbison: New Album with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soon

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) can exclusively reveal that a second Roy Orbison album backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is on the way in the wake of the amazing success of 2017's "A Love So Beautiful" and the ensuing "In Dreams" hologram tour.

Without giving too much away in advance of the official announcements planned later this month, the new album will contain a further 15 tracks including four from "Mystery Girl" (1989) and two songs originally produced by fellow Wilbury and ELO maestro Jeff Lynne. Expected release date is Friday 16th November. In the meantime, keep an eye on the following official Roy Orbison media outlets thus:

Update: "Unchained Melodies" was announced within 24 hours of this elobf article!
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "A Love So Beautiful" by Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Traveling Wilburys, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes. With thanx to Marty Sinclair.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Oct-2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Roy Wood: Rockmas Update

Please be advised that there has been an enforced change to the bill for Roy Wood's forthcoming annual Rockmas event at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Sunday 2nd December with King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys taking the place of Mark Radcliffe's Galleon Blast following the recent announcement that the BBC Radio 2 DJ has been diagnosed with cancer. It goes without saying that Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) wish Mark a speedy recovery.

 Rockmas 2018 sees a mixture of the old and the new in terms of guests with comedian Mick Miller and The Enigma Strings returning to join acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe and legendary Level 42 bassist Mark King in what promises to be another hugely enjoyable evening. Further details and ticket info can be found within these previous elobf articles thus:

Roy Wood: Rockmas 2018 Revealed + Tickets
Roy Wood: On The Road Again in 2018
Roy Wood: Rockmas Reminder + 2018 Tour

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends the Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2018

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Guest Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Birmingham 13/10/18

Unfortunately, Yours Truly KJS was not in a position to attend the recent trio of Jeff Lynne's ELO dates "Down Home Town" in Brum last week at Arena Birmingham (NIA) but the good news is that my friend John Collins has written a guest review for elobeatlesforever (elobf) covering the proceedings last night (Saturday 13th October) that has captured the spirit thus:

"There really is nothing quite like a Saturday night for a concert, even better when Birmingham’s favourite son returns to his home city and brings his fantastic band with him, safe in the knowledge that the vast majority of that audience are fellow Brummies. You can’t go wrong!

So, into the first number “Standin’ In The Rain”, which thunders in and epitomises everything what ELO’s music is about. No sooner had the deafening applause just died down, we were straight into the next song “Evil Woman”. This was the pattern really for the rest of the night, basically the ELO hit jukebox. Jeff did not say much between songs, he said “Hi!” after “Evil Woman”, announced he was going to play a song from his other group and “Handle With Care” followed, and said “Goodnight!” but that was about it as far as communication with the audience went. Some people did not seem to be happy about this, but personally I don’t want Jeff announcing each song. I think I, like most of the audience, knew what song it was after five notes and what album it’s from.

The highlights of the night seemed to be “Livin’ Thing”, “Rockaria!”, “Shine A Little Love”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, “Turn To Stone” and everyone was out of their seats by “Mr. Blue Sky”, although I have to say there was dancing three songs in with “All Over The World”. I always smile when I hear the line with “Shard End”. Can’t be many worldwide hits with a suburb of our beloved city in it! My only disappointment was that there was no “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” and, surprisingly, nothing from the “Time” album. At this point I have to mention the lighting and the screen behind the band which was just fantastic. If you were at the back you were really lucky, because I suspect the view was just jaw dropping. Loved the Jet record spinning round for “Rockaria!” and the Harvest one for “Roll Over Beethoven”. The real showstopper for me was the lasers during “Telephone Line”, it was very special.

As always, the band were perfection, Jeff delegated some of the singing duties to the band, but his voice for a guy of his age was really good. In truth Jeff could stop singing anytime and let the audience take over, as they were great last night. When he was introduced later there was a standing ovation, which he looked quite touched about, but thoroughly deserved."
~ John Collins ~

Jeff Lynne's ELO performed 19 songs: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Do Ya" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Handle With Care" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"

Remaining 2018 Dates
Monday 15th October: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Wednesday 17th October: The O2, London
Thursday 18th October: The O2, London
Saturday 20th October: The O2, London
Sunday 21st October: The O2, London
Tuesday 23rd October: Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thursday 25th October: 3Arena, Dublin
Friday 26th October: The SSE Arena, Belfast

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO Live 2018 to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes. Many thanx to JC for this review.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Oct-2018

Friday, 12 October 2018

Caught Live (3): Morganisation @ The Oak 11/10/18

Just over a couple of years have passed since Yours Truly KJS last caught Dave Scott-Morgan's Morganisation outfit live so when a gig was announced in the midst of Jeff Lynne's ELO residency at the (relatively) nearby Arena Birmingham (NIA), so it was an easy decision to drive over to The Oak Hotel in Hockley Heath near Solihull last night (Thursday 11th October) and check them out for the third time.

The packed venue was treated to wonderful evening of banter and musicianship with an informative multi-media backdrop as Dave (a former member of The Uglys, Balls, Magnum, ELO) and wife Mandy and their merry band took us on journey from his first job and the birth of his music career right up to the present day with "The Gates Of Eternity" (taken from their forthcoming new album). Full of anecdotes and recollections and underpinned by what has become a tight if not cohesive quintet, this was a concert of the highest quality thanx to an inspired set list which balanced their own material ("Normal Day", "Still", "Cold City" and "Shanty Town Blues" were ace!) with covers of classics by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Move, The Traveling Wilburys and (of course) ELO to tick all the proverbial boxes. A special mention is overdue for guitarist Alex Lowe who continues to impress with his guitar craft.
Dealing with Don ...
Here Is The News! Mandy confirmed during the gig that an orchestral interpretation of the classic Tandy Morgan album "Earthrise" is being planned for debut at Birmingham Conservatoire in November 2019 (more details here).

In the meantime, should Morganisation pop up again with more gigs betwixt now and then, the folks at elobeatlesforever (elobf) reckon that you should go see 'em!

Morganisation performed 24 songs thus: Benediction ~ Peggy Sue Got Married ~ All I Have To Do Is Dream ~ Blowing In The Wind ~ Livin' Thing ~ Normal Day ~ Blackberry Way ~ Cold City ~ Telephone Line ~ This Boy ~ Knower ~ Love Letters ~ Mission Impossible ~ Still ~ Big Brown Sky ~ Gibraltar Farm ~ Girl In A Jaguar ~ Don't Think Twice ~ Shanty Town Blues ~ Hiroshima ~ Handle With Care ~ The Gates Of Eternity ~ Wild West Hero ~ Rock 'n' Roll Is King
Photo: John Collins. Used with permission.
Morganisation are: Dave Scott-Morgan (Lead vox/guitars); Mandy Scott-Morgan (Vox/percussion); Alex Lowe (Guitars/backing vox); Alan Smith (Keyboards/bass/backing vox); Jack Rosa (Bass/Cajón)

Find out more about Dave Scott-Morgan and Morganisation via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Morganisation to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat', The Traveling WilburysThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-Oct-2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

ELO: The Frontiers Years

Eyebrows (even third eyebrows***) were raised back in 2012 when ELO maestro Jeff Lynne announced his return to releasing with the twin issue of "Long Wave" and "Mr. Blue Sky", just over a decade after the modest chart performance of "Zoom" in 2001. Whilst many fans were excited by the prospect of the new albums and an intensive media campaign with Jeff turning up on prime time TV and radio, some were surprised that Jeff had seemingly left the Sony ship and signed up with noted Italian rock imprint Frontiers Records.

The new relationship was an instant hit with both "Long Wave" (FRCD569) and "Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra" (FRCD570E) peaking at #7 and #8 respectively in the UK Album Chart, despite the odd distribution glitch when copies ran out early in certain stores. Two CD promos were sent out to promote the "Long Wave" digital singles "Mercy Mercy" and "At Last" plus a radio sampler including four tracks from "Mr. Blue Sky" headed up by the previously unreleased "Point Of No Return". Both albums were later issued by Let Them Eat Vinyl in coloured vinyl.

There was to be more to enthuse about within six months as Frontiers released expanded editions of "Armchair Theatre" (FRCD597) and "Zoom" (FRCD596) alongside "Electric Light Orchestra Live" (FRCD595E) - taken from the 2001 "Zoom Tour Live" show recordings. The trio also made the UK Vinyl Album Chart later following their 2LP release via Let Them Eat Vinyl in blue, white and red vinyl. A three track promo CD was also issued by Frontiers featuring a track from each album in "One Day", "Borderline" and "Turn To Stone (Live from Television City)".

Jeff's time with Frontiers was ultimately both busy and successful. With the success of his Hyde Park appearance in September 2014 opening new doors and ensuring that Jeff Lynne and ELO were firmly back in the nations consciousness, Jeff returned to the Sony fold under the moniker of Jeff Lynne's ELO in 2015 with Columbia Records in advance of "Alone In The Universe". The rest, they say, is history ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Oct-2018

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Recommended: The Best Of Everything (Tom Petty)

#1,450: Just over a year since his tragic passing, fans of Tom Petty and his many associated projects will be pleased to see the release of a new 38 track overview of his career from 1976 to 2016 entitled: "The Best Of Everything" in 2CD/4LP/digital formats on Friday 16th November and Friday 7th December respectively. The collection will include solo TP hits plus those with The Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch and is sure to tick the proverbial boxes for avid and casual TP fans alike. You'll find those familiar Jeff Lynne co-produced and co-written trax taken from the albums "Full Moon Fever", "Into The Great Wide Open" and "Highway Companion" here although there is no representation of his Wilburys output.
CD1: "Free Fallin’" ~ "Mary Jane’s Last Dance" ~ "You Wreck Me" ~ "I Won’t Back Down" ~ "Saving Grace" ~ "You Don’t Know How It Feels" ~ "Don’t Do Me Like That" ~ "Listen To Her Heart" ~ "Breakdown" ~ "Walls (Circus)" ~ "The Waiting" ~ "Don’t Come Around Here No More" ~ "Southern Accents" ~ "Angel Dream (No. 2)" ~ "Dreamville" ~ "I Should Have Known It" ~ "Refugee" ~ "American Girl" ~ "The Best Of Everything" (Alternate Version)
CD2: "Wildflowers" ~ "Learning To Fly" ~ "Here Comes My Girl" ~ "The Last DJ" ~ "I Need To Know" ~ "Scare Easy" ~ "You Got Lucky" ~ "Runnin’ Down A Dream" ~ "American Dream Plan B" ~ "Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" (w/Stevie Nicks) ~ "Trailer" ~ "Into The Great Wide Open" ~ "Room At The Top" ~ "Square One" ~ "Jammin’ Me" ~ "Even The Losers" ~ "Hungry No More" ~ "I Forgive It All" ~ "For Real" (New)

You can find out more about and pre-order "The Best Of Everything" via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "The Best Of Everything" by Tom Petty to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-Oct-2018

Friday, 5 October 2018

Compilation Corner: The Very Best of ELO (Dino)

Fans of ELO were in for a pleasant surprise in July 1994 when Dino Entertainment released the heavily TV advertised compilation "The Very Best of The Electric Light Orchestra" (DINCD90) and it soon soared to a very healthy #4 in the Official UK Album Chart whilst staying in the Top 10 for five weeks. In stark contrast to the non-charting "ELO's Greatest Hits Volume Two" (Epic 471956) released two years earlier in 1992, this twenty track compilation was perhaps also assisted by the heavy touring schedule of ELO Part II in advance of their second studio album: "Moment Of Truth" and became a label mate to OrKestra's fine 1991 album "Beyond The Dream" (DNCD1284) in the process.
There were no real surprises to be found here with most of of the tracks being ELO's highest charting UK singles (except, oddly, their only #1: "Xanadu") meaning that there was no room for the likes of "Rock'n' Roll Is King", "Calling America" or even "Ma Ma Ma Belle" although "Strange Magic", "Roll Over Beethoven (Live)" and "Showdown" did make an appearance. If nothing else, this greatest hits package proved that the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra was still commercially attractive and could shift multiple units, if promoted wisely. It would be another three years until the next major ELO compilation would come along and that will be the subject of another Compilation Corner in days yet future ...

See also: Compilation Corner: The Best Of ELO
See also: Compilation Corner: Ticket To The Moon
See also: Sony Surprise: Roll Over Beethoven [OrKestra]

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Oct-2018

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Traveling Wilburys: Picture Disc Debut for Volume 1

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to report that it very much looks as if fans of The Traveling Wilburys and their five core members Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan can look forward to a 30th anniversary 12" picture disc edition of The Wilburys' 1988 debut long player in early November. "Volume 1" (featuring, of course, "Handle With Care" as performed by Jeff Lynne's ELO during their current tour) is released on Friday 2nd November and can be presently be pre-ordered via with a full listing by expected soon. One would presume that a "Volume 3" picture disc will follow thereafter. Find out more via these links thus:
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends both "Volume 1" and "Volume 3" by The Traveling Wilburys to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. With thanx to Dave Jones.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Oct-2018