Friday, 18 August 2017

ROY WOOD: ROCKMAS 2017 REVEALED + TICKETS

Paul Young will be joining Roy Wood for his 2017 Rockmas date at the iconic Symphony Hall in Birmingham this year from 7:45PM on Saturday 16th December. Also joining the maestro who brought us The Move, ELO and Wizzard will be Galleon Blast - the musical ship of BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 DJ Mark Radcliffe - with comedian Kev Orkian returning alongside regulars The Enigma Strings. We are also promised "surprises" for an event that Roy himself says:
Paul has performed before with Woody in Spike Edney's SAS Band and his inclusion is sure to make his annual Christmas bash even more memorable. Roy has also written a bonus track entitled "Sailing Home" for the new Galleon Blast album "A Band On A Ship", having also supported Roy and his Rock & Roll Band last year. You may also remember that the talented and very funny Kev Orkian almost stole the show at Rockmas 2016 so a fab evening is on the cards ... again!
Roy Wood with Galleon Blast ...
Tickets are already on sale to THSH members priced at £35.50 each and go on sale to the general public from 10:00AM on Friday 18th August via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood's Rockmas 2017 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

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

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

TURN TO STONE: SOLID CENTRE SETBACKS

Classic solid centre (left) versus four pronged (slotted) centre (right) ...
Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) will know that elobf has - from time to time - featured the odd ELO 7" vinyl single solid centre rarity, specifically "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" (Jet/UA #UP36313) and "Showdown" b/w "In Old England Town (Instrumental)" (Harvest #HAR5077). Having finally tracked down a solid centre "Showdown" last year, Yours Truly KJS had set my sights not only on finding "Turn To Stone" but now also - thanks to alerts from my fellow record collecting pals Jon Lock of ELO Light Years Ahead and Matt McGough of ELO UK Albums - solid centre editions of "Telephone Line" (Jet/UA #UP36254) and "Mr. Blue Sky" (Jet/UA #UP36342).
Nabbed in November: A solid centre "Showdown" ...
Yet my search for a solid centre "Turn To Stone" remains fruitless at the time of writing due to the fact that many folks who are selling items on eBay, Discogs and MusicStack appear to be unaware of the difference bewtixt a four prong (slotted) centre and a solid centre. So much so that I now in possession of at least five copies of "Turn To Stone" replete with a four prong centre having decided to not bother returning them! Hence the purpose of this article is to educate anyone interested as to the visual difference between a solid and a four pronged centre - as pictured above top!
Still seeking these ELO solid centre rarities (Photos: Matt McGough/ELO UK Albums)
It goes without saying that elobf would love to hear from folks who have a spare copy of any or all of the above trio of black vinyl solid centre singles and also if you'd like a copy of my overflowing stock of four pronged "Turn To Stone" singles for a charitable donation ...

UP36313: TURN TO STONE TWIST
HAR5077: SOLID CENTRE SHOWDOWN

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Aug-2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

SINGLED OUT: THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (NO ANSWER)

In writing my previous elobeatlesforever (elobf) article: Reaping The Harvest regarding the multiple releases of ELO's Harvest singles "Roll Over Beethoven" (#HAR5063) and "Showdown" (#HAR5077) , Yours Truly KJS mentioned "Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)" the withdrawn 'B' side for "Roll Over Beethoven" replaced by "Queen Of The Hours". Yet , whereas "Manhattan Rumble" was possibly the most unlikely of ELO 'B' sides here in the UK, it was matched in the US by the even more unlikely selection of "The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644)" as the flip side of "10538 Overture" (UA #50914) while the amiable Roy Wood composition "First Movement (Jumping Biz)" was found on the 'B' side of ELO's debut single here in the UK.

This means that five of the nine tracks from debut album "The Electric Light Orchestra" (or "No Answer" in the US due to a secretarial misunderstanding) were released in 7" format in the UK/US. This is especially surprising when you consider that tracks like "Whisper In The Night", "Look At Me Now" and "Mr. Radio" remain as album tracks to this day although a withdrawn 7" single edit of "Mr. Radio" can be found on the 2006 Harvest 3CD compilation "The Harvest Years: 1970-1973" (#SHDW414), suggesting that it may have initially intended as ELO's second single.

These words - as written by Harry Doherty and found on the sleeve notes for the 1979 Harvest Heritage compilation LP "The Light Shines On Vol. 2" (#SHSM2027) - come to mind when it comes to early ELO output, specifically their first album:

"And - please - will you sit up and take notice this time. If you're a real ELO fan, there's a lot to be learned from this early stuff, you know ... It's for that very reason that you should listen attentively to these early works. Okay?"

REAPING THE HARVEST: SHOWDOWN & ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
SINGLED OUT: THE BATTLE OF MARSTON MOOR

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Aug-2017

Saturday, 12 August 2017

REAPING THE HARVEST: SHOWDOWN & ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

Back in the dying embers of 1977 when Yours Truly KJS first found the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) as a ten year old, starting with the purchase of "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" (Jet/UA #UP36313), it was quite natural to go backwards in time and rummage through either the Oldies Unlimited catalogue (remember that?) or various second hand record shops in Wolverhampton and Birmingham to collect the ELO back catalogue including (of course) their Harvest hit singles "10538 Overture" (#HAR5053), "Roll Over Beethoven" b/w "First Movement (Jumping Biz)" (#HAR5063) - especially with original 'B' side "Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)" withdrawn in favour of the more widely available "Queen Of The Hours" - and "Showdown" b/w "In Old England Town (Instrumental)" (#HAR5077).
Note that The Electric Light Orchestra became Electric Light Orchestra for the Harvest reissues ...
Back then you noticed just how many compilation albums were about that covered the Harvest career of early ELO which cut and pasted their first two studio albums "The Electric Light Orchestra" (#SHVL797) - also known, amusingly, as "No Answer" in the States - and "ELO II" or "ELO2"(#SHVL806) together with the then non-album UK single "Showdown" including the 1974 collection not unsurprisingly entitled "Showdown" (#SHSP4037). 1977 also saw the release of the Harvest Heritage LP "The Light Shines On" (#SHSM2015) which saw the first reissue of the single "Showdown" backed by "Roll Over Beethoven" (#HAR5121) on 7" together with a limited edition demo also issued on 12" (#PSLP213) doubtless hoping to build on the success of "A New World Record" (Jet/UA #UAG30017) and the newly unveiled "Out Of The Blue" (Jet/UA #UAR100).
Two years later in 1979, with ELO at their commercial peak following their 1978 spaceship festooned world tour, the multi-platinum selling "Out Of The Blue" (with its four hit singles) and ELO's first #1 UK album "Discovery" (with four Top 10 singles following in its wake), Harvest Heritage put out "The Light Shines On Vol. 2" (#SHSM2027) - another trawl through ELO's first duo of Harvest albums with a second reissue of "Showdown" b/w "Roll Over Beethoven" (#HAR5179) this time with a rather attractive full 12" pressing too (#12HAR5179) including the eight minute album version of the Chuck Berry penned classic.

This was a time of discovery - literally - for this writer as it also led to an appreciation also of the role of Roy Wood not only in the invention and foundation of ELO but also his amazing songwriting, musicianship and production for himselfThe Move, Wizzard and beyond. If nothing else, the very many reissues and compilations issued by EMI/Harvest over the years covering the first light years of ELO cement the core trio of Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan in rock music folklore. And hidden in the background, somewhat underlining that early ELO promise, has been those aforementioned thrice released singles "Showdown" and "Roll Over Beethoven".

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 12-Aug-2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

CAUGHT LIVE (2): THE ORCHESTRA @ REWIND NORTH

It's been almost three and a half years since Yours Truly KJS had the opportunity to see and hear The Orchestra (Starring Former ELO Members) perform here in the UK hence their appearance at the ever popular Rewind North eighties bash in the the stately Cheshire grounds of Capesthorne Hall yesterday (Sunday 6th August) was always on the radar for elobeatlesforever (elobf) - especially as it was the first time that I'd seen The Orchestra play as a septet with Louis Clark joining his father on stage.
If their 2014 date at The Plug in Sheffield was impressive, then this festival cameo as delivered by The Orchestra was literally as out of this world as nearby Jodrell Bank. As soon at the septet struck up the first notes of "Evil Woman" on the coolest (temperature wise) of August afternoons, they had the watching masses on their feet, singing along and eating out of their hands as they dipped into five ELO albums and delivered those Jeff Lynne penned hits (see set list below) that we all know and love to raucous applause and very visible excitement.
Without any bias, it would be true to say that their 40 minute slot transformed proceedings, providing a real feel good factor whilst riding of the crest of the wave of current ELO popularity. The only problem with a performance such as this is that it leaves you wanting more! Let's hope that the crowd reaction and this electric light fantastic show will lead to some long overdue UK dates by The Orchestra soon. It's been said that a picture can say more than a thousand words so I hope that you will find that this somewhat brief review (with plenty of  surprisingly good KJS photos) adequately portrays what was a tremendous gig!
The Orchestra (Starring Former ELO Members) performed: "Evil Woman" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down"
The Orchestra are: Mik Kaminski (Blue violin) ~ Louis Clark (Orchestral keyboards) ~ Eric Troyer (Vocals/keyboards) ~ Parthenon Huxley (Vocals/guitars) ~ Gordon Townsend (Drums) ~ Glen Burtnik (Vocals/bass) ~ Louis Clark Jnr. (Cello/guitar)
Check out The Orchestra's official web site for more information via the link below thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The Orchestra (Starring Former ELO Members) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-Aug-2017

Saturday, 5 August 2017

SHINE: WHEN TAKE THAT MET ELO

The reformation of Take That in 2006 was not only a delight for their fans but also, as it turned out, a pleasant surprise later for elobeatlesforever (elobf) when Yours Truly KJS positively purred over "Shine" - the second single from their "Beautiful World" album and, of course, a #1 chart topper.
With it's piano driven pomp and familiar string arrangement, the song - written by Take That and Steve Robson - is viewed by many as a nod to The Beatles and especially ELO. Indeed, one could say that "Shine" is a hint at things to come bearing in mind the role of Gary Barlow in beckoning the return of Jeff Lynne during November 2013. The ELO connections continued with "Shine" preceded by the outro from "Concerto For A Rainy Day" and "Mr. Blue Sky" during their "Beautiful World" tour not forgetting that the CDS artwork for the aforementioned single was festooned with light bulbs too - whether intentionally or not! Without a doubt, "Shine" remains and always will be my fave Take That tune and it deserves to be in the elobf spotlight again.

TAKE THAT: BEAUTIFUL WORLD [1]   TAKE THAT: BEAUTIFUL WORLD [2]
CAUGHT LIVE: TAKE THAT @ LIVERPOOL 22/05/17

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Shine" by Take That 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 ... 05-Aug-2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

KISTE ME READ: THE MUSICAL MUSINGS OF JOHN VAN DER KISTE

John Van der Kiste's new book "Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song" duly arrived here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) HQ in Wolverhampton earlier this week and, having already made startling progress through its 127 pages, it is very much a fitting addition to the South Devon authors steadily growing library of elobf themed music books as well as his recent biography on the career of Lindisfarne. Here's a brief overview (or even bibliography) of the quartet of books authored by John Van der Kiste on the subject of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, The Beatles and ELO to date:
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"Roy Wood: The Move , Wizzard And Beyond"
~ Originally published under the title "The Roy Wood Story" (1985) ~
Published by Amazon KDP (2012, 2014)
164 pages
ISBN 978-1502990365
www.amazon.co.uk/Roy-Wood-Move-Wizzard-beyond/dp/1502990369
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2014/12/acclaimed-roy-wood-biography-now.html
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"Jeff Lynne: The Electric Light Orchestra: Before And After"
Published by Fonthill Media (2015)
190 pages
ISBN 978-1781554920
www.amazon.co.uk/Jeff-Lynne-Electric-Orchestra-Before/dp/1781554927
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2015/04/recommended-jeff-lynne-electric-light.html
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"A Beatles Miscellany"
~ Originally published under the title "The Little Book Of The Beatles" (2014) ~
Published by Fonthill Media (2016)
144 pages
ISBN 9781781556828
www.amazon.co.uk/Beatles-Miscellany-Everything-Always-Wanted/dp/1781555826
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"Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song"
Published by Fonthill Media (2017)
127 pages
ISBN 9781781556009
www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Light-Orchestra-Song/dp/1781556008
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2017/04/interview-john-van-der-kiste-electric.html
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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends author John Van der Kiste 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 ... 03-Aug-2017

Saturday, 29 July 2017

RECOMMENDED: ROY ORBISON'S BLACK & WHITE NIGHT REVISITED

1,300: Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to endorse and recommend a very special evening coming up on Sunday 17th September which will see the iconic 1987 Roy Orbison concert "A Black & White Night" reproduced in its entirety by erstwhile Trembling Wilbury Dave Collison and friends at The Half Moon in Putney, London.

My personal Big O fave "Blue Angel" should also be in the set list, a song particularly poignant to this writer with the gig falling just a day after the 25th anniversary of a certain personal tragedy. Fans of Roy Orbison and The Traveling Wilburys are certain to enjoy this most attractive of shows so make sure you book tickets in plenty of time! Tickets for Roy Orbison's Black & White Night Revisited are priced at just £12.00 each (advance) or £15.00 each (door) and can be purchased via this link thus:

tickets.halfmoon.co.uk/events/2017-09-17-roy-orbisons-black-and-white-night-revisited

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Orbison's Black & White Night Revisited performed by Dave Collison and Friends to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, The Traveling Wilburys,  Roy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-July-2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

RECOMMENDED: GAELLE FAVRE FAREWELL GIG (ELO Light Years)

A very special gig is on the cards in the South Wales market town of Abergavenny when The Jim Ramsey Band and his ELO Light Years troupe will bid "Bon Voyage!" to Gaëlle Favre, their talented and effervescent violinist, as she returns home having secured her dream job back in France. The concert will feature two bands and nine musicians with The Jim Ramsey Band up first playing their own original material followed on stage by elobeatlesforever (elobf) endorsed ELO Light Years (also, of course, led by Jim) in acoustic mode performing the music of the Electric Light Orchestra.

Former ELO Again violinist Gaëlle, who is often seen sharing instruments on stage with fellow cellist Sarah Waycott, has always caught the eye and ear of Yours Truly KJS during her shows and, I'm sure, will be most surely missed by her band mates and admirers. The event will take place at The Kings Hotel in Abergavenny on Sunday 6th August at 7:30PM. Tickets are now on sale priced at £10 each and can be purchased either in person or by contacting the venue on (01873) 855074.


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends ELO Light Years 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 ... 28-July-2017

Thursday, 27 July 2017

OUT OF THE BLUE: 40th ANNIVERSARY 2LP PICTURE DISC

Sony's NYC based Legacy Recordings imprint announced earlier today (Thursday 27th July) in an official press release that the long awaited debut of the Electric Light Orchestra classic Jeff Lynne penned double album opus "Out Of The Blue" as a picture disc set (#889854561611) - replete with the iconic "Concerto For A Rainy Day" - goes on sale on Friday 29th September in celebration and commemoration of its 40th anniversary, just four days shy of its original release date back on Monday 3rd October 1977. Having peaked at #4 in the Official UK Album Chart in a 108 week chart run, "Out Of The Blue" (Jet/UA #UAR100; Jet/CBS #JETDP400) is perhaps the most recognisable of ELO's studio recordings, having also been issued in CD format on multiple occasions including the 30th anniversary expanded and remastered edition in 2007 (managing a creditable #18) and several vinyl reissues in black, clear and (of course) blue vinyl since.

"Out Of The Blue" featured prominently in the recent Jeff Lynne's ELO UK dates with The ELO Experience also including eleven of its seventeen songs within their current tour. The 2017 2LP picture disc incarnation of OOTB has been remastered from the original master tapes, includes a digital download and is set to be a prized possession for fans and collectors (including Yours Truly KJS) alike. Pre-orders can be placed via these links thus:

 elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Out Of The Blue" by Electric Light Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-July-2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

RELEASE REMINDER: ELECTRIC DREAMS BLU-RAY SOON

The Blu-Ray debut of the 1984 movie "Electric Dreams" is now just around the corner, some eight years after its release in DVD format back in April 2009. The film soundtrack, of course, featured two (2) solo Jeff Lynne tracks in "Video!" - the lead single (Virgin #VS695/VSY695) from the OST album (Virgin #V2318) reaching #87 in the Official UK Singles Chart during July of that year - and "Let It Run" - thought also at the time to be a strong candidate for a single but for the relatively modest success of the former - a song constructed in part from "Beatles Forever" - the only remaining unreleased track from the originally intended 2LP "Secret Messages" (#JETDP402) and of particular significance to Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf).

The expanded Blu-Ray edition -  released in the UK on Monday 7th August - comes in 1080p High Definition and includes interviews with Director Steve Barron, writer/co-producer Rusty Lemorande as well as stars Lenny von Dohlen and Virginia Madsen. The first 2,000 copies come in a limited edition premium spot gloss varnish slipcase with pre-orders now being taken by amazon.co.uk via this link thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Dreams-Blu-Ray-Blu-ray/dp/B06WLHYBK9

"Electric Dreams" follows the debut of "Xanadu" on Blu-Ray in July 2016 meaning that 1977's "Joyride" movie and its soundtrack featuring the Jeff Lynne penned ELO classics "Rockaria!", "Telephone Line", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Tightrope", "Boy Blue" and "So Fine" as the only outstanding film of its time replete with ELO music to still await Blu-Ray issue.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-July-2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

COVER TO COVER: ON THE THIRD DAY

As an eager new (and young) ELO fan back in 1977, once Yours Truly KJS had snapped up "A New World Record" (#UAG30017) and "Out Of The Blue" (#UAR100), it was quite natural to start trying to negotiate their back catalogue, as pocket and odd job money would permit. First up was the 1977 Harvest compilation "The Light Shines On" (#SHSM2015) with its quirks and nuances, Roy Wood and more which was followed by a second hand copy of the first reissue of ELO's "On The Third Day" album (Jet/UA #UAG30091) sporting that somewhat amusing Richard Avedon photograph of the band revealing their belly buttons. Back then, sightings of the original gatefold sleeved pressing for OTTD on Warner Bros. Burbank label (#K56021) were rare and far too expensive for me. But I do remember wondering what the reason was for the repackaging. I eventually came to the conclusion that it was to visually identify ELO as under the sole guidance of Jeff Lynne following their departure from Harvest/EMI. Then came the change from Jet/UA to Jet/CBS with "On The Third Day" now sporting a new catalogue number (#JETLP202) as well as its inclusion in the 3LP boxed set "Three Light Years" (#JETBX1) alongside, of course, "Eldorado" and "Face The Music".

And that essentially was it until the purchase of Bev Bevan's share of the Electric Light Orchestra name and rights by Jeff Lynne in 1999 for an undisclosed sum. Following in the wake of 2001's "Zoom", a remastered and expanded "On The Third Day" - now including "Showdown" - hit the shelves in September 2006 replete with the original album artwork. And so it has been since. One cannot but wonder if the reason for the reverting of the OTTD sleeve back to the original was symbolic of the desire of the ELO maestro to underline his full ownership of the ELO brand (as opposed to band) in much the same way as it made a statement about the identity and direction of a Jeff Lynne led ELO back in 1973. One thing is for sure, "On The Third Day" remains highly regarded by both Jeff and elobeatlesforever (elobf) here in Yours Truly 2017.

Which "On The Third Day" album cover do you prefer?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-July-2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

DO YA: A BRIEF HISTORY FROM THE MOVE TO ELO & BEYOND

Whilst it could be said that the recording sessions for what was The Move's final studio album "Message From The Country" and ELO's first two outings's "The Electric Light Orchestra" and "ELO2" were somewhat interchangeable, there is one Jeff Lynne penned song - recorded by both The Move and ELO - that has led a double - even triple life in more ways than one. Originally released in the UK as part of a twin 'B' side with "Ella James" on the flip side of The Move's final hit single "California Man" (Harvest #HAR5050) and as the sole 'B' side for the same song in the US (United Artists #50928), the trademark guitar riff of "Do Ya" helped The Move breach the Billboard 100 at #93. Back in their home country, "Do Ya" eventually saw a limited release in September 1974 as an 'A' side backed by "No Time" (Harvest #HAR5086). A bizarre issue in many ways as ELO had departed Harvest Records for Warner Bros. Burbank label a year earlier.
Two years later, "Do Ya" was given the ELO treatment by Jeff, Richard Tandy and Louis Clark as part of their iconic worldwide breakthrough album "A New World Record" in 1976. A live fave already, the inclusion of "Do Ya" on ANWR cemented it in ELO folklore. It's popularity also attracted cover versions by Elmer Goodbody Jnr. (who was none other than Mike Sheridan) and Forest in the same year. Whilst it was not a single here in the UK, over in the US, "Do Ya" b/w "Nightrider" (Jet/UA #UAXW-939-Y) managed a creditable #24. "Do Ya" was, of course, again re-recorded by Jeff Lynne in 2012, forming part of "Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra". It also made a welcome return to the Jeff Lynne's ELO set list during their recent UK dates at Sheffield and Wembley Stadium.
Aside from the aforementioned 1976 covers, "Do Ya" continues to be recorded and performed by not a few artistes down the years including Matthew Sweet, Parthenon Huxley (The Orchestra), Todd Rungdren, Jason Falkner (a major contributor to the forthcoming new Pugwash album) and Ace Frehley. It was also the subject of a clear vinyl EP back in 2002 (see above) via Tallboy Records featuring four versions of the song by Kenny Howes and The Yeah!, Einstein's Sister, Linus Of Hollywood and Parallax Project.

 So whether it be The MoveELO or a solo Jeff Lynne"Do Ya" remains the one song that ensures a common thread for fans all the way from its conception within The Move through to the present day and beyond to the many admiring artistes who still love this great song.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-July-2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

JASPER CARROTT: STAND UP & ROCK! Q4 DATES POSTPONED

Having been very much looking forward to another installment of the excellent Stand Up & Rock! in Chesterfield on Friday 29th September in the company of my good friend Mick Anyon, Yours Truly KJS was surprised and concerned to receive this open message from Brummie comedy legend Jasper Carrott earlier this week thus:

"Sadly, I have been told very recently that I need a heart bypass operation. Whilst it’s not desperate it is obviously something which I need to get done as soon as possible. All being well, the operation will take place in August and there will then follow a three month recovery period after which I anticipate being able to return to work as normal. Unfortunately this affects a number of shows which unavoidably must be postponed until at least early Spring next year. My sincere apologies to all the theatre-goers who have bought tickets to my shows but I know you will understand that my health comes before anything and I will do my level best to get back in action as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and again my apologies for the disruption and inconvenience to everyone concerned. Kindest regards ... Jasper Carrott"

The postponement applies to all previously announced dates in July and September until the tour recommences in Buxton on Thursday 8th November.

Birmingham Mail report yesterday (click here to view) stated that tickets for the original shows are valid for the rearranged dates with refunds also available. elobeatlesforever (elobf) has compiled this updated Stand Up & Rock! gig roster incorporating the postponed dates thus:

Buxton Opera House (Wednesday 8th November)
Llandudno Theatre Cymru (Thursday 9th November)
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Tuesday 14th November)
Guildford G Live Theatre (Friday 17th November)
Northampton Royal & Derngate Theatre (Wednesday 22nd November)
Clacton Princess Theatre (Tuesday 28th November)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (Wednesday 29th November)
St. Albans Arena (Friday 1st December)
Southampton Mayflower Theatre (Sunday 3rd December)
Stratford Arts House (Wednesday 6th to 8th December)
Chesterfield Winding Wheel (*now Saturday 3rd March 2018*)
Shanklin Theatre (*now Wednesday 7th March 2018*)
Weymouth Pavilion Theatre (*now Thursday 8th March 2018*)
Poole Lighthouse Theatre (*now Friday 9th March 2018*)
King's Lynn Corn Exchange (*now Thursday 15th March 2018*)
Torquay Princess Theatre (*now Wednesday 28th March 2018*)
Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier Theatre (*now Saturday 31st March 2018*)
Basingstoke Anvil Theatre (*now Friday 6th April 2018*)
High Wycombe Swan Theatre (*now Sunday 8th April 2018*)
Lichfield Garrick Theatre (*now Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th April 2018*)
Chatham Brook & Central Theatre (*now Thursday 19th April 2018*)
Peterborough East of England Arena (*now Saturday 28th April 2018*)

It goes without saying that Yours Truly KJS wishes Jasper Carrott a speedy recovery from his procedure and looks forward seeing him on stage again later in 2017. 

Find out more about the tour, the venues and dates via these links thus:

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

*** Please note that elobeatlesforever (elobf) waited until this news was revealed via 'official' news outlets before publishing this article in order to prevent any perceived invasion of privacy. ***

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-July-2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

CAUGHT LIVE: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS @ HYDE PARK

The tinder dry turf of London's iconic Hyde Park was the the place to be on Sunday 9th July as Yours Truly KJS completed my trio of Wilbury gigs as "A Face In the Crowd" at the final Barclaycard  British Summer Time date this Summer in complete awe of a quite magnificent Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performance and a most sublime Stevie Nicks set.
Preceded by music media darlings The Shelters and The Lumineers, the prospect of seeing the Fleetwood Mac songstress again - this time in her own right - as well as the legend who is another of my long time musical heroes Tom Petty in the flesh after so many years of waiting meant that this long, hot day was much looked forward to, especially having also reviewed gigs by both Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne too for elobeatlesforever (elobf) in the last two months.

Before TP came Stevie Nicks and her stellar fifteen song roster covering her career from Buckingham Nick's "Crying In The Night" through "Bella Donna" and "The Wild Heart" solo classics to 2011's "Moonlight (A Vampire Dream)", sprinkled too with Fleetwood Mac gems including "Rhiannon", "Landslide" and "Dreams". I loved hearing the likes of "Edge Of Seventeen" and "Stand Back" live but the surreal "Gypsy" stole the show for me.
And what of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers? Celebrating their 40th anniversary and dropping into Hyde Park for their only European date, the band surpassed their renowned live reputation  in front of the 65,000 adoring onlookers by delivering what can only be described as a world class nineteen song snapshot of their four decades of success, bookending the concert with "Rockin' Around (With You)" and (of course) "American Girl" from their 1976 self-titled debut long player. In between, we were thrilled to hear a set dominated by the albums "Wildflowers" and the Jeff Lynne aided "Full Moon Fever" yet with subtle dips into eight other releases including an inspired acoustic "Learning To Fly", a splendid trip with "Don't Come Around Here No More" and anthemic rockers "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Refugee" also memorable moments. It was the quartet of songs from "Full Moon Fever"  - "I Won't Back Down", "Yer So Bad", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down A Dream" - that thrilled this writer alongside a surprise, rare duet with the returning Stevie Nicks of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around". I had to pinch myself again that I was actually there hearing these tunes performed by TP and his Heartbreakers, such was my delight. Having written so many reviews for elobf down the years, this one truly deserves the adjectives fantastic and amazing as well as a place amongst my most fave gigs ever!
Photo courtesy of Sir Neil Keighery ...
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performed: "Rockin' Around (With You)" ~ "Mary Jane's Last Dance" ~ "You Don't Know How It Feels" ~ "Forgotten Man" ~ "I Won't Back Down" ~ "Free Fallin'" ~ "Walls" ~ "Don't Come Around Here No More" ~ "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Stevie Nicks) ~ "It's Good To Be King" ~ "Crawling Back To You" ~ "Wildflowers" ~ "Learning To Fly" ~ "Yer So Bad" ~ "I Should Have Known It" ~ "Refugee" ~ "Runnin' Down A Dream" ~ "You Wreck Me" ~ "American Girl"
Find out more about Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks via these links thus:

www.tompetty.com   www.stevienicksofficial.com

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood, The Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-July-2017

Friday, 7 July 2017

RECOMMENDED: DEAD END STREET (Mark Dodsworth)

Hull based ELO super fan Mark Dodsworth - alias Ted Blight @ YouTube - has just released his twelve track album of ELO/Jeff Lynne covers entitled "Dead End Street" (the originally intended title, of course, for "Sweet Talkin' Woman") in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Support charity.

elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to endorse and support the recording which has an interesting emphasis upon ELO album gems as opposed to the hit singles we all all know and love. Yours Truly KJS contacted Mark last weekend and asked him for an overview of "Dead End Street" thus:

"Hi Keith! First and foremost, I am not much of a musician, I can't read music, I have only been playing keyboard about a year. It's just a part time hobby, but I do enjoy it. Some tracks are better than others but I'm proud of what I have achieved. Jeff has been a massive influence. The first time I mixed my version of 'Shangri-La' and played it back, loud. I was overwhelmed. At that moment in time, I understood why Jeff does it. It was like a drug, to record, produce and mix something you had created from scratch.

I started home recording about 18 months ago, the first proper track was "Secret Messages", hidden with lots of hidden messages, for example down the lane and far away is spoken backwards and the morse code in the song is spells www.youtube.com/tedblight just to name a few. The vocals are by Caz Burton who I met on www.bandhub.com which is a great, free, site for meeting amateur musicians. She did a great job considering she's never heard the song before. "Ordinary Dream" was the first song Andy Elton recorded with me, He's a massive ELO fan from the same town as me, we lost touch for about 20 years, and bumped into each other at Sheffield concert last year, since then we have recorded regularly. He's a great friend and the nicest guy you could wish to meet. This song had a seal of approval from someone close to Jeff, which made our day. "Mercy Mercy" is a simple song to record. The rear sleeve note says all song written by Jeff. This was a deliberate error, I felt the rear cover artwork was getting to over crowded with text. Speaking of which, I tried to keep the text layout etc the same as "Out Of The Blue" to try and give it ... a familiar feel. The bar code is the OOTB CD bar code for example!

"Kuiama" is one of my faves on the CD. It was a epic challenge to record, Andy and myself did record this 20 years ago on VHS so it was nice to revisit it. I knew I had to do is justice as it is a fan favourite. The vocal echos where a challenge but turned out great. I sing the vocals on the second part. Or at least, try to. "Mission (A New World Record)" is the first song that I did by replacing the vocals with guitar. Simply because at the time, I had no one to sing on my song and I can't sing. So playing the guitar was the only option. I think the song really lifts off at the key change and the choir kicks in. Fans seem to like this track and cry out for me to do "Shangri-La" too. "Twilight" was a challenge. I has just got a new keyboard, a Native Instruments S49, and I wanted to do something from "Time". "Prologue" gave me the opportunity to use the vocoder. So I spoke it on this track, the first few versions, I sounded rather camp but eventually, after playing around with the notes, I managed to get a version that seemed to work. Andy sung it and the piano solo which I thought would take forever actually only took one take!

"Ticket To The Moon" was again, a collaboration on www.bandhub.com with Javier. What I really like about this version is how well the astronauts FX fit into the song and the Jeff Lynne sound bite fits in perfectly, I guess I got lucky. "Getting To The Point" has a fantastic vocal performance by Andy. Lots of layers on it but you can't tell. We worked really hard at this and I think it turned out really good. "Baby I Apologise" was difficult to record and I couldn't understand why because the original is only a demo. So why was it so hard for me to get it sounding good - especially since my tech is so futuristic compared to what Jeff had back then? I'm not sure, but anyway, I speak the middle section and Andy sings. He loves this track and he's done a couple of versions over the years.

"Another Heart Breaks" is one of my faves for several reasons. It has a lot of thumbs ups on YouTube so fans seem to like it. I got the keyboards and drums sounding just like the original. The guitar took a lot of practice but I think I did a good job considering that I was playing it by ear. "Shangri-La" is probably my favourite on the CD. It's a perfect storm. Everything just came together, the mix is great, I'm delighted with the guitar solo, the Andy's vocals are amazing and the outro synth is good. Love this song and I feel like we did it justice. Which is a bold statement as the fans are very protective of this song. And rightly so! "One Summer Dream" closes the CD. I love the original and I love Richard's outro piano on "Zoom Tour Live" DVD. I've always wanted to make a version that incorporates both versions. I'm very proud of how it turned out!

"Dead End Street" as you know, is the original version of "Sweet Talkin' Woman", I always wanted to do a ELO covers CD ever since I heard Paul McNulty's OOTB covers album "Into The Red". I thought it was amazing. As you can see, I prefer to do album tracks and avoid the mainstream singles, I think fans appreciate them more. The money raised from the CD will go towards MacMillan Cancer Support. Sadly, like most people, I have lost family and friends to cancer.

The CD is available for a minimum donation of £8.50 each (UK) or £12.50 each (worldwide) and the price includes post and packing. You can buy "Dead End Street" via www.paypal.me/elocovers (remember to included your address) or visit www.elocovers.com for more details. I'm really pleased that day one sales raised £49!"

Trax: [1] "Secret Messages" (4:23) + [2] "Ordinary Dream" (3:19) + [3] "Mercy Mercy (2:54) + [4] "Kuiama" (7:55) + [5] "Mission (A New World Record)" (4:27) + [6] "Twilight" (4:43) + [7] "Ticket To The Moon" (4:15) + [8] "Getting To The Point" (4:49) + [9] "Baby I Apologise" (3:46) + [10] "Another Heart Breaks" (3:58) + [11] "Shangri-La" (5:45) + [12] "One Summer Dream" (5:16) + Running Time: 55:30

Find out more about and/or buy "Dead End Street" in CD format via these links thus:

www.elocovers.com
www.paypal.me/elocovers
www.youtube.com/user/tedblight

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Dead End Street" by Mark Dodsworth 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 ... 07-July-2017