Sunday, 22 October 2017

ELO: The Jet/Polydor Years

Jet Records were launched by Don Arden in October 1974 with the Lynsey De Paul single "No Honestly" (amusingly given the catalogue number JET747) breaching the UK Top 10. Initially distributed by Polydor with a brief stint by Island Records during which Roy Wood enjoyed his final Top 20 non-Christmas themed hit "Oh What A Shame" (JET754), Jet Records went onto to become the flagship label for ELO right up until 1983. Formed after the limited success of ELO and Wizzard on the Warner Bros. Burbank label, the majority of the Jet single releases during this period were of injection moulded manufacture (typical of Polydor at the time) of a deep blue label colour.
Interestingly, Jet released eight singles and three albums featuring a combination of ELO, Roy Wood, Roy Wood's Wizzard and Bev Bevan during this period before Jet switched to United Artists Records in Summer 1976. Yet chart success was again hard to achieve for ELO in the UK. Despite "Evil Woman" (JET764) peaking at #10 in late January 1976, only "Strange Magic" (JET779) also charted (reaching #38 in July of that year) with "Nightrider" (JET769) and - quite amazingly - their acclaimed album "Face The Music" (JETLP11) failing to chart at all.

Even more disappointing was the fact that none of the Jet/Polydor single releases by Roy Wood, Roy Wood's Wizzard and Bev Bevan troubled the UK charts either. Even "Mustard" (JETLP12) drew a blank. This was, of course, in complete contrast to the rising profile of the Electric Light Orchestra in the United States and was likely the reason that the compilation "Ole ELO" (JETLP19) was withdrawn in the UK. Perhaps the difference in the fortunes of ELO on either side of the Atlantic could be explained by the fact that they changed labels three times in the UK for their first five studio albums when in the US they remained with United Artists Records.
Of special interest to Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) is the fact that "Heavy Head" (the 'B' side of the "Let There Be Drums" single) cited shared songwriting credits for Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt and Richard Tandy alongside Jeff Lynne for the first and only time on the Jet label (see above). Note also that that the transition from Jet/Polydor to Jet/UA was highlighted by the quoting of JET786 and JETLP20 in brackets when "Livin' Thing" (UP36184) and "A New World Record" (UAG30017) were released, following on from the final Jet/Polydor catalogue numbers JET785 and JETLP19 respectively (also shown above).

Undoubtedly, the creation of Jet Records provided the platform for the later successes of Jeff Lynne and ELO whilst it marked a lack of promotion, focus and support for Roy Wood. ELO returned to the UK Top 10 singles chart during these days but there was little else commercially to shout about. Another change in marketing and manufacturing partners ensued, this time with United Artists Records (more on that subject in a forthcoming elobf article) and the rest, they say, is history.

See also: ELO: THE BURBANK YEARS

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Oct-2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

Recommended: Roy Orbison In Dreams: The Hologram UK Tour

Timed perfectly to compliment the much anticipated forthcoming new orchestrated Roy Orbison album "A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" (released in the UK on Friday 3rd November), tickets go on sale next week for "Roy Orbison In Dreams: The Hologram UK Tour" which will see a holographic Roy performing his biggest hits across the UK next April at ten venues backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Fans and followers of The Big O are promised a "transformative live entertainment concert experience".

This is most definitely a "must see" for Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf)! Pre-sale tickets will be available here on Wednesday 25th October. Tickets go on general sale from 9AM on Friday 27th October via these links thus:

www.ticketline.co.uk/roy-orbison#tour
listings.ticketmaster.co.uk/royorbison

These previous elobf articles might also interest you:
Recommended: A Love So Beautiful (Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
November Release Rush for ELO & Roy Orbison

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "A Love So Beautiful" by Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and "Roy Orbison In Dreams: The Hologram UK Tour" 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. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Oct-2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Turn To Stone Tease: Jeff Lynne's ELO Unveil Wembley Video

Perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise to elobeatlesforever (elobf) that Jeff Lynne's ELO chose to release footage of "Turn To Stone"  - taken from the forthcoming album/film "Wembley Or Bust" - yesterday (Monday 16th October) via ELOVEVO and The Independent following on from the audio only video and download track made available on Thursday 5th October. But it sure was a poignant choice to this writer.

The reason for the above statement is that "Turn To Stone" has very much a part of my fabric since the age of 10 when Yours Truly KJS bought my first record, "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" (Jet/UA UP36313) in November 1977. "Turn To Stone" was also the first ELO song that I saw performed live when I saw ELO Part II with The Moscow Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham's NEC in late May 1991. Looking at the new video only whets the appetite for a release that will serve not only as a fantastic souvenir of a great night but also as an excellent introduction to the ELO universe for those folks who are not yet acquainted with all things Jeff Lynne. How apt that this song still grabs my attention after all these years ...

"Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO is released on Friday 17th November.


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who love ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Traveling Wilburys, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-Oct-2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

Another Art Breaks: From Secret Messages to Long Wave

From "Time" to "Time", the album artwork of ELO and Jeff Lynne has been derived from existing canvasses. This is especially the case betwixt two sleeves for two albums released almost three decades apart.

Back in 1983, ELO fans were treated to the visual montage adorning the tragically reduced 1LP issue of "Secret Messages" with the then four acknowledged members of ELO (Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and Kelly Groucutt) peeking out of two terraced windows at a scene including an angel, a stags head and classical art figures with cooling towers providing the backdrop. A little later we discovered that the album cover for "Secret Messages" - designed by David Costa - was based upon a piece of art entitled "The Future's A Bit Fishy, We've Got A Hand In It" (see above). Based on a street scene in Rochdale, you can obviously see the differences between the former and the latter - including the addition of an upstairs window (see below for more info on that), a streaking meteor and much, much more!

The original untinted photograph is found in the book "How Things Are" by Hag (K. Ostra Productions ISBN 0955311802) which can be purchased via this link thus: hagsphotography.com/contact
Window Dressing: Time tour promo photo provided the Secret Messages quartet (Courtesy: Patrik Guttenbacher)
Fast forward 29 years and the release of Jeff Lynne's "Long Wave". An album of fifties and sixties standards lovingly recreated by the ELO maestro. For this record, a more subtle embellishment was in order. Based on an original 1951 photograph provided by acclaimed Birmingham author and historian Alton Douglas of The Steam Clock pub on the corner of Sherborne Street and Morville Street in Ladywood (see above), the image of Jeff Lynne (and guitar) emerging from a doorway was the only obvious difference aside from the shortening of a lamp post in the foreground to make room for the album title and, of course, the words JEFF LYNNE!

My thanx to Alton Douglas and Brewin Books Ltd. for their permission to use the aforementioned photograph in this article as found in the book "Birmingham: Back To The Fifties" (ISBN 1858582344) which can be purchased via this link thus: www.brewinbooks.com/alton_douglas/birmingham_back_to_the_fifties

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "How Things Are" by Hag and "Birmingham: Back To The Fifties" by Alton Douglas to those enlightened folks who appreciate ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

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

Friday, 13 October 2017

Recommended: A Better Me & 2018 Tour (Gary Barlow)


Gary Barlow - the man partially responsible for the glorious return of Jeff Lynne's ELO both on record and on stage - announced yesterday details of an intimate 2018 tour of the UK and Ireland. The Take That founder and lead songwriter will start with dates in Edinburgh on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April and finish with (at the time of writing) a local date in Delamere Forest, Cheshire on Saturday 9th June. More dates are likely to be revealed. Yours Truly KJS would love to see a date in the West Midlands, perhaps at Cannock Chase being as forests are on the menu!
Take That and Jeff Lynne's ELO Musical Director Mike Stevens has confirmed via Twitter that he will at least take part in the tour for the Isle of Man dates in late May so there is a strong possibility that Gary will be backed by the the TT/ELO touring band raising hope that ELO fans might also see some Jeff Lynne's ELO concerts too in 2018 ... hopefully with Richard Tandy back on board.

 Folks who pre-order Gary's forthcoming autobiography "A Better Me" by close of play on Sunday 15th October via amazon.co.uk will be aeligible to access priority ticket sales on Wednesday 18th October from 10AM. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 20th October from 10AM. "A Better Me: The Official Autobiography" by Gary Barlow will be published by Blink Publishing (ISBN 978-1911600978) in Hardcover and Kindle editions on Thursday 18th October 2018. Find out more via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "A Better Me: The Official Autobiography" by Gary Barlow to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

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

Monday, 9 October 2017

November Release Rush for ELO & Roy Orbison

Within my previous elobeatlesforever (elobf) article, Yours Truly KJS noted that as the new Jeff Lynne's ELO album "Wembley Or Bust" is to be released on Friday 17th November, it will likely precede the delayed release of the "Out Of The Blue" 2LP picture disc set on Friday 24th November by a week.

So when you also consider that the new Roy Orbison album "A Love So Beautiful" (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) is also due out on Friday 3rd November, you realize that November 2017 is going to be happily expensive for fans of ELO, Jeff LynneThe Traveling Wilburys and Roy Orbison. You can find out more about the above trio of new November releases (and place pre-orders) via these elobf links thus:

A Love So Beautiful (Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Out Of The Blue: 40th Anniversary 2LP Picture Disc (ELO)
Wembley Or Bust (Jeff Lynne's ELO)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Out Of The Blue" by Electric Light Orchestra"Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO and "A Love So Beautiful" by Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Oct-2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

Recommended: Wembley Or Bust (Jeff Lynne's ELO)

As hinted at recently by elobeatlesforever (elobf), fans and collectors of all things Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are to be treated to the audio visual release of the spectacular that was the Jeff Lynne's ELO date at Wembley back on Saturday 24th June. Entitled "Wembley Or Bust", the album is due for release via Big Trilby Records/Sony Music in digital, 2CD and 3LP boxed set formats on Friday 17th November with pre-orders now being taken via the official Jeff Lynne's ELO shop, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, iTunes and other reputable vendors.

"Wembley Or Bust" comprises 23 tracks for the standard digital, 2CD and 3LP issues. The Deluxe Edition also includes a film of the critically acclaimed concert directed by Paul Dugdale in either DVD or Blu-Ray format. "Turn To Stone (Live at Wembley Stadium)" is now available to buy as a download or listen to via ELOVEVO as is a short trailer (see both below) to whet your appetite in advance of the full release.

Trax: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Do Ya" ~ "When I Was A Boy" ~ "Handle With Care" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Prologue/Twilight" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven" ~ "Wembley Or Bust" (film)
This is, to say the least, an expansive release timed perfectly for Christmas and ironically a week in an advance of the delayed "Out Of The Blue" 2LP picture disc set on Friday 24th November. Whilst many fans will be counting down the days to both releases, Yours Truly KJS will be looking forward to a new 3LP boxed set that will follow in the footsteps of "Three Light Years" (1978), "Four Light Years" (1980) and "Afterglow" (1990). "Wembley Or Bust" - so named to avoid any "Confusion" with ELO's iconic 1978 concert - will be the third official ELO live album alongside "The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach)" (1974/1985) and "Live" (2003). It will also be interesting to see how the album performs in the Official UK Album Chart after the Top 5 placing of "Alone In The Universe" in late 2015.
"Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO can be pre-ordered via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who love ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Traveling Wilburys, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-Oct-2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Remembering Tom Petty

The news that Tom Petty passed away yesterday (Monday 2nd October) at the age of just 66 years came as a shock to many, not least this writer. Doubtless many will write moving and lengthy tributes to their musical hero - and rightly so. Yours Truly KJS discovered the man affectionately called TP by his many fans and followers relatively late when "Don't Come Around Here No More" from the excellent "Southern Accents" album joined my record collection in 1985.

Yet within six years, Tom had collaborated with ELO maestro Jeff Lynne on no less than four albums (whether it be with The Heartbreakers or solo) including the acclaimed "Full Moon Fever" (1989) and "Into The Great Wide Open" (1991) as well as both Traveling Wilburys volumes (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury Jr. and Muddy Wilbury) with "Highway Companion" (2006) following thereafter.
Whether it be classics such as "American Girl", "Refugee", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Learning To Fly" or his acclaimed work with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Bob Dylan or those legendary gigs with The Heartbreakers, the rebirth of Mudcrutch, or the triumphant return of "Hypnotic Eye", the loss of TP is deeply felt.

On a personal level, I am all the more grateful that I was a face in the crowd at Hyde Park, London back in July to witness a supercharged performance by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (thanx to my good friend Paul Scott). 2017 was the year that elobeatlesforever (elobf) got to witness three Wilburys in person hence it is all the more difficult to absorb this news.

CAUGHT LIVE: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS @ HYDE PARK
REVIEW: 2 [Mudcrutch]   REVIEW: HYPNOTIC EYE [Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers]
Truly, our heroes are leaving us. We should treasure them and support them to the utmost.

Rest In Peace Tom Petty. May you learn to fly.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 03-Oct-2017

Monday, 2 October 2017

Remembering Flowers In The Rain (The Move)

STOP PRESS: BBC Midlands presenter Nick Owen will be looking at the story behind The Move's iconic hit "Flowers In The Rain" tonight (Monday 2nd October) on BBC One (West/East Midlands) at 7:30PM with Roy WoodBev Bevan and Trevor Burton telling the story of the song that launched Radio 1 but earned no riches for the legendary Brummie band in "Inside Out: Remembering Flowers In The Rain". The programme description reads:

"Fifty years ago Birmingham band The Move earned a place in pop history when their song Flowers In The Rain was the first to be played at the launch of Radio 1. But the band never made a penny from the track after an extraordinary intervention by the Prime Minister of the day."

Folks outside of the West Midlands can watch the programme on Sky Channel #959. "Inside Out: Remembering Flowers In The Rain" will be available to view on BBC iPlayer immediately after the broadcast via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Inside Out: Remembering Flowers In The Rain" 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 ... 02-Oct-2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

OUT OF THE BLUE PICTURE DISC: RELEASE DATE UPDATE

Following on from this elobeatlesforever (elobf) article published earlier this week, Sandbag (the official merchandising agent for Jeff Lynne's ELO) announced an indefinite delay in the release of the Electric Light Orchestra classic Jeff Lynne penned 2LP picture disc set for "Out Of The Blue" (889854561611) in an email to customers issued yesterday afternoon (Friday 29th September) citing "manufacturing issues".

Yours Truly KJS notes with interest that amazon.com are now quoting Friday 24th November as the new release date (and a price increase) for this much anticipated commemorative vinyl set. Although frustrating for ELO fans and collectors alike, we should be confident that this particular OOTB treasure will be in our hands well in time for Christmas.

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


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 ... 30-Sep-2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

RADIO 1: ROY WOOD STARS IN 50th ANNIVERSARY BBC REPORT

It was a pleasant surprise this morning (Friday 29th September) to see The Move, ELO and Wizzard founder Roy Wood taking part in a BBC Breakfast report on the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast by BBC Radio 1 on this day and date in 1967. Many folks are, of course, aware that Roy penned The Move's #2 hit "Flowers In The Rain" and that it was the first record picked up by legendary DJ Tony Blackburn and played on air.
But for me, it was great to see Woody getting nationwide exposure for something other than a certain Christmas classic as he briefly recalled being asleep and missing the magic moment as a mere 19 year old whilst he too entered British broadcasting history alongside Carl Wayne, Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton and Chris 'Ace' Kefford.
Yours Truly KJS is and always will be a massive Roy Wood fan! elobeatlesforever (elobf) are proud to follow and feature Roy and his career - past, present and future - as he embarks on a series of over twenty UK dates between October and December from Glasgow to Bilston to Swansea with his Rock 'n' Roll Band! You can find out where Roy is playing live, buy tickets and be reminded of his amazing career via these elobf articles thus:

ROY WOOD: RED E 2 ROCK TOUR DATES 2017
ROY WOOD: ROCKMAS 2017 REVEALED + TICKETS
AN APPRECIATION OF ROY WOOD

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends the Roy Wood Red E 2 Rock Tour to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

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

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CONCEPT THEORY: TIME AS A 2LP TOO?

Much has been made by elobeatlesforever (elobf) over most of the last decade about the aborted 2LP release of  ELO's 1983 album "Secret Messages" (JETDP402) replete, of course, with "Beatles Forever". The differences between the single and double album editions have been discussed often and many ELO fans - including Yours Truly KJS - still hope for a release that includes all eighteen (18) tracks, as originally intended by Jeff Lynne. Yet before "Secret Messages" (JETLX527) came "Time" (JETLP236) in July 1981 with thirteen (13) songs - including a "Prologue" and "Epilogue" - squeezed onto a single LP. "Time" always struck me as having a relatively high number of tracks for a single album especially when considering that "A New World Record" and "Discovery" only sported nine songs and "Face The Music" just the eight.
So when an expanded and remastered "Time" was released in 2001 with three bonus tracks originally found on the 'B' sides of "Hold On Tight" (JET7011), "Twilight" (JET7015) and the (later) UK 12" single for "Four Little Diamonds" (TA3869) - namely "When Time Stood Still", "Julie Don't Live Here" and "The Bouncer" - I do remember pondering whether "Time" could also have been a double album too in and of itself with these sixteen (16) known tracks: "Prologue" (1:15); "Twilight" (3:35); "Yours Truly 2095" (3:15); "Ticket To The Moon" (4:06); "The Way Life's Meant To Be" (4:36); "Another Heart Breaks" (3:46); "Rain Is Falling" (3:54); "From The End Of The World" (3:16); "The Lights Go Down" (3:31); "Here Is the News" (3:49); "21st Century Man" (4:00); "Hold On Tight" (3:05); "Epilogue" (1:30); "When Time Stood Still" (3:33); "Julie Don't Live Here" (3:42); "The Bouncer" (3:14)
Note that it has also been reported that "Time" was slated to be issued as a double album split between a studio and live recording but this particular elobf article is musing on the potential that existed for a 2LP studio album. So the intent was there. Perhaps Jeff Lynne intended two ELO double albums in the early eighties and was frustrated on more than more occasion with Jet Records curtailing his ambitions. Perhaps not. But I think a concept album like "Time" might have been all the more magnificent in 2LP format. Quite where those three extra tracks would have fitted is also a subject for discussion. Opinions?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Sep-2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017

OUT OF THE BLUE PICTURE DISC: RELEASE DATE DELAY

There appears to be a little "Confusion" as to whether the much anticipated release of the Electric Light Orchestra classic Jeff Lynne penned double album opus "Out Of The Blue" as a picture disc set (889854561611) will in fact occur on Friday 29th September with mixed signals coming from amazon.co.uk, amazon.com and sandbagheadquarters.com (the official merchandising agent for Jeff Lynne's ELO).

Whereas amazon.com and sandbagheadquarters.com continue to quote the originally cited release date of 29th September, amazon.co.uk - having initially quoted the same release date - are now stating that "This title has not yet been released" having issued an email to their customers on 8th September that they didn't have an estimated delivery date for the item. amazon.co.uk tend to quote imminent release dates for pre-orders so the fact that they are not stating a release date with under a week to go is somewhat surprising. 

Yours Truly KJS has ordered via the Jeff Lynne's ELO Shop and has received no notification of a change in release date. If there is a delay, it is likely due more to a healthy pre-order oversubscription or manufacturing issues. It may also be the case that customers in the US will receive their purchases on time with UK/EU customers following thereafter. ELO fans "All Over The World" should therefore "Hold On Tight" to their pre-orders as there is no need to panic!

*** Update: Anticipated release date is now Friday 24th November ***

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 alike. Pre-orders can still be placed via these links thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-VINYL-Electric-Light-Orchestra/dp/B073W33JHD
store-eu.jefflynneselo.com/products/out-of-the-blue-picture-disc-2lp

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Out Of The Blue" by Electric Light Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Traveling Wilburys, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Sep-2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

ALL OVER THE WOLRD: MISSPELT LIGHT ORCHESTRA

The subject of pselling mitsakes ... er ... I mean spelling mistakes and generic errors on record labels featuring ELO, Jeff Lynne and related artistes has often cropped up here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) over the years, as evidenced in elobf articles such as K56021: I'm Only Dreaming Of 4000, King Of The Greenwood Revisited and On The Flip Side: Unreleased ELO. Yours Truly KJS therefore got to thinking on the subject.
From promo to release: Anyone can make a mitsake ...
Perhaps the biggest mistake of all is one that still gets under the skin of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne himself (check out the 2012 documentary "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO") and that is that the first Idle Race record featuring his name: "Impostors Of Life's Magazine" (Liberty LBF15026) managed to credit the songwriter as G. Lynn whilst repeating the error on 'B' side "Sitting In My Tree" to add insult to injury.
"All Over The Wolrd" or "All Over The World"?
Other lamentable labelling that comes to mind can be found on the 1978 reissue of "Mr. Blue Sky" (Jet/CBS SJET104) with ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTA, the alternative lyric version of "Mater Of Fact" found on the flip side of the UK 12" single "So Serious" (Epic TA7090) and, quite amazingly, the listing of "Dreaming Of 4000" as "I'm Only Dreaming" on the original issue of "On The Third Day" (Warner Bros. K56021) not forgetting Arcade's 1987 compilation LP "All Over The Wolrd" (later corrected accordingly) and the Jet/UA muddle with the 'B' side of "Telephone Line" (UP36254). I'm 101% sure that there are plenty of other examples out there! Know of any more?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Sep-2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

REVIEW: SIXTHOVERTURE (Bubble Gum Orchestra)

Almost a year to the day since their two volume opus "Sticky Love Songs" hit the virtual shelves, Michael Laine Hildebrandt and his magical Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) have just released their sixth studio album - the aptly entitled "Sixthoverture" - taking the concept that is BGO to a whole new level in the opinion of this particular Wulfrunian writer.

"Sixthoverture" has been taken as dark and autobiographical by some reviewers but Yours Truly KJS sees BGO VI as an album of observation and in many respects, hope for the fallen with themes urging recovery, remembrance and revival. Technically, the eleven tracks on offer are ten more superlative MLH compositions and constructions preceded by the stirring "Prologue" that is "Cometh The Storm" yet with artwork depicting aft blue violins lying in the path of an oncoming twister, one could be forgiven for expecting a record that tears a path through the emotions but, for me, this album is a joy to behold with the bold assertion of "A New Kind Of Love Song" balanced by the honesty of "Lower Than Low", the unashamed message that "God Is Good", the entreating request to "Remember Me" and the quite brilliant closing anthem "Have I Told You". BGO long players are always replete with thought provoking lyrics and exquisite musical arrangements intermingled with elements of the classic ELO sound and Power Pop hence you will not be surprised that all those elements are on show here within "Sixthoverture". Perhaps the most remarkable song on offer here is lead single "The Beatles Made Me". Having tackled the subject of the major influence of a certain Brummie band with the iconic "ELO Forever" from "Beyond Time" (2014), "The Beatles Made Me" is a wonderful tune, intentionally or not, paying homage to The Fab Four and retaining all that is BGO whilst underpinning "Sixthoverture".

This is an album that is a delight to listen to and review, continuing what is now an accomplished series of records by Michael Laine Hildebrandt (with a little assistance from Les Farrington of Sugarbomb fame and brother Douglas). Fans of ELO, The Beatles and their musical relatives should take note and dish out their dollars forthwith! ★★★★★
"Sixthoverture" by Bubble Gum Orchestra was released on Tuesday 19th September and can be ordered in digital format via this link thus:

bubblegumorchestra.com/sixthoverture-2017

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Sixthoverture" by Bubble Gum Orchestra 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 ... 21-Sep-2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

ON THE FLIP SIDE: UNRELEASED ELO

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recently published an article entitled DRUM DREAMING: ELO TRAX ONLY IN VINYL on the subject of ELO songs or tracks that are yet to find their way to digital/CD release and Yours Truly KJS got to thinking as to what previously unreleased ELO tracks found their way on the 'B' side on their vinyl (*and cassette) releases back in the day.

In their heyday, the Electric Light Orchestra were very much a singles band in parallel with their album successes. A fair proportion of their singles between 1974-1981 had album tracks as 'B' sides, as discussed in this May 2015 elobf article: ON THE FLIP SIDE: ELO'S JET 'B' SIDES. From 1973-1980, if you exclude the odd instrumental and live recordings, only "Drum Dreams" broke the monopoly of album tracks on ELO 'B' sides. But from "Time" onwards, ELO fans started to see new material on the flip side of their 7" and/or 12" single releases. In fact, the majority of ELO's UK singles between 1981-86 included new material on Side Two whereas from 1971-80 it was album tracks almost all the way. Here's a list of those previously unreleased ELO tracks all the way from the 'B' side of "Showdown" in '73 through to the infamous "ELO Megamix" found on the reverse side of the "Getting To The Point" 12" single in '86. I hope I've caught 'em all:

"In Old England Town (Instrumental)" ~ Harvest HAR5077B (1973)
"10538 Overture (Live)" ~ Jet JET764B (1975)
"Daybreaker (Live)" ~ Jet JET769B (1975)
"Showdown (Live)" ~ Jet JET779B (1976)
"Drum Dreams" ~ Jet/MCA JET179B (1980)
"When Time Stood Still" ~ Jet JET7011B (1981)
"Julie Don't Live Here" ~ Jet JET7015B (1981)
"After All" ~ Jet A3500B (1983)
"Time After Time" ~ Jet TA3500B; *JETCX527 (1983)
"Buildings Have Eyes" ~ Jet A3720B (1983)
"The Bouncer" ~ Jet TA3869B (1983)
"Caught In A Trap" ~ Epic A6844B (1986)
"Destination Unknown" ~ Epic QTA6844B (1986)
"Matter Of Fact" ~ Epic A7090B (1986)
"Mater Of Fact (Alternative Lyric)" ~ Epic TA7090B (1986)
"ELO Megamix" ~ Epic TA7317B (1986)

Here's an "Afterglow" of a quiz for you ELOnoraks: Can you identify the 'A' sides from the above list of ELO flip sides? I've cited two already but can you find the rest?

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

Saturday, 9 September 2017

29th ELOBF GIG GUIDE: Q4 2017

Autumn into Winter (Q4) 2017 means that it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published once again! This is #29 and (hopefully) you will find my compilation of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Sunday 1st October and Sunday 31st December (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Monday 2nd October
The ELO Experience @ The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-elo-experience-2/regent-theatre

Tuesday 3rd October

The ELO Experience @ The Opera House, Manchester
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-elo-experience/opera-house-manchester

Saturday 7th October

Rebecca Downes @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10 each (*plus booking fee)
www.wolvescivic.co.uk/-/show-details/103724/rebecca-downes

Trevor Burton Charity Show 2017 @ The Austin Club, Birmingham
Tickets: £12 each (*plus booking fee)
www.wegottickets.com/event/414063

Tuesday 10th October

Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre, Swindon
Tickets: £33.50 each (*plus booking fee)
swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-roy-wood-swindon-2017

Thursday 12th October
Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £20 each (advance) or £22 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4906

Friday 20th October
The Trembling Wilburys @ The Bull Theatre, Barnet
Tickets: £12.50 each (advance) or £15 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/392240

Sunday 22nd October
CD & Record Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 each
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4913

Friday 27th October
The ELO Experience @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £23 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/elo-experience

Saturday 28th October
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7 each (advance) or £8.50 each (door)
thediamonduk.com/gigs

Sunday 29th October
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Tickets: £32 each (*plus booking fee)
churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-roy-wood-bromley-2017

Judie Tzuke @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £22 each (advance) or £24 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4889

The Trembling Wilburys @ The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Tickets: £15 each (*plus booking fee)
www.cavernclub.org/whats-on/?eventvenue=all&eventtype=all&date=17-10-29

Friday 3rd November
Sight 'n' Sound @ The Feathers, Lichfield
Free entry
feathersinn.co.uk/event/sight-n-sound

Saturday 4th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Tickets: £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.floralpavilion.com/en-GB/shows/roy-wood-rock-n-roll-band/red-e-2-rock-tour

Wednesday 8th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/glasgow-events/the-pavilion-theatre/roy-wood/1073840815

Friday 10th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each (*plus booking fee)
buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/roy-wood-rock-roll-band-at-christmas

The ELO Show @ The O2 Academy, Liverpool
Tickets: £17.50 each (*plus booking fee)
academymusicgroup.com/o2academyliverpool/events/962204/elo-show-tickets

The ELO Experience @ The Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)
www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-elo-experience-back-into-the-blue-tour

Saturday 11th November
10CCLO @ The Arches Venue, Coventry
Tickets: £8 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/coventry-events/arches-venue/10cclo/1073851169

Wednesday 15th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/roy-wood

Friday 17th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
Tickets: £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Queens-Theatre/roy-wood-rock-roll-band-red-e-2-rock

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/events

Saturday 18th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/torquay-events/princess-theatre/roy-wood/5014628

Tuesday 21st November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare
Tickets: £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Playhouse-Theatre/roy-wood-rock-roll-band-red-e-2-rock

Friday 24th November
The Divine Comedy @ The O2 Institute, Birmingham
Tickets: £33.75 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 25th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/folkestone-events/leas-cliff-hall/roy-wood/5014684

The ELO Experience @ The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £22 each (*plus booking fee)
boxoffice.wlct.org/select_seats.aspx?perfid=876

Pugwash "Silverlake" Album Launch @ The Islington, London
Tickets: £12 each (*plus booking fee)
www.wegottickets.com/event/419484

Sunday 26th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/aylesbury-events/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/roy-wood/5014694

China Crisis @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £15 each (advance) or £16 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4854

Thursday 30th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Southport Theatre & Floral Hall, Southport
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/southport-events/southport-theatre-floral-hall/roy-wood/5014625

Friday 1st December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Spa, Bridlington
Tickets: £30 (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/bridlington-events/the-spa-bridlington/roy-wood/1073840812

Sunday 3rd December
Raymond Froggatt @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £14 each (advance) or £16 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4874

Monday 4th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)
tickets.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=35959

Tuesday 5th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Anvil, Basingstoke
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)
www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/roy-wood-rock-roll-band

Thursday 7th December
Dave Collison's Black & White Night Revisited @ The Water Rats, King's Cross
Tickets: £12 each (advance) or £15 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roy-orbisons-black-white-night-revisited-tickets-38522171853

Friday 8th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Grand Theatre & Arts Wing, Swansea
Tickets: £30 (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/swansea-events/swansea-grand-theatre/roy-wood/1073840811

ELO Again @ The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: £26 each (*plus booking fee)
crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/tickets-ELO-Again-Crewe-2017

Saturday 9th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
Tickets: from £29 each (*plus booking fee)
southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-roy-wood-and-his-band-southend-2017

Sunday 10th December
The Trembling Wilburys @ The Half Moon, Putney
Tickets: £10 each (advance) or £12 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
https://tickets.halfmoon.co.uk/events/2017-12-10-the-trembling-wilburys-half-moon-putney

Monday 11th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Royal Theatre Hall, Harrogate
Tickets: from £29 each (*plus booking fee)
www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/Roy-Wood-Red-E-2-Rock-Christmas

Tuesday 12th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £20 (advance) or £22 (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4991

Thursday 14th December
ELO Again @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £15 each (advance) or £16 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4916

Friday 15th December
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Flowerpot, Derby
Tickets: £13 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/derby-events/the-flowerpot/explosive-light-orchestra/5032472

Saturday 16th December
Roy Wood Rockmas 2017 @ The Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: £35.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.thsh.co.uk/event/roy-woods-rockmas-2017

Explosive Light Orchestra @ Second City Bar & Lounge, Birmingham
Tickets: £TBA each
www.elotributeband.com/Tour_Dates.html

Sunday 17th December
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Grapes, Stafford
Free entry
www.grapesstafford.co.uk/Gig_Diary

Monday 18th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Sage One, Gateshead
Tickets: from £29.40 each (*plus booking fee)
www.sagegateshead.com/event/roy-wood-rock-and-roll-band

Tuesday 19th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
Tickets: from £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/3311/roy-wood-rock--roll-band

Wednesday 20th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ G Live, Guildford
Tickets: £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)
glive.co.uk/Online/tickets-roy-wood-guildford-2017

Sunday 24th December
The Upbeat Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each (advance) or £15 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4967

Friday 29th December
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Coppenhall WMC, Crewe
Tickets: £TBA each
www.elotributeband.com/Tour_Dates.html

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus: www.jefflynneselo.com

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2017! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus: www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.theorchestra.net

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotribute.com

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.eloagain.co.uk

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotributeband.com

ELO Light Years A new ELO tribute band and another from South Wales, ELO Light Years are headed up by Jim Ramsey alongside Mike 'Chas' Holcombe, Gaelle Favre, Sarah Waycott, Richard Watson, Robin Davey and Claire Brewster with Angharad and Rhiannon Griffiths. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elolightyears.com

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf)This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Sep-2017