Friday, 5 April 2019

Goodbye My Old Friends

After over 10 years, nearly 1,500 articles and over 3 million views, I've decided to call time on my elobeatlesforever (elobf) site. It's been a blast and despite some negatives from certain individuals and organisations who should know much better, Yours Truly KJS hopes that elobf has been a blessing to readers and featured artistes alike.

I'll still be around on social media and you'll doubtless bump into me at the odd gig or three but there'll be no new articles going forward. Thank you one and all for your support and readership over the last decade!

#elobf #elobeatlesforever

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Apr-2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison Reunite for ELO Summer Dates

ELO maestro Jeff Lynne announced earlier today (Monday 18th March) that the Special Guest during his forthcoming Summer 2019 US/Canada tour will be none other than Dhani Harrison, the son of his pal and fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison.

This poignant addition to the bill will further strengthen the many ties between ELO and The Beatles whilst doubtless bolstering modest tickets sales after a low key social media campaign to date. It will be interesting to see if Dhani will join Jeff on stage during the shows, perhaps for a cameo during "Handle With Care". One thing is for sure, audiences in North America will witness a kind of ELO Beatles Together in just a few months when the son of a Beatle joins up with the "son of (The) Beatles". Wouldn't it be interesting if Ringo joined 'em too ...

Find out more about those Jeff Lynne's ELO 2019 US tour dates via this link thus:

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO on tour in 2019 with Dhani Harrison 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 ... 18-March-2019

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Sweet Talkin' Women: ELO's Ladies in Lyrics

The use of the colour blue and the mention of rain have been familiar themes for Jeff Lynne when writing lyrics for ELO songs over the years. Inspired by a recent chat with a fellow follower, Yours Truly KJS and thought it would be interesting for elo beatles forever (elobf) to take a look at how often female names have also turned up too in the ELO back catalogue. With hit singles by the name of "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Evil Woman" well known to avid and casual fans alike and mentions of an "ocean's daughter", a "sweet little lady" and even a "painted lady" elsewhere (not forgetting a certain Lana Wimp in the "Hold On Tight" music video), this writer has come up with the names of  seven ladies whose names are directly quoted in these Jeff Lynne penned Electric Light Orchestra songs thus ...

Nellie Takes Her Bow
Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
Oh No Not Susan
Julie Don't Live Here
"Sweet Maid Marian" (Poor Boy)
"Dear Jo" (Is It Alright)

Doubtless we have missed some and there are more if the net is widened to include Jeff's outings with The Move, The Idle Race or his solo career. And then there's Dr. Roy Wood to consider ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-March-2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Hints of New Jeff Lynne's ELO Album Emerge

There was renewed discussion last week within some ELO centric Facebook groups as to the twenty three (23) songs currently filed under the Jeff Lynne's ELO moniker on ASCAP's ACE Repertory database wherein an additional ten (10) trax are detailed aside from the thirteen (13) known trax to be found within the various global editions of "Alone In The Universe". Whilst it is possible that these new titles are unused songs from the AITU sessions, there is also a reasonable probability that they may be part of the promised forthcoming new Jeff Lynne's ELO album. You can find out more by clicking on this link thus:

Quoting a reliable source, the ten new songs would be in this order if they are indeed the basis of the as yet untitled new album, which would likely be due out this Autumn:

"Time Of Our Life"; "All My Love"; "From Out Of Nowhere"; "Losing You"; "Down Came The Rain"; "Goin' Out On Me"; "All I Need Is You"; "WiFi Woman"; "She's Gone"; "One More Time"

Yours Truly KJS and elo beatles forever (elobf) look forward to the formal announcement of a new Jeff Lynne's ELO album in due course ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-March-2019

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Trevor Burton: Happy 70th Birthday!

Today is Saturday 9th March and it is also Trevor Burton's 70th birthday! As well as being a co-founder of The Move alongside Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne and Chris 'Ace' Kefford, Trevor has performed with the likes of The Steve Gibbons Band, short lived supergroup Balls (with Keith Smart, Richard Tandy, Dave Morgan, Mike Kellie, Steve Gibbons et al) as well as Danny King and Raymond Froggatt during his career.

During the tenure of elo beatles forever (elobf), Yours Truly KJS has featured Trevor on many occasions be it with the excellent Trevor Burton Band and The Move or the Made In Brum and Stand Up & Rock! shows. We were also there when he celebrated being awarded his King's Heath Walk of Fame Star in June 2013 (review here) and also when he celebrated 50 years in the music business in November 2014 (review here). Trevor and his management have often been supportive of and have extended much courtesy to elobf so it goes without saying that we wish him a Very Happy 70th Birthday today!

Trevor has been quite poorly of late and a benefit event aptly entitled BurtonFest has recently been announced in support of Trevor from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd June to be held at Joe Joe Jim's Bar in Cofton Hackett, Birmingham B45 8UU with guests including The Steve Gibbons Band, Ricky Cool & The In Crowd and Danny King amongst not a few others. Remaining tickets are available via this link thus:

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends Trevor Burton and BurtonFest 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 ... 09-March-2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Review: The Best Of Everything (Tom Petty)

Just under four months since it was announced back in October and after the odd delay in release, the 2CD edition of Tom Petty's aptly entitled career overview "The Best Of Everything" (Geffen #00602567934394) arrived here at elo beatles forever (elobf) HQ the other day replete with 38 trax covering four decades of TP output from 1976 to 2016, be it with The Heartbreakers, solo or with Mudcrutch.

Although there have been a few Tom Petty compilations and collections issued over the years, most notably 1993's best selling Greatest Hits package, Yours Truly KJS, as a fan who found TP by way of his association with ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and (of course) The Traveling Wilburys, has been looking forward to seeing how this mix of the familiar with the less well known would hang together and I'm glad to report that this set does indeed do justice to TP's exemplary legacy. Even though there is no Wilburys representation (as with Roy Orbison's 2016 Ultimate Collection), there is plenty of Jeff Lynne input alongside those classic Petty hits.

Yet what makes this superb 2CD TP trawl all the more enjoyable is discovering anew songs such as "Dreamville" and "The Last DJ" with their surprisingly strong Beatles influence whilst being reminded by the likes of "I Forgive It All", "You Wreck Me", "Walls (Circus)", "Angel Dream (No.2)" and the string laden "Southern Accents" of the immense variety of styles in the TP songbook. Having been supremely fortunate to finally see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform live in London just months before his tragic passing in October 2017, it is my sincere belief that "The Best Of Everything" is both the perfect epilogue for avid TP followers and the best of introductions for casual fans if not the general music buying public. ★★

elo beatles forever (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 ... 07-March-2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Review: Synchronicity (Fay & Latta)

As often stated by Yours Truly KJS, it's a great pleasure to feature talented local, national and international indie artistes here at elo beatles forever (elobf) from time to time betwixt our main focus of ELO and related articles. Yorkshire based duo Fay & Latta are one of those artistes and it's our good fortune that they've just released their fourth studio album "Synchronicity" following on from 2017's "Dust To Stars".

Being as elobf have previously looked over their previous three offerings including "Beauty In Chaos" (an album which included significant input from none other than ELO violin legend Mik Kaminski), it seemed apt to run the rule over "Synchronicity" too. Predominantly acoustic, this record sees Tom Fay and Anneka Fay (Latta) in reflective and pensive mood with eleven tracks of the utmost quality including opener "Lost In My Own Youth", the dreamy instrumental "Periscope"  (there's some intricate guitar craft from Tom throughout), "All For You" (the perfect showcase for Anneka's lovely vocals) and the haunting "Beneath My Skin". Undoubtedly, "Synchronicity" demonstrates the continued maturing of these two fine songwriters and musicians leaving this listener wondering why they are not operating in a higher if not synchronous circle. ★★

Trax: (1) "Lost In My Own Youth"; (2) "Burning Wings"; (3) "Homeward Bound"; (4) "Poles Apart"; (5) "Wish You Could See"; (6) "One Last Goodbye"; (7) "Periscope"; (8) "All For You"; (9) "No Solution"; (10) "The Secret"; (11) "Beneath My Skin"

Find out more about Fay & Latta"Synchronicity" et al via these links thus ...
Review: Beauty In Chaos (2012)
Review: The View From Here (2011)   Review: Dust To Stars (2017)

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends "Synchronicity" by Fay & Latta to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, The Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Feb-2019

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Review: Things U Say To A Stranger EP (Baby Scream)

Over the last half a dozen years, it has been a real pleasure for Yours Truly KJS to feature relatively regularly the musical outpourings of my Argentinian friend Juan Pablo Mazzolo via his Power Pop vehicle Baby Scream here at elobf so it was good news to hear that a new release was imminent.

New EP "Things U Say To Strangers" arrived recently, a five song mini-album of more Mazzolo magic of just under fifteen minutes of running time, and it's another example of catchy tunes replete with heartfelt, personal lyrics and some very nice guitar licks. Aided and abetted in the studio by Alejando Bellini, Gonzalo Loppeato, Santio Ferrera and Nick Schinder, Baby Scream have developed a polished sound clearly influenced by the likes of Lennon, Bowie and Bolan, fine examples being "Fake It Till You Make It" and "Somebody Kill Me Now". This is an EP that you just keep on playing over and over whilst enjoying much. ★★
elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends the Things U Say To Strangers EP by Baby Scream 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 ... 23-Feb-2019

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Another Chart Breaks: ELO & Move Midweek Musing

Ever since the Official Albums Chart Update (or Midweek Album Chart as it's sometimes called) was launched back in March 2010, it's been easy for avid fans and casual enquirers to check on the progress of both new and current charting releases. Followers of ELO and related artistes have seen a plethora of releases in those nine (9) years and have seen albums such as "Long Wave", "Get Up" and "Alone In The Universe" enter the Top 10 during midweek and hold that position (more or less) until the full chart was revealed four days or so later.  With preorders, streams and downloads now also a component in the chart statistics alongside traditional physical purchases, the charts these days are a lot different than those back in the day with some releases charting one week and fading away dramatically the next.

Recent releases by both The Move and ELO have been examples of this modern chart trait. The excellent compilation "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" was released via Cherry Red/Esoteric in January 2017 and landed in the Midweek Chart at #54 (their first charting album since "Move" in April 1968) before falling away and not even appearing in the full album chart that week. Likewise, the long awaited 2LP edition of ELO's enigmatic 1983 album "Secret Messages" (albeit without "Beatles Forever" or a parallel CD issue) was revealed in early August 2018 and hit the halfway chart running at a healthy #49 before also slipping away out of the full Top 100 album roster within a few days (although it did enter the Official Vinyl Chart at a very respectable #7).

Although neither "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" or the "Secret Messages" double album won't be found in the Official Chart Archive in and of themselves, Yours Truly KJS wants this elobeatlesforever (elobf) article to mark their brief unofficial charting success in the ever changing music buying climate of the 21st Century. See also ...

Review: Magnetic Waves Of Sound [The Move]
Review: Secret Messages 2LP (ELO)   Secret Messages Enters UK Vinyl Chart Top 10

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2019

Sunday, 10 February 2019

ELO: The JETLX Files

When Don Arden ditched United Artists and signed Jet Records' marketing and distribution rights up with CBS in early 1978, it initially led to the Electric Light Orchestra back catalogue of albums from "On The Third Day" through to "Out Of The Blue" being reissued and reassigned new JETLP prefixed catalogue numbers, as had been the case during the brief Jet/Polydor years.

Thereafter most Jet/CBS albums were JETLP save for a few exceptions including the quartet of JETLX prefixed LP's released featuring ELO which were "Discovery" (JETLX500), "ELO's Greatest Hits" (JETLX525), "Xanadu" (JETLX526) and "Secret Messages" (JETLX527).
Quite why all four records were prefixed JETLX with two released in gatefold sleeves and two in single LP sleeves (as many fans will recall) is unknown but it is interesting that they all breached the Official UK Album Chart Top 10. It's also of note that ELO's other UK #1 album "Time" (JETLP236) - released between "Xanadu" and "Secret Messages" in 1981 - did not receive the JETLX prefix whereas a "Secret Messages" including "Beatles Forever" in its originally intended 2LP format would have been JETDP402.

If nothing else, ELO's JETLX releases reflect the phenomenal popularity of ELO during the years 1979 to 1983 as Birmingham's best reached their commercial peak at a "Time" when vinyl ruled.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Feb-2019