Thursday, 21 October 2021

Recommended: Anthology (Electric Light Orchestra Part II & The Orchestra)

#1,625: Our friends over at Renaissance Records have been especially busy this year when it comes to ELO Part II releases hence the news that another reissue is imminent should come as no surprise to many ELO (and related artistes) fans, followers and collectors.

Having already issued both of ELO Part II's studio albums ("Electric Light Orchestra Part Two", "Moment of Truth") in 2021 as well as Kelly Groucutt's excellent solo offering "Kelly" beforehand, the US label is putting out a new refresh of Anthology: Electric Light Orchestra Part II & The Orchestra (2CD) from Sunday 21st November. Originally sold during their 2009 UK tour featuring both studio and live recordings by ELO Part II and The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) of selected ELO/Part II/Orchestra songs, the 35 trax have been repackaged and (in part) remastered and produced by Eric Troyer for what is a somewhat belated official release.
Anthology now (2021) and Anthology then (2009)
Anthology: Electric Light Orchestra Part II & The Orchestra is priced at $22.99 and can be ordered via this link thus:


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ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Anthology: Electric Light Orchestra Part II & The Orchestra (2CD) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 21-Oct-2021

Friday, 8 October 2021

Roy Wood: Live 2022 (Postponed 2021 Dates)

#1,624: The disappointing news of the postponement of this years Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band seasonal dates is tempered by the fact that avid and casual Woody fans can now plan and look forward to seeing Roy back on the road during November and December next year. Yours Truly KJS will (as usual) collate and list any confirmed Roy Wood UK dates in 2022 replete with pricing and links to buy tickets. Please bookmark this KJS/ELOBF article so that you can keep up to date with any gig developments in a somewhat delayed Rock & Roll Winter.


Friday 18th November 2022
Tickets: from £30 each

Sunday 20th November 2022
Tickets: from £30 each

Saturday 26th November 2022
Tickets: from £30 each

Friday 2nd December 2022
Tickets: from £28 each

Sunday 4th December 2022

Saturday 10th December 2022
Tickets: from £35 each

Thursday 15th December 2022
Tickets: from £30 each

Saturday 17th December 2022


Related KJS/ELOBF articles

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Roy Wood Live to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 08-Oct-2021 ***

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Caught Live (7): Stand Up & Rock! @ Shrewsbury 04/10/21

Photo anonymously donated by Christian Evans with apologies to Andy Bennett & Phil Tree!

#1,623: Believe me now, Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF was not planning to review the Stand Up & Rock! show at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury last night (Monday 4th October) but I soon changed my mind following an evening of high jinks and top quality entertainment as Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan, his revamped band and an inspired new set list that ensured rapturous applause from the full house.

Whilst comedy legend Jasper was as funny as ever in delivering his observational humour, it was the tightness of Bev's classy musical ensemble that stood out to this writer. Having seen The Move/ELO founder impress recently in Quill alongside Lee Evans and Abby Brant, it was good to see Phil Tree in good form with former Ocean Colour Scenist Andy Bennett showcasing his talents with an exemplary performance. Aside from ace interpretations of five Move & ELO classics, the quintet delivered a storming set of interpretations of tunes by the likes of Bread, The Rolling Stones (dedicated to Charlie Watts), Black Sabbath, Elvis, The Beatles (Come Together was sublime), Marvin Gaye, The Spencer Davis Group and (of course) Ocean Colour Scene. Truly, Stand Up & Rock! remains a production not to be missed. Go see it!

Check out forthcoming SUAR shows here: highfieldproductions.com/jasper-carrott/tour-dates

Related KJS/ELOBF articles

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Stand Up & Rock! ft. Bev Bevan & Jasper Carrott to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The BeatlesQuillBlack Sabbath and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 06-Oct-2021

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Review: 4000 Miles To Eden (Bubble Gum Orchestra)

#1,622: Judging by the content of their thirteenth studio album "4000 Miles To Eden", the musical juggernaut that is Michael Laine Hildebrandt and his Bubble Gum Orchestra vehicle is showing no sign of slowing down a decade since their stunning debut with "Out Of This World" with their latest release as Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF also celebrate 10 years of our friendship with MLHBGO.

"4000 Miles To Eden" is the second BGO album of 2021 and, much like its predecessor "Angel Dreams", takes the listener on a journey exploring the positive worldview of MLH as one encounters his familiar and often invigorating Bubble Gum tunes of love, gratitude and hope riding on a wave of layered vocals and multi-instrumental musings. Starting with the veneer of classic synth on show with opener "Rock Rock Rock Me" there seems to be more prominent evidence of Mike's bass prowess and guitar craft - as ably demonstrate on "I Love Us", "To Be Forever" and "Lullaby". As with all BGO records, there's instant enjoyable vibe with hints of strings across all twelve trax whether they be rock, ballad, disco or perfect pop - as is the case with classic ELO. This is another most agreeable MLH/Bubble Gum Orchestra opus! KJS/ELOBF faves: "To Be Forever", "Long Distance Voyager", "Sunday Afternoon With You", "Our Secret Until Now". ★★★★★
"4000 Miles To Eden" by Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) was released on Tuesday 14th September is now available to purchase in download format via this link thus: bubblegumorchestra.com/4000-miles-to-eden-2021

ELOBF/BGO Album Reviews

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "4000 Miles To Eden" by Bubble Gum Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 05-Oct-2021

Friday, 1 October 2021

Recommended: Top of the Pops: The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964-1975 (Peter Checksfield)

#1,621: It was indeed a pleasure to have both author, music historian and photographer Peter Checksfield and The Move/ELO co-founder Bev Bevan kindly touch base with Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF earlier this week regarding the recent publication of Pete's tenth book entitled: "TOP OF THE POPS: The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964-1975" (ISBN 979-8485520502) on Monday 27th September.

You may recall that ELOBF also endorsed Pete's 2019 excellent "Look Wot They Dun: "The Ultimate Guide to UK Glam Rock on TV In The '70s" paperback earlier this year. His new book includes complete guides to all 619 episodes of Top Of The Pops between 1964 to 1975, hundreds of black & white screenshots of surviving footage (including ELO/The Move) as well as memories and anecdotes from over fifty artistes who performed on the show. Pete told me that readers will also find "an exclusive (and very funny) quote from Bev Bevan" within. Fans of The MoveELORoy Wood and Wizzard are very much likely to enjoy perusing the 656 pages on offer.

"TOP OF THE POPS: The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964-1975" by Peter Checksfield is available to preview/buy via these links thus:



ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "TOP OF THE POPS: The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964-1975" by Peter Checksfield to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe Move, WizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat', 'Glam Rock' and The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... 01-Oct-2021 ***

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

ELOBF Gig Guide #37: October 2021

#1,620: As promised last month, Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) are pleased to present you our latest Monthly ELOBF Gig Guide listing selected UK (mainly Midlands) dates during October 2021. Expect another event listing soon covering the month of November, subject to expected Winter plandemic restrictions. Please consider getting out there and supporting these artistes and venues!

Friday 1st October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Tickets: from £26.50 each
mayflower.org.uk/whats-on/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock-2021/

Saturday 2nd October
ELO Beatles Beyond @ Walmley Club, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: Sold Out
walmleyclub.org/

Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £10 each
thediamonduk.com/events/explosive-light-orchestra-2/

Sunday 3rd October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £30 each
theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-rock/

Monday 4th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £30 each
theatresevern.co.uk/shows/music/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-rock/

Friday 8th October
The Cavern Beatles @ Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: from £24.50 each
staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/events/the-cavern-beatles/

Saturday 9th October
The ELO Encounter @ Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: from £12 each
elo-encounter.co.uk/event/eleven-stoke-on-trent-october-2021/

Sunday 10th October
The ELO Encounter @ The Rhode House, Sutton Coldfield
Entry: £5 each (after 5PM)
therhodehouse.co.uk/events#calendar-850ba13e-953c-4b0b-bd58-e51afe9364be

Tuesday 12th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £30 each
malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/jasper-carrotts-stand-rock/

Wednesday 13th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £30 each
malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/jasper-carrotts-stand-rock/

Thursday 14th October
Stand Up & Rock! ft. Jasper Carrott & Bev Bevan @ Forum Theatre, Malvern
Tickets: from £30 each
malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/jasper-carrotts-stand-rock/

Saturday 23rd October
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Molly's Bar & Kitchen, Birkenhead
Tickets: from £13 each

Sunday 24th October
ELO Again @ Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: from £25 each

Wednesday 27th October

Thursday 28th October

Friday 29th October
The Roy Orbison Story ft. Barry Steele @ Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tickets: from £25.50 each

Sunday 31st October
Quill ft. Bev Bevan @ Concordia Theatre, Hinckley
Tickets: from £18 each

Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 per person

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF). Please contact KJS/ELOBF should you wish events to be considered for the above listing &/or future gig guides. It'll be nice to perhaps see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 28-Sep-2021

Saturday, 25 September 2021

#ELO50: Whatever Happened to ELO's 50th Anniversary?

#1,619: Allowing for the fact that ELO technically began in the studio circa July 1970 with the core founding trio of Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan plus the fact that their first single wasn't issued until 1972, the year 2021 has been widely acknowledged as being the 50th anniversary of the Electric Light Orchestra with multiple social media posts citing #ELO50 and Yours Truly KJS publishing two ELOBF articles (see below) in anticipation of big things during the first quarter of this year. Yet, as we approach the fourth quarter of 2021, what has transpired is that very little has been forthcoming from Team Jeff and Sony's NYC marketing operation to mark such a significant birthday for one of the worlds most celebrated bands save the odd fan recollection, some new merchandise and an octet of Japanese BSCD2 reissues.

Many other bands/brands make a big deal of celebrating such a significant achievement yet all seems very quiet on the ELO front. Whereas it may be that these words are perchance a little premature when considering that The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO's debut LP) was released by Harvest (SHVL797) in the UK on Friday 3rd December 1971 and its 50th birthday is still a couple of months away but the general chatter amongst fans and in certain social media groups indicates a growing level of disappointment at the missing of such a golden opportunity if not the scoring of a massive own goal.

This is particuarly pertinent when considering that ELO's 30th anniversary saw many expanded and remastered releases back in 2001 and specific album reissues have been released or planned to be released, examples being a withdrawn Secret Messages in 2013 (replete with Beatles Forever) marking its 30th birthday and, of course, Out Of The Blue in 2017 marking its 40th anniversary. The list goes on.
The full set of Japanese BSCD2 reissues including 2019's Secret Messages (Photo courtesy of Mark Manley)
It may well be that ELO maestro Jeff Lynne is now enjoying retirement and is quite settled in his new Brentwood home or that Bungalow Palace is still being transferred or perhaps a new album and ensuing 2022 tour is planned which will belatedly celebrate ELO's five decades but for the sake of the loyal fans who have stuck around and the new generation of admirers who came on board post Hyde Park, surely the least that Sony (be it Legacy, Columbia or RCA)Craig Fruin and Jeff Lynne's ELO can do is put some effort in before year end. KJS@ELOBF

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Monday, 20 September 2021

Caught Live (10): ELO Again @ Telford 17/09/21

#1,618: The one thing you are guaranteed when ELO Again take to the stage is a good time and that was certainly the case on the evening of Friday 17th September as longtime leader Colin Smith led a buoyant audience on another journey through ELO's greatest hits at The Place (Oakengates Theatre) just twenty miles up the proverbial road from ELOBF HQ in nearby Telford. It had been over two years since Yours Truly KJS attended an ELO Again gig and the band have certainly advanced in that time, as their cohesive and tight performance proved on the night.

In a show where every member of the septet impressed and the Electric Light Orchestra songbook was more than ably showcased from "10538 Overture" all the way through to "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", it was indeed good to see an energetic ELO Again enjoying their craft. The precise drum work of 'The Powys Powerhouse' who is Aled Lloyd was particularly enjoyable as was the vocal range and quality of violinist Ruth Potts during "Rockaria!" and "Xanadu" - the latter doing much justice to the original UK chart topper featuring, of course, Olivia Newton-John.

In summary, this writer really enjoyed seeing ELO Again ... again! My overall impression is that they are on an upward path which will ensure that they remain a premier ELO tribute band in this rather competitive niche market driven by the resurgence of public interest in Jeff Lynne's ELO hence I look forward with much anticipation to their forthcoming date at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Thursday 21st October.
ELO Again performed: Tightrope ~ Evil Woman ~ Livin' Thing ~ Can't Get It Out Of My Head ~ Confusion ~ Hold On Tight ~ 10538 Overture ~ Wild West Hero ~ Showdown ~ Sweet Talkin' Woman ~ The Diary of Horace Wimp ~ Last Train To London ~ All Over The World ~ Standin' In The Rain ~ Do Ya ~ Strange Magic ~ Shine A Little Love ~ Rock 'n' Roll Is King ~ Telephone Line ~ Turn To Stone ~ Rockaria! ~ Mr. Blue Sky ~ Don't Bring Me Down ~ Xanadu ~ Roll Over Beethoven

ELO Again are currently: Colin Smith (Lead vox/guitar) ~ Andy Smith (String synths/bvox) ~ Aled Lloyd (Drums) ~ Steve Lovett (Bass/bvox) ~ Pete Burrows (Piano/vocoder) ~  Ruth Potts (Violin/vox) ~ Izzy Dembinska (Cello)

Find out more about ELO Again at: facebook.com/eloagain and twitter.com/ELO_AGAIN

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) continue to endorse ELO Again to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of the Electric Light Orchestra/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... 20-Sep-2021 ***

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Recommended: Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song (Barry Delve)

#1,617: Fans of the Electric Light Orchestra & Jeff Lynne can now look forward to new 160 page paperback set to be published on Thursday 25th November entitled "Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song". As the title suggests, the book is a detailed overview of the albums and songs recorded and released by ELO. Penned by author Barry Delve and published by Tewkesbury based Sonicbond Publishing as part of their On Track series, this is a book that Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF is very much looking forward to reading and reviewing as it will nicely compliment Sonicbond's excellent 2020 publication "Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard" by James R. Turner. You can order and find out more about both books via the links listed below thus:


ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song" by Barry Delve to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 18-Sep-2021

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Dreaming of 4000000: Another ELOBF Milestone!

#1,616: Here Is The News: ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) nudged over the 4 million (4,000,000) visitor threshold this afternoon (Tuesday 14th September) but rather than list our many exclusives, interviews, reviews et al, Yours Truly KJS would simply like to thank each and every visitor and/or contributor to ELOBF since we started out back on (Groundhog Day) Monday 2nd February 2009.

Our first million took 2,694 days and 1,131 articles to achieve. Our second million was attained in 505 days and 207 articles. Our third million took just 351 days and 120 articles. Our fourth million has taken a little longer over 1,057 days and 158 articles. This truly amazing journey has now been going for 4,607 days (658 weeks or 151 months) and 1,616 articles since KJS/ELOBF was launched.

"Looking back after 12+ years, almost 4 million views and even though Beatles Forever isn't there, I think we did good with 17/18ths of Secret Messages being released in 2018!" ~ Keith James Sinclair, 13.09.2021

We're really hoping that you're continuing to enjoy reading my articles and that you've found ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) to be an accurate and helpful source of information. We always aim to provide fair and unbiased coverage of all artistes in the ELO universe (and beyond). Many thanx for your continuing support. It's now onwards and upwards up to 5 million!

#ThankYou #elobf #elobeatlesforever

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 14-Sep-2021