Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Kelly vs. Kelly

#52: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... it's great to see you once again! Hot on the heels of my review of the book "An Evening Without Kelly Groucutt", here is my brief review of the US re-release of Kelly Groucutt's self-titled 1982 solo album "Kelly" on Renaissance Records (US) (RMED0258). Back in Yours Truly 1982; this somewhat under-rated LP was released in Europe by RCA Records (RCALP3063/PL31610) and later (1983) in the USA by Riva Records (RVL7502). Two singles were released in the UK being "Am I A Dreamer" (UK: RCA182) and "Oh, Little Darling" (UK: RCA245).

The UK version of "Kelly" (which I bought at the time) featured ten (10) tracks: Am I A Dreamer - Oh, Little Darling - Dear Mama - *Black Hearted Woman - Midnight Train - *Can't Stand The Morning - Anything Goes With Me - Old Rock & Roller - Don’t Wanna Hear That Song Again - Anything Goes With Me - Sea Of Dreams (*unique to UK release)

The US version of "Kelly" also featured ten (10) tracks: Am I A Dreamer - Oh, Little Darling - Dear Mama - **You Don’t Need To Hold Me Tight - Midnight Train - Don’t Wanna Hear That Song Again - Anything Goes With Me - Old Rock & Roller - **You’ve Been Telling Lies - Sea Of Dreams (**unique to US release)

Later, in 2001, Kelly released a remastered, fourteen (14) track CD version in the UK on L'il Jenny Records (LJ9284) which included all the tracks on both the UK and US versions together with two (2) bonus tracks: "I'll Cry For You Tonight" and "Am I A Dreamer" (Remix featuring Mik Kaminski). The 2009 US version is identical to the 2001 UK edition but with a slightly different track sequencing and the second version of "Am I A Dreamer" subtitled (New Version).

On a personal note, I loved this album. It was not only a great stocking filler between the "Time" and "Secret Messages" albums but it had an ELOesque charm of its own whilst demonstrating the wide-ranging talents of Mick 'Kelly' Groucutt (with a little help from his friends). My personal favourites will always be "Am I A Dreamer""Dear Mama""Can't Stand The Morning" and "Sea Of Dreams". The 2001 UK version was re-pressed by Kelly prior to the Spring 2009 UK tour of The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) and his untimely death and is now available again at gigs and from www.kellygroucutt.co.uk. The 2009 US version is available from amazon.co.ukamazon.com and Renaissance Records directly thus:

Enjoy the book, enjoy the music, enjoy the life work of one Kelly Groucutt. Both are valuable additions to the collections of any ELO fan. ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Kelly" by Kelly Groucutt 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 ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 28-July-2009