Sunday, 23 August 2009

Recommended: Bev's Big Bash @ 27/10/09

#59: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend Christian "Is It Alright?" Evans has sent me some details of a charity gig being put together by Bev Bevan in Birmingham, England on Tuesday 27th October thus:
This concert will feature Bev's band (called a "supergroup" in the article) plus "a range of special guests". Tickets are priced at just £5 each in advance and £7 each on the door and you can buy them directly via The Jam House web site, should you so wish.

October promises to be a bumper month. We have The Orchestra's Autumn Tour taking place, calling in locally at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Tuesday 13th October.

One thing that the death of Kelly Groucutt and the whole Michael Jackson thing has reminded me is that "you never know what you've got until it's gone". If I were you; I'd take the golden opportunity to see and hear the music of ELO live this Autumn.
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 23-Aug-2009

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Recommended: Smooth Radio

#58: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! While I'm doing this and that, Yours Truly KJS does enjoy tuning in to and listening to Smooth Radio thus:

Smooth Radio play some great music, plenty of soul and quite often you'll hear the ELOquent music of the Electric Light Orchestra too. Tonight it was "Telephone Line" and last night it was "Livin' Thing". So, whether you're behind the wheel or are otherwise occupied, why not tune in? Smooth Radio is also available digitally on Sky Channel #128 and/or Freeview Channel #718.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 19-Aug-2009

Monday, 17 August 2009

New Project: ELO Musical

#57: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Whilst driving home from work tonight and listening to the 1981 classic ELO album "Time", Yours Truly KJS finally got to making a decision. After some prompting by friends and work colleagues alike and (supposedly) possessing an encyclopedic mind on certain subjects, including ELO (allegedly), I've decided to try "Something Else". You may remember a previous article that I wrote in 2009 on the subject of my considering the creation of an ELO themed musical here thus:
My 'new' project is to try and put together that musical based upon the songs and and lyrics of Jeff Lynne and ELO. I'm thinking that there is more than enough subject matter and genres covered by and in the ELO back catalogue to create something familiar and entertaining but with a hopeful message (that ain't secret!) - so watch this space.

Any suggestions and/or advice would be greatly appreciated folks. This may take some "Time" ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 17-Aug-2009

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Chart Chat: Mutually Exclusive?

#56: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Are ELO and Jeff Lynne mutually exclusive? Can one exist without the other? The reason that Yours Truly KJS says this is because it's very interesting to consider that "Armchair Theatre" peaked at #24 in the UK Album Chart in August 1990, "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" peaked at #34 in June 1991 and "Zoom" peaked at #34 in the UK charts in June 2001 thus:
It's interesting that ELO without Jeff Lynne or Jeff Lynne without ELO have had anything more than moderate (album) chart success? Even with all the good, positive press about Regina Spektor's part JL-produced album "Far", it has only managed (so far) #30 in the UK charts with a five week chart tenure. Yours Truly KJS wonders where a second Jeff Lynne 'solo' album' might chart. ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) suspects a Top 20 place for a week or two. But an ELO album with Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy et al on board (sadly without Kelly Groucutt)? I suspect a little better.

In the opinion of this particular writer, The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) and ELO tribute bands in general should be commended for keeping the ELO sound live to newer, more expansive audiences whilst Jeff remains in his L.A. "Ivory Tower", so to speak. At the time of writing, maybe ELO without Jeff Lynne and Jeff Lynne without ELO are - in charting terms - rolling over without Beethoven. Here's hoping that Jeff picks up his ELO baton again soon and has another go at it!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 09-Aug-2009

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Beatles Forever #2

#55: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS came across an excellent interview the other day between Alan Heath of The ELO Network and Dave Scott-Morgan which included the subject of "Beatles Forever".

It's interesting to note that there was a sizeable chunk of the interview on the subject of a certain song and that, here and now, almost a decade later here in 2009, there is still an enormous amount of interest in not only "Beatles Forever" but also a full re-release of the originally intended "Secret Messages" double album on CD and maybe even on 2LP vinyl. Keep lobbying folks ... you never know what's around the corner!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 02-Aug-2009