Thursday, 27 May 2010

Recommended: Live - The Early Years (Electric Light Orchestra)

#102: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It appears that we can now start looking forward to an expansive new ELO DVD release here in the UK on Monday 9th August. Oddly enough, this happens to be the same date as that suggested in this article earlier today regarding a possible new Jeff Lynne album release. Here's the official press release for you to peruse thus:

Electric Light Orchestra "Live - The Early Years"
Released for the first time on DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment on 9th August 2010

On (Monday) 9th August 2010; Eagle Rock Entertainment release: “Live – The Early Years” from the Electric Light orchestra (Cat No: EREDV780). This is the first time any of this material has been released on DVD and only the Fusion show was ever released on VHS. “Live – The Early Years” features many of their early classics including “Showdown”, “Evil Woman”, “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”, “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head”, “10538 Overture”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Do Ya”, “Strange Magic” and more. 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Electric Light Orchestra. ELO was formed in 1970 by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood from the ashes of The Move. Roy Wood soon left to form Wizzard and Jeff Lynne led ELO on to become one of the biggest selling acts of the seventies and eighties with global album sales in excess of 50 million. This DVD brings together three live concerts from the earlier part of the band’s career.

The first is a four track excerpt from a show at Brunel University in 1973, the second a longer eight track set filmed for the German TV series Rockpalast in 1974 and finally the Fusion concert from the New Victoria Theatre in London in 1976, filmed during the “Face The Music” tour. The line-ups for these shows were: Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar), Bev Bevan (drums), Richard Tandy (keyboards), Mik Kaminski (violin), Hugh McDowell (cello), Mike De Albuquerque (bass; 1973/1974), Kelly Groucutt (bass; 1976), Mike Edwards (cello; 1973/1974), Melvyn Gale (cello; 1976).

Brunel University (1973)
King Of The Universe ~ Ma-Ma-Ma Belle ~ In The Hall Of The Mountain King ~ Great Balls Of Fire
Rockpalast, Germany (1974)
Daybreaker ~ Showdown ~ Daytripper ~ Orange Blossom Special ~ Ma-Ma-Ma Belle ~ In The Hall Of The Mountain King ~ Great Balls Of Fire ~ Roll Over Beethoven
Fusion, London (1976)
Poker ~ Nightrider ~ Showdown ~ Eldorado Overture ~ Can’t Get It Out Of My Head ~ Poor Boy (The Greenwood) ~ Illusions In G Major ~ Strange Magic ~ 10538 Overture ~ Do Ya ~ Evil Woman ~ Ma-Ma-Ma Belle ~ Roll Over Beethoven

Clocking in at nearly two hours of great entertainment and featuring an interview from the ‘Rockpalast’ TV series as a bonus feature, “Live – The Early Years” is a great package. The DVD makes the perfect companion piece to Eagle’s Gold selling “Out Of The Blue: Live at Wembley” DVD (EREDV058 & Special Edition EREDV556)"

Yours Truly KJS is thrilled to hear that the "Fusion" concert from 1976 is going to be officially released on DVD. The VHS video - originally released back in 1990 via Pickwick (#PTR2152) - saw an official kind of release recently within the "In Concert" release and was mentioned in this ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) article in January 2010 but the real deal is much more preferable.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 27-May-2010

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Recommended: Wheels of Fire @ 29/05/10

Wheels Of Fire will be rolling around soon!
#101: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS is pleased to remind you that Wheels of Fire, a new band and the brainchild of Phil Bates are due to play their debut gig at The Cons Club, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton during the weekend of Saturday 29th May. Here's their press release for you to peruse thus:

Latest News: Wheels of Fire, a new band and brainchild of Phil Bates are going to play their debut gig at The Cons Club on Saturday 29th May

OFFICIAL NEWS: A brand new band has been put together by guitarist and vocalist Phil Bates from ELO (Part) II (& The Orchestra) called WHEELS OF FIRE. The full line up is Phil Bates on guitar and vocals, Clive Bunker (ex-Jethro Tull) on drums, Brian Badhams (Elkie Brookes & ex-Steve Gibbons Band) on bass guitar & vocals and Mark Stanway (Magnum & The Honeydrippers) on keyboards.

The band will be playing music from the guitar greats such as: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jimmy Page and many more. The band will be playing their debut gig on Saturday 29th May at Whitmore Reans Cons Club in Clifford Street Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, WV6 0AA, England. To reserve advance tickets, please call (01902) 421792 after 6PM, Monday to Friday.

This gig will be followed by a show at The Diamond in Sutton-in-Ashfield on Sunday 30th May, with further shows being added which will include a show at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Thursday 5th August and more to be confirmed scheduled for the late summer and autumn. We have been putting live music shows on for just over a year and Mark Stanway's music nights have become most popular with genuine live music lovers. The original fifties Retro Style concert room comfortably holds around 150 people and we try to make sure everyone enjoys a seat and candlelit table. We guarantee a warm, friendly and most musical atmosphere. Please join our mailing list keeping you updated with forthcoming events. You can send your email details to where your details will NOT be passed on to any third party whatsoever."

New Phil Bates Project: Wheels of Fire (with Mark Stanway)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Wheels of Fire 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 ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 26-May-2010

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Buildings Have Eyes

#100: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This is my first ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) article for a while and it's written to let you know of a few mutterings doing the rounds that there may be a new Jeff Lynne album released this Summer.

Yours Truly KJS has no idea as to the title but I'm told that, if true, it may include the words "Blue", "Solitude" &/or "Universe" with a release date possibly during the second week in August, which would make it Monday 9th August in the UK and Europe or Tuesday 10th August in the US. This is only a suggestion at the time of writing but, as we all know, "Buildings Have Eyes" ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 25-May-2010