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

1 comment:

  1. its about time that elo had an early career out in dvd, there must be loads of material waiting for a dvd release especially TIME world tour 81/82