Monday, 30 May 2011

Up & Running: Band On The Runn

#219: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the very great pleasures of running ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is that we get to support musicians here in the Midlands of England. Now one of those local bands are The BeatBack Brothers - the multi-talented Craig Whale and Adam Willetts - a duo who perform the music of The Beatles and ELO [alongside many others] particularly well thus:

Band On The Runn are [L-R]: Craig; Dave; Ian and Adam ...
Yours Truly KJS is now most pleased to announce that Craig and Adam have now joined forces with Ian Hammond and Dave Cottle to form a new band entitled Band On The Runn thus:

The newly created band will cover and interpret the musical ministry of Paul McCartney from his Beatles, Wings and solo periods including tracks such as: "Jet"; "Flaming Pie"; "Hey Jude"; "Coming Up"; "Back In The USSR"; "The Long And Winding Road"; "Let 'Em In"; "Live And Let Die"; "Let It Be"; "Drive My Car"; "Blackbird" and not a few others.

You can catch Band On The Runn at their debut gig at 8:00PM on Friday 17th June at the Goodrich Social Club in Wolverhampton. This concert is absolutely FREE!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Band On The Runn to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-May-2011

Sunday, 22 May 2011

ELO Family Tree

#218: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Here's something interesting. Yours Truly KJS was participating in some research for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] earlier today and, whilst checking out my Japanese import of the 2001 ELO release "Zoom", I re-discovered the above ELO family tree in the additional Sony Japan CD booklet. What is interesting is that there is a mention of and the inclusion of ELO Part II therein. It could be the only official ELO release on Sony that actually mentions Part Two at all. I just thought it of note that the band Bev Bevan founded and led from 1988 to 1999 was mentioned at all!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-May-2011

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

All Over The World ... Again!

#217: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pretty sure that Sony BMG are trying to get ELO to achieve "A New World Record" for the highest number of compilations issued by a band because a new 'updated' remastered version of their 2005 compilation "All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra" will be released again on Monday 30th May in new packaging thus:

The product description states: "these 20 remastered tracks [are] an excellent reintroduction to this great band. The 2011 edition comes repackaged with a new cover shot and slipcase." It appears that the only real difference between the 2005 and 2011 editions is the beautiful new ELO spaceship artwork which appears to be primarily a collage of the 2001 "Zoom" and "Ultimate Collection" sleeves. The tracks are exactly the same as before and in the same order. Yours Truly KJS is sure that the ELO completists among us will buy this latest release and that it will propel ELO back into the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart - perhaps in advance of some new ELO/Jeff Lynne album releases - we hope! The twenty tracks will again be:

[1] "Mr. Blue Sky"; [2] "Evil Woman"; [3] "Don't Bring Me Down"; [4] "Sweet Talkin' Woman"; [5] "Shine A Little Love"; [6] "Turn To Stone"; [7] "The Diary Of Horace Wimp"; [8] "Confusion"; [9] "Hold On Tight"; [10] "Livin' Thing"; [11] "Telephone Line"; [12] "All Over The World"; [13] "Wild West Hero"; [14] "Showdown"; [15] "Ma Ma Ma Belle"; [16] "Xanadu"; [17] "Rockaria!"; [18] "Strange Magic"; [19] "Alright"; [20] "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-May-2011

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Hamilton Radio: KJS Suggests This Week 13/05/11

#216: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Friday means that you could - if you so choose - tune into the Keith James Sinclair Suggests slot over on Hamilton Radio which regularly features artistes including ELO (and their extended family members), The Move, The Beatles (both collectively and solo) amongst not a few others! The show also features new and upcoming bands with a link or musical nod to ELO such as Fragile X and WelshMansHill.

The show goes out from 10AM EST for two hours which equates to from 3PM to 5PM here in the UK (or from 2PM to 4PM during Winter). Feel free to click on the links below to reach Hamilton Radio - a partner of ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) and a wonderful family friendly radio station located in Hamilton, New Jersey that plays a fair proportion of ELO and related artists music 24/7 - and also hosts Pete Dicks' Beatles and Beyond and Martin Kinch's Cherry Blossom Clinic shows too:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Hamilton Radio to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 12-May-2011

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Review: Another Good Reason (Groucutt & Haynes)

#215: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Groucutt & Haynes on not a few occasions now. The last time was last month at The Robin 2 in Bilston when they were sandwiched on the bill between the fab Fay & Latta and the marvellous headlining Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project Project. Groucutt & Haynes produced a great performance of some half a dozen songs on that Sunday night which showcased their current album "Another Good Reason" and also gave the audience an insight into their forthcoming second release.

I must admit that this article is somewhat overdue because I promised Rob and Dan a while back that I would get a hold of their CD for an ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) article. So here it is folks! "Another Good Reason" is a collection of songs by Rob Groucutt and Dan Haynes that consists of twelve sweet "folksy bluesy" trax which are: "Stung" ~ "Happy" ~ "You Come Alive" ~ "High On The Time" ~ "Rain" ~ "Living For Now" ~ "You Alone" ~ "Drowning In Luck" ~ "Lullaby" ~ "Home Time Tide" ~ "23 Tomorrow" ~ "Knock On My Door"

The whole album is reminiscent (to this writer) of Simon and Garfunkel with a hint of James Taylor. If this album had been released on vinyl, side one (trax 1-6) would be the ultimate chill-out LP side! All the compositions on here display a maturity and individuality that should appeal to the record buying public. But if I had to select an absolute favourite, that would be the recent single "Rain". There are some nice saxophone and flute pieces (as well as backing vox) by Carrie Pickering to be found inside this album too. And those of us who remember the song writing, the vocal talent and the superb guitar work of Rob's much-missed father Kelly Groucutt will doubtless appreciate his legacy that lives on through this talented duo. Indeed, I like these nice words that are to be found within the CD sleeve notes: "This album is dedicated in memory of Kelly Groucutt - West Bishes x". That just about says it all for me! You can buy "Another Good Reason" at the time of writing via their official website at:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Another Good Reason" by Groucutt & Haynes 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 ... 07-May-2011

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Review: The View From Here (Fay & Latta)

#214: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Yours Truly KJS ventured down to The Robin 2 in Bilston last month to witness yet another fantastic Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project gig, I knew that there would be some support forthcoming from their friends. Hence, before Groucutt & Haynes took to the stage that night in advance of BBBV, it was delightful and enthralling to see and hear the musical talents of Fay & Latta during their set of around half a dozen songs.

Their music fitted in and matched the bluesy folk talents of Groucutt & Haynes and all three acts complimented each other perfectly. I was so impressed with Fay & Latta live that I decided to order their debut CD "The View From Here". So all week I have been playing this excellent production both at home and in my car. The album consists of twelve trax: "Nothing"; "Wake When The Sun Comes Out" ~ "Fool Again" ~ "Falling Slowly" ~ "The View From Here" ~ "Morning After" ~ "Black Sunday" ~ "How Does It Make You Feel?" ~ "Where Do We Go From Here?" ~ "If All Else Fails" ~ "Return To Nothing"  ~ "Uninvited"

For me the whole recording is really nice with my stand out tracks being "Nothing", "Black Sunday", "If All Else Fails" and the superb, haunting song "Uninvited" - which actually sounds better live as a wholly acoustic piece. You can get a hold of "The View From Here" by Fay & Latta from their officialwebsite at:

Better still, Fay & Latta will be celebrating the release of their debut album on Saturday 7th May by performing at The Cobbles & Clay Arts Cafe in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Entry is free and live music from Fay & Latta begins at 8PM.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "The View From Here" by Fay & Latta 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 ... 05-May-2011

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Interview: Melvyn Gale (ELO)

#213: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in December 2009, Martin Kinch - creator and chief inmate of the superlative Cherry Blossom Clinic - published a fantastic interview with Melvyn Gale, the cellist who was a part of the classic ELO string section between 1974 and 1980:

Yours Truly KJS managed to interview Mel Gale recently and I asked him eightnew questions, with the much appreciated assistance of Martin Kinch. Both interviews compliment each other and when read together give the reader a up-to-date and interesting insight into Mel's time in what Tony Curtis once correctly stated was "the most outstanding rock group in the world". Here is that interview with Mel for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) for you to peruse thus:

KJS: Greetings to Melvyn Gale; former cellist (and pianist) with the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) during their Seventies heyday. Could you tell me what you consider to be the absolute highlight of your time with the band?
Mel: It had to be the charity show at Wembley when my parents came for the one and only time. They had no real idea of what I was up to in the band and were amazed to meet Tony Curtis and have a limo pick them up from home to the gig and back. A lot of my friends came too so it was a really memorable night.
KJS: How did you get along with Don Arden and the Jet Records hierarchy?
Mel: Don was as hard as they come, but I never had any major run-ins with him. David was always good for organizing the social side of things, but it was Sharon who was the stand out member of that family for me. She dealt with some really difficult people on the road, made sure the band got paid at the gigs etc. and hasn't changed at all. What you see is what you get!
KJS: You kindly contributed recently to Andy Wood's charity CD "Between Good Friends". Did you enjoy that project and have you been in the recording studio lately?
Mel: It wasn't a lot to do, and it was for a good cause, so no problem ... and no I haven't recorded anything for years.
KJS: Have you played any ELO music since you left the band?
Mel: If you mean listened to ELO then yes of course, you can't avoid it. But if you mean in a band, live, then no I haven't.
KJS: Do you have a favourite venue &/or country that you visited with the group?
Mel: The USA was our best country as far as audiences went and I spent a lot of time there (in LA mainly) and I always enjoyed playing at Pine Knob in Michigan for some reason ... Frankly there were so many fantastic nights and countries that it's hard to say now.
KJS: What are you doing now in 2011? Are you teaching, writing &/or performing music or something else?
Mel: I'm doing some cello and piano teaching and some occasional outdoor landscaping work which keeps me fit (I can't stand gyms!) but I'm not performing any more.
KJS: Are you often recognized by eagle-eyed fans when out and about?
Mel: Are you kidding? I haven't been recognized since 1979!
KJS: Finally ... what is your #1 favourite ELO song and why?
Mel: Got to be Midnight Blue, because it reminds me of Kelly.

Once again, my thanx are extended to Mel (and Martin) for sparing their time and participating in and assisting in this interview.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Cherry Blossom Clinic to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood, 'Brum Beat'The MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 04-May-2011