Saturday, 13 August 2011

Got a BBBV Ticket to Ride?

#240: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Soon it will be late August, September and October so we will see the return to (UK) touring of The Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project (BBBV) featuring Phil BatesMik Kaminski and Tina McBain - either in their classic line-up or in their alternative Guitar, Vocal and Pints format. Here's a selection of their dates from their itinerary for you to peruse thus:

Friday 9th September: The Garrick, Lichfield
Saturday 10th September: Cavern Club, Liverpool
Saturday 17th September: Skipton Castle, Yorkshire
Sunday 18th September: Skipton Castle, Yorkshire

Full details of the tour can be found on the official BBBV web site Tours page thus:

Yours Truly KJS is planning to be in attendance when BBBV play the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool on Saturday 10th September. Please consider supporting these fine musicians who keep the music of The Beatles and ELO live.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project 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 ... 13-Aug-2011

Friday, 12 August 2011

Review (2): EarthRise (Morgan/Tandy)

#239: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend DJ Shaz Pratt - who is the host of The Light Shines On Radio Show over on Radio Backtrack and a general all round ELO fanatic par excellence - has produced an accurate and complete analysis/review of the original and re-issue formats of "Earthrise" by Morgan Tandy (otherwise known as Dave Scott-Morgan & Richard Tandy). It's so good that she has given me permission to publish it here at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) for you to peruse thus: "I awoke today to find my copy of "Earthrise" sitting on my floor, begging for me to open it and play it!  It's all nicely signed on the front by Dave and Richard, as promised. This CD comes in a cardboard DigiPak with a booklet. Here are my observations against this edition and my Prestige Edition from 1992. Firstly, here are the track listings from both CD's, notice the differences:

Prestige 1992 Edition
[1] Spaceship Earth; [2] Earthrise; [3] Under The Blue/Asteroid; [4] Suddenly; [5] Escape From The Citadel; [6] One Thousand Worlds; [7] Zero Zero; [8] Third Planet; [9] Ria; [10] Princeton; [11] Pictures In My Pillow; [12] The Secret

Rock Legacy 2011 Special Edition
[1] Spaceship Earth; [2] Earthrise; [3] Under The Blue/Asteroid; [4] Starclipse/Purpose; [5] One Thousand Worlds; [6] Escape From The Citadel; [7] Third Planet; [8] Suddenly; [9] Princeton; [10] Wheels; [11] Caesar Of The Galaxy; [12] The Secret; [13] Zero Zero. Bonus Tracks: [14] Pictures In My Pillow; [15] Ria [Backing]; [16] Starclipse [Outmix]

Now you will notice from this that tracks are in a different order, plus there are three tracks listed as part of the actual album, that aren't on the Prestige version. "Caesar Of The Galaxy" was actually on the original vinyl edition [that I shall list later] - but was deleted off of the Prestige CD version - so this is the first time this track has appeared on CD; which is great news. The other two tracks "Starclipse/Purpose" and "Wheels" must have been envisaged to be a part of the original album, but got edited out at the last minute. It's a shame cause they are both great tracks. Also, notice on the Special Edition that "Pictures In My Pillow" is listed as a bonus track but is a bona fide album track on the Prestige version. "Ria" doesn't appear in its original form on the Special Edition at all, but we do get to hear the 'Backing' version as a bonus track - which which is a shame. I do love this 'Backing' track version but now feel the need to make up my own definitive "Earthrise" with all the tracks included in one place. The last of the bonus tracks is the 'Outmix' of "Starclipse" - one of the tracks that has been added to this album but again doesn't feature on any previous releases, so this is also a very interesting track to have. The other major observation you will find from listening to the beginning of this album on both these CD's is that the opening is different! This makes each version of "Starship Earth" actually different! OK ... here is the track listing for the original vinyl release:

[1] Earthrise; [2] Under the Blue/Asteroid; [3] Suddenly; [4] Escape From The Citadel; [5] Caesar Of The Galaxy; [6] One Thousand Worlds; [7] Spaceship Earth; [8] Zero Zero; [9] Third Planet; [10] Ria; [11] Princeton; [12] Pictures In My Pillow; [13] The Secret

As you can see here, "Spaceship Earth" was not the original opening track - until the CD re-release. This one also has "Pictures On My Pillow" as a bona fide album track, whereas the new Special Edition does not. So there you have it, my observations on the new Special Edition. The sound quality of this new CD is amazing, I am now playing it for the second time today and will be featuring one of the previously unheard tracks on my Radio Show this coming Sunday (and beyond)."

Yon can catch Shaz on her radio show from 3:00PM to 7:00PM every Sunday. Please click on these two links to read more about ShazELO show and/or my recent review of "Earthrise" here at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) thus:

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

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Fragile X: Turn To Stone #3

#238: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Sean Mack Page is both a personal friend and a featured artiste here on ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF). His various bands - who include Fragile X and Imaginos - are inspired in part  by his love of The Move and ELO, featuring Sean as a producer, drummer, percussionist, songwriter and vocalist thus:

Fragile X: Turn To Stone #1   Fragile X: Turn To Stone #2
SMP with Bev Bevan (above) and the late, great Kelly Groucutt (below) back in Yours Truly 1996
You may recall that one of Sean's bands Fragile X released a cover of the Jeff Lynne penned ELO classic "Turn To Stone" a while back. His father Mack Page has just produced a video for the track and posted it on YouTube for general release. It's a video of photograph stills and montages that features SMP alongside his band mates and ELO Part II, whom Fragile X supported during their US tour back in 1996.
Please also be advised that Sean Mack Page is currently being interviewed by Yours Truly KJS for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) and that interview will be published soon.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Turn To Stone" by Fragile X 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 ... 11-Aug-2011

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Review: EarthRise (Morgan/Tandy)

#237: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This week saw the long awaited re-release of that enigmatic (US:1984; UK: 1986) release by Morgan/Tandy (previously Tandy Morgan) entitled "Earthrise". The much anticipated CD arrived here at ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) earlier this week, duly signed (see above) by Richard Tandy and Dave Scott-Morgan, former members of classic ELO line-ups between 1972-86 and 1981-86 respectively. Up to now, Yours Truly KJS has had limited access to the twin works of these two ELO stalwarts other than buying the excellent charity single "Action!" by The Tandy Morgan Band - released via Wolverhampton's very own FM Records label (#VHF26) in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital and produced, of course, by Jeff Lynne - and having also found original "Earthrise" tracks "Under The Blue/Asteroid", "Pictures In My Pillow" and "Ria" included in Eagle Records' 1999 compilation "Electric Light Orchestra - Friends and Relatives".

This was therefore an opportunity to listen to this album almost as a 'new' release. "Earthrise" is a recording that will sit very well with ELO fans who were in their element in the early eighties when they were treated to their second concept album "Time" in 1981 and its successor "Secret Messages" in 1983. Without a doubt, "Earthrise" is the musical twin sister to "Time". Both are musical journeys into an advanced yet uncertain cosmic future of time travel with the afterglow of regret at the loss of the simplicity and personal aspect of life. The use of the vocoder is a common trait with its progenitor and there are not a few shades of "Secret Messages" apparent throughout it.

"Earthrise" trax are: "Spaceship Earth"; "Earth Rise"; "Under the Blue/Asteroid"; "Starclipse/Purpose"; "One Thousand Worlds"; "Escape from the Citadel"; "Third Planet"; "Suddenly"; "Princeton"; "Wheels"; "Caesar of the Galaxy"; "The Secret" and "Zero Zero". Additional trax: "Pictures In My Pillow"; "Ria (Backing)" and "Starclipse (Outmix)"

Having listened to this album a few times now, one can see a natural progression into and between each of the 'original' first thirteen tracks - as was the case with "Time" coincidentally. There isn't a weak track on show here at all. It's hard to pick fave tracks too but if I had to pick three, they would be (at the time of writing): "Under the Blue/Asteroid", "One Thousand Worlds" and the sublime "Princeton". A very difficult choice indeed!
The new "Earthrise" artwork differs from the original but this new DigiPak edition is well presented in a gatefold sleeve and a nice eight page CD booklet. As you read said CD booklet, you cannot help but notice those ELO connections in terms of the musicians involved with this project! You will find acknowledgements for Brian Badhams (a member of Wheels Of Fire with Phil Bates), the late great Carl Wayne, Tony Clarkin (of Magnum fame) and Tony Kelsey (currently with The Move ft. Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton). There have also been contributions to the project by Phil Hatton (long time cohort of Jeff Lynne and founding member of WelshMansHill) and Colin Owen (live sound engineer for ELO). I am also hoping to interview both Dave Scott-Morgan and Colin Owen for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) in the near future.

"Earthrise" has its very own dedicated web site and it can also be often found referred to over at Rock Legacy (both are Ged Eastick productions and are highly recommended). Although the initial offer for signed copies has expired, this is a 'must-have' release for all ELO fans. (9/10)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Earthrise" (2011 Special Edition) by Morgan Tandy 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 ... 10-Aug-2011

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Caught Live: Paul Parker & All The Right Friends @ Katie Fitzgerald's 06/08/11

#236: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! At long last, Yours Truly KJS travelled down to the wonderful Katie Fitzgerald's in Stourbridge on the evening of Saturday 6th August for the very first time to see Paul Parker & All The Right Friends in live action. The reason I went to this gig was because I wanted to honour a pledge that I made to my friend Phil Rose at a BBBV concert in Shrewsbury earlier this year that ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) would go and see him perform in the above mentioned band. Phil shares my love for the music of ELO and is an accomplished bass guitarist himself.

I spoke to Phil and Paul Parker before the gig about what the band were about, their set list and whether they had ventured into the ELO universe, musically speaking. In the recent past, the band have covered "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" and "California Man" but the set last night was fantastic, including not only their own material but their interpretation of many standards of differing genres including: "The Joker", "Fisherman's Blues", "Babylon", "Listen To The Music", "Landslide", "Wicked Game" and (quite naturally) "Cliff Richard Wrecked My Marriage". I was especially thrilled by the three performances the band produced of Tom Petty classics "Free Fallin'", "Learning To Fly" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" - the first two of which were of course Jeff Lynne co-compositions and productions back in 1989 and 1991. Throughout the whole gig we witnessed a great exposition of banjo, mandolin, rhythm and steel guitar work by Paul, who led his tight if not talented quintet impressively.

Paul Parker And All The Right Friends are: Paul Parker, Adelle ParkerPhil Rose, Matt Parton and Roger Preston. Check out the band via their web site and Facebook page thus:
Caught Live (2): Paul Parker Acoustic Duo @ Bridgnorth 05/08/12

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Paul Parker and All the Right Friends to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-Aug-2011