Friday, 31 January 2014

Looking Beyond Time to Next BGO Release

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#655: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) are pleased and proud to have worked with Michael Laine Hildebrandt and his Bubble Gum Orchestra over the last few years. We've reviewed all three BGO albums to date, interviewed Michael directly and even persuaded the BGO maestro to interview Wings brass legend Steve Howard on behalf of ELOBF!
BGO album discography to date: "Out Of This World" (2011) ~ "BGO II" (2012) ~ "The Discovery" (2013)
The fourth BGO release is due to be released later this year and will be interestingly entitled "Beyond Time". It will include the forthcoming BGO lead single "ELO Forever" which, needless to say, will make BGO of even further interest to fans of ELO/Jeff Lynne. Hence, in anticipation of "Beyond Time", here are those ELOBF album reviews and interviews for you to peruse thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Bubble Gum Orchestra 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 ... 31-Jan-2014

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

ELO Classic Stars in Superbowl Commercial

#654: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Car manufacturer Hyundai have released their Superbowl XLVIII TV commercial in advance of the big game on Sunday 2nd February. The 30 second advert features US comedians Johnny Galecki and Richard Lewis, a not so "nice" lady and a certain Jeff Lynne penned ELO classic heavily featured throughout.

"When Johnny Galecki happens upon an attractive young woman driving the same "Nice" Elantra as him, sparks, pavement, cars and even Richard Lewis fly!"
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 29-Jan-2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Jeff Lynne: The Night That Changed America #1

#653: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO maestro Jeff Lynne was joined on stage by Dave Grohl, Dhani Harrison and Joe Walsh and not a few other iconic music and entertainment industry celebrities at The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles on Monday 27th January at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Jeff sang "Hey Bulldog" in a duet with Dave Grohl and "Something" with Dhani Harrison alongside Joe Walsh. The show will be televised in the USA on CBS at 8PM on Sunday 9th February to mark the precise 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964. Broadcast schedules for the UK, Europe, Japan and the rest of the world will be announced shortly.

An excellent slide show of photographs from the event featuring Jeff at the event can be viewed at via this link thus:

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 28-Jan-2014

Saturday, 25 January 2014

The Orchestra: Spring UK Dates

#652: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Orchestra - namely Mik Kaminski (Blue Violin), Louis Clark (Strings/keyboards), Eric Troyer (Keyboards/vox), Parthenon Huxley (Guitars/vox), Glen Burtnik (Bass/vox) and Gordon Townsend (Drums) - are to make a welcome return to UK shores in a month or so with a three date mini-tour which will take in dates at Sheffield, Dundee and Inverness.

The VIP ticket option at The Plug in Sheffield includes the opportunity to meet the band after the show and that may also be the case at the Scottish gigs too. Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF understands that tickets are already selling well. Tickets are (or will be) available for all three concerts via these links thus:

Friday 28th February
The Orchestra @ The Plug, Sheffield
Tickets: £20 each (standard) or £30 each (VIP) (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 1st March
The Orchestra @ Fat Sams, Dundee
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 2nd March
The Orchestra @ The Ironworks, Inverness
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fee)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) 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 ... 25-Jan-2014

Friday, 24 January 2014

Review: Music From The Hidden (Mike Kellie)

#651: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in June last year, you may recall that Yours Truly KJS had the great pleasure of seeing the legendary Mike Kellie and his band The Hidden play one of their first live gigs at the Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival in Brewood. I was introduced to The Hidden beforehand by Tony Kelsey (Bev Bevan's Move) and it has to be said that their set at Brewood was indeed impressive and accomplished.
Live: The Hidden (l-r): Greg Platt Lake, Tony Kelsey, Mike Kellie, Robbie Blunt, Julian Crook
"Music From The Hidden" (2013) finally landed here at ELOBF this week and their ten track debut release has been well worth the wait. Featuring guest contributions by Steve Winwood, Steve Gibbons, Gordon Jackson and former Move (live), ELO and Wizzard member Bill Hunt"Music From The Hidden" is an album largely composed by Mike Kellie (with exception of a cover of Bob Dylan's "Saved") and full of musical variance, replete with lyrics with a Christian theme and classy, polished production throughout.
The album opens with "Remember My Name", the only track featuring Greg Platt Lake on lead vocals, heavily underpinned by Steve Winwood's bass and organ with a real Santana feel to it throughout. The remaining tracks are sung by Mike himself adding a kind of Cohn, Rea and Dylanesque vocal flavour to the piece. Bill Hunt's tinkering piano on "Precarious" impresses as does the slide guitar of Tony Kelsey on "Mankind On The Run" and his guitar craft on "I'm Free", "The Fullness Of Time" and rock 'n' roller "Horizon" (which has a real Beatles feel to it).

The string laden "How" adds an ELOesque element to the album with the assistance of the Hidden Strings trio too. There is no one musical formula on display here with the many varied styles reflecting the influence of Kellie's three decade plus music career with the likes of Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones and not a few other artistes - not forgetting his work on "Tommy". "Music From The Hidden" is an impressive album with high production values reflective of a band with significant pedigree. (9/10)

Trax: "Remember My Name" ~ "I'm Free" ~ "Mankind On The Run"  ~ "The Prisoner And The Son" ~ "How" ~ "Precarious" ~ "Arrow" ~ "The Fullness Of Time" ~ "Horizon" ~ "Saved"

Check out both official websites &/or buy "Music From The Hidden" via these links thus:

Buy "Music From The Hidden"

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Music From The Hidden" by Mike Kellie 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 ... 24-Jan-2014

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Official Press Release: Hometown Honour for Jeff Lynne

 #650: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Here is the Official Press Release from Jeff Lynne pertaining to his being awarded a Star on the Birmingham 'Broad Street Walk Of Stars' and the ensuing ceremony on Thursday 13th March thus:

Official Press Release - 23rd January 2014


"The lad from Shard End, Birmingham who gained global fame as the front man and co-founder of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), Jeff Lynne, is to be honoured with a star on Birmingham's Walk of Stars on Thursday 13th March 2014.

The composer, music producer and Brummie rock hero will join fellow musicians Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Roy Wood, in having a star etched with his name on Broad Street, in the heart of the city's convention and entertainment quarter.

Last year he was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in recognition of a vast and illustrious career that has included a highly successful production and writing career, a solo career and the creative force behind the fifty million record-selling Electric Light Orchestra. After the undoubted success of ELO, between 1972 and 1986, Lynne wrote and produced 26 Top Forty hits in the United Kingdom, and 20 Top Forty hits in the United States.

As a producer, Jeff Lynne has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh. Together with Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan, Lynne was, of course, a member of the Grammy award-winning Traveling Wilburys--a super group like no other.

Last year Jeff Lynne released his first solo record in twenty years 'Long Wave' which went in at number 5 where it was quickly joined by the remastered 'Mr. Blue Sky' (debuting at 7) and 'All Over The World - The Best Of ELO' (debuting at 10) all in the same week! In 2014 Jeff Lynne is still working hard on his music and has written a new track for the Hollywood blockbuster, American Hustle, which was announced Winner in the best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) category at the Golden Globes on 12th January 2014.

Lynne will be presented with a duplicate of the commemorative star by his good friend, comedian Jasper Carrott, himself a recipient of a star in 2007, at a private ceremony to be held at the city's new Library of Birmingham.

Jasper Carrott, chair of the Walk of Stars said "Jeff's accomplishments in the field of music are almost too many to mention. As well as being responsible for some of the most classic pop songs of all time, he's also an outstanding producer and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for music has never waned. We're delighted that he's found time to come home to Birmingham and take his rightful place on the Walk of Stars".

Jeff said: "I'm thrilled to be included on the Birmingham Walk of Stars! It's great to have my work recognised in my own hometown!" 

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 23-Jan-2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bevanly Joy: Quill ft. Bev Bevan Live @ Cannock & Solihull

#649: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Don't forget that Quill are teaming up with Bev Bevan (The Move, ELO, ELO Part II, Black Sabbath) for two very special forthcoming gigs on Friday 14th February in Cannock and Friday 21st March in Solihull. This ELOBF gig review of their fantastic show last October in Lichfield with Bev Bevan guesting on percussion will (hopefully) whet your appetite for either or both gigs. Ticket sales for both events are healthy so don't delay in booking your seat(s) lest you miss out on a great night of Celtic-tinged music!

Friday 14th February
Quill with Bev Bevan @ The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: from £15 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 21st March
Quill with Bev Bevan @ Solihull Arts Complex
Tickets: £15 each (*plus booking fee)

The Official Quill website includes the up-to-date band information. Click on this link to access thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Quill 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 ... 22-Jan-2014

Monday, 20 January 2014

Recommended: Jennifer Armstrong's ELO Gallery & More!

The Move/ELO trio plus a Traveling Wilburys duo too!
#648: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! From time to time, Facebook unveils a pleasant surprise in the ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) universe. Jennifer Armstrong is an independent artist from Glasgow in Scotland who came to my attention when I caught a glimpse of her marvellous portrait of Roy Wood in torn paper and crayon recently.
Looking through the eyes of Jennifer ArmstrongJeff Lynne, Bev Bevan & Roy Wood
Since contacting Jennifer, she has produced more of her stunning interpretations with Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan now completing a Move and ELO montage reunion. Other well known artistes featured in her impressive gallery include Roy Orbison, Tom PettyJohn Lennon, Marc Bolan, George HarrisonJimi Hendrix and Brian Connolly amongst not a few others.
More ELO Beatles Forever music heroes given the Jennifer Armstrong treatment!
Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF are pleased to announce that Jennifer is making her original portraits as well as prints of her ELO founding trio portraits (as well as her wider portfolio) available to purchase. For example: an A3 size print is priced at £20 (plus P+P) or a 12" x 16" original shipped to the UK (including P+P) is priced at £70 and comes with a Certificate of Authentication. The prints can also be supplied professionally framed. Postage, packing and framing charges are available upon application.

Jennifer Armstrong can be contacted by email at:, via private message on Facebook or via her fantastic Facebook pages Fan Art of the Greatest Musicians in the World and Torn Paper and Crayon Creations for enquiries, to place orders and/or to make payment.

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends the art of Jennifer Armstrong to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveBrum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 20-Jan-2014

Review: Outbreak: The Zombie Apocalypse (Craig Jones)

#647: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Ben Jones, who is one half of ELOBF featured artiste ELduO became aware of my interest in the TV series The Walking Dead last year. He told me that his brother Craig Jones was a writer who had published a book entitled Outbreak: The Zombie Apocalypse and he wondered if Yours Truly KJS like to read it for reviewing purposes.

A paperback copy of Outbreak: The Zombie Apocalypse duly arrived in the post a few days later and - although it's totally unrelated to anything in the KJS/ELOBF universe (except perhaps the intro to ELO's "Fire On High" and "Disturbance", the 'B' side of the "Night Of Fear" single by The Move!) - here's my mini-review of Craig's novel thus:
Outbreak: The Zombie Apocalypse (Pants On Fire Press: ISBN 9780615889894) by Craig Jones is an interesting take on a literary genre full of familiar zombie scenarios and content. It's the story about the outbreak of a highly contagious disease (and its effects) that rapidly disperses throughout the UK population. What makes this book stand out for me is that it is essentially a unique tale, written in the third person narrative, of two brothers living in the Welsh market town of Usk in Gwent and how they deal with their own issues amidst the ensuing chaos outside the walls of their bequeathed family home. The book has its measure of normality, tragedy and many ups and downs as the outbreak is rolled out. The book details the transformation in the brothers attitudes to life, their neighbours and each other during the horrific happenings in their vicinity. The story builds ominously as the seemingly national disaster runs its course and then shifts up a gear in an action packed finale that ends in nearby Cardiff. A good read without the usual zombie clich├ęs but with plenty of geographic familiarity and a well thought out plot. (8/10)

Outbreak: The Zombie Apocalypse by Craig Jones is available from and all good booksellers. You can also download the Kindle Edition of the book for free here

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 20-Jan-2014

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Roy Wood: Lichfield Conversation with Nick Owen Confirmed

#646: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Unfortunately, it has just been announced that the Nick Owen In Conversation With Roy Wood event at Birmingham Town Hall on Friday 31st January has been cancelled due to "unforeseen health issues" (an acute inner ear infection). On the other hand, Nick Owen has confirmed to Yours Truly KJS this evening that his other Conversation with Roy Wood event at the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield on Wednesday 26th February is still going ahead (at the time of writing) thus:

Wednesday 26th February
Nick Owen In Conversation With Roy Wood @ Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Tickets: £15 each (*plus booking fee)

"Roy Wood is one of the best known performers to emerge from the prodigious number of prolific musicians who've illuminated popular culture in the Midlands. Roy will be talking to broadcaster Nick Owen in this fascinating evening of stories, from performing at the Royal Albert Hall in front of Her Majesty the Queen to why he's never received a penny in royalties from one of his best known hits, "Flowers In The Rain". His anecdotes are compelling and what's more, he plays enough instruments to be able to create an orchestra almost on his own!"

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

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 18-Jan-2014

Friday, 17 January 2014

When Woody Met Tommy

#645: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Recently, a colleague of mine at work gave me an excellent book entitled "The Who and the Making of TOMMY" by Nigel Cawthorne (Unanimous/2005/ISBN1903318769) because he knew that Yours Truly KJS had read Pete Townshend's excellent autobiography "Who I Am" (Harper Collins/2012/ISBN9780007479160) last August. So when I randomly opened its pages, this writer was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar name in Roy Wood mentioned on page 163 thus:
After further research (and verification from Roy Wood super fan Martin Kinch of Cherry Blossom Clinic), I discovered that Roy appeared on stage in Tommy at The Rainbow Theatre in London on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December 1973 in the role of The Local Lad (aptly) singing "Pinball Wizard". The Saturday 8th December edition of Melody Maker included an interview with Roy by Colin Irwin and this excerpt makes for interesting reading:

"Wizzard were planning a special Christmas show in Coventry, but that has now been cancelled because Roy has been offered a part singing "Pinball Wizard" in the London production of "Tommy" at the same time. It is quite a milestone for it will be the first time he has ever sung a song in public which was not written by himself. "I'm very excited about this. It's great even to be considered for it. "I've always rated Pete. I'm glad to see that since 'Tommy' he has been known as a writer whereas before he was just a performer." 
A 2LP bootleg recording (#TAKRL2956) exists of those shows and includes Roy's performance of the iconic Pete Townshend penned anthem "Pinball Wizard". It's interesting that Roy accepted this role at a time when he would have been actively promoting his 'new' Wizzard single "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" and, as the above article citation states, it meant cancelling a lucrative Wizzard Christmas show in Coventry at the time. This was all news to me and quite timely due to my recent interest in Pete Townshend and The Who, hence this latest ELOBF article!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 17-Jan-2014

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jeff Lynne: Birmingham Broad Street Walk of Fame Award!

#644: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The long overdue recognition of Jeff Lynne in his hometown of Birmingham was confirmed earlier today (Tuesday 14th January) in a report published in The Birmingham Mail. The ELO maestro is to be the latest recipient of the Broad Street 'Walk Of Stars' according to this message by close friend and former Idle Race band mate Roger 'Ollie' Spencer on Facebook earlier this week:

"Dear ELO fans, come and join Jeff Lynne getting his long overdue star on Birmingham Walk of Fame, 13th March, Broad Street, Birmingham. Please come and join in and show how proud we are of the lad." (quote courtesy Martin Kinch @ Cherry Blossom Clinic)

The report (which can be read here) also states that the anticipated date of the award will be Thursday 13th March. Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) understand that a formal announcement of the ceremony and possible celebration event later will be made shortly. The award of a star to the awarding winning producer on the Broad Street 'Walk Of Stars' will be the first part of a unique double in that Jeff may also be receiving a star on the famed Hollywood 'Walk Of Stars' soon too.
Jeff's star will join those of Bev Bevan and Roy Wood to complete an ELO founding treble
It will also mean that the final three members of The Move and all three co-founders of The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will be reunited at long last on Birmingham's Broad Street.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 14-Jan-2014

Monday, 13 January 2014

Review: Sunshine Street (The Men With Strong Arms) + Interview

#643: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's always nice to be contacted by a new friendly musical face asking me to have a listen to their original material and/or put it on the play list for the "KJS Suggests" show over on Hamilton Radio. And so it was when songwriter and lead vocalist Jon London with the interestingly named The Men With Strong Arms - a Folk, Blues & Americana influenced trio based in Hove, England - dropped me a line and then sent me their new six track mini-album entitled "Sunshine Street".

What I like about "Sunshine Street" is that this twenty seven and a half minute opus holds your attention from first to last with its poignant commentary and a very classy feel. Jon London delivers a combination of adept lyrics, soaring vocals and sublime music that, for me, is very much reminiscent of Sting's 1991 release "The Soul Cages". The Sussex threesome perform all the compositions in such a way as to leave the listener not only wanting more but also wondering what else will be to come. A very nice album. (8/10)

Trax: "The Men With Strong Arms" ~ "Precious Times" ~ "Sunshine Street" ~ "My Bread And Wine" ~ "Sleep" ~ "Late Walk Home"
The Men With Strong Arms are: Jon London (Lead vox/guitars/kazoo)Andrew McCabe (Bass guitar/backing vox)Paul Gunter (Drums/percussion/backing vox). Yours Truly KJS asked Jon about  his influences and what lies behind all the songs within the album thus:

KJS: What might be your fave ELO or Beatles songs and why?
Jon: I grew up listening to the Beatles, the first single I ever got was: "Hello Goodbye". They have always been a huge influence simply because they, Lennon and McCartney, have produced some of the finest lyrics ever penned and lyrics are what engages me most in music. My favourite Beatles song is: "Penny Lane", I love the narrative. It's the line: "Of every head he's had the pleasure to know" that gets me, it's a lovely concept and play on words, and it's a great example of how to make a simple beautiful song. It is also a song about observation which, is a fundamental part of all good song writing, so in a way it's a song about how to write a good song, well to me it is.
KJS: What's the story line behind each song on the album?
Jon: "The Men With Strong Arms" is about the working class men who built Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution. "Precious Times" is about those special moments we have when we are young that seem so distant once adult life kicks in. "Sunshine Street" is based partly on where I grew up, a small village in Hampshire, and those typical rose tinted concepts we have about an idyllic country life. "Bread And Wine" is about sexual appetite. "Sleep" is about lost love and lost sleep, two things I have found go hand in hand. "Late Walk Home" is again inspired by growing up in the country and making my way back home after dark, when every unknown sound makes you nervous."

"Sunshine Street" by The Men With Strong Arms will be available via most online music retailers next month. "Sunshine Street" can also be purchased from The Men With Strong Arms website thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Sunshine Street" by The Men With Strong Arms to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 13-Jan-2014

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Japanese Hi-Fidelity Reissues Soon!

#642: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Wednesday 19th March will see the release by Warner Music Japan of seven Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD releases by The Move, ELO, Roy Wood, Wizzard and Roy Wood's Wizzo Band.
Warner Music Japan Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD #WPCR-15571
Warner Music Japan Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD #WPCR-15573
Warner Music Japan Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD #WPCR-15574
Warner Music Japan Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD #WPCR-15575
Warner Music Japan Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD #WPCR-15576
Warner Music Japan Hi-Fidelity SHM-CD #WPCR-15577
The Japanese re-issues come with bonus tracks in a cardboard sleeve an include most of the Electric Light Orchestra (and related) Harvest and Warner Bros. back catalogue from 1971 to 1979. They look to be an attractive addition to fans of Roy WoodELO and The Move. The albums can be ordered via these links thus:

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Recommended: Escape From The Shadow Garden Launch Party (Magnum)

#641: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With their much anticipated new album "Escape From The Shadow Garden" (complete with an album cover paying homage to their 1982 LP, "Chase The Dragon") due for release in the UK on Monday 24th March via German label SPV/Steamhammer, Midlands rockers Magnum announced today that the Album Launch Party for what will be their 19th album will be held a day later at The Robin 2, Bilston on Tuesday 25th March. Their previous Album Launch Party for "On The Thirteenth Day" was a well attended, successful evening and this event will also be free to enter thus:

Magnum, who once featured Dave Scott-Morgan in their ranks, have many connections with ELO throughout their career. Whether it be sharing labels with both ELO (Jet) and ELO Part II (SPV) or keyboardist Mark Stanway working with Phil Bates (Wheels of Fire) and Carl Wayne, both bands have earned the respect of and continue to retain a significant mutual fan base. Many ELO fans will also recall that Magnum were label mates with ELO on Jet Records between 1978 and 1983, releasing five albums with significant chart success thus:

"Kingdom Of Madness" (#JETLP210; 1978; #58)
"Magnum II" (#JETLP222; 1979)
"Marauder" (#JETLP230; 1980; #34)
"Chase The Dragon" (#JETLP235; 1982; #17)
"The Eleventh Hour" (#JETLP240; 1983; #38)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) also interviewed Mark Stanway back in early January 2011 in advance of their album "The Visitation" and you can read that interview HERE
Artwork overview: "Chase The Dragon" (1982) influences "Escape From The Shadow Garden" (2014)
Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) very much looks forward to the arrival of "Escape From The Shadow Garden". Further details of the album release and the accompanying Magnum European tour can be found via their official website thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommend Magnum 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 ... 09-Jan-2014

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Remembering Phil Everly

The Everly Brothers 1984 album "EB84" - which featured the Jeff Lynne penned song "The Story Of Me"
#640: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was sad to hear today that Phil Everly - one half of The Everly Brothers, of course - and a major inspiration for ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and The Beatles, died on 3rd January, at the age of 74 years, the result of complications after a long battle against pulmonary disease.
Phil Everly recorded the 1984 Everly Brothers album "EB84" with brother Don, which included the trademark Jeff Lynne composition "The Story Of Me" (a song that sounds like it came from the "Secret Messages" sessions) and released as a single in the UK (#MER180) and Europe. The album also featured Richard Tandy and Paul McCartney as well as being produced by Dave Edmunds - who of course was produced by Jeff on a number of occasions in the eighties too. Jeff returned the favour (so to speak) when he covered The Everly Brothers classic "So Sad (To Watch Love Go Bad)" in his 2012 successful comeback release "Long Wave".
Phil was also present with Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh and the Orbison family when Roy Orbison was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in January 2010. The Everly Brothers also famously covered Roy's 1958 song "Claudette" as the flip side of their classic single "All I Have To Do Is Dream".

Phil Everly: 19th January 1939 to 3rd January 2014

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 04-Jan-2014