Saturday, 21 March 2015

Reluctance to Release: A Bootleg Controversy

What might have been?
#877: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The subject of unofficial releases or 'bootleg' recordings can be emotive - if not emotional - for the fans and collectors of any band, especially ELO. From a personal point of view, I've rarely been tempted by such items but there are many folks who do include them in their collections and want lists. Yet, very rarely, something does come along that makes one consider another line of thinking.

The above 2LP coloured vinyl album contains the entire set from last September's Hyde Park spectacular by Jeff Lynne's ELO and has turned up recently on eBay and other vendor sites for seemingly ridiculous amounts of money. Whilst being very attractive and well presented, this album is not sanctioned. But it does make you wonder why an official album &/or DVD release of what many pundits stated was the gig highlight of last year has not been taken up by the BBC or the artist to date.
What might have been?
Whether it be politics, commercial issues, publishing rights or something else, a major opportunity has been missed. For me, that is perhaps the overhanging controversy of the above double album. The same can also be said of the documentary "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO". A film that also enjoyed extensive BBC coverage but has only seen a limited iTunes and amazon Instant Video (US only) download only release, making it also inaccessible for most fans of ELO/Jeff Lynne at the time of writing.
No official  DVD or Blu-ray release ... yet
Commercially, both were winners and likely to sell well. One can only speculate as to the reasons behind the reluctance to release both or either. Having said that, the flip side of not releasing such items makes unofficial releases or 'bootleg' recordings all the more attractive to certain fans and collectors. Chicken and egg. Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF sincerely hopes that we see such official releases announced soon.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 21-March-2015


  1. I am not sure what to say about it, in my opinion it's wrong in so many ways, it's Piracy and Fraud it's illegal and if the perpetrators get caught it can result in a heavy fine and a lengthy prison sentence, I would say hardly worth it just to "add to collection" I would rather not risk that knock on the door thank you very much, and I would imagine Jeff along with many other artists would frown on such behaviour from his so called fans.
    Stella Smith Facebook xx

    1. I don't disagree with you Stella. What i would say is that the BBC and maybe even Jeff's management and record company [Frontiers] have scored a commercial own goal with their relectance to release. Judging by the #1 success of the Blu-Ray edition of the Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley concert, imagine what would have been achieved if the MBS documentary or the Hyde Park gig had been issued ...

  2. Jeff Lynne doesn't want to promote or tour, period, end of story.

  3. Got to agree with you, Keith, they would have raked in loads of revenue, had they released this gem officially! The fans want a reminder of such a brilliant gig!
    Thank goodness for YouTube!!