Friday, 29 July 2016

ChartWatch: All Over The World Hits Top Spot!

#1,149: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Official Chart Company duly confirmed this evening [Friday 29th July] that ELO's bestselling compilation "All Over The World" is now sitting proudly at the very top of the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart! AOTW is now ELO's third UK Number One album, just over eleven [11] years after its original release back in June 2005 and 117 weeks on the chart, having risen from #7 last week,

ELO now have three [3] chart topping albums in the UK to be proud of ...
I was a teenager between the ages of 13 and 14 when ELO were last at #1 in the UK so hopefully you'll excuse me if I'm ever so slightly excited about this news! "All Over The World" now joins "Discovery" [1979] and "Time" [1981] in ELO's exclusive #1 club.

Many congrats are extended to Jeff Lynne by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) upon another amazing and well deserved achievement by the ELO maestro.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-July-2016

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: 2 [Mudcrutch]

#1,148: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The connections between Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are well documented. Albums such as "Full Moon Fever", "Into The Great Wide Open" and "Highway Companion" as well as their collaboration in The Traveling Wilburys mean that fans of ELO very often also follow the career of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, just as Yours Truly KJS also discovered Roy WoodThe Move and 'Brum Beat' after finding ELO.

Many folks who like TP - particularly those outside of the States - are surprised to find out that before The Heartbreakers there was Mudcrutch, a band who ran for five years before the core trio of TP, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench formed Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Back in 2008, Mudcrutch reunited with original members Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh and delivered their self-titled debut album. Fast forwarding to 2016, their second studio album "2" was released in May, making #62 in the UK Official Album Chart. Both Mudcutch LP's made the US Top 10.

"2" is an album that has been on the radar of elobeatlesforever (elobf) for some time and, finally, somewhat belatedly, I'm pleased to comment on it here. Eleven [11] great songs are on show - seven penned by TP - with each of the other members contributing a song too. the result is a remarkable and classy recording that in places not only oozes classic Petty but also the tremendous talent of his Mudcrutch cohorts. The familiar vocals of TP are matched my some sublime keys by the legendary Benmont Tench alongside the effortless guitar wizardry of Mike Campbell, not forgetting the impressive input of Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh. In here you will find the familiar sound and storytelling intertwined with a dab of country, a touch of Americana, some Dylan influences and the odd rocker, all delivered in a style and clarity that grabs your aural attention from the first play onwards. Make no mistake about it, "2" is a smashing album and an immediate candidate for Album of the Year.

Lead single and opener "Trailer" is superb followed by "Dreams Of Flying" - another classic Petty tune before the pensive, deep longing of "Beautiful Blue". The anthemic and positive "Beautiful World" is a joy before the almost spiritual "I Forgive It All" arrives to add a wonderful balance to the affair. "The Other Side Side Of The Mountain", for me, is where The Wilburys meet Country whereas "Hope" has a lovely psychedelic if not evangelical feel to it. "Welcome To Hell", a rockabilly ELOesque stomper laced with sarcasm is the next welcome surprise with "Save Your Water" and "Victim Of Circumstance" both very much Dylanesque in style thereafter. "Hungry No More" - an extended beauty much like "Beautiful Blue" earlier - is a six minute folk tinged self-affirming piece that expands into showcase for Messrs. Campbell and Tench add their notable signatures. "2" by Mudcrutch is an album of musical contrasts and lyrical excellence presented in an articulate and truly refreshing fashion. I cannot name a fave track as all are equally good! In other words, you should go buy it! [10/10]
Find out more about Mudcrutch via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "2" by Mudcrutch 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 ... 28-July-2016

Monday, 25 July 2016

ChartWatch: All Over The World Heading for Top Spot?

#1,147: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) always keep an eye on the Official UK Chart and today [Monday 25th July] we were more than pleasantly surprised to find out that ELO's bestselling 2005 compilation  "All Over The World" has jumped to the summit of the Official UK Midweek Top 100 Album Chart and could quite possibly become the third ELO album to reach #1 in the UK when the full Album Chart is published at 5:45PM on Friday 29th July.

If "All Over The World" - which recently hit its current best of #3 following Jeff Lynne's ELO Glastonbury triumph - does "Hold On Tight" at the top of the chart, it will join 1979's "Discovery" and 1981's "Time" in a very exclusive club almost 35 years to the day later.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-July-2016

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Caught Live [3]: Wings Over Abbey Road

#1,146: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The last time that Yours Truly KJS attended a gig in Wombourne was over twenty years ago to see the late, great Kelly Groucutt in action. Therefore, a return trip to South Staffordshire on the night of Saturday 23rd July to see Wings Over Abbey Road for the first time in over a year was both poignant and well timed as this Beatles and Paul McCartney themed sextet delivered another polished and entertaining set in the homely and welcoming surroundings of Wombourne CT&B Club.

Be it their note perfect rendition of most of the Abbey Road Medley, their inspired selection of tracks from The Beatles' songbook and their quite amazing live reproduction of Wings classics - Wings Over Abbey Road continue to amaze their audiences, particularly with the vocal clarity of Chris Brighton and Mike Tinsley, the astounding guitar craft of Nick Mellor and the accurate keys of Colin Noon, not forgetting the wonderful vocal harmonies of Debbie Lee-Richardson and the impressive percussion of 'new boy' Steve James. As ever, hearing the likes of "Golden Slumbers" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" performed live with the emotion they deserve is always a highlight but, yet again, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was simply sublime as were their renditions of "Band On The Run""Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In" - to name a few. It was an privilege to be in attendance and it is equally an pleasure to briefly review another fantastic WOAR show. Go see 'em folks!

Wings Over Abbey Road performed: "I Saw Her Standing There" ~ "All My Loving" ~ "Things We Said Today" ~ "Eight Days A Week" ~ "Another Girl" ~ "Drive My Car" ~ "Taxman" ~ "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" ~ "Got To Get You Into My Life" ~ "Back In The USSR" ~ "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" ~ "Something" ~ "Come Together" ~ "Here Comes The Sun" ~ "You Never Give Me Your Money" ~ "Sun King" ~ "Mean Mr. Mustard" ~ "Polythene Pam" ~ "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" ~ "Golden Slumbers" ~ "Carry That Weight" ~ "The End" ~ "Band On The Run" ~ "Silly Love Songs" ~ "Get Back" ~ "Maybe I'm Amazed" ~ "Paperback Writer" ~ "Let 'Em In" ~ "Another Day" ~ "Lady Madonna" ~ "Jet" ~ "Live And Let Die" ~ "Hey Jude" ~ "I've Just Seen Face"
Wings Over Abbey Road were: Chris Brighton [Vocals/Guitar] ~ Mike Tinsley [Vocals/Bass] ~ Colin Noon [Keyboards/vocals] ~ Nick Mellor [Guitars/vocals] ~ Debbie Lee-Richardson [Vocals] ~ Steve James [Drums]

Their next date is scheduled for Friday 3rd September at The Academy Theatre in Barnsley. Find out what Wings Over Abbey Road are up to via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Wings Over Abbey Road to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-July-2016

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Move: Looking On to Complete 2016 Vinyl Issues

#1,145: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As well as being a truly bumper year for collectors of ELO vinyl re-issues, 2016 is also set to be the year when we see all four [4] studio albums released by The Move seeing new life on 180g vinyl too.

"Message From The Country" saw LP release via Parlophone on Friday 24th June with "Move" following yesterday [22nd July], "Shazam" due out on 19th August  and "Looking On" now set for its unveiling on 16th September thus via the excellent folks over at Music On Vinyl. All four [4] albums can be ordered and/or pre-ordered from via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Move", "Shazam", "Looking On" and "Message From The Country" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 23-July-2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

Caught Live [2]: Pete Kent @ The Robin 19/07/16

Pete Kent thrilled a healthy Tuesday night audience at The Robin 2 [Photos: John Collins/Forever] ...
#1,144: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The opportunity to once again see Wolverhampton's very own world renowned finger style guitarist Pete Kent headlining his own gig at The Robin 2 on Tuesday 19th July was simply too good to pass on an extremely warm evening in Bilston earlier this week. Pete was preceded by an impressive eight [8] song support set by Jade & Sunny who included stunning versions of "Come Together", "Spooky" and "Cupid" during their opening slot. The local duo - a relatively new pairing - looked and sounded assured on the famed stage and hold much future promise.
Super support: Jade Duncombe [r] & Sunny Mohindra [l] ...
Pete Kent - lauded by Mark King of Level 42 fame and featured worldwide in numerous performance videos on YouTube worldwide including this performance of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" - never fails to amaze audiences with his plethora of stringed skills as he uses practically every inch of of his guitar to deliver quite stunning interpretations of classic songs intertwined with his own compositions. And so it was again as we were treated to another array of top musicianship as we were treated to sublime arrangements of songs including ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down", The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Eleanor Rigby" as well as tracks from his latest album "The Hidden Hand", including the lovely "Every Time I See Your Face". Sometimes a review can fail to capture the atmosphere and unique vibe of a concert. This was one such event.
Yours Truly KJS very much looks forward both to the next Pete Kent concert and also reviewing new album "The Hidden Hand", which can purchased via these links thus:

Pete Kent performed: "The Tall Fiddler" ~ "Icon" ~ Disco Medley ~ "Ain't Nobody" ~ "Every Time I See Your Face" ~ "The Headless Horseman" ~ 80’s Medley ~ 70’s Medley (including "Don't Bring Me Down" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") ~ "The Way It Is" ~ "Postman’s Knock" ~ 90’s Dance Music Medley ~ "Hot Water" ~ "It's Too Late" ~ "Message In A Bottle" ~ "The Spiral" ~ "Eleanor Rigby" ~ "Thunderstruck" ~ "The Hidden Hand"

Find out more about Pete Kent via his official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Pete Kent 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 ... 22-July-2016

Monday, 18 July 2016

Moving On: Bev Bevan's Brand New Zing

With many thanx to Dawn Grainger for providing photo [above left] ...
#1,143: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Move [featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton] announced Thursday 14th July that their previously announced Autumn tour has now been cancelled with four Midlands dates in Solihull, Cannock, Sutton Coldfield and Redditch rebranded as shows by Bev Bevan's Zing Band, with support by Ricky Cool and The In Crowd. Unfortunately, the gigs in Tewkesbury, Billingham, Shanklin and Cheltenham will not now go ahead.

According to a letter sent to ticket holders for the Cannock date on Sunday 18th September, Trevor Burton has departed the band and the new Zing Band quintet will feature superlative Rockin' Berries frontman Geoff Turton as guest vocalist alongside Bev and his regular cohorts Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant. Expect to hear the hits of The Move, ELO and a whole host of others! Tickets for all four [4] shows can be purchased via the links detailed below thus:

Saturday 17th September
The Core Theatre @ Solihull ~ [0121] 704 6962
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 18th September
Prince Of Wales Theatre @ Cannock ~ [01543] 578762
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 23rd September
Aston Wood Golf Club @ Sutton Coldfield ~ [0121] 580 7803
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 29th October
Palace Theatre @ Redditch ~ [01527] 65203
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Bev Bevan's Zing Band to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes. See ya there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-July-2016

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Caught Live: Raymond Froggatt & Quill

#1,142: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The chance for Yours Truly KJS to go see Brummie legend Raymond Froggatt share the bill with new look Quill at The Grand Theatre here in Wolverhampton last night [Friday 15th July] was an opportunity not to be missed as both artistes delivered top class, entertaining sets in front of a healthy audience. On paper, it was an odd pairing but in very many ways, both bands complimented each other wonderfully.

Raymond Froggatt [and his superb band] hardly needs any introduction. A prolific songwriter and performing artist for now over fifty [50] years with a loyal following, the man they call Froggy was absolutely outstanding and completely endearing as he revealed himself as a master raconteur too between such beautiful compositions as "Rhianna", "Move Over Sleep" and "Somewhere Under The Sun". Tales of his early days in Aston with Ozzy Osbourne's mum making him a [handled] cup of tea and his recollections working with the likes of  Val Doonican, Tammy Wynette and Dave Clark whilst also showing off his French and German language skills were a joy to hear. Raymond Froggatt has a certain honesty and style of delivery on stage that is sure to win you over and his band, with the finesse of long time friend, cohort and guitarist Hartley Cain, were the perfect vehicle to compliment such a thoroughly nice guy.

After a short interval, oft elobeatlesforever featured sextet Quill emerged effortlessly with the effervescent Joy Strachan-Brain bounding on stage to deliver their own brand of Americana tinged Celtic rock in front of many folks who quite possibly had not experienced their craft. Quill have been around for a few years themselves too and, despite a few changes in personnel, they still manage to be quintessential Quill. This was more than evidenced again as they put together a collection of songs combining their own - three of which are from their forthcoming new album, including the brand new  "Elephant In The Room" - with their unique take on classics such as "Can't Find My Way Home" [sung beautifully by Abby Brant], classic ELO ballad "Telephone Line" and "The Whole Of The Moon", not forgetting their awesome Abbey Road Medley encore. A polished performance and a real case of ELO Beatles together!
A Grand night out with Quill [Photo courtesy of John Collins/Forever] ...
Raymond Froggatt performed: “Everybody Falls In Love” ~ “Somewhere Under The Sun” ~ “Give Me A Call” ~ “Red Balloon” ~ “Rhianna” ~ “I Did It All With You” ~ “Roly” ~ "For The Ladies" ~ “Always Goodbye

Quill performed: “The Bells Of Rhymney” ~ “Black Dog Day” ~ “A Showman’s Life” ~ “Telephone Line” ~ “Can’t Find My Way Home” ~ “Life Is Life” ~ “Say It Ain’t So” ~ “Elephant In The Room” ~ "Jiggly Jig" ~ “The Whole Of The Moon” ~ Say Goodbye ~ “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”

Find out what Quill and Raymond Froggatt are up tp via their official web sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Quill and Raymond Froggatt to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-July-2016

Monday, 11 July 2016

Recommended: The 7th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show

*This show has since grown a third eyebrow*

#1,141: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased to confirm that the The 6th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show will again be held at Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday 22nd September in aid of Trevor's two chosen charities, which are Daybreaks Kennels and Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust.

Tickets are priced at £22.00 each in advance [plus booking fee if bought on line] or £25.00 on the door [if available] and can be purchased via these three sources thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The 6th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show 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. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 11-July-2016

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Bryan Adams: New Single: Don't Even Try + Video

Bryan Adams' "Get Up" album had yielded three singles before "Don't Even Try" was announced ...
#1,140: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Canadian rocker Bryan Adams announced earlier this week that the fourth single from his latest long player "Get Up" will be "Don't Even Try". The track from the aforementioned Jeff Lynne produced album, is in support of his Summer dates and is quite remarkable in that it is one of only nine original songs on the record, which also includes four acoustic versions. Having said that, remember that five out of nine tracks on ELO's #1 LP "Discovery" were lifted as singles back in 1979! The official music video for "Don't Even Try" has also been released featuring cameos by comedian David Walliams and Bryan's longtime co-writer and collaborator Jim Vallance thus:

"Get Up" has been a major success for Bryan Adams, peaking at #2 and spending 17 weeks on the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart at the time of writing. Yours Truly KJS previously reviewed "Get Up", both the album and the tour, for elobeatlesforever (elobf) via these links thus:

REVIEW: GET UP [Bryan Adams]

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Get Up" by Bryan Adams 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 ... 07-July-2016

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Caught Live [6]: Sight 'n' Sound

#1,139: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Sight 'n' Sound continued to enhance their reputation as one of the most renowned harmony bands to come out of the Midlands at The Foresters Tavern in Burntwood last night [Saturday 2nd July]. And, after almost fifty [50] years in existence in one form or another, the who band who count Mike Sheridan, Rick Price, Roger SpencerGeoff Turton and Kelly Groucutt as former members continue to impress, deserving much to be performing in larger venues.

Yours Truly KJS has now seen, heard and experienced Sight 'n' Sound six times and upon each occasion, the reformed quartet have provided top class entertainment to those in attendance. The set list was familiar to this writer but still foot tappingly fresh with the notable added inclusion of a fourth ELO song slotted into the bands renowned ELO Medley - "Telephone Line". And it worked a treat with the brief a cappella intro of "Wild West Hero" blending effortlessly into the '76 ballad before we were treated to marvellous renditions of "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and [naturally] "Mr. Blue Sky", replete with full vocoder effect by keyboard maestro Paul Trappett.
Sight 'n' Sound also perform a huge array of classic rock anthems in their roster of songs by the likes of The EaglesQueen, Chicago, The Four Seasons and, of late, 10cc. You'll find "The Things We Do For Love" nestled in alongside the likes of Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" and John Miles' epic "Music" in a two hour sonic overview of the highest order. The vocals of Brian, Neil, Warren and Paul are perfectly showcased too with their magnificent a cappella interpretation of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time" too. All in all, another enjoyable and Sight 'n' Sound show. Go see 'em folks!

Sight 'n' Sound performed: "We Built This City" ~ "Can't Fight This Feeling" ~ "Hard Habit To Break" ~ "The Longest Time" ~ "Bohemian Rhapsody" ~ "New Kid In Town" ~ "Hotel California" ~ ELO Medley: "Wild West Hero"/"Telephone Line"/"Sweet Talkin' Woman"/"Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Music" ~ "Carry On My Wayward Son" ~ "The Things We Do For Love" ~ "MacArthur Park" ~ "How Long" ~ Four Seasons Medley: "Let's Hang On"/"Working My Way Back To You"/"Who Loves You"/"Oh, What A Night [December 1963]" ~ "Don't Stop Me Now" ~ "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" ~ "Any Way You Want It" ~ Queen Medley: "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"A Kind Of Magic"/"Hammer To Fall" ~ "Desperado" ~ "We Are The Champions"

Sight 'n' Sound are: Brian Eustace [Guitars/vocals], Neil Craddock [Bass/vocals], Warren Shaw [Drums/vocals] and Paul Trappett [Keyboards/vocals].

Find out more about Sight 'n' Sound and their latest live dates via this link thus:
Sight 'n' Sound @ Facebook

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend Sight 'n' Sound 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 ... 03-July-2016

Friday, 1 July 2016

ChartWatch: All Over The World Hits New High

#1,138: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Official Top 100 Album Chart published earlier today [Friday 1st July] confirmed that ELO's classic compilation "All Over The World" has shot back up the chart this week to reach its best-ever chart placing of #3 in the wake of those stunning June gigs in Manchester, Birmingham and, of course, Glastonbury following a successful CD relaunch and stunning 2LP vinyl debut back on Friday 10th June.
Only "Discovery", "Xanadu" and "Time" have gone higher than AOTW in the UK album chart ...
"All Over The World" was originally issued back in June 2005, reaching #6 at that time. The twenty [20] track greatest hits package is the only ELO album to peak at third place in the UK album chart [at the time of writing], has the longest chart run of any ELO album - presently 113 weeks - and has now sold over one million units.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "All Over The World" by Electric Light Orchestra  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 ... 01-July-2016