Sunday, 21 August 2016
SJET103: The Turn To Stone Reissue Mystery Revisited
ELO/Jeff Lynne fans will know that in April 1978, Don Arden's Jet Records imprint dropped United Artists (UA) as their distribution agent and duly signed up with CBS Records. This meant that all of the ELO albums from "On The Third Day" to "Out Of The Blue" were reissued with new JET prefixed catalogue numbers and in limited edition coloured vinyl too. At the same time, a few ELO singles and a Jeff Lynne solo release from 1976/1977 were also earmarked for reissue with new Jet catalogue numbers, namely "Rockaria!" (#SJET100), "Telephone Line" (#SJET101), "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (#SJET102), "Turn To Stone" (#SJET103) and "Mr. Blue Sky" (#SJET104).
The non-appearance of "Turn To Stone" (originally Jet/UA #UP36313) remains somewhat of a mystery primarily because the non-charting Jeff Lynne solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (originally Jet/UA #UP36281) was reissued but "Turn To Stone" - which peaked at #18 - was not. Although I could swear that I did once see a SJET103 in HMV Wolverhampton back the day, over the years it has become apparent that an official issue of SJET103 is either the holy grail for the ELO collector (alongside those "Secret Messages" acetates and the second ELO EP) or it simply was never officially issued, existing only as a pre-issue acetate or test pressing. We still hope that it is the former. One of those ultra-rare acetates were sold on eBay for the princely sum of £217 in 2013 with elobf featuring photos of the rarity for posterity. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) felt that it was "Time" for the above refresh, having covered this subject matter before back in 2013 thus: