Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Jeff Lynne: Digital Return for Long Wave

#1,375: The news that Jeff Lynne's second solo album "Long Wave" is now available to stream and/or download again is, of course, welcome to fans of the ELO maestro. The CD (and its twin release "Mr. Blue Sky") has become increasingly rare on record shop shelves although imports and the 2013 Let Them Eat Vinyl gatefold LP release can still be located via eBay and other outlets.

Originally released through Frontiers Records under licence from Big Trilby Records, "Long Wave" in 2018 is now under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment via their Legacy Recordings label from Daft As A Brush, Inc. (alongside "Armchair Theatre") opening up the possibility of a future physical reissue for "Long Wave" via Sony Legacy from Jeff's brief tenure with Frontiers between 2012 and 2013 when a total of five albums were issued including "Live", "Armchair Theatre" and "Zoom" - not forgetting the unreleased trackxs on the "Down The Lane And Far Away" sampler. Keep your fingers crossed folks!
Under Exclusive Licence: From Big Trilby to Daft As A Brush
Meanwhile, you can either download or stream "Long Wave" by Jeff Lynne via these links thus:

www.deezer.com/us/album/54491122   listen.tidal.com/album/83102200

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Long Wave" by Jeff Lynne to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELORoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 30-Jan-2018

Saturday, 27 January 2018

ELO: The Singles That Got Away

#1,374: With an impressive 27 UK Top 40 Singles to their name, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were rightly lauded as one of the most successful British bands of all time between 1971 and 1986, particularly when one considers that they clocked up fifteen Top 10 hits during that period and twenty consecutive Jeff Lynne penned ELO singles released between "Strange Magic" (JET779) in July 1976 and "Ticket To the Moon"/"Here Is The News" (JET7018) in January 1982 made said Top 40.

Either side of that impressive chart run, there were only seven ELO singles that either failed to chart or reach the Top 40. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) thought therefore that it would be interesting to take a brief look at this particular 7" septet. Quite amazingly, "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" (K16510) was the first ELO single that did not chart in the UK (although it was a part of The ELO EP which peaked at #34 in December 1978). By the way (and in complete contrast), the first ELO single to make the US Billboard Top 10! was ... "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"!

"Nightrider" also failed to chart in 1975 as did "The Way Life's Meant To Be", the fourth single taken from "Time" in 1982, signalling the waning of ELO's 7" career wherein only the lead singles "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (A3500) and "Calling America" (A6844) from their final two albums "Secret Messages" and "Balance Of Power" made the Top 40. Four other singles: "Secret Messages", "Four Little Diamonds", "So Serious" and "Getting To The Point" only made minor chart impact (see above table for further detail). Aside from those, Bev Bevan's Electric Light Orchestra Part Two also managed a modest #60 in May 1991 with "Honest Men" (ELO100).

Chart Tragedy: ELO's UK Album Chart Famine
The Fall: ELO & Jet Records 1981-86
Chart Tragedy: Honest Men

Seven ELO singles did get away, figuratively speaking, in the UK and fans still treasure and collect their few non-charting singles with equal zeal. Never forget that ELO were unstoppable in terms of single and album sales at their commercial peak on both sides of the Atlantic. They are also the only band in American chart history who hold the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits without a number one single. That's quite an amazing factoid eh?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 27-Jan-2018

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Rewind South: The Orchestra Return for 80's Fest

#1,373: Rewind Festival confirmed earlier today that The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) are returning to the UK this Summer for the 10th edition of the Rewind South festival at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire on Saturday 18th August. This will be their fourth appearance at Rewind Festival (having also appeared at Rewind South in August 2013, Rewind Scotland in July 2015 and Rewind North in August 2017).

Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Gordon Townsend and Glen Burtnik will be certain to again set the bar high at Rewind South 2018 performing an array of ELO's Jeff Lynne penned greatest hits. A limited number of day tickets to witness this rare UK performance by The Orchestra are available to buy via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) 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 ... 25-Jan-2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

JET777: Bev Bevan's Heavy Headliner

#1,372: Did you know that hidden away on the reverse side of Bev Bevan's only solo record is an ELO related one time only rarity? "Let There Be Drums" (JET777) was a non-charting Jet/Polydor UK single released in August 1976, being Bev's take on the 1961 Sandy Nelson percussion driven instrumental classic. Yet, over on side 'B' of this collectors item is another largely instrumental tune with the title: "Heavy Head", bearing the same name as Bev's then record shop in Sparkhill, Birmingham.
The uniqueness of this particular track is the fact that (as far as Yours Truly KJS is aware) it is the only time when Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt and Richard Tandy received a songwriting credit alongside Jeff Lynne on a Jet Records release - not forgetting that Richard Tandy and Louis Clark were co-credited with orchestral and choral arrangements on ELO studio albums from "Eldorado" to "Out Of The Blue" and Kelly Groucutt sang lead vocals on tracks including "Poker" and "Sweet Is The Night". It's also interesting is that Dr. Roy Wood also guests on saxophone here too making it somewhat of an early ELO reunion of sorts!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 24-Jan-2018

Monday, 22 January 2018

Recommended: King's Heath Walk of Fame Beatles Fest

#1,371: It's always a pleasure to oblige when my good friends Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker over at King's Heath Walk of Fame contact Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) to highlight their now annual Beatles All You Need Is Love Fest event which is being held this year on Sunday 11th February, especially when one recalls the fact that Beatles legend John Lennon stated that ELO were the "son of (The) Beatles" back in 1974. It was the ultimate of compliments and another huge nod to the influence of The Fab Four on Birmingham's finest whose hometown hosted The Beatles' when they played their maiden live performance on Friday 15th February 1963 - the first of three appearances at King's Heath Ritz Ballroom in the very home of 'Brum Beat'.

The Beatles All You Need Is Love Session is up first featuring an eclectic array of musicians and runs from 3PM until 6PM at Fletcher's Bar, York Road, King's Heath. Tickets are priced at £4 each (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased in person from Kitchen Garden Cafe &/or wegottickets with tickets on the door priced at £5 each (if available).

Acclaimed Beatles tribute Made In Liverpool will then strike up the band from 7PM onwards down the road at the Hare & Hounds. Tickets are priced at £10 each (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased from Skiddle with tickets on the door priced at £12 each (if available).

For further information, you can email info@kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk &/or contact Bob on (0121) 689 2360 &/or Ken on (0121) 443 5237 and/or visit these sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends King's Heath Walk Of Fame 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-2018

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Recommended: Concert For George (Expanded CD/DVD/Blu-ray)

#1,370: Concord Music will release an expanded reissue of the "Concert For George" album and film on Friday 23rd February (just two days before what would have been his 75th birthday) in 2CD, 2CD/2DVD, 2CD/Blu-ray and 4LP formats plus a limited edition 10 disc boxed set (only 1,000 copies). The concert was held on Friday 29th November 2002 at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall exactly one year after the passing of George HarrisonThe Quiet One - and featured Musical Directors ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and Eric Clapton alongside Beatles duo Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Dhani Harrison and whole host of other artists.

Trax: "Your Eyes" (Anoushka Shankar) ~ "The Inner Light" (Jeff Lynne/Anoushka Shankar) ~ "Arpan" (Anoushka Shankar) ~ "Sit On My Face" (Monty Python) ~ "The Lumberjack Song" (Monty Python/Tom Hanks) ~ "I Want To Tell You" (Jeff Lynne) ~ "If I Needed Someone" (Eric Clapton) ~ "Old Brown Shoe" (Gary Brooker) ~ "Give Me Love" (Jeff Lynne) ~ "Beware Of Darkness" (Eric Clapton) ~ "Here Comes The Sun" (Joe Brown) ~ "That's The Way It Goes" (Joe Brown) ~ "Horse To The Water" (Jools Holland/Sam Brown) ~ "Taxman" (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) ~ "I Need You" (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) ~ "Handle With Care" (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Jeff Lynne/Dhani Harrison) ~ "Isn't It A Pity" (Billy Preston) ~ "Photograph" (Ringo Starr) ~ "Honey Don't" (Ringo Starr) ~ "For You Blue" (Paul McCartney) ~ "Something" (Paul McCartney/Eric Clapton) ~ "All Things Must Pass" (Paul McCartney) ~ "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Paul McCartney/Eric Clapton) ~ "My Sweet Lord" (Billy Preston) ~ "Wah Wah" (Eric Clapton & Band) ~ "I'll See You In My Dreams" (Joe Brown)

The film "Concert For George" peaked at #13 in the Official UK Music Video Chart with the album reaching a respectable #97 in the US Billboard 200 upon their original releases in October and November 2003. Pre-orders for the 2018 version can be placed via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Concert For George" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat', George HarrisonThe Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 21-Jan-2018

Friday, 19 January 2018

Why ELO Part II, The Orchestra & ELO Tribute Bands Matter

#1,369: When Jeff Lynne pulled the plug on ELO back in 1986, it left a black hole in the musical universes of members and fans alike, even though we all marvelled at and applauded the rise and rise of Jeff Lynne with the likes of George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, The Traveling Wilburys, Paul McCartney, The Beatles and not a few others. At that time, there was no appetite for ELO by the Shard Ender who had overseen and perhaps outgrown his band. Fast forwarding to the 21st century, we were all excited about the relaunch of ELO and then Jeff Lynne's ELO ... and we still are, judging by the hit albums and epic sold out shows since.

Most ELO fans also know how ELO Part II came about courtesy of Bev Bevan and how it became The Orchestra almost a decade later. The incredible growth of ELO tribute bands is also a testament to the popularity and ageless appeal of the music of Jeff Lynne/ELO. It was during that intervening period between "Balance Of Power" and Jeff's sensational Hyde Park return that elobeatlesforever (elobf) was born in February 2009 and Yours Truly KJS had many opportunities to see and hear those wonderful Electric Light Orchestra songs that we all know and love performed by a plethora of former members, great bands and gifted musicians.

Sadly, I never got to see classic ELO in the flesh despite getting into the band at the age of ten in 1977. Indeed, my first experience of ELO music in the live arena was with ELO Part II and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in May 1991. It reignited my passion for the music and was followed by many trips to see both ELO Part II and The Orchestra and, thereafter, many fab ELO tribute bands before I finally got to see Jeff Lynne's ELO in person at Liverpool during April 2016.

It is for that reason that this writer is forever grateful to the likes of Bev Bevan, ELO Part II, The Orchestra and Phil Bates (not forgetting The ELO Experience, ELO Again, The Explosive Light Orchestra and latterly The ELO Encounter) for keeping ELO music live (and, to a degree, alive), particularly when Jeff Lynne was otherwise occupied in the studio. As a result, I get the best of both worlds these days because I can go see and hear ELO music played live regularly by multiple artistes in various venues in between Jeff Lynne's ELO tours!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 19-Jan-2018

Saturday, 13 January 2018

ELOwnership: What's In A Name?

#1,368: Disclaimer: This is an article not intended to offend or affront ELO fans of any dissuasion. I was asked recently by a music mad friend of mine (who has no agenda) whether there has really been an ELO since Jeff Lynne disbanded the original band back in 1986. Their argument was that some folks did not consider ELO Part II on the same page as ELO and that any releases after "Balance Of Power" have been Jeff Lynne albums by any other name (even if marketed as ELO).

I therefore asked myself whether I considered that all those ELO Part II gigs I attended in the nineties and those studio/live albums I bought back then were ELO. I also considered the same when it came to "Zoom", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Alone In The Universe", "Wembley Or Bust" and the wonderful Jeff Lynne's ELO concerts that I've attended at Birmingham (twice), Liverpool and London in recent years. Jeff Lynne wrote and produced 99.5% of ELO's recorded output betwixt 1971 and 1986. In terms of recorded output, it can be argued that albums released since 2001 are practically Jeff Lynne with a little help from his friends. In my opinion, the Hyde Park show, the AITU tour and Wembley spectacular are the nearest we will all get to quintessential ELO. Having said that, the audience reaction last year at Rewind North to The Orchestra was also quite special, as was seeing ELO Part II perform with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra back in May 1991.

For me, it all comes down to the name: Electric Light Orchestra. Initially co-owned by Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan and now the property of Jeff since 1999, the moniker Jeff Lynne's ELO says it all. My ELO were the Magnificent Seven who adorned the inner sleeve of "A New World Record". For some people, ELO Part II and/or The Orchestra will also be their ELO and, most certainly, Jeff Lynne's ELO are ELO to many here and now.

Whilst you can't ignore the past or the facts as to who ELO were (i.e. former members, their contribution and so forth), fans will always have the right to perceive ELO as they so wish. Yours Truly KJS used to get in trouble for saying that "Zoom" was "Armchair Theatre Part II" but experience has taught me to quote a certain song from that very album: "It Really Doesn't Matter". It's about the music and, these days, it's also about what I term ELOwnership.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 13-Jan-2018

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

About Time: 21st Century Man

#1,367: When "Twilight" b/w "Julie Don't Live Here" (JET7015) - the second single taken from ELO's classic album "Time" (JETLP236) - stalled at a modest #30 in the Official UK Singles Chart following the stellar success of lead single "Hold On Tight" b/w "When Time Stood Still" (JET7011), which had peaked at an impressive #4 in September 1981, it was a surprise if not a major disappointment to many fans of the band. Yet, with the third AA sided single "Ticket To The Moon" c/w "Here Is The News" (JET7018) peaking at #24 before fourth single "The Way Life's Meant To Be" b/w "Wishing" (JET7021) failed to chart, the writing seemed to be on the wall for a group whose previous twenty (20) UK singles going back to "Strange Magic" (JET779) in July 1976 had all made the UK Top 40.

Yours Truly KJS has often pondered (with the benefit of hindsight) if there had been a different choice or even order of singles issued from "Time " (after "Hold On Tight") whether their chart performance would have fared better. I say this as over in France, "21st Century Man" was paired with "Twilight" (JET808) and perhaps this was a more inspired selection following the up tempo aforementioned lead single rather than "Twilight" as an 'A' side alone. Undoubtedly the inclusion of the unreleased "Julie Don't Live Here" was also attractive to the ELO fan base, but one wonders if, following the death of John Lennon in December 1980 and the tribute dedicated to him during the ensuing 1981/82 "Time" tour plus the fact that "21st Century Man" was of slower pace in contrast to "Hold On Tight" - whether a potential #1 single opportunity was missed. Note also that the relatively sedate "Rain Is Falling" b/w "Another Heart Breaks" (ZS9 02693) was the choice of third single in the US as opposed to "Ticket To The Moon" and "Here Is The News".

This is, of course, all conjecture and theory yet "21st Century Man" remains the greatest ELO single never released (except, of course, in France!) - at least in the opinion of this writer.

Related KJS/ELOBF articles
JET7021: It's A Sleevin' Thing
Reverse Release: Time's Third Single Twist
Hold On Tight: The Video Legacy
Concept Theory: Time As A 2LP Too?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 10-Jan-2018

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Album of the Year: Hornal CD now available!

#1,366: If you missed the elobeatlesforever (elobf) review of 2017, you will have missed the news that Iain Hornal's excellent album "The Game Begins With The Lights Out" was chosen as elobf Album of the Year. And, hot on the heels of that news, Iain - now a fully fledged member of both the 10cc and Jeff Lynne's ELO touring bands - contacted Yours Truly KJS with the welcome news that said album can now be ordered in CD format via amazon.co.uk having already been available to purchase digitally (and in limited edition vinyl) beforehand.

So without further ado, you can buy said CD &/or read my February 2017 album review &/or check out the aforementioned Album of the Year announcement via these links thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XRNCFRJ   www.hornal.net
Review: The Game Begins With The Lights Out (Hornal)
Yours Truly 2017: A Year In Review

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "The Game Begins With The Lights Out" by Hornal to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles10ccThe Feeling and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-Jan-2018

Saturday, 6 January 2018

ChartWatch: Wembley Or Bust Suffers The Fall

#1,365: The Official UK Album Chart Top 100 published yesterday (Friday 5th January) revealed that "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO has fell an astonishing fifty six places from #40 to #96 this week (after seven weeks in the chart) whilst "All Over The World" has slipped from #50 to #53 (having clocked up a 174 week chart run to date). Elsewhere, Roy Orbison's orchestral overview "A Love So Beautiful" has exited the Top 10 in dropping from #10 to #14 and Bryan Adams' latest career compilation "Ultimate" has nudged up another six places from #61 to #55 meaning that ELO maestro Jeff Lynne has a hand (just about) in four Top 100 albums this week. Meanwhile, over in the Official Singles Chart, Wizzard and "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" have left the Top 100 after reaching a heady #15 last week.

Related KJS/ELOBF articles
Review: Wembley Or Bust (Jeff Lynne's ELO)

Friday, 5 January 2018

Here Is The News #10

#1,364: Some interesting news was revealed over the festive period that connected ELO members (both old and new), 10cc and The Beatles. Just before Christmas, Graham Gouldman announced that he is to join Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band for their 2018 European tour. At the same time, Jeff Lynne's ELO touring member Iain Hornal was unveiled as the replacement for Mick Wilson in the 10cc touring line-up. Mick (also a former member of the Jeff Lynne's ELO live band) will now be concentrating on his Frontm3n project. Iain's excellent 2017 album "The Game Begins With The Lights Out" was also recently revealed as elobeatlesforever (elobf) Album of the Year here.

Meanwhile, Bev Bevan published a New Year message via Facebook wherein The Move and ELO co-founding drummer looked forward to the resumption of his "Stand Up & Rock!" shows with Jasper Carrott in March and his return to touring with Quill in advance of their new studio album "Riding Rainbows" at Ludlow on Saturday 17th February and Lichfield on Friday 2nd March. Bev also stated that Brum Rocks will return in Autumn 2018.

Both Quill and Bev Bevan also confirmed this week that ace guitarist Tony Kelsey and talented keyboardist/vocalist Abby Brant had departed the band with former members Phil Bates and wife Jo (who met in an earlier incarnation of the band) rejoining the Celtic Americana rockers so that Phil and Bev are reunited for a fourth time after their paths crossed previously in ELO Part II, The Bev Bevan Band and The Move. Find out more via these links thus:

www.10cc.world   www.mickywilson.com   www.hornal.net
www.facebook.com/bevbevannews   www.quilluk.com   www.facebook.com/quilluk

ELOBF Gig Guide #30: Q1 2018

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 05-Jan-2018

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Singled Out: The Edited Light Orchestra

#1,363: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Over the years - from "Time" to "Time" - Electric Light Orchestra singles were edited down in order either to facilitate radio airplay, promote their records and, in some cases, fit onto 7" format (for jukebox usage et al). This was particularly evident with singles taken from ELO's first five studio albums where the tracks were either too long or supplanted with orchestral preludes or interludes.

Yours Truly KJS therefore thought a worthwhile task to try and collate a list of those ELO single edits for elobeatlesforever (elobf). I've omitted any releases where the difference between track lengths is 3 seconds or less. The album timings are taken from various vinyl and digital sources. Doubtless I've missed a few!
Perhaps the most extreme examples of the culling of ELO songs for single release occurred with "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" (UK/US) and "Boy Blue" (US only) from the "Eldorado" long player as well as in Holland/Europe where "Mr. Blue Sky" was also significantly cut short.

In the above cases, the result was to dramatically reduce the integrity of the songs (in the opinion of this writer) whereas the shortened versions of "10538 Overture" and "Roll Over Beethoven" did seem to work. I've also included ELO Part II singles for the sake of completeness. Enjoy!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 02-Jan-2018