Saturday, 31 March 2018

Olé ELO: Saluting ELO's First Successful Compilation

#1,397: Many fans of old will know that ELO are a band who have released their fair share of compilations down the years, of which a fair few have been commercially successful. EMI imprint Harvest were first out of the blocks in late 1974 when they put out the first of many early ELO collections in the UK with "Showdown" (SHSP4037) but the first charting ELO compilation would be another 18+ months later on the other side of the Atlantic.

Initially a rather attractive gold vinyl limited DJ only edition (Jet/UA SP-123) and also a red, white and blue vinyl set (to commemorate the American Bicentennial that year) intended for US radio stations, "Olé ELO" (UA-LA630G) was officially released in June 1976 to capitalize on ELO's growing success and status thanks to hit singles such as "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Evil Woman" as well as their gold certified albums "Eldorado" and "Face The Music".  It turned out to be an inspired decision as "Olé ELO" - with tracks ranging from "10538 Overture" to "Strange Magic" - was also certified gold after peaking at #24, preparing the ground for "A New World Record" and the ensuing stellar success of the Electric Light Orchestra.
Easy as SP-123: Photo courtesy of Patrik Guttenbacher/FTM Germany Newsletter #236, January 2012 ...
Ironically, whilst ELO were soaring in popularity in the United States, they were yet to be embraced in their home country (read this elobf article to find out more) as both "Eldorado" and "Face The Music" failed to chart (as did "On The Third Day") and only "Evil Woman" made the UK Top 10 Singles Chart. It was therefore no surprise that the Jet/Polydor issue of "Olé ELO" (JETLP19) in the UK was quickly withdrawn - making it an instant collectors item alongside the aforementioned US gold vinyl pressing to this very day. This was perhaps the precursor to Jet Records moving from their manufacturing, distribution and marketing from Polydor to United Artists thereafter.

Yours Truly KJS also recalls seeing US imports of "Olé ELO" turning up regularly in local record shop shelves at that time and often wondering why there was no UK equivalent especially when Dutch reissues of "Olé ELO" were pressed by Jet/CBS in 1978 with the catalogue number JETLP903. With its contrasting fortunes in the UK and US, "Olé ELO" is the first proper ELO compilation. A greatest hits collection that sometimes slips under the proverbial radar yet continues to have an enigmatic appeal to fans and collectors "All Over The World".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-March-2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

Richard Tandy: Happy 70th Birthday!

#1,396: ELO keyboard maestro Richard Tandy joined fellow ELO Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bev Bevan (b. 25th November 1944), Roy Wood (b. 8th November 1947) and Jeff Lynne (b. 30th December 1947) as he too entered The 70 Club today (Monday 26th March 2018).

RT is a former member of The Uglys having also performed briefly with The Move before beginning his long association with both the Electric Light Orchestra and Jeff Lynne, featuring on every ELO studio album between "ELO II" (1973) and "Zoom" (2001) as well as playing live with ELO from their very first gigs up until the present day, not forgetting his musical partnerships with Dave Scott-Morgan and Trevor Burton.

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) would therefore like to take the opportunity to both wish Richard a Very Happy 70th Birthday and also a speedy recovery from his illness as we look forward to seeing him return to the stage with Jeff Lynne's ELO for their forthcoming 2018 World Tour!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-March-2018

Friday, 23 March 2018

ELOBF Gig Guide #31: Q2 2018

#1,395: Spring into Summer (Q2) 2018 means that it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published once again! This is our 31st and (hopefully) you will find my compilation of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Sunday 1st April and Saturday 30th June (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Wednesday 4th April
Quill @ The Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets (each): £18 (*plus booking fees)

The ELO Experience @ The Town Hall, Cheltenham

Tickets (each): £25 (*plus booking fees)

Thursday 5th April

The ELO Experience @ The Swan Theatre, Worcester
Tickets (each): £23 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 6th April
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fees)

Saturday 7th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tickets (each): £26 (*plus booking fees)

Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Tickets (each): £7.50 (advance) or £9 (door)(*plus booking fees)

Sunday 8th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
Tickets (each): £29.50 (*plus booking fees)

Monday 9th April

Roy Orbison: The Hologram UK Tour @ The Genting Arena, Birmingham
Tickets (each): from £45.40 (*plus booking fees)

Wednesday 11th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fees)

Thursday 12th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fees)

Friday 13th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fees)

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queens Head, Wolverley

Free entry

Saturday 14th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fees)

Monday 16th April

Roy Orbison: The Hologram UK Tour @ The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets (each): from £45.40 (*plus booking fees)

Tuesday 17th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets (each): £28.50 (*plus booking fees)

Thursday 19th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Central Theatre, Chatham
Tickets (each): from £26 (*plus booking fees)

Friday 20th April

The 286 @ The Woolwich Equitable, London
Free entry

Saturday 21st April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The G Live Theatre, Guildford
Tickets (each): £29.50 (*plus booking fees)

Trevor Burton RSD18 Live Acoustic Set @ The Diskery, Birmingham

Free entry

Tuesday 24th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Alban Arena, St. Albans
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fees)

Friday 27th April

The Roy Orbison Story (Barry Steele) @ New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets (each): £26.75 (*plus booking fees)

Saturday 28th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Peterborough Arena, Peterborough
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fees)

Sunday 29th April

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Tickets (each): from £23.50 (*plus booking fees)

The 286 @ The Prince of Greenwich, London

Free entry

Monday 7th May

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tickets (each): from £28.90 (*plus booking fee)

Friday 11th May

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea
Tickets (each): £27.50 (*plus booking fees)

Saturday 12th May
Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Experience @ The O2 Academy, Birmingham
Tickets (each): £20 (*plus booking fees)

Sunday 13th May
The Trembling Wilburys @ The Half Moon, Putney
Tickets (each): £10 (advance) or £12 (door)(*plus booking fees)

Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston

Entry: £1 (door)

Friday 18th May

Rebecca Downes @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Tickets (each): £12 (*plus booking fees)

Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Experience @ The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Tickets (each): from £21.50 (*plus booking fees)

The 286 @ The Trafalgar Freehouse, South Wimbledon, London

Free entry

Saturday 19th May

Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £15 (advance) or £16 (door)(*plus booking fees)

Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Experience @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove

Tickets (each): from £20 (*plus booking fees)

The 286 @ TRUNK XL Fundraising Extravaganza, South Norwood, London

Tickets: from £10 each (*plus booking fees)

Monday 21st May

The Rutles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £19.50 (advance) or £22.50 (door)(*plus booking fees)

Thursday 24th May

The Upbeat Beatles The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £23 (*plus booking fees)

Saturday 26th May

The 286 @ Luna, Leytonstone, London
Free entry

Friday 1st June

The ELO Experience @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Tickets (each): £23 (*plus booking fees)

Pugwash (supporting Nick Heyward) @ The O2 Academy, Birmingham

Tickets (each): £22.50 (*plus booking fees)

Friday 8th June

Quill @ The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Tickets (each): £18 (*plus booking fees)

Sunday 10th June

Raymond Froggatt @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £14 (advance) or £16 each(door)(*plus booking fees)

Friday 15th June

The Trembling Wilburys @ The Dublin Castle, London
Tickets (each): £TBA (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 16th June
The ELO Encounter @ The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets (each): £20 (*plus booking fees)

Thursday 21st June

The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £13.50 (advance) or £15 (door)(*plus booking fees)

Saturday 23rd June

The Roy Orbison Story (Barry Steele) @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets (each): £27 (*plus booking fees)

Friday 29th June

Quill @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets (each): £12.50 (advance) or £15 (door)(*plus booking fees)

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Bear Inn, Bridgnorth
Free entry

Saturday 30th June

Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) @ Rubery Social Club, Birmingham
Tickets: £12 each (*plus booking fees)

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus:

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2018! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus:

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus:

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus:

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The Traveling Wilburys Experience One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Experience are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus:

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf)This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-March-2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Exclusive: New Video & Single: Time Immemorial (The 286)

#1,394: With 286 days left in 2018, it's more than apt to post this article today! The ultra talented Spencer Hannabuss and his elobf endorsed stringed combo The 286 have just released their new single "Time Immemorial" and this wonderful intimate, acoustic love song with echoes of "She" (Jeff Lynne), "Beautiful Daughter" (The Move) and "Yesterday" (The Beatles) is sure to appeal to their own growing band of followers as well as fans of ELO and The Fab Four. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are thrilled to bring you the brand new official music video for "Time Immemorial". Enjoy!

Recorded and produced at The Mix Room in London and released on Monday 19th March via Bandcamp, this is both a departure from their usual sound and yet another highly impressive outing from The 286. You can listen to "Time Immemorial" and/or buy the single for just 99p (a bargain!) via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Time Immemorial" by The 286 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-March-2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

Recommended: Brum Rocks Live 2018

#1,393: It very much looks as if The Move and ELO co-founding legend Bev Bevan will be back with Brum Rocks Live 2018 this Autumn. Yours Truly KJS discovered several dates are already being listed by certain Midlands venues whilst researching the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Q2 Gig Guide, with more sure to follow when the tour is officially revealed in the near future.

The show will feature Bev and Geoff Turton with the returning Trevor Burton, Joy Strachan-Brain and Danny King alongside Phil Tree, Abby Brant and Tony Kelsey. Five gigs are confirmed at the time of writing with additional shows likely. In the meantime, here are those dates for you to peruse and/or buy tickets thus:

Sunday 9th September
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: from £19.50 to £34.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 20th September
Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 4th October
Core Theatre, Solihull
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 12th October
The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 13th October

Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Brum Rocks Live 2018 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-March-2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Turn To Stone: Solid Centre Success!

#1,392: After almost eighteen months of searching and not a few false alarms, Yours Truly KJS finally got my hands on a solid centre copy of ELO's iconic 1977 single "Turn To Stone" b/w "Mister Kingdom" (Jet/UA UP36313) earlier this week. Having been alerted to its existence by ELO super collector Matt McGough of ELO UK Albums back in September 2016, I've had a frustrating "Time" trying to find a copy of the rarity for my collection and, thanx to Discogs seller Cliffs in Margate, that search is now over. One or three of my friends will doubtless be relieved that this particular vinyl quest is complete. The only downside is that I've accumulated several copies of TTS with the familiar four pronged push-out centre due to them being advertised incorrectly by various internet sellers and not being worth the hassle of sending 'em back!

"Turn To Stone" was, of course, the lead single from "Out Of The Blue" (peaking at #18 in the UK) and has always been a special song for me. The Jeff Lynne penned classic was the first record I ever bought and also the first ELO song that I heard performed live. TTS has also been the subject of several elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles down the years thus:


My sights are now set on obtaining the equally rare solid centre issue of "Telephone Line" (Jet/UA UP36254) and the black vinyl solid centre edition of "Mr. Blue Sky" (Jet/UA UP36342) ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-March-2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Recommended: Wembley Or Bust by Jeff Lynne (Genesis Publications)

#1,391: Genesis Publications have duly published details of the Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition book "Wembley Or Bust" (ISBN 9781905662524) after teasing fans with hints of its content in December last year. Just 1,500 copies are being published in two waves with the first 350 copies termed as the Deluxe Edition and the remaining 1,150 copies marketed as the Collectors Edition, the difference essentially being a blue (Deluxe) versus red (Collector) leather quarter binding with gilt foiling and page edging, an ELO spaceship cutout (Deluxe) and a cloth-bound Solander box (Deluxe) versus a cloth-bound slipcase (Collector).

The 184 page book will be individually signed by ELO maestro Jeff Lynne himself and also includes a 7" picture disc with "Xanadu" backed by "Don't Bring Me Down" taken from the album/film "Wembley Or Bust". Page size is 300mm x 210mm (slightly taller than A4). "Wembley Or Bust" will be published during the Jeff Lynne's ELO 2018 World Tour in September 2018. The Deluxe Edition is priced at £495 (plus P+P) with the Collectors Edition priced at £245 (plus P+P). Find out more via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne via Genesis Publications to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-March-2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Caught Live (14): Quill @ Lichfield 10/03/18

#1,390: A little over a week after originally planned, new look Quill returned home, figuratively speaking, to the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Saturday night (10th March) dazzling their audience with a sparkling fourteen song set comprising something old, something borrowed and something very much new. The amazing thing about Quill is that every time their members come and go, Joy Strachan-Brain's Celtic Rock cum Americana outfit still manage to be quintessentially Quill.

But first a mention for their support on the night. Thanks to Bev Bevan's recent appointment as Patron of Music Courses at Kidderminster College and Quill drummer Andy Edwards' lecturing there too, the opportunity arose for a trio of their talented students to demonstrate their talents on stage. Cue songwriter/singer Rob Challis on keys, vocalist Sophie Ritanne and guitarist Ethan Webster who between them delivered an entertaining ten song cameo of original compositions including the poignant "Enjoy Your Joy" (written by Rob after he was mugged) and the impressive "White Flowers" (written by and sung beautifully by Sophie) alongside distinctive covers of Fleetwood Mac and Doobie Brothers classics.

Back to a septet with the returning Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and his wife JoQuill have managed to reinvent themselves again. Now with an altogether rockier edge, the band delivered a storming if not balanced array of songs with tempting glimpses of their forthcoming new studio album slotted perfectly next to their interpretations of iconic ELO ("Telephone Line") and Move ("California Man") hits with reference also to Bev's time with Black Sabbath ("Changes").

Add to the mix Quill's very own classic "Say It Ain't So" plus inspired covers of "The Whole Of The Moon" and "You're The Voice" and one cannot help but applaud and smile. This was the first time since 1997 that Yours Truly KJS had seen both Bev and Phil on stage together so seeing them in an ELO Part II photo (fittingly with the late, great Kelly Groucutt) as the backdrop during a certain Jeff Lynne penned classic kind of squared the circle.

As ever, Joy Strachan-Brain owned the stage from the first note with her wonderful vocals and Quillesque demeanour in perfect unison with the sublime strings of violinist Kate McWilliam and Jo Bates also making her mark. The heartbeat and pulse of any band is bass and drums so with bassist Matt Worley flanked by world class percussionists in Bev Bevan and Andy Edwards, 2018 sees Quill in good hands. This was another memorable Quill gig making their future dates at Solihull (Wednesday 4th April), Bromsgrove (Friday 8th June) and Bilston (Friday 29th June) all the more a 'must see'.

Quill performed: "The Bells Of Rhymney" ~ "Pretty Ribbons" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Elephant In The Room" ~ "Nine Mile Camp" ~ "Telephone Line"  ~ "Changes" ~ "Forever Young" ~ "Grey Goose Call" ~ "Jig-A-Jig" (Instrumental) ~ "The Whole Of The Moon" ~ "Say Goodbye" ~ "California Man" ~ "You're The Voice"
Quill are (L-R): Matt Worley (Bass/Vocals) ~ Katherine McWilliam (Violin/Vocals) ~ Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead Vocals/Tambourine) ~ Bev Bevan (Percussion/Drums) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums/Percussion) ~ Phil Bates (Guitars/Vocals) ~ Joanna Bates (Keyboards/Flute/Vocals)
Find out more about Quill via their official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-March-2018

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Move: European RSD2018 Release

#1,389: It looks as if the launch of Trevor Burton's debut solo album "Long Play" on Record Store Day (RSD2018) next month will not be the only item of interest for vinyl buying fans of ELO and related artistes, especially if you reside in The Netherlands and/or Germany. "In Europe '66-'67" by Move (1960's Records #RANDB022LP) is a mono 1LP listed as a release on both the Dutch and German RSD2018 sites. Expected price tag is circa €26. No details of the tracks involved is known at the time of writing but Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have obtained this brief overview:

"Material mainly from TV recordings from the European mainland. Listen especially to The Move's versions of a pair of Northern Soul classics."

For further details, please click on these links thus:

With thanx to Jason C for the heads up!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-March-2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Long Play: RSD2018 Launch for Trevor Burton Solo Debut

#1,388: Record Store Day 2018 (RSD2018) will see The Move co-founder Trevor Burton unveil his debut solo album "Long Play" via Gray Sky Records, their twentieth release. The eleven track album features two original songs from Trevor in "Hit And Run" and "When It All Come Down" alongside his own unique acoustic take on modern if not undiscovered classics including Tom Petty's iconic "Wild Flowers". You'll also find the familiar, unlimited talent here of Abby Brant as well as Jack Hayter (Hefner) on an album recorded at Rain Studios (formerly Highbury Studio) on Trev's home patch in King's Heath. Whilst the official Press Release promises a record "stripped down to its bare essence", Yours Truly KJS feels that this particular 1LP is certain to showcase the unsung versatility and sheer class of Trevor Burton.
Trax: [A1] "Hit And Run" (Burton); [A2] "Be Positive" (Callaci); [A3] "Poverty Draft" (Scorch); [A4] "I'm Alright" (Cook-Parrott); [A5] "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" (Mangum); [A6] "Wild Flowers" (Petty); [B1] "Flirted With You All My Life" (Chesnutt); [B2] "When It All Comes Down" (Burton); [B3] "Just Breathe" (Vedder); [B4] "After It Ends" (Vanderslice); [B5] "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds" (Darnielle)

Just 1,000 copies of "Long Play" will be released on Saturday 21st April in Blood Red 180 gram vinyl (including digital download and bonus CD EP) and limited edition cassette (also with digital download). Trevor will be playing a live in-store set at The Diskery in Birmingham on the day too. A full CD release will likely follow later this year. You can find out more about "Long Play" via the brand new Trevor Burton web site and the official RSD18 web site via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Long Play" by Trevor Burton 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 soon in a queue?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-March-2018

Monday, 5 March 2018

Kelly Groucutt: A Matter Of Fox

#1,387: Back in the early nineties, Yours Truly KJS was blessed to see multiple Kelly G solo gigs in and around the West Midlands at various pubs and clubs with my ELO gig buddy Christian Evans. They were great days, never forgotten and still cherished. Without doubt, Mick 'Kelly' Groucutt was a top class musician, songwriter and supreme vocalist - a vital cog in the classic ELO machine during his tenure from 1974-83. And so it was with his solo dates in Coseley and beyond.

Kelly wore his heart on his sleeve and was very much an animal lover (particularly birds) and proved it by releasing a charity EP entitled "We Love Animals" (Premier/CBS RSPCA1) back in 1995 in aid of the RSPCA. One of the tracks on that EP was "The Fox", a wonderful song written by Kelly with lyrics from the point of view of a fox during a fox hunt underpinned with stirring percussion. It was always a highlight of those intimate gigs and - after much nagging and prodding - Kelly put out a three track cassette including "Josephine" and "Dear Mama" from his self-titled 1982 solo LP that quickly sold out.

Fast forward a year or two and a new interpretation of "The Fox" was included on the second ELO Part II studio album "Moment Of Truth" (Ultrapop 0096102ULT) in 1994, introducing the song to a much wider audience before it was also included in their set list and made the 2CD live album "One Night Live In Australia" (SPV 089-44072) in 1996.

If ever there were a song that epitomised Kelly Groucutt, for me it was "The Fox" with its soaring vocals and dramatic finale. I still love the photo of Kelly with fox in hand on the above cassette sleeve (taken by Gill at Magic Arts). It was therefore no surprise that the monies raised from his memorial concert: An Evening Without Kelly Groucutt in May 2009 went to The National Parrot Sanctuary. Whether it be parrots or "The Fox"Kelly loved animals and we still miss him.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-March-2018

Sunday, 4 March 2018

When ELO Went Joyriding

#1,386: In recent years ELO songs have featured in multiple film soundtracks, TV shows and commercials literally "All Over The World" but when vinyl ruled, only new ELO/Jeff Lynne songs seemed to make the transition to the big screen and the accompanying OST, specifically "Xanadu" in 1980 and "Electric Dreams" in 1984. So when a young KJS came across an American OST album featuring ELO back in the day, it was quickly snapped up and is still a part of my collection to this day, slotted nicely between "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue".

"Joyride" was a 1977 film featuring Robert Carradine and a young Melanie Griffith that was largely unknown in the UK and somewhat under the proverbial radar to US cinema audiences too. If I remember correctly, the film was later released on VHS in the UK and distributed by Castle with the words: "Music by ELO" prominent on the sleeve. But for this ELO fan, when the import LP turned up in a local record shop at a budget price, it was well worth the modest investment.
"Tightrope", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Boy Blue", "So Fine", "Telephone Line" and "Rockaria!" can be found on the "Joyride" (UA-LA784H) soundtrack LP with "Showdown" also included in the film. With such fine songs plucked from the "Eldorado" and "A New World Record" albums, it was a shrewd marketing ploy by Don Arden and Jet Records seeking to capitalize upon the growing popularity of Electric Light Orchestra in North America at that time.

Yours Truly KJS continues to include "Joyride" in a kind of ELO/Jeff Lynne film threesome betwixt 1977-1984 alongside "Xanadu" and "Electric Dreams" even though these days, you never know what ELO/Jeff Lynne song will turn up on the silver screen, small screen and/or OST next!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-March-2018