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 has 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 KJS/ELOBF articles down the years thus:

Turn To Stone: Solid Centre Setbacks
UP36313: Turn To Stone Twist
SJET103: The Turn To Stone Reissue Mystery Revisited
First Live: ELO Part II & MSO @ Birmingham 28/05/91
My First Record: Turn To Stone (ELO)
SJET103: The Turn To Stone Reissue Mystery #2
SJET103: The Turn To Stone Reissue Mystery #1
Prologue: Turn To Stone

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

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