Monday, 30 April 2018

When Jeff Lynne Was Doin' That Crazy Thing

#1,407: Sandwiched between the successful chart runs of ELO's "Telephone Line" (UP36254) and "Turn To Stone" (UP36313) is Jeff Lynne's 1977 debut solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing" b'w "Goin' Down To Rio" (UP36281). Undoubtedly, it was a departure, musically speaking, from the sweeping orchestral rock of "A New World Record" (UAG30017/JETLP200) and "Out Of The Blue" (UAR100/JETDP400) so much associated with the ELO maestro (ably assisted, of course, by Louis Clark and Richard Tandy) at that time whilst pointing to the change in ELO style and tempo just two years later with their first UK #1 album "Discovery" (JETLX500)
There was confidence in "Doin' That Crazy Thing" from Jet Records, as evidenced in the above Press Release, but it followed drummer Bev Bevan's earlier solo effort "Let There Be Drums" (JET777) in failing to chart on either side of the Atlantic (JT-XW1072), despite it also seeing issue as a "SPECIAL DISCO RECORD" (JT-DW1072) in the States with an alternative sleeve replete with dance steps (not unlike the artwork for the much later "Wilbury Twist"). Perhaps it was ill timed with the explosion of punk and a certain reaction to disco or it just did not appeal to fans of the Electric Light Orchestra or the general record buying public. "Doin' That Crazy Thing" was, however, deemed worthy of reissue in May 1978 (SJET102) when Jet ditched United Artists for CBS and also found it included as a 33 1/3 RPM one sided bonus disc (AE7 1220) in "A Box Of Their Best" (Z4X 36966), the 1980 US version of UK boxed set "Four Light Years" (JETBX2).
For Yours Truly KJS, "Doin' That Crazy Thing" signposted the reality that the name Jeff Lynne would be more readily recognized behind his sunglasses in ELO than as a solo artiste. You may wish to also read my ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) article Jeff Lynne: The Solo Singles, which chronicles Jeff's solo career in a little more detail.

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

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Roy Wood: Goin' Down The Road Again

#1,406: The intent of this KJS@ELOBF article is to collate and list the anticipated array of Roy Wood dates later this year as the man who gave us The MoveElectric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Wizzard marks the 45th anniversary of a certain perennial festive hit and takes his Rock 'n' Roll Band on another journey through his legendary songbook around the British Isles. Yours Truly KJS suggests that you consider bookmarking this article and keep checking back to see where Woody will be gigging this year via these links thus:

Saturday 20th October
Stratford Playhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 1st November
The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 2nd November
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Tickets: from £32 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 9th November
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Tickets: £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 11th November
Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
Tickets: £33.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 14th November

The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Tickets: £34.25 each (*including booking fee)

Thursday 15th November
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
Tickets: from £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 16th November

The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 20th November

The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 22nd November
Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury
Tickets: from £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 23rd November

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 24th November
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Tickets: from £27 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 27th November
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: from £31 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 30th November

Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 2nd December
Rockmas 2018 @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets: £32.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 4th December

Grand Opera House, York
Tickets: from £22 each (*plus booking fee)

Monday 10th December

The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Tickets: £28 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 20th December

City Hall Ballroom, Sheffield
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneWizzardThe MoveBrum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

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

Friday, 20 April 2018

RSD18 Release Reminder: The Move & Trevor Burton

#1,405: Please be reminded that Saturday 21st April is Record Store Day (#RSD18) and that there will be two releases of special interest to fans and followers in the UK and Europe of all things The Move and Trevor Burton. Be on the look out for The Move's "In Europe '66-'67" (1960's Records #RANDB022LP) in magnificent mono and Trevor's debut solo album "Long Play" (Gray Sky Records #20) in blood red vinyl &/or cassette. Don't forget that Trevor will also be performing a solo acoustic set at The Diskery in Birmingham from 1PM too.

Related KJS/ELOBF articles
Long Play: RSD18 Launch for Trevor Burton Solo Debut
The Move: European RSD18 Release
RSD18 Revealed: In Europe '66-'67 (The Move)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Long Play" by Trevor Burton and "In Europe '66-'67" by The Move 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 ... 20-Apr-2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Caught Live (6): Stand Up & Rock! @ Chesterfield 17/04/18

Encore: Jasper Carrott shining electric light bright (literally!) with the Stand Up & Rock! gang
#1,404: A visit to Chesterfield was on the proverbial ELOBF radar for Yours Truly KJS on Tuesday night (17th April) for the twice postponed Stand Up & Rock! date at The Winding Wheel to see a fully recovered Jasper Carrott back on stage with lifelong pal Bev Bevan and friends following his heart bypass operation and the effects of the Beast from the East in March.

The full house was rockin' and rollin' (and with laughter too) thanx to another polished performance from the legendary comedian and an inspired set of songs performed by this most excellent of musical troupes, interpreting Sixties and Seventies classics by the likes of The Move, Black Sabbath, ELO, The Beatles and other iconic artistes. Having seen not few SUAR shows, the 2018 version of Stand Up & Rock! continues to be immensely entertaining due to Jasper being on top form again and also because SUAR has evidently matured into a slick production. On this occasion, amongst the stellar musical talents of Bev, Phil, Abby and Tony, I noticed how much Suzi has grown into a consummate and confident singer. The fantastic vocal range of Geoff Turton was all the more evident too as he sang songs made famous by James Brown and Joe Cocker with ease before hitting the highs of "He's In Town". Stand Up & Rock! does indeed rock! These final SUAR shows beckon thus:

Chatham Brook & Central Theatre (Thursday 19th April)
Guildford G Live Theatre (Saturday 21st April)
St. Albans Arena (Tuesday 24th April)
Peterborough East of England Arena (Saturday 28th April)
Southampton Mayflower Theatre (Sunday 29th April)
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Monday 7th May)
Clacton Princess Theatre (Friday 11th May)

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) usually include a set list within our gig reviews but we've again decided to keep you in suspense so as to not spoil it for those attending the final shows. Stand Up & Rock! features Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan, Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Geoff Turton and Suzi Woo. Read more about Stand Up & Rock! via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Stand Up & Rock! 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 ... 19-Apr-2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Secret Messages 2LP & ELO Singles Box Soon?

#1,403: The intriguing prospect of ELO's 1983 album "Secret Messages" being reissued on vinyl is on the agenda as at least two European online vendors have begun listing it with a current release date of Friday 3rd August (having slipped 5 weeks from Friday 29th June).

CDON.COM in Sweden cite "Secret Messages" as an imported vinyl LP whereas in Switzerland have it as a 2LP issue raising hopes of the release being the long awaited originally intended (JETDP402) eighteen track edition hinted at as far back as 2013. Both sites are also quoting the release of a package entitled: 7-Singles Box, Vol. 1 (Vinyl 12") too to further grab the attention of ELO collectors and fans this coming Summer. There is no official mention yet of either release by Sony Legacy but Yours Truly KJS has some thoughts on the prospect of a "Secret Messages" LP (&/or CD) reissue later this year.

If a 2LP set is forthcoming, it begs the question as to whether it will contain "Beatles Forever". If so, it will fully celebrate the 35th Anniversary of "Secret Messages" and bring to an end the nine year campaign by ELOBF for its release. If not, it will likely resemble the 2001 remastered expanded CD, being quite a departure by Sony Legacy whereas all previous ELO vinyl reissues have copied the original release. This writer would be surprised if an eleven track "Secret Messages" was spread over two discs. It's also not clearbas to whether another coloured vinyl set is on the way.

Doubtless we will find out soon what exactly is being released but this writer is crossing my proverbial fingers that "Beatles Forever" might see the light of day soon alongside the six trax including the epic "Hello My Old Friend" that didn't make the 1LP (JETLX527) that we have all grown up with. A 2LP "Secret Messages" without "Beatles Forever" would be the strangest of compromises but a boxed set of ELO singles (7" or 12"), now that's something else to wonder about ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 15-Apr-2018

Friday, 13 April 2018

RSD18 Revealed: In Europe '66-'67 (The Move)

#1,402: Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to bring you a little more detail pertaining to the thirteen (13) tracks that will make up the forthcoming RSD2018 European 1LP mono release "In Europe '66-'67" (1960's Records #RANDB022LP) by The Move (as featured in this elobf article last month) thus:

Side A: (1) "Tired Of Being Lonely"; (2) "Cherry Cherry"; (3) "Our Love"; (4) "Walk Upon The Water"; (5) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"; (6) "Night Of Fear"; (7) "Eight Miles High"
Side B: (1) "Flowers In The Rain"; (2) "Why"; (3) "Hey Grandma"; (4) "I Can Hear The Grass Grow"; (5) "Something Else"; (6) "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star"

The mono album will be on sale in selected European independent record shops participating in RSD2018 on Saturday 21st April with any remaining copies made available to order from Saturday 28th April via various EU outlets including those listed below:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-Apr-2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Caught Live: In Dreams: Roy Orbison @ Birmingham 09/04/18

#1,401: I still remember vividly finding out that Roy Orbison - a.k.a. The Big O and co-founder of the greatest of supergroups: The Traveling Wilburys - had passed away back on Tuesday 6th December 1988. It was one of those moments that sticks in your memory forever. So when it was announced that the first ever touring hologram show starring a reimagined 3D Roy backed by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was on the way, Yours Truly KJS was not going to miss the opportunity to witness such a unique event when it called into Birmingham's Genting Arena last night (Monday 9th April).

It was surreal and quite astonishing to see and hear Roy Orbison in person (so to speak) perform the sixteen tracks from his best selling album "A Love So Beautiful" with my own eyes and ears, particularly when my personal fave "Blue Angel" came along. I had to pinch myself as fellow concertgoers gasped at the intricacy of his hologram and the magnificent sound of the forty member orchestra backing his iconic vocals.

Starting out with "Only The Lonely" and ending with, not unsurprisingly, "Pretty Woman", the whole show was truly wondrous - a testimony to the technology developed by BASE Hologram and the legendary songbook of the man also known as Lefty Wilbury. The quality and definition of the hologram was astounding, replete with swaying tassels, swinging guitar lead and the odd "Thank you!" whilst acknowledging glance at his band as the later career trio of "A Love So Beautiful", "You Got It" and "I Drove All Night" blended effortlessly with classics "Running Scared", "It's Over" and "Crying".

It was great to see clips of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and the late, great Tom Petty paying their tributes to Roy on the big screens (the latter quite moving as he fondly recalled Roy leaning over and saying to him "I've got some cherry cokes for later - as if it were contraband or something!") together with some wonderful montages and video footage of his concerts and records down the years. This gig was truly an experience and something very special, combining the timelessness of Roy's music with the very latest visual effects.
Finally, a special mention for The Haley Sisters (a threesome from Bingley in West Yorkshire) who impressed in their support slot with their self-penned songs and some inspired covers.

Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performed: "Only The Lonely" ~ "In Dreams" ~ "Crying" ~ "I'm Hurtin'" ~ "It's Over" ~ "Dream Baby" ~ "Blue Angel" ~ "Love Hurts" ~ "Uptown" ~ "Mean Woman Blues" ~ "Running Scared" ~ "A Love So Beautiful" ~ "Pretty Paper" ~ "You Got It" ~ "I Drove All Night" ~ "Pretty Woman"

Related KJS/ELOBF articles

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends In Dreams: Roy Orbison In Concert 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 ... 10-Apr-2018

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Rare ELO Vinyl Auction in aid of J4T21

#1,400: Some interesting ELO and Jeff Lynne items are now listed on eBay which will be of great interest to fans and collectors of Birmingham's finest in aid of much needed funding for the Justice 4 The 21 campaign, courtesy of my good friend Luis Miguel Alcalá Ortiz.

Up for auction are a factory sample copy of "ELO 2" (SHVL806) signed by Jeff Lynne, a green vinyl copy of "Face The Music" (JETLP201) signed by Bev Bevan and a promo copy of Jeff Lynne's 1977 debut solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (UP36281) complete with an original Jet Records Press Release. All three auctions will finish on Sunday 15th April. Find out more via these links thus:

Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) continue to endorse the Justice 4 The 21 campaign. Please visit the J4T21 official website for further information.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 08-Apr-2018

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Shining A Light: Destination Unknown

#1,399: The first in a series of ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) articles discussing selected ELO songs. Many fans of the Electric Light Orchestra hold the 1990 US boxed set compilation "Afterglow" (Epic Associated Z3K46090) in high regard, not least because it included several of the unreleased tracks from the originally intended "Secret Messages" 2LP including "Hello My Old Friend", "Mandalay" and "No Way Out" alongside UK 'B' sides such as "Buildings Have Eyes", "The Bouncer" and "Buildings Have Eyes", trax previously unavailable in the States at that time.

Interestingly, it was "Destination Unknown" - a song also included in "Afterglow" - which was an unlikely if not surprising choice of title track for a ten track limited edition CD (ZSK2109) put out by CBS to promote the 3CD anthology. "Destination Unknown" first appeared on the UK 12" single for "Calling America" (QTA6844) in 1986, sharing the flip side with "Caught In A Trap". It also appeared on the Dutch 12" single for "So Serious" (EPCA 12.7090) with "Matter Of Fact" before being included in the excellent remastered and expanded "Balance Of Power" CD in 2007.

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

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Livin' Thing: A Blue World Record

#1,398: My previous KJS/ELOBF article looked at the stateside success of ELO's 1976 compilation "Olé ELO" (UA-LA630G) and the multi-coloured quartet of DJ only promos (SP-123) in gold, red, white and blue vinyl. It reminded this writer of another US promo issued just a few months later promoting the lead single from the next Electric Light Orchestra studio album "A New World Record".

The 12" one-sided 33 1⁄3 RPM blue vinyl "Livin' Thing" (SP-137) also became (and continues to be) a collectors item for many ELO fans too as "Livin' Thing" became a worldwide smash, peaking at #4 in the UK (Jet/UA UP36184) and #13 respectively (backed by "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle") in the US (UA-XW888-Y). In becoming the first ELO 12" coloured vinyl single (as far as this writer is aware), "Livin' Thing" b/w "Fire On High" also saw official release in 7" blue vinyl here in the UK too, another first for the band as they began their rise to the summit of charts worldwide. Have you a copy?

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