Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sight 'n' Sound, Jeff Lynne & Indian Queen

#1,430: Sight 'n' Sound are a group who have featured often here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) over the years. Always remembered for their harmonies and originally led by Grant Kearney with an impressive list of former members including Mike Sheridan (Tyler), Rick Price, Geoff Turton, Roger 'Ollie' Spencer and Kelly Groucutt, their links with The Move, ELO and 'Brum Beat' make Sight 'n' Sound all the more noteworthy as far as Yours Truly KJS is concerned. But there is another connection between Sight 'n' Sound and ELO/Jeff Lynne to be explored.

When elobf started covering gigs by a reformed Sight 'n' Sound back in 2014, bassist Neil Craddock told me about the recording a song in the studio with Jeff Lynne circa 1974 which, sadly, never saw release. This would have been around the time that Kelly Groucutt left the band to replace Mike de Albuquerque in the Electric Light Orchestra. The song was in question was "Indian Queen", a short demo that can be found on disc three of the ELO career retrospective "Flashback" (2000) with a later, longer demo that was once famously played in full by legendary DJ Kenny Everett and attributed as ELO. The "Flashback" demo and the version aired on Radio 1 (which can be found in various bootlegs and on YouTube) are somewhat different with the Sight 'n' Sound recording closer to the latter version. All interesting stuff!

Sight 'n' Sound are a quartet these days who still include Neil in their ranks alongside long time guitarist Brian Eustace, drummer Warren Shaw and keyboard maestro Paul Trappett. They don't play "Indian Queen" but they do include a marvellous ELO Medley in their set and their famed harmonies remain. If you are at a loose end, you can catch them live at The Nest in Chadsmoor, Cannock on Saturday 14th July.
An elobf selection of Sight 'n' Sound 7" vinyl from 1968 to 1976 ...
Find out more about Sight 'n' Sound and/or their latest live dates via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) continues to recommend Sight 'n' Sound 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 ... 12-July-2018


  1. A goofy song, but the BBC tape deserves to be released.

  2. Always thought it was a lot like the beach boys I can hear music. I actually taped it on to cassette the day Kenny played it as he announced he was going to.

    1. HiYa! Wonderful memories! Would love to hear that cassette recording! ... KJS@elobf