Saturday, 28 December 2019

ChartWatch: Top 10 Return for Roy Wood & Wizzard

#1,509: As we approach the end of a decade in which elobeatlesforever (elobf) has seen healthy growth from modest beginnings, it seems apt and right to acknowledge another significant milestone for The Move, ELO and Wizzard co-founder Roy Wood.

In the week that saw Jeff Lynne's ELO and "From Out Of Nowhere" remain in the Official Top 30 Album Chart in slipping from #26 to #28 (after 8 weeks), astute fans of Roy Wood will be delighted to see Wizzard rise an amazing nineteen (19) places #10 in the Official Singles Chart with their seasonal classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" giving Woody his first UK Top 10 single when "Are You Ready To Rock?" peaked at #8 in January 1975.
The continued resurgence of IWICBCE is, of course, a result of the inclusion of download and streaming sales by the Official UK Charts Company since 2007 and, looking at the above elobf table, you can see a steady increase in the peak chart position over the last decade of what many folks still consider to be the ultimate Christmas song since it originally reached #4 in December 1973.

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) would like to congratulate both Roy and Wizzard for attaining their first Top 10 single in almost 45 years and hope that we will soon see some long awaited new material, even an album, in the approaching decade.

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 28-Dec-2019 ***

Thursday, 19 December 2019

ELO: Eight Injection Moulded Singles

#1,508: Injection moulded singles started appearing on record shelves circa 1971 predominantly by two of the major labels at that time in Philips and Polydor. They were developed primarily as a way of reducing the cost in manufacturing the 7" format with their painted labels deemed somewhat cheaper than the printed paper labels that preceded them for decades.

Whereas elobeatlesforever (elobf) has focused on the rarer UK issued ELO solid centre singles "Showdown" (HAR5077), "Turn To Stone" (UP36313), "Mr. Blue Sky" (UP36342) and "Telephone Line" (UP36254) in recent years, Yours Truly KJS thought it was high time that elobf took a look at the injection moulded singles featuring ELO released in the UK.

Firstly, released in support of "Face The Music" (JETLP11) during their tenure on Jet/Polydor, the three FTM singles "Evil Woman" (JET764), "Nightrider" (JET769) and "Strange Magic" (JET779) were all injection moulded in dark blue and are easy to find. Bev Bevan's solo single "Let There Be Drums" (JET777) and four Roy Wood/Wizzard releases are other examples.

Next, with ELO at their commercial peak in 1979 and their "Discovery" album (JETLX500) still riding high in the UK album chart, some green coloured injection moulded copies of the third single "Don't Bring Me Down" (JET153) were imported from France to help Jet/CBS meet the demand turned out to be ELO's highest placed UK single at #3 in their own right.

Another four years or so would elapse before ELO fans and collectors would come across more of the same in 1983 probably due more to ongoing financial difficulties at Jet rather than actual record sales when both "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (A3500) and "Secret Messages" (A3720) appeared with a silver injection moulded label in addition to initial copies sporting the familiar yellow Jet paper label. A blue coloured injection moulded variant of "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" was also issued and continues to be a rarity to this day. For the record, "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" peaked at #13 and "Secret Messages" stalled outside the Top 40 at #48.

Another ELO injection moulded UK single appeared in May 1984 as part of the Harvest/EMI Golden 45's series when "10538 Overture" backed by "Roll Over Beethoven" (G45 22) saw reissue as a silver injection moulded item as well as editions in alternate black and mauve paper labels. This is perhaps the rarest of the eight featured records in this article to locate. ELO (and related artist) vinyl continues to offer up the odd surprise for the avid and/or casual fan and collector! Here's hoping that you've enjoyed reading this article!

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 19-Dec-2019 ***

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Career Crossroads: Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne

#1,507: Perhaps the most fascinating period in the careers of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne is the five year period between 1971-76 in which The Move morphed into the Electric Light Orchestra and Roy Wood excelled both with Wizzard and as a solo artist.

Yours Truly KJS has compiled the above matrix of twenty one (21) charting UK singles to highlight the amazing success that Roy Wood enjoyed during a time when Jeff Lynne had his first UK hit UK yet was very much in the shadow (commercially speaking) of his former band mate until the meteoric rise of ELO in their home country started in 1976. We can draw some interesting facts and conclusions from the aforementioned graphic produced for elobeatlesforever (elobf) thus:

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 12-Dec-2019 ***

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Reasons to Release: Beatles Forever

#1,506: Much has been said down the years, not least by this writer, regarding "Beatles Forever", the one and only remaining (officially) unreleased track from "Secret Messages", ELO's originally intended 1983 double album (JETDP402) which was sadly culled "for commercial reasons" to the 1LP issue (JETLX527) that we all knew and loved until the 35th anniversary 2LP was released last year (albeit without its proverbial crown jewel) not forgetting the recent Japanese Blu-spec CD2 issue, also without "Beatles Forever".
Whilst we have been told that the track is an embarrassment to Jeff Lynne these days on account of his later work with George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, we know that "Beatles Forever" was indeed deemed good enough to be revealed to the masses if the 2LP had been released back in 1983, even though elements of it appeared in 1984's "Video!" as part of the "Electric Dreams" OST. It's also fairly certain that it would have been part of a "Secret Messages" 30th anniversary edition in 2013 that was in the works before the ELO maestro signed up with Frontiers Records. Hence, leaving out "Beatles Forever" from "Secret Messages" (both in 2018 and 2019) still seems bizarre especially when it was labelled as "The Legendary Double Album As Conceived By Jeff Lynne - Recorded in 1983" and quoted in the brief sleeve notes as having "escaped intact".
The funny thing is that Jeff Lynne does not need be concerned with the title "Beatles Forever", it is not unique being a phraseology used in Beatles magazines, fanzines, books, tapes and even a German EP (see the above header montage) across six decades. His song would merely join a long line of tributes and accolades afforded to his Beatles heroes.

Yours Truly KJS began elobeatlesforever (elobf) in February 2009 to promote the official release of "Beatles Forever". If there were no appetite for another "Secret Messages" album set, a limited edition single would do! We continue with those hopes.

Friday, 6 December 2019

ChartWatch: From Out Of Nowhere Rebounds + Wizzard Return

 #1,505: Perhaps due to the recent BBC4 re-transmission of their November BBC Radio 2 In Concert show and the "Wembley Or Bust" film last weekend as well as the release of the "From Out Of Nowhere" picture disc (read more here), Jeff Lynne's ELO have returned to the Official Albums Chart Top 100 this week, jumping from #22 up to #18 after five (5) weeks on the chart. "All Over The World" has also chalked up its 201st week in the Top 100 by sneaking in at #99.

Meanwhile, over in the Official Singles Chart Top 100, Roy Wood and Wizzard have re-entered at #44 with "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". Having peaked at #12 last year, Woody stands a good chance gatecrashing the Top 20 again in 2019!

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 06-Dec-2019 ***

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Time for More ELO Picture Discs?

#1,504: The arrival of the exclusive amazon Black Friday picture disc edition of the new Jeff Lynne's ELO album "From Out Of Nowhere" begs an interesting question for ELO (and related artistes) fans, followers and collectors: With all those iconic album sleeves, why have only "Out Of The Blue" and "From Out Of Nowhere" been issued as picture disc albums to date?

Looking at the above elobeatlesforever (elobf) montage of sixteen (16) ELO album covers (which is by no means exhaustive), you can see how agreeable they would be as picture discs. Prime examples (in the considered opinion of Yours Truly KJS) would be "Eldorado", "A New World Record", "Discovery" and "Time". Dare I suggest that a "Secret Messages" 2LP picture disc set including "Beatles Forever" would also tick many boxes? Which ELO albums would you like to see issued as limited edition picture discs?
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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 05-Dec-2019 ***

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Review: Secret Messages (ELO)[Japan Blu-spec CD2]

#1,503: The 35th Anniversary Blu-spec CD2 limited edition release of ELO's sublime 1983 "Secret Messages" album duly arrived at elobf HQ earlier today from Japan following its release last week and you can imagine that Yours Truly KJS was keen to have a listen or three!

You cannot but admire the way that these Japanese issues are presented with the disc in their own sleeve alongside a replica inner sleeve from the original LP emerging out of one side and the the CD booklet from the other in a neat downsized version of last years 2LP edition. The sound is obviously cleaner than previous CD issues thanx to the inherent phase transition mastering giving the seventeen (17) tracks comprising "Secret Messages" (Epic Records #SICP-31313) verve, clarity and a renewed freshness. "Hello My Old Friend", "Bluebird", "Stranger" and "Buildings Have Eyes" sound especially gorgeous in the opinion of this writer.
It should therefore come as no surprise for me to say that this is as good as "Secret Messages" by Electric Light Orchestra is going to get until "Beatles Forever", the final piece of the jigsaw, is added to complete what is still an album that some ELO fans still fail to grasp. You'd expect me to say that and I'll continue to do so! Expect the absence of "Beatles Forever" to be addressed again in a near future elobf article. In the meantime, you can still order this amazing Blu-spec CD2 package from CD Japan by clicking on this link. ★★★★

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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Secret Messages" by Electric Light Orchestra 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 elobf universe ... KJS ... 03-Dec-2019 ***

Monday, 2 December 2019

Mr. Blue Sky: ELO's Signature Song

#1,502: If you were to ask the casual music follower and avid ELO fans what, in their opinion, is THE definitive ELO song, many would answer "Mr. Blue Sky" immediately. Taken from the finale of "Concerto For A Rainy Day" on side three of their much loved double album "Out Of The Blue", MBS peaked at #6 in the Official UK Singles Chart at the end of February 1978 and a more modest #35 in the United States Billboard 100. But the story, surprisingly, doesn't end there.

Casual fans are probably aware that ELO's UK chart performance waned as the eighties progressed from the high of "Xanadu" (JET185) reaching #1 in 1980 to the tragedy of "Getting To The Point" (A7317) attaining #97 in 1986. But what this writer didn't realise, thanx to my browsing through the Official Chart Archive, was that "Mr. Blue Sky" has breached the Official UK Singles Chart during the download era on five (5) occasions hitting (for one week) #99 in June 2011, #94 in August 2011, #88 in August 2012 (perhaps due to it featuring in the London Olympics closing ceremony), #97 in October 2012 and #88 again in May 2017.

Undoubtedly, "Mr. Blue Sky" (originally UP36342/SJET104) remains the ultimate iconic, feel good song that simply never loses its appeal across all generations and is always guaranteed to get audiences up on their feet at every ELO themed gig!

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 02-Dec-2019 ***

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Review: From Out Of Nowhere (Jeff Lynne's ELO)

#1,501: Having decided to recommence writing new elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles after a seven (7) month hiatus, Yours Truly KJS feels quite strange to be putting together this review regarding "From Out Of Nowhere" (RCA/Big Trilby Records), the latest studio album from Jeff Lynne's ELO, a whole calendar month after its release back on Friday 1st November (which just happens to have been my 52nd birthday) in the wake of its impressive recent chart topping exploits, especially now that the rather nice amazon Black Friday exclusive edition picture disc has enjoined the earlier black, blue and gold vinyl releases and FOON has slipped out of the UK Top 20 after four (4) weeks.

Having reacquainted myself with 2015's "Alone In The Universe" in advance of the release of FOON, my first impression of the 10 new trax on offer was that "From Out Of Nowhere" was an improvement, a more cohesive and consistent recording than AITU. Whereas retrospectively the former now feels like it was hastily assembled, the latter is a much more polished affair, a little like ELO albums of old. From the familiar tones of the opening title track (thanx to extensive BBC Radio 2 airplay) through to classy closer "Songbird", this writer senses a return to the songwriting form of the ELO maestro harking back to the good 'ol days. ELO fans, new and old, will love the changes in tempo afforded throughout what is a relatively short outing (32:42) with the pensive "All My Love" and "Losing You" balanced (with power) by "Down Came The Rain" (a familiar theme)"One More Time" (isn't it great to see Richard Tandy credited on an ELO LP again?) and "Time Of Our Life", a thoughtful inclusion to thank the 60,000+ fans who attended the 2017 "Wembley Or Bust" show. On a personal note, my twin faves at the time of writing continue to be "Down Came The Rain" and "Sci-Fi Woman" - formerly "WiFi Woman".
"From Out Of Nowhere" is a record that deserved to hit the heights of #1 in a challenging modern music market. We now look forward to some extensive 2020 dates and, hopefully, more fabtastic memories. ★★★★★

  Trax: [1] "From Out Of Nowhere" (3:15) ~ [2] "Help Yourself" (3:14) ~ [3] "All My Love" (3:06) ~ [4] "Down Came The Rain" (3:29) ~ [5] "Losing You" (3:36) ~ [6] "One More Time" (3:28) ~ [7] "Sci-Fi Woman" (3:07) ~ [8] "Goin' Out On Me" (3:09) ~ [9] "Time Of Our Life" (3:10) ~ [10] "Songbird" (3:08) 

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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "From Out Of Nowhere" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 01-Dec-2019 ***

Thursday, 28 November 2019

UP36264: Telephone Line Twist

#1,500: Every so often, record collectors of all genres come across vinyl oddities and the same is true when it comes to ELO and related artistes. Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) down the years would have read various elobf articles on the subject of rare ELO singles and albums not forgetting the attempts by this writer to locate certain hard to find solid centre issues of "Showdown" (HAR5077), "Turn To Stone" (UP36313) and more latterly "Mr. Blue Sky" (UP36342).

Other than the withdrawn second ELO EP (ELO2), the phantom 1978 Jet/CBS reissue of "Turn To Stone" (SJET103) and even the ultra-rare original UK Jet/Polydor issue of "OlĂ© ELO" (JETLP19), the only remaining realistic record that I'm actively searching for these days is a solid centre copy of "Telephone Line" (UP36254). Hence you can imagine my surprise recently when Yours Truly KJS came across a quirky Irish solid centre copy of "Telephone Line" on the United Artists label (see above photos) - as was the case with "Livin' Thing" (UP36184/JET786), the lead single from "A New World Record" (UAG30017/JETLP20).
"Telephone Line" and its jumbled 'B' side has been the subject of not a few elobf articles down the years!
The funny thing about this particular 7" is that it has been allocated the catalogue number UP36264 (whether intentionally or not) whereas UP36254 is evident in the run-out groove. It's also noteworthy that the flip side features only "Poorboy (Greenwood)" - albeit without the "The" - but not "King Of The Universe", as was the case in the UK. Whilst I'm happy with this capture, the search for that elusive solid centre UP36254 will go on. Please let me know if you see one!

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 28-Nov-2019 ***

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Black Friday Bulletin: Jeff Lynne's ELO, Cheap Trick & Roy Wood

#1,499: Watch out for a couple of interesting items that might well have Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood vinyl collectors queuing up to "Hold On Tight" to this coming (Black) Friday 29th November 2019!

Firstly, a rather nice collectable amazon exclusive picture disc edition of the new Jeff Lynne's ELO album "From Out Of Nowhere" will be released on Friday priced at £19.99 with pre-orders now being taken here: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YTF5W8W

Secondly, Cheap Trick will be also releasing a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" on Friday backed with a 2018 live version of Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" featuring Roy Wood as a limited edition 7" single in blood red vinyl. Any remaining copies can be ordered from 30.11.2019 here: www.roughtrade.com/gb/cheap-trick/gimme-some-truth

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 26-Nov-2019 ***

Monday, 25 November 2019

Bev Bevan: Happy 75th Birthday!

#1,498: Today is Monday 25th November and it's also the 75th birthday of Bev Bevan! After starting out with Denny Laine & The Diplomats and then Carl Wayne & The Vikings, Bev co-founded The Move alongside Roy Wood, Trevor Burton, Carl Wayne and Chris 'Ace' Kefford before, of course, also co-founding the Electric Light Orchestra alongside Roy Wood (again) and Jeff Lynne and then ELO Part IIBev also played with Black Sabbath on their "Born Again" tour and more recently has performed with best pal Jasper Carrott in both the Made In Brum and Stand Up & Rock! shows as well as performing with Quill in a 50+ year stellar career.

Throughout the 10+ years of elobeatlesforever (elobf), Yours Truly KJS has often bumped into Bev (often discussing the fortunes of Wolves FC as well as the biz) and featured his many musical projects on multiple occasions. We were there when he received his Broad Street Walk of Fame Star in April 2011 (review here) and also celebrated his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 (report here)Bev has often been supportive of and extended much courtesy to elobf and aside from being the best drummer in the business, the powerhouse of the classic ELO line-up and keeping the music of ELO live (and alive) in the nineties with ELO Part II, it goes without saying that we wish Bev a Very Happy 75th Birthday!

By the way, you can still catch Bev performing with Quill during their upcoming Christmas Tour between Saturday 7th and Sunday 22nd December. See poster below for more details or click on this link to buy tickets: www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/quill
*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 25-Nov-2019 ***

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Jet Connections: ELO Related Albums 1979-80

#1,497: With the back to back success of "Out Of The Blue" (1978), "Discovery" (1979) and "Xanadu" (1980) under their belts, Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were at their commercial peak as the seventies lapsed into the eighties both in terms of record and ticket sales. Everything they released charted whether it was a single, a new album, a compilation or even a boxed set. This was, of course, good news for both the band and their label since 1975: Don Arden's Jet Records.

ELO were still regarded as a septet by many fans at this time, even though their studio recordings began to revolve around Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and Kelly Groucutt. It was during this time that various members of ELO's string section began to release albums via Jet (when distributed by CBS) in their own right and/or with side projects. Four albums were issued in total (and a number of singles too, the subject of a future KJS/elobf article) and although only one of the quartet charted, they did and still do generate interest in the ELO fan base for avid vinyl collectors ...

Surprising non-charting orchestral outing by the ELO arranger with a little help from his friends including Roy Wood and former Wizzard saxophonist Nick Pentelow.

Violinski ~ "No Cause For Alarm" (1979) ~ JETLP219
Mik Kaminski and his blue violin brigade featuring ex-ELO bassist Mike de Albuquerque crept into the UK Top 50 at #49 with their debut album. Lead single "Clog Dance" (JET136) also made the UK Top 20, peaking at #17.

Wilson Gale & Co. ~ "Gift Wrapped" (1980) ~ JETLP223
ELO cellist Melvyn Gale teamed up with Frank Wilson for this hard to find album with Hugh McDowell also contributing.

Violinski ~ "Stop Cloning About" (1980) ~ JETLP232
Their second album featured "Silent Love" which would likely have been another hit single as Radio 1's "Record of the Week" but for an "account problem" with the Jet label.

It's worth noting that during the Jet Records period between 1975 and 1983, every record released by individual members of ELO (other than those noted above by Mik Kaminski and Violinskidid not trouble the charts. That list includes the solo singles "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (1977) by none other than Jeff Lynne (UP36281/SJET102) and "Let There Be Drums" (JET777) by Bev Bevan! You may also enjoy perusing these elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles on similar subject matter ...

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 24-Nov-2019 ***

Friday, 22 November 2019

ChartWatch: Jeff Lynne's ELO Slipping Away from Top 10

#1,496: The Jeff Lynne's ELO former #1 album "From Out Of Nowhere" has been edged out of the Official Albums Chart Top 10 this week and now sits at a respectable #12 after three (3) weeks. Considering that The Script's new "Sunsets & Full Moons" album nosedived from #1 to #14 at the same time, the performance of FOON has been impressive in a modern chart where new entries often enter at high positions and fall way quickly. In comparison, it's interesting to note that 2015's "Alone In The Universe" clocked up a healthy six (6) weeks in the Top 10 whereas 2017's "Wembley Or Bust" managed just a week at #9 before dropping back to #27 in its second week.

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*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 22-Nov-2019 ***

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Album Chart Milestone for All Over The World

#1,495: Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) think that you might have missed an interesting Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) milestone last Friday (15th November) when their bestselling 2005 greatest hits compilation "All Over The World" re-entered the Official Albums Chart Top 100 at #82 on the back of the success of the new Jeff Lynne's ELO album "From Out Of Nowhere" for it was the 200th week on the chart for the former #1 album!

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 20-Nov-2019 ***

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

ChartWatch: From Out Of Nowhere Exits Top 10

#1,494: As expected, "From Out Of Nowhere" has left the UK Top 10 according the Official Albums Chart Update published yesterday (Monday 18th November). The triumphant recent ten track outing from Jeff Lynne's ELO entered the full chart at #1 in its first week of release before slipping to #7 last week and is now at #11 halfway through this third week.

You may recall that "Alone In The Universe" peaked at #4 in 2015 and eventually managed a respectable 17 week chart run with "Wembley Or Bust" following it two years later into the Top 10 at #9 with an ensuing 7 week chart life. It'll be interesting to see how long FOON hangs around in the UK Top 100 as a plethora of pre-Christmas new releases and compilations flood the market. You can rely on Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) to keep an eye on proceedings and we will report back (hopefully) in the weeks to come!

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 19-Nov-2019 ***

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Goodbye My Old Friends

#1,493: After over 10 years, nearly 1,500 articles and over 3 million views, I've decided to call time on my elobeatlesforever (elobf) site. It's been a blast and despite some negatives from certain individuals and organisations who should know much better, Yours Truly KJS hopes that elobf has been a blessing to readers and featured artistes alike.

I'll still be around on social media and you'll doubtless bump into me at the odd gig or three but there'll be no new articles going forward. Thank you one and all for your support and readership over the last decade!

#elobf #elobeatlesforever
www.elobeatlesforever.com

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-March-2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison Reunite for ELO Summer Dates

#1,492: ELO maestro Jeff Lynne announced earlier today (Monday 18th March) that the Special Guest during his forthcoming Summer 2019 US/Canada tour will be none other than Dhani Harrison, the son of his pal and fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison.

This poignant addition to the bill will further strengthen the many ties between ELO and The Beatles whilst doubtless bolstering modest tickets sales after a low key social media campaign to date. It will be interesting to see if Dhani will join Jeff on stage during the shows, perhaps for a cameo during "Handle With Care". One thing is for sure, audiences in North America will witness a kind of ELO Beatles Together in just a few months when the son of a Beatle joins up with the "son of (The) Beatles". Wouldn't it be interesting if Ringo joined 'em too ...

Find out more about those Jeff Lynne's ELO 2019 US tour dates via this link thus:

www.elobeatlesforever.com/2018/10/jeff-lynnes-elo-2019-take-that-tour.html

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO on tour in 2019 with Dhani Harrison to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-March-2019

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Sweet Talkin' Women: ELO's Ladies in Lyrics

#1,491: The use of the colour blue and the mention of rain have been familiar themes for Jeff Lynne when writing lyrics for ELO songs over the years. Inspired by a recent chat with a fellow follower, Yours Truly KJS and thought it would be interesting for elo beatles forever (elobf) to take a look at how often female names have also turned up too in the ELO back catalogue. With hit singles by the name of "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Evil Woman" well known to avid and casual fans alike and mentions of an "ocean's daughter", a "sweet little lady" and even a "painted lady" elsewhere (not forgetting a certain Lana Wimp in the "Hold On Tight" music video), this writer has come up with the names of  seven ladies whose names are directly quoted in these Jeff Lynne penned Electric Light Orchestra songs thus ...

Nellie Takes Her Bow
Kuiama
Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
Oh No Not Susan
Julie Don't Live Here
"Sweet Maid Marian" (Poor Boy)
"Dear Jo" (Is It Alright)

Doubtless we have missed some and there are more if the net is widened to include Jeff's outings with The Move, The Idle Race or his solo career. And then there's Dr. Roy Wood to consider ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-March-2019