Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Album Chart Milestone for All Over The World

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 ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Nov-2019

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

ChartWatch: From Out Of Nowhere Exits Top Ten

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 ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Nov-2019

Friday, 5 April 2019

Goodbye My Old Friends

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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Apr-2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison Reunite for ELO Summer Dates

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:

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

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
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

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Hints of New Jeff Lynne's ELO Album Emerge

There was renewed discussion last week within some ELO centric Facebook groups as to the twenty three (23) songs currently filed under the Jeff Lynne's ELO moniker on ASCAP's ACE Repertory database wherein an additional ten (10) trax are detailed aside from the thirteen (13) known trax to be found within the various global editions of "Alone In The Universe". Whilst it is possible that these new titles are unused songs from the AITU sessions, there is also a reasonable probability that they may be part of the promised forthcoming new Jeff Lynne's ELO album. You can find out more by clicking on this link thus:

Quoting a reliable source, the ten new songs would be in this order if they are indeed the basis of the as yet untitled new album, which would likely be due out this Autumn:

"Time Of Our Life"; "All My Love"; "From Out Of Nowhere"; "Losing You"; "Down Came The Rain"; "Goin' Out On Me"; "All I Need Is You"; "WiFi Woman"; "She's Gone"; "One More Time"

Yours Truly KJS and elo beatles forever (elobf) look forward to the formal announcement of a new Jeff Lynne's ELO album in due course ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-March-2019

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Trevor Burton: Happy 70th Birthday!

Today is Saturday 9th March and it is also Trevor Burton's 70th birthday! As well as being a co-founder of The Move alongside Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne and Chris 'Ace' Kefford, Trevor has performed with the likes of The Steve Gibbons Band, short lived supergroup Balls (with Keith Smart, Richard Tandy, Dave Morgan, Mike Kellie, Steve Gibbons et al) as well as Danny King and Raymond Froggatt during his career.

During the tenure of elo beatles forever (elobf), Yours Truly KJS has featured Trevor on many occasions be it with the excellent Trevor Burton Band and The Move or the Made In Brum and Stand Up & Rock! shows. We were also there when he celebrated being awarded his King's Heath Walk of Fame Star in June 2013 (review here) and also when he celebrated 50 years in the music business in November 2014 (review here). Trevor and his management have often been supportive of and have extended much courtesy to elobf so it goes without saying that we wish him a Very Happy 70th Birthday today!

Trevor has been quite poorly of late and a benefit event aptly entitled BurtonFest has recently been announced in support of Trevor from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd June to be held at Joe Joe Jim's Bar in Cofton Hackett, Birmingham B45 8UU with guests including The Steve Gibbons Band, Ricky Cool & The In Crowd and Danny King amongst not a few others. Remaining tickets are available via this link thus:

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends Trevor Burton and BurtonFest 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 ... 09-March-2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Review: The Best Of Everything (Tom Petty)

Just under four months since it was announced back in October and after the odd delay in release, the 2CD edition of Tom Petty's aptly entitled career overview "The Best Of Everything" (Geffen #00602567934394) arrived here at elo beatles forever (elobf) HQ the other day replete with 38 trax covering four decades of TP output from 1976 to 2016, be it with The Heartbreakers, solo or with Mudcrutch.

Although there have been a few Tom Petty compilations and collections issued over the years, most notably 1993's best selling Greatest Hits package, Yours Truly KJS, as a fan who found TP by way of his association with ELO maestro Jeff Lynne and (of course) The Traveling Wilburys, has been looking forward to seeing how this mix of the familiar with the less well known would hang together and I'm glad to report that this set does indeed do justice to TP's exemplary legacy. Even though there is no Wilburys representation (as with Roy Orbison's 2016 Ultimate Collection), there is plenty of Jeff Lynne input alongside those classic Petty hits.

Yet what makes this superb 2CD TP trawl all the more enjoyable is discovering anew songs such as "Dreamville" and "The Last DJ" with their surprisingly strong Beatles influence whilst being reminded by the likes of "I Forgive It All", "You Wreck Me", "Walls (Circus)", "Angel Dream (No.2)" and the string laden "Southern Accents" of the immense variety of styles in the TP songbook. Having been supremely fortunate to finally see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform live in London just months before his tragic passing in October 2017, it is my sincere belief that "The Best Of Everything" is both the perfect epilogue for avid TP followers and the best of introductions for casual fans if not the general music buying public. ★★

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends "The Best Of Everything" by Tom Petty 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 ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-March-2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Review: Synchronicity (Fay & Latta)

As often stated by Yours Truly KJS, it's a great pleasure to feature talented local, national and international indie artistes here at elo beatles forever (elobf) from time to time betwixt our main focus of ELO and related articles. Yorkshire based duo Fay & Latta are one of those artistes and it's our good fortune that they've just released their fourth studio album "Synchronicity" following on from 2017's "Dust To Stars".

Being as elobf have previously looked over their previous three offerings including "Beauty In Chaos" (an album which included significant input from none other than ELO violin legend Mik Kaminski), it seemed apt to run the rule over "Synchronicity" too. Predominantly acoustic, this record sees Tom Fay and Anneka Fay (Latta) in reflective and pensive mood with eleven tracks of the utmost quality including opener "Lost In My Own Youth", the dreamy instrumental "Periscope"  (there's some intricate guitar craft from Tom throughout), "All For You" (the perfect showcase for Anneka's lovely vocals) and the haunting "Beneath My Skin". Undoubtedly, "Synchronicity" demonstrates the continued maturing of these two fine songwriters and musicians leaving this listener wondering why they are not operating in a higher if not synchronous circle. ★★

Trax: (1) "Lost In My Own Youth"; (2) "Burning Wings"; (3) "Homeward Bound"; (4) "Poles Apart"; (5) "Wish You Could See"; (6) "One Last Goodbye"; (7) "Periscope"; (8) "All For You"; (9) "No Solution"; (10) "The Secret"; (11) "Beneath My Skin"

Find out more about Fay & Latta"Synchronicity" et al via these links thus ...
Review: Beauty In Chaos (2012)
Review: The View From Here (2011)   Review: Dust To Stars (2017)

elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends "Synchronicity" by Fay & Latta to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, The Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Feb-2019

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Review: Things U Say To A Stranger EP (Baby Scream)

Over the last half a dozen years, it has been a real pleasure for Yours Truly KJS to feature relatively regularly the musical outpourings of my Argentinian friend Juan Pablo Mazzolo via his Power Pop vehicle Baby Scream here at elobf so it was good news to hear that a new release was imminent.

New EP "Things U Say To Strangers" arrived recently, a five song mini-album of more Mazzolo magic of just under fifteen minutes of running time, and it's another example of catchy tunes replete with heartfelt, personal lyrics and some very nice guitar licks. Aided and abetted in the studio by Alejando Bellini, Gonzalo Loppeato, Santio Ferrera and Nick Schinder, Baby Scream have developed a polished sound clearly influenced by the likes of Lennon, Bowie and Bolan, fine examples being "Fake It Till You Make It" and "Somebody Kill Me Now". This is an EP that you just keep on playing over and over whilst enjoying much. ★★
elo beatles forever (elobf) recommends the Things U Say To Strangers EP by Baby Scream 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.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Feb-2019

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Another Chart Breaks: ELO & Move Midweek Musing

Ever since the Official Albums Chart Update (or Midweek Album Chart as it's sometimes called) was launched back in March 2010, it's been easy for avid fans and casual enquirers to check on the progress of both new and current charting releases. Followers of ELO and related artistes have seen a plethora of releases in those nine (9) years and have seen albums such as "Long Wave", "Get Up" and "Alone In The Universe" enter the Top 10 during midweek and hold that position (more or less) until the full chart was revealed four days or so later.  With preorders, streams and downloads now also a component in the chart statistics alongside traditional physical purchases, the charts these days are a lot different than those back in the day with some releases charting one week and fading away dramatically the next.

Recent releases by both The Move and ELO have been examples of this modern chart trait. The excellent compilation "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" was released via Cherry Red/Esoteric in January 2017 and landed in the Midweek Chart at #54 (their first charting album since "Move" in April 1968) before falling away and not even appearing in the full album chart that week. Likewise, the long awaited 2LP edition of ELO's enigmatic 1983 album "Secret Messages" (albeit without "Beatles Forever" or a parallel CD issue) was revealed in early August 2018 and hit the halfway chart running at a healthy #49 before also slipping away out of the full Top 100 album roster within a few days (although it did enter the Official Vinyl Chart at a very respectable #7).

Although neither "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" or the "Secret Messages" double album won't be found in the Official Chart Archive in and of themselves, Yours Truly KJS wants this elobeatlesforever (elobf) article to mark their brief unofficial charting success in the ever changing music buying climate of the 21st Century. See also ...

Review: Magnetic Waves Of Sound [The Move]
Review: Secret Messages 2LP (ELO)   Secret Messages Enters UK Vinyl Chart Top 10

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2019

Sunday, 10 February 2019

ELO: The JETLX Files

When Don Arden ditched United Artists and signed Jet Records' marketing and distribution rights up with CBS in early 1978, it initially led to the Electric Light Orchestra back catalogue of albums from "On The Third Day" through to "Out Of The Blue" being reissued and reassigned new JETLP prefixed catalogue numbers, as had been the case during the brief Jet/Polydor years.

Thereafter most Jet/CBS albums were JETLP save for a few exceptions including the quartet of JETLX prefixed LP's released featuring ELO which were "Discovery" (JETLX500), "ELO's Greatest Hits" (JETLX525), "Xanadu" (JETLX526) and "Secret Messages" (JETLX527).
Quite why all four records were prefixed JETLX with two released in gatefold sleeves and two in single LP sleeves (as many fans will recall) is unknown but it is interesting that they all breached the Official UK Album Chart Top 10. It's also of note that ELO's other UK #1 album "Time" (JETLP236) - released between "Xanadu" and "Secret Messages" in 1981 - did not receive the JETLX prefix whereas a "Secret Messages" including "Beatles Forever" in its originally intended 2LP format would have been JETDP402.

If nothing else, ELO's JETLX releases reflect the phenomenal popularity of ELO during the years 1979 to 1983 as Birmingham's best reached their commercial peak at a "Time" when vinyl ruled.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Feb-2019

Friday, 8 February 2019

Review: Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery (Imaginary Creatures)

When lyricist and songwriter David Scott contacted Yours Truly KJS recently regarding the release of "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery", the latest and fourth studio album from his virtual band Imaginary Creatures, informing me that it's a release heavily influenced by early ELO and recorded with "real strings - principally cellos", this particular writer was instantly intrigued and very much looking forward to listening to it in readiness for this latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) review.

.Imaginary Creatures is a collaboration with producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Iain McKinna with "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" also featuring the late, great Ted McKenna (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, Band of Friends, Michael Schenker Fest and many more) on drums alongside cellists Wendy Weatherby and Ron Shaw not forgetting violinist Seonaid Aitken. This is very definitely a progressive rock album with a supernatural theme throughout underpinned by some wonderful, earthy string arrangements and a sound that draws on those first three ELO long players: "Electric Light Orchestra" (or "No Answer" in the States), "ELO2" and "On The Third Day".
 Indeed, there are moments here where you get an idea of what ELO might have become if Roy Wood had not have left to form Wizzard ("At Winter's End" being an example). "Dreams Of California" has a late Move feel to it and there is plenty here to please those who love the early ELO outpourings of Jeff Lynne too. Have a listen to "Mr. Teddy Bear", a track with a deferential nod to both "Mr. Radio" or "The Messenger", a real ELOesque rocker in all but name and reminiscent of "Ma Ma Ma Belle". You can even hear Roy Wood and ELO quoted in the lyrics for "The Night" if you listen carefully!

"Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" (Birnam CD #IMAGC004CD) is twelve songs to be listened to in its entirety - as is the case with all prog rock records. This is an album that will delight those who found ELO in their early days, fans of both Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, and the followers who came thereafter. ★★

Trax: [1] "Electric Warrior" (4:23); [2] "Extase" (4:54); [3] "At Winter's End" (4:43); [4] "Dreams Of California" (4:48); [5] "Shades In The Rain" (4:01); [6] "Mr. Teddy Bear" (4:24); [7] "Wait For Me Judy" (5:51); [8] "The Messenger" (5:38); [9] "The Night" (6:25); [10] "Dread The Dark Season" (3:55); [11] "Ground Zero" (6:00); [12] "The Wrap Party Of The Damned" (5:16)

You can find out more about "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" by Imaginary Creatures via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Sometimes They Get Into The Machinery" by Imaginary Creatures to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, WizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Feb-2019

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Ten Light Years: A Decade of elobeatlesforever

This is elobf article #1,482 and today is Saturday 2nd February 2019. It's also Groundhog Day and a whole decade since elobeatlesforever (elobf) was born in 2009 with our first article (oddly enough) entitled Beatles Forever! So much has happened in the elobf universe in the 3,652 days and 120 months since. Gig reviews, album reviews, interviews, loads of vinyl issues and not a few exclusives (thanx to some amazing pals and reliable sources in the biz). Amazingly, the number of visitors to elobf went over the three (3) million mark on Tuesday 23rd October last year and we are now (hopefully) on the journey to four (4) million views. It's all thanx to you!
A lot has happened in those ten years. Yours Truly KJS has been asked on a number of occasions recently as to what happenings stick out. It's impossible to detail it all but obviously the 2LP release of "Secret Messages" would have been the icing on the cake if it had included "Beatles Forever".

Highlights undoubtedly were being backstage with Roy Wood and Rick Wakeman at Rockmas 2014, seeing Paul McCartney live at Birmingham in May 2015, watching ELO maestro Jeff Lynne perform on stage for the first time at Liverpool in April 2016 and experiencing Tom Petty at Hyde Park in July 2017 amongst many more. Losing Kelly Groucutt in those early elobf days also comes to mind as does the tragic passing away of Mike Edwards, Pete HaycockWilf Gibson, Mike Burney and Hugh McDowell in the ensuing years.

It's been a pleasure introducing regular elobf readers to not a few local, national and international ELO/Beatles influenced indie artistes whilst supporting not only former members of ELO & ELO Part II in their endeavours and covering the ever increasing number of ELO (and related) tribute bands as the music of Jeff Lynne is discovered and/or rediscovered by the masses "All Over The World". I'm also very grateful for the support and courtesy extended to me by ELO co-founders Roy WoodBev Bevan and a whole host of musicians, artistes and their management. It's been a blast despite some negatives from people and organisations who should know much better and those infernal internet trolls.
And it doesn't end there. Thanx to The Robin 2 in Bilston and the Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO), you are cordially invited to elobf's 10th belated birthday bash on Saturday 25th May 2019. What better way to celebrate than to join up with fellow ELO fans whilst enjoying two hours of ELO's greatest hits (and more)? You can find out more via these links thus:

Yours Truly KJS hopes that you enjoy the content and variety within elobf and would like to thank each and every visitor, reader, follower and participant of elobeatlesforever (elobf) for journeying here. Every click really is appreciated!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Feb-2019

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Singled Out: Xanadu

Nestled nicely between the Electric Light Orchestra's chart topping albums "Discovery" (1979) and "Time" (1981) is their five song contribution to "Xanadu" OST in 1980. It's an album that some ELO fans shudder at and others embrace as much as their other studio efforts. Whilst the film has taken on a cult following in latter years and "Xanadu" has been successful adapted to the stage on Broadway and elsewhere, the songs written by Jeff Lynne (all ELO trax) and John Farrar (all Olivia Newton-John trax) for the movie have been far more enduring.

"Xanadu" peaked at #2 (UK) and #4 (US) in August 1980 and amazingly provided no less than six Top 40 UK singles including, of course, a #1 for ELO/ONJ as well as three hit records for ELO in their own right: "I'm Alive" (#20); "All Over The World" (#11) and "Don't Walk Away" (#21) plus two for Olivia Newton-John: "Magic" (#32) and "Suddenly" (#15). "Magic" also topped the chart in the States. It's noteworthy that "The Fall" was the only ELO track not to be released as a single! The irony for both avid and casual fans alike is that recent Jeff Lynne's ELO crowd favourite "All Over The World" is indeed a "Xanadu" track and the ELO maestro includes two songs from JETLX526 in his set lists not forgetting that it is also the name of a certain #1 greatest hits compilation with over one million sales since 2005!
As far as Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) are concerned, "Xanadu" counts as a bona fide ELO album on account of its content, initial success and continuing appeal. It is therefore surprising if not a little disappointing that the "Xanadu" OST has not been given the same expanded treatment as other ELO albums. There is certainly enough material out there to append to the original tracks.
"Drum Dreams" (the flip side to "I'm Alive" and "All Over The World in the US) comes to mind as does the extended "Xanadu Overture" as featured in the finale as well as the rather wonderful lengthened synth intro to "I'm Alive" accompanying the arrival of the muses in the opening sequences of the film. Add to that ONJ's "Fool Country" and an expanded, remastered "Xanadu" reissue is not so difficult to imagine which would doubtless will appeal to both ELO and Olivia Newton-John fans! The only issue might be sorting out the publishing rights between Jet (Sony) and MCA (Universal). An outing in 180g vinyl would also be nice. Music On Vinyl take note!

You may enjoy reading and/or perusing these "Xanadu" themed elobf articles too ...

Magic: The Other Xanadu Picture Disc
Xanadu Side A: ELO or ONJ?
Xanadu: Fifth Promo Picture Disc Relisted on eBay
Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Tops Record Collector Guide
Drum Dreams Double Delight   Drum Dreaming: ELO Trax Only in Vinyl
Recommended: Xanadu [Sharleen Spiteri]   Texanadu
Recommended: Xanadu [Sarah Blasko]
Vinyl Story: ELO's 10" Singles

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Jan-2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Recommended: King's Heath Walk of Fame Beatles Fest 2019

It's always a pleasure to oblige when my good friends Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker over at King's Heath Walk of Fame contact Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) to highlight their now annual Beatles All You Need Is Love Fest which is being held this year on Sunday 10th February, especially remembering that Beatles legend John Lennon once stated that ELO were the "son of [The] Beatles". It was the ultimate of compliments and another huge nod to the influence of The Fab Four on Birmingham's finest whose hometown hosted The Beatles' when they played their maiden live performance on Friday 15th February 1963 - the first of three appearances at King's Heath Ritz Ballroom in the very home of 'Brum Beat'.

The Beatles All You Need Is Love Session is up first featuring an eclectic array of musicians and runs from 3PM until 6PM at Fletcher's Bar, York Road, King's Heath. Tickets are priced at £4 each (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased in person from Kitchen Garden Cafe and/or wegottickets with tickets on the door priced at £5 each (if available). Acclaimed Beatles tribute Made In Liverpool will then strike up the band from 7PM onwards down the road at the Hare & Hounds. Tickets are priced at £12 each (*plus booking fee) and can be purchased in advance via Skiddle or on the door (if available).

For further information, you can email and/or contact Bob on (0121) 689 2360 and/or Ken on (0121) 443 5237 and/or visit these sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends King's Heath Walk Of Fame Beatles Fest 2019 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 ... 23-Jan-2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Magic: The Other Xanadu Picture Disc

JETP196: "Magic"
Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) over the last decade will (hopefully) recall that the withdrawn US promo 10" picture disc of ELO/Olivia Newton-John's 1980 hit "Xanadu" (MC10384) has been featured by elobf on a number of occasions due to its rarity and value, having been sold on eBay at least five times for the best part of $10,000 and it being ranked by Record Collector Magazine as their #1 scarcest, rarest and most valuable picture disc back in April 2015.

Yours Truly KJS is also a record collector as well as being an avid ELO (and related artistes) fan so when I came across another "Xanadu" related picture disc  taken from the ONJ side of the "Xanadu" original soundtrack album (JETLX526), I took the plunge and bought it. "Magic" b/w "Whenever You're Away From Me" (JETP196) by Olivia Newton-John peaked at #32 in the UK Official Singles Chart more or less at the same time that ELO's "All Over The World" (JET195) was just falling short of the Top Ten at #11 during August 1980.
The ultra-rare "Xanadu" 10" US promo picture disc ...
It's a nice item with both sides of the disc sporting a rather glamorous image of ONJ but it does beg one question. If the story is true that the reason that the aforementioned "Xanadu" picture disc was pulled (with just a handful of copies escaping the cull) because Olivia was unhappy with the image on it, then should one presume that she was consulted over and/or happy with those used for the "Magic" picture disc? I guess we'll never know but it's still an interesting line of thought for both ELO and Olivia Newton-John admirers.

Here are some related elobf articles that you may find worth a peruse or three:

Xanadu: Fifth Promo Picture Disc Relisted on eBay (2016)
Fourth Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2015)
Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Tops Record Collector Guide (2015)
Third Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2014)
Second Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2013)
Rare Xanadu 10" Picture Disc Surfaces on eBay (2012)

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Jan-2019

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Album of the Year 2018: Lucky Day (David Myhr)

If you missed the elobeatlesforever (elobf) review of 2018, you will have missed the news that David Myhr's highly rated second solo album "Lucky Day" was chosen as the elobf Album of the Year. So without further ado, you can buy said CD and/or read my May 2018 album review and/or check out the aforementioned Album of the Year announcement via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Lucky Day" by David Myhr 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.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Jan-2019