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

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 US/Canada Summer 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 US tour dates via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO on tour with Dhani Harrison to those enlightened folks who love ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The 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 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

#1,490: There was renewed discussion last week within some ELO centric Facebook groups as to the twenty three songs currently filed under the Jeff Lynne's ELO moniker on ASCAP's ACE Repertory database wherein an additional ten trax are detailed aside from the thirteen 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/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!

#1,489: 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. Guests include The Steve Gibbons Band, Ricky Cool and Danny King amongst not a few others. Remaining tickets are available via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends BurtonFest 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 ... 09-March-2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Review: The Best Of Everything (Tom Petty)

#1,488: 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 ELO/Jeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-March-2019