Thursday, 26 November 2020

Review: Singularity (Rain)

#1,548: elobeatlesforever couldn't let local prog rockers Rain release their debut album " Singularity" (Giant Electric Pea #GEPCD1067) without running the proverbial elobf rule over it. Many ELO fans forget that they were considered to be a progressive outfit themselves thanx to their early LP's "ELO II" and "On The Third Day" and this enjoyable five track, 47 minute journey by Rain, who include Rob Groucutt (yes, Kelly's son) and Mirron Webb alongside current Quill members Andy Edwards and John Jowitt in their ranks, will likely tick the box for those searching for new prog talent with an experimental aspect.

"Singularity" is ironically an album of differing streams starting with the excellent (and my fave) "Devils Will Reign". It's classic prog with apt if not prophetic lyrical observation of current societal machinations. "Population will reduce, Innocence is now". Indeed. Without doubt there are elements here of Yes in their prime. Vocals are solid throughout hence with its prominent pulsing bass, wonderful guitar craft, articulate percussion and inventive keys, the whole recording hangs together quite nicely closing, as it does, with a surprising twist of industrial jazz vibe for the title track. I have a feeling that this album will suit vinyl quite nicely. Water great debut for Rain! ★★★★
Trax: "Devils Will Reign" ~ "Dandelion" ~ "Walk Away" ~ "The Magician" ~ "Singularity"
"Singularity" by Rain (CD) is currently available to purchase by clicking this link. Vinyl edition to follow soon!

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Singularity" by Rain to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move, The Idle RaceQuillThe Beatles and related artistes. With thanx to author James R Turner for his timely nudge.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 26-Nov-2020 ***

Friday, 20 November 2020

Roy Wood Returns with Orchestral Take on Christmas Classic

#1,547: elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to announce that after a period of radio silence, Roy Wood has been working closely in the studio with Daniel McCormackThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Swan Music in recording a stunning new orchestrated version of his perennial Wizzard festive classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" as part of the forthcoming new album: "A Royal Philharmonic Christmas".

Having heard a sample of this lush interpretation, Yours Truly KJS can confirm that the end result is a triumph! This is no ordinary cover as Roy has been instrumental in the arrangement and production of this version. It's also been chosen as the lead single with Roy's permission. You can find out more about the new single and album by joining the A Royal Philharmonic Christmas Facebook group wherein you can expect to see brand new interviews with Roy and be first in the queue for pre-order info. A limited number of CD's will also be exclusively available to order for group members.

"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be released on Friday 4th December with pre-orders available via iTunes, amazon and Google Play from Friday 27th November. Click on the links below for further info and to visit/join the A Royal Philharmonic Christmas official web site, Facebook and Twitter pages thus ...

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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and "A Royal Philharmonic Christmas" by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of Roy WoodWizzardELO/Jeff LynneThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 20-Nov-2020 ***

Friday, 13 November 2020

Five Years On: Alone In The Universe

#1,546: Today is Friday 13th November and -  not unluckily for fans and followers of Electric Light Orchestra maestro Jeff Lynne - it's the fifth anniversary of the release the Jeff Lynne's ELO album "Alone In The Universe" on this day and date back in 2015! AITU was a huge commercial success "Down Home Town" in the UK peaking at #4 and staying in the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart for an impressive 17 weeks whilst also enjoying significant chart success "All Over The World" - as detailed here.
The standard CD and vinyl issue of "Alone In The Universe" comprised ten new Lynne penned songs (including the title track) with two bonus trax ("Fault Line" and "Blue") offered in a lenticular sleeved deluxe edition and "On My Mind" included in the Japanese release. Lead single "When I Was A Boy" preceded AITU in most territories with another three songs promoted as singles for ongoing radio promotion. In the UK, a limited quantity of single track CDR singles were also produced and distributed (see above montage).

Thanx to a strong promotional campaign by Jeff himself and his then new deal and laid the foundation for with Sony's well known Columbia Records label (via their UK imprint RCA), "Alone In The Universe" surpassed the earlier Top 10 attainments of "Long Wave" (#7) and "Mr. Blue Sky" (#8) in 2012, laying the foundations for several high grossing stadium tours in the UK, Europe and the States as well as an iconic appearance at Glastonbury in 2016 and a packed house at Wembley Stadium in 2017.
In the opinion of Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever, the release of "Alone In the Universe" ensured that an ELO with Jeff Lynne firmly in the spotlight returned to the fore not only in the eyes of home fans and the Great British public but also their many admirers across the Atlantic and English Channel as both a recording and touring legend. Happy 5th Birthday AITU!

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Friday, 6 November 2020

Compilation Corner: ELO Part II

#1,545: When it comes to talking compilations, perhaps locating any collection including original songs by ELO Part II is noteworthy being as only two studio albums ("Electric Light Orchestra Part Two""Moment of Truth") and two live albums ("Performing ELO's Greatest Hits Live" & "One Night Live in Australia") were released during their decade long existence.

Aside from the many multiple budget cut and paste versions of the "One Night" album that continue to proliferate across Europe to this day, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have only identified a couple of various artistes CD compilations wherein ELO Part II trax are included. There may be more out there but these two come to mind for the purposes of this elobf article ...
1995: Nestled between Wendy & Lisa's "Waterfall" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day", you'll find the excellent Eric Troyer penned "1000 Eyes" on "Precious Metal" (TEMPCD014), released by Temple (an imprint of Telstar Records) and later renamed "Precious Rock" due to a clash with a similarly entitled hits package. This writer remembers being surprised that that an ELO Part II song was included a full 4 years after Telstar released "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" in 1991 and it's not out of place in such illustrious classic rock company.

1996: Rock ballad "One More Tomorrow" (written by Bev Bevan, Phil Bates and Mik Kaminski) can be found on budget CD "Summer Dance Party" (SP01654) issued in Germany by Mediahaus Productions in a rather eclectic mixture of trax including "Lola" by The Kinks and "It's A Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler. The 2CD live album "One Night Live in Australia" was initially put out by Mediahaus Strobel through SPV GmbH with "One More Tomorrow" also released as a single earlier that year, hence its inclusion.

Please contact KJS@elobf if you are aware of any other releases that include original ELO Part II songs excluding, of course, their live recordings of ELO hits ... 

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Roy Wood: Live 2021 (Cancelled)

#1,544: It's great to see live dates starting to pop up in the 2021 calendar for Dr. Roy Wood and his accomplished Rock & Roll Band! So far the postponed Rockmas 2020 event at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and a newly confirmed date at The Picturedome in Holmfirth are on the roster. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) understand that more dates will be revealed soon. We'll do our best to collate and list any confirmed Roy Wood UK dates in 2021 replete with pricing and links to buy tickets. Please bookmark this elobf article in order to keep up to date with any Woody gig developments as we head towards the "Rock 'n' Roll Winter" and beyond!

Friday 19th November (now Friday 18th November 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each

Sunday 21st November (now Sunday 20th November 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £30 each

Tuesday 23rd November (now Thursday 10th November 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tickets: from £31.50 each

Saturday 27th November (now Saturday 26th November 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Tickets: from £30 each

Thursday 2nd December (now Sunday 4th December 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: from £32 each

Saturday 4th December (now Friday 2nd December 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Holmfirth Picturedome
Tickets: from £28 each

Tuesday 7th December (now Thursday 15th December 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Town Hall, Cheltenham
Tickets: from £30 each

Saturday 11th December (now Saturday 10th December 2022)
Roy Wood Rockmas 2022 @ Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets: from £35 each

Thursday 16th December (now Saturday 17th December 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
Tickets: from £30 each

Wednesday 22nd December (now Thursday 22nd December 2022)
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ St. George's Hall, Bradford
Tickets: from £31.50 each

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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood Live to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 03-Nov-2020 ***