Friday, 18 June 2021

Recommended: Let There Be Drums (The Don Powell Band ft. Bev Bevan)

#1,595: Legendary Slade drummer Don Powell (and his band) have teamed up with a whole host of other legendary drummists including our very own Bev Bevan (The Move, ELO, Black Sabbath, Quill), Brian Bennett (The Shadows) and Andy Edwards (Quill) to record a charity single cover of Sandy Nelson's instrumental classic "Let There Be Drums" (UK #3; January 1962) to raise funds for #WeMakeEvents in aid of the many musicians struggling to make ends meet during the current plandemic. Many Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) fans and collectors will recall that Bev also released "Let There Be Drums" b/w "Heavy Head" (Jet/Polydor #JET777) as his debut single in 1976.

This new version is officially released on Friday 18th June and can be purchased from all popular download and streaming services with a limited edition batch of 250 CD singles containing three trax priced at £8.80 each also available to order via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Let There Be Drums" by The Don Powell Band & Friends 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 ELOBF universe ... KJS ... 18-June-2021

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Recommended: City On The Plain (Morganisation)

#1,594: With anevocative new music video invoking fond memories of the ELO Part II gigs with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in 1991, Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) are of the opinion that fellow ELO fans will enjoy viewing and/or listening to "City On The Plain" - the new single from former Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) member Dave Scott-Morgan and Morganisation - just released on Friday 11th June. In Dave's own words it's an "anti-woke satire for the ides of twenty-one ... The cover painting of Vladimir Lenin on The First Day Of Soviet Power in 1917, is by Nikolai Lukich Babasyuk. The song title is culled from the Book of Genesis chapter 13 verse 12: Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom."

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ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "City On The Plain" by Morganisation to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... KJS ... 15-June-2021

Sunday, 13 June 2021

#ELO50: 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Japanese BSCD2 Reissues

#1,593: Aside from the influx of new merchandise into the Jeff Lynne's ELO store, there has seemingly been little else happening as we approach the midpoint of ELO's 50th anniversary year ... until now! Our friends at CDJapan are currently taking pre-orders for a sextet of limited edition Blu-spec CD2 (BSCD2) releases due out on Wednesday 25th August 2021.

Expect further similar outings for the Electric Light Orchestra album back catalogue from "On The Third Day" to "Balance Of Power" to follow (sadly) with the exceptions of "Xanadu" and "The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach)".

"Mr. Blue Sky", "Zoom", "Live", "Alone In The Universe", "Wembley Or Bust" and "From Out Of Nowhere" will all be issued in a mini-LP cardboard sleeve which will doubtless thrill ELO completist fans and collectors alike. Five albums are priced at 2,500yen ($22.80 or £16.16) each with the 2CD "Wembley Or Bust" retailing at 3,600yen ($32.83 or £23.28) each at the time of writing. Please click on the links below for further info and to place pre-orders bearing in mind there may be additional import duty charges for these items:

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 13-June-2021 ***

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

ELO Beatles Forever Mailing List

#1,592: With over 3 million views since February 2009, Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) have built up a solid reputation in not only covering all things ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, related and indie artistes but also a whole host more aside from continuing our campaign for the official release of "Beatles Forever" from the originally intended 1983 "Secret Messages" 2LP set.

With that in mind, if you'd like to start receiving email notifications of new KJS/ELOBF articles, please consider joining the Official ELOBF Mailing List by dropping a line to should you be so minded. Many thanx in advance for your interest!

*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 01-June-2021 ***