Since 2009. Yours Truly KJS. Founder of ELO Beatles Forever (also known as KJS/ELOBF), a popular fan site covering all things ELO, Roy Wood & related with over 3.9 million views to date. Campaigning for the official release of "Beatles Forever" from ELO's withdrawn 1983 "Secret Messages" 2LP too!
Friday, 16 July 2021
Cassette Corner: Three Light Years & Four Light Years Unboxed
JETTX1: Three Light Years
#1,603: Whilst Electric Light Orchestra(& related artistes) vinyl/CD releases are a regular topic of the many ELOBF posts published down the years, one subject never really covered by Yours Truly KJS is the plethora of cassette (MC) releases that have accompanied most ELO records from their inception (in most cases) up until the mid 1990's. Expect to read future KJS/ELOBF articles on that subject soon!
Two tape releases that kinda slipped under the radar at the time due to my focus on the boxed sets "Three Light Years" (#JETBX1) and "Four Light Years" (#JETBX2) were the commensurate twin cassette versions (#JETTX1 & #JETTX2 respectively). Whilst the 3LP & 4LP vinyl editions transposed the original album trax, the cassettes were somewhat cut and spliced to make the best use of the available tape capacity. "Eldorado" was cut in half for TLY whilst a rearranged "Out Of The Blue" saw "Jungle" moved to follow "Wild West Hero" and "The Whale" relocated after "Steppin' Out" on tape #1 of FLY. The running order of "A New World Record" on tape #2 similarly saw "Shangri-La" inserted after "Mission (A World Record)" with "Telephone Line" moved to the finale whereas "Discovery" was untouched. For those familar with ANWR & OOTB, listening to "Four Light Years" on tape must've been literally out of this world!