Monday, 20 September 2021
#1,618: The one thing you are guaranteed when ELO Again take to the stage is a good time and that was certainly the case on the evening of Friday 17th September as longtime leader Colin Smith led a buoyant audience on another journey through ELO's greatest hits at The Place (Oakengates Theatre) just twenty miles up the proverbial road from ELOBF HQ in nearby Telford. It had been over two years since Yours Truly KJS attended an ELO Again gig and the band have certainly advanced in that time, as their cohesive and tight performance proved on the night.
In a show where every member of the septet impressed and the Electric Light Orchestra songbook was more than ably showcased from "10538 Overture" all the way through to "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", it was indeed good to see an energetic ELO Again enjoying their craft. The precise drum work of 'The Powys Powerhouse' who is Aled Lloyd was particularly enjoyable as was the vocal range and quality of violinist Ruth Potts during "Rockaria!" and "Xanadu" - the latter doing much justice to the original UK chart topper featuring, of course, Olivia Newton-John.
In summary, this writer really enjoyed seeing ELO Again ... again! My overall impression is that they are on an upward path which will ensure that they remain a premier ELO tribute band in this rather competitive niche market driven by the resurgence of public interest in Jeff Lynne's ELO hence I look forward with much anticipation to their forthcoming date at The Robin 2 in Bilston on Thursday 21st October.
ELO Again performed: Tightrope ~ Evil Woman ~ Livin' Thing ~ Can't Get It Out Of My Head ~ Confusion ~ Hold On Tight ~ 10538 Overture ~ Wild West Hero ~ Showdown ~ Sweet Talkin' Woman ~ The Diary of Horace Wimp ~ Last Train To London ~ All Over The World ~ Standin' In The Rain ~ Do Ya ~ Strange Magic ~ Shine A Little Love ~ Rock 'n' Roll Is King ~ Telephone Line ~ Turn To Stone ~ Rockaria! ~ Mr. Blue Sky ~ Don't Bring Me Down ~ Xanadu ~ Roll Over Beethoven
ELO Again are currently: Colin Smith (Lead vox/guitar) ~ Andy Smith (String synths/bvox) ~ Aled Lloyd (Drums) ~ Steve Lovett (Bass/bvox) ~ Pete Burrows (Piano/vocoder) ~ Ruth Potts (Violin/vox) ~ Izzy Dembinska (Cello)
Saturday, 18 September 2021
#1,617: Fans of the Electric Light Orchestra & Jeff Lynne can now look forward to new 160 page paperback set to be published on Thursday 25th November entitled "Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song". As the title suggests, the book is a detailed overview of the albums and songs recorded and released by ELO. Penned by author Barry Delve and published by Tewkesbury based Sonicbond Publishing as part of their On Track series, this is a book that Yours Truly KJS/ELOBF is very much looking forward to reading and reviewing as it will nicely compliment Sonicbond's excellent 2020 publication "Roy Wood: The Move, ELO & Wizzard" by James R. Turner. You can order and find out more about both books via the links listed below thus:
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Electric Light Orchestra: Every Album, Every Song" by Barry Delve to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 18-Sep-2021
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
#1,616: Here Is The News: ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) nudged over the 4 million (4,000,000) visitor threshold this afternoon (Tuesday 14th September) but rather than list our many exclusives, interviews, reviews et al, Yours Truly KJS would simply like to thank each and every visitor and/or contributor to ELOBF since we started out back on (Groundhog Day) Monday 2nd February 2009.
Our first million took 2,694 days and 1,131 articles to achieve. Our second million was attained in 505 days and 207 articles. Our third million took just 351 days and 120 articles. Our fourth million has taken a little longer over 1,057 days and 158 articles. This truly amazing journey has now been going for 4,607 days (658 weeks or 151 months) and 1,616 articles since KJS/ELOBF was launched.
"Looking back after 12+ years, almost 4 million views and even though Beatles Forever isn't there, I think we did good with 17/18ths of Secret Messages being released in 2018!" ~ Keith James Sinclair, 13.09.2021
We're really hoping that you're continuing to enjoy reading my articles and that you've found ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) to be an accurate and helpful source of information. We always aim to provide fair and unbiased coverage of all artistes in the ELO universe (and beyond). Many thanx for your continuing support. It's now onwards and upwards up to 5 million!
#ThankYou #elobf #elobeatlesforever
Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 14-Sep-2021
Sunday, 12 September 2021
#1,615: The good people at Cherry Red Records have just confirmed that "Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands: The Bostin' Sounds of Brum Rock 1966-1974" will be released on Friday 26th November. Priced at £20.99, the 3CD boxed set (including a heavily illustrated and annotated 48- page booklet) should be of immense interest to fans of Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood featuring - as it does - the progenitors of the many renowned Birmingham bands who went on to worldwide superstardom in the 70's and beyond as they deservedly earned the tag of music legends. Besides the more familiar songs by The Move, ELO, The Idle Race, Roy Wood and Wizzard, the 69 trax on offer include notable cuts by Ace Kefford, Dave Morgan, Sheridan & Price, The Uglys, Steve Gibbons, Denny Laine, Slade and The Moody Blues. Click on the link below for more information &/or to pre-order "Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands" thus:
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Once Upon A Time In the West Midlands: The Bostin' Sounds of Brum Rock 1966-1974" (Cherry Red Records #CRSEGBOX105) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood/Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.
*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 12-Sep-2021 ***
Saturday, 11 September 2021
#1,614: For both artistes and patrons, it's been an awful long time since regular gigging and you might expect a certain amount of rustiness in returning to both stage and seats but judging by the performance of Quill at The Walker Theatre in Shrewsbury on Thursday night (9th September) the time has been redeemed wisely by Joy Strachan-Brain and her merry band as they edge closer to a 50th anniversary, the release of their much anticipated new studio album "Riding Rainbows" and a busier touring schedule.
Judging by the twenty (20) song set, the septet who are Quill in 2021 have truly upped their game as they broaden their musical bandwidth to reach a wider audience with the aforementioned "Riding Rainbows" complementing an energetic and thrilling live show which not only showcases ten of the new album trax but also references their unique legacy and present membership. There's a nice balance in the songs presented wherein Bev Bevan's stellar career with The Move, ELO and Black Sabbath is perfectly nestled in with Quill's own original material thanx not only the the immense vocal talents of Joy Strachan-Brain (surely one of our best singers), Abby Brant (impeccable keyboards as usual), Lee Evans (top notch guitarist replete with amazing solos) and John Jowitt (sublime bass playing) but also the familiar high class violin antics of Kate McWilliam and world class percussion skills of Andy Edwards in rotation (literally) with Bev.
Quill are truly a unit who ply their trade sometimes in Americana, sometimes in folk and now in temptestuous rock. They really should be playing on a much larger stage as this polished, professional display highlighted. If they don't get your pulse racing and fingers tapping with original songs such as "Scratchin' At My Door" and "Riding Rainbows" then their all action interpretation of "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and "California Man" let alone a mindblowing version of "Heaven & Hell" surely will. The pensive "Winter Rain" (with a nice dedication to Bev's lifelong friend Phil Ackrill) also stood out during this hugely enjoyable concert. With a new album, new shows and a new raw cutting edge, you should consider Quill - whether it be on disc and/or on stage.
Quill performed: Grey Goose Call ~ Chinese Whispers ~ Telephone Line (ELO) ~ Winter Rain ~ Scratchin' At My Door ~ Coat Of Colours ~ Dead Man Walking ~ I Can Hear The Grass Grow (The Move) ~ Riding Rainbows ~ Black Dog Day ~ Say It Ain't So ~ Can't Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood) ~ Begin Again ~ Kate's Jig ~ Bullet Proof ~ California Man (The Move) ~ Love On The Run ~ Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath) ~ Blackberry Way (The Move) ~ Don't Bring Me Down (ELO)
|Quill @ Lichfield Garrick 04/09/21 (Photo courtesy Bev Bevan)|
Quill are currently: Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead vox) ~ Bev Bevan (Percussion/drums) ~ Kate McWilliam (Violin/vox) ~ Abby Brant (Keys/vox) ~ Lee T. Evans (Guitars/vox) ~ John Jowitt (Bass/vox) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums/Percussion/guitar)
Check out these recent KJS/ELOBF articles:
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) continue to endorse Quill ft. Bev Bevan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of the Electric Light Orchestra/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles, Black Sabbath and related artistes.
*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 11-Sep-2021 ***
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
#1,613: Not only will Jasper Carrott and The Bev Bevan Band featuring Phil Tree, Lee Evans and Abby Brant will be back on the road soon with a string of new Stand Up & Rock! this Autumn, they'll be joined by former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist/vocalist Andy Bennett for their forthcoming UK theatre dates. Having seen Andy perform solo, Yours Truly KJS is certain that this is another exciting addition to the cast of SUAR! Details of all forthcoming shows can be found via the official Jasper Carrott website and KJS/ELOBF Gig Guide(s) thus:
Get an idea of what to expect by reading these KJS/ELOBF 'Caught Live' gig reviews:
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Stand Up & Rock! ft. Bev Bevan & Jasper Carrott to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles, Quill, Black Sabbath and related artistes.
*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... 08-Sep-2021 ***