Thursday, 26 March 2015

BREWOOD RETURN FOR TREVOR BURTON & REBECCA DOWNES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Our friends at Brewood Music Festival have just announced that both The Trevor Burton Band [featuring, of course, that superb co-founding member of The Move: Trevor Burton] and Rebecca Downes are returning to the Staffordshire village after their successful performances at the acclaimed festival last year.
The double header is set for Saturday 23rd May 2015 at The Jubilee Hall venue and features both ELOBF recommended artistes in what promises to be a fantastic gig! Tickets are priced at just £8.00 each and can be purchased from The Mess ~ either in person, by telephone on [01902] 851694 or via email at: info@the-mess.co.uk

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Trevor Burton Band and Rebecca Downes 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 ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 26-March-2015

Monday, 23 March 2015

CLASSIC ELO CONCERT TOPS UK CHART

ELO: Back where they belong!
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased to announce that ELO's classic "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley" concert from 1978 has entered the Official UK Music Video Chart at Number One this week! The #1 Blu-Ray edition - packed with bonus footage of three [3] other ELO gigs and the "Discovery" promo film - was released last Monday 16th March 2015 by Eagle Vision/Universal [#ERSBD3017].
Best Seller: "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley"
The success of the release returns Jeff Lynne to the top of the Official UK Chart for the first time since The Traveling Wilburys Collection attained #1 in June 2007. It is also the first ELO #1 in the Official UK Chart since "Time" back in July 1981.

Commercial Own Goal?
One has to ask if the success of this release really does highlight the commercial own goal that has been scored by BBC Worldwide and/or other interested parties with their reluctance to release either last September's Hyde Park spectacular by Jeff Lynne's ELO and/or 2012's "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO" in popular, accessible audio/video formats.

With a total running time of well over three [3] hours at 205 minutes, "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley" collates much of the available ELO video footage from their most successful period between 1973-1979 and is available from amazon.co.uk [at the time of writing] for £9.00 via this link thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Of-The-Blue-Wembley/dp/B00R7S2XT4

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "Out Of The Blue - Live At Wembley" 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 ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 23-March-2015

Saturday, 21 March 2015

RELUCTANCE TO RELEASE: A BOOTLEG CONTROVERSY

What might have been ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The subject of unofficial releases or 'bootleg' recordings can be emotive - if not emotional - for the fans and collectors of any band, especially ELO. From a personal point of view, I've never been a collector of such items but there are many folks who do include them in their collections and want lists. Yet, very rarely, something does come along that makes one consider another line of thinking.

The above 2LP coloured vinyl album contains the entire set from last September's Hyde Park spectacular by Jeff Lynne's ELO and has turned up recently on eBay and other vendor sites for seemingly ridiculous amounts of money. Whilst being very attractive and well presented, this album is not sanctioned. But it does make you wonder why an official album and/or DVD release of what many pundits stated last year was the gig highlight of 2014 was never taken up by the BBC or the artist.
What might have been ...
Whether it be politics, commercial issues, publishing rights or something else, a major opportunity has been missed. For me, that is perhaps the overhanging controversy of the above double album. The same can also be said of the documentary "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO". A film that also enjoyed extensive BBC coverage but has only seen a limited iTunes and amazon 'Instant Video' [US only] download only release, making it also inaccessible for most fans of ELO & Jeff Lynne.
Why no DVD or Blu-Ray release of this classic?
Commercially, both were winners and likely to sell well. One can only speculate as to the reasons behind the reluctance to release both or either. But the flip side of not releasing such items makes unofficial releases or 'bootleg' recordings all the more attractive to certain fans and collectors. Chicken and egg.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] sincerely hopes that we see such official releases announced soon.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 21-March-2015

Friday, 20 March 2015

FIVE RECOMMENDED READS

Five [5] great books recommended by ELOBF for you to consider checking out ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has recommended a number of books recently by the likes of Dave Scott-Morgan [The Uglys/ELO], John Van Der Kiste, Randy Blazak, Bob Lawton and Charlie Grima [Wizzard]. Within these five [5] books you can find recollections, memoirs, fiction and a biography.

Hence, I thought that it would be a good idea to collate this particular literary quintet into an ELOBF reading list. Please click on the links below to find out more about each publication thus:


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 20-March-2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

RECOMMENDED: AREN'T YOU GLAD THAT IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY? [Charlie Grima]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Sir Martin Kinch - erstwhile proprietor at the famed Cherry Blossom Clinic - has recently been alerting his subjects to an interesting if not exciting book by former Wizzard drummer Charlie Grima entitled "Aren't You Glad That Its Not Christmas Everyday? Memoirs of a Wizzard Drummer" [Mirag Publications; ISBN 9780993187711]. In his own words, Charlie explains the motivation behind his new book thus:

"After a few years of friends encouraging me to write about my times in this business of showing off, I decided to give it a go. I’ve started from the humble beginnings of emigrating to the UK, in the hope that you get a grasp of the culture shock of change that I have experienced. For the better of course. I like to think that I have grasped the “Brummie” sense of humour along the way. Oroight?"

This book really does looks like a great read! "Aren't You Glad That Its Not Christmas Everyday? Memoirs of a Wizzard Drummer" by Charlie Grima can be purchased in Paperback and/or Kindle formats from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk via these links thus:

Kindle
www.amazon.com/Christmas-Everyday-Memoirs-Wizzard-ebook/dp/B00U2JDFII
www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Everyday-Memoirs-Wizzard-ebook/dp/B00U2JDFII
Paperback
www.amazon.com/Christmas-Everyday-Memoirs-Wizzard-Drummer/dp/0993187714
www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Everyday-Memoirs-Wizzard-Drummer/dp/0993187714

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Aren't You Glad That Its Not Christmas Everyday? Memoirs of a Wizzard Drummer" by Charlie Grima to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveWizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 18-March-2015

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

DON'T BELIEVE THE TYPE: ELO SLEEVE SEMANTICS

"On The Run" is only missing on the new Blu-Ray sleeve ... not the disc!
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may be aware that the newly released Blu-Ray edition of ELO's legendary 1978 "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley" concert released by Eagle Vision/Universal [#ERSBD3017] also contains the footage of three [3] other ELO concerts: Brunel University [1973]; Rockpalast [1974] and "Fusion" [1976] as well as the entire "Discovery" promo film [1979]. Unfortunately, there is a typographical error on the sleeve of the newly released Blu-Ray which omits "On The Run" from the track listing for the "Discovery" promo film. Please be reassured that "On The Run" remains in its familiar position sandwiched between "Midnight Blue" and "Wishing" on the actual disc!
"Do Ya" really think "Ma Ma Ma Belle"could be mistaken for the former Move track?
But did you know that it isn't the first occasion where an ELO video release has been blighted by this type of mistake? Back in 1989, when "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley" was issued by Castle/Hendring on VHS [#CASH5036], the video sleeve unfortunately listed "Ma Ma Ma Belle" in place of "Do Ya". A case of history repeating itself but also another reason why collecting ELO [and related] media is never boring ... at least in my opinion!

With a total running time of well over three [3] hours at 205 minutes, "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley" remains a real value for money release which collates much of the available ELO video footage from their most successful period between 1973-1979. "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley" is available from amazon.co.uk [at the time of writing] for just £9.00 via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "Out Of The Blue - Live At Wembley" 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 ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 17-March-2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

CAUGHT LIVE: WINGS OVER ABBEY ROAD

Wings Over Abbey Road put on their very own 'Rockshow' at The Theatre On The Steps last night ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! If last Friday's gig at The Grapes in Stafford was a 'warm up' then the formal theatre debut of Wings Over Abbey Road, then their stunning performance last night [Saturday 14th March 2015] at Bridgnorth's quaint if not aptly named Theatre On The Steps was the full works as the band enchanted the appreciative audience with wonderfully entertaining and note perfect rendition of not only "Abbey Road" but also other selected works of The Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney.
"Taxman" is given the WOAR treatment ... [Photograph courtesy John Collins]
This was a simply magnificent trawl through songs - some familiar and some hidden within a certain classic 1969 album - with pitch perfect vocals by Chris Brighton and Mike Tinsley, astounding guitar craft by a much more prominent Nick Mellor, top class percussion by Darren Ashford, a cracking keyboard contribution by Colin Noon with the lovely, sultry vocals by Debbie Lee-Richardson capping some beautiful harmonies that were a real pleasure to be able to hear. Their Wings set was electric and crowd pleasing and hearing "Abbey Road" live is always a pleasure to experience. The opening notes of "Golden Slumbers" are still so movingly realised by this group and their accurate performance of songs that are essentially not easy to replicate live is to be admired. So, if Wings Over Abbey Road come to a venue near you, you owe it to yourself to go see 'em! They're Maccatastic!

Set list: "Come Together"; "Something"; "Here Comes The Sun"; "Nowhere Man"; "And Your Bird Can Sing"; "Back In The USSR"; "Get Back"; "Taxman"; "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Because"; "You Never Give Me Your Money"; "Sun King"; "Mean Mr. Mustard"; "Polythene Pam"; "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"; "Golden Slumbers"; "Carry That Weight"; "The End"; "Her Majesty"; "Band On The Run"; "Silly Love Songs"; "Drive My Car"; "Maybe I'm Amazed"; "Let Me Roll It"; "Yesterday"; "Let 'Em In"; "Another Day"; ""Lady Madonna"; "My Love"; "Jet"; "Live And Let Die"; "Hey Jude"; "Got To Get You Into My Life"

Wings Over Abbey Road are: Chris Brighton [Vocals/Guitar]; Mike Tinsley [Vocals/Bass]; Colin Noon [Keyboards/vocals]; Nick Mellor [Guitars]; Darren Ashford [Drums] and Debbie Lee-Richardson [Vocals]

You can find out what the band are presently up to via these links thus:

The Abbey Road Experience ~ Official
Wings Over Abbey Road ~ Official

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Abbey Road Experience ~ Wings Over Abbey Road 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 ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 15-March-2015