Friday, 24 October 2014

REVIEW: E.P. [GlasOnGlas]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Gary Burton, a former UK radio DJ who now resides in New York now plying his trade as a singer/songwriter, kindly forwarded me the debut EP of his musical vehicle GlasOnGlas the other day. The release - entitled "E.P." [for some strange reason!] - contains four [4] nicely crafted songs that showcase perfectly his stated musical influences including Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Pugwash, XTC and 10cc [and not a few others].

"E.P.", produced by former Psychedelic Fur Joe McGinty, is replete with catchy hooks, string accompaniment and quirky, heartfelt lyrics instantly impresses with "Lemons Are Not Limes" [my fave track] an instant attention grabber with ELOesque arrangements - and a lead vocal not dissimilar to that of Christopher Cross or Jon Anderson. Next up is the country tinged, pensive ballad "100 Per Cent Proof" with "Mice And Men" following with its eighties vibe pleasing to the ear. Final song "Summer Of Love Feeling" recalls heady London days of the swinging sixties whilst quoting Tony Blackburn, "Waterloo Sunset", "... wonderful Radio 1" and much more! This is not only a great EP of much variety and promise, it serves also as a nice introduction to the talents of a certain exile in NYC. [9/10]

"E.P." trax are: [1] "Lemons Are Not Limes" [4:29]; [2] "100 Per Cent Proof" [3:44];
[3] "Mice And Men" [3:50]; [4] "Summer Of Love Feeling" [4:25]

Gary Burton: Pondering life, lemons and limes ...
GlasOnGlas are: Gary Burton [Vocals]; Joe McGinty [Piano/Keyboards/Drum Machine]; Jim Mastro [Guitars]; Jeremy Chatzky [Bass]; Clem Waldmann [Drums/Percussion]; Claudia Chopek [Violin]; Eleanor Norton [Cello]; Meredith Meyer [Backing vocals]

"E.P." by GlasOnGlas is available to purchase in MP3 format from Bandcamp.com, amazon.co.ukamazon.com, iTunes and other digital outlets.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "E.P." by GlasOnGlas to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 24-Oct-2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: STAND UP & ROCK!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was a case of it being so good that I had to see it twice as Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan and Co. arrived in Dudley last Thursday [16th October] with their "Stand Up & Rock!" show more or less halfway through its highly successful sell-out national theatre tour.

Dudley Town Hall was filled to capacity as the lifelong friends were joined by Trevor Burton [The Move], Geoff Turton [The Rockin' Berries], Joy Strachan-Brain [Quill], Phil Tree, Abby Brant and Musical Director Tony Kelsey for another evening of Carrott comic capers coupled with another fantastic musical journey through sixties and seventies classics.

[L]: KJS with Jasper [and some friends!]; [R]: Bev shows off his portrait

The night was all the more special as I had the opportunity after the show to both present Bev with an original portrait by Glaswegian artist Jennifer Crawford and also touch base with Jasper, who after hearing one of my jokes, advised me to carry on blogging and taking photos! My review of the 'Stand Up & Rock!' show at Wolverhampton in September can be viewed via this link thus:

CAUGHT LIVE [1]: STAND UP & ROCK!

'Stand Up & Rock' features Jasper CarrottThe Bev Bevan Band [Bev BevanPhil TreeTony Kelsey and Abby Brant], Trevor BurtonGeoff Turton and Joy Strachan-Brain

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] endorses and recommends: 'Stand Up & Rock' to those enlightened folks who also like: ELO and Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and their musical relatives.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 22-Oct-2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

FIVE RECOMMENDED PRE-CHRISTMAS RELEASES


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There are some interesting ELO and Beatles related releases to look forward to as 2014 ebbs away including a new Take That album, produced in part by Jeff Lynne. The Electric Light Orchestra maestro is also to be found on a new tribute album to Paul McCartney. And with new issues by The MoveRoy Wood and Magnum also due, ELOBF has listed them in release date order for you to peruse thus:

Monday 10th November 2014
THE MOVE: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE 1969 [2LP RED VINYL]

Monday 17th November 2014
VARIOUS: THE ART OF McCARTNEY [2CD]
MAGNUM: ON CHRISTMAS DAY [10" VINYL]

Monday 24th November 2014
ROY WOOD: ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES [5CD]

Monday 1st December 2014
TAKE THAT: III

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 21-Oct-2014

Sunday, 19 October 2014

BEV HANDED JENNY CRAWFORD PORTRAIT

Jennifer Crawford's take on the three founding members of ELORoy WoodJeff Lynne and Bev Bevan
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this year in January, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] was pleased to introduce you to the awesome work of talented Glasgow based artist Jennifer Crawford - as featured within her Facebook page 'Fan Art of the Greatest Musicians in the World'.

Jennifer recently sent me three [3] 12" x 16" prints of her fantastic portraits of The Move and ELO threesome Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan [see above]. She also surprised me by sending me her original Bev Bevan portrait. Being as a second visit to see Bev in the smash hit touring show "Stand Up & Rock!" was beckoning at Dudley Town Hall, I thought that it would be great idea to present The MoveELO and Black Sabbath drummer with Jennifer's portrait in person. This was also the first time that the subject of Jennifer's art has met up with her art!

Hence, with many thanks to Tony Kelsey, Yours Truly KJS presented the picture to Bev after the show last Thursday night [16th October 2014] with long time pal Jasper Carrott "Looking On":

Bev Bevan receives his portrait from KJS [Photo: Abby Brant]
Jennifer Crawford can be contacted by email at: jenniferarmstrong1965@hotmail.co.uk, via private message on Facebook or via her fantastic Facebook page: Fan Art of the Greatest Musicians in the World for enquiries and/or to place orders. Check out this ELOBF article for further details thus:

RECOMMENDED: JENNIFER CRAWFORD'S ELO GALLERY AND MORE!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends the portfolio of: Jennifer Crawford to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 19-Oct-2014

THE MOVE: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE TO SEE RED [VINYL]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Right Recordings - the people who brought you The Move's "Live At The Fillmore 1969" 2CD set back in 2012 have just announced that the legendary recording will be released in as a Limited Edition 2LP Gatefold edition [#BAD2LP205] in 180g Red vinyl on Monday 10th November 2014.


FYI: The original 2CD release in March 2012 came with the above white background and was the subject of this ELOBF review thus: ELOBF: RECOMMENDED: LIVE AT THE FILLMORE 1969

With an alternative sleeve in black background, this attractive double album can be pre-ordered from Right Recordings for £20.00 [plus P+P] or amazon.co.uk for £20.99 [plus P+P] via these links thus:

www.rightrecordings.com/the-move
www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Fillmore-Vinyl-Gatefold-VINYL/dp/B00O7Y9ETS

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "Live At The Fillmore 1969" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 19-Oct-2014

Saturday, 18 October 2014

CAUGHT LIVE [12]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Cannock's Prince of Wales Theatre was rocked to the rafters last night [Friday 17th October 2014] as Electric Light Orchestra tribute band The ELO Experience returned to the venue last night for the latest leg of their 2014 tour.

Once again the Hull based octet, led again from the front by the wigtastic Andy Louis, delivered a stunning set of songs perfectly reproducing those ELO records we all know and love whilst bringing the studio produced a show that effortlessly showcased their vibrant string section bringing them much more into prominence, in particular, with "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Strange Magic". As ever, such a great show makes it hard to select a favourite but for me the highlight of the night had to be their note perfect rendition of "10538 Overture". I could almost hear Roy Wood himself plunging his bow on a compliant cello! It capped yet another fantastic concert by The ELO Experience.

Set list: "10538 Overture", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Showdown", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Evil Woman", "Strange Magic", "Livin' Thing", "Rockaria!", "Telephone Line", "Turn To Stone"; "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Standin' In The Rain", "Big Wheels", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Wild West Hero", "Shine A Little Love", "Confusion", "The Diary Of Horace Wimp", "Last Train To London", "All Over The World", "Xanadu", "Prologue", "Twilight", "Hold On Tight", "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"

The ELO Experience are: Andy Louis [Lead vocals/guitar], Steve Hemsley [Keyboards/vocals],
Pete Smith [Bass guitar/vocals], Jan Christiansen [Lead guitar/vocals], Tony Lawson [Drums],
Viv Blackledge [Cello], Clare Little [Cello] and Liz Stacey [Violin]


The ELO Experience continue to tour the UK extensively and you can view all their Tour Dates, sign their Guest Book and find out what they are currently up to via their official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends and endorses: The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and all related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 18-Oct-2014

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

THE GREAT FTMYSTERY


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #777: "Face The Music", ELO's 1975 classic LP, sports some interesting yet cryptic "secret messages" on its liner sleeve notes which have bemused and confused fans for nearly forty [40] years. Within the lyrics of "Down Home Town" the word "ucedemwinnin" [an alliteration, of course, of "you see them winning"] bears a double asterisk referring to two explanatory notes stating:

* The band on this track have since grown a third eyebrow.
** Wrong.

There are many theories as to what those statements mean ranging from a private Jeff Lynne joke to a it being a reference to traditional Brummie speak or an acknowledgement of the significant vocal contributions of SuMagNa [alias Susan Collins, Marge Raymond, Nancy O'Neil plus Ellie Greenwich]. It could neither, either or both! ELOBF has its own theory that it signifies a changing of the guard as ELO transitioned to its classic seven [7] member line-up after the departures of Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards following 1974's "Eldorado" and the arrival of Kelly Groucutt and Melvyn Gale for "Face The Music". But, then again, I could be "** wrong."

What are your theories or do you know the true story behind the great FTMystery?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2014