Monday, 27 July 2015

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: LET THE RAIN FALL DOWN [The 286]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased and proud to present the truly wonderful new music video by the highly rated The 286 for their fantastic ELOesque song "Let The Rain Fall Down" thus:



This wonderful song is taken from their excellent 2014 EP. Fans of ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II]The Beatles and related artistes will really love this song and the accompanying video.You'll also be pleased to hear that a new studio album by The 286 is on the horizon, as are more live dates.

"If you want the ELO sound, you want The 286 ..." ~ KJS

Find out more about The 286 and what they are currently up to via these official links thus:

www.the286.co.uk
www.facebook.com/the286
twitter.com/the286
www.youtube.com/user/TheTwoEightSix
the286.bandcamp.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Let The Rain Fall Down" by The 286 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 ... 27-July-2015

Sunday, 26 July 2015

RECOMMENDED: MONSTER NEW SINGLE FROM STARFLIGHT


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased and proud to highlight the excellent new download single and music video from Jib Khan's fantastic ELO influenced sonic vehicle Starflight. "Wicked Woods" is released today ~ Sunday 26th July 2015 ~ and can be purchased via these links thus:

itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wicked-woods-single/id1016777152
itunes.apple.com/us/album/wicked-woods-single/id1016777152
www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Woods/dp/B0116D7NBI
www.amazon.com/Wicked-Woods/dp/B0116C9BPA
play.google.com/store/music/album/Starflight_Wicked_Woods_Single



"Wicked Woods" - replete with diving cellos, catchy guitar riffs and ELOesque influences - is the superb lead single from the forthcoming new eleven [11] track Starflight album "World Premiere", which is due for worldwide digital release shortly on Saturday 1st August 2015. You should expect an ELOBF album review of "World Premiere" to follow, naturally, shortly thereafter!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Wicked Woods" by Starflight 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-July-2015

CAUGHT LIVE: THE TREMBLING WILBURYS

Rockin' The RoadhouseThe Trembling Wilburys ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Despite the inclement weather and somewhat awful traffic, a trip to The Roadhouse, Birmingham on the night of Friday 24th July 2015 was not to be missed as ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended septet The Trembling Wilburys made a welcome return visit to the hometown of ELO & Jeff Lynne.

This was my first opportunity to actually meet, see and hear a band often featured here at ELOBF and my expectations were more than fulfilled with an inspired, energetic and accurate performance not only of The Traveling Wilburys songbook but also a fair selection of the works of Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty.

The London based group - founded by drummer Dave Stark - not only managed to effortlessly squeeze on the Roadhouse stage with much ease, they thrilled a healthy audience with their musicianship and unerring vocal accuracy. For me, the mark of a great tribute band is primarily their ability to reproduce live the music of their intended subject[s] to the degree that those in attendance can start to experience what the real deal would sound like in that setting. And The Trembling Wilburys did that with ease!
In Dreams: Yours Truly KJS with Roy Orbison and George Harrison ...
Add to that the uncanny physical and vocal resemblance of Dave Collison to 'The Big O' from the first notes of "Only The Lonely" and Glen Knowler to 'The Quiet One' as "If I Needed Someone" began and it was easy to completely buy into the band and their amazing sound. Andy McNish also impressed with his fantastic renditions of Bob Dylan and Tom Petty classics not to mention his astounding treatment "Tweeter And The Monkey Man". Add to that the phenomenal guitar craft of Dzal Martin, particularly with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", the suave bass work of Marko Laver, the intricate keys of Howard Robin and the seemingly effortless percussion of Dave Stark and you had an awesome musical spectacle to drink in and enjoy.

Of the twenty nine [29] songs on show, The Trembling Wilburys treated us their live interpretation of a dozen Traveling Wilburys classics drawn, of course from "Volume 1" and "Volume 3", with an extended encore performance of "Runaway" adding Del Shannon to the Wilburys equation. I loved the way that the night was split into distinct solo and Wilburys segments as it provided a wonderful momentum to the proceedings as many folks set about singing back and dancing to the seven on stage. Picking a fave is almost impossible from a night such as this but "Tweeter And The Monkey Man", "Wilbury Twist", "End Of The Line" and , of course, "Handle With Care" were bloody fantastic! Go see 'em folks!

The Trembling Wilburys are: Glen Knowler [as George Harrison]; Dave Collison [as Roy
Orbison]; Dzal Martin [Lead guitar]; Dave Stark [Founder/percussion]; Marko Laver [Bass]; Andy McNish [Rhythm guitar/harmonica] and Howard Robin [Keyboards]
Looking On: The Traveling Wool Dollies ...
Set list [29 songs]: "Only The Lonely" ~ "Claudette" ~ "Crying" ~ "Working For The Man" ~ "Running Scared" ~ "In Dreams" ~ "Pretty Woman" ~ "If I Needed Someone" ~ "Here Comes The Sun" ~ "Something" ~ "If Not For You" ~ "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "I Won't Back Down" ~ "You Got It" ~ "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" ~ "She's My Baby" ~ "Dirty World" ~ "Heading For The Light" ~ "Inside Out" ~ "Rattled" ~ "Last Night" ~ "Not Alone Anymore" ~ "Wilbury Twist" ~ "Tweeter And The Monkey Man" ~ "[All I Can Do Is] Dream You" ~ "End Of The Line" ~ "Handle With Care" ~ "Runaway"


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Trembling Wilburys to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of The Traveling Wilburys, 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 ... 26-July-2015

Thursday, 23 July 2015

PUGWASH: GETTING INTIMATE STATESIDE + ALBUM PRE-ORDER LINKS


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] faves Pugwash will soon be making a welcome return to the United States for a twenty two [22] date cross-country tour ranging from California to New York between Friday 21st August and Sunday 20th September 2015 in order to promote their forthcoming - if not much anticipated - new album "Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]". You can find out where and when the Dublin based quartet [who are headed up, of course, by ELO & Jeff Lynne super fan Thomas Walsh] are performing via the above flyer and this link thus:


"Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]" has been funded by the Pugwash Pledge Music campaign and also features Jeff Lynne [albeit briefly!], Ray Davies, Andy Partridge and Neil Hannon [amongst not a few others].


The legendary Omnivore Recordings label release the album on Friday 4th September 2015 in CD/download formats as well as in the rather attractive limited edition translucent red vinyl edition. If you didn't manage to pledge before, you can intimately pre-order the new Pugwash album via these links:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]" by Pugwash 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-July-2015

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

SEVEN RECOMMENDED READS

7 Up! The ELOBF recommended reading list continues to grow!
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends, from "Time" to "Time", books that visitors to ELOBF may might find of interest. This particular literary septet are written by the likes of Mark Stanway [Magnum], Brian Paone, Charlie Grima [Wizzard], Bob Lawton, Dave Scott-Morgan [The Uglys/ELO], Randy Blazak and John Van Der Kiste. The seven [7] publications include recollections, memoirs, fiction and biographies and form an ever expanding ELOBF recommended 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 ... 22-July-2015

Saturday, 18 July 2015

THE ORCHESTRA: TWO OUT OF THREE [WEB SITES] AIN'T BAD

Third time lucky: The Orchestra Former Members Electric Light Orchestra & ELO Part II ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Most established bands have an official web site but lately The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] - who feature, of course, former ELO stalwarts Mik Kaminski and Louis Clark in their ranks alongside fellow ELO Part II co-founder Eric Troyer plus Parthenon HuxleyGordon Townsend and Glen Burtnik - have had up to three [3] sites on the go thus:

theorchestra.net [Original]
theorchestraband.com [now disabled]
theorchestraonline.com [New]

You may recall that ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] reported recently that the band had a new web site up and running at www.theorchestraband.com but since then, it appears that a new web site has appeared at www.theorchestraonline.com with their former [second] web site now disabled and their original web site at www.theorchestra.net continuing seemingly unaffected!

Second site disabled: The Orchestra Starring ELO Former Members ... 
Maybe The Orchestra are trying to set "A New World Record" for the most official web sites but hopefully the "Confusion" caused by this turn of events will be temporary!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Orchestra Former Members Electric Light Orchestra & ELO Part II 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 ... 18-July-2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

BRYAN ADAMS: NEW VIDEO & SINGLE DUE IN AUGUST

Bryan Adams: "Editing the new video, coming out in August. More news soon ..."
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Bryan Adams candidly advised earlier today [Thursday 16th July 2015] via his official Facebook and Twitter pages that the music video for the lead single from his forthcoming new album - produced, of course, by ELO maestro Jeff Lynne - will be released next month in August [see above accompanying photo]. The Canadian rock icon also promised fans "... more news soon" regarding the as yet untitled album and single, which has been written with longstanding songwriting partner Jim Vallance.

CONFIRMED: BRYAN ADAMS SUMMER SINGLE PRODUCED BY JEFF LYNNE

Another still from the new Bryan Adams music video ...
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] continues to very much look forward to Bryan's new video, single and album [due out in October] with much anticipation ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 16-July-2015