Friday, 29 April 2016

BEV BEVAN: 2016 MOVE DATES CONFIRMED

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Bev Bevan - founding member of The MoveELO and ELO Part II - duly confirmed earlier today [Friday 29th April] that he will be taking his incarnation of The Move back on the road later in 2016. The drummer, percussionist, author and broadcaster will again be joined by Trevor Burton, Phil Tree and Tony Kelsey for a minimum of seven [7] dates - with more sure to follow during what is the fiftieth [50th] anniversary of the iconic Birmingham band. Yours Truly KJS has compiled a gig roster below for you to use and peruse [to be updated with new shows accordingly] thus:

Saturday 23rd July
On Track For Summer: The Summer of '66 Concert @ Royal Windsor Racecourse
Tickets: £39.00 each [* plus booking fee]

Saturday 17th September
The Core Theatre @ Solihull ~ [0121] 704 6962
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 18th September
Prince Of Wales Theatre @ Cannock ~ [01543] 578762
Tickets: £TBA each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 23rd September
Aston Wood Golf Club @ Sutton Coldfield ~ [0121] 580 7803
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 15th October
Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight  ~ [01983] 868000
Tickets: £TBA each [*plus booking fee]

Saturday 29th October
Palace Theatre @ Redditch ~ [01527] 65203
Tickets: £TBA each [*plus booking fee]

Sunday 30th October
Cheltenham Town Hall ~ [0844] 576 2210
Tickets: £TBA each [*plus booking fee]

Bev and the band will also be joined by Special Guests Ricky Cool & The In Crowd for their concerts at Solihull, Cannock, Redditch and Cheltenham.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Move featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 29-Apr-2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

RECOMMENDED: EVERLASTIN' LOVE [Kracked Earth ft. Kelly Groucutt]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Andy Kinch is the mastermind behind Kracked Earth - a band whose excellent album "Splash" was reviewed by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] back in 2012 here. His solo album "Andy's Diner" was released back in 1998 and on that album was a collaboration with the late, great Kelly Groucutt entitled "Everlastin' Love" which Andy has stripped down and re-recorded in 2016 with a little help from Don Schiff and the beautifully preserved vocals of Kelly. Yours Truly KJS called Andy earlier today to chat about this new Kracked Earth track and asked him for the story behind his forthcoming single thus:

"Back in 1997, when I recorded my album "Andy's Diner", I'd written this little song that had a Mavericks and ELO vibe to it but no-one to sing it. Step forward my little brother Martin who reckoned that he might be able to persuade ELO's Kelly Groucutt to sing it. Well, sing it he did - beautifully! Unfortunately, we were compromised by limited recording resources back in the day and my keyboard setup really wasn't up to delivering authentic sounding string parts. But, the final mix was as good as we could do at the time. Tragically, 2009 saw the sudden and tragic death of Kelly leaving those who knew him - and his fans throughout the world - to come to terms with his loss. Fast forwarding to 2012, I had the pleasure of working via the internet with NS stick player extraordinaire Don Schiff on our Kracked Earth album "Splash". It occurred to me recently that if Kelly were still with us, we could re-record the song in the way that I originally intended, being as Don is a one man string section! Besides bass, he also plays cello, viola, and mandolin! Add a dash of the Mellotron, violins and brass and we had a new backing track. The advancement in technology has now allowed me to isolate Kelly's original vocal from that 1997 session and fully integrate it into this new, updated version. I hope you enjoy "Everlastin' Love" 2016!" ~ Andy Kinch, April 2016

"Everlastin' Love" by Kracked Earth featuring Kelly Groucutt is released by Melodic Revolution Records [MMR #DS-201160] on Thursday 28th April 2016 and will be available to buy in download format for just $1.20 [about 82p at the time of writing] via this link thus:

melodicrevolutionrecords.com/album/everlastin-love

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Everlastin' Love" by Kracked Earth featuring Kelly Groucutt to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 27-Apr-2016

Monday, 25 April 2016

ALL OVER THE WORLD BREAKS ELO CHART RECORD

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A rather interesting and noteworthy ELO happening passed under the radar of many on Friday 22nd April 2016 at around 5:45PM when the latest Official UK Album Chart revealed that ELO's platinum certified "All Over The World" greatest hits compilation - originally released in June 2005 peaking at #6 - managed to stay in the Top 100 despite slipping eight [8] places from #90 to #98.

You may recall that earlier this year, AOTW joined the 100 Club alongside "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue" but last Friday, "All Over The World" clocked up an amazing 109th week in the Top 100, meaning that it had taken over from the original 1977 Jet issue of OOTB as ELO's most successful album in terms of weeks on the chart. And, with AOTW soon to be released in 2LP vinyl format on Friday 10th June, that chart run may extend even further!
Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] wish to congratulate Jeff Lynne and ELO for yet another remarkable achievement with "All Over The World"!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 25-Apr-2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [12]: QUILL @ THE ROBIN 22/04/16

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A Quill gig at the oft frequented Robin 2 in nearby Bilston is always a big draw both for Yours Truly KJS and their many, loyal fans. Hence, the six [6] mile hop across Wolverhampton on Friday 22nd April is [as always] a must to go hear [and see] what aural nuggets Joy Strachan-Brain and her wonderful sextet will deliver.

And deliver they did with an atmospheric and classy set of the familiar and the new, woven into an Americana thread that only Quill could pull off in front of another healthy audience. If their previous concert at Kidderminster quite literally took me aback, then this one confirmed them as one the most adaptive and adventurous bands to have come out of the Midlands, belying their four [4] decade career and many personnel changes to date. New members Matt Worley and Andy Edwards truly came into their own on the night whilst the show was again underpinned by the smooth guitar licks of Tony Kelsey, the lovely vocal prowess and stage artistry of Joy, the keyboards magic of Abby Brant and [last but not least] the wonderful violin virtuoso of Kate McWilliam. The set sounded great throughout so picking a fave is once again difficult but here goes: I loved Joy's moving acoustic "Life Is Life", Abby's fantastic rendition of "Can't Find My Way Home"; "The Whole Of The Moon" was sublime as was their "Abbey Road Medley" but this new Quill take on the Jeff Lynne penned ELO ballad "Telephone Line" stole the show for me.
Quill were supported again by the talented duo Cooper & Davies, who delivered an entertaining if not foot-tapping collection of their own likeable material combined with clever covers including "Cocaine" and Little Richard's classic "Rip It Up".

Quill have two [2] great gigs coming up. On Friday 27th May they will performing at The Walker Theatre [Theatre Severn] in Shrewsbury [tickets are priced at just £16.00 each] and on Friday 15th July you will find them joining Raymond Froggatt for a double headliner at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton [tickets are priced between £19.50 and £22.50 each]. See you there?
Quill were: Joy Strachan-Brain [Vocals/percussion] ~ Kate McWilliam [Violin/vocals] ~ Tony Kelsey [Guitars/vocals] ~ Abby Brant [Keyboards/vocals] ~ Matt Worley [Bass/vocals] ~ Andy Edwards [Drums/percussion]

Quill performed: “The Bells Of Rhymney” ~ “Black Dog Day” ~ “Matador” ~ “A Showman’s Life” ~ "“Better Late Than Never” ~ “Telephone Line” ~ “Can’t Find My Way Home” ~ “Life Is Life” ~ “Say It Ain’t So” ~ “Nine Mile Camp” ~ New Jig Medley ~ “The Whole Of The Moon” ~ Say Goodbye ~ England Medley: Wild Mountain Thyme”/England”/Jerusalem” ~ Encore: “Golden Slumbers”/Carry That Weight”/The End”

Find out what Quill are up to by visiting their official web site via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 24-Apr-2016

Saturday, 23 April 2016

MORE CLASSIC ELO ALBUMS SET FOR VINYL COMEBACK

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS is pleased to inform you that it very much looks as if the next batch of original ELO album re-releases in limited edition 180g vinyl are on the way in late June. Pre-orders are now being taken by HMV Japan for "Face The Music" [1975], "Discovery" [1979] and "Time" [1981] via Epic/Legacy with a nominal release date of Friday 24th June 2016 thus:


Expect the above albums to [of course] also be offered by amazon.co.uk and amazon.com soon. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] very much looks forward to the long overdue return of these classic ELO LP's in their original 12" glory, whether they be in black vinyl or another colour!

For the record: "Eldorado" [1974], "A New World Record" [1976] and "Out Of The Blue" [1977] were issued in 180g clear vinyl last year on Friday 18th December 2015 and the same albums are also due to be reissued in 180g black vinyl on Friday 27th May. "All Over The World" is also set to debut in 2LP black vinyl on Friday 10th June.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 23-Apr-2016

Friday, 22 April 2016

CHARTWATCH: ELO ALBUM DUO REMAIN IN TOP 100

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Album Chart Top 100 announced earlier today revealed that the current Jeff Lynne's ELO album "Alone In The Universe" remains in the Top 100 having slipped fourteen [14] places from #81 to #95.

Meanwhile, ELO's platinum certified 2005 "All Over The World" greatest hits set [soon to be released in 2LP vinyl format] is down eight [8] places at #98 from #90 last week as Jeff Lynne's ELO continue to perform in front of packed houses and reap rave reviews during their current UK and European tour - more than ably supported, of course, by The Feeling.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends both "Alone In The Universe" and "All Over The World" 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 ... 22-Apr-2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

REMEMBERING PRINCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The shock of the unexpected and sudden passing of Prince Rodgers Nelson at the relatively young age of 57 is now travelling around the globe at breakneck speed. In the different spheres that Jeff Lynne and Prince travailed in, you would never have put these two musical giants together. Yet, twelve [12] years ago, they shared the same stage for the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. The late, great George Harrison was, of course, posthumously awarded the honour that year with fellow Traveling Wilbury brothers Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty receiving it on his behalf.


What we witnessed was an astonishing glimpse of the guitar prowess of the man who had already given us "1999", "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", "Manic Monday", "Kiss","Raspberry Beret" [one of my faves] and many, many more gems in a career spanning over four [4] decades. Fans of ELO, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison were won over in their droves and they continue to laud his magnificent performance and the immense talents of this master musician from Minneapolis on this, the most saddest of days. Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] today mourn the passing of the Artist who was known as Prince.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 21-Apr-2016