Monday, 29 September 2014

RECOMMENDED: THE 4th ANNUAL TREVOR BURTON CHARITY SHOW


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased to confirm that the 2014 Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show will again be held at: Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday 6th November 2014 in aid of Trevor's two [2] chosen charities who are: Daybreaks Kennels and Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust.

The 4th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show will feature: The Trevor Burton BandMods & Sods and: Suzi & The Backbeats plus special guests Abby BrantGeoff Turton and Danny King.

Tickets are priced at £15.00 each in advance [plus booking fee if bought on line] or £18.00 on the door [if available] and can be purchased from either:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: The 4th Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 29-Sep-2014

Sunday, 28 September 2014

HOLD ON TIGHT: BUSY 2015 BECKONS FOR JEFF LYNNE


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The revelation by Bryan Adams in a recent interview published in ultimateclassicrock.com that six [6] songs are already in the can for his 2015 Jeff Lynne produced album, that they were [in his own words] "... just blinding!" and that the Canadian rocker thinks that his new LP "... is going to be the best record [that he's] ever made" only adds to the anticipation regarding what could be on the schedule for the ELO maestro in the next year or so.

The clamour for more live dates by Jeff Lynne's ELO is already growing exponentially and there is much expectation for recorded material in 2015 with the hope that a solo album of brand new material will be finally completed as well as the aforementioned Bryan Adams release. The only caveat to a tour taking place in 2015 is that Take That are also recording their next studio album and any ensuing tour would mean that their excellent touring band may not be available to support Jeff Lynne dates.

Add to that the knowledge that there is also enough material for a "Long Wave II" project [as evidenced by the track listing in the "Down The Lane And Far Away" sampler] and a high likelihood that Jeff has re-recorded more ELO songs than were issued on his "Mr. Blue Sky" release back in 2012. And don't forget that there is also the possibility that a DVD could be released of the recent Hyde Park gig and that "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO" could also yet be formally released on DVD.

"After All"ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is very much looking forward to what could be one of the most intense periods of ELO & Jeff Lynne activity ever!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 28-Sep-2014

Saturday, 27 September 2014

FINAL PLAY: REDDINGTONS RARE RECORDS

Who knows what ELO & Beatles related treasures remain hidden at Reddingtons Rare Records?
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Reddingtons Rare Records has always been one of the landmarks of the Midlands music scene. Indeed, Yours Truly KJS has spent many a happy hour [or three] rustling through acres of record sleeves [whilst trying to avoiding banging my head in the basement] back in the day at Dan Reddington's legendary vinyl paradise in Cannon Street, Birmingham city centre before it moved to nearby Digbeth and then [as a mail order business] to Redditch.



Earlier this month, Dan announced that RRR would be closing down with a mammoth clearance sale. The announcement received significant news coverage with even a South American millionaire offering a large sum of money for the estimated 75,000 singles and albums in Dan's collection. Dan elected to sell every item at the princely sum of £1, occasionally slipping in a valuable rarity in amongst the shelves for a lucky collector to find and treasure.

KJS with "Dan, Dan The Record Man"earlier today!
A forty [40] mile drive to Redditch was therefore in order to visit Dan, witness the amazing interest in this ultimate of closing down sales and even see if I could snap up a bargain or three. "The lease runs out at the end of December" Dan told me, giving fans and collectors alike just a few months to scour the many shelves and boxes crammed into the business unit in Britten Street. We talked about Midlands musical personalities such as Carl Wayne, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Kelly GroucuttTrevor Burton and Robert Plant as we warmly reminisced about the legacy of Reddingtons Rare Records.

Yes, I did pick up some interesting items by Slade, The Korgis and Fyfe Dangerfield during my brief visit. Hence, if you are able to, you should take up the opportunity to survey the contents of this most celebrated of record shops before the final track is played. Hint: One hour is nowhere near long enough!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: Reddingtons Rare Records to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood, WizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 27-Sep-2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

REVIEW: A ROSE IN A GARDEN OF WEEDS [Pugwash]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I've heard it said sometimes that this band or that singer are "criminally underrated". I've also seen lists of the excluded rather than an appreciation of what has been included when it comes to the the release of compilations covering the careers of certain groups or artistes. But if ever there were a band who deserved attention and recognition it is those genial "Irish Alt-Pop Favourites" who are Pugwash. And there will never be a more worthy summary released of a band under the proverbial radar as the long awaited overview of their career to date entitled "A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History Of Pugwash" [Omnivore Recordings #OVCD-100].


Listening to this seventeen [17] opus of the musical outpourings of Thomas Walsh [and friends] is much akin to approaching musical, harmonic and lyrical ecstasy as you drink in this carefully selected menu of tracks from the five Pugwash studio albums to date: "Almond Tea" [1999]; "Almanac" [2002]; "Jollity" [2005]; "Eleven Modern Antiquities" [2008] and "The Olympus Sound" [2011].



What is served up here by the Dublin based quartet is both the perfect introduction to new fans [including those lucky souls who will see the band play their first dates in the US in October] and the greatest of tributes for their growing army of admirers.

With the influences of Thomas' beloved ELO & Jeff Lynne as well as The Idle Race, Roy WoodThe Beach Boys, The Beatles, XTC [and not a few others], this record is a real delight to the ears. Every track is a gem yet I still keep hitting the repeat button for "Take Me Away", "Heal Me", Finer Things In Life", "It's Nice To Be Nice", "Fall Down", "Here" and "Apples".

ELO fans will not regret investing in this record. I think that I should buy a second copy myself because this one will soon be worn out! [10/10]

Track listing: [01] "Take Me Away" [3:34]; [02] "Monorail" [2:30]; [03] "Keep Movin' On" [3:35]; [04] "Finer Things In Life" [3:02]; [05] "Anyone Who Asks" [3:48]; [06] "Shine On Norvell Jefferson" [2:52]; [07] "Two Wrongs" [3:39]; [08] "A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds" [3:20]; [09] "It's Nice To Be Nice" [3:27]; [10] "At The Sea" [3:16]; [11] "Fall Down" [4:09]; [12] "Answers On A Postcard" [2:55]; [13] "Heal Me" [3:49]; [14] "Here" [3:13]; [15] "Apples" [3:49]; [16] "Anchor" [5:43]; [17] "Be My Friend Awhile" [4:12]

PUGWASH are [L-R]: Shaun McGee, Tosh Flood, Thomas Walsh and Joe Fitzgerald
Find out more about Pugwash via their Official Facebook page"A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History Of Pugwash" is available in CD or MP3 format from Omnivore Recordings, amazon.co.ukamazon.com and all reputable vendors.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds" by Pugwash to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles, The Small Faces and related artistes.

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

Monday, 22 September 2014

DAMAGED JEFF LYNNE BROAD STREET STAR TO BE REPLACED

Jeff Lynne's Broad Street Star as laid originally on 13th March [Photo: Bjørn Anders Jonassen]
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When I visited downtown Birmingham last month, it was easy to spot the Broad Street stars of Roy Wood and Bev Bevan. Unfortunately, I also discovered that the newly laid star awarded to Jeff Lynne back on Thursday 13th March 2014 was now hidden by a protective yellow plastic cover.

Damaged Star [Photo: Terri Heritage]
Covered Star [Photo: Toshiki Komeda]
A photograph published by Terri Heritage recently on Facebook showed the uncovered, damaged state of the star with some fans contacting Birmingham City Council and the Broad Street Business Improvement District to voice their concern to find out what was being done to correct the situation.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] contacted Broad Street chief Mike Olley earlier today for an update and he kindly offered the following prompt official statement thus:

"Sadly, the star has been repeatedly vandalised by over enthusiastic fans. We placed the star in the ground aware that it was not fully cured, however with Jeff only being in the area for a short time slot, we were very keen that he should have sight if it. After the event, we immediately covered the star to allow it to cure fully. Yet fans kept removing the covering. This resulted in excessive damage. So much so in fact that it became beyond repair. Subsequently we commissioned a brand new star, this has been produced and is now cured. We will be fitting it shortly." [end quote]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] looks forward to returning "Down Home Town" to see Jeff's Broad Street star in pristine condition adjacent to Birmingham Symphony Hall within the next month.

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

JEFF LIGHTS UP McCARTNEY TRIBUTE ALBUM


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Jeff Lynne will be contributing his own version of Paul McCartney's song "Junk" to a new album of covers by an array of well known artistes to be released later this year featuring many of The Beatles, Wings and solo McCartney classic songs.

"Junk" was written by McCartney in 1968 and featured on his first solo album "McCartney" in 1970 alongside an instrumental version, entitled "Singalong Junk". With an original song length of just 1:54, the ELO maestro's interpretation is unlikely to be significantly longer yet much anticipated by his fan base.

"The Art Of McCartney: The Songs of Paul McCartney sung by the World's Greatest Artists" is due for release on Monday 17th November 2014 and will feature efforts by fellow Wilbury Bob Dylan ["Maybe I'm Amazed"], Brian Wilson ["Wanderlust"], Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick ["Jet"] as well as The Cure featuring James McCartney ["Hello Goodbye"] amongst many others.

The album features thirty six [36] songs on two [2] CD's plus a DVD on the making of the album with the Amazon Deluxe Exclusive edition sporting two [2] bonus tracks. "The Art Of McCartney" is currently available for pre-order from amazon.co.uk and other vendors.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "The Art Of McCartney: The Songs of Paul McCartney sung by the World's Greatest Artists" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles and related artistes.

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

Sunday, 21 September 2014

TOP 20 ALBUM CHART RETURN CONFIRMED FOR ELO


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The full impact of the success of Jeff Lynne's return to performing live at Hyde Park last Sunday [14th September 2014] for the first time in twenty eight [28] years has led to Top 20 Album Chart consolidation for the best-selling Electric Light Orchestra compilation "All Over The World". The 2005 Epic release was placed at #18 in the midweek chart and is holding steady at #18 in this week's Official Albums Chart UK Top 100. The album returned to the Top 100 chart two [2] weeks ago at #74 rising to #40 last week.

"All Over The World" is also topping the amazon.co.uk MP3 Album Best Sellers Chart
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] hopes the the above chart impact in the afterglow of such an acclaimed comeback by the ELO maestro will prompt the release of an official live Hyde Park CD/DVD as well as the much hinted new Jeff Lynne studio album [and more]. Here's "Wishing" that will happen soon!

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