Monday, 23 May 2016

CAUGHT LIVE: THE 286 @ THE CAVERN 22/05/16

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This was a gig long looked forward to by Yours Truly KJS. A chance to finally see The 286 perform live courtesy of their now regular appearance during the International Pop Overthrow [IPO] festival at The Cavern Club in Liverpool yesterday [Sunday 22nd May 2016] in front of a packed and vibrant house.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have long been an enthusiastic supporter of what leader and founder Spencer Hannabuss is trying to achieve with The 286 and, on the evidence of this seven [7] song performance, his orchestrated septet are well and truly on their way. It really was a case of Miracle On Mathew Street as to how the band [and their instruments] managed to fit on the nine foot square stage yet it was no handicap to them as they launched into their Move influenced opener "Hello" and then the first of their new material with "Illusion". The wonderful, superbly ELOesque "Let The Rain Fall Down" came next, completely captivating those in attendance before we were introduced to "Inside Out" - another new 'un - and after that, as ever, the sublime "Miracle On 286th Street" before the final first listen of the evening to "Walk In The Sky" before the explosive if not quite superb closing number "Little Louisa".


Just seven songs - three from their forthcoming debut album and four from their two excellent EP's to date - yet they left an amazing impression with their fusion of rock 'n' roll and the classical.I loved seeing and hearing those diving cellos and the vibrant violin alongside the tight rhythm section. The 286 were not trying to be early ELO, they were being themselves, adapting their musical influences and moulding them into a stringed rock ensemble fit for their generation. The 286 give you a real taste of what ELO were [and are about] here in 2016. If the early years of ELO were labelled experimental and progressive, then The 286 are worthy to be termed experiential and impressive. Their new album can't come quickly enough and neither can their next gig. Go see 'em folks!



The 286 performed: "Hello" ~ "Illusion" ~ "Let The Rain Fall Down" ~ "Inside Out" ~ "Miracle On 286th Street" ~ "Walk In The Sky" ~ "Little Louisa"

The 286 were: Spencer Hannabuss [Lead vocals/guitar] ~ James Fitzgerald [Bass] ~ Sam Dunthorne [Drums] ~ Rafael Piamolini [Keyboards] ~ Nahum Canoura [Violin] ~ Jennifer Casi [Cello] ~ Romain Malan [Cello]

Find out more about The 286, where they are playing and what they are up to via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The 286 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

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

Friday, 20 May 2016

VINYL COUNTDOWN FOR ELO & MOVE ALBUMS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! May and June 2016 are going to be a bumper months for collectors of new ELO and related vinyl with no less than eight [8] albums scheduled for release! "Eldorado", "A New World Record" and "Out Of The Blue" will be released on Friday 27th May with "All Over The World" making its debut as a 2LP double album - complete with revamped artwork - two [2] weeks later on Friday 10th June.

The clear vinyl issues of "Face The Music", "Discovery" and "Time" follow on Friday 24th June alongside The Move's "Message From The Country" just in "Time" for the appearance of Jeff Lynne's ELO at Glastonbury on Sunday 26th June.

Don't forget that those expanded Move releases of "Looking On" and their "Something Else" EP are also due for release soon alongside the reboot of The Traveling Wilburys Collection and "Pure McCartney". Find out more about this forthcoming album avalanche via these previous ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] articles thus:

Friday 27th May

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

CAUGHT LIVE: BRIAN WILSON @ BIRMINGHAM 17/05/16

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As soon as a tour was announced featuring Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson performing the whole of and "Pet Sounds" alongside Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin for the very last time celebrating its 50th anniversary, Yours Truly KJS knew that this was a concert not to be missed. And a local date at Birmingham Symphony Hall on the night of Tuesday 17th May - within just one day of its release date in 1966 - seemed to certainly be written in the stars as far as this writer was concerned - especially from my lofty perch.

Any doubts about the fragility and health of one of the greatest songwriter, producer and musician of the 20th Century were swept aside as the Beach Boys co-founder sat centre stage behind his piano and charmed the 2,200 plus audience from the outset with a little help from his old friends Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin as well as an amazing touring band who included Al's equally talented son Matt - complete with the familiar, loved trademark vocal harmonies of his father.
Brian - who has, of course, crossed paths with both Roy Wood, The Move and Jeff Lynne [who produced "Let It Shine" for his 1988 self titled debut album] in the past - had no trouble delivering the lyrics and sounds of a generation backed by these twelve magnificent musicians. The evening was, of course, dominated by the live performance of "Pet Sounds" preceded by a nineteen [19] song first set featuring familiar headline hits and many Beach Boys gems including "Heroes And Villians", "California Girls", "Don't Worry Baby" and a superb "Sail On, Sailor".

"Pet Sounds" was, as expected, truly an experience with "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "Don't Talk [Put Your Head On My Shoulder]", "Sloop John B", "God Only Knows" and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" delivered beautifully followed by a fantastic encore that began with the majestic "Good Vibrations" and ended with the fitting closer "Love And Mercy". One thought that kept crossing my mind all evening was that if I closed my eyes, I could hear movements and arrangements that much reminded me of the wonderful works of Roy Wood and Wizzard. You could tell, just by listening, that The Beach Boys are a major influence for the ELO co-founder and this was confirmed by this rather poignant tribute in the tour brochure.
My final thoughts? Multiple standing ovations and much applause aside, this was a gig that I'll not forget. Sat at his piano, literally just yards from Jeff Lynne's star on Broad Street, Brian Wilson gave us probably our last live glimpse of his five decade legacy. Bravo Brian! "Love And Mercy" to you.

Set list: "Our Prayer" ~ "Heroes And Villains" ~ "California Girls" ~ "Dance, Dance, Dance" ~ "I Get Around" ~ "Shut Down" ~ "Little Deuce Coupe" ~ "Little Honda" ~ "In My Room" ~ "Surfer Girl" ~ "Don't Worry Baby" ~ "Wake The World" ~ "Add Some Music To Your Day" ~ "Then I Kissed Her" ~ "Do It Again" ~ "One Kind Of Love" ~ "Wild Honey" ~ "Funky Pretty" ~ "Sail On, Sailor" ~ "Wouldn't It Be Nice" ~ "You Still Believe In Me" ~ "That's Not Me" ~ "Don't Talk [Put Your Head On My Shoulder]" ~ "I'm Waiting For The Day" ~ "Let's Go Away For A While" ~ "Sloop John B" ~ "God Only Knows" ~ "I Know There's An Answer" ~ "Here Today" ~ "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" ~ "Pet Sounds" ~ "Caroline, No" ~ "Good Vibrations" ~ "All Summer Long" ~ "Help Me Rhonda" ~ "Barbara Ann" ~ "Surfin' USA" ~ "Fun, Fun, Fun" ~ "Love And Mercy"

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Brian Wilson to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 18-May-2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Presenting a Traveling Wilburys tribute show is unique and with it comes the problem of not only choosing which Wilburys classics to play but also what songs to select from each member of the Fab Five in a theatrical setting. A second trip to the compact and homely Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove to see Paul Hopkins and The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show last night [Saturday 14th May] was therefore another must for Yours Truly KJS to see how the show had developed since their previous gig there last year in front of another full house.

And, on the evidence of this performance, these accomplished musicians have moulded themselves into a thoroughly entertaining - if not educational - act who give their audience a real taste of The Traveling Wilburys - with a twist! The twenty eight [28] set list featured most of the first album had a little more of an ELO flavour with "Sweet Talkin' Woman" joining "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Roll Over Beethoven" yet it was perfectly balanced with plenty of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and George Harrison contributions also included, particularly those latter collaborations with Jeff Lynne on "Mystery Girl" and "Full Moon Fever". It was nice to see that "Runaway" was included and the bands association with Del Shannon mentioned again too.

So what were my fave songs on the night? I loved the Dylan numbers and the delivery of "Tweeter And The Monkey Man" was ace. The Big O's "I Drove All Night" and "A Love So Beautiful" were fantastic. As ever, the feel good "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Here Comes The Sun" warmed the soul and all three TP solo tunes caught the eye too, especially an awesome "Runnin' Down A Dream". From the Wilburys perspective, the ageless "Handle With Care" was once again sublime and the nice touch of an empty rocking chair cradling a certain guitar during "End Of The Line" was a fitting way to cap another successful show. Go see 'em folks!

The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show performed: "Pretty Woman"; "Last Night"; "Runaway"; "Heading For The Light"; "Only The Lonely"; "Blowin' In The Wind"; "Knockin' On Heavens Door"; "In Dreams"; "I Won't Back Down"; "Here Comes The Sun"; "A Love So Beautiful"; "Roll Over Beethoven"; "You Got It"; "Mr. Blue Sky"; "Free Fallin'"; "I Drove All Night"; "Handle With Care"; "Tweeter And The Monkey Man"; "The Mighty Quinn"; "Sweet Talkin' Woman"; "Penny Arcade"; "Rattled"; "Wilbury Twist"; "Got My Mind Set On You"; "Running Down A Dream"; "Not Alone Any More"; "The End Of The Line"; "Johnny B. Goode"
The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show were:
Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison [Vocals/bass]
Richard Gibson as Jeff Lynne [Vocals/guitars/vocoder]
Owen James as Tom Petty [Vocals/guitar]
Aubrey Robinson as Bob Dylan [Vocals/keyboards/guitar]
Matt Gaffiney as George Harrison [Vocals/guitar/keyboards]
Andrew Whittaker as Jim Keltner [Drums/backing vocals]

Find out what The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are currently up to and where they are performing next via their official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff Lynne, The Traveling WilburysRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles, Roy Orbison'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 15-May-2016

Friday, 13 May 2016

RETURN TO VINYL: MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY [The Move]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It looks as if "Message From The Country" is to be released in 180g black vinyl on Friday 24th June 2016. The album - originally released in October 1971 via Harvest [#SHSP4013] - was, of course, the fourth and final studio album by The Move and featured Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan before their formal transition into The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO].

It's unclear at present as to whether the 'new' sleeve will be a full reproduction of the original textured finish - we'll just have to wait and see. 2016 has already been a fantastic year for fans of The Move with their back catalogue of "Move", "Shazam", "Looking On" and the "Something Else" EP all remastered and re-released complete with bonus and previously unreleased material. "Message From The Country" will be issued in 180g black vinyl and can be currently be pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk and Rough Trade via these links thus:

www.amazon.co.uk/Message-Country-VINYL-Move/dp/B01E4WLJ9U
www.roughtrade.com/albums/103317

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Message From The Country" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Idle Race, 'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 13-May-2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

FIRST LIVE: ELO PART II & MSO @ BIRMINGHAM 28/05/91

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #1111: Having just attended my first ELO concert featuring Jeff Lynne in Liverpool last month as well as also recalling that the first ever record that Yours Truly KJS ever bought was "Turn To Stone" back in November 1977, I got to thinking recently about the first time that I ever heard the music of the The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] performed live.

I was too young to see the "Time" tour back in the day. I also missed ELO's 1986 dates too and those OrKestra gigs in 1988 for different reasons so you'll probably be surprised to find out that my very first gig of ELO music was at the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday 28th May 1991 when Bev Bevan's Electric Light Orchestra Part Two teamed up with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra to deliver an amazing, string laden show comprising the hits of ELO as well as new material from their debut album. I still fondly remember the expectation and thrill of experiencing the music of Jeff Lynne [and a certain Brummie band who had first gotten my attention as a ten year old some fourteen years earlier] in the flesh, having travelled up from my then home in Weston-super-Mare.
Spring 1991: Electric Light Orchestra Part Two on tour featured ELO stalwarts Bev Bevan, Mik Kaminski, Kelly Groucutt, Hugh McDowell, Louis Clark and new boys Eric Troyer, Pete Haycock and Neil Lockwood ...
Since then, I've seen and heard the music of ELO performed what must now be hundreds of times by a plethora of musicians, bands and artistes in multiple venues. Yet you always remember the first time. I'll never forget my first ELO record, my first ELO live and my first Jeff Lynne's ELO gig.

PLEASE NOTE: This article is not intended by any means to be controversial. In the personal opinion of this writer - whether you liked or accepted the notion of ELO Part II or not - they did a good job in keeping the music of ELO live throughout the nineties when Jeff was minded otherwise. I will further address this subject in a forthcoming article for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF].

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 11-May-2016

Sunday, 8 May 2016

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO: ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE TOUR THOUGHTS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The delayed Jeff Lynne's ELO concert in Dublin last night concluded a first wave of sell-out UK and European dates for the ELO maestro marking not only a momentous return to large scale touring but also fulfilling the dreams of many fans - old and new - some thirty [30] years after those 1986 dates in support of "Balance Of Power". And that anticipation was more than satisfied for Yours Truly KJS, having waited for nigh on forty (40) years to see Jeff in the flesh, after five [5] previous opportunities were missed due to a combination of bad luck and ill health.
Around 200,000 people attended 16 Jeff Lynne's ELO gigs at 12 venues in 32 days. We were treated to not only the ELO hits that we all know and love, we experienced an opening "Tightrope", two or three songs from "Alone In The Universe" and a quite magnificent rendering of "Secret Messages" that completely blew me away. Add to that the top class lighting and imagery, the wonderful keyboards of Richard Tandy plus the superb performances of the Jeff Lynne's ELO touring ensemble and your musical dream of the ultimate live ELO show was attained with a balanced set list that ticked all the boxes for this writer and most of the other thousands of attendees.
I was fortunate to be able to go see both the opening gig of the tour in Liverpool on Tuesday 5th April - a quite apt venue for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] in the very home of The Beatles - and the return of ELO to "Down Home Town" Birmingham on Saturday 16th April. They were concerts that will long live in my memory due to the sheer spectacle and emotion of those events. It was great to meet up with fellow fans to mutually enthuse about our favourite band too. Some of us will get to do it all again when Jeff returns for those June dates in Manchester [Wednesday 22nd] and Birmingham [Friday 24th] before the much anticipated Glastonbury appearance on Sunday 26th. Our American friends will also get the opportunity to experience Jeff Lynne's ELO in New York and Los Angeles in September too this year. One thing is for sure: we all want more! Whether we have seen or will be seeing ELO in 2016, we should all thank our lucky stars we did or are going to.

CAUGHT LIVE: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO @ LIVERPOOL 05/04/16
CAUGHT LIVE [2]: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO @ BIRMINGHAM 16/04/16

Jeff Lynne's ELO were: Jeff [Lead vocals/guitars] ~ Richard Tandy [Piano/keyboards/piano] ~ Mike Stevens [Musical Director/guitars/vocals] ~ Milton McDonald [Guitars/vocals] ~ Lee Pomeroy [Bass/vocals] ~ Donavan Hepburn [Drums] ~ Bernie Smith [Keyboards] ~ Marcus Byrne [Keyboards] ~ Iain Hornal [Backing vocals/guitars] ~ Melanie Lewis McDonald [Backing vocals] ~ Rosie Langley [Violin] ~ Amy Langley [Cello] ~ Jess Cox [Cello]

Find out what Jeff Lynne's ELO are up to by visiting their official web site via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who love ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Traveling WilburysThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 08-May-2016