Thursday, 31 July 2014

PUGWASH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM & 2014 US TOUR


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Legendary Los Angeles based label Omnivore Recordings released news of an exciting new Pugwash compilation yesterday [30th July 2014] and also confirmed that the acclaimed Irish quartet would soon be embarking on their maiden US tour later this year via this You Tube video.

"A Rose In A Bed Of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History Of Pugwash" has been pencilled in for release on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 and will include seventeen [17] tracks personally chosen by heavily influenced ELO and Jeff Lynne founder member Thomas Walsh from their "Almond Tea" debut all the way through to latest studio album "The Olympus Sound".


Gig dates for the 2014 Pugwash US tour will be announced in the near future. "A Rose In A Bed Of Weeds" can now be ordered diectly from Omnivore Recordings. The CD is priced at $16.98 [plus P+P] with the download priced at $9.99 and both can be pre-ordered via this link thus:

www.omnivorerecordings.com/music/a-rose-in-a-garden-of-weeds-a-preamble-through-the-history-of-pugwash

Why not check out what Pugwash are presently up to via their excellent Facebook page thus:

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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 31-July-2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ELO AGAIN ANNOUNCE AUTUMN TOUR & 2015 ELO THEMED CRUISE


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Again have just made the dual announcement of both an eighteen [18] date Autumn 2014 UK tour as well as a weekend mini-cruise featuring the band in June 2015. The tour will be their most extensive yet with a nice spread of dates in England, Scotland and Wales between Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th December thus:

Friday 5th September 2014
Oake Manor Golf Club, Taunton, Somerset
Tickets: £10.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.oakemanorevents.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 6th September 2014
The Guildhall, St. Ives, Cornwall
Tickets: £15.00 [advance] or £17.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.crbo.co.uk/event/elo-again

Thursday 18th September 2014
The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, Kent
Tickets: £10.00 [advance] or £12.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.feenstra.co.uk/chislehurst/event/elo-again

Friday 19th September 2014
The Boom Boom Club, Sutton, Surrey
Tickets: £10.00 [advance] or £12.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.feenstra.co.uk/bomboomclub/event/elo-again

Saturday 20th September 2014
St. Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Tickets: £15.50; £18.00; £19.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 27th September 2014
Tiverton Community Arts Theatre, Somerset
Tickets: £15.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.tivertontheatre.com/events/elo-again

Friday 3rd October 2014
The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands
Tickets: £12.00 [advance] or £15.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3674

Saturday 4th October 2014
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Shropshire
Tickets: £TBA each [* plus booking fee]
www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/event/elo-again

Friday 10th October 2014
Tropic at Ruislip, Middlesex
Tickets: £12.00 [advance] or £14.00 [door] [* plus booking fee]
www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 11th October 2014
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Tickets: £18.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk/event/elo-again

Thursday 16th October 2014
Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate, Scotland
Tickets: £16.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.bathgateregal.org/event/elo-again

Friday 17th October 2014
The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Scotland
Tickets: £18.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.buccleuchcentre.com/event/elo-again

Saturday 18th October 2014
The Gaiety Theatre and Arts Centre, Ayr, Scotland
Tickets: £19.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.ayrgaiety.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 1st November 2014
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales
Tickets: £15.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/event/elo-again

Friday 7th November 2014
Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, Wales
Tickets: £TBA each [* plus booking fee]
www.congresstheatrecwmbran.ticketsolve.com/event/elo-again

Saturday 8th November 2014
Exmouth Pavilion, Devon
Tickets: £15.50 each [* plus booking fee]
www.ledtickets.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/events/elo-again

Friday 21st November 2014
The Flower Pot, Derby
Tickets: £12.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.ticketline.co.uk/derby/the-flowerpot/event/elo-again

Saturday 6th December 2014
OPEN, Norwich
Tickets: £18.00 each [* plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/open-norwich/event/elo-again

ELO Again will also be headlining a three [3] night ELO themed weekend mini-cruise departing from Southampton on Saturday 20th June 2015 upon the Fred Olsen liner "Balmoral". The cruise will call in at Zeebrugge in Belgium [for a trip to the beautiful city of Bruges] and also the French port of Le Havre before returning home on Tuesday 24th June 2015.

Special prices are on offer for ELO Again fans ranging from £219 to £549 per person. Performances by ELO Again and all meals/tours are included in the cost. The special rate can be obtained by calling Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on ++ 44 [0] 1473 742424 quoting: GRP0097-L1507. See the poster below and/or visit the official ELO Again web site for further details.



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

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

Saturday, 26 July 2014

REVIEW: CLOSE TO THE CLOUDS [Under A Banner]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I first came across local band Under A Banner when they were in support of Quill at The Robin 2 back in July 2013. Since then, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has been impressed by their superb self-promotion whilst touching base from time to time with main man Adam Broadhurst. Subsequently, ELOBF recently featured their recent successful Pledge Music campaign to fund the follow-up to their debut album "The Ragged Rhythm Of Rain".

Without a doubt, Under A Banner are a band with the gift of having their own sound. Their second album "Close To the Clouds" is an album of contrasts in musical styles which fit nicely under their own label of alternative rock. In places a manic feistiness reigns supreme as the band demonstrate their rock credentials with "Bullet Rain", "I Hate This Place" and "Me And Machine" being prime examples. Yet, elsewhere, their Celtic rock facets are on show with opener "Out Like A Light", "Impossible Day", "Numbers" and "English Soul" grabbing the attention. The third element of this album is the anthems. Title track "Close To The Clouds", the stirring "How Martyrs Are Made" and final track "Festival Of Light" ooze class with music passages reminiscent of Sting's solo heights in "The Soul Cages" and the almost progressive feel of the album finale. You could classify this recording as musical poetry with the cutting, challenging lyrics riding of the wave of some nice chord progression. There is the feel here of protest songs salted with reason. A nice album indeed. [8/10]

Track listing: [1] "Out Like A Light" [4:31]; [2] "Impossible Day" [3:32]; [3] "Close To The Clouds" [3:54]; [4] "Numbers" [3:57]; [5] "How Martyrs Are Made" [4:23]; [6] "English Soul" [3:27]; [7] "Don't Give A" [2:56]; [8] "City Alone" [3:16]; [9] "Bullet Rain" [3:42]; [10] "I Hate This Place" [3:09]; [11] "Leviathan" [3:45]; [12] "Me And Machine" [2:45]; [13] "Festival Of Light" [5:21]

Under A Banner are: Adam Broadhurst [Guitars/vocals]; Tim Wilson [Drums/percussion; Si Hill [Bass] and Jonathan Price [Guitars]

"Close To The Clouds" can currently be purchased in CD and download format from Pledge Music via this link thus. Why not check out Under A Banner via their excellent official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: "Close To The Clouds" by Under A Banner to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 26-July-2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

RECOMMENDED: THE REVOLUTION [WelshMansHill]



Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With an impressive album already under their belt and several other projects including their recent collaboration with Apology None, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] featured artiste WelshMansHill have just released a beautiful new track entitled "The Revolution" in advance of their forthcoming EP.

This anthemic song is replete with the influence of The Beatles, Jeff Lynne and again demonstrates the class of the Birmingham based trio, the subject of not a few articles here at ELOBF, whilst also relaying their own unique sound and song creation credentials. Click the player above or the link below to hear a song that should whet your appetite for the next WelshMansHill release or three thus:

www.reverbnation.com/welshmanshill/song/20969698-the-revolution

WelshMansHill are Phil Hatton, Steve Turner and Phil Ridden.


WelshMansHill were interviewed for ELOBF back in good 'ol 2011 ...

Phil Hatton recorded and sung backing vocals with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and many others whilst working with Jeff  for over twenty [20] years. Steve played guitar for Brian Connolly's Sweet on many world tours. He has also produced and written for albums with The Luckees and Blackfoot Sue and has had several releases worldwide. Phil Ridden played drums with Steve in BC Sweet for many years, touring extensively. He has played with many bands including Ghost and Jean Genie and has CD releases worldwide including Japan and the USA.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: WelshMansHill to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles and Brum Beat.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 20-July-2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

REVIEW: SATUR-DELIA [Apology None]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] were pleased to introduce you to Apology None and their debut album "High Society" back in June 2012. The sixties cartoon festooned psychedelic quintet have just returned with their follow-up release "Satur-delia: The Original Soundtrack" - with a little help from their friends.

This time around, lead Apologist Tim Ross has also enlisted good buddies Joe "Pops" Bredow, Dennis Holseybrook and Owen Hodgson as well as ELOBF featured regulars Vinnie Zummo and WelshMansHill to help him deliver another impressive album full of sweet tunes, all with a nod to those musical heroes of the decade that bought us The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Move, The Idle Race, The Moody Blues and a plethora of songs that still fill the airwaves fifty [50] years later in 2014.



Without a doubt, this is a great collection of tracks reflective of the many musical trends that emanated from the 'Flower Power' generation ... and I should know, being a child of late '67! Tim's love of Jeff Lynne and ELO is also evident throughout his compositions and collaborations. Of particular note amongst the sixteen [16] tracks on offer are the Moody Blues influenced opener "For You" plus "Forever For No Reason", the very classy "Go Play In The Sky", Beatlesque rocker "Rip Whirl And Shake" [featuring Birmingham based trio WelshMansHill], 60's instrumental movie throwback "Tony Dickson Theme" [co-written with Dennis Holseybrook] and the magnificent Vinnie Zummo penned "Lend Me A Handle" - resplendent with strings, slide guitar and oozing with The Beatles, ELO, George Harrison and the production values of Jeff Lynne. All in all, this is an extremely groovy LP! [8/10]

Track listing: [1] "For You" [2:16]; [2] "I'm Nowhere" [2:30]; [3] "Sunblade" [3:19]; [4] "Love Academy" [1:57]; [5] "Go Play In The Sky" [3:42]; [6] "Double Double" [3:31]; [7] "Chain Me To Your Soul" [2:38]; [8] "Some Sunday Sunny Day" [3:23]; [9] "Tony Dickson Theme" [2:14]; [10] "Forever For No Reason" [3:59]; [11] "Love Song" [0:37]; [12] "Lend Me A Handle" [5:40]; [13] "Rip Whirl And Shake" [2:45]; [14] "Double Double 2" [1:08]; [15] "Entwined In The Twisted" [2:39]; [16] "Script" [0:30]

"Satur-delia: The Original Soundtrack" can currently be purchased in CD format from amazon.com for just $10.00. Why not check out Apology None via their excellent official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: Apology None to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' et al.

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

Friday, 18 July 2014

REVIEW: SANDS OF TIME [Pete Kent]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will know that it is a great pleasure of mine to also occasionally introduce and recommend talented local artistes to you too. One of the plus points of last weeks Brewood Music Festival was to witness an astounding exhibition of fingerstyle guitar craft by Wolverhampton's very own Pete Kent in support of The Trevor Burton Band. His performance was so good that I got hold of a copy of Pete's debut album "Sands Of Time" [Revolver Music #REVXD2016] for a listen.

If you are also a fan of Mike Oldfield, Gordon Giltrap and/or Lindsey Buckingham, then this eleven [11] track release may well appeal to you. With two [2] unique covers of Level 42's "Something About You" and The Police's "Roxanne" nestled in amongst nine [9] of Pete's own compositions, this is an excellent showcase with the title track, "Postman's Knock", "Soul Mates", "Slipstream" and "The Spiral" particularly impressing. "Believe Me Now" ... It's a great record to listen to with the headphones on and it's a great record to have as a companion in your car too! [8/10]

Tracks: [1] "Postman's Knock" [2:57]; [2] "Sands Of Time" [4:41]; [3] "Soul Mates" [3:38];
[4] "Something About You" [4:15]; [5] "14th Of May" [4:22]; [6] "Slipstream" [3:34];
[7] "Roxanne" [3:13]; [8] "Sea Of Stones" [2:42]; [9] "Sunshower" [3:41];
[10] "With These Hands" [2:07]; [11] "The Spiral" [2:54]

"Sands Of Time" by Pete Kent can be purchased via these links thus:

www.itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-sands-of-time/id769213108 [download: £5.99]
www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FXRX24Q [CD: £9.64]
www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sands-Time-Pete-Kent/dp/B00H1Q0UYM [download: £6.49]



Pete Kent will appearing at The Robin 2 on Wednesday 27th August 2014 and could well roll out his take on ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" on the night. I've challenged Pete to attempt his interpretation of "Mr. Blue Sky" at some point in the future too! Find out more from his official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends: Pete Kent to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' et al.

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

Thursday, 17 July 2014

B-SIDE BRUM: MR. BLUE SKY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back at the end of May, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]'s Twitter alias @KJS_ELOBF voted for "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] as their choice for #BsideBrum, the campaign to collate a Spotify playlist/album to represent the diversity of Birmingham's musical heritage. The voting has finished and a panel has now published their selection of 22 tracks [including one hidden song], chosen from 150 submissions by a panel of local musical personalities. There are some notable inclusions and exclusions, as is always the case with such projects, but the good news is that "Mr. Blue Sky" has indeed been chosen for the virtual album!

Have a read of this Birmingham Mail article to find out more about the campaign, the chosen tracks and artistes and where to view and/or listen to them thus:
 Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 17-July-2014