Wednesday, 19 October 2011

CAUGHT ON CANVAS: BEV BEVAN [Debra Dee]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Debra Dee is a fantastic Australian artiste who has produced this excellent portrait of our very own Bev Bevan - co-founder [of course!] of The MoveELO and ELO Part II. And "Here Is The News" folks: Debra has given me permission to publish this ELOBF article because the above Bev Bevan portrait is now available to purchase either as a Limited Edition 24" x 18" print on canvas or as an A4 sized print on quality cardboard.

Furthermore, the 24" x 18" print is limited to just fifty [50] pieces and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The larger print is priced at £250 or $500 [US/Aus][plus P+P] and the A4 print is attractively priced at £25 or $50 [US/Aus][plus P+P]. Debra is also planning further projects involving members of that classic ELO line-up. Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are proud to support the artistry of Debra Dee.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Oct-2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL LAINE HILDEBRANDT [BGO]

 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A very warm welcome to Michael Laine Hildebrandt [MLH] who is - to all intensive purposes - Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO] - for this long-distance interview with ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. We are all impressed with your debut release "Out Of This World". Whilst it cannot be said to be a parody of the ELO classic "Out Of The Blue", there are so many references to that album, ELO's trademark signature themes and their  immense back catalogue of songs!

KJS: So - for me - the first question has to be: Why is your project named 'Bubble Gum Orchestra'?
MLH: I thought the name Bubble Gum Orchestra was very unique and different. It captured everything I was wanting to write about. It really opened the flood gates of my imagination and creativity allowing me to compose songs based on the catchy semi-orchestrated pop rock that I truly love. I definitely believe the songs reflect and capture the name Bubble Gum Orchestra.
KJS: Hot on the heels of that question must be: Just who is ‘Agnes’?
MLH: I thought you might be asking me that one…seems to be a very popular question. OK, Here we go ... The names mentioned in "Agnes Is Back" are my high school friends. We always loved all the ELO albums and were really mesmerized by the beginning of "Fire On High” with all the backwards messaging. We knew it was saying something in reverse but did not know what?! So we thought the first words you hear in "Fire On High” were saying "Agnes, Agnes, Agnes ... In the odds of it all the servers in ... is in ebith”! Agnes became this [almost] "Livin' Thing” that meant great times with our friends while listening to ELO. Agnes will always live strong in every one of us!
 
!ereH saW namrehtaeL
 
KJS: Reading the liner notes on the album; it appears you play 95% of the instruments and that you have written all 17 tracks. That’s a huge undertaking! What was your personal inspiration for this project Michael?
MLH: I hear all the different parts of a song in my head when I am writing it. They are usually fighting to get from my brain to my fingers as fast as they can and then to whatever instrument I am recording. It comes natural for me to just go ahead, get in the studio and record the songs myself. Mr. Lynne has always been a big inspiration in my song writing. I am very much amazed on how he composed "Out Of The Blue" in three weeks or so! Very mind blowing! This is why I composed 17 songs on this BGO album. I always wanted to see what it would be like to attempt such a big feat. You are right, it was a huge undertaking ... almost two years from start to finish. I always knew I would do it, and now just seemed like the right time to bring it all to life. "McCartney I" was written and recorded all by Paul ... that was also very inspiring to me as well as the likes of Dave Grohl writing and recording his first CD by himself.
KJS: Where are you based? Can you tell us about any other members of contributors to BGO?
MLH: When the BGO Blue Violin Spaceship returns from a "Mission", it docks in Dallas, Texas, USA. There are no other BGO members at this time although a full blown band could happen at any moment if the stars all line up with the satellites. As of this interview, Michael Laine Hildebrandt is Bubble Gum Orchestra!
KJS: We can all see your musical influences on this fantastic album. But are ELO at their peak and the song writing of Jeff Lynne your only inspirations musically and lyrically?
MLH: Mr. Lynne is obviously a huge inspiration. But there are many, many more artists and bands that I have been inspired by. The Beatles, The Carpenters, The Moody Blues, Queen, The Cars, Chicago, Toto, Charlie, Naked Eyes, The Bee Gees and Blanket Of Secrecy - just to name some. There are many more but this gives you a small window of what musically turns me on. When asked, I always say my favourite English band is ELO and my favorite American band is Boston.
KJS: And how did those musical influences shape Bubble Gum Orchestra?
MLH: Simply said, the common denominator of all my favourite bands and Bubble Gum Orchestra is the love of catchy melodies and lyrics that people can relate to.
KJS: A common interview question next! Which came first – the music or the lyrics?
MLH: Just depends ... I am an avid long distant runner/marathoner so I take a digital recorder out on long runs and usually come up with some lyrics and a melody. I get a pure, focused clarity when I run and the songs just start writing themselves. A lot of the tempos of the 17 BGO songs are at the speed in which I was running at the time. I composed about 70% of the songs on OOTW while out on the "Long and Winding Roads" of Texas. Sometimes I’ll sit down with an instrument, and write the music first ... violins, cellos and violas really get the ideas flowing!
KJS: "Out Of This World" is an ELO-esque treasure. Complete with synthesized strings and loads of backward [and forward!] "Secret Messages" ... this must have been a fun album to record Michael?
MLH: Absolutely ... I love to book the time and get into Blue Violin Studios, fire up all the machinery, start pressing knobs, sliding levers and begin creating. I guess I am like the man behind the curtain controlling the "Almighty" 'Wizard Of Oz'. Oh yes, the backward and forward "Secret Messages" are heard throughout OOTW ... I have always admired the way Mr. Lynne incorporated all the little bits of backwards messages here and there along with Prologues and Epilogues and orchestrated intros into all of those great classic ELO songs ... It's those little details that that I loved with ELO and what I believe is sorely missing in today’s somewhat sterile current music scene. My goal was to bring back a little bit of yesteryear's glory and re-introduce listeners [new and old] to the long lost style of songs we all remembered and loved. I basically wanted to start Bubble Gum Orchestra's OOTW where ELO’s OOTB left off at. Who knows, someone, somewhere, someday might refer to BGO as ... "son of ELO"?!
KJS: So what are your aspirations for OOTW? What has been the feedback to your promotional tour, the new web site and first single “Night In Shangri-La”?
MLH: I want to get Bubble Gum Orchestra introduced to the masses! From all of the positive feedback we have received from our new friends and fans all over the world, I truly believe we can find our niche and a home with listeners if we can just be heard. Our new BGO website at bubblegumorchestra.com has been very well received also. Everyone has been so kind, and I really appreciate all the ELOve we have received!
KJS: Are you getting regular air play out there in FM land?
MLH: "Night In Shangi-La" ... the first single, is currently being featured and played on a daily basis on 25 FM Radio stations play lists from all around the world just after two weeks of being released. More stations are adding our song on a daily and weekly basis. We feel fortunate and humbled by all the attention this song is getting on the radio and throughout the satellites.
KJS: Are there plans to take BGO out on the road? To the US and beyond ... even England?
MLH: No current plans for a tour but you never, ever know what tomorrow might bring. I love playing live and the thought of performing these songs with a symphony orchestra is a great dream to possibly achieve in the future. Wow ... Bubble Gum Orchestra "Live in Concert" with a symphony orchestra ... sounds good doesn’t it! If we hit the road, England will be one of the stops!
KJS: The seventeen [17] songs that make up OOTW are: “Agnes Is Back”, “Night In Shangri-La”, “Lights Over London”, “Lonely Girl”, “Reversible Relationships”, “Yesterday Tomorrow Tonight”, “Goodbye My Old Friend”, “Where Are You Now”, “Sky Has Turned Blue”, Concerto For A Sad Day: “Feeling Down”, “The Wheels Keep On Turnin'”, “Summer Day”, “Happy Song”, “Girl I'm Gonna Miss You”, “Sunrise In Spain”, “All I Wanna Do” and “Love Never Goes As Planned” ... can you give us a brief summary of these songs and what they are about?
MLH: I won’t get into dissecting all the songs meanings but my stock answer I give when people ask what they are about, I tell them ... Only one song on this album is about someone I have known. A secret message might give the listener a clue to what song this is but I doubt if anyone will figure it out [except for her]. I composed all rest of the songs on OOTW as if I were up in the mighty BGO Blue Violin Mother Ship travelling throughout our great world looking down randomly into peoples lives and then writing about what I had observed. Usually love, life and everything that goes with it ... the happy, the sad and all the emotions in between. I write songs that people can relate to. I want the listener to perceive my music and lyrics as they want to, hopefully relating them to their own lives and connecting to the lyrics, melodies and the overall "feel" of the song.
KJS: And if you had to pick a favourite track on OOTW – what would it be?
MLH: All 17 songs are so embedded in my mind and soul that I cannot answer this question with a one song answer. They all have a special place in my heart and my spirit. I hope the listener connects and feels like I did when I wrote them.
KJS: What will be the next BGO project Michael? Can you give us a clue or three?
MLH: Yes I can ... First of all, I am going to promote OOTW until the rocket thrusters fall off the mighty BGO ship and we reach the masses. After that ... well, I have been feeling creative lately and have five songs composed and recorded [except for vocals] that will be on the next release. There will be 10 or 11 total songs on the second BGO album. I am naming the next album ... drum roll please ... 'Bubble Gum Orchestra II'! Surprise, surprise ... It just seemed like the obvious choice.
KJS: Now – here is a question that I always ask next when ‘interviewing’ for ELOBF: What are your personal favourite ELO [and Beatles] tracks?
MLH: There is not enough space on this page to give a complete answer so I will just give one song for each band ... The Beatles: "And I Love Her" and for ELO: "Need Her Love".
KJS: ELOBF have introduced BGO and reviewed OOTW already here and here again. Michael, could you please remind ELOBF readers [and listeners] just how to get a hold of “Out Of This World” by Bubble Gum Orchestra?
MLH: You can obviously visit those articles or our BGO web site at: bubblegumorchestra.com A very big 'Thank You' to ELOBF for all of your support! We appreciate you! Michael Laine Hildebrandt

Yours Truly KJS would like to extend my appreciation and thanx to Michael Laine Hildebrandt for participating in this interview. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Out Of This World" by Bubble Gum Orchestra 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-Oct-2011

Saturday, 15 October 2011

JOHN LENNON ON ELO: SON OF BEATLES

John Lennon: Re-Imagined for the 2012 London Olympics
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Most of you know that the original inspiration for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] was the enigmatic ELO track "Beatles Forever" from ELO's "Secret Messages" sessions in 1982-83. ELOBF has indeed expanded in scope since then but I thought it apt to return to the principle fact that "I Am The Walrus" was the inspiration for Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne to create The Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]:

It's also important to remember what one of those Fab Four once uttered themselves. On Saturday 28th September 1974John Lennon made that now famous statement on NYC radio station WNEW-FM wherein he said that ELO were the "... son of [The] Beatles" as he introduced ELO and, of course, "Showdown". Here is the transcript of those famous words for you to peruse:

"We're gonna play Electric Light Orchestra from last year - "Showdown" - which I thought was a great record and I was expecting it to be number one but I don't think UA got their fingers out and pushed it. And it's a nice group. I call them 'son of Beatles' - although they're doing things that we never did, obviously. But I remember the statement they made when they first formed was to carry on where 'The Beatles' left off with "Walrus" - and they certainly did ..." [end quote]

We should also never forget that the magnificent "21st Century Man" on ELO's "Time" album [1981] was Jeff Lynne's poignant tribute to John Lennon. not forgetting that ELO also performed "Across The Universe" during the "Time" tour for the same reason.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2011

RECOMMENDED: MUSIC BOOK [Roy Wood]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With many thanx to the fantastic A JEFF LYNNE AND RELATED BLOG and Toshiki Komeda of the ELO Move [Japan] Facebook group, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has news of a new, comprehensive Roy Wood compilation entitled "Music Book". The 2CD career overview has a designated release date of Monday 14th November 2011 and can be pre-ordered via these links thus:


This thirty six [36] track compilation explores Roy's career from The Move through ELO and Wizzard to even a couple of covers of two [2] of his classic compositions by Status Quo and Nancy Sinatra! There's also room for his solo work and his many collaborations.

Spin CD's are quoting a price of £11.99 each for the package whilst amazon.co.uk are citing a price of £14.99 each at present. Whatever price you pay, this looks like a very interesting look at Roy's much under-rated musical legacy - and just in time for your Christmas wish list(s) too!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Music Book" by Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe Move, WizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Oct-2011

Friday, 14 October 2011

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN MIKE EDWARDS CASE [2]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has just received another call this evening from Pete Reynolds - ELOBF's roving reporter down in South Devon - informing me that there has been a further development in the sad story of the unlucky and tragic demise of former ELO cellist Mike Edwards. The latest news is that the outcome of the hearing held today at Torquay magistrates court [which was adjourned from Friday 30th September] has now given the two [2] defendants in the case, farmer Brian Burden and agricultural contractor Russell Williams, bail until Friday 2nd December. The case continues.


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Oct-2011

Monday, 10 October 2011

RECOMMENDED [3]: PLEASE VOTE FOR RAIN [YouBloom]


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is indeed very pleased to inform you that the superb song "Rain" as written, produced and performed by Groucutt & Haynes in the YouBloom 2011 Music Awards not only finished in the Top 12 and qualified for the Q3 Semi-Final, it has been voted by the esteemed panel of four [4] judges through to the Q3 Final! 

The guys are now competing in that Q3 Final in their bid to progress in, [hopefully] win the competition and the £10,000 first prize. There are six [6] artistes in this latest round and the Top 4 will progress to the Annual Semi-Final; where they will compete with the Top 4 songs from the Q1 and Q2 Finals. There are several more stages to negotiate before Groucutt & Haynes can battle it out for that winners trophy and, yes, it is somewhat convoluted! Hence, Groucutt & Haynes need you to vote for them again folks! So please pass on this 'Message From The [Black] Country' onto your friends and family!

To reaffirm: Yours Truly KJS is absolutely sure that there loads of ELO [and Beatles] fans and admirers out there who would be thrilled to see local, talented musicians garner some acknowledgement for their efforts. I know that Kelly Groucutt [Rob's father] would be out there promoting them if he were still here with us. So please consider voting again for this song and pass the message along by Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth or any other method! 

All you need to do is to 'Join' by creating a user name; a password and citing your email address. Thank you so very much for taking the time to vote again and again! You can listen to and vote for their entry by clicking the link below:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Groucutt & Haynes 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 ... 10-Oct-2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

RECOMMENDED: THE CLASSIC ALBUMS COLLECTON [ELO]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back on Wednesday 7th September, Yours Truly KJS posted this article in which I mentioned the forthcoming dual ELO releases: "The Essential Electric Light Orchestra" [UK/2CD] and "The Classics Album Collection" [US/11CD] thus:


Since that article, there have been some release developments in that there are now a variety of outlets offering the eleven [11] CD boxed set but they do not necessarily seem to agree in terms of price, release date or even content:


Spin CD's have the release date as 24th October and priced at £31.99; Pop Market have the release date as October 15th but price it at £49.99 and amazon.co.uk have the release date as 14th November and priced @ £29.99! So there is a variety of choices out there. But the really interesting thing is that amazon.de in Germany are stating that it is a 12CD set that includes "Zoom" at €38.99 and even includes the track listing it! But however you buy it - one thing is for sure - it looks like a nice set for the ELO completist and for the ELO novice to buy too.

"The Classics Album Collection" features expanded versions of all the ELO albums between 1971 and 1986 [except for "Xanadu"] - but probably not "Zoom"! And you will only get this compilation in this form because it is a US release because here in the UK, SonyBMG do not own the rights to the first two [2] ELO albums. Welcome to the ELO show folks!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Oct-2011

Friday, 7 October 2011

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [6]: Q4 2011

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Autumn into Winter 2011/2012 is shaping up to be a great season for ELO and Beatles related gigs here in the Midlands of England. Here are some selected dates for you to peruse and consider your attendance at:

Trevor Burton
Trevor will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with The Trevor Burton Band [TTBB] and as part of "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll". You can catch TTBB at The Actress and Bishop in Birmingham most Wednesday nights.
www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

Saturday 14th October 2011
The BeatBack Brothers @ The Great Western, Coseley [Free entry]
www.myspace.com/beatbackbrothers

Thursday 3rd November 2011
The ELO Experience @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets: £15.00 each [Auditorium] or £18.00 each [Circle]
www.elotribute.com/giglist/search/search.php

Friday 4th November 2011
The ELO Experience @ The Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: £19.50 each [concessions] or £21.50 each [adult]
www.elotribute.com/giglist/search/search.php

Thursday 10th November 2011
"Its Only Rock 'n' Roll" featuring Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £20.00 each [advance] or £22.00 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=2646

Wednesday 16th November 2011
"Its Only Rock 'n' Roll" featuring Bev Bevan & Trevor Burton @ The Garrick, Lichfield
Tickets: £19.50 each
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/Shows/Its-Only-Rock-and-Roll

Saturday 26th November 2011
The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston 
Tickets: £15.00 each [advance] or £16.00 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=2559

Saturday 3rd December 2011
The BeatBack Brothers @ The Goodyear Pavillion, Wolverhampton [Free entry]
www.myspace.com/beatbackbrothers

Sunday 4th December 2011
Band On The Runn @ The River Rooms, Stourbridge
Tickets: £5.00 each
bandontherunn.com/gigs.html

Saturday 10th December 2011
The Phil Bates and Tina McBain Christmas Show @ Middleton Hall, Tamworth
Tickets: £13.50 each
elobeatlesforever.blogspot.com/2011/09/welcome-to-phil-bates-and-tina-mcbain.html

Saturday 24th December 2011
The Cavern Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £10.00 each [advance] or £12.00 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=2692

The above list is certainly not exhaustive but hopefully it's useful. I do hope to interview some of the above artistes in the coming weeks and months for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. It would be great to make your acquaintance at one or three of the above concerts. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Oct-2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

HERE IS THE NEWS [7]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's been a busy week at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] as there has been a peak of ELOBF related activity going on out there!

Hot on the heels of last months visit to The Cavern in Liverpool to see Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project [BBBV], it seems there has been an ELOBF flavour to the first week of October. There were those two [2] gigs last weekend by The ELO Experience and The Trevor Burton Band. I've also received my copy of "Out Of This World" by Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO]. On top of that, I've rediscovered "Symphonic Beatles" as recorded by Louis Clark and the RPO [1999] from my CD collection whilst also hearing from Pete Dicks via his Beatles and Beyond internet radio show about the charity album "LovePower and Peace" which features Robin George and Pete Haycock.

There's also been time to recommend that fantastic local Paul McCartney tribute band Band On The Runn and receive my long awaited copy of that great 1984 album by Julian Lennon entitled "Valotte" which [to my surprise!] features our very own "Honest Man" Eric Troyer. Add to that an appeal towards a new film about Chicago guitarist Terry Kath [highlighted by Laura Lynne for her friend Michelle Kath Sinclair's project] and you can see that it's been a full and varied week!

Those links and ties between ELO and The Beatles really do run deep folks so ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is indeed quite apt a name! Feel free to peruse this weeks articles thus:

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE
CAUGHT LIVE [2]: THE TREVOR BURTON BAND
REVIEW: OUT OF THIS WORLD [Bubble Gum Orchestra]
RECOMMENDED: SEARCHING FOR TERRY
RECOMMENDED: LOVEPOWER AND PEACE [Robin George's LovePower]
RECOMMENDED: BAND ON THE RUNN

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-Oct-2011

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

RECOMMENDED: BAND ON THE RUNN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this year, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] were pleased to introduce you to a new and exciting Paul McCartney [Beatles, Wings and solo] tribute band entitled Band On The Runn and reviewed their first ever gig:


Band On The Runn have now launched their web site and are taking bookings - not only in the West Midlands - but also further afield. Check them out via this link thus:


 Yours truly shall hopefully be attending their gigs at The River Rooms in Stourbridge on Sunday 4th December 2011 and The Kingfisher in Kingswinford on Friday 13th January 2012. Yours Truly KJS looks forward to many and more gigs being announced in the near future. Your interest and support is, of course, much appreciated by Band On The Runn.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Band On The Runn to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle RaceThe Beatles'Brum Beat' and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Oct-2011

RECOMMENDED: LOVEPOWER AND PEACE [Robin George's LovePower]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend Pete Dicks - the producer, director, chief bottle washer and presenter of that excellent internet and AM/FM radio show Beatles and Beyond - has alerted me to a new charity album entitled "LovePower and Peace" which has just been released by Robin George's LovePower via Angel Air Records [#SJPCD357].

Robin is a former member of Roy Wood's Helicopters but what may also be of interest to ELO [and related artists] fans is that this new CD features supreme slide guitarist and former ELO Part II co-founding member Pete Haycock. We haven't seen much of Pete in the ELO universe since his departure in 1993 but I thought that his participation in this project was of note to those of us who appreciated his input on both record and stage with that original ELO Part II line-up.

"LovePower and Peace" also features a variety of songs and artistes and includes a Beatles tribute song described as "a stonking cover of With A Little Help From My Friends" by the web site Sea Of Tranquility. The profits from this album will support the work of three [3] charities: BCATHaven House and Wolverhampton's very own Compton Hospice"LovePower and Peace" by Robin George's LovePower can be ordered via these links thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "LovePower and Peace" by Robin George's Lovepower 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 ... 05-Oct-2011

RECOMMENDED: SEARCHING FOR TERRY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A friend of mine over on Facebook asked me to help publicize this noble cause that is being championed by Laura Lynne for her friend Michelle Kath Sinclair - who has set up a Kickstarter page in order to raise the necessary funds for the production of a new film entitled "Searching For Terry". The film will explore the life and musical times of her father Terry Kath, legendary guitarist from that much-loved band Chicago:

The project goal is $40,000 and at the time of writing nearly 25% has been raised. Any pledges will go towards fifteen [15] days of shooting which will include the crew [camera and sound experts]; equipment rental and purchases; travel expenses for crew and/or interviewees, and editor assistant. Any monies raised above and beyond this will finance post production, marketing and promotion. For further details on all the pledge gifts; please feel free to visit these two [2] web sites:


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Oct-2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

REVIEW: OUT OF THIS WORLD [Bubble Gum Orchestra]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When I initially heard about a new ELO themed CD being released by Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO] entitled "Out Of This World", I have to admit that I wasn't sure whether it was a tribute or a parody [in the same vein as The Rutles or Spinal Tap] of that classic 1977 ELO double album: "Out Of The Blue". Upon further investigation, it became pretty clear pretty quickly that this new CD - despite the bow to OOTB in similarities of artwork, graphics and even the number of tracks - was the former:


So when a promo copy of OOTW arrived here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] yesterday morning all the way from Lewisville, Texas, USA - thanks to the kindness of its creator Michael Laine Hildebrandt - and with a bad back preventing me from doing anything but listen to it - I had an ideal opportunity to make myself familiar with this production. OOTW is a tribute - first and foremost - to the ELO genre; sound and imagery as well as the song writing and production prowess of Jeff Lynne.

But it is also a remarkable example of the musical talent of Mr. Hildebrandt who - with a little help from his friends - has written, performed, recorded and produced this great album in deference to his love of the seventies heyday of string-swept, orchestral classic rock music.

The whole album is musically and lyrically replete with references to our favourite ELO songs both in terms of song titles and themes as well as the bridges and orchestral [although synthesized] underpinning we came to expect back then [and even now]. The songs about all things light; blue; rain; sunshine; regret and love do strike a chord to the staid ELO fan.
We've already seen: "Bat Out Of Hell II""Bat Out Of Hell III", "Tubular Bells II" and even "Tubular Bells III" - so if you wanted to have an idea of what an "Out Of The Blue II" might have sounded like - this CD at least gives you an insight into that. Here are my thoughts on those seventeen [17] tracks for you to peruse:

Agnes Is Back: An intro where the backward messages of "Fire On High" and "Secret Messages" meet head on is followed by a great up-beat opener citing not a few ELO song titles.
Night In Shangri-La: the lead single from the album also citing those ELO tracks and very catchy!
Lights Over London: 'B' side of the lead single and full of love lorn angst.
Lonely Girl: familiar themes of lonely nights and long distance love via the telephone.
Reversible Relationships: recalls the yearning of time travel backwards to better days.
Yesterday Tomorrow Tonight: Nice drum work here in a song of starry nights and a world of blue and sunny days gone wrong.
Goodbye My Old Friend: A song not dissimilar in construction to "Hello My Old Friend" with those broken interludes but also reminiscent of "Time" with those "Yellow jackets in purple flowers".
Where Are You Now: Without a doubt this song gives a huge nod to "Believe Me Now" and at the same time a really nice piece of work.
Sky Has Turned Blue: Filled with references to those familiar ELO topics of sky and blue; "The Way Life's Meant To Be" and fate.
Concerto For A Sad Day - Feeling Down: Another nod - this time to "Concerto For A Rainy Day" - but this song urges you to "Hold On Tight" to your dreams even when you're down.
The Wheels Keep On Turnin': The only similarity to "Big Wheels" here is in the title ... but this is a lovely song that reminds me more of "It's Over".
Summer Day: Replete with [finally] a reference to Bubble Gum! This song is a jolly confident song of the hope of returning love.
Happy Song: This song is a bubbly tribute to "Mr. Blue Sky" in all but name ... a marvellous ditty!
Girl I'm Gonna Miss You: Nice vocal work on this one both in the fore and background as we witness that "summer came and passed away" and a love has departed. 
Sunrise In Spain: An instrumental song where "Letter From Spain" meets "Across The Border" in part with its flamenco [and Texan!] influences!
All I Wanna Do: With an intro that alludes to the sonic resonance of "The Whale"; this song is a forlorn item of few lyrics in the same style as "Letter From Spain".
Love Never Goes As Planned: This sweet final track quotes "Times holds the answers" and "The stars that keep us dreaming" as a nice piece of guitar work with plucked strings sails on bemoaning the quirky ways of love.

This album should find a home and fit quite nicely in any ELO fans record collection. I like it for what it is. A tribute to those light fantastic and heady days of 1977-78 when ELO and "Out Of The Blue" was literally "Out Of This World" - as Hildebrandt displays through this work of ELOve! You can order the CD or download the album in part or as a whole from this reputable seller thus:


Yours Truly KJS is pleased to announce that ELOBF will be conducting a long distance interview with Michael and BGO in the near future in order to ask a not a few questions about the project and to support BGO with this likable and enjoyable new release.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Out Of This World" by Bubble Gum Orchestra 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 ... 04-Oct-2011

Sunday, 2 October 2011

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: THE TREVOR BURTON BAND

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Sometimes you make a last minute decision and it pays off big time! On the evening of Saturday 1st October, Yours Truly KJS travelled the thirty [30] odd miles to The Waterfront in Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire from Wolverhampton with my brother and niece to attend my second Trevor Burton Band gig featuring [not surprisingly] Trevor Burton [founding member of The Move from 1966-1969] and his band: Bill Jefferson [drums/percussion] and Pez Connor [bass guitar/backing vocals] thus:

www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

On a warm October night astride Barton Marina, this compact and family-like trio - fronted by a legendary blues guitarist who is sadly not given nearly enough local or national recognition for his talents - belted out a wide range of blues songs [and some rock 'n'roll] to give those assembled a flavour - in Trevor's own unique style - of the influence of and his friendship with Jimi Hendrix, as recalled himself on the night.

The band were again very tight. It was truly amazing to see the dynamics of this trio as Trevor's two band mates waited on his every chord. The power percussion of Bill and the driving heartbeat of Pez' bass playing were a joy to behold. Even though they were [musically] in awe of Trev, it really was like watching big brother playing with his two 'younger' charges.

Last night, The Trevor Burton Band delivered a stunning thirteen [13] minute version of "Sunshine Of Your Love”, a fantastic encore of Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender", a tribute to Buddy Holly with "Peggy Sue" plus Wilson Pickett's "634-5678", his own "Down Down Down" [recorded by none other than Dave Edmunds] and Hendrix's very own "Hey Joe" - amongst not a few others. But for me, the highlight of the night had to be getting to finally hear their famed interpretation of "Werewolves Of London"! Many thanx to Pez Connor for that! Here's a taster of it for you to appreciate from a 2009 performance at the Legends Blues Club in Tamworth thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Trevor Burton Band 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 ... 02-Oct-2011

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was an easy decision to drive the ten [10] miles or so to Cannock in Staffordshire on Friday 30th September [and take my daughter Rebekah] to another amazing concert by Andy Louis and The ELO Experience at the Prince of Wales Theatre. As ever, we witnessed another accurate, exuberant and professional show performed by a band who are now - in the absence of UK touring these last two [2] years by The Orchestra [former members of ELO and ELO Part II] - filling the gap [so to speak] and satisfying the appetite of those fans who earnestly desire to hear the music of ELO performed live whilst doing justice to the bands sonic heritage.

The band perform an outstanding version of "Standin' In The Rain" that leaves the knowledgeable in the audience expecting the transition into "Big Wheels" like a hand in a glove before abruptly halting! In an expansive set list that ranged from 1972's "Roll Over Beethoven" to 1986's "Calling America", the highlights [for me] were a stomping "Diary Of Horace Wimp", a rip-roaring "Showdown" and their crowd pleasing encore of "Mr. Blue Sky". But, once again, their rendition of "Don't Walk Away" - fittingly dedicated to the late, great Kelly Groucutt - was simply breathtaking and stole the show! The band have matured both in terms of production, sound and cohesion with the addition of their two [2] cellists and lack only an excitable violinist to complete the picture!

Yours truly KJS had the chance to chat with one or three band members after the gig and the conversation naturally came around to what songs they were going to attempt next. I'm excited at the prospect of The ELO Experience covering such ELO classics as "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Strange Magic" in their 2012 set but the real surprise is that they are actively considering doing a live version of "Latitude 88 North"! We can only look forward to their 2012 gigs!


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The ELO Experience 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 ... 02-Oct-2011