Saturday, 28 January 2012

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: BAND ON THE RUNN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS knew as soon I arrived at The Kingfisher in Kingswinford yesterday [Friday 27th January] on a dark and cold night and was greeted by Hayley Parsons decked out in her resplendent dress that this latest gig by Band On The Runn was going to be another glowing success - and indeed it was!

I drove the ten [10] miles or so to this Band On The Runn performance with Christian '[July 2nd 1644]' Evans and Geoff Cook and we were not disappointed with yet another inspired and professional performance by this great Midlands based act who feature Craig Whale, Ian Hammond, Adam Willetts and Dave Cottle - and who accurately reproduce live the whole musical career of Sir Paul McCartney with a specific focus on his time with Wings.
Band On The Runn are now getting good local media coverage too ...
There was so much more to the Band On The Runn set list than I can put in writing! Without a doubt, every time that I see this band they improve folks. Superb drum work, keyboard wizardry, great guitar craft together with booming bass and driving vocals. Their performance of their namesake song "Band On The Run" and their cover of "The Long And Winding Road" were sublime. 

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Band On The Runn 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 ... 28-Jan-2012

Thursday, 26 January 2012

FOLLOW ME FOLLOW ELOBF? [3]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Those of you who are regular visitors to ELO BEATLES FOREVER can also follow ELOBF via these links thus:


You can then keep up-to-date with my latest postings et al. I'm thrilled by every visit, thankful for every comment and Yours Truly KJS values your feedback! "Follow Me Follow" ELOBF?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Jan-2012

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

RECOMMENDED: ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA [40th Anniversary Edition]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Doubtless in the last few days you may have seen a fair few ELO fan sites and blogs publishing the preliminary details of the forthcoming "40th Anniversary Edition" of the seminal debut ELO release "The Electric Light Orchestra" [also known as "No Answer" in the United States] by EMI here in the UK. This must be the 10,538th re-issue of this material ... so I've waited a little while to post this blog whilst I check out one or three sources in order to collate as much pre-release information as possible! Here's an overview of the release for you to peruse whilst we await pre-ordering information:

"To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ELO's first album 'Electric Light Orchestra', EMI are releasing both a CD/DVD and a 180 Gram Vinyl version on March 12th, 2012! The '40th Anniversary Edition' CD features the original album and has six [6] bonus tracks. The accompanying DVD features a Quad to 4.1 DTS 96/24 [taking the original 1973 Quad and adding a sub to create the 4.1] and a flat transfer of the original stereo analogue master from 1971 in 96kHz/24 bit PCM stereo. Sleeve notes for this release were written by Dom Lawson and the original "10538 Overture" promo clip is included as as a special bonus! The vinyl release will feature the original analogue stereo master."

Whilst HMV @ Japan appear to be offering the release as an import on or about the 27th February [source: elodiscovery.com], ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have discovered that amazon.de are offering this two [2] disc CD/DVD release on 24th February at the attractive pre-order price of €14.99 [which equates to approx. £12.50 at the time of writing] for these track listings:

CD #1
[1] 10538 Overture [2001 Remaster]
[2] Look At Me Now [2001 Remaster]
[3] Nellie Takes Her Bow [2001 Remaster]
[4] Battle Of Marston Moor [July 2nd 1644] [2001 Remaster]
[5] First Movement [Jumping Biz] [2001 Remaster]
[6] Mr. Radio [2001 Remaster]
[7] Manhattan Rumble [49th Street Massacre] [2001 Remaster]
[8] Queen Of The Hours [2001 Remaster]
[9] Whisper In The Night [2001 Remaster]
[10] 10538 Overture [Acetate]
[11] Mr. Radio [Take #9 Recorded 18/11/70]
[12] Nellie Takes Her Bow [Alternate Mix]
[13] Whisper In The Night [Take #1/Take #2 Edit Recorded 28/4/71]
[14] Mr Radio [7'' Single Version]
[15] 10538 Overture [for 'Top Of The Pops']
CD #2
[1] 10538 Overture [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[2] Look At Me Now [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[3] Nellie Takes Her Bow [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[4] Battle Of Marston Moor [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[5] First Movement [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[6] Mr. Radio [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[7] Manhattan Rumble [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[8] Queen Of The Hours [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[9] Whisper In The Night [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[10] 10538 Overture
[11] Look At Me Now
[12] Nellie Takes Her Bow
[13] Battle Of Marston Moor [July 2nd 1644]
[14] First Movement [Jumping Biz]
[15] Mr. Radio
[16] Manhattan Rumble [49th Street Massacre]
[17] Queen Of The Hours
[18] Whisper In The Night
[19] 10538 Overture [Original Promo Clip] [2012 - Remaster]

STOP PRESS: Latest Release News
It appears that the UK release date has now been confirmed for Monday 12th March as both the CD/DVD and vinyl LP editions are now being offered by amazon.co.uk who are now taking pre-orders attractively priced at £11.10 each and £17.93 each respectively thus:

Electric Light Orchestra - First Light CD/DVD - amazon.co.uk
Electric Light Orchestra - First Light LP - amazon.co.uk

Hence, whilst we await details of the UK release and pre-order information; this looks like another interesting release for the ELO completist especially when considered with the imminent re-release on vinyl of the classic 1974 ELO album "Eldorado".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Jan-2012

Saturday, 21 January 2012

CAUGHT LIVE [3]: BAND ON THE RUNN

Hello ... Hello... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS ventured out last night [Friday 20th January] to go see one of those local bands in the ELO and Beatles universe whom I truly enjoy promoting and hearing Band On The Runn, a band who have previously featured on ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] several times thus:


Band On The Runn are Craig Whale, Ian Hammond, Adam Willetts and Dave Cottle and last night they performed a tremendous set list at the likeable Tackeroo venue at Hednesford near Cannock in tribute to the whole musical career of Sir Paul McCartney with a specific focus on his time with Wings. I was joined in the audience yesterday with Pete Dicks [see above] - founder and proprietor of that long running worldwide broadcasting phenomenon known as Beatles and Beyond Radio [BBR]. We were joined by Peter March [a local, regular listener] and all three [3] of us were mightily impressed by this relatively new band and the degree of professionalism and accuracy that they produced recreating the 50 year career of Sir Paul McCartney live on stage. Highlights [for me] were "The Long And Winding Road", "My Love" and "C Moon", amongst many others.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Band On The Runn 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 ... 21-Jan-2012

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

RECOMMENDED: THE ABBEY ROAD EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will doubtless be aware that back on 10th December 2011, Yours Truly KJS posted this blog about a new musical project entitled The Abbey Road Experience:


The ethos of the band is to cover live - note by note - the whole of The Beatles final seminal 1969 album "Abbey Road" including - of course - those classics "Come Together""Here Comes The Sun" and "Something". The band also consist of two [2] current members of that superb Eagles tribute band Desperado in Chris Brighton and Steve James plus ex-Climax Blues Band founder Derek Holt and latest addition Pete Hughes. Their new web site has just been launched and contains details of their first six [6] concerts in March 2012 [with more to follow] wherein they intend to both gauge the amount of interest in the project and also develop their act. Here is the detail of those first few gigs for your perusal:

Thursday 8th March: Academy Theatre; Birdwell; Barnsley. Tel: [01226] 744442
Friday 9th March: Gatehouse Theatre; Stafford. Tel: [01785] 253595
Friday 16th March: The Diamond; Sutton-in-Ashfield. Tel: [01623] 456617
Friday 23rd March: Feathers Inn; Beacon Street; Lichfield. Tel: [01543] 417029
Saturday 24th March: The Horse and Jockey; Walsall Wood. Tel: [01543] 360703
Sunday 25th March: Roadhouse Rocks; Lifford Lane; Stirchley. Tel: [0121] 246 2273

You can view the new Abbey Road Experience web site by clicking on this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Abbey Road Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Jan-2012

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

COMING UP: BAND ON THE RUNN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It is indeed a great pleasure to be able to able to go out and about to hear, see and support local bands in the ELO and Beatles universes doing their thing. Last Saturday, Yours Truly KJS [again] checked out Band On The Runn - a new four [4] piece Midlands based Paul McCartney tribute act - as they fine tuned their extensive and impressive set list [amongst friends] in the Black Country. Band On The Runn have previously featured here on ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] thus:


Band On The Runn are Craig Whale, Ian Hammond, Adam Willetts and Dave Cottle and they will be playing two [2] much anticipated concerts in January 2012. It is my intention to attend both gigs in order to both support the band in their musical journey and appraise their development as a live act at these venues:

Friday 20th January
Band On The Runn @ The Tackeroo, Hednesford
Tickets: £5.00 each
www.bandontherunn.co.uk/gigs.html

Friday 27th January
Band On The Runn @ The Kingfisher, Kingswinford
Tickets: £10.00 each
www.bandontherunn.co.uk/gigs.html

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Band On The Runn to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, The Beatles, 'Brum Beat' and related artistes. Go see 'em folks!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-Jan-2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

RETURN TO VINYL [1]: ELDORADO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As we place our footprint in 2012, the wheels are starting to slowly turn again in the ELO universe as we look forward to the many releases and gigs that are now coming into view. One of those releases is the impending re-release on 180 gram audiophile vinyl of that classic 1974 ELO album "Eldorado" in all its glory via Music On Vinyl.

"Eldorado" is one of two superlative concept albums released by ELO, the other being "Time" back in 1981 - both being two of my favourite ELO albums. Originally released on Warner Bros. [K56090] and later re-issued on Jet/UA [UAG30092] and Jet/CBS [JETLP203] whilst also being included in the 1978 boxed set "Three Light Years" [JETBX1] - it is most welcome to see the original album reproduced and re-released here in 2012 although we are not sure if it is from the original tapes or a later digital source. Here's what amazon.co.uk are saying this about the release:

"To pick up where "I Am The Walrus" left off ... that was the goal when the Electric Light Orchestra formed in the early seventies. They wanted to steep different music styles in a rock tradition and mix in some Beatlesque pop, but it took Jeff Lynne and company until their fourth album "Eldorado" to get on the right track. Their most ambitious album to date, they decided to hire a 30-piece orchestra and choir to fill out their sound, and the investment paid off. With the unforgettable "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" as the lead single, "Eldorado" was a commercial, as well as a critical success, and it would achieve gold status in the US. 'The English guys with the big fiddles' had arrived."

The LP [c/w insert] is priced at just £20.15 and is available for pre-order via amazon.co.uk with a release date of Monday 30th January. This is a worthwhile purchase for the record [and CD] buying ELO connoisseur - even if you don't currently possess a turntable!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Jan-2012

Friday, 13 January 2012

RECOMMENDED [1]: ELO MY FAVOURITE BAND [Gee Sunray]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I am always pleased to highlight those talented musicians out there in the ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] universe who either re-interpret or are influenced by or even compose music about [surprisingly enough!] ELO! And this week I have come across a great new tribute song to all things ELO by a Leeds based musician [and DJ] whose name is Gee Sunray, who wrote a song last month entitled "ELO My Favourite Band" and performed it last week on the streets of Leeds.

The whole thing was recorded on video and posted on YouTube the other day [see above] and Gee hopes to carry out a formal recording of the song soon. Here are Gee's [copyrighted] lyrics for you to peruse thus:

"There was a band from Birmingham, They played classical rock,
Jeff Lynne wrote the songs, Bev played the drums,
Kelly was on the bass, Richard played the piano,
Mik Kaminski on the violin, Mel and Hugh on the cellos,
This is a song about my favourite band and they are called ELO.

They tour the world in their space ship all the way from Birmingham,
They toured the world and even played to uncle Sam,
They toured the world a classical band from Birmingham.

Roll Over Beethoven, Rock 'n' Roll Is King,
One Summers Dream, that's want Jeff sings,
Hold On Tight to that Livin' Thing,
There's gonna be a Showdown with that Wild West Hero,
Horace Wimp sent a Secret Message on the Telephone Line,
Just Shine A Little Love and you will be Above The Clouds,
Saying ELO Mr. Blue Sky, It was Xanadu,
This is a song about my favourite band and they are called ELO.

They tour the world in their space ship all the way from Birmingham,
They toured the world and even played to uncle Sam,
They toured the world a classical band from Birmingham.

I'm Alive, Don't Walk Away,
There's Confusion and Don't Bring Me Down,
I got a Ticket To The Moon and I Can't Get It Out My Head,
It's been 20 years since the band packed up,
Good music lives on and on and people still play their songs,
This a song of my favourite band and there called ELO

They tour the world in their space ship all the way from Birmingham,
They toured the world and even played to uncle Sam,
They toured the world a classical band from Birmingham."
~ Copyright © 2011 Gee Ray ~

Update @ 26/04/12: Gee has now made the above song available to download from both amazon.co.uk and iTunes. Why not support this ELO loving musician thus:

amazon.co.uk/gee-sunray/elo-my favourite-band
itunes.apple.com/gee-sunray/elo-my-favourite-band

Yours Truly KJS thinks that you'll agree that Gee's song and lyrics are both truthful; ingenious and give great honour to Jeff Lynne and his ELO song legacy. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is happy to support and promote independent musicians like Gee Sunray who ply their trade in the ELO [and related artistes] universe.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-Jan-2012

Sunday, 8 January 2012

CAUGHT LIVE [5]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As I travelled solo the 130 miles up to York yesterday afternoon to witness another concert of The ELO Experience - and to meet up with a few fellow ELO fans - I wondered what 2012 would bring in terms of how Andy Louis and the band would tweak their set for the New Year. And I need not have wondered folks!

Last night, The ELO Experience produced not only another superb and professional show at the fantastic Grand Opera House, they took their act up to the next level. Again backed by two [2] marvellous cellists, the band poured through those well-trodden ELO hits whilst paying a great deal of attention to the full scope of those classic songs composed and "Produced by Jeff Lynne" all those years ago. Besides the new bespoke projector and the backdrop of ELO imagery, it would be pointless to cover old ground and discuss the impressive set list. What is of more interest are the changes to their set since my last gig in September.

The band have truly pulled out a masterstroke folks! In place of "Don't Walk Away" and "Calling America" the band are now seamlessly performing the first half of "Concerto For A Rainy Day" together in "Standin' In The Rain" and "Big Wheels" and it was a triumphant tribute to that classic ELO sound. But the real clincher is their superb rendition of "Latitude 88 North" from the OOTB 30th anniversary edition.

If I am moved by the music; lyrics and orchestration of "Big Wheels" on the OOTB album, then to hear it live is simply beyond mere words. But to also hear "Latitude 88 North" live really was the icing on the cake, proverbially speaking. The encore [final] song of the evening "Mr. Blue Sky" was fittingly dedicated to the late, great Kelly Groucutt to close out a truly superb concert. This band have truly matured both in terms of their production and presentation and now only really lack an eclectic violinist!
You really should seriously consider having an ELO Experience at a venue near you soon folks, especially as we still await the return to UK touring of The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] and/or ELO/Jeff Lynne! You can check out their official web site and tour dates via these links thus:

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 ... 08-Jan-2012

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

RECOMMENDED: JUDIE TZUKE: LIVE 2012

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! People that know me also know [apart from my love of all things ELO] that I'm also a huge fan also of that marvellous songstress and musician Judie Tzuke. Earlier today, Yours Truly KJS touched base with Judie regarding her upcoming Spring 2012 UK Tour and the subject of our chat turned to ELO and The Beatles. I asked Judie a couple of questions and she was gracious enough to respond thus:

KJS: "What would be your fave Beatles track and why?
Judie: "Of course ... "Hey Jude" because it's my name and I loved it and 'The Beatles' ... I always felt it was written for me as a child but obviously I know now it wasn't ... But I sang it anyway!"

KJS: "Do you have a fave ELO track too?"
Judie: "Well! I do remember buying "Evil Woman" and playing it over and over. Probably a bit of hairbrush miming and dancing on the bed went on too at that time! No particular reason but that it was a memorable time in my life but I didn't think that this song was written for me!"

Judie is touring the UK between Friday 9th March and Monday 2nd April to promote her latest album "One Tree Less". I plan to be at the final gig of the tour at Worcester in April. Full ticket information can be found on Judie's web site at: www.tzuke.com. The tour dates and venues are:

Friday 9th March: Farncombe - St. John's Church
Sunday 11th March: Sheffield - Memorial Hall
Monday 12th March: Edinburgh - The Queens Hall
Tuesday 13th March: Gateshead - The Sage
Friday 16th March: Wimborne - Tivoli Theatre
Saturday 17th March: Burgess Hill - Martlets Hall
Monday 19th March: Bristol - St. George's
Tuesday 20th March: Maidstone -­ Hazlitt Theatre
Wednesday 21st March: Leeds - City Varieties
Friday 23rd March: London - Union Chapel
Friday 30th March: Milton Keynes - Stables
Sunday 1st April: Salford - Lowry
Monday 2nd April: Worcester - Huntingdon Hall

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Judie Tzuke to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Jan-2012

Monday, 2 January 2012

HERE IS THE NEWS [8]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Our friends over at ELO Discovery.com have just posted an interesting eighteen [18] second YouTube clip of Brian Williams declaring on "New Years Eve with Carson Daly" the other night on NBC TV in the US that we can expect a "rare" release by Jeff Lynne in 2012. Let's hope his optimism is right. Yours Truly KJS thinks that we should expect a Jeff Lynne branded release rather than a purely remixed; remastered and repackaged "Zoom Tour Live" ELO release alone.

The New Year promises to be another interesting and fruitful year in the ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] [and related] universe. I'm hoping to arrange some exclusive interviews and features with not a few ELO and The Move related musicians as well as some ELO influenced artistes orbiting out there in the ELO Beatles Forever universe. And don't forget that there is an array of exciting gigs to look forward to such as Hooked On Classics - Live as well as some great new and re-released albums including The Move - Live at The Fillmore - 1969 in the coming months. Happy New Year folks!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Jan-2012