Tuesday, 31 December 2013

YOURS TRULY 2013: A YEAR IN REVIEW


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! What a year 2013 has been for: ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. This is the 165th ELOBF blog of 2013 and first of all I would like to thank each and every visitor for taking the time to check out my writings and musings. 2013 was a year of many varied activities. Interviews; reviews; introductions; recommendations and [of course] gigs!
Undoubtedly the major theme of 2013 for me was both the continuing public re-emergence of ELO & Jeff Lynne with the long overdue re-issues of "Armchair Theatre" and "Zoom" plus the 'new' release of the: "Live" album from 2001's foreshortened "Zoom Tour Live". The absolute highlight of 2013 must have been the ELO maestro's amazing top-of-the-bill performance for: BBC Children In Need Rocks. 2013 should also be remembered for the return of Roy Wood as well as the sad passing away of Pete Haycock. But there were plenty of other happenings in the ELOBF universe this year too ...
The year 2013 again also saw over 50,000 visitors to ELOBF - sending to total number of hits past the 175,000 mark at the time of writing. It has been great to continue working with Hamilton Radio and a personal pleasure to keep on endorsing independent local, national and international artistes out there in the ELOBF universe. Here is a brief summary of 2013 for you to peruse thus:

Interviews:
Claudia Brucken & Stephen Hague, Steve Howard [Wings/BGO] and Bryan Gibson [Session 60]

Reviews:
"Greatest Failures" [Baby Scream]; "This Is Who I Am" [Esa Linna]; "Rings Around The Sun" [Vegas With Randolph]; "Town" [Shifty Chicken Shed]; "The Discovery" [BGO]; "Sticky Wickets" [DLM]; "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" [Cult of Wedge]; "Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock" [Various]; "Armchair Theatre", "Zoom" & "Live" [Jeff Lynne & ELO]; "Baby Scream" [Baby Scream]; "Sunlight In Nightmares" [River City Portrait]; "Edmund & Leo" [Maxi Dunn]

Recommended:
ELduO; Oldies Unlimited; "Patterns In The Chaos" [Dave Scott-Morgan]; Phil Bates [Band, ELO Klassik, Trio & Solo]; Light Years Ahead; Explosive Light Orchestra; Judie Tzuke Song Club; Another Evening Without Kelly Groucutt; Stephen Lawrenson; Symphonika

Caught Live:
Roy Wood; Winston's Big Brother; ELO Again; The Abbey Road Experience; Quill; The Duckworth Lewis Method; The Trevor Burton Band; The Move; The Traveling Pilburys; The ELO Experience; The Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival; Off The Ground; Red Shoes; Made In Brum; Pugwash; Cult Of Wedge [Peter Hackett]; Too Petty; Dave Scott-Morgan

Many thanx go to my regular concert cohort: Christian 'Manhattan Rumble' Evans. It has also been a pleasure to meet up with folks like: Thomas Walsh, Neil Hannon, Tosh Flood, Tony Smith, Paul Richardson, Steve Gibbons, Chris Brighton, Martin Kinch, Pez Connor, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Joy Strachan-Brain, Ben Jones, Nick Owen, Jeff Cooper, Bill Jefferson, Carolyn & Mark Evans, Peter Hackett, Amanda Hickin, Craig Whale, Adam Willetts, Ian Hammond, Robert Plant and not a few others during the year.

So, as you can see, it has been a great year and 2014 looks like being busy too. More interviews, more Reviews and [hopefully] even more gigs! Once again I truly thank you for your support and wish you a Happy, Peaceful, Prosperous and ELOtastic New Year!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2013

Monday, 30 December 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: QUILL @ THE ROBIN 29/12/13

Fresh from supporting Roy Wood earlier this month: Quill
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It has to be said that 2013 has been another remarkable year for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and, in particular, it has been most satisfying to finally get around to seeing Quill - in both their electric and acoustic live incarnations - on no less than four [4] occasions. Their latest appearance at The Robin 2 on Sunday 29th December was an absolute 'must-see' as well as the last ELOBF gig for 2013 and the Midlands premier Celtic Rock band delivered a stunning one hundred [100] minute set of new and old original songs as well as several scintillating interpretations of classic tracks by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy, Mike Oldfield and The Waterboys - and not a few others.
The Payback in action last night ...
More than able support was provided by local funk/blues quintet The Payback who entertained the healthy and supportive crowd with their own mixture of self-penned songs "Run Away" and "Looking Good [Right Now]" together with innovative covers including "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Teardrops".
Quill in full flight ...
And what of Quill that has already been written? Only that this excellent band are like an undiscovered musical treasure. A band who have been under the radar for too long a time and deserve their emergence into the spotlight. Their set list was a wonderful seasonal cocktail of their own material, festive favourites and truly sublime covers including the Ben Brain patriotic yet anthemic masterpiece "England" as well as "Say It Ain't So", "That'll Be Christmas", "Jig-A-Jig", "Galway Girl", "Harvest", "Merry Christmas Everybody", "Whiskey In The Jar", a very much appreciated "Moonlight Shadow", "Dreams""Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree", "The Whole Of The Moon" and the marvellous title track from their newly released EP entitled "Life Is Life".
Quill will be embarking on a theatre tour in 2014 [with the odd guest appearance by Bev Bevan] so that more folks can savour the beautiful vocals of Joy Strachan-Brain, the supreme guitar work of Paul Sargent and the visionary violin wizardry of Kate McWilliam - not forgetting the immense craft and talent of Dave Bailey, Christian Nokes and Tim Tandler - at these venues thus:
Quill were: Joy Strachan-Brain [Vocals/Percussion], Paul Sargent [Guitar/Vocals], Kate McWilliam [Violin/Vocals], Dave Bailey [Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals], Christian Nokes [Bass Guitar] and Tim Tandler [Drums]

Their official web site includes the up-to-date band information including News, Discography, Merchandise, Gig Guide, Gallery and Links thus:


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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-Dec-2013

Sunday, 29 December 2013

REVIEW: GREATEST FAILURES [Baby Scream]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may recall that Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have featured Baby Scream - the musical vehicle of Argentinian singer, songwriter and musician Juan Pablo Mazzola - a couple of times in 2013 including a review of the re-release of their eponymously titled 2010 album here.

Back in January, Juan told me: "I'm a huge ELO/Beatles fan, and what I do is basically classic Power Pop!" and his new compilation "Greatest Failures" really is a tremendous showcase of the Baby Scream decade long recording career, basically from 2002 up until 2013. Fifteen [15] great songs are squeezed into less than 45 minutes as this swift overview showcases an artiste who I summarised previously as being the result of crossing "... T.Rex with David Bowie and [throwing] in a little Tom Petty". From the lyrically shocking opening of the first lines of "Slut" [a song of remorse written around the death of his father] through to the most recent track "Aching Eyes"Juan Pablo Mazzola writes and performs near perfect Power Pop gems which please upon hearing and will appeal to any T.Rex, Bowie, Dylan, Petty, Van Morrison and Jeff Lynne fan. There are no weak tracks included in this compilation with the Bowiesque "Mars" impressing as well as the raucous "Every Day [I Die A Little Bit]", the sublime "Morning Light", the string-laden ELO influenced "Nicole", the anthemic "Jekyll & Hyde" with the Van Morrison inspired "Secret Place" bringing up the rear with the superb Bolanesque "Aching Eyes".

"Greatest Failures"ironically - is of tremendous credit and testimony to the talent of Juan Pablo Mazzola. There is a great range of tempo and style within this release to quickly impress the listener and it makes for a worthy addition to the collection of any Power Pop addict. [9/10]

Baby Scream - Aching Eyes from Indie Folks on Vimeo.

Trax: [1] "Slut" [2:14]; [2] "Mars" [3:41]; [3] "Away" [2:46]; [4] "Every Day [I Die A Little Bit] [2:34]"; [5] "Ups And Downs" [1:49]; [6] "The Riots" [2:42]; [7] "Morning Light" [4:36]; [8] "Nicole" [2:28]; [9] "Ojos Orientales" [2:48]; [10] "Exile" [2:49]; [11] "Jekyll & Hyde" [3:29]; [12] "The Ghosts Of Valerie" [featuring Eric Dover][3:22]; [13] "Hit & Run" [2:44]; [14] "Secret Place" [2:39]; [15] "Aching Eyes" [2:59]

You can sample and/or buy most of the Baby Scream back catalogue via these links:

www.babyscream.com.ar
www.babyscream.bandcamp.com   www.youtube.com/babyscream
www.twitter.com/babyscreampop   www.eternalsunday.com.ar

"Greatest Failures" by Baby Scream is or will soon be available to purchase from:

amazon.com   amazon.co.uk
iTunes.apple.com/us   iTunes.apple.com/gb
Kool Kat Music [US]   Power Pop Academy [Japan]

You can also buy the CD directly via email from: babyscream2000@yahoo.com

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Greatest Failures" by Baby Scream to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-Dec-2013

Thursday, 26 December 2013

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [14]: Q1 2014

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Winter into Spring 2014 is looking busy for the latest: ELOBF Quarterly Gig Guide with another roster of interesting gigs to look forward to. Here are some selected dates and general links [with more to follow when confirmed] for you to consider checking out during between 1st January and 31st March [Q1] 2014 thus:

Friday 10th January
Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/pages/music.html

Thursday 16th January

Red Shoes @ Commonfolk Folk Club, Pelsall Cricket Club
Tickets: £4.00 each
sites.google.com/site/commonfolkpelsall/whats-on

Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd January
The ELO Experience @ Solihull Arts Complex
Tickets: £16.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk/Music/The-ELO-Experience/3928

Friday 24th January
Trevor Burton Band @ The Waterfront, Barton-under-Needwood
Free entry
www.waterfrontbarton.co.uk/live-music

Saturday 25th January
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £8.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.thediamonduk.com/gigs.html

Friday 31st January
Nick Owen In Conversation With Roy Wood @ Birmingham Town Hall
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.thsh.co.uk/event/nick-owen-in-conversation-with-roy-wood

Saturday 8th February
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Tickets: £5.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/807

Friday 14th February

Quill with Bev Bevan @ The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £15.00; £18.00 each [*plus booking fee]
boxoffice.wlct.org/stageitweb/select_seats.aspx?perfid=114

Wednesday 19th February

Red Shoes @ The Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Tickets: £11.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.wegottickets.com/event/250547

Friday 21st February
The Traveling Pilburys @ The Feathers Inn, Lichfield
Free entry
feathersinn.co.uk/month=2&=2014

Wednesday 26th February

Nick Owen In Conversation With Roy Wood @ Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/Shows/Roy-Wood-in-conversation-with-Nick-Owen

Thursday 27th February
Paul Parker and All The Right Friends @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £7.50 each [advance] or £9.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3585

Friday 28th February
The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] @ The Plug, Sheffield
Tickets: £20.00 each [standard] or £30.00 each [VIP] [*plus booking fee]
www.the-plug.com/events-and-tickets/253261/orchestra

Saturday 1st March
The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] @ Fat Sams, Dundee
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.eventbrite.co.uk/the-orchestra-elo-former-members/tickets/7741772851

Sunday 2nd March
The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] @ The Ironworks, Inverness
Tickets: £20.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.eventbrite.co.uk/the-orchestra-elo-former-members/tickets/10305713667

Saturday 8th March
Trevor Burton Band @ Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge
Free entry
www.katiefitzgeralds.co.uk/giginfo.asp?eventid=1896

Thursday 13th March
Phil Bates @ Leek Acoustic Club, The Red Lion, Cheddleton, Leek
Tickets: £10.00 each [door]
www.leek-news.co.uk/phil-bates

Reckless Heart & Too Petty @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £10.00 each [advance] or £12.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3528

Saturday 15th March
The Abbey Road Experience @ Theatre On The Steps, Bridgnorth
Tickets: £12.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk/product/abbey-road-experience

ELO Klassic Trio @ The Keys Restaurant, Huddersfield
Tickets: £13.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.keysrestaurant.com/events/phil-bates-elo-trio

Sunday 16th March

ELO Klassic Trio @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £10.00 each [advance] or £12.00 each [door] [*plus booking fee]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3575

Tuesday 18th March

ELO Klassic Trio @ Middleton Hall, Tamworth
Tickets: £12.50 each [*plus booking fee]
Please telephone: [01827] 68336 to purchase tickets
www.middleton-hall.co.uk/

Thursday 20th March
Phil Bates @ Ruthin All Styles Acoustic Club, Clwyd
Tickets: £5.00 each [*plus booking fee]

Friday 21st March
Quill with Bev Bevan @ Solihull Arts Complex
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk/Quill-with-Bev-Bevan/4055

Saturday 22nd March

ELO Klassic Trio @ The Baskerville Arms, Clyro, Powys
Tickets: £12.00 each [*plus booking fee]
baskervillearms.co.uk/PhilBates.html

Tuesday 25th March

Magnum "Escape From The Shadow Garden" Album Launch Party @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Free entry
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3672

Friday 28th March
The Move @ The Marr's Bar, Worcester
Tickets: £12.00 each [*plus booking fee]; £14.00 each [door]
www.wegottickets.com/event/246027

The Orchestra
Former members of ELO and ELO Part IIMik KaminskiLouis ClarkEric TroyerParthenon HuxleyGlen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where on their excellent web site here:

Roy Wood
The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will be [hopefully] on the road again! Find out more on his official web site thus:
www.roywood.co.uk

The Move
The Move featuring Bev BevanTrevor BurtonPhil Tree and Tony Kelsey will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands. Find out where on their web site thus:
www.themove-live.com/dates.html

The Trevor Burton Band
Trevor Burton will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with Pez ConnorBill Jefferson and [occasionally] Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant. Find out where on their web site thus:

The ELO Experience
This fantastic Hull based ELO tribute band have just won a National UK Tribute Award 2013 as they continue to faithfully reproduce those classic Electric Light Orchestra hits and more live.
 www.elotribute.com

ELO Again
A new South Wales based Electric Light Orchestra tribute act who are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love.

Explosive Light Orchestra [ExpLO]
Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right - Symphonika [a.k.a. The Explosive Light Orchestra] - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe.

 All of the above artistes and shows are endorsed and recommended by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. The above gig listing may be amended periodically, as applicable. Interviews by Yours Truly KJS for ELOBF with some of the above artistes are also planned. See you at one or three of the above gigs for a chat?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Dec-2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

JEFF LYNNE @ THE TROUBADOUR MERRY MINSTREL II

Mike Campbell, Joe Walsh & Jeff Lynne [Source: Official Joe Walsh @ Facebook] 
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are most pleased to feature this footage of the cameo appearance by Jeff Lynne during the Merry Minstrel Musical Circus II at The Troubadour on Saturday 21st December. For the second year running, having performed both "Runaway" and "Roll Over Beethoven" for the inaugural 2012 event, Jeff returned on Saturday night to join pals Joe Walsh, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench to for a repeat performance thus:


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Dec-2013

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: ROY WOOD ROCKMAS 2013

Roy Wood [plus 61 others] wishing it was Christmas every day!
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The much anticipated return of Roy Wood to Birmingham Symphony Hall with his Rock 'n' Roll Band more than exceeded the expectations of the assembled full house on Monday night [16th December] to witness the spectacle that was the 40th Anniversary of Roy's seminal festive hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" back in the day with Wizzard.
Quill were simply superb on the night!
Special guests Quill commenced the proceedings with an energetic and classy forty-five [45] minute set that showcased their own musical legacy as they delivered a selection of their own compositions and covers including "Say It Ain't So", "Galway Girl", "Harvest", "Jig-A-Jig", "England" and the barnstorming finale "Whiskey In The Jar" to the appreciative audience. The highlight of their tenure on the stage had to be Joy Strachan-Brain delivering the title track from their newly released EP "Life Is Life"Quill were totally at ease with themselves and, I'm sure, made many new friends here.
The first surprise of the evening was the appearance of the one of Roy's long time friends Jasper Carrott. The star of the successful "Made In Brum" tour earlier this year had the audience in stitches for a quarter of an hour with his comedic observations on growing old disgracefully! Jasper ably introduced Roy as his band preceded him and readied the took their place on the stage and awaited the arrival of the former Move, ELO and Wizzard man in front of the assembled cameramen, who were filming the event both for television and promotional purposes.
Photograph courtesy of: Express & Star © 2013
Roy Wood and his multi-talented Rock 'n' Roll Band then went to produced an inspired live journey through his self-penned classics, taking in all the hits plus the odd trip down memory lane and some delightful banter with those in attendance. It was sheer delight to see the multi-instrumentalist and song writing genius in his element performing songs in front of his many fans and admirers such as: "California Man", "Angel Fingers", "Fire Brigade", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", "Are You Ready To Rock?", "See My Baby Jive" and "Ball Park Incident" as well as the more recent "Boadicea" and "New York City".
Halfway through his set, as promised, Roy invited Charlie and Craig Reid to join him. And Scottish duo: The Proclaimers then delivered a powerful four [4] song mini-set including, naturally, their own anthems "Letter From America" and "I'm Gonna Be [500 Miles]", the latter of which brought the those watching to their their feet as the festive party atmosphere enveloped those watching.
The next surprise was the arrival on stage of the acclaimed classical octet The Enigma Strings, who added a surreal ELOesque flavour to the evening thereafter as Roy informed us, after we had listened to "Flowers In The Rain", that he had originally intended "Blackberry Way" to be orchestrated back in the day but was "... denied by the powers that be" at the time. He then gleefully informed that he was the boss now and we were then treated to this new old [or was that the old new arrangement?] of the classic Move anthem live for the first time, just as it appeared on Roy's 2011 release "Music Book". And, believe me, it sounded superb!
Photograph courtesy of: The Birmingham Mail © 2013
Quite naturally, the climax of a fantastic night had to be a very special version of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day". So as The Proclaimers returned to the stage, we received our third surprise of a memorable night when The Stockland Green School Junior Choir - appeared on stage [featuring some of the sons and daughters of those in the original recording!] and joined Roy as he belted out his well-loved seasonal hit with a little help from his friends. Indeed, there were sixty two [62] folks on stage at the end of a truly fantastic evening of top class entertainment.

Birmingham Mail review 17/12/13
Express & Star review 17/12/13

The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band were: Roy Wood [Lead vocals/Guitars/Bagpipes]; Danny McCormack [Keyboards]; Shell Naylor [Vocals/Tambourine]; Neil Simpson [Bass]; Roy Adams [Drums]; Paul Corry [Saxophone/Flute]; Jim Corry [Saxophone]; James Russell [Saxophone] and John 'Boysey' Battrum [Saxophone].

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends 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 ... 18-Dec-2013

Sunday, 15 December 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: WINSTON'S BIG BROTHER

Another impressive set @ The Robin 2 for Winston's Big Brother ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Another wise decision to travel down to The Robin 2 in Bilston to see and hear ELOBF recommended band Winston's Big Brother was again vindicated earlier this afternoon [Sunday 15th December].

Winston's Big Brother were up against two [2] other local acts: The Rooz and Stay Awake for the Third Monthly Final in The Robin 2 & M2 Studios Live Band Of The Year 2013 competition. And they again produced another assured, confident and classy set of original songs including "Along For The Ride""The Truth""Society" and "Suffocating" as well as sublime covers of Beatles classics "Come Together" and "Yer Blues".
Sadly Winston's Big Brother undeservedly bowed out of the competition in a closely fought contest but the Birmingham based quartet have an immense 2014 to look forward to with their debut album "The Truth That Lies In Me" [produced by former Uglys and ELO member Dave Scott-Morgan] hopefully being released soon.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Winston's Big Brother to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Dec-2013

SECOND RARE XANADU 10" PICTURE DISC SURFACES ON eBAY

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may recall that ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] highlighted the eBay sale of a promotional 3313 RPM, 10" picture disc of the Jeff Lynne penned "Xanadu" by ELO/Olivia Newton-John [MCA #MC10384] back in May 2012 that eventually sold for $9,105 or £5,760 thus:


Jon Lock - who is the proprietor of the excellent Light Years Ahead web site - has posted that another scarce copy of this ultra-rare Electric Light Orchestra [and Olivia Newton-John] collectors item has again turned up on eBay. It will be interesting to see what the final bidding price will be the "Second Time Around" and whether or not it beats the previous sale price. Here is a link to the auction for your perusal thus:


Yours Truly KJS is sure that neither myself or ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have deep enough pockets to procure this very scarce item but I thought it of interest to ELO [and Olivia Newton-John] fans and collectors alike that the item is still out there and available ... at a price!

STOP PRESS: This item was eventually sold for $6,101 or £3,730 on 22nd December!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Dec-2013

Saturday, 14 December 2013

IN PICTURES: SECRET MESSAGES 2LP ACETATES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will know that my original goal was to campaign for the release of the original double album, the full 18-track version of ELO's seminal 1983 album "Secret Messages".

ELO Beatles Forever has indeed expanded in scope over the years but still retains the core goal of seeing and hearing "Secret Messages" [1LP: JETLX527 or 2LP: JETDP402] in all its unedited glory - complete, of course, with "Beatles Forever".

Recently, I was contacted by Peter Miles - a real ELO super-collector if there ever was one - initially about the recently featured ultra-rare "Turn To Stone" acetate and re-issue and then regarding those very "Secret Messages" acetates. I'm very thankful to Peter for very kindly forwarding the photographs from the original 2005 eBay listing [the item was sold for about £4,000 at the time] to me and you can see them here thus:
Disc 1/Side 1 [11/03/83]
[1] "Secret Messages" [2] "Loser Gone Wild "
[3] "Bluebird" [4] "Take Me On And On"
Disc 1/Side 2 [11/03/83]
[1] "Stranger" [2] "No Way Out" [3] "Beatles Forever"
[4] "Letter From Spain" [5] "Danger Ahead"
Disc 2/Side 3 [04/03/13]
[1] "Train Of Gold" [2] "Danger Ahead"
[3] "Endless Lies" [4] "Hello My Old Friend"
Disc 2/Side 4 [04/03/13]
[1] "Four Little Diamonds" [2] "Buildings Have Eyes [3] "Time After Time"
[4] "After All" [5] "Rock And Roll Is King"

It really is thrilling to catch a glimpse of the pressing process for the original "Secret Messages" 2LP format. And note that the running order of the second acetate disc is significantly different than that previously thought with a second version/mix of "Danger Ahead" replacing "Mandalay" in this instance.

FYI: An acetate is an aluminium disc coated with a fine film layer of nitro-cellulose lacquer. It is cut in advance of a master disc [which is used to mass produce vinyl records] primarily for preview by producers, engineers, artistes and DJ's or to check the quality of the tape to disc transfer. They are sparse because they are often destroyed whether an album is released or canned.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] continues to hope that Legacy Recordings and Jeff Lynne will continue to consider the full re-release of the original double album, eighteen [18] track edition of "Secret Messages" and - by extension - the elusive "Beatles Forever".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Dec-2013

Friday, 13 December 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [3]: ROY WOOD ROCK & ROLL BAND

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The return of: Roy Wood and his Rock 'n' Roll Band to The Robin 2 after a two year break last night for the aptly titled "40th Anniversary of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" Black Country Christmas Show was well worth the wait as the Birmingham music legend delivered a stunning set last night [Thursday 12th December] to a venue bursting at the seams with his many fans and admirers.
Roy Wood has a long and rich list of major hits with significant [but not nearly enough] recognition from not only his time with The MoveELO and Wizzard but also as a solo artiste. And his eight [8] piece band not only filled the Robin 2 stage, they sent the enthusiastic audience into raptures as the impressive four [4] man brass section, nicely supplemented by the rhythm section led, of course, by Roy, opened the pages of his legendary "Music Book" once again.
After the enterprising, amusing and downright entertaining support provided energetically by Big Up The 90's, we were all treated on the night to a greatest hits collage of those Woody penned classics including: "California Man", "Blackberry Way", "Flowers In The Rain", "Fire Brigade", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", "See My Baby Jive", "Ball Park Incident", "Angel Fingers", "Are You Ready To Rock?" as well as the more recent songs "Boadicea", "Big Girl Blues", "New York City" and the drum-thumping "Roy's Revenge". Naturally, the climax of a fantastic set was a raucous and lively rendition of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day".
In between songs and knobs falling from the odd guitar, Roy candidly recalled far-flung events such as writing most of "Fire Brigade" on a London bound train "a long time ago" and his use of his five stringed guitar creation with The Move at The Fillmore West in San Francisco to the enthralled crowd.
It was great to see [and hear] the infamous bagpipes make another appearance during "Are You Ready To Rock?" [see above blurry photos] and a real pleasure to meet up with Martin Kinch from Cherry Blossom Clinic as well as Ben Jones [the Welsh half of ELduO] and Jeff Cooper during the proceedings.
KJS, Ben Jones, Jeff Cooper and Martin Kinch. Painting by: Debra Dee ...
Next up is Roy's "posh" Christmas bash with Quill and The Proclaimers at: Birmingham Symphony Hall. So there is still plenty of time for you to see Roy Wood live and unleashed in the coming days [and months] with the remainder of his December 2013 tour as well as those two evenings of conversation with Nick Owen in January and February to follow thus:

Monday 16th December
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: £25.00 each [plus booking fee]
http://www.thsh.co.uk/roy-wood-rock-and-roll-band-christmas-special

Wednesday 18th December
Holmfirth Picturedrome, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Tickets: £22.00 each [plus booking fee]
http://www.ents24.com/holmfirth-events/holmfirth-picturedrome/roy-wood/3521644

Thursday 19th December
Sheffield City Hall & Memorial Hall, Sheffield
Tickets: £22.00 each [plus booking fee]
http://www.ents24.com/sheffield-city-hall-and-memorial-hall/roy-wood/3529490


Friday 31st January 2014
Nick Owen In Conversation With Roy Wood
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee] [less 10% if booked before 31/12/13]
www.thsh.co.uk/event/nick-owen-in-conversation-with-roy-wood

Wednesday 26th February 2014
Nick Owen In Conversation With Roy Wood
Tickets: £15.00 each [*plus booking fee]
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/Shows/Roy-Wood-in-conversation-with-Nick-Owen

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related]  Universe ... KJS ... 13-Dec-2013

Monday, 9 December 2013

JEFF LYNNE: STREAM OF STARS UNVEILED

"American Hustle" premieres in UK cinemas on Wednesday 1st January 2014 ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is pleased to reveal that The A.V. Club have exclusively premiered the much anticipated new Jeff Lynne instrumental song from the American Hustle OST via Soundcloud thus:

The A.V. Club article reads: "David O. Russell’s American Hustle should absolutely destroy theatres when it comes out on Dec. 20, but fans of the film will have the chance to really immerse themselves in sin, sleaze, and sexuality with the movie’s accompanying soundtrack. Out on Sony Legacy Dec. 24, the soundtrack includes songs by Elton John, ELO, Wings, and Tom Jones. More importantly, the 15-track opus also includes a brand new song by ELO’s Jeff Lynne. Because The A.V. Club deeply understands the value of a new track from a ... legend, we’ve got the exclusive premiere of the song, “Stream Of Stars” ... Listen to it, and then pre-order the soundtrack via Amazon or buy it tomorrow via iTunes. And don’t forget to see American Hustle Dec. 20."

You can find out more about the CD and download release of the: American Hustle OST in this ELOBF article from earlier this month thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends the "American Hustle" OST to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Dec-2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

RECOMMENDED [2]: ELO MY FAVOURITE BAND [Gee Sunray]

In the studio: Gee Sunray ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Back in January 2012, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] published an article featuring a really nice [live] song entitled "ELO My Favourite Band", composed in tribute to ELO by super fan and talented Leeds based musician Gee Sunray.
Gee with one of his ELO heroes Mik Kaminski - who also features in the song lyrics!
You will therefore be pleased to know that Gee has been in the studio to record "ELO My Favourite Band" and now his song is available to both hear and purchase on Soundcloud thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Gee Sunray 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 ... 07-Dec-2013