Tuesday, 31 January 2017

REVIEW: MAGNETIC WAVES OF SOUND [The Move]

"Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" ticks all the boxes ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As a young pre-teen ELO fan, getting into The Move was a natural next step for Yours Truly KJS in late 1977 and, thanx to the avid interest of my elder brother Bob, that curiosity was rewarded with an intense admiration of albums such as "Shazam" and "Message From The Country". Back then, affordable compilations covering the career of The Move were few and far between save for the rather good "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" released on budget label Pickwick (SHM952), partly in "electronically created stereo".

The advent of the CD and the release of several anthologies and expanded album reissues has kept admirers of The Move content over the decades but, for me, there hasn't been a single disc compilation that ticked all the boxes in covering their career from "Night Of Fear" up to "California Man". That is until now. "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" (ECLEC22554) is a remarkable release in that the 21 tracks on the CD are twinned with another 21 audio-visual treats on the accompanying DVD including the bands full Colour Me Pop performance and a pristine promotional film for "I Can Hear The Grass Grow". The folks at Esoteric Recordings (an imprint of Cherry Red Records) have done an admirable job in not only including every single issued by The Move on the CD, but also in selecting wisely album track nuggets such as "Kilroy Was Here", "What?" and the classic "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited". An observation (but not a criticism) is that I'd have loved to see "Beautiful Daughter" included within the CD too,
The Move and ELO both feature in this weeks Midweek Top 100 Album Chart Update ...
All the hits are there and then some. The attractiveness and value of "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" has been rewarded with impressive pre-orders and, at the time of writing, an entry into the Official Album Chart Update at a healthy #54, The Move and their role in the sparking of The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is a well known fact but this superb double disc collection gives both the avid fan and the casual music buyer a wonderful journey through the hit laden career of not only one of THE best bands of their time. This collection is also an appreciation of the stellar songwriting output of the one and only Roy Wood as well as those immovable contributions of Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne, Chris 'Ace' Kefford, Trevor Burton, Rick Price and, of course, Jeff Lynne. (10/10)
There have been many compilations featuring The Move through the decades ...

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Trevor Burton, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Jan-2017

RECOMMENDED: KING'S HEATH WALK OF FAME BEATLES FEST 2017

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When John Lennon stated that ELO were the "son of [The] Beatles" back in 1974, it was the ultimate of compliments and another huge nod to the influence of The Beatles on Birmingham's finest. The Beatles' played their maiden live performance in Birmingham back on Friday 15th February 1963 - the first of three appearances at King's Heath Ritz Ballroom in the very home of 'Brum Beat' - and 2017 sees their historic Brum debut being commemorated with a very special event.

My good friends Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker at King's Heath Walk Of Fame contacted Yours Truly KJS at elobeatlesforever (elobf) recently to highlight their forthcoming Beatles All You Need Is Love Fest on Sunday 12th February. The three (3) hour event - starting at 3:00PM - will see a plethora of local musicians performing Beatles love songs (including elobf featured artiste Alex Vann) at Fletcher's Bar in York Road, King's Heath. Advance tickets priced at £4.00 each (*plus booking fee) can be purchased from Kitchen Garden Cafe and wegottickets.com with tickets on the door priced at £5.00 each (if available).
The Fab Four at The Ritz Ballroom on 15th February 1963
email info@kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk for further information and/or contact Bob Prew on [0121] 689 2360 and/or Ken Whittaker on [0121] 443 5237 or visit these sites thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends King's Heath Walk Of Fame All You Need Is Love Fest 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 ... 31-Jan-2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

IAIN HORNAL: FREE ENTRY LONDON ALBUM LAUNCH

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This coming Thursday 2nd February is the day and date when Iain Hornal - erstwhile touring member of Jeff Lynne's ELO and 10cc - will be launching - and hopefully naming - his much anticipated debut album at The Bedford in Balham, London SW12.

Doors open at 7:30PM for the FREE ENTRY event with Iain preceded by Ruth Theodore at 8:30PM and No Coward Soul at 9:00PM. Iain's fine band Hornal - who also feature Sinead Quinn, Jo Webb, Tim Bye, Kit Mlynar, Owen Parker, Dave Marks, Owen Roberts and Anna Krantz - will be on stage at 10:00PM. There will also be a Live Webcast of the event via this link thus: www.livamp.com/bedford
The forthcoming album from Iain Hornal includes contributions from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Dan Gillespie-Sells and Ciaran Jeremiah (The Feeling), Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley (10cc).

It goes without saying that another elobf album review is on the way soon - especially apt when considering that Iain's album launch party just happens to be on the eighth (8th) anniversary of the launch of elobeatlesforever (elobf) back on Groundhog Day in 2009! Judging by the songs aired by Iain during his support set for The Feeling last year, the new album promises to be one of the highlights of 2017. This review of their Wolverhampton date last October by elobeatlesforever (elobf) sets the scene:

CAUGHT LIVE: THE FEELING + IAIN HORNAL
Slade Rooms Selfie: Iain with Yours Truly KJS ...
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Iain Hornal to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of Jeff Lynne's ELORoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-Jan-2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

NORTHERN LIGHT: REWIND RETURN FOR THE ORCHESTRA

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The nice folks at Rewind Festival confirmed earlier today that The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] are to headline their annual Rewind North event at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on Sunday 6th August.

In what will be their third appearance at the Rewind Festival (having also appeared at Rewind South in August 2013 and Rewind Scotland in July 2015), Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Gordon Townsend and Glen Burtnik will be certain to provide a top notch finale to Rewind North 2017 with an array of ELO's Jeff Lynne penned greatest hits.

Tickets for the weekend go on sale from tomorrow (Friday 27th January) at 9:00AM. Day tickets to witness this rather rare UK performance by The Orchestra on the Sunday evening are priced at £59.50 each (adults) and/or £29.75 each (children under 12 years) (*plus booking fee) and will be available to buy via these links thus:

www.rewindfestival.com/tickets
www.ticketline.co.uk/rewind-festival

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] at Rewind North 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 ... 26-Jan-2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

VINYL STORY: THE ELO 10" SINGLES

Pink & Blue: ELO's duo of 10" coloured vinyl singles ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Following the transition in manufacturing and distribution provision for Jet Records from United Artists to CBS in 1978, ELO fans started to see the issue of 12" singles for selected ELO single releases from "Out Of The Blue" (JETDP400) and "Discovery" (JETLX500) with "Wild West Hero" (SJET12109), "Sweet Talkin' Woman" (SJET12121), "Shine A Little Love" (SJET12144) and "Don't Bring Me Down" (JET12153) also issued in 12" formats, in either yellow, purple, white and/or black vinyl.
ELO's twin 10" singles came in die cut sleeves ...
But when the OST for "Xanadu" (JETLX526) came along in 1980, ELO fans in the UK were treated to something new when two (2) of the four ELO singles taken from the album were also issued as limited edition coloured vinyl 10" singles. The chart topping duet with Olivia Newton-John: "Xanadu" b/w "Fool Country" (JET10185) and "All Over The World" b/w "Midnight Blue" (JET10195) were released in pink and blue vinyl, making them instantly a 'must have' for fans and collectors alike - including an almost teenage Yours Truly KJS! Note that a 33⅓ RPM black vinyl 12" single was issued instead of "Xanadu" (JET12185) in Holland for the European market.
The Dutch 12" edition of "Xanadu" ...
Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) will doubtless also be aware that there is one other ELO 10" release out there, the ultra-rare double-sided 33⅓ RPM US promotional picture disc of "Xanadu" (MC10384).  It is thought that just 31 copies escaped the pressing plant when the picture disc was culled reportedly due to Olivia's then unhappiness with her depiction. Copies of this particular 10" have regularly sold for amounts well in excess of $5,000 when they have turned up on eBay in the last few years.
The legendary "Xanadu" 10" US promo picture disc ...
Without a doubt, being a fan and collector of ELO (and their extended family) records continues to be rewarding and sometimes surprising experience. You never know what will turn up next ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Jan-2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

RETURN TO VINYL: BOULDERS [Roy Wood]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With thanx to Dave Jones. Those nice chaps at Music On Vinyl have another mouthwatering vinyl release due out next month on Friday 17th February with a 180 gram audiophile vinyl reissue of Roy Wood's acclaimed 1973 debut solo album "Boulders" (#MOVLP1799) complete with replica gatefold sleeve.

Released originally in August 1973 via EMI's legendary Harvest imprint, "Boulders" (#SHVL803) reached a respectable #15 in the Official UK Album Chart and also delivered a Top 20 hit single for Roy with "Dear Elaine" attaining #18. Interestingly, "Boulders" outperformed ELO's first two  album releases, which reached #32 and #35 respectively.

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Boulders" by Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveWizzardThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Jan-2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

FROTHY VINYL SPECIAL: EL ORIGINAL BREW

"EL Original Brew (Pianos Reconstructed Phone 01242 517635)" in frothy ale vinyl ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The rather fetching limited edition frothy ale coloured 7" vinyl single, duly signed by Bill Hunt, arrived at elobf HQ the other day and I have to say that it is most certainly a record of beauty! Both Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have previously featured and recommended "EL Original Brew" (Pianos Reconstructed Phone 01242 517635) b/w "The Kentish Town Song" (Barley FBBCXXX) by The Ancient Order Of Froth Blowers - the sequel to Wizzard's famed 'B' side "Carlsberg Special (Pianos Demolished Phone 021 373 4472)", the Bill Hunt composed flip side to their first hit single "Ball Park Incident" (Harvest HAR5062) thus:


 Try before you buy: Check out the official promo video for "EL Original Brew" here:

The Ancient Order Of Froth Blowers are Bill Hunt (Wizzard/ELO), Nick Pentelow (Wizzard/Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders), Hugh McDowell (Wizzard/ELO), Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff), Erika Nockalls, Hamstall Ridware and Dr. C D Mille (The Sundae Club), Skins Blithbury and Bill's son Will with George Shilling on producing duties. 
You can still buy copies of "EL Original Brew" b/w "The Kentish Town Song" by The Ancient Order Of Froth Blowers either as a limited edition frothy ale coloured 7" single (a few copies signed by Bill Hunt also remain) and/or as a download via these links thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "EL Original Brew" b/w "The Kentish Town Song" by The Ancient Order Of Froth Blowers to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, WizzardThe Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Jan-2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

RECOMMENDED: ELO UK ALBUMS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend and fellow ELO (and related artistes) collector Matt McGough has just launched his excellent new web site entitled ELO UK Albums which highlights not only his own impressive collection of ELO studio, compilation and live albums (not forgetting boxed sets) but also his outstanding wanted items.

You can email Matt at: matt@eloalbums.co.uk and/or visit ELO UK Albums and/or follow the ELO UK Albums Facebook page via these links thus:


Matt has been featured before here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) thanx to his "Discovery" last year of the solid centre variant of the original Jet/UA issue of ELO's 1977 "Turn To Stone" single (UP36313) - and Yours Truly KJS sincerely hopes that he can find me a copy some day soon!


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends ELO UK Albums 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 ... 17-Jan-2017

Saturday, 14 January 2017

BEV BEVAN: Music & Dance Fusion Charity Patronage + RRHOF Thoughts

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With due thanx and credit to Sir Peter Hackett (Cult of Wedge) of Rowley Regis. The Move/ELO/Black Sabbath drummer and percussionist Bev Bevan and his ongoing patronage of Dorridge Music School for their forthcoming seventh annual charity extravaganza 'A Fusion of Music & Dance' were the subject of this rather interesting article earlier this week on Wednesday 11th January via halesowennews.co.uk thus:


The aforementioned article also touches on the subject of Bev's induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame with ELO alongside Jeff Lynne. Roy Wood and Richard Tandy on Friday 7th April. From the outset, it has seemed to Yours Truly KJS that Bev is the least likely of the nominated quartet to attend the prestigious ceremony at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will likely see Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy on stage with (hopefully) an appearance from Roy Wood too. Bev states in the article that he is currently due to perform with old pal Jasper Carrott in a Stand Up & Rock! show on that night but (at the time of writing) Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre are quoting the show as being held on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April so that Bev could indeed still make the RRHOF event (at a push) on Friday 7th April - if he were to be accommodated by the other inductees.
Bev Bevan will be co-hosting and participating in 'A Fusion of Music & Dance' on Sunday 7th May at Birmingham's iconic Symphony Hall. The event will raise monies for Birmingham Dogs Home and the MS Society Solihull as well as raising much needed awareness for Delete Blood Cancer, in memory of DMS student Riya Dandekar. Tickets can be purchased directly from Dorridge Music School or Birmingham Symphony Hall via this link thus: www.thsh.co.uk/event/a-fusion-of-music-and-dance-presented-by-dms-heart-of-england-music-academy
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends 'A Fusion of Music & Dance' featuring Bev Bevan 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 ... 14-Jan-2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

REPLAY: ELOBF RECORD OF THE YEAR 2016

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It may have escaped your attention that neatly nestled within my recent overview of 2016 was the announcement of the elobf Record of the Year. Yours Truly KJS thought that you might be interested to know who was in the running. who got the vote and why, thus:

"elobf have reviewed some great albums in 2016 including "2" by Mudcrutch featuring (of course) Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, "Foreverland" by Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy, "Sticky Love Songs" by Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) and "Bubbles" by Morganisation amongst not a few others. After due consideration, I'm pleased to confirm that the elobf Record of the Year is this year shared between "Sticky Love Songs" and "Bubbles". Both are great albums and well worth a listen with the former another amazing, top class production from the Blue Violin Studio of Michael Laine Hildebrandt with the latter a vibrant, classy reminder of the songwriting prowess of Dave Scott-Morgan and his extended musical family."

REVIEW: STICKY LOVE SONGS [BGO]
REVIEW: BUBBLES [Morganisation]

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Sticky Love Songs" by Bubble Gum Orchestra and "Bubbles" by Morganisation to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, The Move, Roy Wood, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Jan-2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017

RECOMMENDED: ELO LIGHT YEARS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Perhaps one of the strongest indicators of the popularity of the music of the Electric Light Orchestra is the growth in the number of ELO tribute bands in the UK - both established and emerging - in the last few years. It's a tremendous compliment to the enduring appeal of ELO's music and also the only way that many fans (and the general public) can get to hear the music of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne performed live locally, regularly and economically.

ELO Light Years are the newest of those bands - another group based in South Wales - a nonet (or nine piece) formed by Jim Ramsey (lead vocals/guitar) alongside former ELO Again trio Mike 'Chas' Holcombe (keyboards/vocoder), Gaelle Favre (blue violin) and Sarah Waycott (cello) who have joined forces with Robin Davey (bass/vocals), Richard Watson (drums/vocals), Claire Brewster, Angharad Griffiths and Rhiannon Griffiths (backing vocals). Yours Truly KJS looks forward to (hopefully) seeing and hearing ELO Light Years in concert during 2017 with, of course, another elobeatlesforever (elobf) 'Caught Live' gig review following thereafter.
ELO Light Years will make their live debut in Abergavenny next month with a second gig also confirmed in London during March (at the time of writing) thus:

Friday 3rd February
ELO Light Years @ The Kings Arms Hotel, Abergavenny
Tickets: £10.00 each

Sunday 19th March
ELO Light Years @ The Half Moon, Putney, London
Tickets: £10.00 each [*plus booking fee]

You can find out more about ELO Light Years via their official web sites thus:
www.elolightyears.com
www.facebook.com/elolightyears

Please note that ELO Light Years have no connection with the excellent and comprehensive ELO record collection/discography web site ELO Light Years Ahead (ELOLYA) run by Jon Lock.


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends ELO Light Years 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 ... 05-Jan-2017

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

SJET12109: ELO'S YELLOW TREASURES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Jet Records replaced United Artists with CBS Records as their manufacturer and distributor in Spring 1978 - as oft mentioned in previous elobeatlesforever (elobf) articles - it meant that ELO's studio albums from "On The Third Day" (JETLP202), "Eldorado" (JETLP203), "Face The Music" (JETLP201), "A New World Record" (JETLP200) and "Out Of The Blue" (JETDP400) were hastily reissued (in limited edition coloured vinyl too) alongside their more recent singles "Rockaria!" (SJET100), "Telephone Line" (SJET101) and "Mr. Blue Sky" (SJET104) plus the Jeff Lynne solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing" (SJET102) and hopefully "Turn To Stone" (SJET103).
The third single taken from "Out Of The Blue" in the UK was, of course, album closer "Wild West Hero" (SJET109), backed by "Eldorado". It was the first 'new' ELO single released via Jet/CBS and made #6 in August 1978. It was also the first ever UK 12" single issued in coloured vinyl by ELO and only ELO's second ever UK 12" single following the Harvest/EMI 12" promo issue of "Showdown"/"Roll Over Beethoven" (PSLP213) issued in support of their early ELO compilation "The Light Shines On" in 1977.
 The 12" yellow vinyl edition of "Wild West Hero" b/w "Eldorado" (even without a picture sleeve) was, naturally, a collectors item and the fact that two differently labelled versions (see photos above/top) were issued ensured that this was (and still is) a much treasured item for ELO fans and record collectors alike.

~ for Chris Groucutt ~

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Jan-2017

Sunday, 1 January 2017

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: HOW WIZZARD & SLADE COMPARE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The welcome news that the Wizzard festive hit "I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday" reached #23 in the Official UK Singles Chart during Christmas 2016 prompted elobeatlesforever (elobf) to take a look at how often the much loved Roy Wood penned classic has charted since it attained #4 in December 1973 versus Slade's "Merry Xmas Everyone", which pipped it to the top spot that year and also remains popular to the present day.

An aborted switch of labels from Harvest (HAR5079) to Warner Bros. (K16336) for "I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday" b/w "Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.)" meant that the Wizzard single had much less time to build up a head of steam than Slade's tune hence its final position of #4 was all the more remarkable. Yet (as shown above) whenever both records have re-entered the singles chart together thereafter, the Wizzard track has managed a higher placing than the Slade song ten (10) out of eleven (11) times.

Yours Truly KJS will (obviously) always prefer "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". Both songs are perennial faves, equally loved by many and not necessarily in competition with each other. If nothing else, the inclusion of downloads and streamed content within the Official UK Singles Chart since 2006 has given Roy Wood and Wizzard the edge in terms of chart performance.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Jan-2017