Tuesday, 30 November 2010

INTERVIEW INFUSION [1]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Today is just an ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] update to let you know that Yours Truly KJS is in the process of garnering several interviews with some great musicians who have direct or indirect connections with the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] via various means.

I'm also hoping to work with Pete Dicks - who produces that superb radio programme Beatles and Beyond and is involved also with the forthcoming ELO-centred radio show entitled "Out of the Blue Radio" - with the intent of compiling and producing a Beatles/ELO Special in the New Year.

And as we approach the 40,000 visitor mark, may I take this opportunity to thank my each and every one of you for visiting ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] past, present and future!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-Nov-2010

Friday, 26 November 2010

TWO KINDS OF MAGIC: ELO & QUEEN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's quite true that fans of ELO and Queen are of the same music mindset. So when Yours Truly KJS made the "Discovery" that the much acclaimed Magic are now combining both "A Kind Of Queen" and "A Kind Of ELO" in the same show, it made sense to inform regular [and irregular] visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] of the following:


Yours Truly KJS is pleased to inform you that Magic have now scheduled a gig at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton on Sunday 13th March 2011. This looks to be an attractive concert to look forward to next Spring and is worthy of an ELOBF recommendation. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Nov-2010

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

RECOMMENDED: GROUCUTT & HAYNES @ 01/12/10

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Just a quick reminder that Groucutt & Haynes are live at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Wednesday 1st December. Their album "Another Good reason" is excellent and their live show is superb.

Yours Truly KJS has had the great pleasure of witnessing Rob and cohort Dan Haynes in concert on a number of occasions and the duo are well worth checking out. You probably do not need reminding that Rob is the son of the late, great and beloved ELO talisman Kelly Groucutt and is continuing his musical legacy. This will be their their last gig with a full band for a while hence this is a good opportunity to support them as we approach the New Year?

Here are two [2] links to their official web site and The Robin 2 ticket office:

Groucutt & Haynes
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=2243

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend 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 ... 24-Nov-2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

CAUGHT LIVE: THE MOVE & THE ANIMALS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Animals and their friends The Move [featuring ELO's Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton et al] served up a great concert at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton city centre last Saturday night. Yours Truly KJS has to say that the performance of The Animals [fronted by Pete Barton with John E. Williamson and original members John Steel and Micky Gallagher] was excellent in terms of the tightness of the performance and the PA sound quality.

The raw sound of The Move came later as they flew through their back catalogue of hits and gave us a sample of those heady Marquee days. One truly has to marvel at the guitar prowess of Trevor Burton and his stage presence as well as the established supreme percussion work of one the worlds greatest drummers. It was also to be noted that when Trevor re-stated the bands frequent request to Roy Wood to re-join his old band mates, he said that he felt that Roy was "softening".

It would indeed be great for Roy and Ace [Kefford] to come on aboard The Move again. You never know what is around the corner as life in the musical world is full of surprises. In summary, it was a great gig and if either or both groups come down your way, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends that you seize the chance to go see and hear them!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Move [featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton] to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Nov-2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

RECOMMENDED: THE ANIMALS & THE MOVE @ 20/11/10

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Just a quick reminder that The Animals and their friends The Move [featuring, of course, ELO's Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton, Neil Lockwood, Phil Tree and Tony Kelsey] are "Down Home Town" [almost] tomorrow night [Saturday 20th November] for their gig at The Slade Rooms in Broad Street, Wolverhampton thus:

www.wolvescivic.co.uk/index.asp?loc=whatsonshow&woid=14351

Yours Truly KJS shall also be there with my ELO gig buddy Chris "Is It Alright?" Evans and pals to savour the atmosphere and legendary music of both bands [especially the latter] as a belated birthday treat. You simply can't beat live music by talented musicians - especially those of the ELO [and related] kind! I would be most pleased to make your acquaintance. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Nov-2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

RECOMMENDED: THE BOOTLEG BEATLES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It really does seems like "Yesterday" since Yours Truly KJS picked up the above flyer for The Bootleg Beatles at the fantastic ELO Experience gig in Stoke-on-Trent last Sunday 14th November [see my review here]. This established Beatles tribute act are well worth going to see/hear and an ELOBF endorsement.


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Bootleg Beatles to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles [of course!] and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Nov-2010

RECOMMENDED: WHEELS OF FIRE @ 04/12/10

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Please be advised that I shall, in all probability, be over at Whitmore Reans Conservative Club in Wolverhampton on Saturday 4th December to once again see and hear Phil Bates' latest project Wheels Of Fire performed with fellow founders Mark Stanway, Clive Bunker and Brian Badhams.

Yours Truly KJS is expecting a few friends and work colleagues to be there too. It's a great opportunity for a really good musicfest and it would be nice to make your acquaintance. You simply can't beat live music by talented musicians - especially those of the ELO [and related] kind! On top of that, I'm also hoping to have some more news re: Wheels Of Fire and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] in the near future too.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Wheels Of Fire 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. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Nov-2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the many pleasures of being in the ELO [and related] universe is meeting fantastic folks as well as hearing music that truly caresses the ear drums. Last Sunday 14th November, Yours Truly KJS [and family] ventured up to The New Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent to witness another concert by the fantastic ELO Experience. It was a pleasure to me personally that Rebekah and James' first ever live gig was listening to these chaps and not to teenage manufactured pop star cardboard cut-outs ... or even Riff Pilchard! And we were not disappointed as this most accurate and professional of tribute bands belted out a large chunk of the ELO classics back catalogue with their wonderful cello ensemble in full effect!

And this all despite Andy Louis' croaky throat. I didn't even notice that they omitted "Don't Walk Away" and "Big Wheels" from the set to protect his voice from those higher notes. It was such a great gig with some great guitar work from Jan Christiansen that seemingly fascinated James. The encore song of "Mr. Blue Sky" brought the whole audience to their feet and rounded off an ELOtastic night.

After gig, the band were just as obliging and talkative as they were at Shrewsbury back in July. Rebekah took great pleasure in garnering their autographs and meeting the band. I managed a chat and laugh or two with the group too.  A measure of how honest this band is can be derived from the fact that Andy Louis told me that at 2 o'clock that afternoon the gig was likely to be cancelled due to his throat problems. But still the band overcame this hurdle ably to not only avoid letting down this family but also the audience.

I'm told that their set list will next year include "Standin' In The Rain"  - but sadly not "The Battle Of Marston Moor [July 2nd 1644]" -  as I later joked! There is also a strong chance that they will be featuring on Pete Dicks' forthcoming Out Of The Blue radio show. They will also be performing at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on the same weekend as the 2011 ELO Fan Convention next August. All in all, it was a lovely night and a credit to those rare purveyors of the wonderful ELO sound. Their web site features all their tour dates and much more ... and in addition they have now launched their new Facebook page thus:

www.elotribute.com
www.facebook.com/The-ELO-Experience


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

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Nov-2010

Sunday, 14 November 2010

ELO BEATLES AND BEYOND FOREVER!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It is, of course, a natural extension of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] to explore the commonalities and similarities between The Beatles and the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]. One band was the inspiration for the other and the latter's musical heroes were the former. So it was great to briefly touch base yesterday [Sunday 14th November] with Pete Dicks, who presents and produces the widely broadcast and famed long running Beatles radio programme that is: Beatles and Beyond.

Pete may also be involved with a potentially new radio show called Out Of The Blue Radio. If it becomes a reality, it would be an ELO-centered programme, in a similar format to Pete's Beatles and Beyond show. Yours Truly KJS also hopes to meet up with Pete in the not-too-distant-future to put together a short Beatles and ELO special for inclusion in one of his Beatles and Beyond shows. Being as "I Am The Walrus" is thought to be the inspiration for ELO and their last studio album "Zoom" in 2001, featuring two original Beatles in George Harrison and Ringo Starr, there is plenty of material to consider and compile. You can find out more about Beatles and Beyond and where to find it via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Beatles and Beyond 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 ... 14-Nov-2010

Saturday, 13 November 2010

REVIEW: PATHWAYS [Imaginos]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS was delighted on several levels when I finally received a promo CD copy of Imaginos' new album entitled "Pathways" from my good buddy Sean Mack Page. This new release is the musical sister to SMP's previous release via his Fragile X vehicle entitled "Drop In Time", as previously mentioned by ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]"Pathways" does have a strong earthy, Celtic feel about it and a lot of deference to Rush. Within "Pathways", one can identify with some ELO influence, particularly in "Winter Gift", a track that reminds me somewhat of ELO's 1973 take on "In The Hall Of The Mountain King""Pathways" is largely written by Brian Nicks but - as with all class bands - it is the percussion of SMP that drives the heartbeat of the music. Whilst my own world view sometimes collides with the lyrics, I find this a well-produced and listenable package.

Tracks: [1] Pathways [2] I, King [3] Promethius Heart [4] Dark Embrace [5] And She Says
[6] The Warhound [7] Seas Of Fate [8] Kiss Of The Martyr [9] Nocturne [10] Winter Gift

There is a wide variety of styles to be found here with the bonus of Elise Winters' haunting vocals on some of the tracks. It is almost a throwback and a tribute to those great prog rock bands we all know and love but yet it stands up as an original work too. My favourite three [3] tracks are the title track "Pathways", the excellent guitar work of "Seas Of Fate" and the aforementioned "Winters Gift". As with most things, to garner your own opinion, it is best to check it out for yourself.

"Pathways" by Imaginos can currently be obtained via these links thus:

www.amazon.com/Pathways-Imaginos/dp/B004FN27VS



ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Pathways" by Imaginos 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 ... 13-Nov-2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

INTERVIEW: JULIANNA RAYE

"Something Peculiar" by Julianna Raye
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the benefits of getting onto Facebook is that Yours Truly KJS has managed to touch base with not a few folks who share the same love and interest in in the ELO Beatles Forever [and related artistes] universe.

One of those blessings is being able to converse with and interact with those musicians who inspire us so much. I have had the pleasure this last week of conducting an interview with Julianna Raye, who released her critically acclaimed album back in 1992 entitled "Something Peculiar". produced by Jeff Lynne and also featuring Richard Tandy, Mike Campbell and Richard Dodd.

I approached Julianna after getting a hold of said album from amazon.com and quite frankly, I think that it's a fine set of well written, witty and enjoyable songs. The eleven compositions on "Something Peculiar" are [1] "Limbo" [2] "I'll Get You Back" [3] "Tell Me I'm Alright" [4] "Taking Steps" [5] "Peach Window" [6] "Something Peculiar" [7] "Roses" [8] "Laughing Wild" [9] "In My Time" [10] "My Tribe" [11] "Nicola". From a personal perspective, my favourites are "Limbo", "Peach Window", the title track, "Roses", "My Tribe" and "Nicola". I asked Julianna these half dozen questions and here are her answers:

KJS: What was your goal for this album at the time?
JR:. At the time grunge was happening and I didn’t relate to it particularly. I wanted to focus on classic pop songwriting with sing-able melodies people would remember for years to come. Growing up I was very influenced by the Beatles and I think that’s what caught Jeff’s ear and made him decide to work with me.
KJS: What was it like working with Jeff Lynne but also the then team that included Richard Tandy, Richard Dodd and Mike Campbell?
JR: Well, it was mainly Jeff and Richard on the day to day. Richard Tandy and Mike Campbell came in for some sessions and they played beautifully!! With Jeff and Richard D., it was a bit intimidating because I was so green and they were used to working with people who had spent loads of time in the studio. There was a tremendous learning curve just getting to understand my voice in the mic and how to correct pitch and take direction. Also their British accents sometimes made it hard to understand them! Plus they were used to working with boys, who typically don’t cry when they get frustrated. J Looking back it all seems quite funny now. At the time it was like being in recording artist boot camp! Jeff taught me a tremendous amount about songwriting … he was my first and best editor. He really helped me understand the structure of a pop song. He also defined my sound as a vocalist. He cut the vibrato out and exposed the pure voice underneath. He gave me my foundation as a singer/songwriter.
KJS: For me all the songs have a familiar [if not "Something Peculiar"] sound but taking aside Jeff's 'flavour', please tell me briefly about their inspiration?
JR: I was writing about what was familiar and meaningful to me so personal relationships on songs like My Tribe, In My Time, Something Peculiar, etc. and portraits of the people I love, like Laughing Wild, Nicola and Taking Steps. I was writing about people and situations where I had a message or insight I felt strongly about and wanted to communicate.
KJS: I particularly like the track "My Tribe" but what is your favourite track?
JR: The track I always go back to on that record is "Laughing Wild". It seems to do all the things I want it to do and I really like the feel of it.
KJS: What is Julianna Raye doing now in 2010?
JR: My most recent project was a Bossa Nova inspired CD called Dominoes. Dominoes has gotten some cool opportunities. In 2009, it was nominated for an Independent Music Award and Peter Gabriel hand-picked it to be part of his B&W Music Club series. Dominoes has just been licensed by a Japanese label, Vivid Sound for release in Japan in 2011. I’m also a long time meditation practitioner and trainer and I’ve started a company called Pop Go Zen, which integrates meditation techniques with listening to pop music. Lots of people want and need to meditate but sometimes it can be hard to make the time. Pop Go Zen teaches people a method that’s fun and engaging to make the process easier.
KJS: Could "Something Peculiar" ever be re-mastered and/or re-released?
JR: Well legally it's available for that so if a company came along and wanted to do that it could happen. At this point there are no plans for that. Sadly when people purchase it, I don’t see a penny! You never know what’s around the corner though. When I moved to LA I never expected to get the opportunity to work with someone like Jeff. Life is full of surprises!
Another Jeff Lynne production that hits the mark ...
"My Tribe" is certainly a musical relative of "I Am The Walrus" and within Jeff's production values lie his trademark 'sound', underpinning this strong set of songs.This CD is something that is not so much peculiar as something that is to be prized! Once again, my humble gratitude and thanx are extended to Julianna for her time and grace in this interview. You can still obtain "Something Peculiar" from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk via these links thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Something Peculiar" by Julianna Raye 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 ... 11-Nov-2010

Sunday, 7 November 2010

IMAGINOS: WHAT A WONDERFUL DISC-OVERY!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! What more can I say? Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are truly gobsmacked!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Nov-2010

Thursday, 4 November 2010

RECOMMENDED: PATHWAYS [Imaginos]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend, top drummer, percussionist, singer and producer Sean Mack Page has just released his new album "Pathways" by his ELO and Rush influenced band Imaginos.

RECOMMENDED: SEAN MACK PAGE

Sean has mailed me a promotional copy of his album which is still eagerly awaited on this side of the Atlantic for me to peruse and review. In the meantime, "Pathways" is available from reputable music vending sites including amazon.com thus:

www.amazon.com/Pathways-Imaginos/dp/B004FN27VS

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Nov-2010