Tuesday, 27 November 2012

REVIEW: ALL THE GOOD FRIENDS [Red Shoes]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I first heard about Red Shoes while I was chatting away with Christian Evans and Move guitarist Tony Kelsey at the Brewood Music Festival back in July 2012. Tony mentioned to me that he was a member of Red Shoes and that pledging was ongoing towards the release of the follow-up release to their 2010 release "Ring Around The Land" [#CEDAR13]. 

Their new album, entitled "All The Good Friends", has just been released on Cedarwood Records [#CEDAR14] and there are many good reasons why fans in the ELOBF universe should take an interest in this latest volume, besides the fact that there is a new take on that Roy Wood penned Move classic "Blackberry Way" included within. The core foursome of Mark and Carolyn Evans, Bert Priest and Tony Kelsey were joined by, amongst others, Bev Bevan [The Move/ELO], Bill Hunt [ELO/Wizzard], Julian Crook [The Move/The Cohen Brothers] and Brian Badhams [Wheels Of Fire] during the recording sessions as well as Dave Pegg, Chris Leslie and Dave Swarbrick [Fairport Convention] and respected producer Mick Dolan

This delectable record, with Carolyn predominantly on lead vocals, includes great songs such as "Red Coat Ride" [featuring one Bev Bevan on drums and Bill Hunt on French Horn], a violin and mandolin flavoured call to arms against the hunting brigade, complete with a hook reminiscent of "Brontosaurus", "The Well" – a gritty electric guitar driven composition, "Hidden Name" is an ode to motherly love with a beautiful bamboo whistle solo, "If This Is Life" features Mark on lead vocals and is almost a protest song, "Blackberry Way" is given a whole new twist as a sultry folk song with Bev 'Bullfrog' Bevan also appearing here on backing vocals, "River Rea" is simply beautiful, "Swansong" is a catchy, multi-vocal folk foot stomper that either Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention would be proud of and "The Last Dance" is a lovely tune reminiscent of those days when a girl impatiently waited for that special question at the local dance. "All The Good Friends" oozes maturity in terms of the introspective lyrics that often look back to days gone by, sometimes with regret and sometimes with a knowing smile. To this listener and writer, it has a familiar feel to it and is a recording that warms the heart yet pleases the ear.
Track listing: [1] “Red Coat Ride” [2] “The Well” [3] “Hidden Name” [4] “Sunday Afternoon” [5] “If This Is Life” [6] “Blackberry Way” [7] “River Rea” [8] “Through The Window” [9] “Swansong” [10] “Every Blade Of Grass” [11] “The Last Dance”

"All The Good Friends" is available from the shop at the Official Red Shoes web site thus: 


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "All The Good Friends" by Red Shoes 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 ... 27-Nov-2012

Monday, 26 November 2012

REVIEW: SPLASH [Kracked Earth]

 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There are positives and negatives about Facebook. One of the positives is that I met Martin Kinch of that excellent Roy Wood [and related artistes such as: The Move, Wizzard and ELO] web site Cherry Blossom Clinic there. But the benefit is doubled when one considers that I also crossed paths with Martin's extremely talented brother Andy Kinch too. Andy previously worked with the late, great ELO bassist and vocalist Kelly Groucutt on his 1998 release entitled: "Andy's Diner" with his song "Everlastin' Love" and he has just written the newly released debut album of his present band Kracked Earth, interestingly entitled "Splash" - and is self-described as "recorded via the internet for the internet age!"
"Splash" - an album which was recorded on three continents yet written over five years between 2007 and 2012 - is a rock extravaganza par excellence that, as all good albums do, impresses upon the very first listen. From the opening string laden intro on "Heaven's Gate" to the concluding 2012 'Remix' of "Simple Man" [the original version can be found on the aforementioned "Andy's Diner"], this whole album of Kinch written songs and lyrics which vary in style and tempo but deliver that long-lost classic repertoire of thoughtful lyrics [laden with commentary, encouragement, angst, love and hope], driving rockers, instrumental solos and ballads that this writer hasn't even wanted to listen to for a very long time. But he does now! This is one of those albums that needs must be heard.

At over an hours length there really are some great songs on here. Andy has stated that "Strange Desire" was written just after the death of Kelly Groucutt and besides being ELOesque, it would have suited Kelly's vocal talents. Some of the tracks could be Whitesnake yet some could be John Farnham, such is the range of the compositions on here. The thumping rock of: "Run" grabs your attention while the Celtic-tinged "The Promise" and the beautiful "Simple Man" are sublime and very much in that 'chill-out' zone. "Into The Vortex/Harvest" enters into the Pink Floyd and progressive rock arena whilst "Onwards Upwards" and "Freak Show" could be defined as soul and "Footsteps In The Snow" is just plain marvellous to the ear. This album should satisfy every kind of music lover, ELOnorak or not!

Trax: [#1] "Heaven's Gate"; [#2] "Can't Live Without You"; [#3] "Strange Desire"; [#4] "Coming Up For Air"; [#5] "Into The Vortex/Harvest"; [#6] "Onwards Upwards"; [#7] "Run"; [#8] "Unconditional"; [#9] "Footsteps In The Snow"; [#10] "Never Walk Away" [#11] "Freak Show"; [#12] "These Days"; [#13] "The Promise"; [#14] "Simple Man"

 Kracked Earth feature songwriter Andy Kinch [Acoustic Guitars/All Keyboards], Tim Lynk [Vocals/Recorders], Elyan Fernova [Drums], Doug Scarratt [Electric Guitars], Simon Dennis [Bass] and Mark Millin [Percussion]. "Splash" also features: Don Schiff [Stick Bass]; Troy Donockley [Uillean Pipes and Whistles] and Butch Thomas [Soprano Saxophone].
Kracked Earth [clockwise]: Andy Kinch, Tim Lynk, Elyan Fernova, Mark Millin, Simon Dennis, Doug Scarratt

"Splash" by Kracked Earth will be available via iTunes, amazon.co.ukCDBaby and other music outlets from Tuesday 27th November and can be purchased via these links thus:

melodicrevolutionrecords.com/album/splash
www.amazon.co.uk/Splash-Kracked-Earth
www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kracked-Earth-Splash
www.cdbaby.com/cd/krackedearth

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Splash" by Kracked Earth 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 ... 26-Nov-2012

Sunday, 25 November 2012

UK ALBUM CHART UPDATE [6]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest UK Top 100 Album Chart this week [sadly] saw the trio of ELO & Jeff Lynne releases: "Long Wave""Mr. Blue Sky" and "All Over The World" drop out of the chart ... for the "Time" being at least.


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Nov-2012

COMING SOON: BGO TRIBUTE TO DAVY JONES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! My good friend Michael Laine Hildebrandt has announced that his aptly titled musical outlet Bubble Gum Orchestra will be releasing their tribute to another of Mike's musical heroes [besides ELO and Jeff Lynne, of course] on Sunday 30th December 2012 when the track "Girl" will be made available for free download via the official BGO web site [on what would have been Davy's 67th birthday] with an accompanying video being released in parallel on YouTube.

"Girl" is a full collaboration with Sugarbomb member Les Farrington [keyboards/vocals] and has been mastered by Billy Stull over at: Masterpiece Mastering. Davy, who sadly died on 29th February earlier this year, released the song in the US as a single in November 1971, peaking at #52 in the US Billboard Top 100.
The song is best remembered for featuring in The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones" as well as "The Brady Bunch Movie" in 1995. Michael has afforded me the opportunity to listen to an edited sample of the track and Yours Truly KJS has to say that it does sound nice and, of course, it has a certain BGO flavour to it! It's a real 'feel good' tune that is both a tribute to Davy and a testament to the musical talents of Michael. Better get downloading it on December 30th folks!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Girl" by Bubble Gum Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Nov-2012

Thursday, 22 November 2012

CAUGHT LIVE [8]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When you have seen The ELO Experience on not a few occasions, it becomes difficult to not repeat previous live reviews and sound somewhat repetitive. Yet, because they have improved and perfected their act so well over the last few years, each gig by The ELO Experience is actually quite unique.
My latest ELO Experience concert at The Prince Of Wales Theatre in Cannock had the effect of not only being again impressed by their set of accurately reproduced ELO hits [and album tracks], but also in the way that Andy Louis went out of their way to promote those twin Jeff Lynne albums: "Long Wave" and "Mr. Blue Sky" - even mentioning that "Mercy Mercy" wa'Record of the Week' over on BBC Radio 2. It was also nice to see that their new tour brochure included the newly written forward by Yours Truly KJS just inside the front cover [see below]:
Whether it be their sublime renditions which include "Telephone Line", Strange Magic""Big Wheels""Latitude 88 North" and even Jeff's "Flashback" re-cut of "Xanadu", or the sight of a fair portion of the excited audience waving their luminous blue glow sticks to the [final] encore of "Mr. Blue Sky", it was [again] a most enjoyable, feel good occasion on account of this live exposition of the ELO songbook. They are a 'must-see' attraction for any ELO fan. You can find out what The ELO Experience are up to via their official web site thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The ELO Experience 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 ... 22-Nov-2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

THE ORCHESTRA: RETURNING HOME IN 2013

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS is pleased to hear that The Orchestra [former members of ELO and ELO Part II] will be returning 'home' to the UK next Summer after an absence of far too long. The band, who presently feature Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend, are slated to appear at the Grassington Music Festival in North Yorkhire and the Rewind Festival in Oxfordshire [and possibly other UK venues] thus:

Friday 28th June 2013
"Festival In The Field"
Colvend, Hebden Road, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB
Tickets: £25.00 each [standing only]
www.grassington-festival.org.uk/events/the-orchestra-starring-elo-former-members/
www.grassington-festival.org.uk/purchasing-festival-tickets/

Sunday 18th August 2013
"Rewind Henley-on-Thames"
Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm, Remenham, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3DB
Day Ticket: £55.00 each [adult]/£27.50 [child]
www.rewindfestival.com/tickets

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] 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 ... 21-Nov-2012

JEFF LYNNE'S ELECTRIC CONTRIBUTION TO SANDY RELIEF ALBUM

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Jeff Lynne is joining both Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh in contributing new tracks to a new album being released in aid of the victims of Hurricane Sandy from Red Hook, south Brooklyn entitled "Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief - Volume 1" as mentioned in this report thus:


Ringo Starr's live version of “Wings” [as recorded during the latest All Starr Band tour] is one of the song as is Joe Walsh’s new live version of “Rocky Mountain Way” [which also features Ringo on drums]. Followers of ELO and Jeff Lynne will be interested to find out that the ELO maestro has contributed a "Brand New Electric Version" of "Save Me Now", originally found on Jeff's 1990 debut solo album "Armchair Theatre". In his official press release, Jeff stated:

"This is a brand new electric version of ‘Save Me Now', a song I wrote 22 years ago about this very subject - global warming and the need to listen and be kind to our planet. I wanted to contribute to 'Songs After Sandy' because I feel terrible about what happened, and my heart goes out to all of the people still stuck in it and trying to work through it."

"Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief - Volume 1" will be initially available as a pre-order download via Pledge Music for just $15! You can pledge, investigate the track listing and artist roster as well as the project details via these links thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief"  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 ... 21-Nov-2012

ELOBF IN PRINT

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's been very humbling to see that ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have been quoted on the odd occasion in various issues and publications this year. It's not something that Yours Truly KJS actively seeks out but it is nice all the same to see ELOBF in print from "Time" to "Time" thus:
from: "BGO II" by Bubble Gum Orchestra ...
 from: "Return To Paradise" by Fragile X ...
From the latest ELO Experience tour brochure ...
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Nov-2012

Monday, 19 November 2012

VERDICT REACHED IN MIKE EDWARDS CASE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A somewhat surprising verdict has been reached in the trial at Plymouth Crown Court with respect to the untimely and unfortunate death of former ELO cellist Mike Edwards [above left]. After two [2] days of considering their verdict, the jury cleared defendants Brian Burden and Russell Williams of the two [2] Health and Safety charges brought against them after a rogue hay bale rolled and then crushed the cab of a vehicle being driven by Mike on the A381 in September 2010, killing him instantly. This report from BBC Devon was published earlier today thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has actively followed this case to its conclusion and wishes to support Mike's family in calling for new safety rules for hay bale storage to indeed be put in place soon so that this kind of tragedy does not happen again.
Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] would also like to put on record our thanks to my friend Pete Reynolds down in South Devon for his input into my series of articles on the case, as summarized in this ELOBF posting last week:


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Nov-2012

UK ALBUM CHART UPDATE [5]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #450: The latest Official UK Top 100 Album Chart this week sees Jeff Lynne's "Long Wave" dropping to #99 [from #91] with "Mr. Blue Sky" waving a hearty goodbye to the Top 100 [from #82] and "All Over The World" falling from #66 to #93.

UK ALBUM CHART UPDATE [4]   UK ALBUM CHART UPDATE [3]

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Nov-2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

ELO & JEFF LYNNE: NEW RELEASES COMING IN 2013

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! An interesting insert was to be found in both the "Long Wave" and "Mr. Blue Sky" CD packages recently released by Frontiers Records. We can apparently look forward to a trio of 'new' Jeff Lynne and ELO albums in 2013 with the expanded re-releases of "Armchair Theatre" [1990] and "Zoom" [2001] plus a live CD package based on the "Zoom Tour Live" concert. Here's the text of that insert for you to peruse:
"Jeff Lynne's first solo album, "Armchair Theatre", is a melting pot of different styles and influences featuring unexpected collaborations with with Lynne's heroes and close friends. This re-issue, unavailable for the last decade, includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Coming soon!
Unavailable for over 10 years, ELO's last released studio album, "Zoom", has been remastered and features two brand new tracks as an added bonus. Coming soon!
Taken from the much anticipated and critically acclaimed "Zoom" concert at Los Angeles' CBS Television City, "Live" offers fans four tracks that weren't on the original DVD as well as two new, unreleased studio tracks. Coming soon!"

If we also consider the fact that Jeff has recently re-stated that he has already got eight songs in the bag for an album of original compositions and that there may well be at least ten other songs in the mould of "Long Wave" [as evidenced in the "Down The Lane And Far Away" CD promo recently seen on eBay], then it appears that there is plenty of new material to look forward to next year, besides the official DVD release of "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne and ELO".

Keep an eye out folks for all those new releases which are [hopefully] coming your way in the ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] universe soon. Maybe even the full "Secret Messages" package - including "Beatles Forever" - could be on the horizon too?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 12-Nov-2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

REVIEW: ACROSS THE DIVIDE [Morgan]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Some albums are like a pair a shoes - you need to wear them in a few times so that they become comfortable. Some albums get your attention the very first time you hear them. "Across The Divide" by Morgan is definitely in the latter category. The former ELO man has put together a great set of eleven [11] songs that not only vary in tempo and style but also contain pensive lyrics which not only convey his Christian faith, in part, but deliver some really catchy tunes with a message.

Tracks: [1] "Benediction" [2] "Normal Day" [3] "Mission Impossible" [4] "Samson & Delilah" [5] "Ball and Chain" [6] "Cold City" [7] "Shanty Town Blues" [8] "Robin's Song" [9] "Post War Baby" [10] "Girl In A Jaguar" [11] "Across The Divide"

There are very definite ELO and Beatles influences here. The album - produced by former ELO bassist Martin Smith - has some acoustically driven numbers and some more complex constructions too. For instance, the storytelling: "Samson and Delilah" [featuring Tony Kelsey from The Move] could be a Bob Dylan number, "Post War Baby" sounds like the next chapter to Dave's huge hit: "Hiroshima" and "Girl In A Jaguar" is so very Beatlesque in nature. And because there are so many fine songs on here with so many different styles all headed by Dave's solid wide-ranging vocals, the album is absolutely balanced and instantly likeable. Some of these songs have been waiting to be finished for quite a long time but, as with fine wine, one has had to wait to savour the final result. "Benediction" [also featuring Tony Kelsey] is a stunning opener followed by the folksy-bluesy: "Normal Day", "Mission Impossible", "Cold City" and "Robin's Song" have those familiar ELO hooks with: "Shanty Town Blues" [featuring Fitzroy Storrod on Piano] being the Blues indeed. "Ball and Chain" could be another Bob Dylan or even a Traveling Wilburys track. The whole album is my fave track!
In his own words: "Morgan or 'Dave Scott-Morgan aided and abetted by a fusillade of fine musicians'. In the last century Dave was part of the world famous group, ELO - and also the writer of a major European hit [Ed. "Hiroshima"]. When he's not playing songs, Dave teaches people to fly aeroplanes and he was once the pastor of a church in Birmingham, his home city. This album bravely melds myriads of styles, mixing conventional recording techniques with an innovative creativity and energy you'd expect from a rock 'n' roller from the Old School. It also contains the wry Brummie tongue-in-cheek element that propelled stars into the limelight from its earthy and pithy launch pad. But take it seriously if you want to!"

You can find out more about and/or download "Across The Divide" for just $9.99 or £6.41 [or any individual tracks] and/or buy the CD for just £10.99 via these links thus:

www.cdbaby.com/cd/davescottmorgan2

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Across The Divide" by Morgan 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 ... 11-Nov-2012

UK ALBUM CHART UPDATE [4]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Top 100 Album Chart this week sees Jeff Lynne's "Long Wave" dropping to #91 [from #70] with "Mr. Blue Sky" bucking the trend and rising up to #82 [from #88] with "All Over The World" slipping from #60 to #66.


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-Nov-2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: The Cohen Brothers & The Royal Southern Brotherhood

 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Last night was the first occasion when I was going to a concert in which the band I initially wanted to see and hear were not the main event due to the fact that ELOBF featured artiste The Cohen Brothers were supporting The Royal Southern Brotherhood over at The Robin 2 in downtown Bilston. But that strange emotion was easily overcome as Yours Truly KJS joined Tony Kelsey and an enthusiastic yet appreciative audience who were treated to not one but two really great sets of innovative and ear pleasing music. 
Quality Quintet: The Cohen Brothers
This was my second Cohen Brothers gig and their set list - which included their own music and some superb covers - comprised songs such as "Memphis Without Elvis", "The Roof Blew Off [Open Up]", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Ancient Stones", "Moving On", "Badge" and "Caledonia" and was immaculate. The band, led by Julian Crook alongside David SmaylenSean Griffin, Brian Richards and Peter Cottom - owned the stage at The Robin 2 in their own right and received a fantastic response from those present. You just simply have to hear "Moving On" and "Ancient Stones" - both are excellent live! It was well worth the journey [and money] just to see these guys, and it got better when The Royal Southern Brotherhood arrived on stage ...
The Royal Southern Brotherhood
This five piece Southern Blues band, comprising Mike Zito, Devon Allman [son of Gregg], Cyril Neville [one of the famed Neville Brothers], Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott - from the Deep South of America truly rocked the joint as they performed a magnificent set from their self-titled first album, my fave of the night being "Ways About You" - a  classy, moody if not steamy Blues tune. I have rarely seen such live guitar work and craft to the standard that I witnessed last night. To see a bassist play his bass as a six string was an education, as was the sight of their drummer hitting anything he could find at the back of the stage. Truly awesome!

You can find out what The Cohen Brothers and/or The Royal Southern Brotherhood are up to for yourselves by checking out their official web sites thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends both The Cohen Brothers and The Royal Southern Brotherhood 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 ... 10-Nov-2012

Friday, 9 November 2012

REVIEW: RETURN TO PARADISE [Fragile X]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Fragile X released their debut album "Drop In Time" back in 1996 - during the heyday of ELO Part II's US tour [whom Fragile X supported] - little did they [or we] realize that there would be a long sixteen years wait for their second album here in 2012 entitled "Return To Paradise".

"Return To Paradise" is a twelve track release where the band not only looks forward with nine new tracks but also an album that lovingly reinterprets three songs from the original "Drop In Time" set. Whether it be the epic yet anthemic "Poison Arrow", the new single "Going Back Home" or those newly revived triplets "No Longer", "Have A Nice Day" and "Pinnacle" - this release oozes those oft used lyrical traits of hope, peace, regret and love yet it also absolutely rocks.

I do not think that there is any weak link on this release musically and fans of ELORush [and all classy progressive rock music] will love this album. The Beatleseque "Song For You" is a delight to the ears, the marvellous cutting proverbs of "Don't Let It Get You Down" bring forth a wry smile upon every listen and the largely instrumental "Bright Side" [with its thumping baseline] is a progressive rockers dream! All the songs fit together very nicely and at just over 55 minutes length, it really is VFM. Indeed, this album is so good that Yours Truly KJS has already changed my fave song three times! At the time of writing, I'm hooked on "Song For You" again!

"Return To Paradise" is a showcase for the many talents of singer, songwriter and vocalist Lance Allred, the solid and precise foundation of Sean Mack Page's percussion, the throbbing heartbeat of Gail Sutton's bass guitar work whilst not forgetting the immense and significant contributions of Chris Aderhold, Jeremiah Riggen and, last but not least, George Chisholm III.
Fragile X: Sean Mack Page, Lance Allred, Chris Aderhold, Gail Sutton, Jeremiah Riggen, George Chisholm III
Trax: [1] "Invisible" [2] "Going Back Home" [3] "No Longer" [Remix] [4] "Delicate Struggle" [5] "Don't Let It Get You Down" [6] "Bright Side" [7] "Song For You" [8] "Have A Nice Day" (Remix) [9] "Pinnacle" (Remix) [10] "Poison Arrow" [11] "In Passing" [12] "Silent Rebel"

You can either sample the tracks, download the album [in part or in full] or buy the CD edition from cdbaby.com via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Return To Paradise" by Fragile X to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles, Rush and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Nov-2012

Thursday, 8 November 2012

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN MIKE EDWARDS CASE [5]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Over twenty six months after the most unfortunate death of former ELO cellist Mike Edwards on 3rd September 2010, the formal court case has begun at Plymouth Crown Court where defendants Brian Burden and Russell Williams are charged with two Heath and Safety offences after a rolling hay bale crushed the cab of the van that Mike was driving on the A381 in South Devon that fateful day. The first day of the trial has been adequately reported by The Daily MailThe Daily Mirror and other news outlets thus:


Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have also been following this case for over two years since its inception thus:


Hopefully, the case will be concluded soon and an adequate verdict reached. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will publish one more article so as to close the book on this sorry tale at that time.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Nov-2012

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

CAUGHT LIVE [2]: PHIL BATES & TINA McBAIN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Saddened as I was when it was announced that the Beatles Blues and Blue Violin [BBBV] project was coming to an end earlier this year, that disappointment was countered by the news that Bates & McBain would be taking part in a short tour during October and November later in 2012. Subtitled "The Eclectic Collection", we were seemingly being promised a selection of songs of varying genres from a much wider variety of artistes than Phil Bates and Tina McBain had ever interpreted in a live acoustic setting in their previous guises The Eleanor Rigby Experience and BBBV.
And to be absolutely honest we were not only treated to an exceptional performance by this much under-rated duo last night at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre, we were privy to a superb display of vocal craft and the highest quality guitar work as Phil and Tina opened their eclectic songbook which comprised over twenty songs, including two original compositions by Phil Bates.
 The ELO and Beatles influences were apparent and the whole set had a large proportion of folk and blues standards. I managed to remember eighteen songs from the set list! It really does tell the story of a superb night of live acoustic music, delivered by these two great musicians:

"Ever Fallen In Love"; "Cry Me A River"; "Dancing In The Dark"; "Crying In The Rain"; "Sea Of Heartbreak"; "A Place Called England"; "Just My Size"; "Midnight Blue"; "Only Women Bleed"; "One Sky"; "Please Please Me"; "I Feel So Good"; "Girl From The North Country"; "Love Letters"; "Meet On The Ledge"; "Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King"; "I Saw Her Standing There"

I was particularly moved by the tribute to the late, great Kelly Groucutt again in "Midnight Blue" and the duo's version of one of Kelly's oft sung solo songs "Sea Of Heartbreak". It was also nice to hear Phil's "One Sky" live for the first time too. But any duo who can perform acoustically a set of songs by artistes as wide ranging as Bruce Springsteen, Don Gibson, June Tabor, Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, The Buzzcocks, Bob DylanELO and The Beatles [amongst others] is indeed worthy of mention! Yours Truly KJS very much looks forward to seeing and hearing Phil Bates & Tina McBain again.

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Bates McBain to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 07-Nov-2012

Sunday, 4 November 2012

UK ALBUM CHART UPDATE [3]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The latest Official UK Top 100 Album Chart this week sees Jeff Lynne's "Long Wave" dropping to #70 [from #56], "Mr. Blue Sky" now at #88 [down from #85] with "All Over The World" falling from #38 to #60.


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

Saturday, 3 November 2012

RECOMMENDED: RETURN TO PARADISE [Fragile X]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's been a long sixteen years since their debut "Drop In Time" back in 1996, but Fragile X will be back soon with their newly released album entitled "Return To Paradise".

The twelve tracks that comprise this album of over 55 minutes duration are: [1] "Invisible" [3:35]; [2] "Going Back Home" [5:58]; [3] "No Longer" [Remix] [4:44]; [4] "Delicate Struggle" [5:51]; [5] "Don't Let It Get You Down" [5:00]; [6] "Bright Side" [4:31]; [7] "Song For You" [4:32]; [8] "Have A Nice Day" [Remix] [4:17]; [9] "Pinnacle" [Remix] [1:53]; [10] "Poison Arrow" [5:26]; [11] "In Passing" [4:01]; [12] "Silent Rebel" [5:48]

"Return To Paradise" sees the band revisiting three original recordings from the "Drop In Time" album and introducing us to nine new tracks including the superb "Poison Arrow" and new single "Going Back Home". Indeed, we are promised another, new release in 2013 with the working title of "Yesterday's Tomorrow" too.

"Return To Paradise" has already been described as having "The song flow and production of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon" and the band themselves thus "Fragile X [are] simply one of the best Indie recording bands on this spinning blue marble!"

You may also remember that I conducted this interview with Sean Mack Page back in September 2011 and that interview covered his other projects [Imaginos et al] and career to date.

Fragile X are: Sean Mack Page, Lance Allred, Chris Aderhold, Gail Sutton, Jeremiah Riggen, George Chisholm III and "all kinda other people!"

Yours Truly KJS will be reviewing "Return To Paradise" for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] in the near future. But in the meantime, you can either sample the tracks, download the album [in part or in full] or even buy the CD via this link thus:

www.cdbaby.com/cd/fragilex13

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Return To Paradise" by Fragile X to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Nov-2012

Thursday, 1 November 2012

RECOMMENDED: ACROSS THE DIVIDE [Dave Scott-Morgan]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Following on from the successful re-release of "Earthrise" last year, Dave-Scott Morgan, former ELO member alongside Richard Tandy, has made his new album "Across The Divide" available for download this week, following on from the download single release of "Benediction" earlier this year.

"Across The Divide" trax: [1] "Benediction"; [2] "Normal Day"; [3] "Mission Impossible"; [4] "Samson And Delilah"; [5] "Ball And Chain"; [6] "Cold City"; [7] "Shanty Town Blues"; [8] "Robin's Song"; [9] "Post War Baby"; [10] "Girl In A Jaguar"; [11] "Across The Divide"

Ged Eastick from Rock Legacy asked the following trio of questions of Dave recently about the new album thus:

Ged: So Dave, What’s it all about?
Dave: Well. There are some legacy tracks and some very new material. I have had a lot of songs that I couldn't finish until the technology came along. With the arrival of 'Pro-Tools' I have been able to work on the songs and get them into a state where Martin Smith can work his magic as a producer. It’s a question of my software being able to talk to his software.
Ged: Is Richard Tandy involved?
Dave: Richard does not play on the album, mainly because he is not in the loop technically. We live a long way from each other and he doesn’t have the software. Richard has heard all the songs and given me a lot of advice and encouragement all through the project.
Ged: What did you make of the recent TV 'Jeff-fest'?
Dave: It was great to see Jeff being Jeff, and to know that the public has finally got a chance to see the lovely and funny guy that he is to Richard and me.

I'll be reviewing "Across The Divide" for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] in the near future. In the meantime, you can read about and/or download the album [and/or any individual tracks] via these links thus:


Yours Truly KJS is also hoping to interview Dave for ELOBF in yet future days. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Across The Divide" by Dave Scott-Morgan 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 ... 01-Nov-2012