Sunday, 30 June 2013

CAUGHT LIVE [9]: THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You really shouldn't miss a gig by The ELO Experience if and when they roll into your "Down Home Town" ... and so it was on the night of Friday 28th June when the Hull based ELO tribute band rolled into Wolverhampton's Wulfrun Hall as part of their 2013 "Mr. Blue Sky" Tour.

In many respects, this band have grown and continued to mature upon every occasion that Yours Truly KJS has witnessed their craft in reproducing the sound and imagery of the Electric Light Orchestra on almost every provincial theatre stage in the UK over the last few years or so - the the degree that they have now been recognized as the official #1 winner of the National UK Tribute Awards 2013 which are being held this year at the Lichfield Garrick between Wednesday 30th October and Saturday 2nd November.
My latest ELO Experience gig was a revelation. This time around the band were in the company of not only a superb, improved lighting set but also some mightily impressive projected ELOesque imagery behind them. The bands accurate rendition of "Strange Magic" as followed by what was, for me, an emotional performance of my fave ELO song "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" that, coupled with "Latitude 88 North" was the highlight of the first half of the set, not forgetting the wonderful LEGOesque animation accompanying "The Diary Of Horace Wimp".
Yet better was to follow. The second half of the set commenced with the familiar "Standin' In The Rain" and sublime "Big Wheels" and continued with many of the crowd pleasing, foot tapping ELO stompers with the welcome addition of "10538 Overture" and I thought that at the end of the gig that an encore of "Mr. Blue Sky" would finish the evening. But I was kinda wrong. The band returned to the stage after "Don't Bring Me Down" and I struggled to believe my ears as the first encore song "Summer And Lightning" was played out in full before "Mr. Blue Sky".

To their great credit, this fantastic ELO tribute band performed the whole of: "Concerto For A Rainy Day" in two halves to bookend a remarkable second half set which let me in raptures. To hear any ELO music live these days is a rare opportunity and to hear the likes of "Latitude 88 North", "Big Wheels" and "Summer And Lightning" [for the first time] live was just plain awesome for this writer! This professional, ever improving act deserve much congratulations for what they do.

Please feel free to explore my earlier reviews for the The ELO Experience here at ELO Beatles Forever. Why not check out their official web site for their latest tour dates thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommend The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

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

Saturday, 29 June 2013

SECRET MESSAGES: 30 YEARS AND WAITING

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A cursory glance at the list of ELOBF RECOMMENDED artistes, web sites and blogs will reveal that the first on the list is the excellent Jerry Palovick blog: A Jeff Lynne And Related Blog.

Jerry posted a very interesting article earlier today [Saturday 29th June] reminding Yours Truly KJS that we had just passed the 30th anniversary of the release of ELO's enigmatic 1983 album "Secret Messages". Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will know that we began in February 2009 with the goal of campaigning to see the originally intended 2LP, 18-track version of "Secret Messages" including, of course, "Beatles Forever".
Whilst there have been not a few 30th and even 40th anniversary releases of the ELO back catalogue, I agree with Jerry that there has been remarkably little focus and interest as the 30th anniversary of the June 1983 release of "Secret Messages" ebbs away. Jerry states it perfectly and succinctly thus:

"It is the 30th anniversary of ELO's Secret Messages, an album that, for many reasons, remains at the top of many fan's favorites ... and a release of the original 2LP version remains at the top of most every fan's wish list."

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends A Jeff Lynne And Related Blog 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 ... 29-June-2013

Friday, 28 June 2013

ELO & JEFF LYNNE VINYL SLIPS ANOTHER FORTNIGHT

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It appears that the folks over at: Plastic Head are now stating that their trio of ELO/Jeff Lynne 140 gram double album [2LP] coloured vinyl releases that were originally scheduled for release on Monday 27th May and then Monday 17th June and then Monday 8th July have now been further delayed by another two weeks to Monday 22nd July according to Plastic Head.

Let Them Eat Vinyl are continuing to quote the release date as 17/06/13 but "Armchair Theatre"; and/or "Zoom" and/or "Live" are still available to pre-order via Plastic Head priced at just £20.00 each [plus P+P]. All three releases can be pre-ordered via these links thus:

www.plastichead.com/LETV098LP/jeff-lynne-armchair-theatre/blue

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-June-2013

Thursday, 27 June 2013

ELOBF GIG GUIDE [12]: Q3 2013

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Summer into Autumn 2013 is looking good for this the biggest ever: ELOBF Quarterly Gig Guide with a full roster and some 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 July and 30th September [Q3] 2013 thus:

Sunday 7th July
Quill @ The Robin 2; Bilston; Wolverhampton
Tickets: £9.00 each [advance]; £10.00 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3200

Tuesday 9th July
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ Nottingham Playhouse
Tickets: £16.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/duckworth-lewis-method

Mike Burney Benefit with Roy Wood and Steve Gibbons @ The Asylum; Birmingham
Tickets: £10.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.tickets/theasylumvenue.co.uk/mike-burney-benefit-show

Saturday 13th July
ELO Again @ The Subscription Rooms; Stroud
Tickets: £18.50 each
www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/general.asp?pid=12&pgid=972

Thursday 25th July

Magnum @ The Robin 2; Bilston; Wolverhampton
Tickets: £20.00 each [advance]; £22.50 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3336

Friday 2nd August
The Traveling Pilburys @ The Feathers Inn; Lichfield
Free entry
www.travelingpilburys.co.uk/webpages/gig-guide.html

Wednesday 28th August
The Rutles @ The Robin 2; Bilston; Wolverhampton
Tickets: £19.50 each [advance]; £22.50 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3453

Friday 6th September

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head; Wolverley
Free entry
www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

Saturday 7th September

Another Night Without Kelly Groucutt @ The Robin 2; Bilston; Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10.00 each [advance]; £12.00 each [door]
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=3429

Sunday 8th September
Quill [Acoustic] @ The Feathers Inn; Lichfield
Free entry
www.quill-uk.com/GigGuide.htm

Wednesday 11th September

Quill [Acoustic] @ The Queen's Head; Wolverley
Free entry
www.quill-uk.com/GigGuide.htm

Thursday 19th September
The Trevor Burton Charity Show @ Hall Green Stadium; Birmingham
Tickets: £20.00 each [plus £2.00 booking fee]
www.wegottickets.com/event/229237

Friday 20th September
The Abbey Road Experience @ The Brewhouse Theatre; Burton-upon-Trent
Tickets: £10.00 each
www.brewhouse.co.uk

The Duckworth Lewis Method @ St. George's Church; Brighton
Tickets: £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/duckworth-lewis-method/st-georges-church/718319

Saturday 21st September
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire; London
Tickets: £20.00 to £27.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/the-duckworth-lewis-method

Tuesday 24th September

The Duckworth Lewis Method @ Oran Mor; Glasgow
Tickets: £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsinscotland.com/gig-info.aspx?gig=4631

Wednesday 25th September
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ The Sage; Gateshead
Tickets: £19.50 to £22.50 each [plus booking fee]
www.sagegateshead.com/event/duckworth-lewis-method/

Thursday 26th September
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ Manchester Academy 2
Tickets: £22.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsandtours.com/event/the-duckworth-lewis-method/academy-2/718340

Friday 27th September
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ Brudenell Social Club; Leeds
Tickets: £20.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.seetickets.com/duckworth-lewis-method/brudenell-social-club/718315

Saturday 28th September
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ St George's Church; Bristol
Tickets: £23.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.gigsandtours.com/event/the-duckworth-lewis-method/st-georges/718383

Sunday 29th September
The Duckworth Lewis Method @ Glee Club; Birmingham
Tickets: £24.00 each [plus booking fee]
www.jocundity's.com/event/the-duckworth-lewis-method/glee-club/718381

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:

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 in: The Trevor Burton Band with Pez Connor and Bill Jefferson. Find out where on their web site thus:

The ELO Experience
This fantastic Hull based ELO tribute band have established themselves nationally as they reproduce those classic Electric Light Orchestra hits and more.
 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.

Symphonika [Explosive Light Orchestra]
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 around Europe.

 Off The Ground
Off The Ground - who feature Craig Whale and Adam Willetts from: The BeatBack Brothers plus Ian Hammond from: The Lemuns - will be performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands thus:

All of the above artistes and shows are endorsed and recommended by Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. See you at one or three of the above gigs for a chat?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-June-2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

CAUGHT LIVE: BRIDGE INN BEER & BLUES FESTIVAL 2013

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has always been pleased to not only feature artistes and bands from the ELOBF universe but to also support local bands and venues too. Hence it was an easy decision to not only publicise but attend [most of] the Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival [BIBBF] during last Saturday 22nd June.

And with a ten band roster that included Rumours Of Spring; Ben Frost; Paul Brindley; Cold Ocean Lies; Steve Ajao And The Blues Giants; Brothers Groove; The Laurence Jones Band; The Peeky Blinders; The Hidden featuring Mike Kellie and culminating with The Steve Gibbons Band, the inaugural Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival more than satisfied its potential.
The Laurence Jones Band in full effect ...
Move guitarist Tony Kelsey quickly introduced me to the cool blues of Brothers Groove upon arrival at the event and that was followed by a red hot set by the superb threesome who are the Laurence Jones Band who were mightily impressive with a tight performance well beyond their [apparent] age!
Peeky Blinders' Brian Travers sax soloing ..
Next up were the curiously named Peeky Blinders, a bluebeat/soul/jazz combo who feature saxophonist Brian Travers of UB40 fame in their ranks. Those in attendance really warmed to this outfit, particularly with their bass driven unique rendition of "These Boots Are Made For Walking".
Yours Truly KJS with Tony Kelsey and Julian Crook ...
One of the many highlights of the day was bumping once again into ELOBF regulars Tony Kelsey and Julian Crook between acts to talk about not only The Move, Steve Winwood [et al] but also their influences and participation in The Hidden featuring Mike Kellie.
In full flow: The Hidden ...
Indeed, this was the first ever live outing for The Hidden - who also feature the talents of a certain Robbie Blunt [band mate of Robert Plant, Tom Petty and Julian Lennon amongst not a few others]; the exceptionally gifted guitarist/singer Greg Platt Lake and, of course, Mike Kellie - with a three decade percussion career behind him with the likes of Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones et al.

Tony swapped his trusty rhythm guitar for a bass with Julian contributing his keyboard and vocal skills to a new band who could really be termed a super group in the making! In a sentence, their hour long set was absolutely and literally top notch in every department, performing songs from debut album "Music from ... The Hidden" as well as a sublime cover of The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" in a memorable performance.
KJS with Steve Gibbons ...
During the proceedings, Yours Truly KJS took time out to chat with Steve Gibbons, the elder statesman of 'Brum Beat', about his long career from The Uglys through to the present day Steve Gibbons Band.

The highlight of our discussion was Steve telling me that at one Uglys gig in downtown Birmingham in the mid-Sixties, that their then guitarist was somewhat unreliable in attendance and that a certain young man in the front row of the audience spotted the problem in the build up to the band going on stage and proceeded to offer his services as he knew most of the songs that the band were then playing. That young man did successfully stand in the gap that night and his name was Jeff Lynne!
Class Act: The excellent Steve Gibbons Band ...
The headline act for the day were The Steve Gibbons Band and, as expected, they produced a polished, smooth, foot-tapping selection of songs such as their cover of the Bob Dylan classic "Just Like A Woman" [Bob is one of Steve's icons] and including their very own "Tupelo Mississippi Flash" and "No Spitting On The Bus" with a crowd requested encore of their 1977 smash hit "Tulane" to finish!

ELOBF has now attended now attended both the Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival and Brewood Music Festival over the last two couple of years and both organizing committees should be rightly praised for delivering such magnificent music festivals to the village of Brewood. My thanx are again extended to The Bridge Inn and Jason Bate of The Village Times for the courtesy extended to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] for this event. We can now begin looking forward to the Brewood Music Festival in 2014.

COMING SOON: ELOBF GIG GUIDE [12]: Q3 2013

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-June-2013

Sunday, 23 June 2013

REVIEW: STICKY WICKETS [The Duckworth Lewis Method]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Michael Angelo gatecrashed the Lord's Test match between England and Australia back in 1975, little did anyone think that 38 years later his infamous hurdle over those hallowed wickets would grace the sleeve of a new album by two cricket loving Irishmen on the eve of another Ashes series.

And so it is that as we await the release of their second innings, the ably entitled "Sticky Wickets" on Monday 1st July, the ELO loving Neil Hannon [The Divine Comedy] and Thomas Walsh [Pugwash] - also known as The Duckworth Lewis Method - have delivered another wonderful cricket themed album to follow their 2009 Ivor Novello Award nominated debut. The twelve [12] song opus that is "Sticky Wickets" does what many artistes have struggled to accomplish - to produce a second album equally as good as the first yet sufficiently distinct for it to stand alone in its own right. And "Sticky Wickets" does just that!

The opening title track alludes to The Rolling Stone's 1970 album "Sticky Fingers" upon reading but upon hearing the first few notes you would think it was The Who! It's a surprising rock riff driven start to DLM II but is merely a prelude to the many different styles on offer here! "Boom Boom Afridi" follows with another nod this time to David 'Bumble' Lloyd's reference to Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi emphatic scoring style, a perfect partner to "Meeting Mr. Miandad" if ever there was one! Lead single "It's Just Not Cricket" follows on, a quirky string laden ditty and an instant foot tapper with a certain guest 'vocalist' and fourth in the order is "The Umpire" - a superb ode to the life of the downtrodden cricket referee. The fifth track is my personal favourite "Third Man" - another string laden piece of perfect cricket pop that sounds more like ELO [than ELO ever were!] with twelfth man Daniel Radcliffe adding his monologue for the daydreaming out of favour cricketer.
A little light music follows with the instrumental "Chin Music" before another change in style arrives with the middle order "Out In The Middle" which, to this writer, sees DLM cleverly combining Pink Floyd and David Crosby themes into a philosophical pearler. Next up is another game changer as Messrs. Hannon and Walsh recreate The Art Of Noise with "Line And Length" whilst explaining bowling theorem in a funky bass driven dance number. Totally unexpected! "The Laughing Cavaliers" brings a touch of Monty Python to the crease before we hear "Judd's Paradox" with the rich, amiable voice of Stephen Fry musing over the seeming paradox between the love of cricket and the effect of Empire. "Mystery Man" is a stomping rock 'n' roll track with a very clever stream of bowling terminology prose. Last man is "Nudging And Nurdling" - a song with multiple accents citing those immortal words building up to a closing, anthemic finale.

Trax: [1] Sticky Wickets [2] Boom Boom Afridi [3] It’s Just Not Cricket [4] The Umpire [5] Third Man [6] Chin Music [7] Out In The Middle [8] Line And Length [9] The Laughing Cavaliers [10] Judd’s Paradox [11] Mystery Man [12] Nudging And Nurdling

So there you have it. A triumphant return to form from The Duckworth Lewis Method with an album again very much influenced by their love of ELO and Jeff Lynne yet with many surprises. Let us also not forget the lush guitar contributions of Pugwash shipmate Tosh Flood here either. Who else can produce such an excellent set of songs with cricket as the theme but influenced by the likes of: ELO, The Who, The Art Of Noise, Monty Python [and a whole host of others]? The answer is to go buy: "Sticky Wickets" for yourself and enjoy finding out the answer. [8.5/10]
As mentioned above, "Sticky Wickets" by The Duckworth Lewis Method is out on Monday 1st July. Here are some useful links for ordering either the CD and/or LP formats:

Extras: Don't forget that The Duckworth Lewis Method are on tour in the UK between July and September. Details can be found within this ELO Beatles Forever article thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sticky Wickets" by The Duckworth Lewis Method to all 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 ... 23-June-2013

Saturday, 22 June 2013

JEFF LYNNE TO RECEIVE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR

 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It was nice to be around when Roy Wood, Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton received recognition from their beloved Birmingham hometown for their musical legacy.

Hence, it is good news indeed to now hear that it was announced by The Examiner on Thursday 20th June that Jeff Lynne will receive a famed Hollywood Walk Of Fame star in his adoptive hometown Los Angeles in 2014 for his musical legacy too alongside acclaimed Motown songwriters Holland Dozier Holland and others.

The ELO supremo is, of course, a multiple recipient of the Ivor Novello Award - as is Roy Wood - but has not [yet] been acknowledged for his huge body of work by the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation despite by being preceded by some questionable and slightly less deserving inductees in the opinion of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and not a few others.

Well deserved congratulations are extended to Jeff by Yours Truly KJS and ELOBF for being awarded this well known and cherished accolade. We now look forward to his first full solo album of new material since 1990 later this year-ish ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-June-2013

Friday, 21 June 2013

150K UP!

Hello... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever was born on Monday 2nd February 2009 and - 1,599 days later - Yours Truly KJS is very humbled to confirm that we achieved the magic figure of 150,000 hits on the evening of 20th June, yesterday. To celebrate, here are a few snapshots taken 'out and about' since ELOBF attained 100,000 hits back in August 2012 for you to peruse thus:
KJS with Tony Kelsey [The Move] and Joy Strachan-Brain [Quill] ...
KJS with The Cohen Brothers and Pete Hackett [Cult Of Wedge] ...
KJS with Red Shoes ...
KJS with one half of Pugwash ...
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) plans many more gigs, album reviews, interviews and other surprises in the days yet future. With more ELO/Jeff Lynne albums in the pipeline and not a few releases by ELOBF featured artistes too, life in the ELOBF universe these days is somewhat busy!

My thanx, as ever, are extended to each and every single visitor to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] for taking the time to read my music musings. Don't forget that you can also follow us here at Blogger or via Twitter at twitter.com/KJS_ELOBF.


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-June-2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013

RECOMMENDED: CONTROVERSY [Symphonika]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this year in April, ELO Beatles Forever introduced you to the debut single from Symphonika [who are also known as The Explosive Light Orchestra] entitled "In Dreams [2013 Mack Mix]".

Symphonika - who are based in South Wales - have again been working with ELO engineer and Queen producer Reinhold Mack and have just released their second single entitled "Controversy [2013 Mack Mix]". It is now available for download from CDBaby.

The track is a perfect partner to "In Dreams [2013 Mack Mix]" and is another classy symphonic rock track that perfectly fuses the ELO and Queen sound together, highlighting the excellent songwriting skills of Robin Myles, the talent of the band as well as the continuing legacy of their iconic producer. Here are some links to either buy the new single and/or visit their official web site and/or re-visit some earlier ELOBF articles about the band thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Symphonika 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 ... 20-June-2013

OPENING PAIR: NEW DLM WEB SITE & PROMO VIDEO

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this week, our friends over at DLM HQ announced the arrival in the clubhouse of the new official Duckworth Lewis Method web site. Monday 17th June also saw the formal premiere of the promo video on YouTube for the lead [digital] single "It's Just Not Cricket" from their second innings "Sticky Wickets" - which will be reviewed by ELO Beatles Forever in the near future.

This much anticipated album [and single] are out on Monday 1st July 2013 via Divine Comedy Records [#DLM004] and can be pre-ordered via these [and other] links thus:

amazon.co.uk/dlm/sticky-wickets/lp   amazon.co.uk/dlm/sticky-wickets/cd
rise-music.co.uk/dlm/sticky-wickets/cd-lp   normanrecords.com/dlm/sticky-wickets/cd-lp

The Duckworth Lewis Method are also on tour in the UK [between overs] from Monday July 8th until Sunday 29th September. Previous ELOBF articles regarding DLM II are listed below and all the aforementioned dates are detailed in our DLM themed gig guide below thus:

SCOREBOARD: DLM GIG GUIDE 2013
RECOMMENDED: STICKY WICKETS [The Duckworth Lewis Method]
SLEEVE ART & TRACKS UNVEILED FOR DLM II
DLM IN PRE-ASHES NOTTINGHAM OPENER
NEXT DELIVERY: STICKY WICKETS [The Duckworth Lewis Method]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Sticky Wickets" by The Duckworth Lewis Method - who are Neil Hannon [The Divine Comedy] and Thomas Walsh [Pugwash] - to all 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 ... 20-June-2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

SEPTEMBER LANDING FOR NEW BGO ALBUM

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As we await confirmation of the first album of original Jeff Lynne material in late 2013; another album to be anticipated much this September will be BGO III - the as yet [officially untitled] third album from ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] endorsed Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO] alias Michael Laine Hildebrandt and friends.
Yours Truly KJS has been privileged to hear a demo of one the songs from the forthcoming release - which will comprise eleven [11] original songs plus a short instrumental and a reprise of the opening track that ELO Beatles Forever has been told will be a "... big wall of sound ..."  and I can tell you that BGO III [which will also have a longer running time than BGO II] is shaping up to be another superb album! The new album title [which I can confirm will again be another BGO nod to ELO], full track listing and formal release date will be announced officially via the official Bubble Gum Orchestra web site in the near future. Les Farrington of Sugarbomb fame also contributes on the track: "Lovely Days, Lovely Nights". While you wait for BGO III, why not check out my 2011 interview with Michael Laine Hildebrandt and my reviews for previous BGO albums "Out Of This World" and "BGO II" thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO] 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 ... 19-June-2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

FOLLOW ME FOLLOW ELOBF? [5]

A Perfect World Of Music: ELOBF has been "Wishing" for the full 18 track "Secret Messages" since February 2009 ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Those of you who are regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] can also follow ELOBF via these links thus:


You can then keep up-to-date with my latest postings et al. I'm thrilled by every visit, thankful for every comment and Yours Truly KJS values your feedback as ELOBF nears the electric light fantastic milestone of 150,000 visitors! "Follow Me Follow" ELOBF?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-June-2013

Monday, 17 June 2013

REVIEW: ANOTHER TEN SONGS ABOUT DEATH, HURT AND MISERY [Cult of Wedge]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Who else but ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended Peter Hackett - via his Cult Of Wedge persona -  could deliver a song entitled "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" as a foot-tapping anthem? The answer is that there is no-one save maybe Bob Dylan or even Leonard Cohen on an unusually good day! After two [2] singles: "Hose Pipe Ban" and "Christmas On The Moon", an EP: "Don't Shout So Loud"Cult Of Wedge have returned with this their third album, the optimistically entitled "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" to follow previous efforts "Tape Recorders Changed Everything" and "On The Green Seventy Seen".

"Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" is a much rockier offering than CoW have previously unleashed and despite containing just the six [6] new songs. It strikes me as a balanced, compact and impressive album that demonstrates the multi-instrumented talents of Pete Hackett as well as his knack writing original material with thought provoking lyrics. The album is book-ended between with the punchy title track [ably assisted by the sublime backing vocals of Maxi Dunn] - a song that in many ways is in marvellous tension between its subject matter and its uptempo delivery - and the instrumental epic that is "Montana" - a guitar and keyboard extravaganza with definitive influences of early experimental progressive rock acts such as ELO and Genesis, for sure.
Cult Of Wedge alias Pete Hackett with KJS ...
"Archaeology" and "Through The Cemetery Gates" continue the guitar driven heartbeat of the album with the classy, pondering "Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?" the nearest thing to a ballad. The thumping yet rolling "Follow The Sun" is the penultimate track, again with some nice vocals, a little backmasking and keyboards reminiscent of ELO's "Time" period. The only thing missing for me on "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" is some real life percussion - and that's a suggestion, not a criticism! [8/10]

Trax: [1] "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery"; [2] "Archaeology"; [3] "Through The Cemetery Gates"; [4] "Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?"; [5] "Follow The Sun"; [6] "Montana"

"Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" by Cult Of Wedge is available with a choice of multi-coloured sleeves for the princely sum of just £2.99 [or more] from bandcamp.com thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Another Ten Songs About Death, Hurt And Misery" by Cult Of Wedge 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 ... 17-June-2013

Sunday, 16 June 2013

ELO & JEFF LYNNE 2LP VINYL DELAYED AGAIN

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It appears that the folks over at Plastic Head are now stating that the trio of ELO/Jeff Lynne 140 gram double album [2LP] red, white and blue coloured vinyl releases that were originally scheduled for release on Monday 27th May and then Monday 17th June have now been further delayed by three weeks to Monday 8th July according to Plastic Head although, at the time of writing, the Let Them Eat Vinyl release schedule is still citing the release date as Monday 17th June.

Meanwhile, "Armchair Theatre", "Zoom" and "Electric Light Orchestra Live" are still available to pre-order via Plastic Head via these links thus:

www.plastichead.com/LETV098LP/jeff-lynne-armchair-theatre/blue

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-June-2013

Saturday, 15 June 2013

ROY WOOD TO HEADLINE MIKE BURNEY BENEFIT SHOW

Mike Burney [left] with former Wizzard band mate Nick Pentelow ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Birmingham Mail reported earlier this week the news that Roy Wood - co-founder of The Move and ELO - will headline a benefit show on Tuesday 9th July in aid of the former Wizzard saxophonist Mike Burney, who is presently fighting bowel cancer.
Mike Burney [second from right] with Wizzard [1973] ...
The gig, which is part of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, will take place at The Asylum in Hampton Street, Hockley with tickets priced at just £10 each. It will also be a welcome return to the live stage for Roy following his back surgery last year.
The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band will be supported on the night by the legendary Steve Gibbons Band and the fantastic King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys [plus friends]. Tickets for this attractive gig can be purchased via these links thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Mike Burney Benefit Show 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 ... 15-June-2013

Friday, 14 June 2013

CAUGHT LIVE: QUILL @ WOLVERLEY 12/06/13

 Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Long before I heard the sublime vocals of: Joy Strachan-Brain during the Made In Brum tour earlier this year, I'd been meaning to go, see and hear a band that I'd heard a lot of good press about and that band was Quill. And with gigs coming up at The Robin 2 on Sunday 7th July] and Lichfield Garrick on Wednesday 9th October] - amongst not a few others - I had the opportunity this last week to witness the stripped down version of Quill at what is fast becoming a regular haunt for Yours Truly KJS: The Queen's Head at Wolverley.
 And so it was that this four [4] piece Quill produced a fine set that comprised mainly their Celtic folk/rock flavoured acoustic interpretations of classic songs by the likes of America, Kansas, Amy MacDonald, The Waterboys, Steve Earle, REM, Graham Nash and not a few others plus one of their own compositions entitled "Eat Your Words". Of note also was their cover of the Don Gibson song "Sea Of Heartbreak" - which was also a regular in the solo sets of the late, great Kelly Groucutt and "Orange Blossom Special" - an early live ELO favourite, of course.

Led by the effervescent Joy, fellow Quillees Paul Sargent [Guitar/Vocals], Kate McWilliam [Violin/Vocals] and Dave Bailey [Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals] delivered an energetic and totally enjoyable evening of music that kept the healthy and appreciative audience fully engaged.

Set list: Ventura Highway ~ Boat On The River ~ Closer To Fine ~ Everybody Knows ~ Duelling Banjos ~ Dust In The Wind ~ Don't Give Up On Me ~ Mr. Rock 'n' Roll ~ Eat Your Words ~ Galway Girl ~ Teach Your Children ~ Bus To St. Cloud ~ Fisherman's Blues ~ Losing My Religion ~ Horse With No Name ~ Sea Of Heartbreak ~ Raggle Taggle Gypsies ~ Orange Blossom Special ~ When I'm Dead And Gone

It is important to remember that: Quill are not just a covers band. Their release roster includes eight [8] albums to date [and other merchandise] plus their marvellous new EP entitled "England" - which contains three [3] excellent original tracks - penned by the much-missed late Ben Brain - including the patriotic and anthemic title track coupled with "Tumbling Years" and "Twister". The CD is available at gigs and from their bands official web site and/or you can buy the tracks in part [£0.69] or the whole EP [£2.07] as a download from amazon.co.uk thus:

amazon.co.uk/ep/the-quill-england

Quill are not only actively touring the Midlands, they are also playing in the South West and Jersey! Why not check out their Gig Guide? Here are selected Quill dates for you to peruse thus:

Sunday 7th July: The Robin 2 @ Bilston
Saturday 27th July: Wolvestock 19 Festival @ Wolverhampton
Saturday 3rd August: The Feathers Inn @ Lichfield
Wednesday 11th September: The Queen's Head @ Wolverley [acoustic]
Wednesday 9th October: The Garrick @ Lichfield
Wednesday 11th December: The Queen's Head @ Wolverley [acoustic]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Quill 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 ... 14-June-2013