Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Much has been made by elobeatlesforever (elobf) over most of the last decade about the aborted 2LP release of  ELO's 1983 album "Secret Messages" (JETDP402) replete, of course, with "Beatles Forever". The differences between the single and double album editions have been discussed often and many ELO fans - including Yours Truly KJS - still hope for a release that includes all eighteen (18) tracks, as originally intended by Jeff Lynne. Yet before "Secret Messages" (JETLX527) came "Time" (JETLP236) in July 1981 with thirteen (13) songs - including a "Prologue" and "Epilogue" - squeezed onto a single LP. "Time" always struck me as having a relatively high number of tracks for a single album especially when considering that "A New World Record" and "Discovery" only sported nine songs and "Face The Music" just the eight.
So when an expanded and remastered "Time" was released in 2001 with three bonus tracks originally found on the 'B' sides of "Hold On Tight" (JET7011), "Twilight" (JET7015) and the (later) UK 12" single for "Four Little Diamonds" (TA3869) - namely "When Time Stood Still", "Julie Don't Live Here" and "The Bouncer" - I do remember pondering whether "Time" could also have been a double album too in and of itself with these sixteen (16) known tracks: "Prologue" (1:15); "Twilight" (3:35); "Yours Truly 2095" (3:15); "Ticket To The Moon" (4:06); "The Way Life's Meant To Be" (4:36); "Another Heart Breaks" (3:46); "Rain Is Falling" (3:54); "From The End Of The World" (3:16); "The Lights Go Down" (3:31); "Here Is the News" (3:49); "21st Century Man" (4:00); "Hold On Tight" (3:05); "Epilogue" (1:30); "When Time Stood Still" (3:33); "Julie Don't Live Here" (3:42); "The Bouncer" (3:14)
Note that it has also been reported that "Time" was slated to be issued as a double album split between a studio and live recording but this particular elobf article is musing on the potential that existed for a 2LP studio album. So the intent was there. Perhaps Jeff Lynne intended two ELO double albums in the early eighties and was frustrated on more than more occasion with Jet Records curtailing his ambitions. Perhaps not. But I think a concept album like "Time" might have been all the more magnificent in 2LP format. Quite where those three extra tracks would have fitted is also a subject for discussion. Opinions?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-Sep-2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017


There appears to be a little "Confusion" as to whether the much anticipated release of the Electric Light Orchestra classic Jeff Lynne penned double album opus "Out Of The Blue" as a picture disc set (889854561611) will in fact occur on Friday 29th September with mixed signals coming from amazon.co.uk, amazon.com and sandbagheadquarters.com (the official merchandising agent for Jeff Lynne's ELO).

Whereas amazon.com and sandbagheadquarters.com continue to quote the originally cited release date of 29th September, amazon.co.uk - having initially quoted the same release date - are now stating that "This title has not yet been released" having issued an email to their customers on 8th September that they didn't have an estimated delivery date for the item. amazon.co.uk tend to quote imminent release dates for pre-orders so the fact that they are not stating a release date with under a week to go is somewhat surprising. 

Yours Truly KJS has ordered via the Jeff Lynne's ELO Shop and has received no notification of a change in release date. If there is a delay, it is likely due more to a healthy pre-order oversubscription as opposed to any manufacturing issues. It may also be the case that customers in the US will receive their purchases on time with UK/EU customers following thereafter. ELO fans "All Over The World" should therefore "Hold On Tight" to their pre-orders as there is no need to panic!

The 2017 2LP picture disc incarnation of OOTB has been remastered from the original master tapes, includes a digital download and is set to be a prized possession for fans and collectors alike. Pre-orders can still be placed via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Out Of The Blue" by Electric Light Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Traveling Wilburys, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

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

Friday, 22 September 2017


The subject of pselling mitsakes ... er ... I mean spelling mistakes and generic errors on record labels featuring ELO, Jeff Lynne and related artistes has often cropped up here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) over the years, as evidenced in elobf articles such as K56021: I'm Only Dreaming Of 4000, King Of The Greenwood Revisited and On The Flip Side: Unreleased ELO. Yours Truly KJS therefore got to thinking on the subject.
From promo to release: Anyone can make a mitsake ...
Perhaps the biggest mistake of all is one that still gets under the skin of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne himself (check out the 2012 documentary "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO") and that is that the first Idle Race record featuring his name: "Impostors Of Life's Magazine" (Liberty LBF15026) managed to credit the songwriter as G. Lynn whilst repeating the error on 'B' side "Sitting In My Tree" to add insult to injury.
"All Over The Wolrd" or "All Over The World"?
Other lamentable labelling that comes to mind can be found on the 1978 reissue of "Mr. Blue Sky" (Jet/CBS SJET104) with ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTA, the alternative lyric version of "Mater Of Fact" found on the flip side of the UK 12" single "So Serious" (Epic TA7090) and, quite amazingly, the listing of "Dreaming Of 4000" as "I'm Only Dreaming" on the original issue of "On The Third Day" (Warner Bros. K56021) not forgetting Arcade's 1987 compilation LP "All Over The Wolrd" (later corrected accordingly) and the Jet/UA muddle with the 'B' side of "Telephone Line" (UP36254). I'm 101% sure that there are plenty of other examples out there! Know of any more?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Sep-2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

REVIEW: SIXTHOVERTURE (Bubble Gum Orchestra)

Almost a year to the day since their two volume opus "Sticky Love Songs" hit the virtual shelves, Michael Laine Hildebrandt and his magical Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) have just released their sixth studio album - the aptly entitled "Sixthoverture" - taking the concept that is BGO to a whole new level in the opinion of this particular Wulfrunian writer.

"Sixthoverture" has been taken as dark and autobiographical by some reviewers but Yours Truly KJS sees BGO VI as an album of observation and in many respects, hope for the fallen with themes urging recovery, remembrance and revival. Technically, the eleven tracks on offer are ten more superlative MLH compositions and constructions preceded by the stirring "Prologue" that is "Cometh The Storm" yet with artwork depicting aft blue violins lying in the path of an oncoming twister, one could be forgiven for expecting a record that tears a path through the emotions but, for me, this album is a joy to behold with the bold assertion of "A New Kind Of Love Song" balanced by the honesty of "Lower Than Low", the unashamed message that "God Is Good", the entreating request to "Remember Me" and the quite brilliant closing anthem "Have I Told You". BGO long players are always replete with thought provoking lyrics and exquisite musical arrangements intermingled with elements of the classic ELO sound and Power Pop hence you will not be surprised that all those elements are on show here within "Sixthoverture". Perhaps the most remarkable song on offer here is lead single "The Beatles Made Me". Having tackled the subject of the major influence of a certain Brummie band with the iconic "ELO Forever" from "Beyond Time" (2014), "The Beatles Made Me" is a wonderful tune, intentionally or not, paying homage to The Fab Four and retaining all that is BGO whilst underpinning "Sixthoverture".

This is an album that is a delight to listen to and review, continuing what is now an accomplished series of records by Michael Laine Hildebrandt (with a little assistance from Les Farrington of Sugarbomb fame and brother Douglas). Fans of ELO, The Beatles and their musical relatives should take note and dish out their dollars forthwith! ★★★★★
"Sixthoverture" by Bubble Gum Orchestra was released on Tuesday 19th September and can be ordered in digital format via this link thus:


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Sixthoverture" by Bubble Gum Orchestra 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-Sep-2017

Friday, 15 September 2017


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recently published an article entitled DRUM DREAMING: ELO TRAX ONLY IN VINYL on the subject of ELO songs or tracks that are yet to find their way to digital/CD release and Yours Truly KJS got to thinking as to what previously unreleased ELO tracks found their way on the 'B' side on their vinyl (*and cassette) releases back in the day.

In their heyday, the Electric Light Orchestra were very much a singles band in parallel with their album successes. A fair proportion of their singles between 1974-1981 had album tracks as 'B' sides, as discussed in this May 2015 elobf article: ON THE FLIP SIDE: ELO'S JET 'B' SIDES. From 1973-1980, if you exclude the odd instrumental and live recordings, only "Drum Dreams" broke the monopoly of album tracks on ELO 'B' sides. But from "Time" onwards, ELO fans started to see new material on the flip side of their 7" and/or 12" single releases. In fact, the majority of ELO's UK singles between 1981-86 included new material on Side Two whereas from 1971-80 it was album tracks almost all the way. Here's a list of those previously unreleased ELO tracks all the way from the 'B' side of "Showdown" in '73 through to the infamous "ELO Megamix" found on the reverse side of the "Getting To The Point" 12" single in '86. I hope I've caught 'em all:

"In Old England Town (Instrumental)" ~ Harvest HAR5077B (1973)
"10538 Overture (Live)" ~ Jet JET764B (1975)
"Daybreaker (Live)" ~ Jet JET769B (1975)
"Showdown (Live)" ~ Jet JET779B (1976)
"Drum Dreams" ~ Jet/MCA JET179B (1980)
"When Time Stood Still" ~ Jet JET7011B (1981)
"Julie Don't Live Here" ~ Jet JET7015B (1981)
"After All" ~ Jet A3500B (1983)
"Time After Time" ~ Jet TA3500B; *JETCX527 (1983)
"Buildings Have Eyes" ~ Jet A3720B (1983)
"The Bouncer" ~ Jet TA3869B (1983)
"Caught In A Trap" ~ Epic A6844B (1986)
"Destination Unknown" ~ Epic QTA6844B (1986)
"Matter Of Fact" ~ Epic A7090B (1986)
"Mater Of Fact (Alternative Lyric)" ~ Epic TA7090B (1986)
"ELO Megamix" ~ Epic TA7317B (1986)

Here's an "Afterglow" of a quiz for you ELOnoraks: Can you identify the 'A' sides from the above list of ELO flip sides? I've cited two already but can you find the rest?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Sep-2017

Saturday, 9 September 2017

29th ELOBF GIG GUIDE: Q4 2017

Autumn into Winter (Q4) 2017 means that it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published once again! This is #29 and (hopefully) you will find my compilation of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Sunday 1st October and Sunday 31st December (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Monday 2nd October
The ELO Experience @ The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 3rd October
The ELO Experience @ The Opera House, Manchester
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 7th October
Rebecca Downes @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £10 each (*plus booking fee)

Trevor Burton Charity Show 2017 @ The Austin Club, Birmingham
Tickets: £12 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 10th October
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre, Swindon
Tickets: £33.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Thursday 12th October
Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £20 each (advance) or £22 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Sunday 22nd October
CD & Record Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 each

Friday 27th October
The ELO Experience @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: £23 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 28th October
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Tickets: £7 each (advance) or £8.50 each (door)

Sunday 29th October
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Tickets: £32 each (*plus booking fee)

Judie Tzuke @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £22 each (advance) or £24 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Friday 3rd November
Sight 'n' Sound @ The Feathers, Lichfield
Free entry

Saturday 4th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Tickets: £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 8th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 10th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each (*plus booking fee)

The ELO Show @ The O2 Academy, Liverpool
Tickets: £17.50 each (*plus booking fee)

The ELO Experience @ The Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £24 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 15th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 17th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
Tickets: £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)

The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry

Saturday 18th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 21st November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare
Tickets: £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 24th November
The Divine Comedy @ The O2 Institute, Birmingham
Tickets: £33.75 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 25th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

The ELO Experience @ The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
Tickets: £22 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 26th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

China Crisis @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £15 each (advance) or £16 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Thursday 30th November
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Southport Theatre & Floral Hall, Southport
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 1st December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Spa, Bridlington
Tickets: £30 (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 3rd December
Raymond Froggatt @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £14 each (advance) or £16 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Monday 4th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 5th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Anvil, Basingstoke
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Friday 8th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Grand Theatre & Arts Wing, Swansea
Tickets: £30 (*plus booking fee)

ELO Again @ The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
Tickets: £26 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 9th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
Tickets: from £29 each (*plus booking fee)

Monday 11th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Royal Theatre Hall, Harrogate
Tickets: from £29 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 12th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £20 (advance) or £22 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Thursday 14th December
ELO Again @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £15 each (advance) or £16 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Friday 15th December
Explosive Light Orchestra @ The Flowerpot, Derby
Tickets: £13 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 16th December
Roy Wood Rockmas 2017 @ The Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets: £35.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Explosive Light Orchestra @ Second City Bar & Lounge, Birmingham
Tickets: £TBA each

Sunday 17th December
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Grapes, Stafford
Free entry

Monday 18th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Sage One, Gateshead
Tickets: from £29.40 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 19th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
Tickets: from £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 20th December
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ G Live, Guildford
Tickets: £31.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 24th December
The Upbeat Beatles @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £12.50 each (advance) or £15 each (door)(*plus booking fee)

Friday 29th December
Explosive Light Orchestra @ Coppenhall WMC, Crewe
Tickets: £TBA each

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus: www.jefflynneselo.com

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2017! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus: www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.theorchestra.net

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotribute.com

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.eloagain.co.uk

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotributeband.com

ELO Light Years A new ELO tribute band and another from South Wales, ELO Light Years are headed up by Jim Ramsey alongside Mike 'Chas' Holcombe, Gaelle Favre, Sarah Waycott, Richard Watson, Robin Davey and Claire Brewster with Angharad and Rhiannon Griffiths. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elolightyears.com

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf)This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Sep-2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Welcome to a somewhat tardy second elobeatlesforever (elobf) BrumBeat Bulletin with some news featuring 'Brum Beat' legends Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton et al.

Earlier this week, drumming legend Bev Bevan - RRHOF 2017 inductee and founding member of The Move, ELO and ELO Part II - made an interesting announcement on his personal Facebook page stating: "Hello facebookers ... It's time to get the band back on the road!". With his Stand Up & Rock! dates with Jasper Carrott now postponed to 2018, this could possibly mean that Bev will be soon rolling out his Zing Band again or perhaps the footage of those rehearsals with Trevor Horn, Chris Norman and Rod Argent earlier this year will coalesce into tour dates. Whatever Bev is alluding to, we look forward to seeing him back on the road soon!

Meanwhile, the 2017 Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show will land at The Austin Sports & Social Club in Longbridge, Birmingham on Saturday 7th October. On the bill are The Steve Gibbons BandThe Trevor Burton Band (of course), Danny King, Zoe Green and Steve Ajao with proceeds going to local charities dedicated to finding homes for retired racing greyhounds. Tickets are priced at £12.00 each [*plus booking fee]. Telephone (07775) 714280 or click on these links to buy tickets:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends the 2017 Annual Trevor Burton Charity Show 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 ... 07-Sep-2017

Monday, 4 September 2017


As we approach the final quarter of 2017, two of the three official founding members of The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are approaching a significant milestone. Whereas Bev Bevan will be 73 years of age as of Saturday 25th November, both Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne will be celebrating their 70th birthdays on Wednesday 8th November and Saturday 30th December respectively. This being despite the "Confusion" generated in this Guardian article last year where they initially stated Roy's age as 70 (as did Yours Truly KJS and a number of well known media sources) prompting Woody to declare his then correct age of 69 on his Twitter page, as covered in this elobeatlesbeatlesforever (elobf) article thus:


We can therefore look forward with confidence to both Roy and Jeff reaching the grand young age of seventy in the coming months with their many fans and admirers perhaps thinking of inventive ways in which to mark both occasions whilst not forgetting Bev's birthday in the midst.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Sep-2017

Saturday, 2 September 2017


Having literally "Blown Away" those in attendance at their Birmingham debut in March, The ELO Encounter made their much anticipated if not rapid return to The Roadhouse last night (Saturday 1st September) - just a stones throw from Shard End (relatively speaking) - and proceeded to once again entertain and enrapture another packed house of Brummies (and the odd Wulfrunian) with an extensive set ELO classics. The ELO Encounter have the ability to reproduce the various phases of ELO on stage with apparent ease and this performance proved it. Whether it be the ace vocals of keyboardist Jack Rownes or the essential sound of the band as a unit (with guitarist AJ deputizing nicely for the poorly Martin Donald), The ELO Encounter know how to reproduce the music of the Electric Light Orchestra with accuracy and respect to the production values of Jeff Lynne. The attention to detail by bassist Simon Rownes (including his operatic intro for "Rockaria!") and drummer Simon Dove was of the highest order. A repeat special mention is also due for the wonderful lead vocal provided by Jasmine Ali, which added verve and authenticity to "Xanadu".
Photo courtesy John Collins/Forever ...
Whereas most bands tend to leave the likes of "Mr. Blue Sky", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Roll Over Beethoven" to the end of their sets, The ELO Encounter play 'em early so as to surprise and keep their audience of their toes - even if MBS does make a return as their encore! This means that there is a certain sense of excitement as this Essex based troupe perform. Their set last night was inventive to with five songs from "Time" - including a superb "Ticket To The Moon" - as well as "I'm Alive" (the first time that Yours Truly KJS has heard it live). Elsewhere, it was a pleasure to hear "Nightrider", "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Here Is The News" again amongst familiar faves "10538 Overture", "Ma Ma Ma Belle", "Do Ya" and "All Over The World"The ELO Encounter are well worth their place with the expanding pool of quality ELO tribute bands. You should consider taking in one of their shows, should they land at a venue near you.
The ELO Encounter performed: "10538 Overture" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Prologue/Twilight" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" ~ "I'm Alive" ~ "Ticket To The Moon" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "Here Is The News" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Nightrider" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Do Ya" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Great Balls Of Fire" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky"

The ELO Encounter were: Simon Rownes (Bass/Vox) ~ Jack Rownes (Lead Vox/Keys) ~ Allen 'AJ' Kemp (Guitars) ~ Simon Dove (Drums) ~ Jasmine Ali (Violin/Vox) ~ Henry Rownes (Sound/Lighting)

Find out more about The ELO Encounter and their gig dates via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The ELO Encounter 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 ... 02-Sept-2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017


It's always been the great pleasure of elobeatlesforever (elobf) to recommend and feature Fragile X and Yours Truly KJS is pleased to bring you their brand new video showcasing a re-imagined version of classy rocker "Don't Let It Get You Down", a track previously found on their 2012 album "Return To Paradise". New look Fragile X - who previously covered the Jeff Lynne penned ELO classic "Turn To Stone" back in 2011 - are in the midst of relocating from Colorado to a new base in Los Angeles, where the new song was recorded and videoed at bassist Gail Sutton's aptly titled Gailforce Studios. Having spoken to founding drummer Sean Mack Page recently, it looks as if Fragile X are moving in a new direction - and that can only be up! Here's the video for "Don't Let It Get You Down" for you to view and peruse thus:
Fragile X are: Lance Allred (Lead Vocals) ~ Sean Mack Page (Drums) ~ Gail Sutton (Bass) ~ Aaron N Cruz (Guitars) and Louis Metoyer (Guitars)

Fragile X Official   www.facebook.com/Fragilexband
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Don't Let It Get You Down" by Fragile X to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles, Rush and related artistes.

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

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) will by now surely be aware of our initial goal: a campaign to see ELO's iconic 1983 LP "Secret Messages" released in its originally intended 2LP  glory replete, of course, with "Beatles Forever" and, as "Time" has gone by, Yours Truly KJS has also highlighted other hopefully interesting facts and anomalies regarding the recorded output of ELO (and related artistes). Back in May 2015, elobf posted an article pointing out that "Drum Dreams" had the unique record of being a 'B' side twice in the US having been of the flip side of both "I'm Alive" (#MCA-41246) and "All Over The World" (#MCA-41289) noting that "Drum Dreams" was also Side B of "I'm Alive" (#JET179) in the UK too.
"Drum Dreams": Three times a single ...
But there is more to "Drum Dreams" - Bev Bevan's stunning percussion demonstration from the "Xanadu" OST. And that it is one the very few Electric Light Orchestra tracks released on vinyl betwixt 1971-86 that has not made its way onto CD save also for the alternative lyric version of "Matter Of Fact" found on the 'B' side of the UK 12" single for "So Serious" (#TA7090) or the infamous "ELO Megamix" found on the 'B' side of the UK 12" single for "Getting To The Point" (#TA7317). There may be more as I am certainly no expert on the full ELO discography but with so many ELO singles backed by album tracks, this writer cannot recall any other Jeff Lynne penned tracks put out by ELO on vinyl back in the day that haven't made the move to CD.
The non-issue of "Drum Dreams" in digital format also reminds this particular writer that aside from "Secret Messages", an expanded remastered edition of the "Xanadu" OST (Jet/MCA #JETLX526) is also overdue including not only "Drum Dreams" but also Olivia Newton-John's "Fool Country" and the instrumental "Xanadu Overture" also found in the film soundtrack. Whether it be "Drum Dreams", an expanded "Xanadu" or even a 2LP "Secret Messages" complete with "Beatles Forever", there is still much to hope for when it comes to future ELO reissues and/or re-releases. Maybe the "ELO Megamix" will also make it one day alongside that alternative "Matter Of Fact" and any other tracks that I've undoubtedly missed!


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

Sunday, 27 August 2017


My good friend Patrik Guttenbacher over at FTM Germany is in need of a little assistance from ELO fans on the subject of Official ELO Fan Club newsletters and offers from 1978 onwards. Patrik is presently aware of eight newsletters, four chapters of ELO: The Complete History and at least seven fan club offers (the above eBay photo shows some of the items) thus:
  • Introductory Newsletter (Spring 78)
  • Autumn Newsletter (1978)
  • Spring Newsletter (1979)
  • Summer Newsletter (1979)
  • Christmas Newsletter (1979)
  • Spring Newsletter (1980)
  • Summer Newsletter (1980)
  • Spring Newsletter (1981) (*)
  • ELO: The Complete History Chapter 1
  • ELO: The Complete History Chapter 2
  • ELO: The Complete History Chapter 3
  • ELO: The Complete History Chapter 4
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #1: T-Shirt with fan club Logo in S/M/L/XL
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #2: Full colour tour poster (23.5" x 33")
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #3: Fan club logo pendant in metal or sterling silver
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #4: American style baseball cap in red or blue
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #5: Shoulder travel bag in brown or blue
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #6: ELO satin tour jacket
  • ELO Fan Club Offer #7: Four Light Years offer (*)
Patrik would like to know if there were any further Official ELO Fan Club newsletters or offers issued beyond those listed above, specifically whether there was another newsletter issued between Summer 1980 and Spring 1981 and/or a further offer for the "Four Light Years" boxed set.

Please note that Patrik is also looking to acquire the Spring 1981 Newsletter and the "Four Light Years" offer as listed above (*)

If you are aware of any further Official ELO Fan Club newsletters or offers, please contact Yours Truly KJS here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) and/or contact Patrik at FTM Germany via email at Patrik.Guttenbacher@t-online.de with any scans or photographs. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and help!
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends FTM Germany 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 ... 27-Aug-2017

Friday, 25 August 2017


elobeatlesforever (elobf) are pleased to confirm that the lead single from the much anticipated sixth Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) studio album "Sixthoverture" will be the excellent Michael Laine Hildebrandt penned track "The Beatles Made Me", released on Tuesday 29th August.

With its guitar driven melodies, "The Beatles Made Me" will appeal to fans of The Fab Four and ELO, following lyrically to some degree in the footsteps of "Beatles Forever" and also BGO's very own "ELO Forever". Listen to and/or pre-order "The Beatles Made Me" via these links thus:

"Sixthoverture" is set to follow "The Beatles Made Me" with a mid to late September release date and Yours Truly KJS can assure you that BGO VI will be well worth the wait!

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "The Beatles Made Me" and "Sixthoverture" by Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) 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 ... 25-Aug-2017

Friday, 18 August 2017


Paul Young will be joining Roy Wood for his 2017 Rockmas date at the iconic Symphony Hall in Birmingham this year from 7:45PM on Saturday 16th December. Also joining the maestro who brought us The Move, ELO and Wizzard will be Galleon Blast - the musical ship of BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 DJ Mark Radcliffe - with comedian Kev Orkian returning alongside regulars The Enigma Strings. We are also promised "surprises" for an event that Roy himself says:
Paul has performed before with Woody in Spike Edney's SAS Band and his inclusion is sure to make his annual Christmas bash even more memorable. Roy has also written a bonus track entitled "Sailing Home" for the new Galleon Blast album "A Band On A Ship", having also supported Roy and his Rock & Roll Band last year. You may also remember that the talented and very funny Kev Orkian almost stole the show at Rockmas 2016 so a fab evening is on the cards ... again!
Roy Wood with Galleon Blast ...
Tickets are already on sale to THSH members priced at £35.50 each and go on sale to the general public from 10:00AM on Friday 18th August via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood's Rockmas 2017 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Aug-2017