Monday, June 30, 2014

NOW PLAYING: THE INFINITE MONKEY CAGE

This past April, Eric Idle tweeted about recording a new theme for The Infinite Monkey Cage with Jeff Lynne.

Now, there's a link to watch the end result.
(hat tip: Neil)

Friday, June 13, 2014

NEWS: BBC RADIO 2 LIVE IN HYDE PARK


From Jeff Lynne's Official Facebook Page and ELO-Showdown, the surprise official announcement was made today. General admission tickets already sold out.

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO TO HEADLINE BBC RADIO 2 LIVE IN HYDE PARK

BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show presenter, Chris Evans, today (Friday 13 June) announced that Jeff Lynne's iconic ELO will headline this year’s BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday 14 September. 
Jeff Lynne has experienced global success as one of the founding members of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and creator of ELO’s music, as well as a solo artist, composer, producer and song-writer but this will be the first time that he has performed as ELO at any festival since 1986. He was also a co-founder and member of The Traveling Wilburys together with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. 
The crowds at Hyde Park will be able to witness the hit music of ELO accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. This combination highlights the diverse range of musical collaboration Radio 2 is able to curate. 
Jeff Lynne said:
"I haven't performed live in quite some time, and I know the fans have asked for it a lot over the years. It's very exciting to come to Hyde Park with Radio 2 and do something this big, and I’m very much looking forward to playing my ELO songs for everyone." 
Chris Evans said:
"I'm a huge fan of ELO and Jeff Lynne and am excited beyond words that he's going to be performing at BBC Radio 2 Live at Hyde Park. What a line-up. The audience is in for a real treat!" 
Jeff Lynne's ELO is the latest addition to an already impressive line-up of top names which includes music legend Blondie, illustrious lead singer of The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde, 80s favourite pop and soul star Billy Ocean, double platinum songstress Paloma Faith, Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist/songwriter Gregory Porter, eleven-piece contemporary folk band Bellowhead and 2014 Academy of Country Music Album of the Year Award winner Kacey Musgraves. 
Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2 and 6 Music, said:
"It's our privilege that Jeff has chosen Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park to bring back ELO to the live stage. We’re very excited to have him play some of the greatest hits including Mr Blue Sky and Livin' Thing as we know our audience loves this music. To hear these songs live and in the atmospheric surroundings of Hyde Park will be a unique moment for all of us. ELO and our already impressive line-up promises to deliver a glorious day of late summer entertainment." 
Now in its seventh year, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park is the live highlight of the Radio 2 musical calendar. So far this year Radio 2 In Concert has featured Kylie Minogue and Elbow, as well as the recent Friday Night is Music Night D-Day special from Royal Albert Hall which was live on Red Button as well as screened at cinemas around the UK.

Coverage of the event, including full sets and performances from the day, will be available to watch on the BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the Radio 2 website, which will also feature exclusive backstage footage, acoustic sessions and interviews from the event. 
Tickets are now available for the event with details on how to purchase them available via bbc.co.uk/radio2:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NOW AVAILABLE: MYSTERY GIRL DELUXE

The rather amazingly well-done 25th Anniversary editions of Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl are now available.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

YOU GOT IT

CALIFORNIA BLUE (STUDIO DEMO - 2014)

From Roy Orbison's VEVO page, the new studio demo and (we believe) newly-made official video for California Blue.  Enjoy.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

RECORD STORE DAY 2014

On this Record Store Day, we have a fresh new LP edition of The Birthday Party by The Idle Race.  It went on sale today.


This "Record Store Day Exclusive" on Parlophone is pressed on gold vinyl and (according to several retailers) limited to 1,000 copies.


Description:
The band that served as a springboard forJeff Lynne. Reissued on gold vinyl, with stereo audio and the original UK gatefold artwork.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

COMING SOON: THE ART OF MCCARTNEY


A release of that Paul McCartney tribute disc we learned about back in 2012 will finally come to be.  Arctic Poppy Records made the announcement today.  Jeff Lynne is among the many performers who contributed a track.

From their web site:

A celebration of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century and possibly the largest selling composer of all time. Sir Paul McCartney has written many of the world’s best-known songs, and the project features some of the biggest stars in the music industry performing his and the Beatles’ greatest tracks alongside McCartney’s own backing musicians. 
The double album is set to be one of the stand out releases of 2014. Box set and collectors editions will be available in summer 2014, with the album scheduled for release in the autumn.


The tracks listed so far (without performer line-up):

Live and Let Die
Let It Be
When I'm 64
Yesterday
Drive My Car
All My Loving
Things We Said Today
The Long And Winding Road
Hello Goodbye
Hey Jude
Let Me Roll It
PS I Love You
Listen To What The Man Said
Every Night

More as we find it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MYSTERY GIRL: UNRAVELED


The trailer for what will be the documentary on the upcoming Mystery Girl Deluxe DVD is now available to view. We'll be seeing more of that cool footage from Mike Campbell's garage...


Roy Orbison's official online store is also offering a Mystery Girl-themed calendar that runs July 2014 through December 2015.

Release dates:
Mystery Girl Deluxe CD/DVD and Mystery Girl Expanded CD and digital downloads - May 20
Mystery Girl 2LP vinyl - June 10
Mystery Girl custom calendar - May 20

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MYSTERY GIRL EXPANDED AND DELUXE


Amazon now listing Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl Deluxe as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and single CD expanded edition.

Track list for the CD/DVD

Disc: 1
1. You Got It
2. In The Real World
3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
4. A Love So Beautiful
5. California Blue
6. She's a Mystery to Me
7. The Comedians
8. The Only One
9. Windsurfer
10. Careless Heart
11. The Way Is Love (new song)
12. She's a Mystery to Me (studio demo with Bono)
13. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (studio demo)
14. The Only One (studio demo)
15. The Comedians (studio demo)
16. In The Real World (studio demo)
17. California Blue (studio demo)
18. Windsurfer (work-tape demo)
19. You Are My Love (work-tape demo)

Disc: 2
1. Mystery Girl: Unraveled (60 Minute Documentary)
2. The Way Is Love
3. California Blue (New Alternate Version)
4. You Got It (New Alternate Version)
5. You Got It (Original Official Video)
6. California Blue (Original Official Video)
7. She's A Mystery To Me (Original Official Video)
8. She's A Mystery To Me (Alternate Unreleased Fincher Version)
9. A Love So Beautiful (Original Official Video)

Description:

The discography of Roy Orbison (1936-1988) - which yielded some of the most heartfelt, passionate classics of the rock 'n' roll era - shined even brighter with the release of Mystery Girl, the last album Orbison recorded, in 1989. Now, a brand-new version of this star-studded classic further amplifies the beauty of Roy's final work. 
The commercial success of Mystery Girl was nothing short of impressive: the album was a Top 5 hit, eventually earning Orbison his first platinum award for over 1 million sales, and featured the worldwide Top 10 smash You Got It. MYSTERY GIRL DELUXE 25th anniversary edition is packed with stunning extras. The original album is appended by nine unreleased bonus audio tracks, including studio demos and the previously unheard song The Way Is Love, based on a long-lost demo featuring new instrumentation from Orbison's children, Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex, and John Carter Cash, son of Orbison's longtime friend Johnny Cash. The accompanying DVD features a new hour-long documentary on the making of the album, Mystery Girl: Unraveled, executive produced by Roy's sons. The documentary features new interviews with those behind the album including Steve Cropper, Tom Petty, Mick Campbell and Jeff Lynne. In addition to the documentary, the DVD includes eight wonderful music videos, including an unreleased alternate video for "She's a Mystery to Me" and three new videos for "The Way Is Love", "You Got It" and "California Blue."



Mystery Girl Expanded will be the CD only edition with 5 bonus tracks:

1. You Got It
2. In The Real World
3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
4. A Love So Beautiful
5. California Blue
6. She's a Mystery to Me
7. The Comedians
8. The Only One
9. Windsurfer
10. Careless Heart
11. The Way Is Love (new song)
12. She's a Mystery to Me (studio demo with Bono)
13. The Only One (studio demo)
14. California Blue (studio demo)
15. You Are My Love (work-tape demo)

Description:

The discography of Roy Orbison (1936-1988) - which yielded some of the most heartfelt, passionate classics of the rock 'n' roll era - shined even brighter with the release of Mystery Girl, the last album Orbison recorded, in 1989. Now, a brand-new version of this star-studded classic further amplifies the beauty of Roy's final work. 
The commercial success of Mystery Girl was nothing short of impressive: the album was a Top 5 hit, eventually earning Orbison his first platinum award for over 1 million sales, and featured the worldwide Top 10 smash "You Got It." MYSTERY GIRL EXPANDED 25th anniversary edition is packed with stunning extras. The original album is appended by five unreleased bonus audio tracks, including studio demos and the previously unheard song "The Way Is Love," based on a long-lost demo featuring new instrumentation from Orbison's children, Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex, and John Carter Cash, son of Orbison's longtime friend Johnny Cash.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MYSTERY GIRL EXPANDED

Orbison Records and Legacy are now set to release what appears to be a 25th anniversary edition of Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl.  Jeff Lynne produced 3 of the album's 10 original tracks including You Got It.

So far, we're only finding this as a digital download, but Mystery Girl Expanded will have five bonus tracks.

You Got It
In The Real World
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You
A Love So Beautiful
California Blue
She's A Mystery To Me
The Comediennes
The Only One
Windsurfer
Careless Heart

Bonus Tracks:
The Way Is Love
She's A Mystery To Me (Studio Demo)
The Only One (Studio Demo)
California Blue (Studio Demo)
You Are My Love (Work-tape demo)

Release date is listed as May 16, 2014.  We have yet to see how much of the bonus material involves Mr. Lynne.  Roy Orbison's website is expected to announce...

Amazon Germany is listing a 2 disc edition...

Friday, March 14, 2014

WALK OF STARS - SLIDESHOW


A Flickr slideshow of the evening's events by Jas Sansi Photography...

WALK OF STARS - ROY WOOD


From the Birmingham Mail and Jeff Lynne's Official Facebook page...

WALK OF STARS - BBC MIDLANDS TODAY

BROAD STREET WALK OF STARS ctd...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

BROAD STREET WALK OF STARS


UPDATED: Again from the Birmingham Mail, an impressive slideshow of the evening's events.


Now, they have a short video interview with Jeff as well... (can't embed this one, you have to go their site to watch)





WALK OF STARS DAY


On this rather momentous day in Birmingham, here's a rather nice article from the Birmingham Mail - including a slideshow of some rare photos.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

DR. BLUE SKY, ctd...