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...

MORE FROM DR. BLUE SKY

DR. JEFF LYNNE, ctd...



Whilst getting his honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University today, Jeff Lynne revealed that he's currently working on material with Bryan Adams.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DR. JEFF LYNNE

Jeff Lynne and singer-songwriter Laura Mvula received honorary awards from Birmingham City University today.  Jeff received an honorary doctorate during a ceremony at Birmingham Symphony Hall.  Next week, Jeff gets a star on Broad Street's Walk Of Stars.

Friday, February 21, 2014

***NOW CLOSED*** WALK OF STARS - CALL FOR FANS!


***  UPDATE: Broad Street has way more responses than tickets now, so the offer is now closed!   ***

ORIGINAL POST: Mike Olley, at Broad Street is looking for some Jeff Lynne fans to attend the Walk of Stars ceremony next month:

We have a few places for the Broad Street Walk of Stars presentation to honour the illustrious and far reaching career of Jeff Lynne. Jeff will be present. There will be a short film on Jeff’s achievements, followed by a Q&A conducted by Jasper Carrott, standing buffet and sparkling wine, culminating with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham presenting Jeff Lynne with his star. 
Those who are interested we would ask to forward their name, address, telephone number and in a very few words why they would like to be with Jeff on: 
Thursday 13th March 2014 at 19.15 hours at the Library of Birmingham, Broad Street, B1 2ND 

And if you missed it on ELO's official website, Jeff Lynne is also getting an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University on March 5.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA: A GRAMMY SALUTE TO THE BEATLES CTD...


From Jeff Lynne's Official Facebook page:
"I felt very honored to be performing in this tribute to the Beatles. What a great thing! I get to play with some of the greatest musicians and do Beatles numbers on the telly! I must say it was a lot of fun. Don Was has got a great band together and he really helped drive it along with his terrific bass playing. I hope the show's as good as I hope it is! -Love from Jeff"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

THERE'S AN UPDATE FOR THAT...

For those of you who purchased George Harrison: The Guitar Collection from Apple's app store, you can now download an update that includes new audio clips from Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton - among other things.  Jeff can be found talking about the ukuleles now featured on the app.

If you don't have the app, it's now $.99...