Monday, April 6, 2020

WHILE IN QUARANTINE...

Friday, January 24, 2020

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY - EXPANDED

Grapefruit Records, part of the Cherry Red Records group will release a 2-CD expanded edition of The Birthday Party by The Idle Race.  One disc will be the original mono LP with some of the alternative versions that we were released previously.  The other disc will contain the original stereo LP, plus the electronically-enhanced stereo version of Sitting In My Tree released on vinyl in the 70s.

Track list from Cherry Red:
DISC ONE (MONO)
1. SKELETON AND THE ROUNDABOUT
2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
3. THE BIRTHDAY
4. I LIKE MY TOYS
5. MORNING SUNSHINE
6. FOLLOW ME FOLLOW
7. SITTING IN MY TREE
8. ON WITH THE SHOW
9. LUCKY MAN
10. DON’T PUT YOUR BOYS IN THE ARMY, MRS. WARD
11. PIE IN THE SKY
12. THE LADY WHO SAID SHE COULD FLY
13. END OF THE ROAD
BONUS TRACKS
14. (HERE WE GO ROUND) THE LEMON TREE
15. MY FATHER’S SON
16. IMPOSTERS OF LIFE’S MAGAZINE
17. KNOCKING NAILS INTO MY HOUSE
18. LUCKY MAN (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
19. FOLLOW ME FOLLOW (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
20. DAYS OF THE BROKEN ARROWS
21. WORN RED CARPET
22. DAYS OF THE BROKEN ARROWS (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)

1-13 The album The Birthday Party, Liberty LBL 83132, released October 1968
14-15 US-only single, Liberty 55997, released September 1967
16 Single, Liberty LBF 15026, released September 1967
17 B-side of single, Liberty LBF 15054, released March 1968
18-19, 22 Alternative versions, first issued on Back To The Story, Zonophone 72438 3816224, released 1996
20-21 Single, Liberty LBF 15218, released May 1969

DISC TWO (STEREO)
1. SKELETON AND THE ROUNDABOUT
2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
3. THE BIRTHDAY
4. I LIKE MY TOYS
5. MORNING SUNSHINE
6. FOLLOW ME FOLLOW
7. SITTING IN MY TREE
8. ON WITH THE SHOW
9. LUCKY MAN
10. DON’T PUT YOUR BOYS IN THE ARMY, MRS. WARD
11. PIE IN THE SKY
12. THE LADY WHO SAID SHE COULD FLY
13. END OF THE ROAD
BONUS TRACK
14. SITTING IN MY TREE (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)

1-13 The album The Birthday Party, Liberty LBS 83132, released October 1968
14 Electronically processed stereo version, from reissue of The Birthday Party, Sunset SLS 50381, released February 1976

And the description also from Cherry Red:
• Having emerged from the ashes of beat boom hopefuls Mike Sheridan and The Night Riders, by late 1966 Birmingham band The Idle Race were looking for a new guitarist. The successful applicant was local teenager Jeff Lynne.

• By the time the band signed to Liberty Records, the prodigiously-talented Lynne – several years younger than his new colleagues – had been promoted to frontman status, blossoming as the band’s chief songwriter while also taking lead vocals.

• After ‘Skeleton And The Roundabout’ had attracted much airplay but fallen just short of the charts, the band cut their debut album. Issued in October 1968, the idiosyncratic “The Birthday Party” gave notice of a major new talent on the British pop scene. A dazzling creation that matched Beatle-ish melodic flair and witty, surreal vignettes with the heightened ambition of psych-era British studio pop, the set attracted rave reviews and the support of Radio One DJs including Kenny Everett.

• Sadly, however, “The Birthday Party” failed to sell in any great quantity after Liberty mysteriously chose not to issue a single in support of the release (‘I Like My Toys’ was scheduled to appear, but cancelled at the last minute), and the wider world wouldn’t notice Lynne until he joined The Move in early 1970.

• Now acknowledged as a classic album of song-based British psychedelic pop, “The Birthday Party” finally gets the attention that it deserves with this definitive new 2-CD package. The original stereo album is joined by alternative versions, stand-alone singles and, most notably of all, the first-ever official CD release of the original, substantially different mono version of the LP, taken from the original masters.

• A digipak release, this essential set features a 24-page booklet containing numerous rare photos and memorabilia as well as a new essay on the album.
Release date is 20 March 2020.

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE TOUR 2020

Monday, December 30, 2019

LONG ENDURANCE, BULKY CURTAINS

Happy 72nd Birthday, Jeff!  And thanks for a great 2019!

Hope you all had a wonderful holidays and wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Bring on ELO 50!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE PICTURE DISC

Amazon UK is now listing a picture disc edition of From Out Of Nowhere from Jeff Lynne's ELO with a street date of this coming Friday 29 November 2019.  This one includes a digital download of the album.


Friday, November 8, 2019

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE - #1



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE - UK charts


 From Out Of Nowhere is having a strong first week in terms of sales.  But in the UK, a wild development may help Jeff Lynne achieve another major milestone.  Music Week is reporting that the current front-runner for #1 is a charity-based various-artists collection for Children In Need and is being moved from contention for the week's #1 album as it's being re-classified as a compilation.  With From Out Of Nowhere currently sitting at #2, the chances that there will awesome news by the end of this week looks a little more likely.

On iTunes in the USA, I noticed From Out Of Nowhere get as high as #5.

And for the record, the new revised Jeff Lynne's ELO website is up and running.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE - Hi Res


Qobuz is the only outlet (so far) that carries a higher-resolution version of From Out Of Nowhere 24-bit/96kHz -
Any others??

Friday, November 1, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TIME OF OUR LIFE ctd

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE - poster


It appears in the 11th hour, from out of nowhere, the Jeff Lynne's ELO Official Store added an 11"x11" lenticular poster to the From Out Of Nowhere pre-orders.

If you pre-ordered a From Out Of Nowhere bundle (or any FOON item for that matter) from the official store before last Friday AND want the just-added poster, you have to cancel your original order and place a new one. 


Thursday, October 24, 2019

TIME OF OUR LIFE

Friday, October 18, 2019

BBC RADIO 2 IN CONCERT - 2019

MOJO MAGAZINE - DECEMBER 2019