Thursday, October 19, 2017

NOW PLAYING: THAT'S ROCK 'N' ROLL

Monday, October 16, 2017

NOW PLAYING: TURN TO STONE

Saturday, October 14, 2017

PREVIEW: ULTIMATE LOVE - BRYAN ADAMS


Produced by Jeff Lynne?

BRYAN ADAMS ULTIMATE

A new Bryan Adams best-of titled Ultimate will kick off with the Jeff Lynne-produced Go Down Rockin' and will also contain the Jeff Lynne-produced You Belong To Me.  Ultimate is out November 3 on 1 CD, 2 LPs and digital download.  The official video for You Belong To Me, by the way, now has more than 5.6 million views on YouTube.

  1. Go Down Rockin'
  2. Can't Stop This Thing We Started
  3. Run To You
  4. Ultimate Love (?)
  5. Heaven
  6. It's Only Love
  7. Here I Am
  8. When You're Gone
  9. Cloud Number Nine
  10. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
  11. You Belong To Me
  12. Summer Of '69
  13. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
  14. Somebody
  15. Please Forgive Me
  16. Cuts Like A Knife
  17. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You
  18. All For Love
  19. Back To You
  20. Please Stay
  21. 18 Til I Die

CATCHING UP...


Dhani Harrison's new album IN///PARALLEL is just $7.99 at iTunes (US) if you're interested in giving it a try.

Plus, that Roy Orbison collection announced back in May is still not out until next month, but I Drove All Night is available to hear now on YouTube.  A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a collection of Roy's hits using the original vocal tracks and putting it to completely new instrumentation.  It's out November 3.

Friday, October 6, 2017

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO - WEMBLEY OR BUST formats

From the ELO Official Store:

2 CDs/1 Blu-Ray
 2CDs, 1 DVD
 2 CDs
 3 LPs

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO - WEMBLEY OR BUST more

The trailer:

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO - WEMBLEY OR BUST


Amazon now taking pre-orders for the upcoming title from Jeff Lynne's ELO, Wembley Or Bust.

It looks like there will be several versions/options.

2 CDs
2 CDs/1 DVD
2 CDs/1 Blu-ray
3 LPs
Apple: Digital with video
Apple: Digital without video
Amazon: Digital with Video
Amazon: Digital without video
2CD/1DVD/Vinyl bundle
2CD/1Blu-Ray/Vinyl bundle

Amazon:
Wembley or Bust is a special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne's ELO at the famed Wembley Stadium in London, England. The Wembley or Bust album is available digitally, or physically as a 2 disc audio CD and a 3 LP vinyl package. There are also two Deluxe packages each including the 2 disc CD set, and the concert film on Standard DVD or BLU-RAY DVD. The music is produced by Jeff Lynne, and the concert film is directed by Paul Dugdale.

In Wembley or Bust, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself 'It's the best time I ever had in music... It is beyond anything I could have imagined'. More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne's ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical music.

The Wembley or Bust audio and film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like "Mr. Blue Sky," "Livin' Thing" and "Evil Woman" to "Do Ya" from his days with The Move, "Handle With Care" which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through "When I Was A Boy" from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.

Jeff Lynne is widely regarded as one of the greatest record producers in music history. In addition to his storied career in ELO, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

Turn To Stone is available to buy now from AppleAmazon, and 7Digital.



If the track list is true, it's the entire concert.  Release date according to Amazon and Apple: 17 November 2017.

I can imagine this may be the only good news many of us had all week.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TOM PETTY

It was already a horrifying Monday.  Most of us in the States woke up to news that a gunman shot more than 500 people at a country music concert, killing (at last check) 59.  Then came the other sucker punch.

I personally knew several people who packed into the Hollywood Bowl to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers play barely a week ago.  Now, in the blink of an eye since then, a world without Tom Petty is a reality.  That is something I never, ever thought was conceivable.

I can't really add much to the enormous chorus of tributes and memories about how much Tom's music meant to us.  As far as I'm concerned, not much will ever beat Tom's poetry meshed with Jeff Lynne's record craft.

#RIPTom Petty.  And thank you.






Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MORE ON GIVE MORE LOVE FROM RINGO


Ringo Starr's longtime engineer, Bruce Sugar, talks to Billboard about making Give More Love including Jeff Lynne's involvement.  Jeff plays on a new version of Back Off Boogaloo created from an old tape containing one of the first recordings of the song.
“Ringo's idea initially was to get Jeff Lynne to take that tape – it was like a minute long -- and turn that into something. Jeff took it and sent us something back, then I told Ringo let me work with it. I had to manipulate the tempos and do all the Pro Tools editing you do these days and kind of married it to what Jeff did. Then Ringo played drums on it and we got Nathan East to put a bass on it. The front piece is from that original quarter-inch tape. There's a little bit in the middle from the quarter inch tape that I put in there. The rest of it is all new with Ringo singing. With the background vocals, Ringo said to get some of the vocals from the original record he did with George and put that in it, too, so it would kind of be three different generations of Ringo on the record.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

OUT OF THE BLUE 40 - AMAZON



Amazon Pre-orders:
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Electric Light Orchestra's 'Out Of The Blue' with this brand new double picture disc vinyl package! Written and produced by Jeff Lynne, 'Out of the Blue' is ELO's bestselling album, certified platinum in both the U.S. and U.K. and featuring the worldwide hit singles "Mr. Blue Sky," "Turn To Stone" and "Sweet Talkin Woman." All four sides feature images from Shusei Nagoka s iconic sleeve art, including ELO's instantly recognizable spaceship logo.

OUT OF THE BLUE 40!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

ELECTRIC DREAMS BLU-RAY

The 1984 film (with a rather epic 80s soundtrack) Electric Dreams will make it's Blu-ray debut with this new edition coming later this month in the UK.  Jeff Lynne has two original songs in the film Video! and Let It Run.  The new Blu-ray will include fresh bonus features about the making of the film.  It will, however, only be able to be viewed in the UK because it is a Region 2 release.

Release date in the UK: 25 July 2017

MORE LOVE FROM RINGO

During the big celebration of his 77th birthday on Friday, Ringo Starr announced his new album Give More Love.  Ringo produces the star-studded album which will include Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and others.  Jeff Lynne reportedly plays acoustic guitar on a re-make of Back Off Boogaloo.

"Back Off Boogaloo"
Richard Starkey, George Harrison
​Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals, Percussion, Guitar
Joe Walsh: Guitar
Jeff Lynne: Acoustic Guitar
Nathan East: Bass
Bob Malone: Piano
Steve Jay: Additional Engineering

Give More Love arrives on September 15, 2017 on CD and digital with a vinyl version of the album landing September 27.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO LIVE AT WEMBLEY 2017

From the lighting design firm that put on the other-worldly display at Wembley Stadium for Jeff Lynne's ELO.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

AGNETHA ON RED



Agnetha Flatskog's Eyes of a Woman, featuring the Jeff Lynne-composed One Way Love, will get a fresh vinyl pressing this summer.  The 1985 LP is actually one of several vinyl re-issues from solo Abba members headed back to the shelves.  The initial run of Eyes of a Woman will be on red vinyl.

Release date for the UK: 28 July 2017