Saturday, October 22, 2016


Fresh off the news of ELO's nomination for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame comes another nomination.  The Songwriters Hall Of Fame has their list of 2017 nominees and Jeff Lynne is among them.

This is the same SongHall that inducted Tom Petty this past June.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This year's nominees for induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame includes at least one incredibly long-overdue act, Electric Light Orchestra!  This will come as a huge relief to many long time fans who felt they should have been inducted years ago.

You can vote for ELO here.

Jeff Lynne reacted via his Facebook page:
“I’m very proud to see my ELO music getting this great recognition. It’s a big honor to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame."

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Roy's Boys and Legacy have announced Roy Orbison - The Ultimate Collection for release in October.  The 26-track compilation will span 1-CD or 2-LP and presumably be available as a digital download.  The collection encompasses his entire career and includes 6 tracks with Jeff Lynne connections.  Release date: October 28, 2016.

September 12, 2016- New York, NY- Roy’s Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company founded by the sons of Roy Orbison to administer their late father’s catalog and safeguard his legacy, has teamed up with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, to release Roy Orbison – The Ultimate CollectionThe 26-track anthology, out October 28, will be available as a single CD and as a double vinyl LP set, spans four decades, from his start at Sun Records in the mid 1950s, all the way through his massive comeback in the late ‘80s. The collection chronicles Orbison’s work both as a solo artist and with supergroup Traveling Wilburys until his tragic death at the age of 52. The Ultimate Collection marks the first time ever that any Roy Orbison compilation album has incorporated tracks from all of the aforementioned sources. 
Roy Orbison – The Ultimate Collection is available for pre-order now: 
Roy’s son, Alex Orbison, painstakingly selected songs that were most representational of his father’s vast catalog, which totals 27 studio albums, four live albums, and over 60 singles, 22 of which placed in the U.S.Billboard Top 40 chart. Narrowing it down was no easy task. “It is a great honor for me and my brothers, Wesley and Roy Jr., to finally and definitively distill our father’s entire career onto a single disc as best one can possibly do and, certainly, as never done before,” said Alex. “It is the result of years of research, archiving and listening, and it is with supreme and heartfelt pleasure that we will be able to share it with the world.” 
Born in north Texas and raised in the western part of the state, Roy Orbison first made his mark on the national music scene when he recorded for Sam Phillips’ fabled Sun Records in 1956. It was during this era that the label was the launching pad for the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Orbison connected with the rockabilly flavored “Ooby Dooby” for Sun, but his truly significant commercial breakthrough came with his string of hits on the Monument label, starting in the early ‘60s. 
Around this time Roy adopted his trademark sunglasses and performed ballads and rockers with equal aplomb. He toured constantly both in the US and abroad, including a UK tour on which he headlined over the Beatles.  Top 10 hits of the era included “Crying,” “Only The Lonely,” “In Dreams,” “Dream Baby,” the number one single “Running Scared” and the massive international chart topper, “Oh, Pretty Woman,” all of which are represented on The Ultimate Collection.  The set also includes “Love Hurts,”
“Blue Bayou,” “Falling,” “Leah,” “Mean Woman Blues,” “Blue Angel” and “It’s Over,” all from the Monument era. 
Starting in 1965, Roy Orbison’s eight-year stint with MGM Records continued to yield hits, particularly overseas. Among these present on The Ultimate Collection are “Walk On,” “Crawling Back,” “Ride Away” and “Too Soon To Know.” These came out at the most emotionally turbulent time in Roy’s life, when his wife Claudette died in a motorcycle accident and his sons Roy DeWayne Orbison and Anthony King Orbison perished in a house fire.  Towards the latter part of this period he met and married the German-born Barbara Anne Marie Wellhöner Jakobs, who is the mother of Roy Jr. and Alex. 
After Roy’s career went through a fallow spell, David Lynch’s showcasing of his music in the surreal 1986 film Blue Velvet sparked new interest in the icon. By the following year, Roy’s career was in the midst of a renaissance, which led to his celebrity-studded live television concert special A Black & White Night. Taken from that performance is “Claudette,” a song written by Roy about his first wife, that had been a huge hit for the Everly Brothers. 
Soon after, a supergroup was formed consisting of Roy and his friends Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison with whom he had first bonded back when he toured with the Beatles.  In 1988, the Traveling Wilburys released their debut album that went triple platinum. “Not Alone Anymore” and “Handle with Care” from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 are featured on The Ultimate Collection, the first time any of the group’s songs have appeared on a Roy Orbison release.  “It was my favorite thing I ever did,” said Jeff Lynne, referring to “Handle with Care,” who co-produced the album with George Harrison. “I put in all these nice, Roy Orbison-type chords, to make his voice shine even more. I played it to the rest of the group, and they just went, ‘Wow, that’s fantastic.'” 
Roy spent much of 1988 recording his solo comeback studio album Mystery Girl, produced by Lynne. In December of that year, he died unexpectedly from a heart attack, ergo the album’s early 1989 release was posthumous. It proved to be a huge commercial success, due in part to the tremendous single “You Got It,” later covered by Bonnie Raitt, as well as “California Blue” and “She’s A Mystery to Me” (written by Bono and the Edge of U2). These tracks are included in The Ultimate Collection, in addition to the later “Heartbreak Radio” (from 1992’s King of Hearts album) and “I Drove All Night,” a song written for Roy by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, but made famous by Cyndi Lauper. Her version was recorded after, but released before, the Orbison original.
“He came from nothing, but he had these amazing gifts and this amazing drive and, of course, that voice,” said Alex Orbison to journalist Jeff Slate, who wrote liner notes for The Ultimate Collection and is also co-author of the forthcoming authorized Roy Orbison biography. Alex also said of his father, “I think it would be hard to imagine the story if you tried to write it.” 
The Ultimate Collection was produced by Alex Orbison, Chuck Fleckenstein and John Jackson, and mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York. 
 Roy Orbison – The Ultimate Collection  [release date: 10/28/16]
    1      Oh, Pretty Woman
    2      I Drove All Night
    3      You Got It
    4      Crying
    5      Only The Lonely
    6      In Dreams
    7      Love Hurts
    8      Claudette
    9      Blue Bayou
    10    Dream Baby
    11    Walk On
    12    Falling
    13    Running Scared
    14    California Blue
    15    Leah
    16    Mean Woman Blues
    17    Crawling Back
    18    Ride Away
    19    Too Soon To Know
    20    She’s A Mystery to Me
    21    Blue Angel
    22    It’s Over
    23    Ooby Dooby
    24    Heartbreak Radio
    25    Not Alone Anymore (Traveling Wilburys)
    26    Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys)

Friday, August 19, 2016


A benefit CD was released in the UK today featuring a sampling of live from tracks from this year's Glastonbury festival.  Among the live tracks is Showdown by Jeff Lynne's ELO.  CD and digital download is available from the Glastonbury festival site and Amazon.  CD's can also be purchased at Tesco stores.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


ELO are back to #1 for the mid-week and are currently in a dramatic Olympic-style dash to stay #1 at the end of the week.  Only 500 unit sales separate #1 from #5.

And, as it turns out, it's not just ELO faring well lately.  Cherry Red Records released their second quarter 2016 best sellers list.  The Machine Stops by Hawkwind is #1.  But taking up the rest of the top 5??  The Move!

The 3CD debut was #2, Shazam 2CD Expanded Edition was #3, Something Else was #4, and Looking On 2CD Expanded Edition was #5.

Friday, July 29, 2016


The Official Charts for the week of July 29-August 4 are out, and for the first time in 35 years, ELO tops the album chart.  All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, which was originally released in 2005, is now #1 on the UK Official Top 100 Albums Chart.  It's the band's third #1 album behind Discovery and Time.  

Saturday, July 23, 2016


As it turns out, Music On Vinyl is re-issuing all of the pre-EMI albums from The Move.  Their original debut mono LP was just released on Friday 22 July 2016.

and now Shazam is now set for release 15 August 2016... 

...followed by Looking On 12 September 2016.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


The UK Official Charts week ending July 7, 2016:

All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 

#3 in Top 100 overall behind only Adele and Coldplay.  Highest chart position yet.

Official Music Video Chart - Three ELO titles in the Top 50.

Live in Hyde Park is #2
Live at Wembley is #26
Live - The Early Years re-enters at #45


Bryan Adams' official music video for the Jeff Lynne-produced Don't Even Try.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Amazon has more details filled in on the upcoming Beatles and World War II set formerly known as All This and World War II.  In addition to this being a re-edit of the original film, it appears Jeff Lynne's contribution is now two separate pieces, on CD at least, The Bee Gees had a track thrown out, Ambrosia's track and both of Roy Wood's tracks all tossed.

From Amazon:
Documentary about the Second World War that combines archive footage with music from The Beatles. Artists including Tina Turner, Elton John, Status Quo and The Bee Gees perform a number of Beatles' hits including 'Help!', 'With a Little Help from My Friends', 'Hey Jude' and 'Yesterday'.
Disc 1 (DVD)
1. Greensleeves arr. Vaughan Williams 1:30.
2. The Fool on the Hill Helen Reddy 2:55
3. Yesterday David Essex 2:15
4. The Long and Winding Road" Leo Sayer 4:00
5. I Am the Walrus Leo Sayer 0:40
6. Come Together Tina Turner 2:10
7. Shostakovich 11th Symphony 1:40
8. I Am the Walrus - Leo Sayer - 2:00
9. Maxwell's Silver Hammer Frankie Laine 3:17
10 .She's Leaving Home Bryan Ferry 0:45
11. Let It Be Leo Sayer 1:50
12. Getting Better Status Quo 1:30
13. Help! Henry Gross 1:50
14. Nowhere Man Jeff Lynne 3:00
15. With a Little Help from My Friends Jeff Lynne 01:20
16. 'Army Air Corps' song - Robert MacArthur Crawford - 0:53
17. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Elton John 3:39
18. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window - Bee Gees 0:06
19. With a Little Help from My Friends Jeff Lynne 01:00
20. Because - Lynsey de Paul 0:55
21. Get Back - Rod Stewart 01:00
22. Nowhere Man - Jeff Lynne 0:23
23. We Can Work It Out - The Four Seasons 0:10
24. 'Oche Nash' from St John Chrysostom Liturgy, Rachmaninoff 04:30
25. Shostakovich 11th Symphony 02:45
26. A Day In The Life - Frankie Valli 03:55
27. Michelle - Richard Cocciante 03:55
28. The Long and Winding Road" Leo Sayer 1:49
29. Victory March - Sousa 0:20
30. The End - Will Malone 0:05
31. When I'm Sixty-Four Keith Moon 0:30
32. Golden Slumbers The Bee Gees 1:20
33. Strawberry Fields Forever - Peter Gabriel 1:40
34. Hey Jude The Brothers Johnson 1:30
35. Shostakovich 4th Symphony 06:35
36. Fool on the Hill - John Williams (arr. Brouwer) 2:24 
Disc 2 (CD 1)
1. The Fool on The Hill - Helen Reddy
2. Yesterday - David Essex
3. The Long & Winding Road - Leo Sayer
4. I Am The Walrus - Leo Sayer
5. Come Together - Tina Turner
6. Maxwell's Silver Hammer - Frankie Laine
7. She's Leaving Home - Bryan Ferry
8. Let It Be - Leo Sayer
9. Getting Better - Status Quo
10. Help! - Henry Gross
11. Nowhere Man - Jeff Lynne
12. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John  
Disc 3 (CD 2)
1. With A Little Help From My Friends - Jeff Lynne
2. Because - Lynsey De Paul
3. Get Back - Rod Stewart
4. We Can Work It Out - Four Seasons
5. A Day In The Life - Frankie Valli
6. Michelle - Richard Cocciante
7. When I'm Sixty Four - Keith Moon
8. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight - The Bee Gees
9. Strawberry Fields - Peter Gabriel
10. Hey Jude - The Brothers Johnson
11. Lennon speaks
12. The Fool on the Hill - John Williams

Release date for the UK: 29 July 2016


With Glastonbury weekend upon us, turns out there's been more to celebrate as of recent: some YouTube stats.

While Ain't It A Drag has yet to gain some real traction, not the case for When I Was A Boy.

The Warren Fu-directed video passed a million views in recent weeks and is now approaching 1.1 million.

"Official audio"
When I Was A Boy - also nearing 1.1 million views
When The Night Comes -  350,000+
One Step At A Time - 405,000

And Bryan Adams' video for the Jeff Lynne-produced You Belong To Me topped 3 million views this week.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Before Jeff Lynne's ELO takes the stage at Glastonbury 2016, Jeff Lynne will be the guest on The First Time With... on BBC Radio 6 -- Sunday 26 June 2016 at 13:00 local time.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Friday Music is reissuing Ringo Starr's 1992 album Time Take Time on 180g translucent green vinyl LP.  Jeff Lynne produced Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go and After All These Years for this album.

Release date: 1 July 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016


In addition to today's release of All Over The World on 2LPs and the 5CD Studio Albums box, the All Over The World original CD is now housed in a new slipcase.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


The Jeff Lynne's ELO set at Glastonbury 2016 will air on BBC Two with highlights airing later on BBC Four.

From an article on the festival's coverage plans:
BBC Music’s director Bob Shennan has shared his excitement ahead of the festival, stating: “Glastonbury promises to be a magical weekend, especially this year with so many homegrown performers including Jeff Lynne, Adele, Muse and Coldplay.
Glastonbury 2016 begins 22 June through 26 June 2016 with Jeff Lynne's ELO taking the stage Sunday 26 June at 16:00-17:15.


Although there's practically nothing new from the Wilburys 2007 set on the new re-issue, they have done a complete overhaul of The Traveling Wilburys website - including some new items in their official store.