Tuesday, January 17, 2017

GEORGE HARRISON'S 74TH BIRTHDAY


George Harrison's family will mark his 74th birthday with some massive new items.  Not the least of which, an 18-disc vinyl box set featuring all of George's albums including the Jeff Lynne co-produced Cloud Nine and Brainwashed plus two Cloud Nine single picture discs - all replicas of their originals on 180g vinyl.

Amazon:
George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection box set features all of George Harrison's solo studio albums in one collection for the first time to commemorate the musician's birthday. The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George's studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George's classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12' single picture discs of 'When We Was Fab' and 'I Got My Mind Set On You.' All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout.

Lowest pre-order right now: $399.


It also appears the individual albums will be released as well including Cloud Nine and Brainwashed.


Need something to play all this new vinyl on and have a few more bucks to spend?  How 'bout a custom-designed George Harrison Pro-Ject Essential III turntable. Costs around $500.


The vinyl box, the LPs individually, the turntable and an extended edition of I Me Mine, the book about his life, is out Friday February 24, 2017.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TBT: FALLING IN LOVE

How's this for a little Throwback Thursday: the very seldom-seen official music video for the Jeff Lynne-produced Falling In Love by Randy Newman, recently uploaded to Mr. Newman's official YouTube Channel.

Friday, December 30, 2016

LONG ENDURANCE, BULKY CURTAINS

Happy 69th Birthday, Jeff.  Thanks for a great 2016!

Best wishes to everyone for 2017!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

NEWS: THEY'RE IN!

The day that many ELO fans longed for -- has arrived.  After just their first nomination, and having been eligible since 1996 for heaven's sake, Electric Light Orchestra will get their place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017.  The members inducted will be Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Bev Bevan -- and Roy Wood!

They got 2nd in the fan vote behind Journey who along with Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Yes and Nile Rodgers will make up the rest of the class.

The ceremony will take place Friday April 7, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will eventually air on HBO and Sirius XM.

Friday, November 25, 2016

COMING SOON: MAGNETIC WAVES OF SOUND


Esoteric Recordings will begin 2017 with a new best-of from The Move.  Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best of The Move is on the release schedule now for 27 January 2017 - and will be issued as a CD/DVD set.

* NEW REMASTERED CD / DVD DIGIPACK COLLECTION OF THE BEST OF THE MOVE
* THE DVD (NTSC / REGION FREE) FEATURES RARE PROMOTIONAL FILM, 20 BBC TV APPEARANCES & GERMAN TV APPEARANCES OFFICIALLY RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME
*  AUDIO REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES
* LINER NOTES BY MOJO’S MARK PAYTRESS 
Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered CD & DVD collection by THE MOVE. “Magnetic Waves of Sound” features a newly re-mastered 21 track CD featuring all of the Move’s UK hit singles, along with key album tracks from their four studio albums. The accompanying hour long DVD (NTSC / Region Free) in this collection is a true first, and features 21 appearances on BBC TV and German television and a promotional film, all shot between 1967 and 1970. These include a performance of ‘Fire Brigade’ on Top of the Pops from February 1968 and the band’s entire Colour Me Pop performance for BBC 2 from January 1969. Also featured is a rare promotional film of ‘I Can Hear the Grass Grow’, a trio of songs performed live from the German TV show Beat, Beat, Beat (recorded in June 1967) and a fine selection of Move appearances on the German TV show Beat Club, all gathered together on DVD officially for the first time 
Of all of the groups to emerge in Britain in the latter half of the 1960s, THE MOVE was arguably one of the finest. A powerful act on stage, the group were blessed with one of the most imaginative songwriters of his generation in Roy Wood. 
Magnetic Waves of Sound is a fitting celebration of the legacy of The Move. 
Magnetic Waves of Sound includes a lavishly illustrated booklet and features a new essay by Mark Paytress and also includes a poster.

Track list:
1. NIGHT OF FEAR *
2. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW *
3. WAVE THE FLAG AND STOP THE TRAIN *
4. KILROY WAS HERE *
5. (HERE WE GO ROUND) THE LEMON TREE *
6. WALK UPON THE WATER *
7. FLOWERS IN THE RAIN *
8. FIRE BRIGADE *
9. WILD TIGER WOMAN *
10. BLACKBERRY WAY *
11. CURLY *
12. HELLO SUSIE
13. CHERRY BLOSSOM CLINIC REVISITED
14. BRONTOSAURUS
15. WHEN ALICE COMES BACK TO THE FARM
16. WHAT?
17. ELLA JAMES
18. TONIGHT
19. CHINA TOWN
20. CALIFORNIA MAN
21. DO YA?
* = MONO RECORDING

DVD
THE MOVE ON THE AIR
PROMOTIONAL FILM & TV BROADCASTS 1967 – 1970
1. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW
(PROMOTIONAL FILM 1967)
2. NIGHT OF FEAR
3. WALK UPON THE WATER
4. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW
(“BEAT BEAT BEAT” – GERMAN TV 26TH JUNE 1967)
5. FIRE BRIGADE
(BBC TV “TOP OF THE POPS” – 15TH FEBRUARY 1968)
6. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW
7. BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER
8. CHRISTIAN LIFE
9. FLOWERS IN THE RAIN
10. THE LAST THING ON MY MIND
11. WILD TIGER WOMAN
12. GOIN’ BACK
13. FIRE BRIGADE
14. SOMETHING
15. BLACKBERRY WAY
(BBC TV “COLOUR ME POP” – 4TH JANUARY 1969)
RADIO BREMEN “BEAT CLUB” TV APPEARANCES:
16. FIRE BRIGADE - FEBRUARY 1968
17. WILD TIGER WOMAN – AUGUST 1968
18. BLACKBERRY WAY – JANUARY 1969
19. CURLY – AUGUST 1969
20. BRONTOSAURUS – APRIL 1970
21. WHEN ALICE COMES BACK TO THE FARM – DECEMBER 1970

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

TOM PETTY VINYL BOXES

All of Tom Petty's album catalog is getting a fresh reboot on vinyl via two new box sets.  Included between the sets is the Jeff Lynne co-produced Full Moon Fever and Into The Great Wide Open on Volume 1 - and Highway Companion on Volume 2.  With a few exceptions all of the albums are newly remastered.


Tom Petty - The Complete Studio Albums 1976-1991

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
You’re Gonna Get It!
Damn the Torpedoes
Hard Promises
Long After Dark
Southern Accents
Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)
Full Moon Fever
Into the Great Wide Open

will be out December 9, 2016 - and:


Wildflowers (2LP)
She’s the One
Echo (2LP)
The Last DJ (2LP)
Highway Companion (2LP)
Mojo (2LP )
Hypnotic Eye

is on the schedule for two earlier November 25, 2016.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

MORE: SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME


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

NEWS: ELO (FINALLY) NOMINATED FOR ROCK HALL


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 ORBISON - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

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:http://smarturl.it/Orbison_Ultimate. 
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

NOW AVAILABLE: STAND AS ONE - GLASTONBURY LIVE

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

THE TALLY CONTINUED

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

ALL OVER THE WORLD #1


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

MOVE ON VINYL


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 TALLY SO FAR...

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


NOW PLAYING: DON'T EVEN TRY


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