Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
- Buildings Have Eyes
- Turn To Stone
- When Time Stood Still
- It's Over
- Do Ya
- Strange Magic
- Destination Unknown
- Hold On Tight
- Ma Ma Ma Belle
- Livin' Thing
- Don't Bring Me Down
- Easy Money
- Calling America
- Rock'n'Roll Is King
- Can't Get It Out Of My head
- Mr. Blue Sky - Lily Allen
- Evil Woman (Salad Fingers Mix) - The Hamptons
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Jeff Lynne, as ELO's songwriter, was recently awarded two certificates from Broadcast Music, Inc. One certifies that Turn To Stone has been played on the radio one million times, or a Million Airs, if you will. The other certifies that Don't Bring Me Down has received two million airs.
How 'bout that! (Hat tip: ELO Discovery)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
That leaves us with a new sense of what the bottom line is for this release: the box set is centered on Roy Wood's work with a rather nice tribute to Carl Wayne.
Now, to the content. Disc 1 is rock solid. Starting with the primitive gems, you coast through the early-period Move beautifully including a less refined version of Night of Fear. For me, the acoustic version; rough mix of Flowers In The Rain was the winner of disc 1.
Disc 3 starts with two tracks we basically just heard from Disc 2 with some differences, then finally continues its journey through the Move catalog with a few more alternatives and rarities all marked with a red asterisk.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Peter Bogdanovich's documentary about Tom Petty will go into a wider DVD release on October 28. Runnin' Down A Dream will contain bonus concert footage (some vintage) not on the original DVD/CD set. Plenty of Jeff Lynne and Wilburys content in the documentary portion.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Just a short time ago, I was notified by (the ever deteriorating) AOL that its FTP/website/blog spaces, including this one, will be discontinued on October 31, 2008.
While there are plans to move the blog spaces to another service, the web spaces will not. That means as of October 31, 2008, the Unofficial Jeff Lynne Reference Page will be shut down for good.
I do of course have mixed emotions about this news. The site was created in 1997 as a simple resource guide and a lot of work has gone into it over the years. However, it takes a little more time than I can afford to maintain it. The site and this blog is really just a hobby, but a hobby I get a great deal of pleasure out of. It's all of you who help me to enjoy it. You guys send me kind thoughts, engaging e-mails, and even news tips frequently and I greatly appreciate you all.
I do plan to maintain this blog after October. It's quite easy and fun and I still plan to share e-mails back and forth. That part will not change.
So, in the coming weeks, I hope to have a new URL for the blog and things will return to normal... spelling, grammar and punctuation errors and all. Hopefully AOL will step up and provide us with a blog service where all of you can contribute, not just AOL subscribers. It's the least they can do. (Funny thing is I'm still paying for AOL, hence my "mood" above.)
In any event, I just wanted to pass this news along to all of you. As soon as I get more information about where the blog is going, I will pass it on right away. I also welcome suggestions from you on places where I can host the blog, for free preferably. email@example.com
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh just gave an interview to a reporter from the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He reveals he and Jeff Lynne have recently recorded together, but didn't elaborate much about it. I really like the possibilities, though...
Roy Orbison was long overdue for a career box set and thankfully, this one has done the man justice.
I have to admit, I didn't have or appreciate Roy's work until I learned of his involvement with Jeff and the Wilburys. The early stuff is just a hair out of era for me personally, but I get it. Go to 3:12 on You Got It and listen to way he delivers that "baby...", and you'll get it too... if you don't already.
Roy's new box set, The Soul of Rock and Roll, out today, contains most all of his released output with Jeff Lynne at the producing helm. Outside of that is a collection about as comprehensive as it gets. And for $30 (got mine at Best Buy,) it's a great value for your money. 107 songs spread out over 4 CDs.
There is a quote from Jeff and Tom Petty among many others plus a factoid I never knew until today: The Traveling Wilburys were Roy's pallbearers at his funeral.
I would have done one thing differently. I would have pushed the new remix of Not Alone Any More. It's an excellent remix and should have at least a little more exposure. That's really just a wish. Overall, this is a first-rate release.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Amazon is revealing a little more of the upcoming Move box set. I'm still trying to visualize how this will be packaged. From this image, it looks a little unconventional. FTM will probably have a full-on spread about this shortly, but we're still more than 6 weeks away from release day.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A standard re-issue of the new Traveling Wilburys Volume One and Volume 3 CDs from Rhino will be released in Japan on September 24. You'd think someone at a record company with a little foresight would think to re-issue these as mini-LP paper sleeve editions, but alas, these are apparently standard CDs.
While on the topic of half-assed re-issues, ELO's Out of the Blue was indeed re-issued earlier this year. Turns out, it's the remastered CD with the bonus tracks, new standard booklet, but the old ZGK 35530 back insert. All that can be yours for a measly $6. You'll know it's the budget version when you pick the CD up and one side of the tray insert is blank.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The long awaited Move Anthology 4 CD box set will apparently be out on September 29 in the UK. The track list according to Play.com:
Disc 1: 1966 - 1967
- You're The One I Need
- I Can't Hear You No More
- Is It True
- Night Of Fear (Alternate Version)
- Disturbance (Undubbed Alternate Version)
- I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Full-Length Version)
- Wave The Flag And Stop The Train
- (Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree (Stereo)
- Flowers & Lemon Tea (Tony Visconti Talks To The Players)
- Flowers In The Rain
- Cherry Blossom Clinic (Enhanced Stereo)
- Vote For Me (Mono)
- Fire Brigade (Early Piano Version; Rough Mix)
- Useless Information
- Yellow Rainbow (Enhanced Stereo)
- Kilroy Was Here (Enhanced Stereo)
- Fire Brigade
- The Girl Outside (Alternate Take)
- Mist On A Monday Morning (Enhanced Stereo)
- Flowers In The Rain (Acoustic Version; Rough Mix)
- Simple Simon (Take 6 Backing Track; Rough Mix)
Disc 2: Live At The Marquee 1968
- Move Bolero (Live)
- It'll Be Me(Live)
- Too Much In Love (Live)
- Flowers In The Rain (Live)
- Fire Brigade (Live)
- Stephanie Knows Who (Live)
- Something Else (Live)
- So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star (Live)
- The Price Of Love (Live)
- Piece Of My Heart (Live) *
- (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (Live)
- Sunshine Help Me (Live)
Disc 3: 1968 - 1969
- Somethin Else (EP Version)
- Sunshine Help Me (EP Version)
- Wild Tiger Woman (UK Single Edit)
- Omnibus (Enhanced Stereo)
- Blackberry Way
- A Certain Something (Piano Version; Rough Mix)
- Second Class (She's Too Good For Me) (Part 1)
- Second Class (She's Too Good For Me) (Part 2)
- Beautiful Daughter (Reduced Mix)
- This Time Tomorrow
- Hello Susie (Abridged)
- Dont Make My Baby Blue
- The Last Thing On My Mind
- Open My Eyes (Live At Fillmore West 1969)
Disc 4: 1969 - 1972
- I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Fillmore West 1969)
- Brontosaurus (US Promo Edit)
- When Alice Comes Back To The Farm
- Turkish Tram Conductor Blues (Take 5; Rough Mix)
- Feel Too Good
- Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice
- Ella James
- Tonight (US Edited Version)
- Do Ya (Edited Version)
- California Man
- The Duke Of Edinburgh's Lettuce
I have to admit, I'm not terribly excited by this track list yet.
It appears the ELO Playlist CD is already out.
Indeed, this is a re-packaged Essential Electric Light Orchestra collection from 2003. The one difference, there's an enhanced section on the CD that leads you to additional photos (including one of the newer shots of Jeff used in the Yamaha magazine article about him), credits and most notibly, 2 new wallpapers. I had a hell of time trying to access the wallpaper, but here are direct links to them:
By the way, if you think the Essential madness is over, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Judas Preist, Journey and several others are getting Essential 3.0 releases. They contain a third music CD of more hits and fan favorites. Funny.
Two other observations: 1) There are no post-1974 group photos in the enhanced section... and 2) There's an ELO Part II CD in the discography.
While taking this week off, I thought I'd take in a show. Actually, I meant to see Xanadu on Broadway a while ago, I just had major fears about what I was going to see when I got there. I'm not really a Broadway musicals fanatic, but after 2 Tony award nominations, I figured it was worth trying.
But it was hard to get to that point. Xanadu (the film) got some of the most horrifying reviews ever. I mean, what's not to love about a creative muse who pops out of a mural with her 8 sisters and persuades 2 men (a character played Gene Kelly one of them) to open a roller disco?
Frankly, the new Broadway cast CD and performances on TV didn't help me. I just didn't see it translating well.
That was then.
Flash forward to last night, I get my Playbill and my glow stick, then finally settle into my seat. Surprise #1, the Helen Hayes Theatre was a packed house.
The house lights dim, then I brace myself for the worst. The male lead, Cheyenne Jackson, sets up the first number. The music strikes up, the mural "comes to life" and the festivities begin. As soon as you realize that two of the muses were now guys, all bets were off.
Xanadu on Broadway was excellent.
It's now a jacked-up, and high-camp comedy only loosely based on the film. The talent was amazing, every one of them. And for the record, I caught it with Whoopie Goldberg... a huge bonus.
The jokes were far from stale. Like I said, two of the muses are now guys: the muse of comedy and the muse of dance. However, if that idea bothers you, stay as far away from this show as you can.
Otherwise, prepare to have a great time in a very Mama Mia-esque kinda way.
Rob Caiger, by the way, is interviewed about Jeff in Xanadu: The Book! Seriously! which is sold at the Helen Hayes Theatre. While Rob's interview is quite good, it should be an interview with Jeff. And given the Tony nominations and the good will, fun and humor this show is creating, Jeff may want to consider embracing this production very publicly. I'm not confident it's his kind of humor, but the show won over so many.
I'm almost shocked how much fun it was.
I'm now officially thankful Xanadu was an awful movie.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
While there's nothing new studio-wise (unreleased) from his later years (Jeff Lynne-produced to be more to the point,) all 5 of Roy's released recordings with Jeff at the helm have made the cut as well as the Wilburys Not Alone Any More.
For the record, the only other Lynne-related track is a mash-up/remix of an old original and a newer version of Ooby Dooby. That did not make the cut.
Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty will be among a slew of artists who will contributing comments to the liner notes.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Hope you're all having a great summer. News in the ELO world has been sparce, so the blog is getting a vacation break. Barring any major developments, the blog will pick up again in the coming weeks.
I did see a note on the latest Musictap.net entry that ELO will be one of the artists who will get a Playlist: The Very Best Of... CD on September 2 from Sony BMG.
There's allegedly an All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra CD (likely no different than the already existing UK version) in eco-friendly packing coming on Tuesday July 22. We'll see about that.
I wonder, though, if record companies push to recycle CD jewel cases, would we even need eco-friendly packaging? There's not much left to CDs after the jewel case, is there?
Anyway, have a great rest of the summer, everyone!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Xanadu: Magical Music Edition is in stores beginning today and as promised the sound and picture quality has been substantially improved. So, all of that glitz and camp is more pronounced than ever before.
The bonus soundtrack CD is the current USA edition on MCA, so they didn't throw the fans a bone there.
The Going Back To Xanadu feature is admittedly a bit fun. A few observations from that: ELO is mentioned just once, the whole bit about the lengths they went through for the customes was interesting, (in addition to the director, producers and other major crew members,) they interviewed several of the dancers and two muses, 2 of the Tubes turned up, Michael Beck wasn't even mentioned by name, Olivia apparently declined to be interviewed, and holy shit, Thaaattt's Gene Kelly's widow?!!?!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Just as I hoped, the new Coldplay record is out of control. For those of you who like Jeff's productions for the quality recordings they are, you might appreciate Cemeteries Of London (with a few seconds from the end of Life In Techicolor), Lost! and Yes.
Lost! was released in acoustic form (titled Lost? with a question mark) weeks before the album's release and it, without question, was a brilliant move. I learned and love the song in its acoustic form. When you get to the album version weeks later, you know it enough to sing along, only thing is: it blows the doors off your expectations.
What's also interesting is Reign of Love, Chinese Sleep Chant and The Escapist are presented more as interludes or segues instead of outright album tracks. Interesting idea. (Was Secret Messages the last time Jeff Lynne interluded between two songs??! Not sure I'd count Opening/Heaven Only Knows)
Between the free download of the first single, an exclusive b-side on vinyl, Lost?, the title track on iTunes and iTunes commercial, plus the full album on vinyl with full length CD inside of it, the marketing of this record is genius.
I recommend the lyrics to follow along.
The CD is already out in the UK, Tuesday for the States.
Monday, June 9, 2008
It's starting to look more and more like National Xanadu Month.
Cast members from Xanadu On Broadway will be performing on American TV starting this Thursday June 12 @ 9 am Eastern Time with All Over The World on Regis and Kelly...
Then, on Friday June 13 during the 8 am hour, they perform Magic, Don't Walk Away and Xanadu on the CBS Early show...
And this coming Saturday June 14 (Suspended in Time) during CBS Saturday Morning at 8 am.
And don't forget, the remastered DVD of the original movie with bonus soundtrack CD is in stores two weeks from tomorrow. (Hat Tip: Euan)
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The Traveling Wilburys two albums are back in stores today as individual titles. Both Volume One and Volume 3 CDs have Traveling Wilburys Collection-style cardboard slipcases and inside, you'll find the CDs and inserts designed almost exactly the same as their originals except for some different markings and updated credits. No change in audio content from last year's releases.
In addition, both titles are available on iTunes. But, in another par-for-the-course instance, someone filed them under Traveling Wilburys, whereas the rest of the Wilbury items are found under The Traveling Wilburys. Ho-hum.
After reading articles and posts from several people about the state of affairs at EMI (the company who gave us ELOs First Light Series among others), this New York Times article paints a pretty clear picture of how bad it is. EMI was sold to a private equity group which is now in serious financal trouble because of that transaction. What can save them? Possibly Coldplay.
For the record, Coldplay is usually where I turn these days during my mental health breaks from ELO and related tunes. The timing is perfect, their new album is just about here and there's seemingly nothing big in the pipeline from Bungalow Palace.
The stakes are high for EMI and they need Coldplay's album (Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends) to be a huge sales success. Marketing-wise, they've pulled out all the stops. On top of free concerts and high-profile appearances, there's (well, was) a single download for free, one week only, a 7" single (free with magazine) with exclusive b-side, a CD single with an acoustic mix of an album track, and for good measure, the title track exclusively on iTunes. Four songs unleashed already and I'm outright begging for more. Brilliant marketing.
I really hope it works for all of them. If any current band can pull it off, it's Coldplay. And for my part, this is the most stoked I've been about an album in years.
In a turn of events I'm sure many didn't see coming, not only is Xanadu on Broadway becoming a national tour, and heading to Chicago, now there are plans to open in London according to Playbill.
It will be in a yet to be determined venue in London's West End in spring 2009.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The new Tom Petty Greatest Hits CD is out today and yes, the tracks are remastered and a vast improvement over the last package. It does underscore the need, though, to perhaps have his albums remastered... especially Full Moon Fever. The version of FMF you can buy in the store today is the same faint version that was made available on its original release... in 1989.
Can you imagine a remaster of that and Into The Great Wide Open done like the Wilburys remasters??
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
You know the Discovery box (see picture) that holds 9 of ELO's Sony Paper Sleeve Collection CDs. A box alone just sold for $102.51 at auction on eBay. Just the box. They are official, if not approved, collectors items made from a company called Disc Union for many groups' paper sleeve series, but wow.
There are other empty boxes for sale (not just ELO) I'm having considerable trouble finding for under $50. Again, wow.
For those of you who like cover versions, here's a press release about The Northern Kings. The Finland-based group will have a new album in UK on 16 June called Reborn. Among the album's 13 cover versions is ELO's Don't Bring Me Down.
Hat Tip: Will Taylor at Noble PR
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
From Rhino:THE WILBURYS RETURN STRIKES GOLD The Traveling Wilburys Collection Is Certified Gold as Rhino Releases Remastered and Expanded Versions of Volume 1 and Volume 3 Individually
Available June 3 from Rhino Records
May 05 2008
LOS ANGELES --
After being out-of-print for more than a decade, Rhino reintroduced The Traveling Wilburys' music last year with The Traveling Wilburys Collection. The set, which features previously unreleased bonus tracks, has been certified gold. The legendary super-group of musical "brothers" stays in the spotlight as Rhino releases expanded and remastered versions of the band's historic, Grammy-winning 1988 debut and 1990 follow-up as individual albums.
With a lineup featuring esteemed artists Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty, the Traveling Wilburys were a one-of-a-kind musical phenomenon. The remastering of the music featured on VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 3 was supervised by Lynne.
The all-star configuration came about by chance when the members convened at a Southern California studio in 1988 to record a B-side for a single by Harrison. Recalling the group's origins, Harrison was often quoted as saying: "And so everybody was there and I thought, I'm not gonna just sing it myself, I've got Roy Orbison standing there. I'm gonna write a bit for Roy to sing. And then, as it progressed, thenI started doing the vocals and I just thought I might as well push it a bit and get Tom and Bob to sing the bridge." The experience recording "Handle With Care" was so much fun they decided to release it under the Wilburys moniker and continue the collaboration with an album's worth of songs.
Their camaraderie is heard in every groove on Rhino's remastered reissue of their now-historic, VOLUME 1. The album achieved wide critical acclaim, and most critics agreed that the music was so extraordinary because of the modest ambitions of the band, which translated to a fresh and relaxing sound. Rolling Stone instantly hailed it as one of the Top 100 Albums of all time. The album also saw commercial success: it reached #3 on the Album charts, garnered double-platinum status, and earned the group a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. The remastered version includes the bonus tracks "Maxine" and "Like A Ship."
The Wilburys followed it up in 1990 with the group's second full-length, VOLUME 3. The disc was recorded without Orbison, who passed away in '88, but the songs are still full of the spirit that made their musical "brotherhood" the stuff of legend. With Harrison and Lynne producing again, both "She's My Baby" and "Wilbury Twist" became radio hits as the album reached #11 in the U.S. and achieved platinum success. The remastered version includes the bonus tracks "Nobody's Child" and "Runaway."
1. "Handle With Care"
2. "Dirty World"
4. "Last Night"
5. "Not Alone Any More"
7. "Heading For The Light"
9. "Tweeter And The Monkey Man"
10. "End Of The Line"
12. "Like A Ship"
1. "She's My Baby"
2. "Inside Out"
3. "If You Belonged To Me"
4. "The Devil's Been Busy"
5. "7 Deadly Sins"
6. "Poor House"
7. "Where Were You Last Night?"
8. "Cool Dry Place"
9. "New Blue Moon"
10. "You Took My Breath Away"
11. "Wilbury Twist"
12. "Nobody's Child"
Anyone who bought the new Mudcutch CD probably noticed the small insert that came with it. Turns out, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits is being altered and re-issued on May 20. The collection has new album art and apparently replaces Something In The Air with Stop Draggin' My Heart Around with Stevie Nicks.
The tracks (including 5 produced by Jeff Lynne titles) are remastered. To date, Full Moon Fever or Into The Great Wide Open have yet to get a badly needed remastering job.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The new Dave Edmunds Mini-LP collection is out now including two of his albums with some help from Jeff Lynne. Information (from 1983) and Riff Raff (from 1984 and a rarity on CD) have joined a growing list of paper sleeve collection CDs.
The remastering has me a bit perplexed, though. Remember, both CDs were remastered and re-issued on BGO in 2002 with excellent results. These new CDs however are much louder and powerful (and sweetened for lack a better descriptor.) While I think some people will prefer the sound of these, I'm beginning to see why "flatter" is a bit better in this case. The new CDs just blast through the headphones (a good thing) but I'm detecting parts where the fine little details are getting crushed and buried.
I have yet to give them a spin on the main stereo, though. We'll see how they fare there.
Outside of that, the paper sleeves are beautifuly made. However, the two Edmunds CDs I got contained only the album cover with CD and black and white lyric booklet inside. That's it. ELO, as you may or may not know, made out much better than that.
And no matter how good the remastering, I still, to this day, can't make out the first 6 syllables of Breaking Out.
The format promises better sound through the use of a polycarbonate plastic disc. But, if they're not using a better, newly prepared master, it's hard to figure out how much better the sounds on this disc will be. Anyone who knows about this process and/or format, please weigh in.
Anyway, the disc (with 5 produced by Jeff Lynne cuts) is out May 28.
For the record, the Concert For George is now available digitally on most of the main online music outlets, and at least in the case of iTunes, the "album" includes the Sam Brown and Jools Holland's rendition of A Horse To Water that didn't make the original CD.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Well, indications are that it may take a while for any bonus material for the new Fly/Salvo edition of Looking On to appear online. Other than the USA edit of Brontosaurus, there's apparently not much left. The Salvo Looking On website is teasing us with Falling Forever "if you pray hard enough..." which I personally translate into "fat chance." But hope does indeed spring eternal.
The April 23 post of Musictap.net claims Rhino has the Traveling Wilburys Volume One and Volume 3 CDs separately on the docket for June 3. If this is true, I would not expect anything other than what's on the Traveling Wilburys Collection CDs.
Since the Traveling Wilburys Collection seemed to satisfy everyone who wanted to buy the Wilburys again, I would think it would be wise for Rhino to tack on the extended versions and other related bonus tracks (like, say, the remix of Not Alone Any More) to their respective CDs. I would not count on it, though.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The last round of earlier Move CDs was roughly 10 years ago and perhaps they fit the bill back then, but the bar was raised considerably with Move, ELO and other related releases. The last time Looking On was released on CD, the liner notes encompassed the band's entire career, the pics were out-of-era and while the sound of the music was ok, the bonus tracks were also way out-of-era. All of those areas got a substantial upgrade with this 2008 Salvo/Fly edition of Looking On.
For starters, the historical record is set straight in several ways. The liner notes are mostly contained to how the album came to be and all of the fun and craziness of that particular time. That serves this package much better than a full career retro. The photos are (at last) limited to the Move circa 1970, some of those photos so bad they're good. And the bonus tracks finally fit the album. Wild Tiger Woman and Blackberry Way just didn't fit on the previous edition of Looking On. So, now that there's a nice tidy-up on the details, it's easier to put yourself in Brimingham and/or London in 1970.
Now for the remastering. The 1998 version of Looking On was, for the most part, clear sounding. The 2008 edition takes clarity, improves it and adds depth, power, and much more detail. The parts that were given muscle in the studio have muscle again. Personally, I picked out percussion parts (among others) that seemed to be buried (or distorted over) before. I suppose that's the point of remastering any album and this CD slightly exceeded my expectations.
I'm a fan of having unreleased session material as bonus tracks instead of songs that were loosely released around the time of the album. (At least Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice fits the album's sound.) There's plenty to gain from even subtle differences in the mix like the extended banter between Jeff and Roy during Turkish Tram Conductor Blues or hearing "We're clapping now aren't we?" during the count-in to Duke of Edinburgh's Lettuce. And oooooh, to have been a fly (there's a label pun in there somewhere) on the wall while track 13 was being recorded...
Another smash-bang job by the Move remastering team. Now, we go from Looking On to looking forward to the upcoming Move box set.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Prepare to lace up the skates up again. Hot off the wheels of a Broadway hit, Xanadu (the original movie) is being re-modeled and re-released on DVD this June. Expect a restored picture and new 5.1 surround sound on the DVD, plus a bonus CD of the complete soundtrack in all its campy glory. US release day is June 24.
What, no blu-ray?
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The April re-issues are beginning to pile up for collectors.
Tuesday is supposedly re-issue day for Ole ELO. Later in the month, a budget version of ELO's Out of the Blue is due along with Japanese mini-LP editions of Dave Edmunds' Information and Riff Raff. Now comes word from Amazon that All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra will be released on a gold disc edition on or around April 22.
Also, Face The Music Online should be going live this week with specific details and ordering info for the Move's Looking On.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
ELO's Out of the Blue is being re-issued in the US as a budget release on April 29. Another link here. No details on this yet, but retail price (like the upcoming Ole ELO set) is a mere $6.99. Could this be similar to the UK, where Out of the Blue was re-released with carbon neutral packaging?
Monday, March 17, 2008
A new round of ELO Japanese Mini-LPs are just released and this tme the complete set of CDs (On The Third Day, Eldorado, Face The Music, A New World Record, Out Of The Blue, Discovery, Time, Secret Messages and Balance Of Power) are housed in a promo glossy, hard-bound slipcase box with Discovery artwork.
From what I can tell, there are no differences with the new pressings of the mini-LP CDs themselves. Some mini-LPs are turning up on eBay with album artwork used as the disc design. Use caution if you order one of these. I've been discouraged from buying anything from the "Russian Federation" because they could be fakes, so I've held back. If you do get one of these Mini-LP CDs with album art on the disc, write me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me whether you believe they're official or not.
Back to the topic, the set with all 9 titles is expensive, roughly $200 or more. But if you haven't tried the Mini-LPs from Japan yet, this might be a good starting point because the Discovery slip box is incredibly well made. If you already own the first edition Mini-LPs, then you're just getting a nice box.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Play.com is the first to show the track list for the 2008 edition of Looking On. Clearly, the last hope for the unreleased Jeff Lynne song Falling Forever is the upcoming Move box set.
- Looking On
- Turkish Tram Conductor Blues
- When Alice Comes Back To The Farm
- Open Up Said The World At The Door
- Feel Too Good
- Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice (Rare B-Side)
- Looking On Part 1 (Take 3; Rough Mix - Previously Unreleased Version)
- Looking On Part 2 (Take 12; Rough Mix - Previously Unreleased Version)
- Turkish Tram Conductor Blues (Take 5; Rough Mix - Previously Unreleased Version)
- Open Up Said The World At The Door (Take 4; Rough Mix - Previously Unreleased Version)
- Feel Too Good (Take 11 Extract; Rough Mix - Previously Unreleased Version)
- The Duke Of Edinburgh's Lettuce (Take 2; Rough Mix - Previously Unreleased Version)
The Japanese Mini-LP CDs have now extended to Dave Edmunds. Five of his albums (two with some help from Jeff Lynne) have been re-remastered and will be available as Cardboard Mini-LP editions in Japan beginning April 23.
Information (1983) and Riff Raff (1984) feature seven produced by Jeff Lynne tracks in all and according to the description, have been remastered using JVC K2 24bit remastering. It, however, doesn't list which record company is releasing it or which cover art they'll be replicating. Both Information and Riff Raff have different artwork between the UK and US.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The CD has 14 tracks, seven of those tracks will be bonus material and (as with the previous 2 Move remasters from Salvo) expect additonal bonus material online.
Street date is listed as April 15, which is a Tuesday. But this may be a UK import, so this will probably be released on an adjacent Monday.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I'm listening to this collection of Mark Ronson productions. Ronson's stock as a record producer has skyrocketed with his win for Amy Winehouse's Rehab. This collection, which I highly recommend, has him teamed up with several other artists as well as "solo" tracks.
It, of course, got me to thinking if a similar CD by Jeff Lynne would make for a viable release. The Rossif Sutherland tracks (which have yet to be released) would be a good feature as well as other artists Jeff has worked or would like to work. Then, for good measure, weave in some new solo Jeff Lynne tracks, maybe an instrumental... and boom!... new music from Jeff and perhaps some support for other artists' tracks he produces. Many ELO fans never really jumped on board his productions outside of ELO, which is a bit of a shame. Hard to believe, but Zoom is seven years old this spring.
I was just wondering if anyone in Jeff's camp ever considered such a thing.
Friday, February 15, 2008
There's a second pressing of the Japanese Mini-LP CDs from ELO coming March 14. They're available for pre-order, but no word on whether there will be any differences with them. These second editions will be for On The Third Day through Balance Of Power sans Xanadu and Long Beach.
For those not in the know, Ole ELO was a nice compilation album from 1976 with tracks from the group's first 5 albums. Some LPs had all full length songs, other editions had a few edited versions.
Oddly enough, this LP spawned some of the most cherished collectibles for ELO fans. A version on gold vinyl and promo-only cover is rare but easy to find with some digging. However, in honor of the USA's bi-centennial year in 1976, three other promo-only versions of Ole ELO were pressed: one on red vinyl, one on white vinyl and one on blue vinyl. Those three are extremely rare and valuable.