Thursday, January 30, 2014


For those of you who purchased George Harrison: The Guitar Collection from Apple's app store, you can now download an update that includes new audio clips from Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton - among other things.  Jeff can be found talking about the ukuleles now featured on the app.

If you don't have the app, it's now $.99...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


There's now a photo gallery containing stills from last night's taping of The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles.  Among the photos are Jeff Lynne on stage with Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Dhani Harrison.  The special is slated to air on CBS on Sunday February 9 at 8pm - exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of The Beatles iconic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

... AND AGAIN...

... and again, during a Super Bowl.

Monday, January 27, 2014


Jeff Lynne is reportedly among the many performers expected to take part in tonight's The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles. More info to come...

Thursday, January 23, 2014


From Jeff Lynne's Official Facebook page and Showdown, the Official ELO Mailing List: the press release for Jeff's upcoming star on Birmingham's Walk Of Stars in March.

Official Press Release
23 January 2014 
The lad from Shard End, Birmingham who gained global fame as the frontman and co-founder of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), Jeff Lynne, is to be honoured with a star on Birmingham's Walk of Stars on Thursday 13th March 2014. 
The composer, music producer and Brummie rock hero will join fellow musicians Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Roy Wood, in having a star etched with his name on Broad Street, in the heart of the city's convention and entertainment quarter. 
Last year he was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in recognition of a vast and illustrious career that has included a highly successful production and writing career, a solo career and the creative force behind the fifty million record-selling Electric Light Orchestra. After the undoubted success of ELO, between 1972 and 1986, Lynne wrote and produced 26 Top Forty hits in the United Kingdom, and 20 Top Forty hits in the United States. 
As a producer, Jeff Lynne has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh. Together with Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan, Lynne was, of course, a member of the Grammy award-winning Traveling Wilburys--a super group like no other. 
Last year Jeff Lynne released his first solo record in twenty years 'Long Wave' which went in at number 5 where it was quickly joined by the remastered 'Mr. Blue Sky' (debuting at 7) and 'All Over The World - The Best Of ELO' (debuting at 10) all in the same week! In 2014 Jeff Lynne is still working hard on his music and has written a new track for the Hollywood blockbuster, American Hustle, which was announced Winner in the best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) category at the Golden Globes on 12th January 2014.
Lynne will be presented with a duplicate of the commemorative star by his good friend, comedian Jasper Carrott, himself a recipient of a star in 2007, at a private ceremony to be held at the city's new Library of Birmingham. 
Jasper Carrott, chair of the Walk of Stars said "Jeff's accomplishments in the field of music are almost too many to mention. As well as being responsible for some of the most classic pop songs of all time, he's also an outstanding producer and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for music has never waned.  We're delighted that he's found time to come home to Birmingham and take his rightful place on the Walk of Stars". 
Jeff said: "I'm thrilled to be included on the Birmingham Walk of Stars! It's great to have my work recognised in my own hometown!"

Monday, January 20, 2014


Some more digging on these has revealed these upcoming SHM-CDs are newly remastered for this 'format' and will include some bonus tracks we don't normally see - but for the most part, they are tracks that have been released in other places.

Electric Light Orchestra:
1.10538 Overture
2. Look At Me Now
3. Nellie Takes Her Bow
4. Battle of Marston Moore
5. First movement
6. Mr. Radio
7. Manhattan Rumble
8. Queen of Hours
9. Whisper In The Night
10.10538 Overture (Acetate Version) (Bonus Track)
11. Mr. Radio (Take 9) (Bonus Track)
12. Whisper In The Night (Take 1 / Take 2 Edit) (Bonus Track)
13. Mr. Radio (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
14.10538 Overture (USA radio mono mix) (Bonus Track)
15. Great Balls Of Fire (Live) (Bonus Track)

ELO 2:
1. In Old England Town (Boogie No.2)
2. Mama
3. Roll Over Beethoven
4. From The Sun To The World (Boogie No.1)
5. Kuiama
6. Showdown (Bonus Track)
7. In Old England Town (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)
8. Roll Over Beethoven (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
9. Baby I Apologize (Session Outtake) (Bonus Track)
10. Everyone's Born To Die (Bonus Track)
11. ELO2 intro (Bonus Track)
12. All Over The World (Showdown - Early Version) (Bonus Track)
13. My Woman (Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle Early Version) (Bonus Track)
14. Roll Over Beethoven (Instrumental) (Bonus Track)

Message From The Country:
1. Message From The Country
2. Ella James
3. No Time
4. Do not Mess Me Up
5. Until Your Mama's Gone
Do not want to dance 6.
7. The minister
8. Ben Crawley Steel Company
9. Words of Alone
10. My Marge
11. Tonight (Bonus Track)
12. Chinatown (Bonus Track)
13. Down On The Bay (Bonus Track)
14. Do Ya (Bonus Track)
15. California Man (Bonus Track)
16. Do not Mess Me Up (Alternative Version) (Bonus Track)
17. Words of Alone (another version) (Bonus Track)
18. Do Ya (7-inch Single Version) (Bonus Track)
19. Tonight (USA Radio Edit) (Bonus Track)

Wizzard Brew:
1. You Can Dance Your Rock 'N' Roll
2. Meet Me At The Jailhouse
3. Jolly Cup of tea
4. Buffalo station - Get On Down To Memphis
5. Gotta crash
6. Wear-a-Fast Gun
7. Ball Park Incident (Bonus Track)
8. Carlsberg Special (Bonus Track)
9. Sea My Baby Jive (Bonus Track)
10. Bend Over Beethoven (Bonus Track)
11. Angel Fingers (Bonus Track)
12 You Got The Jump On Me - (Bonus Track)
13. Rob Roys Nightmare (Bonus Track)
14. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Bonus Track)
15. Meet Me At The Jailhouse (US insert) (Bonus Track)

Roy Wood Boulders:
1. Songs of Praise
2. Wake-up
3. Lock-down low
4. Nancy Sing Me A Song
5. Dear Elaine
6. All The Way Over The Hill / Irish Loafer
7. Miss Clark & ​​The Computer
8. When Grandma Plays The Banjo
9. Rock Medley
10. Forever (Bonus Track)
11. Music-to commit suicide by (Bonus Track)
12. Goin 'Down the Road (Bonus Track)
13. The Premium Bond Theme (Bonus Track)
14. Down-to-zero (Bonus Track)
15. Olympic Flyer (Bonus Track)
16. It's Not Easy (Bonus Track)
17. Riser Moon (Bonus Track)
18. Green Glass Windows (Bonus Track)
19. The Driving Song (Bonus Track)
20. Aerial Pictures (Bonus Track)

Roy Wood On The Road Again:
1. On The Road Again
2. Wings Over The Sea
3. Keep Your Hands On The Wheel
4. Colorful Lady
5. Load rocket
6. Bucktown-Sinner
7. Jimmy Rudd
8. Dancin 'At The Rainbow's End
9. Another Night
10. Way Beyond The Rain
11. Sax Maniacs (Bonus Track)

Super Active Wizzo:
1. Life Is Wonderful
2. Waiting At This Door
3. Another Long Night
4. Sneakin'
5. Giant Footsteps
6. Earthrise
7. The Strohl (Bonus Track)
8. Waiting at This Door (Bonus Track)

Some of the titles on these lists may be off a bit, but it gives you an idea of what is planned for this series.  Again, this set of releases will come in Mini-LP cardboard sleeves promising to reproduce the original UK album. Release date for Japan only: March 19, 2014...

Friday, January 17, 2014

long black road

Jeff Lynne's official Facebook page is promoting that 2001's Long Black Road is now available on the American Hustle soundtrack.  But if you thought there was something odd or peculiar about this version of the song, you're not imagining things.  Turns out, it's in mono - on both the download and the CD.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


The honors continue to pile up for Mr. Lynne.  He will now be getting a star on Birmingham's Broad Street Walk of Stars. His close pal, Jasper Carrott, will be presenting the award which is scheduled (but not confirmed) for March 13.

This will not be Jeff's only star this year. He will be getting one on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame some time this year as well.

Friday, January 10, 2014


ELO and related titles from the Harvest era are getting SHM-CD mini-LP editions in Japan.

Electric Light Orchestra and ELO 2
Message From The Country from The Move

Boulders and On The Road Again from Roy Wood
Super Active Wizzo from Roy Wood Wizzo Band
Wizzard Brew from Wizzard

The limited editions will come in cardboard sleeve mini-LPs promising to reproduce the original UK LP.  Release date for Japan only: March 19, 2014