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

Friday, May 26, 2017

ROY ORBISON AND THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

... AND AGAIN...

Mr. Blue Sky to be featured in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack. More from Rolling Stone:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ROSIE VELA

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Rosie Vela.  Please read the story and consider donating.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

GEORGE HARRISON'S 74TH BIRTHDAY ctd


In addition to the new vinyl, George Harrison's albums will be re-issued in Japan as SHM-CDs including the Jeff Lynne co-produced Cloud Nine and Brainwashed.  The editions will be new mini-LP card sleeve editions.  From CD Japan:
Cardboard sleeve reissue from George Harrison features SHM-CD format and uses the latest master for vinyl. The mini LP faithfully replicates its UK first pressing LP design, which partially replicates its EU first pressing edition. Also partially replicates the obi included with the first pressing Japanese LP design. This series features the following titles "Wonderwall Music," "Electronic Sound," "All Things Must Pass," "Living In The Material World," "Dark Horse," "Extra Texture," "33 1/3," "George Harrison," "Somewhere In England," "Gone Troppo," "Cloud Nine," "Live In Japan," and "Brainwashed."


Release date is 24 February 2017 as well.

Friday, January 27, 2017

NIGHT OF FEAR 50TH ANNIVERSARY


While the new Move best-of set is not available digitally today, there is a new Move digital-only release: a 50th Anniversary Digital Single of The Move's Night Of Fear.

Track list:

Night Of Fear (Alternate Version - Stereo) - from Salvo release in 2007
Distrubance (Undubbed Alternate Version - Mono) - from Salvo release in 2007
Night Of Fear (Vocal Session) from digital only Salvo release in 2007


Released 9 December 2016 on iTunes only.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MOVEMENT

Released this Friday:

Magnetic Waves of Sound - The Best of The Move. 




And now, Boulders from Roy Wood will get a fresh pressing on 180g vinyl thanks to Music On Vinyl.  Release date for that: 24 February 2017


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.