Sunday, 10 December 2017

Review: Optimistic State Of Mind (Tokyo Storm)

The title says it all. Once you've listened to the debut album from new Midlands based rock quartet Tokyo Storm, you will enter into an "Optimistic State Of Mind" thanx to an impressive array of well crafted songs underpinned by the guitar craft of Joe Bartnicki, top class vocalist Ben Green, ace drummer Bob Peach and bassist Jason Edwards, their latest recruit.

Admirers of the rockier edge of ELO, Paul Rodgers/FreeJourney, WhitesnakeForeignerYes, Kansas and those classic American rock bands we all know and love will find "Optimistic State Of Mind" an approachable and familiar album blended with instantly likeable guitar licks, searching lyrics with meaning and the heartbeat of superb percussion. If the title track doesn't grab your attention, then the moody "Silent Obsession" and "Lady Darkness" will if not the jealousy tinged "Is This Love", the driving anthem that is "Tune" or elevated ballad "Stormy Night". "Kill The Machines" is a call to arms hard to ignore too. The song that makes this album and closes it is my personal fave, the wonderful eleven minute instrumental piece entitled "Signals". With elements of Pink Floyd and some superlative musicianship on display, it provides balance and a fitting album closer leaving the listener with a knowing smile that they have just experienced a stunning rock album from start to finish. Tokyo Storm are looking for a label to provide a platform for their music. The likes of Frontiers, SPV, Angel Air and Cherry Red would do well to sit up and take notice. A Tokyo Storm is coming! ★★

Trax: "Optimistic State Of Mind" ~ "Is This Love" ~ "Tune" ~ "Stormy Night" ~ "Kill The Machines" ~ "Silent Obsession" ~ "Fire In Your Eyes" ~ "Lady Darkness" ~ "Summer Feeling" ~ "Signals"

Tokyo Storm are: Ben Green (Vocals) + Bob Peach (Drums, Percussion) + Joe Bartnicki (Guitars, Bass, Keyboards) + Jason Edwards (Bass, Vocals)

Find out more about Tokyo Storm via info@tokyo-storm.com and these official links thus:

tokyo-storm.com   
www.facebook.com/tokyostormband   twitter.com/tokyostormband

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Optimistic State Of Mind" by Tokyo Storm to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 10-Dec-2017

Friday, 8 December 2017

ChartWatch: ELO/Jeff Lynne Continue + Wizzard Return for Roy Wood

The Official UK Album Chart published today (Friday 8th December) revealed that "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO has slipped from #27 to #35 this week whilst "All Over The World" has climbed from #70 to #61. Roy Orbison's "A Love So Beautiful" has clocked up a fifth week in the Top 10 rising from #9 to #8 with Bryan Adams' career compilation "Ultimate" also up to #44 from #45 meaning that Jeff Lynne still has a hand in four Top 100 albums this week. Over in the vinyl chart, the 2LP "All Over The World" is down from #25 to #35 with the "Out Of The Blue" 2LP picture disc set dropping out from #2 after a week.
Meanwhile, over the Official Top 100 Singles Chart, Roy Wood and Wizzard have jumped a staggering 76 places from #98 last week to #24 with the perennial festive fave "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". Yours Truly KJS suggests that you keep an eye on the chart performance of IWICBCE this year to see if it can eclipse the #16 it reached in 1984, not forgetting that it peaked at #4 upon its original release in 1973.
Please be reminded that an edited version of "Wembley Or Bust" will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 16th December at 11:30PM (or 30 minutes later in Scotland).

See also: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jxc84
See also: ChartWatch: Out Of The Blue Returns + Wembley Or Bust TV Debut

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" and "All Over The World" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-Dec-2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

elobeatlesforever (elobf) Gig Guide #30: Q1 2018

Winter into Spring (Q1) 2018 means that it's "Time" for the latest elobeatlesforever (elobf) Quarterly Gig Guide to be published once again! This is #30 and (hopefully) you will find my compilation of selected dates below (with more to follow when confirmed) between Monday 1st January and Saturday 31st March (plus individual artist links) helpful thus:

Saturday 6th January
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band @ Cheltenham Town Hall, Gloucestershire
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)
www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/roy-wood-rock-n-roll-band-red-e-2-rock-tour

Friday 26th January
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Queen's Head, Wolverley
Free entry
www.queensheadwolverley.com/events

Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/shows/roy-orbison-the-traveling-wilburys-experience

An Intimate Evening with Mark Stanway @ Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £9.50 each  (advance) or £10.50 each (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FEGEHJ

Wednesday 31st January
The Roy Orbison Story with Barry Steele @ The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tickets: from £18.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/concerts/the-roy-orbison-story

Thursday 8th February
ELO Again @ The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Telford
Tickets: up to £21 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theplacetelford.com/whats-on/music/elo-again/643

Friday 9th February
ELO Again @ The Deco, Northampton
Tickets: up to £19.50 each (*plus booking fee)
thedeco.co.uk/event/elo-again

Saturday 10th February
Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience @ The Civic, Stourport-on-Severn
Tickets: from £18 each (*plus booking fee)
www.thecivicstourport.co.uk/Orbison.php-wilburys-experience

Friday 16th February
Magic: A Kind Of ELO @ The Platform, Morecambe
Tickets: £19.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.ents24.com/morecambe-events/the-platform/magic-a-kind-of-elo/5153452

Saturday 17th February
The ELO Experience @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets: £25.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/shows/the-elo-experience

Quill with Bev Bevan @ The Assembly Rooms, Ludlow
Tickets: £20 each (*plus booking fee)
ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/events-calendar-list/2018/2/17/quill-with-bev-bevan

Sunday 18th February
Record & CD Fair @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Entry: £1 each
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4900

Thursday 22nd February
The Roy Orbison Story with Barry Steele @ Theatre Severn. Shrewsbury
Tickets: £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/the-roy-orbison-story

Friday 23rd February
Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience @ The Civic Hall, Brierley Hill
Tickets: from £18 each (*plus booking fee)
www.bhillcivic.co.uk/whats-on/event/181/roy-orbison-and-the-traveling-wilburys

Wednesday 28th February
Pete Kent @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £7 (advance) or £9 (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4914

Friday 2nd March
The ELO Experience @ The Town Hall, Cheltenham
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/the-elo-experience-2018-205755

Quill @ The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Tickets: £tba each (*plus booking fee)
www.lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on/music/

Saturday 3rd March
The Trevor Burton Band @ The Black Country Arms, Walsall
Free entry
www.blackcountryarms.co.uk/whats_on.htm

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Tickets: £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk/shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Wednesday 7th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
Tickets: £27 each (*plus booking fee)
www.shanklintheatre.com/events/jasper_carrott__stand_up_and_rock

Thursday 8th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth
Tickets: £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
weymouthpavilion.com/event/jasper-carrott

Friday 9th March
The ELO Experience @ New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tickets: £25.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-elo-experience/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham

Stand Up & Rock! @ The Lighthouse, Poole
Tickets: up to £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2017/jasper-carrott,-stand-up-and-rock

Tuesday 13th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
Tickets: from £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)
southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-jasper-carrott-stand-up-and-rock-southend-2017

Friday 16th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Corn Exchange, King's Lynn
Tickets: from £26.50 each (*plus booking fee)
www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/comedy/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-rock

Thursday 22nd March
The Steve Gibbons Band @ The Robin 2, Bilston
Tickets: £13.50 (advance) or £15 (door)(*plus booking fee)
www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5080

Saturday 24th March
The ELO Experience @ The Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tickets: £22 each (*plus booking fee)
www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/the-elo-experience

Sunday 25th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Tickets: £25 each (*plus booking fee)
venuecymru.co.uk/jasper-carrott

Monday 26th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each (*plus booking fee)
buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock

Wednesday 28th March
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets: from £25.90 each (*plus booking fee)
www.atgtickets.com/shows/jasper-carrotts-stand-up-and-rock/princess-theatre-torquay

Saturday 31st March
Stand Up & Rock! @ The Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth
Tickets: from £19 each (*plus booking fee)
www.britannia-pier.co.uk/show_detail.php?id=198

Jeff Lynne's ELO After a stint with classic Birmingham bands The Idle Race and The Move, Jeff Lynne co-founded The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971, one of the most successful groups of the seventies and eighties. Multiple hit singles and best selling albums followed making Jeff's anthemic ELO songs some of the most loved and recognisable of the last four decades. Jeff went on to a successful solo career and worked with many of his musical heroes including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers. He also found time to co-found the ultimate 'supergroup' in The Traveling Wilburys, who included pals Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison in their ranks. Find out what the driving force and creative mind behind ELO is currently up to via his official web site thus: www.jefflynneselo.com

Roy Wood The co-founder of The Move and ELO and the founder of Wizzard, The Helicopters et al will [hopefully] be on the road again during 2017! Find out where to see Dr. Roy Wood and what he is up to with his Rock 'n' Roll Band via his official web site thus: www.roywood.co.uk

The Orchestra Former members of ELO and ELO Part II: Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark, Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Glen Burtnik and Gordon Townsend continue to tour the world extensively. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.theorchestra.net

Quill Legendary Midlands Celtic tinged Americana rockers Quill, led by the incomparable Joy Strachan-Brain, have built up an impressive live reputation over a four decade span and now feature Tony Kelsey and Abby Brant in their ranks. Find out where to see them via their official web site thus: www.quilluk.com

The Trevor Burton Band A co-founding member of The Move, Trevor Burton can be found performing regularly at various venues in the Midlands with his fantastic band. Find out where on their web site thus: www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk

The ELO Experience Based in Hull, The ELO Experience deservedly won the National UK Tribute Awards in 2013 and they continue to faithfully reproduce classic Electric Light Orchestra hits (and more) live. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotribute.com

ELO Again Based in South Wales, ELO Again are now spreading their wings across the UK to faithfully recreate live those ELO hits we all know and love. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.eloagain.co.uk

Explosive Light Orchestra Not only an ELO tribute act but an original, independent artiste in their own right, The Explosive Light Orchestra - also known as Symphonika - have reproduced the exciting works of ELO at packed theatres and live music venues all around Europe. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elotributeband.com

ELO Light Years A new ELO tribute band and another from South Wales, ELO Light Years are headed up by Jim Ramsey alongside Mike 'Chas' Holcombe, Sarah Waycott, Richard Watson, Robin Davey and Claire Brewster with Angharad and Rhiannon Griffiths. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elolightyears.com

The ELO Encounter Another new ELO tribute band, this time from Essex, The ELO Encounter feature Simon Rownes and three members of his family: Jack, Max and Henry alongside Martin Donald, Jasmine Ali and Simon Dove. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.elo-encounter.co.uk

The Trembling Wilburys One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Trembling Wilburys were founded by drummer Dave Stark in 2010 and feature Dave Collison as Roy Orbison and Glen Knowler as George Harrison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The septet also feature top guitarist Dzal Martin, Andy McNish, Marko Laver and Howard Robin. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.tremblingwilburys.co.uk

The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Experience One of two world class UK based Traveling Wilburys' tribute bands, The Big O & The Traveling Wilburys Experience are a multi-talented group featuring Paul Hopkins as Roy Orbison performing Wilburys and solo classics to rave reviews. The sextet is completed by Richard Gibson, Owen James, Aubrey Robinson, Matt Gaffiney and Andrew Whittaker. Find out where to see them now via their official web site thus: www.travelingwilburystribute.co.uk

The artistes and shows listed above are recommended by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf)This listing is not exhaustive. Please contact elobf should you wish events to be considered for the above roster. It'll be nice to see you at some of the above gigs for a chat!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Dec-2017

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Jeff Lynne: Ultimate Surprise in New Bryan Adams Package

Sometimes we miss things here at elobeatlesforever (elobf). And it's right that we hold up our hands and acknowledge it on this occasion. Whereas Yours Truly KJS has been mentioning in despatches the release of Bryan Adams' latest career overview "Ultimate" (Polydor #6711659) and its inclusion of the Jeff Lynne produced trax "Go Down Rockin'" and "You Belong To Me" from 2015's UK #2 album "Get Up" as well as its impressive peak chart performance of #11 (at the time of writing), I failed to fully read the CD booklet credits for one of the two new songs: "Ultimate Love" (which has a real Tom Petty feel to it) and so only recently discovered that the ELO maestro plays piano on the track as well as mixing it alongside long time cohort Steve Jay in Los Angeles (doubtless at Bungalow Studios).

See also: REVIEW: GET UP [Bryan Adams]

Being as this hit filled fest actually features three songs of interest to ELO/Jeff Lynne fans, it should therefore come as no surprise that elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Ultimate" by Bryan Adams to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes. Would you Please Forgive Me for my oversight?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Dec-2017

Friday, 1 December 2017

ChartWatch: Out Of The Blue Returns + Wembley Or Bust TV Debut

The Official UK Album Chart and Official Vinyl Album Chart published earlier this evening (Friday 1st December) revealed ELO's iconic double album "Out Of The Blue" returning to the Top 100 after a ten year hiatus at #59 on the back of the impressive pre-order sales of the 2LP picture disc set which also saw it soar to #2 in the vinyl chart. It was mixed news elsewhere as "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO slipped eighteen places from #9 to #27 and "All Over The World" climbed from #76 to #70 respectively. Meanwhile, Roy Orbison's "A Love So Beautiful" has clocked up a fourth week in the Top 10 at #9 (down from #7) and Bryan Adams' career compilation "Ultimate" is at #45 (down from #31) meaning that Jeff Lynne has a hand in a quintet of Top 100 albums this week. The 2LP "All Over The World" also jumped from #34 to #25 in the vinyl chart with the 3LP "Wembley Or Bust" dropping out from #7 after a week.
By the way, if you can't get enough of "Wembley Or Bust" digitally or on LP/CD/DVD or Blu-Ray, an edited 75 minute version will be broadcast on BBC2 in just over two weeks time on Saturday 16th December at 11:30PM or from "Midnight Blue" in Scotland (see above for more info).


elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" , "Out Of The Blue" and "All Over The World" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Dec-2017

Friday, 24 November 2017

Wembley Or Bust: ELO Live Album Confirmed In UK Top 10

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Having entered the Official UK Midweek Album Chart at #5 earlier this week, the new Jeff Lynne's ELO album "Wembley Or Bust" has been confirmed this evening as a new entry at #9 in the Official UK Album Chart - matching the chart performance of "Balance Of Power" back in March 1986.

The impressive 3LP edition of "Wembley Or Bust" has also entered the Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 at #7 so it's a triple celebration for the ELO maestro with million selling compilation "All Over The World" also confirmed as holding steady at #76. With Roy Orbison's orchestrated epic "A Love So Beautiful" still in the Top 10 at #7 and Bryan Adams' "Ultimate" compilation sitting at #31, it means that Jeff Lynne has a hand in four UK Top 100 albums at present!

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wembley Or Bust" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Nov-2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review: Silverlake (Pugwash)

What "Do Ya" get if Dublin's finest adds a little of Brum's finest with Liverpool's finest and Swindon's finest and then sprinkles a spot of Californian West Coast sonic excellence over the whole affair? The answer (if you hadn't already guessed) is the new Pugwash long player "Silverlake" (Lojinx LJX111).

For this album at least, Pugwash is now essentially the affable and extremely talented Thomas Walsh alongside the equally legendary LA based musician cum producer Jason Falkner. Funded and delivered as a result of a successful pledge campaign, "Silverlake" is a tour de force of those familiar Pugwash hooks, melodies and genial lyrics that we've all come to love, this time overlaid with a classic Power Pop vibe. From the first notes of the perfect pop of opener "The Perfect Summer" through to the manic psychedelia of bonus track "Deeper Deeper", this is an album full of addictive tunes oozing Tom's major musical influences of ELO/Jeff Lynne, XTC and The Beatles (to name a few). If lead single "The Perfect Summer" doesn't grab you then "What Are You Like" and "Easier Done Than Said" are likely to with its catchy if not infectious guitars and those superb vocals. "Why Do I" is another belter (which will appeal to those who also enjoy XTC) as is the anthemic "Without You".

There's room here also for acoustic ballads "Better Than Nothing At All", "Such A Shame" and "Sunshine True", the latter which almost has a Norwegian Wood feel to it with its inspired string arrangement. The haunting "Autarch" has an early ELO if not late Beatles (or even Move) feel to it and, as mentioned earlier, "Deeper Deeper" is sheer fun! "Silverlake" should appeal to a wide range of music connoisseurs aside from the growing, loyal band of Pugwash admirers. If ever there were an artiste deserving of major success and recognition, then Thomas Walsh and Pugwash should be right at the top of the list. And if there were ever a record that deserves your attention and a decent slot in the album charts, then this it! ★★★★

Trax: "The Perfect Summer" ~ "What Are You Like" ~ "Why Do I" ~ "Better Than Nothing At All" ~ "Without You" ~ "Sunshine True" ~ "Everyone Knows That You're Mine" ~ "Make It Yourself" ~ "Such A Shame" ~ "Easier Done Than Said" ~ "Autarch" ~ "Deeper Deeper" (Bonus)

See also: Recommended: Pugwash New Album Kickstarter Campaign

"Silverlake" by Pugwash is released on Friday 24th November (vinyl edition follows two weeks later on Friday 8th December) and is available to buy via these links thus:

www.lojinx.com/releases/pugwash/silverlake
www.amazon.co.uk/Silverlake-Pugwash/dp/B075TR2PWJ
www.amazon.com/Silverlake-Pugwash/dp/B075TR2PWJ

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Silverlake" by Pugwash to those enlightened folks who love ELOJeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 23-Nov-2017