Here is the latest news on updates for the Jeff Lynne Song Database as well as other interesting bits of Jeff Lynne news from time to time. It's not really a Jeff Lynne news site so don't come here looking for the latest news (although I do my best to stay current). To get the real news, I recommend ELO Discovery site or the A Jeff Lynne and Related Blog site.
Posted: 2019-01-22 20:08:46
Hi again. I just added a previously unknown (but still unreleased) song to the database that I had not known about. Apparently Jeff worked with singer Tony Dangerfield in Birmingham in the early days. He participated in a song called Evening Blue (and maybe the B-side called Times Are Tougher Than Tough) recorded for Polydor, but ultimately unreleased. Details are not clear, so I assume that Jeff did, at the most, some guitar playing for the song. Sadly it remains unreleased. The track is at 1966 #2 in the database.
Meanwhile, I'm also hard at work on a new page dedicated to the first ELO tour in 1972. I've gotten most of the story written and the images up. I just need to clean up a few more details. Hopefully it will be ready in a few more weeks.
Posted: 2018-12-30 19:59:45
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
So I finished my analysis of the The UK Singles Volume One 1972-1978 set. Took me a while as my turntable was broken. The producers of this set did an incredible job of duplicating the original song edits of the original UK singles. I was skeptical at first, so I'm quite impressed. I am confident that several of the tracks are recordings of the original singles that are cleaned up and remastered, particularly the live tracks on the B-sides and the alternate version of One Summer Dream. Others, if there is a unique single edit, may be recreated. There is one failure, however. It looks like the producers of this set tried to recreated the fade-out on the original UK 10538 Overture single, yet they missed it yet again. The fade-out starts in the same place and ends in the same place, but the type of fade-out is different-- on the original single, there is a quick fade to about 50%, then a steady fade to the end form there; on the box set single, it's a steady fade all the way.
I've added new entries in the database for this new edit of 10538 Overture (1971 #32). I also found that they got the edit of Nightrider correct, which also revealed to me that the recreated version of the song on the 1997 Light Years compilation was wrong with a slightly longer fade-out. I had not noticed this before, so I have to add a new entry to the database for Nightrider for this edit (1975 #47).
Nice set and remarkably done. The duplicates of the original sleeves are not the same, too, as these new ones are all thin cardboard rather than the original flimsy paper. No complaint, however, as these stand up much better. It's such a shame they couldn't have been a little more creative and create new picture sleeves for those singles that didn't have them originally. I guess they wanted to duplicate the original as much as possible, but really, things like the generic white sleeve for Telephone Line is rather boring.
It's a shame that there's no digital release of this set. There are some very rare edits that have never had any sort of digital release. Maybe if and when they make a Volume 2...
Posted: 2018-11-13 15:47:38
I have created a new page for the Live 2019 (http://www.jefflynnesongs.com/live2019/) tour. Right now, it's relaly only a stub, listing some basic facts and the tour dates. More will be filled in with time and especially once the tour actually happens.
And I've still got a lot to go on the Live 2018 page. There's only so many hours in a day. :-)
Posted: 2018-10-31 21:37:00
There's a new Tom Petty compilation coming in early February called The Best Of Everything- The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection with several Jeff Lynne related tunes. While An American Treasure was more of a rarities collection, this one is a basic Greatest Hits compilation with a few rarities thrown in. I put a bit about it on the main page.
It looks like the Genesis Publications release of the Wembley or Bust book has slipped again as it's obviously not going to make it's latest projected October release date.
Meanwhile, the Jeff Lynne's ELO 2018 tour is now over. If anyone has any good images or recordings or even thoughts on the tour, please share. I will be adding more detail on the tour as it becomes available. Live 2018
Finally, I hope to be adding a new stub page for Live 2019. Coming soon.
Posted: 2018-10-12 17:58:41
It seems that the digital version of the Tom Petty song Don't Treat Me Like A Stranger (produced by Jeff Lynne) from the new An American Treasure has a strange fade-in at the beginning, such that the opening drum beat can barely be heard and the guitars clearly fade in. This is only on the digital release as the CD versions have the normal opening. I've added a sound sample on my page if you want to hear it. (1989 #31)
Posted: 2018-10-02 20:59:45
Hi again. I just added the information for Tom Petty's new An American Treasure compilation. A few things to note about this. First. the standard edition only contains the rare Jeff Lynne related studio track Don't Treat Me Like A Stranger. The deluxe editions contains three additional album cuts, but nothing rare like the Stranger song. Also, it seems the vinyl LP will not be released until November, delayed from the CD/digital release.
I also added new entries for the Live 2018 performances (2018 #2 to #21). Information is starting to come in about the UK shows! The tour is a great success! Congratulations Jeff!
Posted: 2018-09-23 13:24:20
Hi all! I've been slowly filling in the recent tour information. Thanks to all of you who have sent me information and images for the 2018 concerts. It's a slow process, but I'm always grateful for anything that is sent. The 2017 tour page is now mostly complete except for some images and concert reviews and bits I want to add about the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame performance.
Meanwhile, I did add some new entries to the database for some live performances by Joe Walsh of Analog Man and Wrecking Ball from February 2012 in which Jeff Lynne joined in on guitar. These were part of the bonus materials for the deluxe Analog Man release in 2012, but I had failed to note them! How did I miss that!? Special thanks to Bob C. for leading me to this. (2012 #1 & #2)
Finally, for those of you wondering, I'm also hard at work on a page about ELO's first tour in 1972. Some interesting things to be found about that. More soon.
Posted: 2018-08-07 20:25:35
Hi again. Thanks to those of you that are sending details about the current concerts. It's really helpful and I'm slowly getting things on the tour page. Photos and recordings are always very welcome as they really help me figure out what's happening from show to show. Xanadu was performed in Oakland, but was dropped for the two L.A. shows. Let's see if it's back for Denver tonight. With permission, I will give credit on the Live 2018 page to anyone who helps me out.
It's down to fans like you that make these tour page analyses what they are! I'll be at shows in Houston, Dallas, NYC and Philadelphia. If anyone wants to meet up, send me a private message.
Posted: 2018-08-06 16:29:37
Posted: 2018-07-28 04:24:53
Hi again. I put up on the main page the new ELO vinyl single collection called "The UK Singles Volume One 1972-1978". Nice (and expensive) set. No word on if it's going to be anything more than a box and singles (such as a booklet). These are supposed to be perfect reproductions of the originals, which quite frankly, are not at all difficult to find on the aftermarket. It's a shame they didn't take the opportunity to make it a little nicer, such as retro style picture sleeves rather than the boring company sleeves.
Posted: 2018-07-21 21:54:55
Hi yet again. I added an entry to the main page for Tom Petty's new An American Treasure compilation. This does include several Jeff Lynne related tracks, although nothing rare except Don't Treat Me Like A Stranger (a bonus track on the UK I Won't Back Down singles) and several live tracks of Jeff Lynne co-written songs.
I also got a new recording of the Concert For George LP and have verified that the strange edit on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Taxman was simply a record skip. The new recording was perfect and matched the CD version. So I've removed this edited version from the database (2002 #56).
Posted: 2018-07-18 18:41:50
Hi fans! I need your help. Will you be attending one of the upcoming Jeff Lynne's ELO shows in August, September or October? Can you possibly bootleg record the entireshow for me? I'm asking for an audio recording, although video is nice if you are willing to hold your camera up for the whole show, which I wouldn't expect. Don't worry about audio quality too much and I can live with a crazy fan shouting "Woohoo!" next to you. Just turn on your phone and record. I need these recordings to help me do a proper analysis of the tour. I've managed to get very nearly the entire set of 2016 and 2017 concerts, and I'd like to get the complete 2018 tour too. I'm happy to share additional recordings and rarities with anyone that sends me their recordings. Many thanks!
Posted: 2018-07-11 16:21:49
Hi all! I know it's been a while, but life has been very hectic for me lately. But I am continuing to work on the Jeff Lynne Song Database in small ways from time to time.
The most recent change is that I finally have all the information from the 2018 reissue of Concert For George in all it's variations complete. Check out the special page (http://www.jefflynnesongs.com/CFG.htm) which I updated with all the new info, including a few nice pictures of the deluxe box set and an analysis of the vinyl LP tracks.
The LPs, for the most part, are exactly the same as the CD, but of course it includes the songs that were missing from the CD too (but those are (mostly) no different from the CD. This is, of course, a bit of a fade-in and fade-out at the beginning and end of each LP side, but that's to be expected. The exceptions are variations on Monty Python's Sit On My Face, which includes a whole new intro and Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Taxman, which has a weird edit at the beginning of the song, cutting off part of the intro. These have resulted in new entries in the database (2003 - #30 and #56).
Posted: 2018-06-11 18:34:36
Hi all! I just added to the main page the information on the upcoming double vinyl release of Secret Messages containing (almost) the original double album concept. Very exciting, but sadly still missing Beatles Forever. Despite the missing song, I have high hopes for this album. Here's hoping it's created with love and care in regards to the original concept, with appropriate "between song" bits and artwork and the true short version of After All which still hasn't been released. Hopefully it's not put together by Sony hired hacks that don't really understand the historical significance.
Response: 2018-07-01 21:33:09
I am enjoying the website
Response: 2018-06-15 16:35:47
If you consider the lineage of Video! from the Electric Dreams soundtrack, released just a year after Secret Messages was reduced to a single disc, it could be argued that Jeff did somewhat rework Beatles Forever...
Response: 2018-06-13 09:42:06
I wish Jeff would have at least released Beatles Forever as an instrumental or maybe used different lyrics.
Posted: 2018-05-16 17:44:51
Hi again! I now have the new Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert DVD and blu-rays in hand. I can confirm that they (1) are USA releases only and (2) contain all three ELO songs and the full induction except the short video overview. They contain a 5.1 mix as well, although I've not had a chance to give it a good listen to know if it's a worthwhile mix yet or not. I've added the releases to the database, but anything about the 5.1 mixes will be added later.
Posted: 2018-05-15 18:01:53
Hi again. I am officially done with the 2016 Alone In The Universe page! I've added all the bits I wanted to add and now will just add new images as I get thism. (If anyone out there has ticket scans, photos, etc. they would like me to put on the page, please share!) I've still got quite a bit to go on the 2017 page, including a really good analysis of the Wembley Stadium release. More on that as it happens.
And in other news, I finally decided to combine the Secret Message album intro and outro into the songs (Secret Messages and Rock 'n' Roll Is King) as the album doesn't separate them. Kind of minor, but I had originally broke the out when I was attempting to put the double album into the database, but decided it didn't make sense.
And speaking of Secret Messages, apparently the double album is to be released on vinyl soon, but minus the still missing Beatles Forever. So while nice, won't really reflect the original double album concept. Bummer.
Response: 2018-06-06 16:45:12
Yeah, this album is apparently being put out by the lackeys at Sony that don't really understand the album's context. The missing "Beatles Forever" and the wording of the press release is a clue. Another missed opportunity.
Response: 2018-06-06 10:02:56
I just love that the upcoming 2LP edition of Secret Messages is being described as following Jeff's original intention for the album (in a statement that simply copied the tracklist from Wikipedia, complete with "Motor Factory" being incorrectly mentioned), despite the absence of Beatles Forever being common knowledge within ELO fan communities online. Also, it will be interesting to see if the correct gatefold artwork and right mixes for its other tracks are used... I'm not holding my breath, though!
Posted: 2018-03-18 07:07:48
I have *finally* finished the in-depth analysis of Mr. Blue Sky. Please be kind as I am my own editor. ;-/
Posted: 2018-02-28 19:43:20
Hi all! I believe I have now solved a couple of mysteries about ELO's early tours (which means a few changes in the database).
First off, the exploding cello has been found! But it wasn't when or how it was expected. The story was that the Mike Edwards performed Dying Swan (Le Cygne) on a fake cello using citrus fruit with Hugh McDowell back stage doing the real performance. Mike would make the cello explode and the performance would end. However, this story seems to have mixed up various facts and left out important other details. In truth, the exploding cello was performed with citrus fruit during the North American shows of the ELO 2 tour, before Hugh McDowell rejoined the band. So it is presumed that Colin Walker was performing the song backstage, not Hugh. No bootleg of this performance is available, but there is some proof that it happened. For the 1973/1974 On The Third Day tour, it is believed to have been performed, but no credible evidence exists. If it was, then this is where Hugh McDowell would have been backstage performing the song. And for the 1974 North American Eldorado tour, they changed things up and it was only longer performed to Dying Swan, but rather at the end of In The Hall Of The Mountain King! And we have audio evidence of it too! It's unknown if any citrus fruit was used on this version, but it is assumed not because the song is performed normally by the full band for most of the song before the big finish and the cello explodes (and the band plays a death march for the dead cello). I have included a sound sample of this on the Eldorado tour page. So the exploding cello mystery is solved!
Second, it seems the band most probably did *not* perform a cover of the Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar in 1975. There were rumors of this as some European shows. This report was from a single Spanish newspaper review claiming the song was performed at a Barcelona show. It is now believed that the reviewer in this article was in error and he was getting it confused with Ma-Ma-Ma Belle. Some of the early reviews of that song compared it to Rolling Stones' songs and in one instance, Brown Sugar specifically. So it seem that the band did *not* cover the song after all. All references to it in the database are removed other than declaring it an error.
Finally, for those of you who have been waiting, the song analysis page of Mr. Blue Sky is (mostly) done. I'm doing a final spell check on it and having some folks do an editorial review. If anyone reading would like to do an editorial review for me, contact me by email and I'll send you a secret link (and give you credit on the page).
All for now!
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Posted: 2018-02-25 07:55:33
This is not a Jeff Lynne Song Database update, but something similar to the database. There's a new song-by-song podcast that will examine each of the ELO songs. Sounds fun. You can find it at podomatic.
Posted: 2018-02-14 18:23:08
Hi again! Just a few small updates. I added to the database an acetate version of the Idle Race's End Of The Road (1968 #30). It's not so interesting, but it does cut off the vaudeville ending. I also added to the main page the pending rerelease of the Concert For George concert. And I removed the version of Mr. Blue Sky that I had described as Video Version #2. I can't seem to find anything about this in my records and now I think it's a weird edit I had found years ago, but now I can't find anything on it.
The good news about Mr. Blue Sky is that the song analysis page is just about complete now. I just need to add a few more images, talk about how the song was used during live performances, and then do some final cleanup. It may still take a couple of weeks, but it's coming soon!
Posted: 2018-01-21 17:49:50
Added several new entries in the main database. These include the previously unreleased Jeff Lynne song called Take A Bow (1970 #19). An acetate of the song was recently sold on eBay. Also added was an acetate version of I Like My Toys by the Idle Race (1967 #8), although this one was sold well over a year ago. Finally, although I'd known about it, I hadn't added the live version of Love And Rain from the 2016 Hollywood Bowl concert until just now. (2016 #5).
I have been working hard on the Mr. Blue Sky song analysis page again, so hope to have that launched soon.
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Posted: 2017-11-16 16:55:09
Hi again! I have added a small page for Jeff's upcoming 2018 tour. Right now, it's just a stub and will be filled in as information comes in. However, if you have pictures to share (such as tickets), please send and I'll get them on the page.
Hope you got some good seats for a concert!
Response: 2017-11-20 15:07:33
I will be at Detroit's! Barb
Posted: 2017-11-10 21:19:09
I just added several new songs to the database. I'd been waiting to get confirmation of Jeff Lynne's involvement-- and I now have it. On the new Bryan Adams song, Ultimate Love (2017 #30), Jeff played piano only, but he's on there. Then for the new orchestrated Roy Orbison songs I Drove All Night, You Got It and A Love So Beautiful (2017 #31 to #34) they kept some of the Jeff Lynne era elements, particularly the original vocal recording and much of the backing vocals.
Meanwhile, I've now split the Alone In the Universe tour page into the 2016 tour and the 2017 tour since they are so different. This now means that the 2016 page is pretty much complete now. The current 2017 page is a clone of the 2016 page, and it's now a work in progress.
Just a few more days until the Wembley Stadium is released! I've already spotted some friends in the audience in the teaser footage.
Posted: 2017-10-23 20:29:45
I added entries for the new Jeff Lynne's ELO Wembley Or Bust release and the new Bryan Adams Ultimate compilation (nothing new, but featuring a couple of Jeff related tracks) on the main page. I also added the advance release of Turn To Stone from the Wembley Or Bust set to the main database (2017 - #25). I plan to add all the Wembley Or Bust releases to the main database shortly too, but I wanted to be sure and get the Turn To Stone song in there as it's already released.
Meanwhile, I've made the decision to split the Alone In The Universe tour page into the 2015/2016 shows and the 2017 shows. The page is already graphic intensive and bloated, so I think it makes sense to split them. They really were quite different shows.
Posted: 2017-10-03 13:05:43
Wow. This loss of Tom Petty is really painful. Because of his connection to Jeff Lynne, I've followed much of his career. I'm really going to miss him. He seemed like a really good guy. RIP Tom. "Gonna free fall out into nothing. Gonna leave this world for a while"
Posted: 2017-09-28 18:30:44
I just added the new Ringo Starr song, Back Off Boogaloo, to the database (2017 - #29). Interesting tune that is a hybrid of many different parts, with Jeff doing the work on the original demo to a modern sound. Nice tune.
In other news, it seems the Out Of The Blue picture disc's release date has slipped to late November and there's is some word that it may end up being postponed indefinitely. No reason is given (yet).
Meanwhile, the progress on the Mr. Blue Sky song analysis page has stalled a bit. I'm just busy with personal stuff, but also I've come across a lot more TV and promotional videos that I'm adding to the TV and video pages and that's taking a lot of time. Hopefully I'll get to the Mr. Blue Sky page soon as I really enjoy doing the song analysis pages.
Response: 2017-09-30 16:28:18
Take your time.
Posted: 2017-08-01 18:27:44
Hi again. Added new releases to the main page for the upcoming Out Of The Blue picture disc release, as well as the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 soundtrack on vinyl, including a red vinyl exclusive only at Barnes & Noble
Otherwise, nothing too new in the database. I'm still filling in all the 2017 data on the Alone In The Universe page now and I've made very little progress on the promised Mr. Blue Sky analysis. If only there were more hours in a day and this pesky time-consuming thing called a job. :-)
Posted: 2017-07-12 19:18:40
I just added several upcoming new releases to the Jeff Lynne Song Database main page. These include the vinyl reissue of Agnetha Faltskog's Eyes Of A Woman album with the Jeff written song One Way Love, the blu-ray release of Electric Dreams featuring two Jeff Lynne songs (Region 2 only), and Ringo Starr's new Give More Love album which features Jeff on guitar on the song Back To Boogaloo. And don't forget that the release of the John Van der Kiste book called Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song is just one week away from release.
Response: 2017-07-31 19:25:37
You are absolutely right. Did I mess up somewhere and indicate that it wasn't?
Response: 2017-07-25 05:37:49
I thought the 2015 BBC Radio 2 concert was filmed as I'm sure I watched it on the BBC Red button service.
Response: 2017-07-18 14:15:10
They only professionally filmed the Glastonbury and Wembley concerts. There was a 2015 BBC concert that was also broadcast on radio, but it was not filmed.
Response: 2017-07-18 12:45:43
Did they film or record any of the other shows during the Alone tour?
Posted: 2017-06-29 20:08:26
I just returned from attending the Wembley Stadium show. Wow! What a remarkable event that was. I loved every minute of it *and* they filmed the whole thing for DVD release. I can't wait!!!
Meanwhile, I thought I was pretty much done with the Alone In The Universe tour page, but for adding a few reviews and images. Well, these 2017 shows had all new merchandise, a new setlist, new stage setup, and more. So the work on that will continue...
Posted: 2017-05-29 19:36:37
I just added a new edit of Rain Is Falling to the database (1981 #10). It's really not very interesting, but it is different. Turns out the original issued CD of Time in the US in 1987 added a slow fade-in to the song's beginning. Thanks to reading Face The Music fanzine #4 for this one. I also added quotes from this fanzine throughout the database.
Meanwhile, I know it's been a while since I've done an update announcement here, but I have been busy. The Alone In The Universe tour page is now 99.5% complete. There are a few more things to fix up on the song details at the end of the page, as well as several concert reviews and a few more pictures to add. Of course, the concerts in June will have to be added after they occur.
The good news is that I've also just started work on a Mr. Blue Sky song analysis page. Hooray! I really enjoy doing these song analysis pages.
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Looking forward to Mr Blue Sky analysis
Posted: 2017-04-13 18:23:04
Okay, I added the RNRHOF songs to the database (2017 - #2 to #4). I also added an entry to the TV appearance page (www.jefflynnesongs.com/jltv/) although the ceremony won't actually broadcast until April 29th. I'll fill in more details after the broadcast.
Y'know, it's nice, but sometimes it seems kinda weird to see Jeff and ELO getting so much love from the industry and critics after so many years of getting disparaged. Still, Jeff seems happy and that's all that matters.
Posted: 2017-04-11 17:32:03
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame: I'll be adding the songs from this to the database shortly. ELO-- more properly-- Jeff Lynne's ELO, played Roll Over Beethoven (as a tribute to Chuck Berry), Evil Woman and Mr. Blue Sky. No one from ELO turned up on stage at the end-of-show jam session, which was a tad disappointing.
The line-up on stage was the same as the recent concerts, minus Richard Tandy. This is the first Jeff Lynne-led ELO performance without him EVER! Very curious that Richard didn't show and no reason is known yet why. I believe that was Marcus Byrne playing Richard's piano parts in the show. Also kind of sad that Bev didn't come, but not totally unexpected. I was really hoping to see Roy join Jeff on stage for a performance of 10538 Overture as that would have been epic... but it didn't happen.
Really happy for Jeff. He seemed really pleased as punch for the recognition.
Posted: 2017-04-03 17:38:48
Hi all! I added several new releases to the main landing page, including the announcement of John Van der Kiste's new book Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song. I don't know much about it yet, but it sounds like it's going to be vary similar to the Jeff Lynne Song Database song pages.
I know it's been a while since I've posted an update here, but I have bene busy doing stuff behind the scenes. Most is is adding interviews and articles to the main database and filling in many more details on the Alone In The Universe tour page. The latter is almost to a point where I'm happy with it, with still a lot more images to add.
Posted: 2017-02-27 18:38:07
Added a few new songs to the database. First off, there are the Jeff Lynne songs from the 2015 remaster of All This And World War II soundtrack. For this remaster, the medley of With A Little Help From My Friends/Nowhere Man was split into two tracks and put on different CDs. (1976 - #69 & #70). This version of With A Little Help From My Friends just edits out the Nowhere Man track, leaving a rather brutal edit of the two parts. Not sure why I missed this release before, but special thanks to Euan for pointing it out.
Also added the very exciting version of Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down with Jeff on lead vocals (2017 #1) at the gala for Tom. Great track and really cool to hear Jeff take lead on that one. Would love to hear him take lead on Free Fallin' too one of these days.
Meanwhile, I've continued to work quietly behind the scenes on updating the Alone In The Universe tour page. I've added tons of new photos (with more to come) and have really fleshed out a lot of detail on the setlists (although more need to be done). Work continues.
Posted: 2017-02-08 18:25:27
I just added a new entry in the database for Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan recording a demo together for I'm In The Mood For Love (1988 #36). I spotted this bit in an interview in Uncut magazine in early 2016 when Jeff was asked about whether he ever recorded with Bob Dylan outside of the Traveling Wilburys. This was apparently the only thing they did, recording a demo only. Jeff said it was in Bob's garage studio and the only other song recorded there was the Traveling Wilburys' Handle With Care so I'm assuming it was at about the same time.
Meanwhile, I've been working on some content and layout changes to the Alone In The Universe tour page. It's too much to detail here, but one big change the moving of all the concert photos from the "Tour Dates" section and down to the "Photos" section as well as adding many more photos. If you have pictures from the tour that you'd like to share, I would love to feature them on the page!
Posted: 2017-01-14 06:37:04
The analysis of the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary is finally done! Enjoy and please be kind as I am my own editor. Any recommendations for improvement are welcome.
Next I'll be doing a bit of clean up on the Alone In The Universe page, then an in-depth analysis of Mr. Blue Sky-- lots of interesting bits to tell about that one!
Posted: 2017-01-03 17:14:28
Hi all. I just added Jeff's Christmas Message 2016 to the database (2016 - #23). It's a nice little message that Jeff did for the fans that was posted on his official Facebook page on Christmas Eve. Very sweet message and it sounds like it is really from the heart.
Meanwhile, I am just about complete on the promised but long delayed Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO analysis page. It's a really detailed look at the documentary, including variations (yes, there are some) and many, many sound samples. Everything is complete, but for a little bit of formatting and a spelling/grammar check.
Also on the horizon is a bit of a revamp of the Alone In The Universe tour page. Nothing major, but just a little clean up of the details and reformatting.
Response: 2017-01-04 13:35:59
Looking forward to Mr Blue Sky! A fan, Barb
Posted: 2016-11-16 18:50:14
It looks like ELODiscovery is finally back after a long hiatus. We missed you, Nicolas!
Posted: 2016-10-18 19:01:46
Hell has frozen over. ELO has been nominated for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Not sure yet if that's a good thing or not. :-/
Posted: 2016-10-13 19:18:12
Hi all! Jeff's been quiet and out of the public eye recently. I assume he's busy working on the follow up for Alone In The Universe. :-)
Meanwhile, I've had someone ask me about Jeff's involvement in the 1989 George Harrison songs Poor Little Girl and Cockamamie Business. I revisited the issue because I've always been of the understanding that Jeff was not involved in any way, but both Wikipedia and the Simon Leng book While My Guitar Gently Weeps : The Music of George Harrison claims that he is. After a lot of extensive research, I still conclude that Jeff had no involvement in the songs. The error has probably been propagated because of Jeff's involvement in Cheer Down which was completed at the same time, but actually began as a Cloud Nine outtake while the others did not. See my notes at the bottom of the the Not Jeff Lynne page.
Posted: 2016-09-17 17:00:59
Hi all! I'm only now coming down from my high of seeing Jeff at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend. It was an incredible show and the inclusion of Laura Lynne was a special treat. The fireworks finale for Roll Over Beethoven took the whole audience by surprise (at least the first night when no one was expecting it) and it was a true stunner. I just watched it again on YouTube and got that same thrill. Special thank to those that helped make this happen and shared the experience with me. I'll be adding the details to the Alone In The Universe tour page as time allows as well as the Radio City Music Hall shows.
Meanwhile, work continues on the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO analysis page. It's going slower than expected, but I've got the first pass of the documentary completed. I'll be adding more details and hopefully it will be ready in just a few more weeks.
Posted: 2016-08-23 17:19:01
Added the Oxfam Presents: Stand As One - Live At Glastonbury 2016 various artists release to the main page. This contains Jeff Lynne's ELO performance of Showdown at Glastonbury on June 26th. This release seemed to take a lot of fans by surprise because no one knew it was being released until it actually was last Friday! It's a benefit album and limited availability so get it while you can.
Posted: 2016-07-29 17:09:05
Big news, not so much for the database but for Jeff, is that his All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra album has just hit #1 on the UK album charts. Congratulations, Jeff! He's getting a lot of love in the UK.
It's been seemingly kind of quiet here at the Jeff Lynne Song Database, but I have been hard at work on a few things. I'm adding a lot of quotes for Bryan Adams' album and a good start for the Alone In The Universe album. I've got a big stack of articles that I add quotes from when I get time and I'm just now getting to these. I recently added the new When The Night Comes single to the UK ELO singles page. I've also cleaned up a few bits and continue to add comments to the Alone In The Universe tour page. Hope to finish up a few of the things in the Observations and Bootleg sections for that soon.
I've also got a good start on an in-depth analysis of the 2012 Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary. This may not seem so interesting at first glance, but I've uncovered some interesting tidbits and observations-- and I'll have sound samples as well!
Posted: 2016-06-12 20:10:51
The Jeff Lynne written song, Falling Forever, is finally officially released! What a great song! The latest version of the Move's Looking On album is now out. I'll be adding the tracks to the database soon, including this and several previously unreleased BBC radio songs.
Posted: 2016-06-04 04:38:17
Hi all. I just added a very interesting 1979 article from a trade magazine detailing much about how the 1978 tour spaceship was used and the shows were put together. Very technical in nature and covering data I've not heard before. It's on the Out of the Blue tour page, just before the tour program images.
Posted: 2016-05-25 19:19:59
I just added the live performance of The Infinite Monkey Cage to the database as performed by The Cheeky Monkeys (2015 #13). This is, of course, Eric Idle's stage performance of the song with Jeff Lynne, Jeff Davies and Steve Jay for the radio broadcast. This was performed in March of last year, finally broadcast in August of last year, and while I was aware of it, it was put on the shelf until just now when I finally got it in the database. Fun little tune with some alternate lyrics and as the band name implies, a bit cheeky. I've got the tune as an mp3 if anyone wants it.
Posted: 2016-05-09 04:41:39
The new Balance Of Power tour page is now done and can be accessed HERE. Enjoy and please be forgiving of any errors as I am my own editor. :-)
Response: 2016-05-09 16:19:06
Posted: 2016-05-05 20:57:50
An update was done to the Balance Of Power concert setlist song in the database (1986 - #45 to $56- nothing too major but just cleaning up a few small details. This is in anticipation of the tour page, which is just awaiting some final touches. If all goes as expected, it will be unveiled this weekend! :-)
Posted: 2016-04-30 09:28:01
Thanks to a fellow fan, I've finally figured out that the mysterious voice in No Way Out is saying "I'm Walking". Kinda obvious now that I hear it again. I've updated it on the Secrets page.
Response: 2016-05-02 15:52:24
makes sense, since the bass player starts to play a walking (!)bass line
Response: 2016-05-02 15:44:45
Posted: 2016-04-26 17:25:58
Hello all. I've added all the songs from Jeff's current Alone In The Universe tour to the database (2016 #1 to #22). This may change a bit as the tour is not over and I need to clean up who played what, but that'll do for now. The Alone In The Universe tour page is coming along with several new images (some of which are my tickets!). I'm still trying to sort through all my photos and memorabilia and will add it as soon as I can. YOU are welcome to add your comments to the page and to send me any photographs, ticket scans or whatever is appropriate and I will put it on the page. (www.jefflynnesongs.com/aitutour/) I would love to have your input. I'm also always looking for any good bootleg recordings-- ultimately an audio collection of the whole tour would be great!
Meanwhile, the page for the Balance Of Power tour continues to come along. I just have a bit more audio to analyze, add a few more images, clean up some of the layout and it will be ready to go.
I also wanted to give a shout out to fan Barbara Mazur, who wanted to share a bass guitar cover of ELO's Shine A Little Love. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L-7lxcIxJQ) Nicely done and really shows off how intricate the bass is on the song.
Posted: 2016-04-23 23:09:27
Thank you, Jeff! You did great and I had a great time at the shows in England.
Posted: 2016-04-14 04:27:42
I made a few updates to the Alone In The Universe tour page. First off, some bootlegs are starting to show up. If you have something of interest, contact me and I may be able to trade. Also, it seems early reports of the setlist were not accurate, so I've updated it. Not being performed are Do Ya, Love And Rain or Strange Magic, otherwise the list is accurate for all shows. Maybe it will change at futures shows. Such a shame that Do Ya isn't included as those power chords would be wonderful in a live setting. Finally, I've added some images for the tickets for a few shows. Hope to add more images, including stage images, as time allows. If you have images I could use or other good info, please contact me. And feel free to leave your comments in the comments section.
I'm off to England tomorrow so likely will not have time or ability to do updates while there. If you're at the Birmingham shows or the first two London shows, I hope to see you there!
Posted: 2016-04-09 11:55:31
Tour has started! On the small Alone In The Universe tour page, I've updated the setlist and a few other small things. If anyone out there has thoughts or photos they would like to share on the page, please contact me. Less than a week to go and I'll be seeing the shows myself! So excited!
Posted: 2016-03-27 09:35:29
Lots of interesting updates in the world of Jeff Lynne. With the upcoming concerts and a potential new album, the promotion machine and releases of interesting things are happening.
First, I added the radio edit of Jeff Lynne's ELO's Ain't It A Drag to the database (2015 #19). It's a small edit, only available on a UK promo CD, that changes the line "...the shit hits the fan..." to "...it all hits the fan..." to protect the sensitivities of UK radio listeners to the naughty word. :)
Also added the new mixes of The Beatles' Free As A Bird and Real Love (1995 #6 & #7, 1996 #4 & #5). I had missed that these were released in late 2015 on The Beatles' 1+ collection and only now have it added to the database. These are totally new mixes done by Jeff Lynne and Steve Jay. They went back to the original multitracks and made some significant changes to the mix. Most notable is that they distortion of John's original demo is cleaned up and to my ears, sounds much better. Personally, I always thought the 1990s releases of these songs were nearly unlistenable because the sound of John's demo was too distracting, but these new mixes are actually quite good! Several edits and alternate takes were also used, making these quite unique. As far as I've been able to determined, these new versions are only available on the deluxe 1+ collection and it is not on the various 1 (without the plus) collections. Was a bit confusing to me at first, given the weird name of the collection.
Also added to the main page are the announcements of vinyl releases for ELO 2 (already released, although early reports are of poor sound quality) and the first ever release on vinyl of All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra. Also coming soon is rerelease of The Move's Looking On album with lots of bonus material; the collection is dubbed as Remastered and Expanded Deluxe Edition. Looks to have a lot of previously unreleased live material, including the first ever official release of Jeff Lynne's live only Falling Forever song. This song has been floating around in poor quality bootleg form for a while, so let's hope this one is good quality. It's a great song.
Finally, progress is moving along on the new Balance Of Power tour page, although not as fast as I would have preferred. I've got the narrative part all completed as a first draft, although I now need to go back and rework it and add a few more interesting facts that I've uncovered-- it's rather dominated by the Heartbeat 86 show. I will also need to re-review all the bootleg recordings from these concerts (there are only three!) to make sure I've got all the fact correct. Hopefully soon.
Posted: 2016-03-10 19:29:20
Just got word that the Idle Race's self-titled second LP will be released on April 16 for Record Store Day. This will be on splattered vinyl. Only available in record stores that carry it. I added a bit about it on the main page.
Also, don't forget that Xanadu on blu-ray is released next week on March 15.
Posted: 2016-02-15 18:14:07
I've added an Alone In The Universe tour page to the Jeff Lynne Song Database (www.jefflynnesongs.com/aitutour/). This is really just a simple, basic page right now because the tour hasn't happened yet! I wanted to create the page in anticipation of the tour, and I will fill in information as it happens. If any fans out there have images of any cool memorabilia to share, please send. Also, feel free to leave comments in the comment section of the page.
Meanwhile, I've finally added the new ELO singles from the Alone In The Universe album to the UK and USA singles pages. I'll be added the music videos to the Promotional Videos page next. And the work on the Balance Of Power tour continues and will be published when ready. I found a nice stash of photos from this tour just yesterday.
Posted: 2016-02-07 21:34:35
All of Jeff's known TV appearances to recently promote the Alone In The Universe album have been entered on the TV page (www.jefflynnesongs.com/jltv/). Found some interesting bits there. I'm so pleased to see Jeff getting so many high profile appearances. Next I'll be updating the singles pages, then the song pages and then I hope to finally get back to the Balance Of Power tour page.
Posted: 2016-01-27 19:05:56
Added Jeff's 2015 charity performances at the Merry Minstrel Musical Circus in 2015. They are at 2015 #109 to #111. This year, Jeff and Tom performed the the never-performed-live-before Traveling Wilburys song Poor House.
And I started adding Jeff's 2015 Alone In The Universe TV appearances on the TV page, starting with TFI Friday and The One Show. Hope to have this done in a week or so.
Posted: 2016-01-24 22:03:48
So I added all of Jeff's recent live musical Alone In The Universe promotion appearances to the main database (2015 #26 to #108). A lot of stuff, isn't it! Now that that's done, I'll be adding entries for the TV appearances page, the ELO singles pages and entries for the song pages. Look for those soon.
Posted: 2016-01-20 19:26:48
Hi again! I added links for the new clear vinyl ELO releases and the blu-ray release of Xanadu to the main page. The clear vinyl was already in the main database, but not on the front page.
I know I'm a little late to the party on the clear vinyls, but I've not been able to work on the site as much as usual thanks to Christmas and job demands. Thankfully things are settling and I will be putting the recent promotions for Alone In The Universe on the site soon. More soon.
Oh, while I'm here, does anyone have the full show (audio or video) for the November 9th show at Porchester? I've got bits of it, but I'm still missing the full show.
Posted: 2015-12-13 06:04:58
I have removed the entries for Jeff's involvement in any T. Rex songs, including Solid Gold Easy Action. I had always doubted this as any proof of it was quite tenuous. I was recently contacted by some Marc Bolan fans who appeared to be in-the-know and well connected; they state that Jeff being on any T. Rex songs is simply untrue. Until I get proof otherwise, I'm not going to include this in the database.
Meanwhile, Jeff's promotion of Alone In The Universe seems to be slowing down. He did a quick burst in the USA, but nothing since late November (although some previously recorded material is still appearing). This is giving me a chance to finally get caught up. As soon as I do, I'll start adding all this material to the database (main listing, TV pages, music videos, etc.).
Posted: 2015-11-28 20:37:17
Quick one! I've added a link to the Alone In The Universe promotional appearances to the main page. Again, this is just a quick reference page only which I will be frequently updated and it won't be a permanent page on the site. Enjoy!
Response: 2015-11-29 15:41:50
Posted: 2015-11-25 23:24:55
It's been a busy time trying to keep up with all of Jeff's promotional appearances! To help me with this task, I've made a listing of everything I can find and am checking off the details (and downloading material) as I can. To help anyone else keep up, I've put together a very basic page on the Jeff Lynne Song Database that details it all. I will update this list as new information becomes available. And if anyone needs anything I have listed there, ask as I may have it already. Any assistance filling in the information gaps is welcome. This page is at: www.jefflynnesongs.com/alone-promotion.htm.
Posted: 2015-11-17 18:30:44
Wow! Apologies for not doing any updates, but I've been quite busy with work and trying to keep up with Jeff Lynne's promotional appearances. It's a wonder I get any sleep. But enough of my woes. I'm happy as can be anyway because I've been enjoying new Jeff Lynne music and I got several tickets to the upcoming tour in April. Woohoo!
Anyway, I did a couple of minor, trainspotting updates to the database-- changed the name of Love & Rain to Love And Rain (2015 #14) and Faultline to Fault Line (2015 #23). Minor, I know, but I do try to be accurate. Also, now that I have the CD in hand, I updated some of the credits. I'm still waiting on my Japanese CD with On My Mind.
Hope to be adding all the live promotional performances and TV appearances shortly. It's been a bit of a whirlwind trying to keep up with it all!
Response: 2015-11-29 15:44:22
Congrats on your tickets! Barb
Posted: 2015-10-17 22:23:50
Well, it seems that the "worldwide" release of Bryan Adams' Get Up! isn't exactly worldwide and does not include the UK and USA. The album is out "worldwide" (sort of) on October 16, but it's a staggered release with the UK release on October 23 and the USA release on October 30. Not sure why that is, but I'm assuming it's so Bryan can go around promoting it upon release in each location. I've updated the database accordingly. No worries for me as I've heard the full album now and it's a great rocker. Hope to get the physical copy in hand soon.
Posted: 2015-10-07 04:28:12
I just found out that the Japanese exclusive for the new Alone In The Universe album is a song called On My Mind. Added it to the database.
Posted: 2015-10-03 19:40:25
Hooray! The Jeff Lynne on TV page is done! It can be directly accessed HERE. I already know there are a few small things that I've missed, but I've hit most of the major points. It's been a lot of work and seemed to take much longer than expected to get together, but good to finally get all (well, most) of the shows sorted out. Enjoy!
I plan on moving on to a page for the Balance Of Power tour next.
Posted: 2015-09-24 18:23:24
The new ELO album has been announced! Great news! It's called Alone In The Universe and is scheduled for release on November 13. The lead off single is When I Was A Boy and it can be heard HERE. Great tune and definitely a very personal song for Jeff. Complete details are on the main page of the Jeff Lynne Song Database and I've added all the tracks to the song list. I'll fill in more song details when they become available. Exciting times!
Posted: 2015-09-23 18:23:24
Great news! Jeff is going to be interviewed on this Friday's Breakfast show and a new ELO song from the new album will be played. No word on when the album will come out, but with the song being played, the album will almost surely be out within a couple of months. Let's hope some live shows follow in 2016!
The Jeff on TV page is now only days away. I hope to launch it this weekend.
Posted: 2015-09-12 08:05:31
I just added the entry for Pugwash's Kicking And Screaming song (2015 - #11). Jeff's participation in the song is very brief, including just a shout of "look out baby, there's a-pug a coming" before the instrumental bridge. I just got the CD in and haven't had a chance to listen to the song but once. Not really a Jeff Lynne tune considering all Jeff does is shout, but so far it sounds like a fun, power-pop type of song. I'll listen to the full album later today.
In other news, the new single (download only) by Bryan Adams of Brand New Day is now out. Great song and Jeff Lynne is all over the song. I've had it on near constant repeat for a few days now (which explains why Pugwash hasn't gotten much of a listen).
Finally, for those who haven't caught the news, there has been a press release that Jeff has signed a deal with Columbia and a new ELO album is part of the deal. No word on when it's coming, but the press machine looks to be ramping up now so I would expect something later this year or early 2016. Nice to see Jeff really embracing ELO again.
Posted: 2015-09-02 05:13:46
Well, I know it's been a while since I've given any updates on the Jeff on TV page I've been working on. This was stalled for a bit as it turned out to be a lot more work and research than anticipated. The good news is that I *have* been hard at work on it and it's just about ready. I now need to clean up a few sloppy layout issues, add a few more images and write the narrative part. Expect it to be completed in a few more weeks. Here's a picture as a teaser.
Posted: 2015-08-09 22:12:31
Just added info on the main page to the new Jeff Lynne produced Bryan Adams album, Get Up!. Also added stubs for each track to the main database. I'm assuming the acoustic tracks are not produced by Jeff, but hopefully we'll find out more soon. The first single, You Belong To Me is available now and it sounds great!
Posted: 2015-08-02 21:46:25
More updates to the database... Added the Idle Race's live performance cover of Status Quo's Pictures Of Matchstick Men (1968 - #44) although it remains unreleased and unheard. As I was doing reviews of TV shows, I noticed a Jeff Lynne interview in the Status Quo: Hello Quo documentary where Jeff mentions that the Idle Race used to do the song live.
Also, I concede that the Hyde Park show band was performed under the name "Jeff Lynne's ELO" and not "Electric Light Orchestra". It wasn't exactly clear to me at first, but now it appears that Jeff is trying to rebrand his band a bit, perhaps to differentiate himself from that "other" band out there sometimes erroneously called ELO and featuring some other former members. :-)
BTW, it appears that an announcement of Bryan Adams' new album will be next week.
Posted: 2015-07-25 10:40:27
Well, I just added to the database Jeff's appearances in 2012 and 2014 at "The Merry Minstrel Musical Circus" benefit concerts (performing Runaway and Roll Over Beethoven each time. I hadn't realized he performed three years in a row (thinking, before that it was only the one in 2013). These are at 2012 #79 and #80 as well as 2014 #5 and #26 in the database.
Meanwhile, word is that Bryan Adam's new album, produced (at least in part) by Jeff Lynne should be released in the fall of this year and a Jeff produced song will be the lead-off single. Really looking forward to hearing this one.
Also, progress has been much slower than expected on the promised TV page, but I've been working a lot of it the past few days. More on that as it happens.
Posted: 2015-07-12 22:49:33
Another quick message... I just added info on the new Pugwash album coming in September, which includes a tiny bit of Jeff on the record (saying "Look out baby there's a pug a-comin'"). I also added Amazon link for the new Live at Hyde Park DVD and Blu-ray. It's on pre-order only right now.
Posted: 2015-07-10 22:46:15
Quick update here: Added to the database a couple of new 5.1 mixes for Jeff Lynne's Wild Times (1991 - #17 and #19) and Aerosmith's Lizard Love (2003 - #3).
Posted: 2015-07-04 06:58:30
Just added information on the main page for the new Live In Hyde Park DVD and Blu-ray. It's not yet available for purchase, but links will be added as soon as it is.
Also, I added to the main database an instrumental version of Jeff Lynne's Let It Run from the Electric Dreams movie (1984 - #6). This has not been officially released, but it is briefly heard in the movie trailer. (Oddly, I had discovered this years ago but it never made it to the database for some reason). I have an mp3 if anyone wants it, contact me by email.
I got in a copy of Brian Paone's Yours Truly 2095. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it's going to be a lot of fun. Chapter titles are all song titles from the Time album and glancing at the pages, it's chock full of ELO references.
Happy 4th of July! We American's are celebrating our independence from those oppressive Brits. :-D However, I admit that I sure like their music.
Posted: 2015-06-25 18:26:01
Hi again! After a bit of consideration, I changed the unreleased song title of I See No One to the title The First Days Of September (1974 - #88). As more information about this song has come to light, it's becoming better known by that title (the main line in the chorus) rather than the other (the first line of the song). It's also known as Billon Dollar Brain and Billion Dollar Brian, which is probably the working title and one of which is simply a typo. Great track. Hope the full song gets to see the light of day eventually.
Posted: 2015-06-22 21:34:35
Brian Paone's Yours Truly 2095 book is finally out. Links to Amazon to purchase it are on the front page of the Jeff Lynne Song Database site.
Progress on the TV page has been much slower than expected. It has taken additional research to get things just right-- TV records appear to be notoriously incomplete or contradictory.
Response: 2015-09-06 13:37:38
Thanks for the info about the novel of Brian Paone. It's FANTASTIC ! Very well written and it's an exciting read from beginning to end. It has A LOT of references to ELO songs or band members' names
Posted: 2015-05-25 07:53:05
I just added the promo edit of the Jeff Healey Band's version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1990 - #3). It's just an early fade. I also had to add it to the non-ELO USA singles page as I'd missed this one before.
I know it's been a while since I've updated. There's been very little Jeff Lynne news, although rumblings indicate that the promotion for a new album is ramping up. Let's hope!
Posted: 2015-04-22 20:57:50
Hi again. I just added information to the main/front page on the two new ELO books coming out. First off is Yours Truly, 2095 by Brian Paone which is a fictional book that he heavily influenced by ELO's Time album. Second is a Jeff Lynne biography called Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After written by John Van der Kiste. Let's hope they're good reads!
Posted: 2015-03-28 20:07:03
I know it's been a while since I've written about an update. I've been quite busy with personal stuff as of late. The big news is that the I have the new Out Of The Blue - Live At Wembley Blu-ray in hand! I've not had a chance to watch it yet, but it's highly recommended just for the value. It's three and a half hours of ELO goodness for about $15. Wonderful!
The work continues on the TV page, although things stalled for a bit as I've been so busy. The layout is complete and I've got entries for all shows (although I keep finding more) so I'm filling in all the details at the moment.
And a kind fan helped fill in some missing items for the non-ELO USA singles page (variations on several singles) which I now have up. The pictures provided by the fan aren't exactly the same format as the pictures of the remaining singles, but I'm working to get better images up soon.
More as it happens.
Posted: 2015-02-17 20:55:50
Okay, so I finally added the new Grammy performance of Evil Woman/Mr. Blue Sky with Ed Sheeran (2015 - #1). Great performance, but way too short. Really missed the vocoder part of Mr. Blue Sky. Some of the players in Jeff's band are unknown at this time, but if I find out, I'll fill in the details. Interesting too that he kept being introduced as ELO's Jeff Lynne (whereas at Hyde Park, it was Jeff Lynne's ELO). I wonder if that's to be the new moniker. Here's hoping this performance is the precursor to something new being released. :)
Meanwhile, I'm still working away on the TV page. Just when I think I have all the TV appearances covered, I find more. Seems Jeff has been on TV a lot more than I've realized. I think I'm going to finish up the page with all the appearances I currently have and will fill in the smaller bits as I can. I want to publish this page sooner rather than later.
Response: 2015-02-18 17:33:03
Good chance they screwed up Jeff's introduction. You saw the photo they used on the chairs.
Posted: 2015-02-05 19:13:21
Hi again! I just added entries on the main page and in the releases for all songs of the new Out Of The Blue - Live At Wembley blu-ray release. This is an amazing release as it features not only the 1978 Wembley concert (in new stereo and 5.1 mix), but also the complete Discovery videos, the 1974 Brunel University performances, the 1974 Rockpalast performances and the 1976 Fusion concert. That's 3+ hours of ELO goodness on digital Blu-ray!
Also, for those that haven't seen the news yet, look for Jeff Lynne performing with Ed Sheeran at the Grammy Awards this Sunday, February 8. No word yet on which song or songs they are performing.
Posted: 2015-01-17 08:31:30
Just did a quick update to the Face The Music tour page, adding the full UK tour book. I know it's been a while since I've updated anything. There's not been much Jeff news and with the holidays, I've not had much time.
The TV page is still in progress. I've just about got all the ELO appearances added, but I've got all the Traveling Wiburys and non-ELO appearances to add. It's taking a lot more research than expect. But it's going to be nice to have it all documented when it's done.
Posted: 2014-12-06 08:39:15
The Supersonic page was slightly revised to address the Nathan James version of the Supersonic song. Things are still unclear as now there are apparently two versions of the song, the Jeff Lynne version remains unreleased, and neither version was actually used on the TV series despite Rob Caiger's assertion that it was.
I added entries to the database for the Jeff produced Take That tracks, Fall Down At Your Feet and another unknown track. Based upon a comment from a Jeff Lynne interview that they recorded "a couple of songs at his home studio" which indicates that one of the tracks remains unreleased. Fall Down At Your Feet is only available on the UK Google Play version of the III album. It's not so easy to get outside the UK, but it is starting to appear amongst fan circles.
Meanwhile, work continues on the TV page. I've done up to all the 2001 promotion appearances for the Zoom album, excluding the non-ELO promotional appearances. It's slowly coming together.
Response: 2015-01-09 03:24:06
I'm really looking forward to your nest song analysis, Hold On Tight is one of my favorite records of all time!
Response: 2015-01-08 12:48:14
Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to make a top notch article_ but what can I say_ I procrastinate a lot and don't manage to get anything done.
Posted: 2014-11-28 13:11:46
A few updates on the database. First, I have The Art Of McCartney in hand now with Jeff's version of Junk. I've updated the database with all the various releases and have added all the available details on the song. Second, I added a bit on the front page about the vinyl version of the American Hustle soundtrack that came out today (Friday) for Record Store Day. I don't have this in hand yet, so can't say much about it. Third, information on the Take That III album is coming in now and it appears that Jeff is not involved at all! This is counter to previous news that Jeff produced a couple of tracks. As soon as more details are determined, I'll update the database.
Meanwhile, I'm still working through the details for the Jeff Lynne on TV page. I'm now through everything up to the end of 1986 and the appearances to promote the Balance Of Power album. This project has taken more work than expected because the details are difficult to bring together and are often incomplete. The appearances in support of the Traveling Wilburys releases will take a bit of work to get through, however, things should be much easier and faster when I get to the 2001 Zoom appearances as from then on everything is much better documented.
Posted: 2014-11-10 18:50:18
Okay, so I finally added the Nathan James tracks to the database. :-) Many were asking me about them. Truth is, when I first spotted them, I thought that it might all be a hoax so I was doing some research (and indirectly getting information from Nathan). These are legitimate recordings. Apparently in the 1970s, Jeff knew Nathan, giving him the nickname Fred From Stoke, and wrote and recorded a few songs with Nathan on lead vocals. So, the tracks are Open Your Eyes (1972 - #10), O So Lonely (1975 - #62) which changes the title from Like A Rat Up A Drain, Give Me Fever (1975 - #63), and Supersonic (1977 - #24). It remains uncertain if there are any other versions of these tracks with Jeff on lead vocals as had been assumed for many years. It is fairly certain that a Jeff Lynne lead vocal of Supersonic exists that is unreleased, therefore two versions of the song remain in the database at this time.
Meanwhile, I'm still working on the Jeff Lynne on TV page. I've gotten through most of the 1970s which are poorly documented. So hopefully things will go smoother for the 1980s and later as documented records improve with time.
Response: 2014-11-11 09:05:09
Thank you for your review. I'm feeling quit honoured today.There is a recording of Supersonic with Jeff on the lead Vocal. I do have a copy of this song in my collection. Regards Nathan
Posted: 2014-10-13 19:05:25
Again with The Midnight Special! I was adding the material on these new DVD releases to the The Midnight Special page and researched why I missed the performance of "Telephone Line" on the 7-DVD collection. I now know why. My assertion that DVD 7 was the same as on the 11 and 20 DVD collections was wrong. Apparently the bonus disc on the 7-DVD collection is *not* in the 11 and 20 DVD collections. So if you want the full set, you'll need the 20-DVD collection *and* the 7-DVD collection that has the bonus disc.
For ELO and Jeff Lynne fans, here's the deal-- ELO is on DVDs 2 and 3 of all collections and they are on DVD 7 of the 7-DVD collection only. Jeff Lynne, performing at the RNRHOF, is on DVD 12 of the 20-DVD set. Confusing, but there ya go!
Meanwhile, I'm making some incremental progress on the new page for the rest of the ELO progresses. It's a little slow because the early TV shows are poorly documented. But I'm getting there. I've been watching the Captain & Tennille show trying to figure out if I can identify an ELO connection. Supposedly there is one, but I haven't spotted it yet. Quite a trip watching this show... a bit of 1970s cheese, but entertaining in its way. (BTW, I got to wondering whatever happened to Captain and Tennille and apparently she divorced him earlier this year after 39 years of marriage! Very sad.)
Posted: 2014-10-11 10:48:56
Quick note: I just wanted to point out that I was mistaken about the one of the ELO tracks on the The Midnight Special DVDs. The 7-DVD collection contains ELO's performance of Telephone Line from the February 17, 1978 broadcast (a repeat of the February 18, 1977 performance). Again, nothing we haven't already seen, but in great quality. If given a choice, opt for the 7-DVD set.
Posted: 2014-10-08 22:08:48
Hi again! I was given some information on ELO's 1973 North American tour setlist. As suspected, it varied from the UK tour setlist, but there are a few surprises. Keep in mind that this information comes from 40+ year old memory (unfortunately not a bootleg) and written records, so details may be a little off. Reports are that on the North American leg of the tour, the band played Showdown which was just recorded in England (April 1973) but wouldn't be released until September 1973, which was *after* the 1973 North American tour. Also, Wilf Gibson performed a violin solo and Mike Edwards performed a cello solo. This is the first I'd heard of these on this particular tour. Anyway, I added entries in the database for everything and did a bit of rearranging (1973 - #45 to #59). Since the setlist was so fluid, it's kind of difficult to get a sense of what happened from the main database listing so I've also updated the ELO 2 tour page which breaks it all down.
Posted: 2014-10-01 19:00:17
Thought I'd share an image of this oddity with everyone. I picked up this red vinyl copy of Sweet Talkin' Woman a while back and I'm just now adding images of it to the USA ELO singles page and Sweet Talkin' Woman page. Very curious single. When I first spotted it, I thought maybe it was a "bad" purple copy, but no, it's a bright red color. I've played it and it's quite genuine.
Response: 2014-10-12 15:52:47
5 stars! Barb
Posted: 2014-09-24 19:55:14
Just got in and added the new The Midnight Special DVDs with the first ever official release of Eldorado Overture and Can't Get It Out Of My Head from a November 25, 1974 broadcast (1975 - #3 & #4) and Evil Woman and Strange Magic from a March 5, 1976 broadcast (1976 - #2 & #4). There are actually five different versions of this DVD collection-- 1 disc, 6 disc, 7 disc, 11 disc and 20 disc versions These tracks are on all the DVD releases except the 1 disc version. I have the 7 disc version. Unfortunately, these releases are not the full shows, but rather highlights of the show only. I would *love* to have the full shows officially released as I've got good memories of the show from when I was just a little one in the 1970s. :) Plus, the March 1976 broadcast included ELO doing Nightrider which is currently only available via a grainy bootleg. Maybe some day...
Posted: 2014-09-18 19:19:12
Finally! I just added the most excellent Hyde Park performances to the database (2014 #6 to #22). What a tremendous performance, wasn't it? I still need to fill in some of the details, such as the band supporting Jeff and various song comments (Jeff missing the words a few times!), but that will come shortly. At least the framework is up. I still have to add the songs to the in-depth song analysis pages too.
I decided to shelve my work on the other working bits of You Got It and other songs on the Mystery Girl Unraveled documentary. It's a bit confusing comparing this to the other released bits from these home video recordings so I think I'll save this work for a future page deeply analyzing all the home recordings during this era. So I've begun work on a page analyzing all of Jeff's "other" TV appearances not already addressed on the site (such as American Bandstand, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, etc.). This will include everything up to and including the Hyde Park concert! Ought to be fun and there may be a few surprises along the way.
Response: 2014-09-21 13:32:01
Looking forward to all of this! Barb
Posted: 2014-09-11 20:09:23
News of the Jeff Lynne track on the The Art Of McCartney album is finally out. It's to be released on November 17, 2014 (the 18th in the US) and Jeff's song is Junk from the 1970 McCartney solo album. There are a great variety of releases, including a bare bones version of just the CD, a CD+DVD version (with a documentary), vinyl versions, deluxe versions, Amazon exclusive versions, etc. I've put links for all of them on the main page. I've also updated the main database song listing with the track. It's at 2012 - #77 because it was known to have been originally recorded back then for an unrealized Paul McCartney tribute album.
Meanwhile, I can't wait to hear Jeff's live performance this weekend! I won't be at the concert, but I'm eager to listen online and get a recording of it.
Response: 2014-09-24 01:42:11
Posted: 2014-08-23 08:22:02
A few small bits to report. First off, I was able to check and verify that the Balance of Power tracks on the 2000 Flashback set are reverse channelled (meaning the right and left stereo channels are switched). Very odd. I'll have to take a closer look, but I'm fairly certain it's only on these three tracks.
I also have considered that the home recordings of You Got It that are seen in various documentaries over the years show variable bits of the process. The early documentaries all had the same sequence, what I called the "working version", but later documentaries show different parts. So I'll work on figuring all the little bits that are seen and heard in the documentaries and detail it on the You Got It page.
Meanwhile, I'm starting on a new page now for the rest of Jeff's TV appearances. This will be all the remaining shows for which I don't already have a special page (e.g. American Bandstand, 2 G's & The Pop People and more). I hope to shake out all the material soon. Following that, I'll do a page for the brief Balance Of Power tour in 1986.
Posted: 2014-08-16 07:21:08
The new Telephone Line in-depth analysis page is now live. Please be kind as I am my own editor. :)
Posted: 2014-08-05 19:22:49
Another quick but interesting update. I was watching the Mystery Girl Unraveled documentary and pulling out quotes for the database and had to note again how they were recording You Got It in Mike Campbell's garage. This contradicts the information on the Mystery Girl liner notes which declares it was recorded at Rumbo Recorders. But the video doesn't lie. I suppose it could have been recorded at *both* studios in parts, but clearly most of it was recorded in Mike's garage. So I've updated the You Got It page to reflect this. Expect the comments from the documentary in the main database shortly.
Posted: 2014-08-01 16:26:44
Did another quick update. I was adding the Jeff comments for various songs from the Extra TV interview by Adam Weissler in late 2012 (I know, I should have added it much sooner!) and Jeff dropped that one of the ELO solo rerecorded songs was I'm Alive! So I added an entry for this and the other unknown rerecorded ELO songs (2012 #20 & #21). The only other known to be recorded but unreleased title is Steppin' Out.
The in-depth Telephone Line page is just about ready. I've just got to finish the analysis of the live performances and then do a final cleanup and edit. I really love doing these song analysis pages!
Posted: 2014-07-24 20:22:43
Okay, so I finally got all the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO little bits added to the database! It was quite a task. It's too much to list individually here, but they include an instrumental of Let It Rock, a piano dub of You Got It, a breakdown of the solo recording of Do Ya and many more. Unfortunately, much of it is obscured by interviews. Anyway, these are all tracks taken from the aforementioned documentary on iTunes and Amazon, the TV version of the documentary (which was edited down to an hour only) and the TV only broadcast of Jeff and Richard performing the acoustic songs on Live From Bungalow Palace. If anyone wants to really pick out all the entries, use the search feature with the phrase "MBSTSOJLAELO" and be sure to check the "include detail information" box.
As a bonus and for a limited time, if anyone wants audio copies of all these bits that I've extracted, contact me by email (not through Facebook) and I'll send you the tracks.
Posted: 2014-07-22 19:54:20
I'm finally adding the various little bits from the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary. It's a daunting task as there's lots of little interesting bits as well as some variations between the released download documentary and the TV broadcasts. It's difficult to document and fit all neatly in the database, but I'm doing the best I can. Hope to have it all sorted out and on the site by the end of the week.
Making good progress on the Telephone Line page. I've got all the variations and releases sorted out. I still need to sort out all the various live performances, add all the pictures, and complete and clean up the rest of the comments.
Response: 2014-07-23 16:43:17
Your work is always your best!
Thank-you for sharing your work.
Posted: 2014-07-14 18:58:00
Bit of news. I was contacted by Kenny Denton, an engineer (uncredited) for the Eldorado sessions at De Lane Lea Studios. He claims the basic tracks (no strings) were recorded much earlier in February 1974 (my records show it was summer 1974). If true, it means that they were recorded *much* earlier than expected. I thought perhaps that this guy might be just trying to wind me up with false information (which happens from time to time) but he seems legit and might have some material to corroborate it. We'll see.
I've started adding quotes from the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO and the Mystery Girl Unraveled documentaries. Love Jeff's story about the excitement of his first record going to shit because they messed up his name. :) Hope to have all the interesting musical bits properly documented and added to the database soon.
No new work on the Telephone Line analysis since last time. Too busy with other things.
Posted: 2014-07-08 07:01:06
I just added an entry for Eric Idle's Jeff Lynne produced song, The Infinite Monkey Cage (2014 - #5). I've credited it to Eric Idle as the artist for the moment as it's a bit hazy at the moment how it should be credited.
I've been away on vacation (or holiday as the Brits call it) so haven't made any new progress on the database. Hope to get working on that Telephone Line analysis again soon. More as it happens.
Posted: 2014-06-14 16:58:47
Another quick update on my work, although nothing new in the database yet. I've finished my analysis of all the unique bits played in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary. Lots of interesting things to be found there, but mostly just Jeff noodling about on guitar or piano. I hope to start adding the songs to the database soon, but I'm going to be away from the computer for a while starting at the end of the week so this may be delayed. It's also interesting to note that the download version of the documentary (iTunes and Amazon only as far as I know) is different and longer than what was broadcast on TV.
The Telephone Line page is still coming along. I'd say it's about 20% done now and the rest should fall in to place fairly quickly now. Of course, with me being away from the computer, there will be a delay.
How about that announcement of Jeff playing live in September!? Very exciting news.
Response: 2014-06-18 07:05:15
a7YpQM Hey, thanks for the article.Really looking forward to read more.
Posted: 2014-06-03 17:51:59
There's been few small updates for the database to report. First off, I removed the closing credits versions of Gary Brooker's Old Brown Show (2002 - #40 and #41) from the Concert For George documentary. I checked it again and found that there really was no edit of the track. I'd gotten a bit confused because the running times I'd measured were 10 seconds different, but that turned out to just be cheering noises after the track.
I also re-reviewed the new studio demo of Roy Orbison's California Blue and found that it is the exact same take as the standard release version, although the mix is different-- mixing out all the instrumentation but Roy's voice and guitar-- with the alternate ending attached at the end of the track. Curiously, this alternate ending had appeared previously in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary.
And speaking of that documentary, I'm deep in the analysis of the audio and all the little bits that Jeff performed in it. Some really interesting stuff. I hope to have it all documented and in the database soon.
And finally, just an update that my work on the in-depth analysis of Telephone Line has been slow going. But it's coming as soon as I can find the time.
Posted: 2014-05-21 19:21:55
Hi again! I just added the new information for Roy Orbison's 25th anniversary edition of Mystery Girl, including the new studio demo of California Blue (1989 - #12). The demo is really kind of an alternate studio take, not so much a demo. I hope to dig out the liner note comments soon, but there's not much new there. I also haven't watched the documentary on the DVD just yet, but I understand there's a few interesting nuggets in there too, including a lot more of the recording of the tracks in Mike Campbell's garage that we haven't seen before as well as some fresh Jeff interviews.
Posted: 2014-05-09 21:34:56
Found out that the On The Third Day suite as indeed played at 1976 Winterland show, but remains unreleased. So it appears that the "complete" release is not quite a complete as previously believed. Added entries for this in the database at 1976 - #8 to #11.
Posted: 2014-05-07 16:38:45
So I finally figured out how to losslessly remove the DRM from the iTunes download of the Mr. Blue Sky - The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary. That was quite a task to do something I'm perfectly in my right to do. iTunes just puts up tons of roadblocks. Grrr! Anyway, now that I've got it converted, I will do a closer analysis and add to the database all the little interesting bits (Jeff playing around on guitar, ukulele, piano or in the process of recording some songs). I was waiting to do this for when the DVD came out, but I'm giving up as I'm certain now that this will never come out on DVD. Stay tuned.
The Telephone Line analysis page is started, but it's definitely only in the infancy stage. There's still a long way to go.
Posted: 2014-04-22 21:42:24
Hooray! The Set Of 6 (UK TV show from 1972) page is done! It gives an overview of this early performance, including all the (sort of) releases. Enjoy!
Posted: 2014-04-21 21:58:30
I've been listening to The Move's Looking On album a lot recently and had noticed a couple more hidden bits in the music for the Exposing Secrets page. I added some bits about the "Good shit, Man!" part in Turkish Tram Conductor Blues and the backwards drum section in Open Up Said The World At The Door. This, of course, includes some samples of these hidden bits.
Posted: 2014-04-13 16:52:40
Still hard at work on the Set Of 6 page. Meanwhile, I ran across an interview with engineer Mack in Sound On Sound from September 2013 talking about the recording of Don't Bring Me Down. Seems Mack is taking much of the credit for dreaming up the idea of the song and saying that Jeff seems to have a very different memory of the song than he does. Not sure what to make of this. I do remember a few years ago I got an email from someone claiming to be Mack with a subject line of "Don't Bring Me Down" and all he said was, "Do you really believe all that?" I asked him what he meant, but he never responded. In the interview, he says that it was his idea to have a jam in the studio and when Bev didn't want to do this, he created a tape loop. Then he suggested the piano. From that start, Jeff wrote the song. He also says that the original lyric actually was "Bruce" because Jeff was thinking about an upcoming Australian tour (and may Aussies call each other Bruce), but he eventually decided to change it can came up with "groooss" instead. Now I'm not saying that either Jeff or Mack's accounts are wrong, but I do have a few problems with Mack's comments about this. First, I've always heard that in the later years, Jeff got *very* protective about his songwriting. I remember an interview, but can't recall the source, where Jeff says he was in the studio trying to work out the lyrics for a song when the engineer (I believe it was Bill Bottrell, so this would be Secret Messages period) suggested a perfect lyric for the song. Jeff was really pissed off about this because it *was* the perfect lyric but Jeff couldn't use it because he hadn't come up with it himself! He had to come up with something else. Another example is Blown Away on which Tom Petty got co-writer credit, but only because he suggested one line on the chorus! So the idea of Mack coming up with the basics for Don't Bring Me Down just doesn't strike me as something Jeff would do. Add to this, Mack says that the original lyric was "Bruce" because of the upcoming Australian tour, but the band did *not* have an upcoming Australian tour. In fact, the band didn't tour again until two years later and they *never* toured Australia ever again after 1978. So this just doesn't ring true at all. Either way, I added the interview segments to the database, including the Don't Bring Me Down page.
Posted: 2014-04-09 21:46:27
I added release information to the main page for the Record Store Day release of the Idle Race's The Birthday Party on gold vinyl as well as the new Paul McCartney tribute album called The Art Of McCartney. The Idle Race record is currently only available at participating record stores on April 19th. This is a very limited release and I'm getting conflicting reports if it's limited to 1000 copies (according to Record Store Day folks) or 4000 copies (according to Rhino which also says it's to be on psychedelic vinyl). Who knows? Details are hazy so perhaps it will be on both gold and psychedelic vinyl. These are going to be hard to get, so get then while you can! And I have no details yet on release date or the song that Jeff performed for the upcoming McCartney tribute. Hopefully soon.
Meanwhile, work continues on the Set Of 6 page. A few interesting discoveries, but the page should come together quickly.
Posted: 2014-03-28 16:52:40
I added information and links for the new 25th anniversary release of Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl album. This release features not only the album, but several bonus tracks. As near as I can tell, the only Jeff Lynne related bonus track is a demo version of California Blue. And there is a deluxe version with CD that apparently features several new music videos including the Jeff related for California Blue and You Got It and the full "Mike Campbell's Garage" filming of the recording of You Got It. As near as I can tell, there is the deluxe release with CD and DVD, an expanded version with CD only (USA only) and a double vinyl LP (UK only). I'll be adding the stuff for the bonus tracks to the main database listing shortly.
Meanwhile, for those of you wondering what my next new page is... I'm working on a special page for ELO's appearance on Granada TV's Set Of Six. This may sound somewhat trivial, but there's some good stories to tell about this appearance that I think warrants a special page for it. This should be pretty quick to get up, then I think I might start work on an in-depth analysis of Telephone Line after that.
Posted: 2014-03-09 20:26:57
I'm back! I just added entries in the database of Jeff's performances of Something, Hey Bulldog and Hey Jude (minimal only) from The Night That Changed America: A Tribute To The Beatles as well as his quick performance of The Window Cleaner on The One Show (2014 #1 to #4). Sorry for taking so long to get some of these in the database. I know I haven't had many good updates lately to the Jeff Lynne Song Database lately, but life had gotten a bit in the way. Mainly a really crazy work schedule kept me away, but the project's done and I should be able to get to the database in a more timely manner. Stay tuned.
Posted: 2014-02-08 14:54:14
I just added a couple of alternate edits of the Jeff Lynne produced Paul McCartney song Maybe Baby from the film soundtrack of the same name (2000 - #2 & #3). I was actually doing some research trying to find if there was a 5.1 mix of the song in this film and, while there is no 5.1 mix (it's only in stereo), the song is used in both the opening and closing credits and both are edits! The opening version simply cuts out the middle of the song while the closing version seamlessly repeats several verses. Interesting.
In other news, I added a tiny blurb on the Exposing Secrets page about the opening shout on Birmingham Blues that I'd missed the first go 'round.
Posted: 2014-02-05 19:15:21
A little late on this one, but I just added to the database Jeff's performances of Runaway and Roll Over Beethoven at the Troubadour in late 2013 (2013 #10 & #11). I've only got spotty information on who all is playing in stage so if anyone knows more details, please let me know.
Posted: 2014-01-18 20:38:22
I've done a few small updates. First off, I untangled the versions of Long Black Road in the database and put the new version on the American Hustle soundtrack in as a separate entry because it turns out that it's mono only. It's an odd thing to do, but I have to believe that this mono release is simply a mistake. This also means that the version on the original Japanese Zoom album is the preferred version because it's in stereo.
Meanwhile, I made a few changes to the "Exposing Secrets" page. These include expanding and enhancing the hidden part on Mission (A World Record) and adding a new bit about the vocoder on Yours Truly 2095.
Posted: 2014-01-15 20:12:15
Thanks to a fan, I was reminded that Jeff was reported to have recorded a song for a Paul McCartney tribute album in 2012 to be released for Paul's 70th birthday in June 2012. Seems this project never got released and it got forgotten by me. Assuming the song was recorded but not released, I've added an entry to the database at 2012 - #53. I've no idea what song was supposedly recorded by Jeff for the project, nor if it was actually completed.
Posted: 2014-01-10 21:42:24
I also just added a new page-- very simple, really-- about Jeff Lynne's first guitar (www.jefflynnesongs.com/firstguitar.htm). He's described many times about first learning to play on a plastic Elvis Presley guitar with one nylon string. I found some info on this actual guitar that was sold in England at that time. The page is really just for fun. However, it might be interesting to fill it out with all the various guitars and instruments that Jeff has played over the years. I'm not a musician so I can't really do such a page justice, but if anyone out there wants to help out, contact me.
Posted: 2014-01-09 20:51:04
Did a quick update to the "Exposing Secrets" page, thanks to feedback from several fans. Most are fairly minor, but the big one was on Rain Is Falling which I had totally missed. It was pointed out that this one uses a couple of rain-related English nursery rhymes in it. After listening, I could hear that it is true! I also added a bit about the "WARNING CONTAINS SECRET BACKWARD MESSAGES" on the back of the Secret Messages album and added a few words of doubt to Mission (A World Record). More to come as I've still got to respond to some more items that fans have sent me. Thanks!
Posted: 2014-01-04 22:01:55
Well, the hidden messages page is finally done! It can be accessed here: Exposing Secrets. Please be kind as (1) I am my own editor and (2) it's based upon my own limited knowledge and resources. If you notice any errors or omissions, please let me know. Enjoy!
Response: 2014-01-08 09:55:30
You're right about the "rain, rain, go away" line. I'll be adding an update soon. And thanks for the "spatch and mail" correction. Funny I missed Dave Morgan's confirmation.
Response: 2014-01-08 08:14:10
I forgot to mention this in my earlier response, but the "'Spatch and Mail" call sampled at various points during Hello My Old Friend should be listed as confirmed true rather than just surely true, since it was verified by Dave Morgan - there's even a direct quote in your article for this song.
Response: 2014-01-07 07:17:49
Congratulations on finally getting this section up and running - it's absolutely fantastic to have a single resource for all of the various little bits Jeff's sneaked into his music over the years. I'm especially thrilled to know at last what that hidden message in No Way Out is saying, as that one previously had me scratching my head for so long. However, I've always heard the vocoder part in Rain Is Falling as "rain, rain, go away, come again another day." The "a-nother" in particular stands out because of the way that first syllable is separated from the rest, but I could be wrong. Either way, great work on this page!
Posted: 2013-12-29 22:54:06
Happy birthday to Jeff Lynne, who turns 66 years old today.
I am almost complete for the hidden messages page. Everything is added and the final layout is done, but I just want to do a final edit on it before it's ready for the world. I was really hoping to get this done by the end of the year. I might not quite make it, but surely it's only a few more days away. Stay tuned.
Posted: 2013-12-10 18:39:11
I just added to the database the new Jeff Lynne songs Stream Of Stars and Clair de Lune from the new American Hustle film. Curiously, Stream Of Stars is on the soundtrack album (download available now, CD available December 24th), but Clair de Lune is only used in the film, not on the soundtrack. These also kind of snuck out as the fan community never knew about them until the soundtrack album came out! Very odd marketing there.
Work on the hidden messages page progresses, but isn't going as fast as I'd have hoped. I got all the audio samples done and have been working on secrets from the album covers. But then I decided to change the layout a bit, so that's taking some time. I really hope to have it ready to "publish" in just about three more weeks.
Posted: 2013-11-15 21:25:01
I just added to the database Jeff's recent live performances of Livin' Thing and Mr. Blue Sky on the Children In Need Rocks charity event (2013 - #7 to #9). There's a couple of interesting things about this performance. First, apparently there were two performances of Mr. Blue Sky because after they were done, the audience demanded an encore and because they didn't have anything else prepared, they just played Mr. Blue Sky again. Second, this is the first time ever that Jeff has played live the Concerto For A Rainy Day closing coda on Mr. Blue Sky. My guess is that the producers of the special demanded it and Jeff relented. Also, I'm having a tough time telling who all the players (drums, guitar, violinist, trumpeteer, etc.) on the songs are. Anybody know? I haven't a clue.
Work has been a little slower on the "hidden messages" page than I'd like. I'm done with everything from the Secret Messages album now and am moving on to Jeff's non-ELO material, which isn't nearly as extensive. So hopefully everything, at least my first pass at it, will be done soon. I'm anxious to get this page done.
Response: 2013-12-01 11:18:43
Yay! Album cover secrets? Damn, didn´t know of their existence...now I´m even more liiking forward to
Response: 2013-11-30 19:18:07
I have all the audio parts done and I'm now working on the album cover secrets. Then it's finishing the final formatting and it's done.
Response: 2013-11-30 12:07:16
how is the progess on the hidden messages page?
Posted: 2013-11-09 06:36:32
Work continues on the hidden messages page. I'm up to a whopping 71 hidden things in Jeff's music and this includes everything on the Secret Messages album except Hello My Old Friend. This song has a lot of stuff so it's going to take a bit to work through. Curiously, I find no hidden messages on the Balance of Power album, however, there is a bit on Jeff's post ELO production work and, of course, Zoom. More as it happens.
Posted: 2013-11-09 06:02:10
DOH! I just realized that I'd missed Joe Cocker's Night Calls on my non-ELO USA singles page. Not sure how that happened. There was only a promo CD single and, I think, a cassette single-- not too sure about the cassette as details are sparse. I fixed up the page for this and will be adding a picture of the CD single shortly. Also, I spent waaaaay too much time the past couple of days trying to figure out exactly when the single was released. Despite 1991 and 1992 being on the CD single, I'm pretty sure it was actually in February 1993. The 1991 date was when the song was first copyrighted, 1992 was when it was first released in the US (on the Night Calls album), but it was released in February 1993 to promote the The Best Of Joe Cocker album. Whew!
Posted: 2013-10-30 19:33:36
Just a quick note about the August 10, 1977 show in San Diego listed on the A New World Record tour page. This was an odd show, not really connected with any tour and was discovered in the San Diego Sports Arena archives. Well, it now seems that the fine folks at the San Diego Sports Arena made an error and the band that played that day was "ELP" (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) and not "ELO." ELO was finishing up the recording and mixing of the Out Of The Blue album at the time. Doh! I've removed all mention of the show from the tour page.
Posted: 2013-10-24 21:03:06
I'm now experimenting with image popups on the Jeff Lynne Song Database. I realize that some of the thumbnail images I have on the tour pages are too small to really tell what it is, leaving people having to click and open the image. Not too bad, but.... I've added some code to the Eldorado tour page so that if you hover your mouse pointer over the image, you get a bigger image popping up. You can click the image if you want to see the full one. I'm not 100% I'm sold on this yet, but so far it seems to work on all platforms I've tested it on. It's not ideal for touchpads, but it does work. If anyone notes any problems, let me know.
Posted: 2013-10-23 21:43:17
Well, I've continued to work on the "hidden messages" page. I've finished with the Time tracks and my ears are bleeding from trying to pick out all the announcers on Here Is The News. :-) I've now just begun work on the Secret Messages tracks will keep me busy for a while because there's a lot there.
I've been struggling with something and I'm hoping someone out there can help me. There is Morse code supposedly in the intro and fade-out of I'm Alive and Secret Messages (and maybe more), but to my ears, while it sounds like it might be Morse code, I just can't make it out. I've tried slowing it down and listening patiently, but if I try to interpret it, it just comes out as nonsense. So if there's anyone out there that knows Morse code and would be willing to give it a try, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send some samples.
Response: 2013-10-29 10:57:55
I've got the Morse code at the end of I'm Alive all sorted out now. It's not "ELO" but actually "XANADU" done in a really tricky way. I'll explain in detail when the new page launches, including samples that show it for what it off.
Response: 2013-10-27 14:18:26
OK then. I can´t wait to see the hidden messages page. So glad somebody does and I think that topic is pretty interesting. I love backwards masking in music and Jeff might be the king in that
Response: 2013-10-26 09:33:55
Yes, I now believe what's on my site about ELO at the end of "I'm Alive" is wrong. I'd been told that the stacatto keyboard at the end was ELO so that's what I put on my site. But now that I'm taking a closer look, it's not true. I'll make a correction as soon as I get the Hidden Messages page done.
Response: 2013-10-25 15:57:43
Re: I´m alive
According to your own website, i quote: "At the very end of I'm Alive, just as the song begins to fade, there is a hidden message: the staccato keyboard are playing a Morse code sequence that repeats the letters E-L-O several times." Does it mean it was proven wrong?
Posted: 2013-10-12 09:36:18
Still working on the hidden messages page. I'm up to the Xanadu tracks now.
Meanwhile, I'm hoping someone out there can help me. Several years ago there was a hoax about an unreleased ELO album that was recorded between A New World Record and Out Of The Blue. Someone went to the trouble of creating rather convincing album artwork, a tracklisting and a compelling story about it and putting it up on a website somewhere. Does anyone recall this hoax and what the supposed name of the album was? And if anyone saved the artwork, that would be helpful too. Thanks.
And in other news, I finally got all the album printed song lyrics (images scanned from the albums) up on the song analysis pages except for some of the UK albums. Enjoy!
Posted: 2013-10-07 19:44:17
I know it's been a while. Life has been getting in the way, but I'm still slowly working on the hidden messages page. I'm up to the Out of the Blue tracks now and 25 hidden message found so far! Jeff sure liked to reverse things in his music. :-)
Meanwhile, I'm tracking down some information on Mike Edwards' exploding cello bit. Seems the long standing story of it being done to Camille Saint-Saëns "Dying Swan" may not be completely accurate. It may be a bit of information from Bev that got misunderstood and twisted into the story as we know it today. The exploding cello is confirmed, but "Dying Swan" is in question. More information as I get it sorted out. (Thanks, Alex!)
Posted: 2013-09-19 20:02:48
Hi all! I was away on vacation (or holiday as the Brits say) for a few weeks, but I'm back now. I'm back at work on the hidden messages page again. I'm going somewhat in chronological order and I'm up to the Eldorado tracks. One that I'm struggling with is the track where the English orchestra is closing their cases in the middle of the recording. In interviews, several times Jeff has said this can be heard, but he's never said which song it's on (that I know of). The authors of Unexpected Messages claim it's on the piano part of Nobody's Child, but I can't hear anything. If anyone has any good information on it, please contact me.
Meanwhile, Jeff has been mysteriously quiet on his new album, hasn't he? Last year he was hinting that it would be out about now, but nothing yet. I suspect it's going to be delayed for a bit and wouldn't be too surprised if we don't see it until next year. :-/
Posted: 2013-08-31 09:53:50
I'm still hard at work on the new "hidden messages" page. For a bit of a teaser, look at the entry for Mr. Radio (1971 #47). This details four-- count 'em, four-- different backwards bits found in the song, including the original Mozart recording that ELO sampled for it. This is going to be a really fun page.
I've found about two dozen different hidden messages in Jeff's songs. If anyone out there has one they'd like me to address, contact me.
Posted: 2013-08-26 18:57:54
Small one: I just added the Hand Made In Hong Kong version of George Harrison's Hottest Gong In Town. This is an excerpted version with a unique acapella intro found in the Hand Made In Hong Kong documentary about the Shanghai Surprise film. Small and minorly interesting, but I do strive to be accurate! [Special thanks to Alex!]
I've also got a good start on the new page about all the little hidden things in Jeff's music. I've been pouring over Mr. Radio and there are four different backwards bits to be found! Also got a hidden message in Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre) sorted out. More as it happens, but this is going to be a fun page.
Posted: 2013-08-17 16:21:15
Oops! I had two different performances of The Move's Down On The Bay for Germany's Beat-Club on the The Lost Broadcasts DVD. Someone pointed out to me that they are the same performance, just two different video used for the background. DOH! So I've removed the extra entry in the database (was 1971 - #69). I also fixed it on the special Beat-Club page.
Funny story: I had someone contact me wondering why I was writing a page about an ELO Part 2 tour as Jeff Lynne wasn't involved with that band. Then they looked closer and realized it was the "ELO 2" album, not the band. :-)
Posted: 2013-08-10 06:30:28
Well, the ELO 2 tour page is finally done. It can be accessed directly HERE. It was a bit tricky to separate it from the tour for the first album as in reality, they all just sort of run together. But I think I came to a nice compromise. Enjoy and please be kind as I am my own editor. :-)
Dang! I was checking something so I pulled out the 2004 remaster of George Harrison's Cloud Nine to look at the liner notes. There's several quotes from George in there that never got into the database! How'd I miss those? It even clears up exactly what Cloud Nine tracks that Eric Clapton played on. Anyway, they're added now too.
Posted: 2013-07-29 11:52:26
I'm always adding images on occasion to the tour and song page, but don't bother mentioning it here. But I ran across this image and I thought it was so cool I had to mention it. It's a rare view of the spaceship stage during a concert as seen from behind. Interesting too that there were seats back there too!
Response: 2013-08-24 20:50:04
Yes, it has to be 1978. I don't know the venue, though. The photo is taken from a press release.
Response: 2013-08-24 20:50:04
Yes, it has to be 1978. I don't know the venue, though. The photo is taken from a press release.
Response: 2013-08-24 11:26:33
I love that picture! What year is it from? -78?
Response: 2013-08-24 11:26:33
I love that picture! What year is it from? -78?
Posted: 2013-08-03 09:58:22
Okay, so I just have a few grammar checks on the ELO 2 tour page and it's ready. However...
I just ran across some information that offers pretty definitive proof that ELO's ELO 2 album was released in the UK in March 1973, not January 1973. This throws off my timeline. I'm going to have to think on how to handle this.
Response: 2013-08-16 04:24:32
Uumph, I thought why does he include ELO Part 2 touring until I read the page... ;-)
Posted: 2013-07-29 11:52:26
Woohoo! I finally got the colored vinyls for the newest reissues in! They're finally out. I'll be adding them to the release information in the database shortly.
Response: 2013-08-24 20:50:04
Yes, it has to be 1978. I don't know the venue, though. The photo is taken from a press release.
Yes, it has to be 1978. I don't know the venue, though. The photo is taken from a press release.
Response: 2013-08-24 11:26:33
I love that picture! What year is it from? -78?
Response: 2013-08-24 11:26:33
I love that picture! What year is it from? -78?
Posted: 2013-07-28 17:16:22
Okay, I did a bit of rearranging of the ELO 2 promotional appearances and tour tracks (1973 - #41 to #61), which includes the performance of Roll Over Beethoven with Marc Bolan. This also moves and separates the late 1972 performances. This is in preparation for the upcoming ELO 2 tour page. More soon...
Posted: 2013-07-26 22:25:10
Well, I know it's been a while. I've been hard at work on the ELO 2 tour page. I've got most of it done, but things have gotten a bit tricky around the setlist. Much of the detail is unavailable and really variable, so nailing down a setlist is difficult. One of the anomolies has been From The Sun to The World (Boogie #2). From what I've been able to determine, the song was performed pretty much the same as the ELO 2 album until about March 1973 when the arrangement changed to a medley of sorts, including sections from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and an extended jam. The latter was released on the Live At The BBC collection but in comparing it to the previously released bootleg recordings, I noticed that both of these releases (official and bootleg) are edited, but they both have different edits. Neither one is complete! This was really confusing until I just did a very careful side-by-side comparison and sorted it all out. I'll put a bunch of information on this on the page when it's done. Anyway, my point is that it's been slow going through this stuff on the setlist side of things, but I think I got it all sorted out now. I just need to get it all on the page, then clean things up and I'll be ready for publishing the site.
Oh, I just listened to the Jeff Lynne interview on NPR. You can hear it HERE -> www.npr.org/2013/07/25/205437921/elos-jeff-lynne-describes-his-work-in-the-studio It didn't offer much new information, really and as he says he's only got 8 new songs for the upcoming new album-- the same number he was stating several months ago-- I almost wonder if it was a pre-recorded interview!
I'm thinking that after I finish the ELO 2 tour page, I'll do a page on all the hidden messages in Jeff's songs and album covers, complete with audio samples and visual examples. Ought to be fun!
Posted: 2013-07-09 17:23:18
Hi! Ed Simeone, one of the road crew for the "Out of the Blue" tour was kind enough to share some of his personal memories for the Jeff Lynne Song Database. Go to www.jefflynnesongs.com/ootbtour and scroll down to the "Band and crew members" section for his story. Cool stuff!
I also added several images from the band's July 17th, 1975 show in Houston, Texas thanks to the www.RockinHouston.com website giving me permission to use them. They can be seen here: www.jefflynnesongs.com/eldoratotour Any idea who the guy in his underwear carrying Mik around is? Weird. I suspect he's some local personality. More images from this Houston site to come.
Posted: 2013-07-08 17:24:19
I just changed one of the unknown songs from the Live From Bungalow Palace from "Unknown" to Don't Bring Me Down. This was spotted in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary. There remains one more unknown song from these performances. [Thanks, Cleo!]
The truth is, dealing with this Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary has been a bit of a pain in the arse for the database. My original intention was to wait to add it until the DVD came out, which was originally scheduled for December 2012. But then the DVD was delayed and some of the tracks came out as bonus tracks. This forced me to add the tracks from the Live From Bungalow Palace special performances-- it remained unclear if this was to be on the DVD or not, which was delayed until April 2013 when all the reissues came out. Then the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO documentary was released on iTunes and the DVD was delayed yet again. (Last I heard, it was to be July 2013, but no word yet so it's probably delayed yet again.) At this point, I'm giving up on the DVD and will be reviewing and adding all the interesting little bits from the documentary. These include some neat little bits including Jeff playing the ukulele, piano, organ, guitar and some live versions of a few tunes, although most are talked over in documentary style and can't really be heard properly. Stay tuned. I hope that when the DVD comes out, it includes both the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO and the Live From Bungalow Palace special as well as full versions of the talked-over things we hear in the documentary.
I also added a link to the vinyl editions of Armchair Theatre, Zoom and Electric Light Orchestra Live from Let Them Eat Plastic on the main page. If you've been following the drama, these have been long delayed, but we're promised they are finally coming at the end of July. I'd been waiting to add them to the page as I was expecting to get some beautiful artwork for the announcement like I'd found for their Long Wave and Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra releases in January. I've finally given up and just worked up something myself from their website. If I ever get anything better, I'll replace it. Seems to me that they've really messed up on these releases both with the delays and the poor marketing. I hope the vinyl isn't as abysmal.
Work continues on the ELO 2 tour page. The structure of the page is complete so now I'm just cleaning it all up. I also have a big stack of images for the page that I'm trying to organize and get up there. More as it happens.
Posted: 2013-06-29 16:50:02
Still working on the ELO 2 tour page. I am for sure going to do the page for just the January to July 1973 shows. Anything earlier (April to December 1972) will be a separate page for another day. There's just a lot of good information that I now think really warrants doing them separately.
Meanwhile, I'm finding some interesting things about the available material (bootleg or otherwise) from these tours. Remarkably little is available. For the ELO 2 tour, only four songs from an April 9th, 1973 show recorded for the BBC and an audience recording of Do Ya from an undetermined USA show (probably in July) are available. Even determining a solid setlist is proving difficult.
It was also during this tour that Marc Bolan joined ELO on stage for Roll Over Beethoven. I've considered adding this to the database as I've got some good quotes about it, but I'm unsure how it will fit. The performance was not recorded. We'll see.
Things are coming together. :)
Posted: 2013-06-22 10:52:50
Just heard the news about Jeff Lynne getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Congrats to Jeff! That's something I thought I'd never see. It's sort of surreal.
I'm still hard at work on the ELO/ELO 2 tour page. I'm now thinking about splitting the tours into two again. I've been reading Bev Bevan's The Electric Light Orchestra book again, pulling information from it. Lots of good detail about the first tour especially. I think I can make it work as two tours, although I'll be putting verbiage into the comments and observations section about how they sort of blend.
Posted: 2013-06-17 20:04:30
Just another quick one. I added an unreleased outtake of Kuiama as found on an Abbey Road CDR auctioned on eBay last year (1973 - #33). Don't know much about this, but there it is. I have an image of the CDR on there. I've actually got several images up of these CDRs. If you do a search for ".jpg" and include the detail information, you'll find all of them (and a few more images) that I have up so far.
Posted: 2013-06-11 21:22:24
I just added a couple of extended versions of Calling America (1986 - #19 & #20) as described on one of the Abbey Road acetates recently auction on eBay. I don't have these and don't know much about them, but I have the eBay picture which I have added to the song details.
Work is ongoing on the new tour page. I'd say it's out of the infant stage and now in the toddler stage. I've got the dates and personnel all sorted out, but there's still a long way to go.
Posted: 2013-06-05 19:34:11
The advanced search is now in place. Hopefully this'll make it easier to narrow down any material you're searching for. Any problems, please let me know.
Posted: 2013-06-03 21:35:00
In anticipation (of sorts) of the upcoming ELO/ELO2 tour page that I'm working on, I put together a tiny little page addressing the lack of a Secret Messages tour. There's not much to say, but I wanted to put up a few paragraphs to address the lack of a tour at the time, much like I'd done with the lack of Discovery and Xanadu tours. It can be accessed at www.jefflynnesongs.com/secrettour.
The new search feature is almost ready to go live. I need to write up some advance search tips so folks will know how to use it. Stay tuned.
Posted: 2013-05-31 20:01:25
The new advanced search features are just about ready to debut. I've coded and tested everything and just to get it up on the site. Look for that soon.
I'm also ramping up work on the ELO 2 tour page. However, I'm thinking that I'm actually going to make a single page for the The Electric Light Orchestra (the first album) and ELO 2 tours. Truth is, during this early period when the band was touring, they were touring for whatever material they had! They were performing many of the ELO 2 songs well before the album came out or before Jeff had worked out the final arrangements.
Oh, and I'm also slowly trying to fix all the broken links (mostly YouTube). All is good except for the pages for the music videos and The Midnight Special.
Posted: 2013-05-23 20:03:57
I haven't updated here in a while. But I've not been doing nothing on the database-- I've just not been doing things that are too visible.
First of all, I added the quotes from the Traveling Wilburys book. Turns out the quotes are not so exciting because most, if not all, are taken from other sources. So nothing new, really, except for maybe a couple of quotes about Margarita (a song that usually doesn't get much attention) and New Blue Moon.
Oh, and I've been doing some programming to make the search feature a lot smarter. Hope to have that debut very soon.
Posted: 2013-05-07 20:01:21
I'm finally starting to transcribe all the song comments from the The Traveling Wilburys Collector Edition book. I got this as a Christmas gift a few years ago (thanks to my lovely wife and a bit of extra prodding from me). Great book, but very expensive (Ł245.00)! And it includes Jeff's genuine, non-reproduction signature! Look for lots of interesting comments soon.
Posted: 2013-05-05 16:55:17
I just added the images for the UK and USA tour programs to the Out Of The Blue tour page (www.jefflynnesongs.com/ootbtour/) down under the images section. Interesting how they used a lot of the same images, but added more for the USA program.
Also I've started the baby steps for the upcoming ELO 2 tour page. The first step is to add the schedule as best as I can to the chart on the tour overview page (www.jefflynnesongs.com/tour.htm). This is actually a little tricky because I'm crediting the UK shows in November and December 1972 to support the ELO 2 album, but in reality the album didn't come out until January 1973. The band was performing several of the ELO 2 songs over these 1972 dates after recording them in the studio but before release. So do these dates belong to an ELO 2 tour or a tour for the first album? In reality the band was touring a lot during this period promoting not just albums or singles, but the band itself. They were performing whatever material they had, which wasn't much. I *might* combine the tour pages to promote the first two albums into one single page to cover this. I don't know. As I work on the page, I'll make that decision based upon how the facts work out.
Posted: 2013-05-01 21:44:04
Alright, I've got the Zoom information added, including David Wild's liner notes. It's been nice to revisit the album. What's peculiar, though, is the choice of bonus material. In 2001, Jeff stated on several occasions that he recorded 18 songs for the album, but only 14 got released at the time (including the Japanese exclusive Long Black Road). Yet the studio recorded bonus material is from 2004 (One Day) and indeterminate (Lucky Motel), although I suspect the latter is from the mid-2000s too. So what happened to those other four songs? Kind of odd.
As for the live tracks, the version of Do Ya on the Japanese CD is the same as the Zoom Tour Live video/DVD, with a little bit of the concert introduction music included at the beginning. The live version of Turn To Stone has done something strange-- the music is the same as the original release, but the beginning just before the song is changed. The Zoom Tour Live version included Jeff's introduction, saying "here's a bouncy one" and the song's count-in with the drummer's drumsticks. The Zoom bonus track cuts that intro altogether and dubs in a completely different on, including someone (perhaps Jeff himself!) shouting a couple of "woo" shouts before the song starts. I don't include this variation as a different version of the song in the database, but I do make a note of it on the release information. Very odd thing to do. I understand cutting Jeff's intro, but why the count-in?
I'm off to work on the Electric Light Orchestra Live album next. :)
Also, I've been continuing to make the menu fixes behind the scenes. This is probably invisible to most users, but for you IE10 users and tablet users (touchscreen and no mouse), it's probably quite useful.
Posted: 2013-04-26 19:54:03
I just added the data for the remaster of Armchair Theatre. Nothing too exciting but some of the performer/engineer/recording credits as well as David Wild's liner note comments. I also moved the alternate version of Borderline back from 1990 to 2013. With the engineer credits for the song, it's clear that although it was originally recorded in 1989, some recent work was done on it as well, making it another one of the so-called hybrid songs like Surrender and Latitude 88 North.
Another interesting bit-- the credits for the Bungalow Palace acoustic performance of Strange Magic on the Japanese release gives a performance/recording date of March 2011. So this performance (and possibly all the documentary stuff) were recorded much earlier than expected. I may have to move these Bungalow Palace performances to 2011 soon... BTW, the track on the Japanese disc cuts the false start by Richard Tandy.
Working on the Zoom remaster next!
Posted: 2013-04-24 20:27:21
I just about got the menu navigation issue figured out. I've got a few more tests to do and then I'll start rolling out the updates which will likely be invisible to most users anyway.
Meanwhile I should give a shout out to a couple of new releases that, while not Jeff Lynne himself, are clearly inspired by his music. First up is the debut single by Starflight called Phasers On Stun and the video can be seen at http://www.muzu.tv/starflight/phasers-on-stun-music-video/1846039/. It's a nice, bouncy tune with thick harmonies. Second is the next album by Bubble Gum Orchestra called BGO II (http://bubblegumorchestra.com/fr_bgoii2012.cfm). Neither are ELO clones, but the influence is very clear and you might enjoy it. I'm listening to it as I write this.
Hope to be adding details to the database from the new Jeff releases soon.
Posted: 2013-04-20 08:39:59
Woohoo! I just now got the new Japanese edition albums in direct from Japan! I'm doing a happy dance! Lucky Motel is a nice, bouncy, ukuele instrumental track with that Jeff Lynne flair to it. I'll be reviewing them and getting the details up in the database shortly.
Posted: 2013-04-17 21:24:21
I finally got the Jeff Lynne comments from the Adam Carolla interview into the database. I'm now caught up with all the interviews. Hooray! My next big project will be a page for the "ELO 2" tour in 1972/1973.
Meanwhile, I found a peculiar bug. I recently was able to view the pages in Internet Explorer 10 and noticed that some of the navigation menus (the hover functions) don't work correctly. It works fine in older versions, Safari, Firefox, and the Droid browser, but not IE10. Grrr! I'm also a little concerned about how the hover functions will work on some tablets that don't have a mouse or mouse-like ability. So I'm tweaking how the menus work a little bit. I would rather spend my time on more substantive things on the page (like the ELO 2 tour page), but I need the navigation to work as well.
Posted: 2013-04-12 06:00:06
Alright! The Ma-Ma-Ma Belle page is now done! It can be accessed HERE. Enjoy and please remember that I am my own editor. If you notice any errors, whether spelling, grammar or factual, please let me know. Enjoy!
Posted: 2013-04-06 09:02:50
Still working on the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle page. I'm faced with a bit of a dilemma. Many of the variations are all based around the fade-out bit. It blends with the On The Third Day interlude (or Dreaming Of 4000 intro, depending on your you interpret it), so a lot of compilations did variable fade-outs to deal with this. Now what I thought was the earliest released version of the fade-out found on the Strange Magic: The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra is, under closer inspection, is on the 1990 Afterglow set. So I've got to change the entry in the database yet again. *Sigh!* Also, in looking closer, I also see that the 1978 EP has a totally unique fade-out that is not found anywhere else. So that's yet another entry.
Really, I feel like I'm being awfully pedantic in declaring all these variations when there's just a few seconds of difference here and there on the song fades, but I do want to be accurate on the page too. Oh, well. Just a little while longer and the page will be ready.
Posted: 2013-04-04 17:43:16
Removed the "I Know That You Know That" version of Matter Of Fact. I'd had it in my notes to remove this as it was confirmed that this was just an alternate title for the released song and it was not a different version. See 1986 - #25 for details.
The song comments for the Deep Tracks interview are finally done. One more audio interview to transcribe and I'll be all caught up. :-)
Also, the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle song analysis is 99% done now. I've got one more bit of information to dig out around the fade-out variations. Then I have to do a spelling/grammar check and it'll be ready to go. Stay tuned.
Posted: 2013-03-31 20:26:40
Okay, so I got all the new releases added to the database. The new tracks are all at the end of the database (2013) for now except for the new alternate version of Borderline until I can get new information and may move them. I may move them when the releases come out and I have more information on them.
Also, I've adjusted the "artist" for several of the tracks, such as the new solo recordings and the Live at the Bungalow tracks. Here's the logic: with the recent things I wrote about Jeff Lynne's comment saying "I *am* ELO", then it's clear that to him, he can be a one-man band and it can still be ELO. Legally it's his and he can call it ELO if he wants. Zoom was an ELO album, even though it was 99.5% all Jeff Lynne. So... I've adjusted things such that if it's an ELO project (such as the new solo recordings or Zoom bonus tracks), then the artist is "Electric Light Orchestra" and if it's a solo project (such as the Armchair Theatre bonus tracks) then the artist is "Jeff Lynne". It's been a bit confusing and messy, but I think that's the best for now.
Also, in preparing the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle page, I found something interesting. What I was calling the On The Third Day remaster version of the song actually first appeared on the 1995 Strange Magic: The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra compilation instead (and on Flashback as well. It's basically just a later-than-other-versions fade-out. So I made an adjustment in the database at 1973 - #83. The analysis page for this song is *very* close to completion, so look for something very soon.
Posted: 2013-03-29 22:32:55
Argh! Today I started adding the new Jeff releases to the database in anticipation of their upcoming release, but I've run into a problem. Maybe I'm being a bit too pedantic, but I need to put the artist in the database for the new songs. Is it "Jeff Lynne" or "Electric Light Orchestra"? They all come from the same source, but they are on both a solo album (Armchair Theatre) and band albums (Zoom and Electric Light Orchestra Live). It's all Jeff Lynne solo stuff to be honest. I think what I'm going to do is list those tracks that are officially solo as solo. And those that are "band" songs as "Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra". Maybe. It's tricky.
BTW in transcribing the recent "Deep Tracks" interview, Jim Ladd asked Jeff what the other bandmembers thought of Jeff re-recording the ELO songs. Jeff, sounding somewhat indignant, responded that there were no other members of ELO. He described Richard Tandy as an associate member. So clearly Jeff considers himself a one man band as far as ELO is considered now.
I've started adding the new track under 2013 for now, but I've still got a bit of cleanup to do. It should be done by the end of the weekend, including sound samples!
Posted: 2013-03-27 04:39:42
Oh, and I also got a bit sidetracked by checking for broken links on the database (www.brokenlinkcheck.com) and finding that several of the YouTube videos I'd linked to were no longer valid. I'd known this could and probably would happen, but it was a risk. I don't own accounts with the videos so I have no control over them. I cleaned up some of the music videos page (www.jefflynnesongs.com/jlvids) and linked to the official videos on VEVO where I could. I'll be cleaning these up little by little. Fixed a few links on the Can't Get It out Of My Head page just today.
Truth is, I really have no interest in maintaining a YouTube account and managing videos on it. If there's anyone out there that would be willing to host the videos and allow me to link to them with reasonable assurance that you'll keep it going for a while, please contact me.
Posted: 2013-03-26 17:50:49
I've gotten a bit sidetracked by personal things (nothing bad, just life) and haven't been working on the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle analysis at all. Got a good start, but then it stalled. Shame on me. Part of it was because I'd thought I'd found an alternate version to report. However, on closer examination, I realized it wasn't true. Oh, well.
I'd also stalled on transcribing the late 2012 audio interviews into the database, but that's going again. Working on the Rockline interview now. Not much left to do for these interviews. I just gotta get through it. It's time consuming.
Oh, and I was thinking of adding the material for the new remasters now, bonus material and all, so that there would be no delay when they do get released. It takes a bit of time to add all new tracks. Anyway, I've got a bit of a quandry. I typically try to add songs to the database on the year that they were recorded, rather than released. However, several of these bonus tracks are reported to not necessarily be recorded with the album they're being released on. For example, the live album, recorded in 2001, includes a song recorded in 1993. Where does that fit? I'm going to have to think about this one, but I'm inclined to just put them all in 2013, when released, because surely Jeff did some final mixing in 2012 or so. We'll see.
Also, I ordered the Dave Edmunds Breaking Out promo 12" single for the non-ELO USA singles page, but the seller just contacted me and said they couldn't find their copy and cancelled my order. Dang it! I have it on order from another online seller. Thankfully it doesn't appear too difficult to find.
Posted: 2013-03-20 19:25:07
Wow! This Ma-Ma-Ma Belle song analysis is going much faster than I was expecting! The comparison of the studio recordings is done, the images are done and most of the comments section and tour information is done. I just need to finish up all the TV performances, do a bit more clean up of the details, then check the formatting and I'll be done. Cool!
Posted: 2013-03-18 20:22:03
For the non-ELO USA single page, I've made a few small additions. First off, I've discovered that there was a promo only 12" single of Dave Edmund's Jeff Lynne written and produced song Breaking Out. I've added an entry for it and I have the record on order so hope to have images up soon. Second, for the trainspotters, I have the images up for the single-sided Doin' That Crazy Thing "smooth B-side" single. (Thanks, Jerry!) What's interesting, at least as far as I can tell, is that the grooved vesion has the Jet logo and yellow label; the smooth version has a plain white label. That could be an easy way to tell which version you're purchasing when buying online. There may also be more to the story about this single-sided record, but I'm doing a bit more research on it before I can come to any solid conclusions.
I've also run into a bit of a quandry while putting together the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle song analysis page. When it comes to the early mixes, there are three different released mixes for it (not counting the short Take 1 version). These are labeled on their various releases as "Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle - Early Version)", "My Woman (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle - Early Version)", and "Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle Take 2)". The first two are on the 1991 Early ELO (1971-1973) compilation and the latter one is on the remasters for ELO 2 and On The Third Day. They're all Take 2 and the same basic recording of drums, bass, guitar, cello and vocals, but things are mixed differently on each of them with guitars mixed in our out, cellos mixed in or out, etc. I'd previously had the first two labeled as "Unknown Take" but now I've confirmed they are Take 2 (which is also the released take). So what do I do with this and how do I put it in the database? I've decided to rename them in the database as Take 2 "Auntie" Early Mix #1, Take 2 "My Woman" Early Mix #2 and Take 2 "Auntie" Early Mix #3 with notes in the song comments about which is which. Hopefully it doesn't cause too much confusion.
BTW, there also an additional unreleased mix of Take 2 as described in a 1992 Face The Music fanzine called Auntie Bollocks. I still kind of wonder if the Take 2 version on the ELO 2 and On The Third Day remasters isn't this version, renamed to protect the innocent, but I just don't know.
Posted: 2013-03-17 13:02:37
BTW, I added a scan of the original lyric sheet to the Can't Get It Out Of My Head song analysis page. I was getting some hassle from someone about whether it was "wave's chicane" or "wave chicane" (possessive or not). So I figure I'd add proof. I'm going to try to add the definition of chicane as the tip of a wave, which I found in one of those giant dictionaries in the library years ago. Hopefully I can find it again.
This all got me to thinking that I'll also add scans of the lyric sheets to all my song analysis pages. So look for that soon. Work is still progressing on the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle page. It's coming along nicely.
Posted: 2013-03-13 19:15:16
Hi all. Amazon finally got the links up for the new releases, so I added links to preorder them on the main page. I'll be adding the new songs to the database too, as soon as I find the time. I find it easier to add them pre-release and leave the unknowns as "unknown" (such as running time), otherwise I'm scrambling to get caught up after the fact.
I also just added the music video version of Jeff Lynne's Video! song (1984 - #3). I'd been meaning to address this for a while and it had fallen through the cracks of my to-do list. The music video actually adds a bit compared to the album/single version. As I wrote in the database: "The audio for the music video for Video! is slightly extended with Jeff announcing 'Okay, ready to roll' and his engineer (an unknown actor) announcing that he is ready and flipping switches at the beginning. In addition, throughout the song, there are various sound effects added, mostly of the engineer acting out various scenes, but also a dog barking, fireworks and, at the end, TV static." Unfortunately, the full and unedited video is not currently on YouTube that I can find. Only a so-called remastered version that cuts off Jeff's intro and inserts the single/album audio over the video soundtrack is available. I do, however, have a copy of the full and legitimate video, so if you want a copy...
I'm still working on the transcribing of the Jeff audio interviews from last year. It's a labor intensive process, so I just do a little bit at a time. It involves listening, pausing, typing what I hear, rewinding a bit, repeat. Then I listen all over again just to make sure I got it right.
Oh, and I'm also working on the Ma-Ma-Ma Belle song analysis. I'd say it's out of the infant stage and in the toddler stage at the moment, so I've still got a fair bit of work on it.
Posted: 2013-03-07 21:49:55
I just finished watching the 1986 movie called Joey that features the ELO song Rock 'n' Roll Is King. I'd never seen it before and wanted to confirms the song's use in the film. So I bought on old, used rental VHS tape as I couldn't find it anywhere else or in any other format. The film is not great, but it's a pleasant enough diversion. It really celebrates a lot of old-time early rock 'n' roll, which is likely why ELO's Rock 'n' Roll Is King is used. The song features about two-thirds of the way through the film, playing in the background of a restaurant while Joey's bandmates are trying to figure out how to get him out of jail. Anyway, the VHS tape is free to anyone willing to digitize it and send me a digital copy. Contact me privately if interested.
I've also started on the in-depth song analysis of Ma-Ma-Ma Belle as well. It's just barely begun, but it shouldn't take nearly as long as the recent single page. :-/
Posted: 2013-03-06 17:11:22
The Armchair Theatre and Zoom remasters and new ELO Live album have finally been added to the front page. I'd been waiting somewhat for them to appear on Amazon (UK and USA), but I gave up and added the data anyway. The links for preorders don't work yet, but as soon as Amazon gets them up, I'll add the links. I have links for the Japanese versions that have the extra bonus tracks, but I'm not entirely sure I trust that it's accurate. There's two versions of the new albums on the Japanese site-- one that lists the tracks without the extra Japan only bonus track and another more expensive disc that Amazon doesn't list the tracks for at all. I'm assuming that the more expensive disc is the Japanese version, however they simply haven't updated their site yet.
I also fixed the search feature on the main song pages. It was broken. :( But it's all good now. :)
Posted: 2013-02-28 08:26:18
Alright, I finally got the non-ELO USA single page done! It can be seen HERE (jefflynnesongs.com/nonelousasingles). Enjoy, and as always, if you notice any errors or omissions, please let me know. I am my own editor, so it's all to easy for mistakes to happen.
This page has been a lot of work, but also fun. Lots of new little bits found in the process. Next big project is an in-depth analysis of Ma-Ma-Ma Belle!
Oh, and I'll be adding some blurbs about the upcoming remasters on the main page very soon.
Posted: 2013-02-24 08:26:18
In preparation for the non-ELO USA singles page, I've just added a few additional entries in the database-- the mono version of Del Shannon's "Cry Baby Cry" on the USA promo single (1974 - #94) and the mono version of Jeff Lynne's "Doin' That Crazy Thing" on the USA promo single (1977 - #25). This new page is so very close to being ready to "publish". All the singles are detailed and images up (for what I have), narratives are done, and all chart data is recorded. I just need to verify the release information is correct, then check my spelling and grammar. Stay tuned.
I'll also be adding some information on the main page soon about the new remasters coming out in April. But I want to get this non-ELO singles page out of the way first.
Oh, and I'm still working on reviewing and transcribing bits from the various radio and podcast interviews. This is a slow process, but lots of good information.
Posted: 2013-02-15 21:14:47
I just added a promo edit of Tom Petty's Runnin' Down A Dream as found on the USA promo CD (MCA CD-45-17938) at 1989 #17. I hadn't known about this one before, but in preparing the non-ELO USA singles page I ran across it. It's not too exciting, though. Just an early fade, probably done just for radio. I'll have to do a bit more research but I don't believe this early fade appeared anywhere else, with all the subsequent compilations having the full album version.
Speaking of the non-ELO singles page, I'm still hard at work on it. I've edited and completely finished the narrative part, although I might tweak it a few more times before putting the page out there. I'm mainly working on the music chart data right now, with still a lot to add and the write-up about it to finish. I've also got a small bit of work for the reissue singles. This project has been a lot of work. I'm enjoying every minute of it. (Well, carefully entering all the chart positions is a bit tedious...)
I've also stalled a little on transcribing all of Jeff's audio interviews into the database. I've decided to edit the tracks and burn them onto CD for permanent storage, so I'm doing that and carefully marking the CDs so I'll know what's on there. As soon as that's done, I'll get back to the transcribing part. Love the fact that someone asked about the tracks Jeff did with Elton John in the 1970s on the Rockline show. Although it sounds like Jeff may have lost the recordings which is a shame. Finished or not, that'd be an incredible piece of rock history.
Response: 2013-12-17 00:22:49
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Posted: 2013-02-11 19:04:27
Well, I just got the two new colored vinyl records in from Let Them Eat Vinyl (uLong Wave and uMr. Blue Sky The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra). Absolutely beautiful. I haven't put them on the turntable yet, but they're nice thick vinyl and should sound better than the Frontiers Records thin stuff. I'll have these added to the database shortly.
I'm listening to the SiriusXM Deep Tracks interview with Jeff from last October and will be extracting his comments shortly. Some interesting stuff, including the his vocals for the Wilburys' Rattled were recorded in England as they didn't have time to do them in America. It's a bummer that the last 20 minutes of this interview are still missing. If anyone knows where to get the full interview (or at least the last 20 minutes!) let me know.
I'm still hard at work on the non-ELO singles page. The layout of all the images is done, although I have a few odd bits to fix up. The narrative is also done, but it's a first draft so I'll be reworking it over the next few days. The main thing I'm working on now is adding all the Billboard chart information. I've added all the Hot 100 entries, including the full chart runs of all the songs. But I've also got all the full chart runs for all the other so-called lesser charts (Hot Country, Adult Contemporary, Mainstreak Rock, etc.). It's just a very tedious process to transcribe all those numbers. And then I also have the Cash Box charts to add as well. But I'm getting there. More soon.
Posted: 2013-02-04 19:17:36
Thanks to an eagle-eyed fan, it was discovered that the original 1976 Olé ELO on United Artists (UA-LA 630-G) actually had two different pressings. Early pressings featured the full album versions of Roll Over Beethoven and Kuiama but later pressings feature the single edit and a unique edit respectively. Nothing on the album covers indicates this as all pressings still give a running time for the full album versions. I had to pull out my pressings of this album, both stock and promo copies and do a bit of research to get it all sorted out. Very interesting.
I'm still hard at work on the non-ELO USA singles page. I've got everything laid out as I want it and I'm working on the narrative now. Very interesting and I've made several interesting discoveries along the way. Again, if anyone wants to take a sneak peek, just contact me and I'll send a private link.
And finally, the moving of the navigation menu from the side to the top is done. I like it much better now. It's less intrusive.
Posted: 2013-01-28 20:56:13
Added a few sound samples that demonstrate some backwards messages on the Secret Messages album. On the intro of the song Danger Ahead (1983 - #15) can be heard a voice saying "plant a tree." Odd, I know, but there's a lot of odd little bits hidden in this album. And on the intro to the album version of Rock 'n' Roll Is King (1983 - #19) Jeff can be heard saying "thank you for listening." Go to the songs in the database and click the popup to see a link to hear the sample as well as a description of what you're hearing. Fun stuff!
One of these days, I have long term plans to make a page dedicated to all the little hidden bits in Jeff's songs. He's got a lot of them and I think it warrants some special attention. But that's a long ways down the road.
Posted: 2013-01-26 08:27:22
I'm listening to the Absolute Radio interview from last October as I write this. So I'm finally editing, reviewing and extracting comments from Jeff on all the audio related promotion he did for the recent albums. Lots of good interviews to run through. More as this happens. I'm almost caught up.
I'm also working on changing the navigation menu on the database site, moving it from the left to the top. If anyone notices any problems with this, let me know.
Posted: 2013-01-25 20:20:16
I just added a link on the main page to some new colored vinyl editions of Jeff's two new albums. These are apparently going to be very limited, only 1000 copies each, so get 'em while you can.
I'm still hard at work on the non-ELO singles page. Just a few more singles to acquire and a few more details to add, then I'll start writing the text. Lots of pictures on the page, which I hope people will appreciate. Doing this has helped me fill a few holes in my own collections.
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Posted: 2013-01-11 22:00:58
So I finally finished adding all the The Lost Broadcast DVD information to the Beat-Club page. So the review of this DVD is now 100% done. Hooray!
I'm still adding comments from Jeff's recent promotion. All the TV interviews are done now, so now I'm adding the comments from the videos that appeared on the elo.biz site. Little by little...
More news on the non-ELO singles page too. Progress has been a little slow as I'm still doing a bit of research into stock numbers and validating releases. It's a bit confusing as during the heyday of Jeff's production days, release formats varied radically with some stuff on 7" single, some on 12" single, some on cassette single, some on CD single and even a few videotapes. Seems record companies couldn't sort out what was the most acceptable format so they threw all sorts of stuff out there. Then there's the download single. It gets messy, but I'm getting it sorted out. (BTW, I don't know if anyone's actually reading this, but... If anybody knows of any sort of promos, artwork, etc. for a US release of Jeff's Mercy, Mercy single, please contact me. I know there's a UK CD single promo, but so far I can't find anything at all for a US single, not even download single artwork.)
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Posted: 2013-01-04 09:13:32
Thanks to Jeff's comments in several interviews, I added a re-recording of Steppin' Out as one of the ELO songs that Jeff re-recorded but remains unreleased (2012 - #17). And I added two "unknown titles" to the "Live at Bungalow Palace" performances (2012 - #47 & #48) because Jeff states in several interview that he and Richard did eight songs, but only six of them have been broadcast and are known.
Also added some comments from Jeff's interview in the January 2013 issue of Goldmine. There's some good comments and new information in there, including how Jeff wrote Showdown and some talk of Beatles Forever.
I'm experimenting with changing how the navigation menu is displayed on all the pages. It's basically moving the menu from the left side to the top. Right now it's only set up on the main page. I want to live with it for a while as I want to see how it looks on different platforms. If anybody notices anything strange or non-functional, let me know.
Posted: 2012-12-30 22:15:50
Finally added the electric version of Save Me Now from the Songs After Sandy album (2012 - #49). Cool tune and nice to see Jeff getting involved.
Happy New Year everybody!
Posted: 2012-12-29 23:19:17
I finally finished reviewing The Move's The Lost Broadcasts DVD. Sorry it took so long, but I wanted to compare it to what was broadcast on Beat-Club and what's already been released. Some of these tracks were previously released on some of the The Story Of Beat-Club DVDs. Comparing the audio from these DVDs, The Lost Broadcasts is lacking in sound quality. However, it also has several previously unreleased tracks or complete versions of edited tracks, so it's a must have.
Anyway, I've added new entries for Brontosaurus (1970 - #24) which is a previously unreleased live version of the edited TV version; Down On The Bay (1971 - #69) which is a second, previously unreleased version of the song recorded for but not used for Beat-Club, two versions of Ella James (1971 - #70 and #71) which were previously unreleased with one of them being a false start; and finally The Words Of Aaron (1971 - #72) which is previously unreleased.
Now I need to go make some corrections to the special Beat-Club page, so that's another project and I'm not quite done. But the hardest part is done.
I'll add the new electric version of Save Me Now shortly.
Posted: 2012-12-24 05:09:28
And another thing... The new "electric" version of Save Me Now is out now on the "Songs After Sandy" download. I'm surprised none of the usual ELO/Jeff Lynne sites have mentioned it yet. I've purchased it as a download, but as I'm out of town (for Christmas), I don't have the password information with me at the moment to download it! Argh! New Jeff music and I can't hear it! Well, it'll have to wait until I get back home. :-/
Posted: 2012-12-21 21:53:34
Quick update. I've actually been hard at work (when not doing Christmassy things). First off, the review of The Move DVD The Lost Broadcasts is just about done. Actually, the review is completely done, I just need to put it into the database. Hopefully soon.
I've now finished adding comments from the print media for all the 2012 interviews. I'll be doing the TV appearances next and since there's only a few, it shouldn't take long. Then it's on to the several radio/internet/audio interviews. Those'll take a bit of work.
And I'm also still hard at work on the non-ELO USA singles page. Everything is laid out now and I've got pictures up for everything I own. I'm trying to fill in all the details (release dates, songwriters, variations, etc.) now and complete the chart information. It's a lot of work, but I'm enjoying it. Finding I have quite a few holes in my collection. I'm by no means a completist, but I do want to get all the information on the site as correct as possible.
More as it happens. Merry Christmas to all.
Posted: 2012-12-06 21:39:52
For all you trainspotters... I discovered an alternate label for the Roll Over Beethoven/Showdown USA reissue 7" single (Golden Oldies Jet / CBS ZS8 5152). This is the one with the white rectangle on the label, which I'm assuming was designed for a UPC code (although the code is not used). Kinda minor, but interesting. Images and data are added to the ELO USA singles page (http://www.jefflynnesongs.com/elousasingles/). I have no idea if these "white rectangle" variations exist for the other Golden Oldies singles as I've never seen them.
And speaking of singles pages, I'm still hard at work on the non-ELO USA singles page. I've just about added entries for all the singles, but I still have a long way to go to add all the images and information on it. If anyone's really interested in seeing and following my progress on this, contact me privately and I'll send you a hidden link for my site where I'm setting this up.
Also, I'm still adding detail information around the two new albums from Jeff interviews and reviews. I'm working my way through all the print and online media (I save all the articles/interviews) and I'm just about done with that part. Then I'll be going over the few TV interviews. Then it's on to the audio interviews (radio, podcasts, etc.). It's a bit of a tedious task to transcribe all this stuff, so I take it one article a day or so. Little by little... [Speaking of interviews, does anyone have the complete "Deep Tracks" interview from SiriusXM Satellite Radio? All sources I've found so far are incomplete due to Hurricane Sandy.]
My review of the Move's Lost Broadcasts DVD has been delayed a bit as I've been distracted by the non-ELO USA singles page project. I'll have to get back to that soon.
Posted: 2012-11-30 22:45:48
I just added 11 outtakes from the Long Wave sessions (2012 - #29 to #39) to the database.
Posted: 2012-11-29 21:31:48
Check this out! I discovered the source of the choral intro of Shine A Little Love (the album version, of course). I've added a blurb about it to the song popup up that describes it. It reads: "The choral intro on the album version of Shine A Little Love has been lifted from a German folk song recording called 'Die Blümelein sie schlafen' (translates to 'The Little Flowers, They Sleep') written by Johannes Brahms. The actual source of the recording is uncertain, but it is clearly a male choral recording. For Shine A Little Love, a portion of a 'Die Blümelein sie schlafen' recording was sampled, some distortion was done to it, various keyboard effects were added over it, and finally the whole recording was slowed and flipped backwards. Because of all the manipulation, it's historically been incredibly difficult to identify. A sample showing this can be heard HERE that is the Shine A Little Love intro reversed and sped up (so that it's heard correctly), followed by a 'Die Blümelein sie schlafen' sample from a recording by Männer-Gesang-Verein Alsdorf - Broicher Siedlung of the same portion." How cool is that?
In other news, I'm hard at work on the new page for USA non-ELO singles by Jeff Lynne. I'm up to George Harrison's Got My Mind Set On You and I'm busy scanning and taking photos of my many singles. Stay tuned...
Posted: 2012-11-20 21:20:31
Well, I finally got started adding comments for Jeff's new albums. I'm doing all the print media that I have so far. This'll take just a few days. Then it's the TV shows and radio interviews. That'll take a bit more time.
I'll also finally start a proper review of The Move's Lost Broadcasts DVD this Thanksgiving weekend to make all the adjustments to the database and the Beat-Club page on the site.
Posted: 2012-11-18 21:14:01
BTW, I'm also finally starting work on a non-ELO USA Singles Analysis page. This includes all Jeff Lynne singles produced in the USA by Idle Race, The Move, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne solo, etc. This is one of the reasons I'm having to tackle the download issue. Ought to be interesting...
Posted: 2012-11-18 20:41:40
I finally sorted out the new albums Long Wave and Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra releases. It was a bit confusing for a while as to what country this was officially made and released. As it turns out, all CDs (except the Japanese CDs) sold worldwide are the same, manufactured in Italy only. These were then distributed worldwide using local distribution service (by EMI in the US, I'm uncertain in Europe, but I think direct from Frontiers Records).
With the globalization of the music industry, things are getting a bit tricky to fit into the database. These things are manufactured in Italy, but sold and distributed by other parties. It's a business model that's different from what's come before. The idea of "download albums" are also a little tricky which I'll have to deal with some day. :-/
Posted: 2012-11-06 19:38:57
I just moved The Quick And The Daft on the Out Of The Blue remaster from 1977 to 2007. It seems that this song is actually from 1977 or 1979 (Discovery sessions!) and it's made up of two orchestral snippets that Jeff recorded but didn't use. He combined them into this one song and added some additional music, thus it's a hybrid song like Surrender and Latitude 88 North. I really should state this fact in the database and I'll get some quotes to back it up shortly.
Posted: 2012-11-03 18:33:42
I have a Facebook page now to help promote this site! A lot of people wanted to friend me, but I've not had Facebook page. I do *not* have a personal page, but I figured I'd give my hand at doing one for this site. Probably won't be putting much of great interest there... I plan on echoing things that I have on this page. But you can friend me and comment there. Just be warned that I probably won't be checking that page very often. I have little time to mess with it, preferring to work on this site the maintain Facebook.
Anyway, check it out HERE!
Posted: 2012-11-01 21:25:30
Check this out! I'd been advised the the fade-out of both Starlight and The Whale on the 1986 CD of Out Of The Blue had been altered slightly from the original vinyl album. This new fade-out had appeared on all re-issues of these songs until the 2000 Flashback collection when it was finally restored.
So I wanted to check this out. I recorded the songs from my original United Artist and CBS USA issued LPs and compared to the 1986 CD. On the 1986 CD, clearly the songs were cut-off on the very end of the fade-out. But to be honest, there was so much noise on the LPs. It was hard to tell, but I could hear some difference. (I really need a better record player setup). So I compared the fade-outs on the 1986 CD to the 2000 Flashback set and it does reveal something interesting. You can hear the comparison of Starlight HERE and the comparison of The Whale HERE. The first part is from Flashback and the second is from a 1986 CD. I had to pump up the sound *really* loud because this is just the very end of the fade-out that's normally not heard. Cool as there's really something here to the editing. The noise on the 1986 CD is what's there when the sound is made so much louder. Also, listen to that really cool guitar that comes in just at the end of the fade-out of The Whale. This song has never been a big favorite of mine, but I'd love to hear more of that guitar!
I guess now the question is, do I put this in the database as a separate entry? I'm thinking no because it's really a very, very minor nitpick. We're talking a 2 to 3 second variation on a fade-out that is generally never going to be heard. I think if I were doing a song analysis page, it would be noteworthy. But in general, it's not significant.
Posted: 2012-10-29 11:19:58
Regarding the new The Lost Broadcasts DVD by The Move... I hope to be adding the tracks soon. These kinds of releases can be a bit tricky at times as I've got to carefully review it to because I've got all the personnel, running times, etc. correct. It's not like pulling the information off of a CD, so it's more time consuming. Add to this, I'll have to make several corrections to my Beat-Club page too as this release is going to cause a lot of changes to that page.
Regarding this release, if you want it, I recommend you get it fast as I suspect it's not going to be available long. This is because many of the outlets selling it, including Amazon and Gonzo Publishing themselves, are being a bit flaky about it. I'd preordered it from Gonzo and even had a confirmation, but on the day of release the preorder was no longer valid and I didn't get the DVD. I had to order it from Amazon. And Amazon UK has this listed strangely, saying it's not Region 0 when it is and selling it for an oddly high price. If you're in the UK, order direct from Gonzo or Amazon US-- and don't worry about the region as it'll play in any DVD player.
Posted: 2012-10-26 15:23:14
I just added the acoustic tunes from the Live From Bungalow Palace performance. They're in the database at the end of 2012 (as they were recorded in 2012). Most are unreleased, but two songs, Can't Get It Out Of My Head and Steppin' Out are on the iTunes Deluxe Edition of the Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra album. Cool! Hopefully this full performance will be on a DVD soon.
BTW, I also have to add a couple of cool performances found on the Mr. Blue Sky special. I think I'm gonna wait on adding those for a bit, hoping it'll be out on DVD soon, including the full special which has yet to appear anywhere. What was broadcast on TV was edited to only an hour from the original one and a half hour.
Posted: 2012-10-21 10:30:50
Hello and welcome to the Jeff Lynne Song Database. I am starting this "news" page as a more informal way to show what I'm doing on this site. I'm always doing something, but perhaps it's these little tweaks and bits of research that you might be interested in. This is going to sort of be in a blog format, but I wouldn't really call it a blog. It's just me trying to give updates on what I'm doing for this page. Besides, I hate the word "blog". It's just some made up word that sounds like someone losing their lunch. :-) This page will supercede my "changes" page, which is archived below. I won't necessarily be adding new news here, although I might on occasion if something big breaks. I'd recommend the ELO Discovery site or A Jeff Lynne and Related Blog for the latest and greatest in the world of Jeff Lynne. Jeff also has a Facebook page, although from looking at it, it looks like something maintained by the record company and not Jeff. So I hope you enjoy my site and find it useful. Any comments or suggestions for improvement, please contact me.
The old "changes" page can still be viewed HERE.