Tag Archives: ELO

Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

Harmony Factory [Release date 08.03.19] Album number three already from these groove filled Cats In Space who since their last album ‘Scarecrow‘ have been touring with the likes of Status Quo and Deep Purple, plus their own headlining tour. In … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Arena, Birmingham, 13 October 2018

Jeff Lynne

To say I was excited at seeing Jeff Lynne and ELO play his home town of Birmingham would be an understatement! I have only see the Jeff Lynne fronted ELO once back at his comeback gig at Hyde Park in … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Cats Alive!

CATS IN SPACE – Cats Alive!

Harmony Factory [Release date 23.02.18] Cats In Space had a busy 2017 live-wise, supporting the likes of Thunder (where this show was recorded at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in March), Deep Purple and Status Quo, along with festival appearances at Cropredy … Continue reading

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Album review: PUGWASH – Silverlake

Lojinx [Release date 25.11.17] Pugwash, the brainchild of Thomas Walsh, was a band until earlier this year when he disbanded it and went back to Pugwash being a solo project. However, on this album he finally managed to work with friend and fellow … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN OTWAY – Montserrat

John Otway - Montserrat

Red Bowler Records [Release date: 01.05.17] There will surely always be a place for John Otway in the rock & roll firmament, as only an anarchic character such as him could have conceived of an album like this in 2017. … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – 02 Arena, London, 20 April 2016

JEFF LYNNE

For most of the past 30 years the notion that the Electric Light Orchestra would be selling out a 14 date UK arena tour would have seemed preposterous. Always derided by critics and seen as uncool, since their creative juices … Continue reading

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Interview: WILLIE DOWLING – THE DOWLING POOLE

The Dowling Poole - One Hyde Park

The Dowling Poole have released their second album, ‘One Hyde Park’, another glorious collection of pop gems recalling greats such as XTC, the Kinks, ELO and the band’s own unique twist. Here Jason Ritchie chats to Willie Dowling who gives … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE WINTER TREE, BRYAN ADAMS, JOE EGAN

THE WINTER TREE Earth Below

THE WINTER TREE Earth Below www.thewintertreeband.com Andrew Laitres is the main force behind this band, who also feature Mattias Olsson (Anglagard/White Willow/Necromonkey) on drums and percussion, Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow/Opium Cartel) who mixed the album plus played some guitar/synths, as … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKA – No Place In Heaven

Republic Records/Universal [Released 13.11.15] Now a quick rant about guilty pleasures in music. For me there is no such thing, music is either good or bad and is there to be enjoyed and share. I know we like genres and … Continue reading

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Album review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Alone In The Universe

JEFF LYNNE

Colombia/Sony [Release date 13.11.15] To say I was looking forward to this is an understatement! It has been fourteen years since the last album under the ELO name, 2001′s ‘Zoom’ and there was the album of cover versions of long … Continue reading

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News: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ‘ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE’ NEW ALBUM

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO ‘ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE’ Release Date: November 13, 2015 First album of all new ELO music in over a decade. Jeff Lynne’s ELO release their new album, ‘Alone In The Universe’ on November 13th, 2015 on Columbia … Continue reading

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Interview: CATS IN SPACE

Cats In Space - Too Many Gods

Cats In Space are a new band featuring band members who’ve played with the Sweet, T’Pau, Ian Gillan and Arena. They release their debut album, ‘Too Many Gods’ on October 30th via Cargo Records and we catch-up with Greg Hart … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Too Many Gods

CATS IN SPACE - Too Many Gods

Harmony Factory www.catsinspaceband.com [Released 30.10.15] Cats In Space are a new band who have a serious love of all things 1970′s soft rock/power pop. You can tell this from the band’s various members who are from bands with a 70′s … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WHISKEY POETS – Low Country

THE WHISKEY POETS – Low Country

Red Dog [Release date 30.10.15] When asked what message the award winning author RJ Ellory had for his readers, he replied: ‘There is nothing so fragile, complex or fascinating as the human condition.’ And it’s that sense of wonder that … Continue reading

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DVD review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Live In Hyde Park

JEFF LYNNE

Eagle Vision [Release date 11.09.15] Having being very lucky to be at this concert I was witness to Jeff Lynne and ELO’s first UK gig in nearly thirty years. Jeff Lynne was joined by longtime ELO member Richard Tandy, with … Continue reading

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Gig review: JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Hyde Park, London, 14 September 2014

A crowd of 50,000 in Hyde Park eagerly anticipating the first full live show from Jeff Lynne (billed as Jeff Lynne’s ELO) since 1986 in the UK and the last full live shows were a couple of US TV concert … Continue reading

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Gig review: POLYPHONIC SPREE Clapham Grand, Friday 6th June 2014

First time at the Clapham Grand, a regal Victorian theatre that was refurbished back in 2010 (although the carpets have that student union feel underfoot) and has seen legends like Charlie Chaplin grace its stage. Impressive venue and a good … Continue reading

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Album review: PARTHENON HUXLEY – Thank You Bethesda

www.parthenonhuxley.com Parthenon Huxley is fine purveyor of pop rock tunes and over here in the UK maybe best known as the guitarist in The Orchestra, the band that features former ELO members (one of these, Eric Troyer helps out on … Continue reading

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Album review: PLANET GRAFFITI – Bad News

 Planet Graffiti [Release date 01.05.13] Planet Graffiti is a Portsmouth based blues-rock power trio who have recently enjoyed 2 nationwide tours with New Jersey’s Billy Walton Band. ‘Bad News’ is their second album and despite the pessimistic title, it’s a sprightly, … Continue reading

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Album review: ELO – Live

        Frontiers www.frontiers.it This album is taken from a 2001 performance for a PBS television special in Los Angeles at CBS Television City which was released as a DVD that same year. This CD adds four tracks … Continue reading

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