RIP Richard Tandy (ELO)

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RIP Richard Tandy (ELO)

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Not a good time for losing understated but iconic keyboard players. Last week Mike Pinder; this week Richard Tandy of ELO fame.

Few will have heard of Richard as ELO was always driven by Jeff Lynne and seen as his band, and the keys in ELO were always pretty always much in the background, with few leads, but I could not imagine ELO without the keys.

I still rate Out of the Blue as the only (non concept) double album that is consistently strong from start to finish with no filler or you thinking it would have been better as a single album. It is essential summer listening, so I hope our summer gets going soon!
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The Telegraph Obituary for Richard Tandy

No other ELO fans here, then?
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It just seems to be that time when these artists from our youth are reaching their twilight years, which unfortunately means we are going to loose a lot more in the not too distant future :(

I was always a bit on the fence about ELO. I liked some of their music but I never bought an ELO album. Absolutely no disputing the musicianship though. Might give 'Out Of The Blue' a spin and see what I think now 👍
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Sad, but true, Saul

Give "Out of the Blue" a spin, it is pretty much flawless from start to finish; the "Jungle Song" is the weakest song on the album, a little naff but just about stays on the right side of enjoyable pop and better than a lot of the drivel out there these days (subjective opinion of course).

I guess I have a soft spot for the album as it was the sound of my youth as the hits from that album were constantly on the radio, when my own musical taste was developing circa '77 / '78, and it was the first LP I ever bought with the money from my summer holiday job (serving petrol and odd jobs at a garage!) in 1979 - Blondie's Parallel Lines was my first cassette soon afterwards.

That album, then "Discovery" and then any Supertramp album and Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" is the bulk of the sound of summer for me when we are in the car with the hood down.

BTW, after Karl Wallinger's sad demise (another RIP in this section), I have been digging out my old World Party albums, which I haven't listened to for a long time. I had forgotten how good they were. That's the problem when you have so much music, and stuff falls off your playlist. I allso dug out Kula Shaker's K album the other day, which I have probably not listened to for 20 years, and I am left thinking "why have I not been playing this - at least now and then?!
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Definitely another sad loss. My first real encounter with ELO was the Eldorado album. Mostly thanks to my older brother. I got swept up in that album. Out of the Blue was a big one. A bunch of songs from that recording got constant rotation on US radio in the late 70’s. I’m going to have to give it a listen.

It looks like Tandy was still playing with Lynne and ELO.

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Yes, Tandy remained in Lynn’s touring band for ELO. There was a great ELO on Sky Arts a few years back which featured both of them.
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I had everything they put out along the way. Probably played many songs hundreds of times. Great mix of true orchestration including strings and keys and guitar. Also a good diversity and hardy anything bad or in poor character, just pure professionalism. Unlike today's rap and total garbage beat machine trash. I mean I hear it constantly because I have 6 kids but not even close to true musicianship. We'll never see those days again.
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davlippo7 wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 2:29 am I had everything they put out along the way. Probably played many songs hundreds of times. Great mix of true orchestration including strings and keys and guitar. Also a good diversity and hardy anything bad or in poor character, just pure professionalism. Unlike today's rap and total garbage beat machine trash. I mean I hear it constantly because I have 6 kids but not even close to true musicianship. We'll never see those days again.
I agree they were amazing. I do not think you see those days again in terms of the diversity of what used to be in the charts when I was growing up. But there is still great music out there, you just need to know where to look as it won't be in the mainstream charts.
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Today's avenue is different. The narrow road back then was only one way to make it and you had to sell out to it and work really hard.

Unbelievable how many bands & unknowns became famous and had to keep cranking out the next release to stay on top.

It was like growing a crop in the only environment available at that time and the result was so much diversity and talent.

People still have that talent but if money can be made in so many other ways now. That method that produced the greatest music of all history is gone or is just all commercialized and scripted.

Who will start the next Van Halen or ELO or Eagles etc.? Probably no one. Money and fame was the driver and motivation but now there are too many other paths so with more paths the product gets watered down.

Rap and hip hop isn't the answer and country is mostly commercialized. Dare I say those are easy money now so the forever endearing quality is gone forever.

The wide road leads to junk and narrow road leads to gold. Always a few exceptions here and there but in general it's gone with the wind.

Who will be the next true trailblazer I wonder? If the road has been forever widened the old path doesn't exist anymore and I'm thinking that narrow path was the secret recipe that made all the magic happen.

As a trumpet player I have a room filled with keyboards as a direct result of the 80s. I guess that was the best time to grow up. We have been truly fortunate.

Never thought MTV at the time was a good thing but it was the music in any form that was priceless. How good is old Madonna material now? I'm not sure she is even a good singer but it's a million times better than what we have now with better singers. Papa Don't Preach!
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I get what you saying, and you are not going to make it in the mainstream unless you are catering for the mainstream, but I have no problem finding new and original music in the progressive genre that was meant to have been slayed by punk, and which has been largely ignored by the mainstream since the 70s, but fifty years later it's still hear in rude health, and both old and new bands are turning out high quality music....

Whilst the bands are not going to be millionaires via the music business, and many now balance music with another job, they tend to be making the music they want to make that I want to listen to.

I would thus argue we are living in a second golden age of music (first was the 70s) because you do not need to be "going via the man" and can put out the music you want - just don't expect for it to be the means to make a fortune unless you are lucky. So it's "life Jim, but not as we know it"
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Derek wrote: Thu May 09, 2024 10:10 pm The Telegraph Obituary for Richard Tandy

No other ELO fans here, then?
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