Earthrise Album - Richard Tandy & Dave Morgan
RedSpecial1990 (YouTube) - Mr Morgan, I just wanted to say thank you. This album was one of the first my Dad played to me when I was about 6 years old, and 17 years later Earthrise remains 1 of my favourite 2 albums ever made (along with War of the Worlds). It is a very special album to me and has been a huge influence on me as a musician. I'm so glad a video was made. I know it may be a fool's dream, but more recordings by the Tandy Morgan Band would be gleefully welcomed. Sorry for fan-boying over your video. Cheers :-)
*J. W. van Aalst * (Amazon review) - Every so often, a brilliant album is condemned to oblivion by blunder upon blunder in marketing. Such has been the fate of the 1985 concept album "Earth rise" by Richard Tandy and Dave Morgan; the former being the keyboardist of the Electric Light Orchestra, and the latter a fellow Brummie who's been in and out of Birmingham bands such as the The Move and E.L.O (from 1981 to 1986). In the early eighties, a musical period when concept rock albums where out-of-fashion and "not done", Tandy and Morgan constructed a timeless gem out of a bunch of demos by singer-songwriter Dave Morgan. The "Earth rise" story is about an intergalactic space traveller, who, in the emptiness of the Galaxy, is longing to return to his one love on Earth; in the end, he realises that true love has always been present within himself ("The secret was always inside"). Apart from the science fiction form, the content is really about universal questions, and both the compositions and the lyrics are impressively haunting: "Feeling so lonely / Feeling so blue / Feeling so empty / Like all this distance between me and you", and "Travelling one thousand worlds, searching for only one..." Who hasn't done this one way or another in his/her lifetime? The album easily matches E.L.O.'s 1981 "Time" album in inspiration and flow, and, Richard Tandy being a prominent player on both albums, share several similarities. If you like E.L.O.'s "Time", you're going to love "Earth Rise". And yet, Earth Rise has an originality and energy of its own that prevents it from being labeled a "Time imitation". The album was released in 1985 on vinyl and cassette, but for all kinds of reasons, marketing was totally absent. The album got no airplay at all, which, as we all know, is deadly for commercial success. Given the proper airplay, tracks like "Spaceship Earth", "Zero zero" and "Pictures in my pillow" could easily have been massive hits, given the combination of commercial sound production and emotional impact. As a minor point of this release, I found that the track order has been changed, which means the story just doesn't seem to flow as logically as it did on the original release. Moreover, both "Zero zero" and "Pictures on my pillow" have now been 'relegated' to the end of the disc, as a sort of 'bonus tracks'. While they may not fit into the concept story lyrically, I feel that on the original release they came at exactly the right spot. Also, two left-over tracks have now been inserted at various points without really adding anything significant. But hey, track order is easily rearranged when playing the CD, and, most important of all, the tracks are still the original recordings, not re-workings. A final minor point is the cover art, which I feel is way inferior to the original cassette album art. On the other hand, the lyrics have now been included in the booklet, which is nice, given the importance of the storyline. All in all, I'm glad that this timeless concept album has been given another chance on the market, and I'm sure many E.L.O. fans will spend many a blissful hour on re-listening this collaborative, extremely musical sytnth-rock-album. Let's release "Spaceship Earth" as a single after all - but who's going to organize the airplay this time?
David K. Jones (Amazon review) - At long last Earthrise makes an official release. If you are an ELO collector this is for you. If you enjoy good music from two very fine musicians then go out and buy this you will not be disappointed.
Nate S. (Amazon review) - What a great "DISCOVERY", Right "OUT OF THE BLUE", And just in "TIME", Ok enough with the references already, now we must "FACE THE MUSIC"! Have I made myself annoyingly clear? This CD along with the late (and missed), Kelly Groucutt’s solo CD, ‘KELLY’, and in my opinion the work of Orkestra, are a perfect fit to my E.L.O./J.L. collection. Why this beautiful work took so long to "RISE" up out of the ashes I have "NO ANSWER", (I just couldn't resist). Seriously, even if you are a passive E.L.O. fan, or you are a true lover of the 80's you will not be let down, for those of us which the light will always shine bright, it is a must! If you are a true lover of the 80's you will not be let down.
E - (Amazon review) - This is not simply a re-issue but a re-mastering with additional tracks (and a new mix of Caesar of the Galaxy added back in). Excellent release.
27 May 13 (YouTube) - “It is a very special album to me and has been a huge influence on me as a musician”
MrElo2095 - Great mix to introduce people to the reissue of this amazing CD. Can't see how it got overlooked in the '80's?
locojets I'm really excited for the reissue of "earthrise"! It's going to be super awesome!
neil coldwell Good of you to put this on here m8 and all that, but I bought it at the time and it's a shocker. An ELO fan recently informed me that this album is the "missing link between Time and Secret messages". Sadly not I'm afraid. It actually sounds like the sort of thing that Jeff Lynne may have turned out if he had no talent.
laineycrusoe 'Princeton' was recorded much earlier than the others so I'd assume there's real drums on that song but the percussion on the other tracks sound like drum machines and electric drumkits.
FinnMove - Strangely enough I did notice very few similarities to ELO music. Quite interesting music. Did they have someone in drums or did they use drum machines?
eCouchez - Beautiful!... Princeton the best from my point of view, it exudes a nostalgic and sad ELO sound...
PigskinJunkies - This album is a hidden gem in the progressive rock world. I love it !!
Rndmpro - Ugh, WORST ELO spin-off album ever made. Escape from the Citadel is the only good song on there. All in my own opinion of course. I love just about everything else ELO-related!
Boris Khromov Russian (YouTube) David and Richard develop ELO style of the 80s and quite successfully.
*David Scharff * Argentina
" ... the spirit of the band remains, 1983-1986 has that sound, you realize the sound of the guitars, the Oberheim drum machine, sequencers, synthesizers, and of course chords and vocal arrangements. Very good work Dave Scott-Morgan!"
Track: THE SECRET
Peter Harrington - Thanks... quite enjoyed that :o) Not surprisingly it has a rather similar sound to some of Rick Wakeman's late 70s early 80s stuff, but with a lighter touch and more soul in the vocals.... gonna check out your other uploads now :o)
Track: SPACESHIP EARTH
swarlock - One of my favorites.
Nosfi49 - I don't want to be rude. I love Richard, I don't know Dave so well... This song is an average pop-rock tune, nothin' more or less... Impossible to sing like a catchy Lynne's song... All those people floating around Jeff Lynne, these days were good because of Jeff's music, but without Jeff, unfortunately they'd never leave a trace in history of rock... (except Tandy for his multi-instrumentalist talent) Lynne is GREAT, and maybe, we even can't realise yet how huge his legacy will remain. No hate!
David Scott-Morgan I totally agree, Richard is a star. The other bloke? - well the phrase 'not worthy' and 'tying the thongs of sandals' comes to mind. But they are having such fun!
BrainBrood - duh...way too awesome for people still. Shame…
Arthur Wilbury - I have to say it, Earthrise it's my Favourite Album of all the solo albums of the band (like violinsky and the others...) please you have to Listen the Full Album on my youtube channel, when you listen it tell me the result... You have the same experience in the music that it's notable in quality of this album, I have the old vinyl album and I know this album it's your musical composition and this shows a big artist so big like Jeff. Excuse me for my poor quality of English, I'm an inconditional of your music, God bless you, and greetings from Spain
11thEarlofProg - This album is incredible !! I have it on cassette, vinyl and the new re-mastered c.d. One of my favorite prog albums ever! You guys are awesome. Thanks for such great music and a charming video!!
Winstonsbigbrother - This is quality! Love the video, love the song! Great talent Dave! You're pure genius!
Shaz Kuiama - Wow!! Amazing!! Loved the Spaceship, Robot and Record Store in the video! Oh, and Richard's impression of a Thunderbirds puppet! Lol! Classic!!
Rupi Bolz - Yayyyy -grrrrreat !!! Magnificent - I love it! Since Earthrise appeared, the album runs constantly. The album inspired me for years. David and Richard, you are the best. Thank you for this wonderful music. Forever Blue!!! Many greetings from the Black Forest :)
elobeatlesforever - Nice ... and about "Time" ... nice to see an FM Record on the turntable and a lively Steve Gibbons too. 10/10. KJS @ ELOBF :-)
Track: CAESAR OF THE GALAXY
ngobleus - Seriously, how many versions of this album are out there? This song isn't on my CD copy.
Jauly - sounds like sampled with a commodore 64 ;) . this is from 1981 as you can hear and not from 1986
Track: UNDER THE BLUE
jamagik63 Super ! Szukałem i znalazłem.
laineycrusoe - This is good! Thanks for posting.
numberwang2020 - great song I love it
Track: ZERO ZERO
Rupi Bolz - Since Earthrise has appeared 1986, the LP (yes, yeees, yeeeessss !!!) runs daily on my record player - even today - again and again... Thank you
PigskinJunkies - Earthrise is an amazing album....this video is awesome!!