Sunday, August 05, 2012

Jeff Lynne: Two "new" albums in October

Jeff Lynne - two albums at once!
October 5 (UK), 8 (Europe) and 9 (US) are the official release dates for producer/artis Jeff Lynne's two new albums. We guess the rest of the world will see those early October as well.

It's been 22 years since his first solo album; Armchair Theatre, and the new one's titled Long Wave. And it is according to "a stirring, heartfelt and vivid tribute to some of the very songs that first taught this legendary singer-songwriter the awesome power of music in our lives."

The second album coming early October bears the title Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra and is indeed Jeff re-recording some of the songs from his most successful musical endeavour; the 1970's group ELO.

We do like ELO here on Radio Dupree. And other Jeff Lynne made/produced music like Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison's Cloud Nine and Tom Petty's co-produced Full Moon Fever. But we're slightly apprehensive when it comes to re-recording stuff that's aldready great with the goal to make it even better.

The last ELO-album; Zoom from 2001, was largely recorded by Lynne himself. And not a bad album. But if this new Greatest Hits record will come across like Zoom did/does we'd rather that he'd concentrated on the solo album and made it a two record set of all new songs. :)

And here are the track listings:

Long Wave

1. She
2. If I Loved You
3. So Sad
4. Mercy, Mercy
5. Running Scared
6. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
7. Smile
8. At Last
9. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
10. Let It Rock
11. Beyond The Sea

Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra

1. Mr. Blue Sky
2. Evil Woman
3. Strange Magic
4. Don't Bring Me Down
5. Turn To Stone
6. Showdown
7. Telephone Line
8. Livin' Thing
9. Do Ya
10. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
11. 10538 Overture
12. The Point Of No Return

And here's a classic ELO tune from 1975 as done by Jeff in 2001:

(Oh, and extra points if you catch the Steely Dan connection in the video!)


Anonymous said...

That would be Rosie Vela!

-Lurker Ray

Nebukadnessar Stephenson and Sigurd Huckle said...

Correct LR! I guess one thing she did pick up from working with DF & WB is to take her time between albums! ;)
Although, to be fair, the follow up to Zazu was shelved after some trouble with the record company and another one she was working on with Jeff Lynne involved in the late 1990's seem to have fizzled out or there's been no news on it for years. Does remind us of a centain duo, right? But it would be fun to hear what she and her music would sound like in the 2000's.