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Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: Out Of The Blue
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:10:35
Recorded: May – August 1977; Musicland Studios, Munich

Pop magicians Electric Light Orchestra, headed up by Jeff Lynne, were one of the most successful British bands of the 1970s. Blending rock melody with classical overtones, they created a unique sound and gained recognition as masters of the four-minute pop format. Out of the Blue was first released in 1977 and this re-mastered version features extra tracks, alongside the classics from the original such as “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and of course “Mr Blue Sky”.

The last ELO album to make a major impact on popular music, Out of the Blue was of a piece with its lavishly produced predecessor, A New World Record, but it's a much more mixed bag as an album. For starters, it was a double LP, a format that has proved daunting to all but a handful of rock artists, and was no less so here. The songs were flowing fast and freely from Jeff Lynne at the time, however, and well more than half of what is here is very solid, at least as songs if not necessarily as recordings. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Turn to Stone" are among the best songs in the group's output, and much of the rest is very entertaining. The heavy sound of the orchestra, however, as well as the layer upon layer of vocal overdubs, often seem out of place. All in all, the group was trying too hard to generate a substantial-sounding double LP, complete with a suite, "Concerto for a Rainy Day." The latter is the nadir of the album, an effort at conceptual rock that seemed archaic even in 1977. Another chunk is filled up with what might best be called art rock mood music ("The Whale"), before you finally get to the relief of a basic rocker like "Birmingham Blues." Even here, the group couldn't leave well enough alone -- rather than ending it on that note, they had to finish the album with "Wild West Hero," a piece of ersatz movie music that adds nothing to what you've heard over the previous 65 minutes. In its defense, Out of the Blue was massively popular and did become the centerpiece of a huge worldwide tour that earned the group status as a major live attraction for a time. --AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

1. Turn to Stone 03:48
2. It's Over 04:08
3. Sweet Talkin' Woman 03:47
4. Across the Border 03:54
5. Night in the City 04:04
6. Starlight 04:38
7. Jungle 03:51
8. Believe Me Now 01:21
9. Steppin' Out 04:38
10. Standin' in the Rain 04:21
11. Big Wheels 05:08
12. Summer and Lightning 04:13
13. Mr. Blue Sky 05:05
14. Sweet Is the Night 03:28
15. The Whale 05:05
16. Birmingham Blues 04:23
17. Wild West Hero 04:40

Jeff Lynne – lead vocals, backing vocals, lead, rhythm & slide guitars (Gibson EDS-1275, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gibson Marauder, Ovation 1615/4, Ovation 1619/4), Wurlitzer electric piano, Minimoog
Bev Bevan – Slingerland drums, Remo Rototoms, Avedis Zildjian cymbals, Slingerland Bev Bevan drumsticks, Remo drumheads, gong, various percussion instruments, backing vocals, fire extinguisher on "Mr. Blue Sky"
Richard Tandy – Yamaha Corporation piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, ARP 2600, Minimoog, Polymoog, ARP Omni, ARP Odyssey, Hohner clavinet, SLM Concert Spectrum, Mellotron M400, sequencers, Gibson SG Custom electric guitar
Kelly Groucutt – co-lead vocals on "Sweet is the Night", backing vocals, Gibson G3 bass guitar, percussion
Mik Kaminski – violin (three tracks only)
Hugh McDowell – cello (credited, but does not appear)
Melvyn Gale – cello (credited, but did not actually play), jangle piano on "Wild West Hero" (uncredited)

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