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Electric Light Orchestra - Time (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Electric Light Orchestra - Time (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: Time
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1981/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 43:58
Recorded: Early 1981 at Musicland Studios Munich, Germany

The Electric Light Orchestra was in a precarious position by 1981. Not only was Jeff Lynne's brand of immaculately produced Beatlesque pop out of critical fashion in those new-wave days, there was a new brand of video-friendly bubblegum on the rise that made such classic radio hits as 'Sweet Talkin' Woman' sound passT. The band's heavily hyped participation in the box-office flop Xanadu, including the title duet with star Olivia Newton-John, hadn't helped.
Typically, though, 1981's „Time“ finds Lynne and company ignoring trends and simply doing what they do best: pristine, endlessly-multitracked, ultra-melodic pop. There's a theme of sorts running through the record, a meditation on sci-fi apocalypse that runs through songs like 'Yours Truly, 2095' and 'From the End of the World.' The concept is easy enough to ignore, as the real focus, as always, is on Lynne's immense melodic and production skills. „Time“ is an underrated gem.

Time takes its cues more from such bands as the Alan Parsons Project and Wings than from Jeff Lynne's fascination with Pepper-era Beatles. Sure, all the electronic whirrs and bleeps are present and accounted for, and Time did spawn hit singles in "Hold on Tight" and "Twilight," but on the average, ELO had begun to get too stuck on the same structure and content of their releases. "The Way Life's Meant to Be" echoes very early ELO hits like "Can't Get It Out of My Head," and the "Prologue" and "Epilogue" segments try and bring about a unifying concept that doesn't quite hold up upon listening all the way through. Time proves to be competent ELO but not great ELO. --AllMusic Review by James Chrispell

1. Prologue 01:16
2. Twilight 03:42
3. Yours Truly, 2095 03:11
4. Ticket to the Moon 04:07
5. The Way Life's Meant to Be 04:38
6. Another Heart Breaks 03:49
7. Rain Is Falling 03:55
8. From the End of the World 03:17
9. The Lights Go Down 03:33
10. Here Is the News 03:50
11. 21st Century Man 04:03
12. Hold on Tight 03:06
13. Epilogue 01:31

Jeff Lynne – lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, synthesizers, vocoder, production
Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
Richard Tandy – acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizers, vocoder, guitars
Kelly Groucutt – bass guitar, backing vocals
Strings conducted by Rainer Pietsch

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