Tag: Electric Light Orchestra

Monday 8/2/21 1am ET: Feature LP: ELO – Balance of Power (1986)

Balance of Power is the eleventh studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) released February 17, 1986. It is the final album by the band to feature co-founder Bev Bevan on drums, as well as the last album to feature keyboardist Richard Tandy in an official capacity, until 2019’s From Out Of Nowhere.

Balance of Power was the last studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra before their initial disbanding (the band would later reform in 2000 and again in 2014). By this time Kelly Groucutt had departed and the group was pared down to a trio of Jeff Lynne (who doubled on bass as a result of Groucutt’s absence), Richard Tandy and Bev Bevan. Recording for the album began in mid-1984, with a planned release for Spring 1985. The addition of several synthesizer tracks and mixing work by Reinhold Mack to the album caused its release to be pushed back to early 1986. ELO played some live concerts in the UK and Europe (their last for fifteen years), and for one UK show George Harrison performed as guest guitarist.

The video for the single “Calling America” was shot in Paris, and contains shots of the band playing in front of Centre Georges Pompidou. A video was also made for the single “So Serious.” The track “Endless Lies” was intended as an homage to Roy Orbison, and was originally recorded for the double LP version of Secret Messages; it reappeared on this album in a slightly reworked and more compact form.

  1. “Heaven Only Knows” 2:52
  2. “So Serious” 2:38
  3. “Getting to the Point” 4:28
  4. “Secret Lives” 3:26
  5. “Is It Alright” 3:25
  6. “Sorrow About to Fall” 3:59
  7. “Without Someone” 3:48
  8. “Calling America” 3:26
  9. “Endless Lies” 2:55
  10. “Send It” 3:04
  11. “Opening” 0:24
  12. “Heaven Only Knows” 2:32
  13. “In for the Kill” 3:13
  14. “Secret Lives” 3:24
  15. “Sorrow About to Fall” 3:48
  16. “Caught in a Trap” 3:44
  17. “Destination Unknown” 4:10

Jeff Lynne – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, Synclavier II computer synthesizer, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, producer
Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
Richard Tandy – keyboards, sequence programming
Christian Schneider – saxophone

Tuesday 5/4/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Electric Light Orchestra Top 30 Hits

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) discography including imports, videos, and hit singles. ELO’s back catalogue is unusual since their compilation albums far outweigh their studio output in number, owing to the large number of hit singles primarily written by Jeff Lynne. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band in the world, and also generated the third most UK and US separate Top 40 hits.

1Xanadu (featuring Olivia Newton-John)
2Livin’ Thing 
3Shine a Little Love
4Don’t Bring Me Down
5Hold On Tight
6Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King
7Confusion
8I’m Alive
9Turn to Stone
10Evil Woman
11All Over the World
12Calling America
13Telephone Line
14Twilight
15Sweet Talkin’ Woman
16Mr. Blue Sky
17Roll Over Beethoven
18Can’t Get It Out of My Head
19Strange Magic
20Rockaria!
21Here Is the News/Ticket to the Moon
22The Diary of Horace Wimp
23Secret Messages
24Last Train to London
25Do Ya
26Don’t Walk Away
27Showdown
2810538 Overture
29Wild West Hero
30The Way Life’s Meant to Be

Tuesday 3/2/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) – A New World Record (1976)

A New World Record is the sixth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in September 1976 on United Artists Records in the U.S., and on November 19, 1976 on Jet Records in the United Kingdom. A New World Record marked ELO’s shift towards shorter pop songs, a trend which would continue across their career.

Their second album to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, the LP proved to be the band’s breakthrough in the UK; after their previous three studio recordings failed to chart in their home market, A New World Record became their first top ten album in the UK. It became a global success and reached multi-platinum status in the US and UK, The album sold five million units worldwide within its first year of release. The cover art features the ELO logo, designed by Kosh, for the first time. This logo would be included on most of the group’s subsequent releases. The album yielded four hit singles, including “Livin’ Thing”, the transatlantic Top Ten hit “Telephone Line”, which became the band’s first gold US single, the UK Top Ten hit “Rockaria!”, and the US number 24 hit “Do Ya”, a remake of the 1972 single by The Move, of which Lynne was a member between 1970 and 1972.

In 1977, four of the album’s songs were featured on the soundtrack of the film Joyride. In 2006, the album was remastered and released with bonus tracks on Sony’s Epic/Legacy imprint. “Surrender” was also issued as a promotional single and an iTunes download single, which entered the top 100 download chart. The track was originally written in 1976 for a cancelled film soundtrack and was finished in 2006. In July 2012, the all vinyl record company Music on Vinyl re-released A New World Record on 180 gram vinyl with an embossed cover.

1. “Tightrope” 5:00
2. “Telephone Line” 4:38
3. “Rockaria!” 3:12
4. “Mission (A World Record)” 4:24
5. “So Fine” 3:55
6. “Livin’ Thing” 3:31
7. “Above the Clouds” 2:16
8. “Do Ya” 3:45
9. “Shangri-La” 5:34

Jeff Lynne – lead vocals, guitars, percussion, electric piano
Bev Bevan – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Richard Tandy – keyboards and synthesizers, guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Kelly Groucutt – bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals
Mik Kaminski – violin
Hugh McDowell – cello, percussion
Melvyn Gale – cello
Additional personnel
Mary Thomas – operatic vocals
Patti Quatro – uncredited backing vocals
Brie Brandt – uncredited backing vocals
Addie Lee – uncredited backing vocals

Wednesday 12/9/20 1am ET: Feature LP: Electric Light Orchestra – Out Of The Blue (1977)

Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in October 1977. Written and produced by ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, the double album is among the most commercially successful records in the group’s history, selling about 10 million copies worldwide by 2007.

Jeff Lynne wrote the entire album in three and a half weeks after a sudden burst of creativity while hidden away in his rented chalet in the Swiss Alps. It took a further two months to record in Munich. Side three of the original double LP consisted of the symphonic Concerto for a Rainy Day, composed of four separate tracks which together made up a cohesive suite, instead of one continuous track. The inclement weather effects heard on “Concerto” were real and recorded by Lynne during a very rainy summer in Munich. It was one of the first pop albums to have an extensive use of the vocoder, and helped to popularize it.

1. “Turn to Stone” 3:47
2. “It’s Over” 4:08
3. “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” 3:47
4. “Across the Border” 3:52
5. “Night in the City” 4:02
6. “Starlight” 4:30
7. “Jungle” 3:51
8. “Believe Me Now” 1:21
9. “Steppin’ Out” 4:38

(Concerto for a Rainy Day)
1. “Standin’ in the Rain” 4:20
2. “Big Wheels” 5:10
3. “Summer and Lightning” 4:13
4. “Mr. Blue Sky” 5:05
5. “Sweet Is the Night” 3:26
6. “The Whale” (instrumental) 5:05
7. “Birmingham Blues” 4:21
8. “Wild West Hero” 4:40

Jeff Lynne – lead and backing vocals, lead, rhythm and 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 C7B 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
Hugh McDowell – cello
Melvyn Gale – cello, jangle piano on “Wild West Hero” (uncredited)

Friday 11am ET: Feature Artist: Electric Light Orchestra (1970 – 1980)

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterised by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements and futuristic iconography. After Wood’s departure in 1972, Lynne became the band’s leader, arranging and producing every album while writing virtually all of their original material. For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group’s only consistent members.

ELO was formed out of Lynne’s and Wood’s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. It derived as an offshoot of Wood’s previous band, The Move, of which Lynne and Bevan were also members. During the 1970s and 1980s, ELO released a string of top 10 albums and singles, including two LPs that reached the top of British charts: the disco-inspired Discovery (1979) and the science-fiction-themed concept album Time (1981). In 1986, Lynne lost interest in the band and disbanded the group. Bevan responded by forming his own band, ELO Part II, which later became the Orchestra. After a brief reunion from 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive until 2014, when Lynne re-formed the band again with Tandy as Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

During ELO’s original 14-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide, and collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA, and 38 BPI awards. For a period in the mid 1970s, the band saw more success in the United States, where they were billed as “the English guys with the big fiddles”. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated twenty seven Top 40 songs on the UK Singles Chart, and fifteen Top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits (20) without a number one single of any band in US chart history. In 2017 the ELO line-up of Wood, Lynne, Bevan and Tandy were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Jeff Lynne’s ELO – From Out Of Nowhere (2019)

From Out of Nowhere is the upcoming fourteenth studio album by British rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and the second credited to Jeff Lynne’s ELO. The band’s first studio album in four years, it is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2019 through Big Trilby and Columbia Records. The title track was released as the lead single on September 26, 2019. Lynne played most instruments on the album.

1. “From Out of Nowhere” 3:14
2. “Help Yourself” 3:14
3. “All My Love” 3:06
4. “Down Came the Rain” 3:29
5. “Losing You” 3:36
6. “One More Time” 3:28
7. “Sci-Fi Woman” 3:07
8. “Goin’ Out on Me” 3:09
9. “Time of Our Life” 3:10
10. “Songbird” 3:06

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s:  Naked Eyes, Ramones, Hooters, Electric Light Orchestra, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Who, Rolling Stones, Juice Newton, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Bauhaus, Lou Gramm and more. . . 

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s, music from:  Frankie Valli, Wet Willie, John Miles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, David Dundas, Wayne Newton, Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, KC & The Sunshine Band, Jackson 5 and many more . . . 

Monday 8pm: RadioMax Special – ELO – Zoom Tour Live 2001

Zoom Tour Live was a one-off concert performed by the Electric Light Orchestra recorded originally for television, later released as a film.

After the release of the 2001 album Zoom, Jeff Lynne announced a North American tour, their first live set of concerts in 15 years. A promotional PBS show was recorded over two consecutive nights at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

ELO’s management abruptly cancelled the tour (due to slow ticket sales) and this footage was released on VHS and DVD by Image Entertainment. The DVD earned Platinum status in Australia.

Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy were the only band members returning from the original incarnation of ELO.

This was a radio special produced in 2001.  Not all tracks listed are featured in this program.

“Do Ya”
“Evil Woman”
“Showdown”
“Strange Magic”
“Livin’ Thing”
“Alright”
“Lonesome Lullaby”
“Telephone Line”
“Turn to Stone”
“Just for Love”
“Easy Money”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”
“One Summer Dream”
“Tightrope”
“State of Mind”
“Can’t Get It Out of My Head”
“Moment in Paradise”
“10538 Overture”
“Ordinary Dream”
“Shine a Little Love”
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
“Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry)

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week we feature music from; Beach Boys, Tavares, Olivia Newton-john, Electric Light Orchestra, Tubes, Elton John, Dan Hartman, Police, Eagles, Hot, Dire Straits, Badfinger, Cat Stevens, Boston, Chic, Bad Company and more . . . 

Sunday 12am: The Rock Show

This week on the Rock Show – Ratt, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Cars, Pearl Jam, Judas Priest, Vixen, Doobie Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band and more . . .