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.
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
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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.
“Turn to Stone”
“Just for Love”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“One Summer Dream”
“State of Mind”
“Can’t Get It Out of My Head”
“Moment in Paradise”
“Shine a Little Love”
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
“Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry)
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