Tag: ELO

Wednesday 5/27/20 12am 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.

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 1977. The Concerto suite would be Lynne’s last dabbling in symphonic rock[citation needed]. It was one of the first pop albums to have an extensive use of the vocoder, and helped to popularize it.

Side one
1. “Turn to Stone” 3:47
2. “It’s Over” 4:08
3. “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” 3:47
4. “Across the Border” 3:52

Side two
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

Side three (Concerto for a Rainy Day)
10. “Standin’ in the Rain” 4:20
11. “Big Wheels” 5:10
12. “Summer and Lightning” 4:13
13. “Mr. Blue Sky” 5:05

Side four
No. Title Length
14. “Sweet Is the Night” 3:26
15. “The Whale” 5:05
16. “Birmingham Blues” 4:21
17. “Wild West Hero” 4:40

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Electric Light Orchestra – Flashback (2000)

Flashback is the second box set compilation by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released November 21, 2000 in the US and the following month in the UK.

In 2000, Jeff Lynne found a new impetus to work on the music of his old band and returned to the recording studio to work on an ELO project for the first time in some 15 years just prior to the comeback album Zoom in 2001. This work resulted in a digitally remastered compilation released in late 2000. Unlike its predecessors, this project, Flashback, was personally approved and endorsed by Lynne. The set includes songs featured from all 11 studio albums up to that point, including an edit of “Great Balls of Fire” from their live album The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach, plus some new recordings amongst the band’s extensive back catalog, most notably a reworking of Lynne’s only UK number one hit “Xanadu”. The album includes liner notes by David Wild with quotes on each song from Lynne and a booklet inside.

1. “10538 Overture” 5:32
2. “Showdown” 4:12
3. “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle” 3:55
4. “Mr. Radio” 5:04
5. “Roll Over Beethoven” 7:48
6. “Mama” (New edit) 4:06
7. “One Summer Dream” 5:21
8. “Illusions in G Major” 2:41
9. “Strange Magic” 4:29
10. “Eldorado Overture” 2:12
11. “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” 4:24
12. “Eldorado” 5:18
13. “Eldorado Finale” 1:29
14. “Do Ya” (Unedited alternative mix) 4:09
15. “Mister Kingdom” 5:08
16. “Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor” Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 2:58

1. “Tightrope” 5:23
2. “Evil Woman” 4:19
3. “Livin’ Thing” 3:33
4. “Mr. Blue Sky” 5:07
5. “Mission (A World Record)” (Alternative mix) 4:31
6. “Turn to Stone” 3:48
7. “Telephone Line” 4:45
8. “Rockaria!” 3:15
9. “Starlight” 4:45
10. “It’s Over” 3:55
11. “The Whale” 5:07
12. “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” 3:49
13. “Big Wheels” 5:32
14. “Shangri-La” 5:36
15. “Nightrider” 4:24
16. “Tears in Your Life” Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 3:05

1. “Don’t Bring Me Down” 4:04
2. “The Diary of Horace Wimp” 4:17
3. “Twilight” 3:43
4. “Secret Messages” 4:38
5. “Take Me On and On” 4:58
6. “Shine a Little Love” 4:11
7. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King” 3:15
8. “Last Train to London” 4:31
9. “Confusion” 3:40
10. “Getting to the Point” 4:51
11. “Hold on Tight” 3:07
12. “So Serious” 2:43
13. “Calling America” 3:26
14. “Four Little Diamonds” 4:06
15. “Great Balls of Fire” (Live) 3:06
16. “Xanadu” (New version) Previously unreleased; 3:21
17. “Indian Queen” (Demo) Previously unreleased (recorded 1973) 0:57
18. “Love Changes All” Previously unreleased (recorded 1980) 3:28
19. “After All” originally B-side to “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King” single, 1983 2:24
20. “Helpless” Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 3:19
21. “Who’s That?” Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 1:26

Monday 4pm ET: Feature Artist: Electric Light Orchestra (1980 – 2019)

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.

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.

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 10pm: 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.

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 1977. The Concerto suite would be Lynne’s last dabbling in symphonic rock[citation needed]. It was one of the first pop albums to have an extensive use of the vocoder, and helped to popularize it.

Side one
1. “Turn to Stone” 3:47
2. “It’s Over” 4:08
3. “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” 3:47
4. “Across the Border” 3:52

Side two
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

Side three (Concerto for a Rainy Day)
10. “Standin’ in the Rain” 4:20
11. “Big Wheels” 5:10
12. “Summer and Lightning” 4:13
13. “Mr. Blue Sky” 5:05

Side four
No. Title Length
14. “Sweet Is the Night” 3:26
15. “The Whale” 5:05
16. “Birmingham Blues” 4:21
17. “Wild West Hero” 4:40

Feature LP: ELO – Time (1981)

Time is the ninth studio album by English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (credited as ELO). It was released in July 1981 by Jet Records in the United Kingdom and in August 1981 by Columbia Records in the United States. It topped the UK Albums Chart for two weeks. Time is a concept album written about a man from the 1980s who is taken to the year 2095, where he is confronted by the dichotomy between technological advancement and a longing for past romance.

As a work of synth-pop, Time combines elements from 1950s music, new wave, reggae, rockabilly, the Beatles, Phil Spector, and the Shadows. The album signaled a departure from the band’s sound by emphasizing electronics over its usual orchestra. It is also the band’s second concept album, the first being Eldorado in 1974. The music video created for its lead single “Hold On Tight” was the most expensive ever made to that point, with a budget of approximately £40,000. Four more singles followed the album’s release: “Twilight”, “Ticket to the Moon” (backed with “Here Is the News”), “Rain Is Falling”, and “The Way Life’s Meant to Be”. The record is noted for its cult following of retrofuturist enthusiasts. It is considered the first major concept album devoted to time travel as well as ELO’s most influential album. In 2001, a CD reissue included three additional tracks that were originally left off the LP.

For album contents click here from Wikipedia