Tag: ELO

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
8I’m Alive
9Turn to Stone
10Evil Woman
11All Over the World
12Calling America
13Telephone Line
15Sweet Talkin’ Woman
16Mr. Blue Sky
17Roll Over Beethoven
18Can’t Get It Out of My Head
19Strange Magic
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
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)

Tuesday 9/15/2020 12am ET: ELO – Discovery (1979)

Discovery is the eighth studio album by English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released on May 31, 1979 in the United Kingdom by Jet Records, where it topped record charts, and on June 8, 1979 in the United States on Jet through Columbia Records distribution.

1. “Shine a Little Love” 4:43
2. “Confusion” 3:42
3. “Need Her Love” 5:11
4. “The Diary of Horace Wimp” 4:17
5. “Last Train to London” 4:32
6. “Midnight Blue” 4:19
7. “On the Run” 3:55
8. “Wishing” 4:13
9. “Don’t Bring Me Down” 4:02
10. “On the Run” (home demo) 1:01
11. “Second Time Around” (home demo) 0:43
12. “Little Town Flirt” 2:53

Jeff Lynne – lead vocals, guitars (electric, acoustic 12-string), vocoder, backing vocals
Bev Bevan – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Richard Tandy – piano, synthesizer, Wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, lead guitar, backing vocals
Kelly Groucutt – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals

Mik Kaminski – violin
Hugh McDowell – cello
Melvyn Gale – cello

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

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”
“Strange Magic”
“Livin’ Thing”
“Lonesome Lullaby”
“Telephone Line”
“Turn to Stone”
“Just for Love”
“Easy Money”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”
“One Summer Dream”
“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)

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

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7am ET

Music_Of_The_Year_1978This week on the Sounds of The 70s it’s “The Hits from this Week in 1978 & 1979” with Dan Varroney today at 7:00 am ET at http://www.radiomaxmusic.com. We’ll feature, Andy Gibb, A Taste of Honey, City Boy, Bob Welch, Cars, Robert Palmer Jackson Browne, Bill Labounty, Jefferson Starship, ELO, Cheap Trick, Eddie Rabbit, Heatwave, Eddie Money, John Stewart, Donna Summer, and so much more.