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. 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
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.
“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)
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.
This 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.
It’s Seventies Prom Night tonight at 7:00 pm ET. Tonight we’ll feature tunes popular on Prom Night throughout the Seventies. You’ll hear Bob Welch, Captain and Tennille, The Raspberries, Led Zeppelin, Bachmann Turner Overdrive, Peaches and Herb, ABBA, Billy Joel, Chicago, ELO, Grand Funk Railroad, Jim Croce, Eric Clapton, Bread, Heatwave, Player, Thin Lizzy and so much more.
A New World Record is the sixth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1976. The album included the hit singles “Telephone Line”, which became the band’s first gold US single, “Livin’ Thing”, and “Do Ya” (US); and “Rockaria!” (UK). “Do Ya” was an ELO updating of The Move’s late 1972 final US single on United Artists Records. The focus is more on shorter pop songs, a trend which would continue throughout the rest of ELO’s future albums. In 1977, many of the album’s songs were featured on the “Joyride” soundtrack. 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. – Wikipedia