Electric Light Orchestra, Out of the Blue (1977)
Jeff Lynne has never been cool/Jeff Lynne has always been cool. Jeff Lynne might live until he’s about 189 I think. He lives for making music. And he is wonderful at it. Here, with his band/under the band name Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) he made a double album which he took less than one month to write, and the third side of it is a self-contained “Symphony”. Anyone reading this will know – already – that I’m a huge Lynne/ELO fan. I’m slowly (and now quickly) collecting up everything. For years I lived with just that classic Best Of on vinyl and the Double Best Of on CD. That was enough. And I knew a few of the albums. But in the last wee while I’ve started finding the studio albums on vinyl including Lynne’s one solo album of original material (which I consider a lost classic); I’m chasing up all his production work too. I have some of it – but not all. Not yet. One day it will all be mine. I really do think he’s a genius. Finding out that Sam Neill is a fan of ELO really thrilled me. Finding out anyone is a fan pleases me so much. Genius pop music. And this contains Mr. Blue Sky which some days – and I’m sure you’ll all agree – is absolutely the greatest, most joyous slice of pop music ever.
Sample Track: Sweet Talkin’ Woman
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