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Long Wave

Long Wave

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by Jeff Lynne
     
 

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When Jeff Lynne was growing up, he listened to music on longwave radio, soaking up all the sounds coming through the big radio in the living room. His 2012 tribute to these days, appropriately called Long Wave, is a far-reaching salute to the glory days of pop in the years before the Beatles. It's too easy to peg this as a standards

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When Jeff Lynne was growing up, he listened to music on longwave radio, soaking up all the sounds coming through the big radio in the living room. His 2012 tribute to these days, appropriately called Long Wave, is a far-reaching salute to the glory days of pop in the years before the Beatles. It's too easy to peg this as a standards album, a designation that isn't quite accurate. Lynne may cover many show tunes along with '50s favorites of big-band vocalists but he spends nearly as much time with rock & roll, and not just the operatic pop of his fellow Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison, either. He cranks through Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock," slides into the silken harmonies of the Everly Brothers on "So Sad," and grooves through Don Covay's "Mercy, Mercy." These are the cuts that stick the closest to the original hit recordings. When Lynne tackles Rodgers & Hammerstein ("If I Loved You"), Rodgers & Hart ("Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"), Fain & Webster ("Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"), and Chaplin ("Smile"), he breaks the song down to its melodic basics then builds up candied, layered arrangements that are distinctly his own, suggesting the gorgeous cascades of sound that were the signature of prime ELO. Indeed, when these sweet reinterpretations are combined with the straight-ahead rockers, Long Wave adds up to a blueprint in reverse for Lynne; by going to back to his beginnings, he winds up figuring out why he went in the direction he did.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
Label:
Frontiers Records
UPC:
8024391056974
catalogNumber:
105697
Rank:
5273

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Lynne   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
Marc Mann   Strings
Steve Jay   Tambourine,Shaker

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer,Liner Notes
Roy Orbison   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
R. Miller   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
J. Lawrence   Composer
Ryan Corey   Art Direction,Illustrations
A. Lasry   Composer
H. Kretzmer   Composer
D. Everly   Composer
J. Melson   Composer
H. Warren   Composer
E. Anderson   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Steve Jay   Engineer
Alton Douglas   Photo Courtesy

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Long Wave 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not a big ELO follower but I appreciated his producing talents that encompassed way more than ELO credits. I liked this album, having no expectation of ELO greatness to be apparent but merely because good music is good music is good music.
Flashfast More than 1 year ago
Growing up a an ELO fan I became used to a great variety of sounds and styles from one great band. Unfortunately this Jeff Lynne solo release demonstrates that those days are far behind us. It appears that Jeff is just 'phoning it in' these days with this collection of remakes that all sound like one another, using a production style that he had over-used two decades ago. However, the worst part of this release is that it forces you to morn the loss of a once great voice. At the height of ELO's success Jeff was a singer of many talents; but that voice is long dead as we can clearly hear here. ALL HAIL ELO!