Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute to the Music of Jeff Lynne

Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute to the Music of Jeff Lynne

by Lynne Me Your Ears
     
 
Tribute albums are, by definition, risky affairs, since every act invariably either chooses to faithfully re-create a classic or to remake it with their own thumbprint. On Lynne Me Your Ears, a long-overdue, two-hour tribute to the many projects of Jeff Lynne (his work with Electric Light Orchestra, the Move,

Overview

Tribute albums are, by definition, risky affairs, since every act invariably either chooses to faithfully re-create a classic or to remake it with their own thumbprint. On Lynne Me Your Ears, a long-overdue, two-hour tribute to the many projects of Jeff Lynne (his work with Electric Light Orchestra, the Move, the Traveling Wilburys, and his solo work are all included here), there are plenty of acts choosing either road, with many opting for faithful re-creations. But where some of the original material -- especially the ornate Electric Light Orchestra compositions -- has not aged very well due to Lynne's tendency to chase musical trends like ornate strings, elaborate keyboards, or disco beats, most of these new versions manage to update and freshen Lynne's compositions. So some may cry foul, but despite mercifully few misses this works very well as a compilation. Given Lynne's love of melody, it's no surprise that the compilation is top-loaded with some of the best power pop acts of the '90s and 2000s (the Shazam, Michael Carpenter, Sparkle*Jets U.K.), but the disc also pulls in some more disparate artists like Todd Rundgren (who remakes "Bluebird Is Dead" with a gentle disco beat) and Sixpence None the Richer. The best moments, of course, are where the artist re-creates the original with a slightly different spin, like on Rick Altizer's hard-rocking "Boy Blue" or Ross Rice's stunning remake of "Evil Woman," where he turns the song into Bobby Brown-esque dance-pop circa 1990 and it works. As tributes go, Lynne Me Your Ears succeeds precisely because it does what it needs to: offer a new spin on old material while making listeners want to drag out their old vinyl for another listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Not Lame Records
UPC:
0618403007023
catalogNumber:
70

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 10538 Overture
  2. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
  3. Telephone Line
  4. Do Ya
  5. Sweet Is the Night
  6. Rockaria!
  7. Every Little Thing
  8. No Time
  9. Showdown
  10. Handle With Care
  11. Strange Music
  12. Evil Woman
  13. Steppin' Out
  14. Don't Bring Me Down
  15. One Summer Dream
  16. Can't Get It Out of My Head
  17. Twilight
  18. Mr. Blue Sky
  19. You Took My Breath Away
  20. Message From the Country
  21. The Minister
  22. Xanadu
  23. When Time Stood Still
  24. Above the Clouds
  25. Rock and Roll Is King
  26. Morning Sunshine
  27. Boy Blue
  28. Living Thing
  29. On the Run
  30. Bluebird Is Dead
  31. Turn to Stone
  32. Eldorado

Disc 2

  1. Twilight
  2. Mr, Blue Sky
  3. You Took My Breath Away
  4. Message from the Country
  5. The Minister
  6. Xanadu
  7. When Time Stood Still
  8. Above the Clouds
  9. Rock and Roll Is King
  10. Morning Sunshine
  11. Boy Blue
  12. Livin' Thing
  13. On the Run
  14. Blue Bird Is Dead
  15. Turn to Stone
  16. Eldorado

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynne Me Your Ears   Primary Artist
Bill Lloyd   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Barone   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,E-bow,Stylophone
Earl Slick   Guitar
Bobby Sutliff   Bass,Guitar,Cello,Vocals
Patrick Andrew   Bass,Vocals
John Anthony   Drums
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Cambra   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Ken Coomer   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Mitch Easter   Drums,Vocals,Electric Sitar,chamberlain
Trevor Forbes   Electric Bass,Vocals
Bruce Golden   Vibes
Joel Hanson   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Hinsche   Piano
Craig Krampf   Drums
Kip Kubin   Synthesizer
Sharon McCall   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Tony Miracle   Synthesizer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums
John Mark Painter   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Horn
Prairie Prince   Drums,Track Performer
Wyman Reese   Piano
Mark "Mooka" Rennick   Bass
Oliver Strauss   Percussion,Drums
Tony Visconti   Bass,Vocals,Voices,Baritone,Sampling,Mellotron,Roland Synthesizer
Jonathan Yudkin   Cello
Martha Mooke   Viola
Doug Powell   Vocals,Mellotron
Jeffrey Foskett   Vocals
Michael Simmons   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals
Walter Clevenger   Guitar,Vocals
Kristeen Young   Vocals
Neilson Hubbard   Guitar,Vocals
Lisa Haney   Cello
Lindsay Jamieson   Drums
Fleming McWilliams   Vocals
Matt Slocum   Musician
Mark Nash   Percussion,Drums
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Shannon Brown   Background Vocals
Jeremy Morris   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mark Helm   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Tittel   Drums
Hans Rotenberry   Keyboards,Vocals
Jamie Knight   Bass
Ronn Chick   Bass,Keyboards,Loops
Rick Altizer   Sounds
Steve Bancroft   Guitar,Vocals
Henry Clift   Bass
Jason Wilkins   Bass,Background Vocals
Jason MacIsaac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harpsichord,Vocals
Andrew Watt   Piano,Vocals
Ruth Minnikin   Vocals
Greg Fry   Drums
Paul Aucoin   Marimbas,Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,sleigh bells
Evan Pollack   Drums
Susan West   Guitar,Vocals
David Dietrich   Percussion,Drums
Scott Bagget   Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Theremin,Timpani,Mellotron
Tony Flagg   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Producer,Engineer
Todd Rundgren   Producer,Engineer
Earl Slick   Arranger,Producer
Richie Biggs   Engineer
Gary Cambra   Producer
Michael Carpenter   Producer,Engineer
Mitch Easter   Producer,Engineer
Jason Falkner   Instrumentation
Jamie Hoover   Engineer
Brad Jones   Producer,Engineer
Kip Kubin   Programming,Engineer
Sharon McCall   Producer
Tony Miracle   Programming,Engineer
John Mark Painter   Engineer,String Arrangements
Mark "Mooka" Rennick   Engineer
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Producer
Oliver Strauss   Engineer,String Ensemble
Tony Visconti   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Russ Long   Engineer
Dan Leffler   Engineer
Mike Mayeux   Engineer
Doug Powell   Producer,Engineer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Jeffrey Foskett   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Michael Simmons   Producer
Ben Lee   Engineer
Walter Clevenger   Producer,Engineer
Ross Rice   Engineer
Neilson Hubbard   Producer
Matt Slocum   Producer,Engineer
Chris Grainger   Engineer
Settly   Engineer
Gene Cornelius   Engineer
Hans Rotenberry   Producer
John Merrick   Engineer
Heavy Blinkers   Producer
Ronn Chick   Producer,Engineer
Venus Hum   Producer
Andrew Watt   Engineer
Paul Aucoin   Engineer
Pete Deboer   Engineer,Remixing
David Dietrich   Contributor
Scott Bagget   Producer,Engineer

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