Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

by Electric Light Orchestra
     
 

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Tempting as it may be, it's not quite accurate to call Jeff Lynne the rock & roll George Lucas, a technophile who can't resist tweaking his famous older work to bring it up to modern standards. Unlike Lucas, Lynne doesn't paint over his original work, turning it into something vaguely reminiscent of the past: with Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric LightSee more details below

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Tempting as it may be, it's not quite accurate to call Jeff Lynne the rock & roll George Lucas, a technophile who can't resist tweaking his famous older work to bring it up to modern standards. Unlike Lucas, Lynne doesn't paint over his original work, turning it into something vaguely reminiscent of the past: with Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, he simply re-creates his old arrangements with new technology. There are no reinterpretations of these ten hits -- 12 on the bonus edition, with "10538 Overture" and "Point of No Return" added to the collection -- Lynne has simply set out to re-record the originals so they sound brighter, clearer, and a shade bigger. And he's succeeded. If you're listening casually, it can be pretty easy to mistake these for the originals. Lynne's voice is in good shape, the harmonies are layered precisely, he's replicated old-fashioned analog synths and lifted compression, so Mr. Blue Sky simply feels clean and renewed, the familiar contours buffed so they sparkle. Whether this is enough for fans to trade in their original ELO hits album in favor of this crisp new model is simply a matter of taste -- many may prefer the heavily compressed analog originals, as that's what they grew up with; after a quiet decade, hardcore fans will certainly treasure any new Lynne music, even if it is merely a revival -- but this is by no means an embarrassing stroll down memory lane. It can be quite fun, actually, even if it is somewhat baffling.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
Label:
Frontiers Records
UPC:
8024391057070
catalogNumber:
105707
Rank:
25525

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Tracks

  1. Mr. Blue Sky  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  2. Evil Woman  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  3. Strange Magic  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  4. Don't Bring Me Down  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  5. Turn to Stone  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  6. Showdown  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  7. Telephone Line  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  8. Livin' Thing  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  9. Do Ya  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  10. Can't Get It Out of My Head  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  11. 10538 Overture  -  Electric Light Orchestra
  12. Point of No Return  -  Electric Light Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Electric Light Orchestra, Part II   Primary Artist
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocoder,cowbell
Ryan Ulyate   Piano,Soloist
Marc Mann   Strings,Mini Moog
Steve Jay   Tambourine,Shaker
Laura Lynne   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Ryan Ulyate   Engineer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Marc Mann   Engineer
Ryan Corey   Art Direction,Illustrations
Craig Fruin   Management
Steve Jay   Engineer

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