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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • EAN: 8024391057070
  • Catalog Number: 105707
  • Sales rank: 4,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mr. Blue Sky (3:44)
  2. 2 Evil Woman (4:30)
  3. 3 Strange Magic (3:53)
  4. 4 Don't Bring Me Down (4:01)
  5. 5 Turn to Stone (3:45)
  6. 6 Showdown (4:15)
  7. 7 Telephone Line (4:29)
  8. 8 Livin' Thing (3:42)
  9. 9 Do Ya (3:56)
  10. 10 Can't Get It Out of My Head (4:34)
  11. 11 10538 Overture (4:43)
  12. 12 Point of No Return (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Electric Light Orchestra 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
Howie Weinberg Mastering
David Wild Liner Notes
Marc Mann Engineer
Ryan Corey Art Direction, Illustrations
Craig Fruin Management
Dan Gerbarg Mastering
Steve Jay Engineer
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