Zoom [Bonus Tracks]

Zoom [Bonus Tracks]

by Electric Light Orchestra
     
 

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Fifteen years after Jeff Lynne masterminded the last official Electric Light Orchestra album, and ten after his solo debut, Lynne recorded Zoom -- an ELO album that he recorded nearly entirely by himself. So why isn't this a solo album? Well, not only does Lynne own the ELO name, so he can do whatever he wants, but he designed this to be a return to the classic

Overview

Fifteen years after Jeff Lynne masterminded the last official Electric Light Orchestra album, and ten after his solo debut, Lynne recorded Zoom -- an ELO album that he recorded nearly entirely by himself. So why isn't this a solo album? Well, not only does Lynne own the ELO name, so he can do whatever he wants, but he designed this to be a return to the classic ELO sound. Which it is, more so than any album since the early '80s. There are lush, heartbreaking ballads and '50s-styled rockers with an endearingly robotic pulse and Beatlesque harmonies. Better than that, the songwriting is melodic and memorable, the strongest Lynne has done in decades, resulting in the most consistent record released under the ELO banner since Discovery. On top of that, the production, while clearly not a product of the '70s, avoids all the pitfalls of modern record production, sounding warm, welcoming, and right. So, why was Zoom largely ignored upon its release in the summer of 2001? Probably because no matter how good it is, there weren't a lot of listeners clamoring for a new ELO album, and even some dedicated fans may have wondered if they needed a new ELO record, since, for all its strengths, Zoom doesn't deliver any knockout punches, even on the level of "Calling American" or "Four Little Diamonds." Without a great lead single (and, even if there had been, there wouldn't have been any place for it to receive airplay), there was nothing to bring the doubters into the fold, so they couldn't discover that Zoom was a very good ELO album, certainly more than just an album for the true believers -- which is what it wound up being. [The album was also released with two bonus tracks: the previously unreleased bonus track "One Day," and a live version of "Turn to Stone."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2013
Label:
Frontiers Records
UPC:
8024391059623
catalogNumber:
105962
Rank:
13316

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Electric Light Orchestra, Part II   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Slide Guitar
Jeff Lynne   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Cello,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ringo Starr   Drums
Rosie Vela   Background Vocals
Gregg Bissonette   Drums,Background Vocals
Matt Bissonette   Bass,Background Vocals
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone
Roger Lebow   Cello
Richard Tandy   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Marc Mann   Guitar,Conductor,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Sarah O'Brien   Cello
Laura Lynne   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Rosie Vela   String Arrangements,Tap Dancing
Richard Dodd   Engineer,Piano Engineer
Ryan Ulyate   Engineer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Marc Mann   Engineer,String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Ryan Corey   Art Direction,Illustrations
Steve Jay   Engineer
Oliver Burston   Illustrations

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