Out of the Blue [30th Anniversary Edition]

Out of the Blue [30th Anniversary Edition]

by Electric Light Orchestra

CD(German Import)

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Out of the Blue [30th Anniversary Edition]

The last ELO album to make a major impact on popular music, Out of the Blue was of a piece with its lavishly produced predecessor, A New World Record, but it's a much more mixed bag as an album. For starters, it was a double LP, a format that has proved daunting to all but a handful of rock artists, and was no less so here. The songs were flowing fast and freely from Jeff Lynne at the time, however, and well more than half of what is here is very solid, at least as songs if not necessarily as recordings. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Turn to Stone" are among the best songs in the group's output, and much of the rest is very entertaining. The heavy sound of the orchestra, however, as well as the layer upon layer of vocal overdubs, often seem out of place. All in all, the group was trying too hard to generate a substantial sounding double LP, complete with a suite, "Concerto for a Rainy Day." The latter is the nadir of the album, an effort at conceptual rock that seemed archaic even in 1977. Another chunk is filled up with what might best be called art-rock mood music ("The Whale"), before you finally get to the relief of a basic rocker like "Birmingham Blues." Even here, the group couldn't leave well enough alone -- rather than ending it on that note, they had to finish the album with "Wild West Hero," a piece of ersatz movie music that adds nothing to what you've heard over the previous 65 minutes. In its defense, Out of the Blue was massively popular and did become the centerpiece of a huge worldwide tour that earned the group status as a major live attraction for a time. [Out of the Blue was reissued in 2007 as a 30th Anniversary Edition with new photos, liner notes and three bonus tracks, including "Quick and the Daft," "Latitude 88 North" and a home demo of "Wild West Hero."]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0827969427224
catalogNumber: 5003192
Rank: 47769

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Electric Light Orchestra, Part II   Primary Artist
Jeff Lynne   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog
Louis Clark   Conductor
Bev Bevan   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Tom-Tom,Background Vocals,Drum Sticks
Melvyn Gale   Piano,Cello
Kelly Groucutt   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mik Kaminski   Violin
Hugh McDowell   Cello
Richard Tandy   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,ARP,Wurlitzer,Polymoog,Mini Moog,Arp 2600
Bladys   Dancer
Spratley's Dancing Academy   Dancer
Bladys Turvis   Dancer
Goreen Turvis   Dancer

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer,Author,Orchestration,Reissue Producer,Memorabilia,Audio Production,Choir Arrangement
Louis Clark   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Mack   Special Effects,Engineer
Richard Tandy   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Sequencers
Ryan Ulyate   Engineer
Kosh   Art Direction
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Jeff Magid   Reissue Producer
Shusei Nagaoka   Cover Illustration
Rob Caiger   Liner Notes

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