Time takes its cues more from such bands as the Alan Parsons Project and Wings than from Jeff Lynne's fascination with Pepper-era Beatles. Sure, all the electronic whirrs and bleeps are present and accounted for, and Time did spawn hit singles in "Hold on Tight" and "Twilight," but on the average, ELO had begun to get too stuck on the same structure and content of their releases. "The Way Life's Meant to Be" echoes very early ELO hits like "Can't Get It Out of My Head," and the "Prologue" and "Epilogue" segments try and bring about a unifying concept that doesn't quite hold up upon listening all the way through. Time proves to be competent ELO but not great ELO. [The 2001 CD reissue on Epic/Legacy adds three bonus tracks, all B-sides of singles: "The Bouncer," "When Time Stood Still," and "Julie Don't Live Here."]
Performance CreditsElectric Light Orchestra, Part II Primary Artist
Jeff Lynne Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bev Bevan Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Kelly Groucutt Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rainer Pietsch Strings,Conductor
Richard Tandy Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Technical CreditsElectric Light Orchestra, Part II Contributor
Jeff Lynne Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Christine Wilson Contributor
Guy Fery Artwork
Jefferson Denim Packaging Manager
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Time based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I also remember listening to this album when it was first released and think WOW! they did it again. Even without the bonus tracks this CD is well worth the money. It is so ELO, with a variety of tempos to match. Listening to it today sounds as good as it did all those years ago. This CD was worthy of more single releases than it got, but then we would have more "greatest hits". A must buy for all ELO fans and anyone starting a collection.
I first listened to this album about 20 years ago - it blew me away - it simple but sophisticated, commercial but profound. Every song on this album could have been a hit. So buy it & enjoy.
I first bought this on vinal back in 1980-81 it came out. It seemed so futuristic then, and some of the tracks were hard to get out of my head, including Yours Truly 2095. Listening to it again in 2008, it does not seem outdated at all. The only track I don't "get" is Another Heart Breaks. It doesn't seem to fit. Be that as it may, I think this is the best of all the ELO albums.