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Electric Light Orchestra - 1976 A New World Record


ARTIST: Electric Light Orchestra
ALBUM: A New World Record
LABEL/SERIAL: UK: Jet Records, JET LP 20 * United Artists, UAG 30017, UA-LA 679 * USA: United Artists, UA-LA679-G
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Jeff Lynne - lead and backing vocals, guitars, percussion, electric piano, arrangements, lyrics, production * Richard Tandy - keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals * Kelly Groucutt - lead and backing vocals, bass, percussion * Bev Bevan - drums, percussion, backing vocals * Melvyn Gale - cello * Hugh McDowell - cello * Mik Kaminski - violin

Other: Louis Clark - conductor, arrangements

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tightrope * 02 Telephone Line * 03 Rockaria! * 04 Mission (A World Record) * 05 So Fine * 06 Livin' Thing * 07 Above The Clouds * 08 Do Ya * 09 Shangri-La


During this phase of the ELO journey, their profile was starting to take off. Much like their big circular spaceship, it seemed the British symphonic rockers were heading into outer space. By now their relationship with Jet Records was cemented, and I'm sure Don Arden's bank balance was looking healthy too. The album also introduced bassist/vocalist Kelly Groucutt to the band, he would remain a presence for the next decade or so. The album contained two well-known hits for the band: 'Telephone Line' and 'Livin' Thing'. Both were all over radio during 1976 right across the globe. The 2006 reissue contains another six bonus tracks.

In Summary
Unlike their previous release 'Eldorado', 'A New World Record' changed course markedly, as radio appeal and their requirement for shorter songs meant that ELO had to adapt, which they did successfully. As a result, this album was considered their break-through moment. No shitty reviews from the UK music press this time! The album went to No 1 in several countries, traversing its run from release (Oct 1976) and then well into 1977.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on February 10 2018 08:48:17
I probably listened to this album more than any other album when I was a kid. It has a lot of great memories. Kelly Groucutt actually joined ELO for the USA tour of "Eldorado" in 1975. He didn't play on "Eldorado". Michael D' Albuquerque left during the middle of the Eldorado tour when he learned that his wife was pregnant. Jeff and Bev were sad to see him go. I wonder if he regrets that now... Kelly was in the famous British band "Sight and Sound" and "Barefoot" when he was recruited for ELO. His first record with ELO was 1975's classic "Face The Music" which featured the ELO hits "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic".
#2 | bpdp3 on February 14 2018 01:15:37
Like jefflynnefan, this was an album i listened to ALOT in my early teens. One of the first ten albums I bought (up to 9,000 now yipe). On listening to it today, it reminded me that for any kid $$ was tight and any album you bought you played until exhaustion.

Luckily, this one was SO good. You think the Boston debut plays like a greatest hits? This one does as well. So many good songs one after the other. And so many interesting unexpected touches.

I love the out-of-nowhere African sounding part in "so fine"... and how at the end the song changes immediately to the lone violin opening of "living thing", as if someone changed the radio station. The opera singer's false start at the start of "rockaria"... this is just a fun album to dig into!
Glad this one got reviewed; it made me seek it out today and play the whole thing. It was over much too quickly.Smile
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