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Electric Light Orchestra - 1977 Out Of The Blue



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ARTIST: Electric Light Orchestra
ALBUM: Out Of The Blue
LABEL: Jet Records
SERIAL: Jet Records, JETDP 400, UAR 100
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: Reissue List

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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: Disc 01 A1 Turn To Stone * A2 It's Over * A3 Sweet Talkin' Woman * A4 Across The Border * B1 Night In The City * B2 Starlight * B3 Jungle * B4 Believe Me Now * B5 Steppin' Out

Disc 02 Concerto For A Rainy DayC1 Standin' In The Rain * C2 Big Wheels * C3 Summer And Lightning * C4 Mr. Blue Sky * D1 Sweet Is The Night * D2 The Whale * D3 Birmingham Blues * D4 Wild West Hero

WEBLINKS: Official Website | FB Page | WikiPedia Page


Background
Who can forget the big spaceship design on the album cover? It really was a stand-out back in 1977 upon release, and was sure-fire way to sell a record. A double LP to boot, very bold of Jeff Lynne to deliver a package like this, and apparently, it took Jeff about three weeks to write the whole record in a heightened burst of creativity. Personally, I never owned any ELO records during my youth, though my best friend did, which is where I got to listen to the thing, in between sessions of Boston, Journey and Styx. The line-up is the same as that which appeared on 'A New World Record', and as expected, following the success of that record, 'Out Of The Blue' went multi-platinum soon after.


In Summary
The two most popular tunes off the album were 'Turn To Stone' (1st single) and 'Sweet Talkin' Woman' (4th single), though 'Mr Blue Sky' was the band's second single and did very well on the charts. 'Wild West Hero' was ELO's fourth single, while 'It's Over was the fifth and final single, and did better in the USA upon release. The gatefold cover contained impressive artwork designed by John Kosh with assistance from Japanese artist, the late Shusei Nagaoka. 'Out Of The Blue' went on to sell 10 million records worldwide, and remains a top contender in double LP releases within the popular music industry.



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#1 | jefflynnefan on February 10 2018 09:02:37
Jeff Lynne's favorite ELO record. This is when ELO became a American band and not a British band anymore to me. Very commercial and appealing to the 30-ish & over crowd at the time of it's release. ELO was all the sudden popular with the posh Playboy cocktail type crowd. I like OOTB a lot but it wasn't the same anymore. I like the United Artists years with "No Answer", "ELO 2", "On The Third Day", "Eldorado", "Face The Music' and lastly "A New World Record".
#2 | bpdp3 on February 10 2018 23:12:35
Ok... allow my inner vinyl-geek to come out. This album was an aesthetic beauty. The inner gatefold of this double lp was a detail of the spaceship, and inside was a punch-out paper model of the ship. For a sci-fi obsessed kid in '77, this was a dream!
#3 | gdazegod on February 10 2018 23:17:50
Maybe I should find an image of that gatefold? OK, added to my task-list for today. computer work
#4 | Nick C on February 11 2018 17:24:43
I borrowed this album off my mate years ago..well around when it came out - it was on blue vinyl, I was a bit non plussed at the time, it was okay but I preferred A New World Record and although I grabbed the Light Years compilation I never had any real motive to get anything else until a few years ago when I picked up the big CD box of the studio albums. It was then I appreciated it more. But I hadn't heard No Answer until I grabbed that box .... it absolutely blew me away it could be my fave ELO album, I love it's quirkiness.
#5 | swingkingandy on February 13 2018 14:13:00
yeah my mate (barsteward!)had it in blue vinyl and accompanying cut out spaceship which he liked to point out every time I visited. for me the album is a classic with Mr blue sky being one of my favourite songs of all time and always reminds me of summers days as a boy.
#6 | englandashes on February 15 2018 11:20:55
Brought Mr Blue Sky single as a eight year old, wonder what an 8 year old listens today......hate to think......just realised how old I am and obviously how I think....back to the Von Hertzen Bros, tea and rich tea biscuits
#7 | Eric on February 16 2018 17:54:07
I played this album to death back then but I find it a difficult listen these days when compared ELO albums of an earlier vintage. The production on the album was top notch though...
 
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