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Inspired by the days of his youth, when he learned about music listening to longwave radio, the appropriately titled Long Wave reflects the music Jeff Lynne experienced before The Beatles turned England into beat-group heaven. Whether prompted by the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein ("If I Loved You") or The Everly Brothers ("So Sad"), Lynne creates a layered sound that's as smooth as anything he achieved with ELO, The Traveling Wilburys, or the remaining Fab Four. The harmonies of "So Sad" are so sweet and note-perfect that it's evident just how sharp Lynne's ears remain. Don Covay's "Mercy, Mercy" and Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock" manage that odd Lynne trick of being perfectly manicured and yet still oozing substantial grit. His friend and bandmate Roy Orbison is remembered with the two-minute epic "Running Scared." Rodgers & Hart's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" gains a retro-pop edge, with the guitars shimmering like a piece of the '50s reflected into the new century.

Customer Reviews

Just Get It

Jeff Lynne could put his magic wand upon reinterpretations of the now defunct telephone book - and it'd be great.


Waited too long for Long Wave! Jeff is simply amazing. Don't believe me? Ask Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, or Joe Walsh! There's word of another release next year. Another long wait! But I'll be there in the end.

Congratulations Jeff!

-Ken Williams
Denver, Colorado

One Man Band

After waiting this long for Mr. Blue Sky's return, I was a bit apprehensive upon seeing the playlist that included a Rogers and Hammerstein number like "If I Loved You". However, my concerns were quickly relived as I listened to this beautiful album. How do you breath fresh life into these old standards? Well, Mr. Lynne handles each number just as a mother gently pulls out her beloved photo album and lovingly recalls memories of her children. It's almost like hearing these lyrics for the first time. Yes, he plays most instruments and sings lead and backing vocals but in doing so, makes each song his own with touches of that distinct ELO magic. You get the distinct impression that he enjoyed recording these songs and dare I say improving on them in the process. I dare you not to tap your foot to "Beyond the Sea". What a joyful sound!

Matt H


Born: December 30, 1947 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Following his stint as the leader of the Electric Light Orchestra, singer/guitarist Jeff Lynne forged an equally successful career in the '80s and '90s as a producer, with his distinctive sound gracing the latter-day records of many veteran rock & roll legends. Lynne began his career in the late '60s as the frontman of a group called the Idle Race, which recorded the album The Birthday Party for RCA in 1969. In 1970, Lynne accepted an invitation from Move leader Roy Wood to join his revamped band;...
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