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It can be argued—as it was by Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne—that the main reason for re-recording his old hits from scratch is because now he's a better producer and wants to use today’s technology to fix yesterday’s mistakes. Whatever the reason, the man did an excellent job, as evidenced by the opening “Mr. Blue Sky.” Lynne impressively played every instrument on this album, sang every part, and recorded every song. And even though he paid painstakingly special attention to the details of rhythmic timing and period-correct tones when tracking these note-for-note remakes, what’s most noticeable is the mastering. Listen to the sweeping string-laden original “Evil Woman” on your earbuds, and then listen to this remake: you’ll immediately notice that it was mastered to make small speakers sound huge. Only “Do Ya” sounds somewhat anachronistic, as Lynne’s slightly aged voice sounds more Traveling Wilburys than ELO.

Customer Reviews

Where's the Orchestra?

Jeff, if you're gonna re-record some of the best sounding songs ever, why scale them down? The songs don't seem to have that full symphonic sound with all the cool noise making gadgets you had in the 70's. Your older (pre NWR) songs sound better here but that's about it. For the most part I prefer the originals. You should have included Louis Clark. It was your partnership with him that made that true ELO sound. Would have also preferred Bev to that dry drum sound that has become your signature. RIP Kelly- not the same without you here also. Why is this album credited to ELO? It's clearly a solo project.
This album provides a fresh new perspective on the ELO classics but by no means are many of these songs an improvement to the originals.
I'm thinking the motivation here was song rights, licensing, royalty issues. I love you Jeff, but would have preferred new, original music.

Jeff Lynne is Mozart reincarnated...

Such an amazing album re-recorded by a truly amazing artist!
Jeff Lynne has been a FORCE in the music industry for about 40yrs, and this album shows precisely WHY. People ask why it's labeled as an ELO album, though it's Jeff Lynne solo? Jeff is -and always has been- the vision, heart, and soul of the band (of MANY bands and artists, actually). He had a mixer helping him, but every note on this album was played by Mr Lynne himself, and bears his personal Stamp Of Approval (that little slide on Do Ya took him 4 takes to get Just Perfect).
I suppose it's kinda unfair to be labeled ELO when it's really Jeff solo, but apparently none of the others wanted to participate on this little project, so they're getting a (probably) sizeable Bump for whatever musical careers they may still be pursuing without having to do a lick of work (pun only partially intended). Seriously, I've been a fan for about 36 years, and I think it's FANTASTIC! Every note is 100% Pure Lynne...
An EXCELLENT album for both Long-Timers and New Ears alike, and worth AT LEAST every penny!

ELO Style!

ELO is greatness. So many jams you know, but didn't know they did em.


Formed: October, 1970 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

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

The Electric Light Orchestra's ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography rocketed the group to massive commercial success throughout the 1970s. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England in the autumn of 1970 from the ashes of the eccentric art-pop combo the Move, reuniting frontman Roy Wood with guitarist/composer Jeff Lynne, bassist Rick Price, and drummer Bev Bevan. Announcing their intentions to "pick up where 'I Am the Walrus' left off,"...
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