Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (Deluxe Edition) (Rerecorded)
Electric Light Orchestra
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||Mr. Blue Sky (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Evil Woman (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||4:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strange Magic (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Bring Me Down (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||4:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Turn to Stone (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Showdown (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Telephone Line (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||4:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Livin' Thing (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Do Ya (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Can't Get It Out of My Head (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||4:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||10538 Overture (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||4:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Point of No Return (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ma-Ma-Ma Belle (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rockaria! (2012 Version)||Electric Light Orchestra||3:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Steppin' Out (With Richard Tandy) [Live]||Electric Light Orchestra||3:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Can't Get It Out of My Head (With Richard Tandy) [Live]||Electric Light Orchestra||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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.
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 is greatness. So many jams you know, but didn't know they did em.
Formed: October, 1970 in Birmingham, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s