A New World Record
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Electric Light Orchestra’s audacious dream of fusing classical orchestration with rock ‘n’ roll approached near-perfection on A New World Record. This 1976 work justified the semi-successful experiments that bandleader Jeff Lynne had conducted earlier, and this time all the elements were held in balance: the pounding piano riffs, heroic guitar flourishes, and aching vocals fully compliment the swirling violins and moaning cellos surrounding them. Lynne applies these arrangements to a brace of songs both carnal and angelic in feel. Tracks like “Shangri-La” and “Tightrope” have an opulence that recalls the great Hollywood soundtracks of the 1930s. “Above The Clouds” conveys dreaminess, while “Rockaria!” ascends operatic heights on slide-guitar energy. ELO manages at times to compress its grandeur down to hit-single size, as “Telephone Line” and “Livin’ Thing” demonstrate, and Lynne even reaches back to his days with the Move for a remake of the surging “Do Ya.” Few other bands could follow ELO into the rarified realms of classical-rock without stumbling; A New World Record is practically a planet unto itself.
Just as good today as 30 years ago!
What a fabulous masterpiece of an album. This is my fourth time to buy this through the decades. 8-track, cassette, & LP. And now MP3. Just buy it. It's the right thing to do.
The best of the classic line-up
Sure, "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing" were the major hits. But "Rockaria!" is a silly song that rocks like crazy, and "Mission's" pathos is gripping. A great LP, but synthesizers were coming more and more into the mix: soon, ELO's string section would become superfluous, then dropped
The height of Jeff Lynne’s creative powers. Not a weak song on the entire album from Tightrope right through to the end.
Formed: October, 1970 in Birmingham, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
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