8 November 2012
Seems to be the best place to post this... Examiner article on Jeff Lynne planning a US tour in 2015.
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22 September 2014
You know how some songs are forever linked in your memory with a certain event or incident, and every time you hear it, you are whooshed right to that time and place like a Star Trek transporter? ELO's "Telephone Line" does that for me. I had just arrived in a woman's apartment where I had no right to be, much like the Norwegian Wood scenario; I was hanging my coat on a coat rack, and those audacious harmonies of "Telephone Line" on the radio just struck me. I said to the woman, "that's ELO." She wasn't tracking--probably concentrating on something else. I think she thought I had a speech impediment.
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I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1997
1 May 2011
15 May 2014
I never really liked his work with the Electric Light Orchestra, but he co-produced Cloud Nine , a masterpiece and my favorite George album, and while doing it managed to create a new sound, half George’s, half his; on top of that, he was part of The Traveling Wilburys and co-wrote Handle Me With Care. That’s all I need.
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“Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit” (“Perhaps one day it will be a pleasure to look back on even this”; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, line 203, where Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa)
8 January 2015
I'm an ELO fan too (sorry @meanmistermustard), but I have at least the excuse of having grown up with that music and have an emotional connection to it as a result. I don't think his production is terrible, it is distinctive however. He tends to blend the orchestra and drums in a claustrophobic way which I imagine many hate, but drum sounds are always a whim of fashion and it can't be helped. He is a brilliant arranger, that is his chief talent as a producer apart from people management. I recommend Out Of The Blue , pretty much my favourite ELO record and crammed with detail that keeps you coming back. He's at least as good a multi-instrumentalist as Macca himself. Maybe my only gripe is that I never hear his lyrics clearly and I mondegreen a lot of the songs
I'm like Necko only I'm a bassist ukulele guitar synthesizer kazoo penguin and also everyone. Or is everyone me? Now I'm a confused bassist ukulele guitar synthesizer kazoo penguin everyone who is definitely not @Joe. This has been true for 2016 & 2017 but I may have to get more specific in the future.
29 August 2013
^ Love the old side 3 "Concerto For A Rainy Day" which puts that song in brilliant context - it reminded me of El Dorado which is one of my favourite 3 albums of theirs (along with Time and A New World Record).
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3 August 2014
I've been an ELO fan for a good few years. I know he does like to spend a long time mixing but I like the layers, it give my head more to unravel over the years.. And they can still play live. I was watching them Live At The BBC the other day with the BBC Concert orchestra. Here's an old one- Note the Dear Prudence -sounding guitar riff at the start. 🙂
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