Electric Light Orchestra

Out of the Blue

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Nowadays, 1977 is remembered as both the year of punk and the year of disco. At the time, though, it was the year of Fleetwood Mac's RUMOURS and Electric Light Orchestra's OUT OF THE BLUE, two albums that were simply inescapable. But where overexposure made RUMOURS feel somewhat stale and dated, OUT OF THE BLUE sounds as fresh now as it did at the time. This is due in large part to the obsessive insularity of Jeff Lynne's aesthetic. He seems not to be ignoring musical trends, but to be simply unaware of them.

Lynne's mid-period Beatles fixation combines with his love of lush orchestrations and pristine production to create some of his strongest music, including the enormous hits "Turn to Stone," "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky." However, the autobiographical "Birmingham Blues" suggests that Lynne was tiring of the rock-star grind, which might explain ELO's lowered profile after this release.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:49 SpotifyAmazon
2 04:08 SpotifyAmazon
3 03:49 SpotifyAmazon
4 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
5 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
6 04:31 SpotifyAmazon
7 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
8 01:21 SpotifyAmazon
9 04:40 SpotifyAmazon
10 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
11 05:32 SpotifyAmazon
12 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
13 05:03 SpotifyAmazon
14 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
15 05:07 SpotifyAmazon
16 04:23 SpotifyAmazon
17 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
18 00:26 SpotifyAmazon
19 01:49 Spotify
20 03:24 Spotify
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