Sunday, 9 August 2009

Chart Chat: Mutually Exclusive?

#56: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Are ELO and Jeff Lynne mutually exclusive? Can one exist without the other? The reason that Yours Truly KJS says this is because it's very interesting to consider that "Armchair Theatre" peaked at #24 in the UK Album Chart in August 1990, "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" peaked at #34 in June 1991 and "Zoom" peaked at #34 in the UK charts in June 2001 thus:
It's interesting that ELO without Jeff Lynne or Jeff Lynne without ELO have had anything more than moderate (album) chart success? Even with all the good, positive press about Regina Spektor's part JL-produced album "Far", it has only managed (so far) #30 in the UK charts with a five week chart tenure. Yours Truly KJS wonders where a second Jeff Lynne 'solo' album' might chart. ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) suspects a Top 20 place for a week or two. But an ELO album with Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy et al on board (sadly without Kelly Groucutt)? I suspect a little better.

In the opinion of this particular writer, The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) and ELO tribute bands in general should be commended for keeping the ELO sound live to newer, more expansive audiences whilst Jeff remains in his L.A. "Ivory Tower", so to speak. At the time of writing, maybe ELO without Jeff Lynne and Jeff Lynne without ELO are - in charting terms - rolling over without Beethoven. Here's hoping that Jeff picks up his ELO baton again soon and has another go at it!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 09-Aug-2009

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