#325: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Lovers of the classic ELO sound from "Eldorado" onwards will no doubt appreciate those sweeping orchestral arrangements of Louis Clark that intertwined with the song writing genius of Jeff Lynne.
Seasoned fans will know that Lou was an integral member of ELO Part II and is still "pulling the strings" with The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] as well as performing his "Hooked On Classic" exploits amongst many others.
But back in 1978, while ELO were on their "Out of the Blue" spaceship [world] tour, Lou wrote and released an album on Jet Records oddly entitled "(per-spek'-tiv)n." [#JETLP218]. This album was re-released on CD in 2000 by Edsel Recordings/Demon Records [#EDCD633] and Yours Truly KJS was intrigued enough to buy a copy from amazon.co.uk to satisfy my curiositylast week.
And it was a great decision! This orchestral album - in essentially two  parts - in many ways displays Louis' own song writing talents as well as his well known and well loved string arrangements. The recording reminds this writer [obviously] of those wonderful ELO [and ELO Part II] interludes but also one also thinks of contemporaries of this album such as those by Sky - remember "Tocata"? There are no fellow ELO members on here [for obvious reasons - see above!] but making an appearance are Roy Wood, Hartley Cain [a close associate of Raymond Froggatt] and Peter Van Hooke [later to be percussionist for Mike & The Mechanics, amongst many others]. You can still get a hold of this tremendous album which is part of the ELO/Jet legacy from amazon.co.uk so if you love the classic ELO sound, this CD will give you a new perspective on it!
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "(per-spek'-tiv)n." by Louis Clark to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-March-2012