#363: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's "Time" to ask that question again: Are ELO and Jeff Lynne mutually exclusive? Can either be successful in terms of record sales without the other? The reason I ask this is because it is very interesting when you consider that:
- Jeff Lynne's first solo outing: "Armchair Theatre" peaked at #24 in the UK album chart in 1990 with a four  week chart run
- ELO Part II's eponymous album "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" peaked at #34 in the UK album chart in 1991 with a four  week chart run
- ELO's "Zoom" also peaked at #34 in the UK album chart in 2001 with a three  week chart run
- Regina Spektor's "Far" [part produced by Jeff] attained #30 in the UK album chart in 2009 with a five  week chart run
- Joe Walsh's "Analog Man" [co-produced by Jeff] has managed #53 in the UK album chart so far after a two  week chart run
Again, one has to wonder where a second Jeff Lynne truly 'solo' album would chart. And where would an ELO album with the involvement of at least a few more of that ‘classic’ ELO line-up in Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy, Mik Kaminski [but sadly not Kelly Groucutt] chart too? Perhaps a little better. For that reason could it be that trademark ELO/Jeff Lynne without each other are rather like [in charting terms] ‘Rolling over without Beethoven’ yet never quite "Getting To The Point"? I honestly hope that Yours Truly KJS is proven wrong ...
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 26-June-2012