#377: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The official press release containing confirmation of the forthcoming twin Jeff Lynne/ELO releases "Long Wave", lead single "Mercy Mercy" and "Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra" on Big Trilby Records via Frontiers Records is just starting to see the [electric] light of day, so to speak! And rather than just re-post it, Yours Truly KJS thought it better to quote the words of Mr. Jeff Lynne himself regarding these much anticipated albums:
Jeff on "Long Wave"
"I call this new album "Long Wave" because all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, England ... These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years."
Jeff on "Mr. Blue Sky"
"There was a big reason I wanted to re-record these ELO songs ... When I listen to the old versions they don't sound the way I thought they did when I first wrote and recorded them. I wanted to use the experience I've gained producing records ever since and have a completely new try at them. I'm not saying the old versions aren't good; I like them very much. We were doing our best, but experience and technology also play a big, big part, and these new ones sound much more solid and tight."
"It all comes down to what you truly love doing, and what I love doing is overdubbing and making new sounds out of things that are sometimes quite ordinary on their own, but when you put them together, they make something new ... or something that sounds new. Just discovering things like that musically is a pleasure ... I've been in love with music since I was probably just five years old ... I was made for music then ... and I still am today!"
Please visit either Face The Music and/or the Official ELO web site for the full detail of the press release. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] supports, endorses and recommends the past, present and future work of Jeff Lynne and, of course, ELO.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Aug-2012