The record opens with familiar ELO themes of rain, the sound of a radio searching for a friendly station and the sublime strings of "A Rainy Day" - a real fusion of ELO and Beatles if ever there were one. "Inside Your Love" is another Beatlesque song [as they all are] and clearly shows why this band performed the aforementioned OST so effectively. But there is more to this record than a band trying to copy The Fab Four, with "I'm Sorry" and "More Than A Friend" ably demonstrating the originality of Original Rain with added Lennonesque vocals - a common theme throughout. Having said that, "She/Crazy Horse" has a McCartney and Wings feel to balance things out with the nine  song opus underpinned by production values that Jeff Lynne would have approved of back in those heady days of '79.
I like the vocal harmonies, the strings, the loving extension of The Beatles influence and the clear nods to ELO that are to be found within this record. In many ways, "A Rainy Day" is not unlike a time capsule presentation of a band who should have been successful in their own right but for the undoubted shortsightedness of record labels at the time who could not see past their Beatles footprint.
Fans of both ELO and The Beatles [collectively and individually] will love this long overdue release. For me, the album opener and finale are highlights but the tracks in between are so inventive and so fresh that choosing a favourite is difficult if not impossible. So, when "A Rainy Day" does come along, I suggest you get soaked and drink it in. [9.5/10]