Thursday, 1 October 2015
Jeff Lynne: ELO in the 21st Century
#983: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! From "Time" to "Time", folks ask me about ELO, both the current and the classic line-ups. Recently that interest has increased with news that we can look forward to a new ELO album "Alone In the Universe" next month. The most common question that I've been asked recently is: Why the name Jeff Lynne's ELO? The way that Yours Truly KJS explains it to those who ask is the subject of this KJS/ELOBF article!
Back in 1999, Bev Bevan sold his share of the name/domain Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) to Jeff Lynne for an undisclosed sum. At that time, ELO Part II effectively ceased to be with the remaining members continuing as The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II) to this day. With Jeff back at the helm now and with full legal rights to the ELO name, "Zoom" - the first new Electric Light Orchestra studio album since "Balance Of Power" (1986) - was released in 2001. Some fans saw "Zoom" as essentially a Jeff Lynne solo album - with a little help from his friends including Richard Tandy, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - even terming it as "Armchair Theatre Part II". Sadly, "Zoom" struggled to dent the UK Album Chart, attaining a modest #34 during a three week chart run.
Another eleven years elapsed before Jeff released his first solo material since "Armchair Theatre" (1990) when "Long Wave" - an album reinterpreting the songs that influenced a young Jeff Lynne - was issued in tandem with "Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra" - a reimagining of his classic ELO songs. October 2012 saw both "Long Wave" and "Mr. Blue Sky" enter the UK Album Chart at #7 and #8 respectively. It was indeed a stunning comeback that made the names Jeff Lynne and ELO somewhat interchangeable to the general public and fans alike.
November 2015 will see "Alone In The Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO hit the shelves and, with a healthy pre-order quota, it could well see the ELO maestro head up to the upper reaches of the UK Album Chart for the first time since 1983's "Secret Messages". The album will again see Jeff carrying out most if not all musical duties under the ELO moniker. Hence the name Jeff Lynne's ELO - registered as a domain since July 2015. A name that fully associates the owner with his vehicle - or should I say spaceship? "Zoom", "Long Wave", "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Alone In The Universe". All Jeff Lynne yet three quarters ELO. All the products of a musical genius and a personal hero. Find out more at:
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 01-Oct-2015