Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Fall: ELO & Jet Records 1981-86

#1,050: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The fortunes of our beloved ELO and Jet Records were always been intertwined with the legendary Birmingham band always the leading light on Don Arden's label from 1975 onward. This was more than ably demonstrated with the decline in UK Album chart performance of ELO from "Time" (1981; #1; JETLP236) to "Secret Messages" (1983; #4; JETLX527) to "Balance Of Power" (1986; #9; EPC26467) coinciding with the demise of the Jet empire and ELO switching labels from Jet to Epic/CBS Associated during the hiatus between "Secret Messages" and "Balance Of Power" - albeit somewhat confusingly in Europe (see tabulation below). The same pattern could be observed with the lead singles from all three albums with "Hold On Tight" (JET7011) reaching #4, "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (A3500) attaining #13 and "Calling America" (A6844) stalling at #28 in the UK Singles chart.

The Jet prefix ceased on ELO's UK singles when "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" was assigned the CBS stock catalogue number A3500 (although JET7034 prevailed on the continent) with "Secret Messages" (A3720) also being numbered JET7038 in Holland. The final ELO single with a JET prefix came in 1986 when some Dutch copies of "Calling America" were pressed mistakenly on the Jet label (JETA6844) rather than the Epic label (EPCA6844). Interestingly, the final Jet Records single release in the UK with a JET prefix was "Cloak And Dagger" (JET7049) by Shogun in 1987 a record that was preceded - quite amazingly - by Roy Wood's cover of "1-2-3" (JET7048).
Calling America: ELO's translation from Jet Records to Epic
These ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) articles may also be of interest thus:

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