Another six years elapsed until a duo of singles were taken from Jeff's debut solo album "Armchair Theatre" in 1990. "Lift Me Up" (surprisingly) also failed to trouble the chart with "Every Little Thing" managing #59, ironically just one place higher than the Electric Light Orchestra Part Two single "Honest Men" just a year later. It was at this time - before his mainstream resurgence with Jeff Lynne's ELO - that one could say that an ELO without Jeff Lynne and Jeff Lynne without ELO were nowhere near as commercial a proposition in terms of chart performance. Happily, that has not been the case since 2012. Which brings Yours Truly KJS to the twin digital download tracks "At Last" and "Mercy Mercy" taken from Jeff's second solo effort "Long Wave". Primarily for radio and promotional purposes, two 1-track promo CD singles were issued by Frontiers and remain highly prized collectors items to this day.
So there you have it. The man who wrote, sang and produced twenty seven Top 40 UK singles for ELO between 1971 and 1986 is yet to have a hit solo single of his own. It's an astounding fact. This writer is of the opinion that the man behind the darkened shades will always be remembered by most fans as the man behind our beloved ELO and his work with so many other groups and musicians more than as a bona fide solo artiste. The name Jeff Lynne's ELO really does say it all.
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2018