Tuesday, 21 January 2020

About Time: ELO's Inner Sleeve Munich Mystery

#1,514: When ELO released their second concept album "Time" (Jet/CBS JETLP236/FZ37371) in  early July 1981, eager fans including Yours Truly KJS broke the cellophane wrapping to get at the new Electric Light Orchestra offering to be presented with an inner sleeve that included the album lyrics above a photograph of ELO's four core members Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy and Kelly Groucutt standing in front of and looking up at a futuristic building in support of the theme of what was to be their second UK #1 album.

Some of us wondered where that photo was taken and if you didn't already know, the intent of this elobf article is simply to inform you that the aforementioned building is the 27 floor HVB Tower (formerly known as the Hypo-Haus) in Arabella Park, Munich, Germany just across the road from Musicland Studios, where not only "Time" was recorded but also "Face The Music", "A New World Record", "Out Of The Blue", "Discovery" and "Xanadu" with the help of legendary sound engineer Mack (a.k.a. Reinhold Mack).

Construction began in 1974 (ironically the year that ELO's first concept album "Eldorado" was released) and was completed seven years later with its inauguration in November 1981 meaning that ELO's lyric liner photo was taken just before building work was finished. The HVB Tower remains an administrative building of the HypoVereinsbank to this day. So now you know!

*** Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 21-Jan-2020 ***

1 comment:

  1. Any idea why some inner sleeves were printed in blue and white and some in black and white? I've got the black and white one.

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