Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Dave Edmunds: Information, Riff Raff & Jeff Lynne

#1,570: As the electric light of ELO faded like The Beatles on Hey Jude during the intermission between 1983's "Secret Messages" and 1986's "Balance Of Power", fans and followers of Jeff Lynne began to witness his progression to both a solo and songwriting/production career as song contributions to the "Electric Dreams" soundtrack ("Video!"; "Let It Run"; "Sooner Or Later") and releases by The Everly Brothers ("The Story Of Me") in 1984 and ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog ("One Way Love") in 1985 attest.

Yet, if there were one musical partnership during this time that defined Jeff Lynne's burgeoning transition from behind his proverbial shades with ELO to the acclaimed songwriter/producer known worldwide today, it was surely his studio stint producing and writing for Welsh rockabilly rock legend Dave Edmunds (well known for his UK #1 single "I Hear You Knocking" plus seven other Top 40 singles including "Girls Talk") on his mid 80's albums "Information" and "Riff Raff" released via Arista (UK/EU) and Columbia (US).
Two Dave Edmunds/Jeff Lynne rarities
Released in April '83, "Information" (UK #92) rendered two Jeff Lynne produced trax ("Slipping Away"; "Information") recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Holland during the "Secret Messages" sessions and also featured ELO keyboard cohort Richard Tandy as well as engineer Bill Bottrell. Lead single "Slipping Away" (released in the UK on collectible clear vinyl whilst peaking at #60) was an instantly recognisable Lynne song with the title track following as the second 7" lifted from the LP.

Released in September '84 and commercially less successful, "Riff Raff" saw Jeff and RT return with a more substantive contribution of three new songs ("Breaking Out"; "Far Away"; "S.O.S.") and five production credits (also "Something About You"; "Hang On"). The Lynne produced "Something About You" was the only single taken from the album in the UK with "Breaking Out" released as a promotional 12" single in the States meant that every single from both albums credited JL as writer &/or producer.
Dave with Jeff (Princes Trust, 1990) and on stage with Roy Wood (alongside Cheap Trick, 1979)
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  1. "Slipping Away" by Dave Edmunds hit #39 on Casey Kasem's American Top 40 AKA Billboard's Hot 100 from July 30th, 1983! 8-)

  2. I normally do no care for someone's music if they don't write it.

    1. Dave Edmunds wrote a song or two on each of his albums, but he was mostly an interpreter of other people's material. Old school artist/entertainer.

  3. No seems to acknowledge this, but the track "Steel Claw" was also released in the UK as a second release. It didn't chart has far as I'm aware, but neither did it get any airplay either, which to be honest wasn't fair.