Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue in 2CD Mode
#1,596: ELO fans of old lovingly remember buying their copies of "Out Of The Blue" in all of its double album glory replete with poster and cut-out spaceship. Whether it was the original Jet/UA issue (#UAR100) or the ensuing Jet/CBS (some in blue vinyl) issue (#JETDP400) or the later Epic reissue (#4508851), OOTB is recognized by many as a two disc set until the advent of the compact disc saw it compressed onto the familiar single disc releases (Epic #4508852, Epic #MILLEN3, Legacy #88697053232 et al) that many fans are familiar with today.
However, there is an exception to the above overview in that early Dutch CD issues (circa 1986-87) of the Jeff Lynne penned Electric Light Orchestra seminal classic (originally released in October 1977) were released as a 2CD set (surprisingly) under the Jet label (CDJET400 /JETCD400) in what is still commonly referred to as a Fatbox case. Completist collectors doubtless already possess this rather rare edition with copies still doing the rounds on eBay and/or Discogs starting from £50 upwards at the time of writing!
An advantage surely of owning the 2CD set was that you could play "Concerto For A Rainy Day" by playing the second disc rather than fiddling around for track #10 on the 1CD version! It's also interesting to note that early pressings of the single disc issue (see above) made a point of stating it was a "2-RECORD SET ON 1 COMPACT DISC". In any case, those currently in possession a 2CD copy of "Out Of The Blue" are definitely sitting on a wise investment in Yours Truly 2021! "Do Ya" own a copy?
Until next "Time" in the ELOBF universe ... KJS ... 22-June-2021