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

9 comments:

  1. Love the album apart from Mr Bloody Blue Sky, Jeff wrote so many better songs than that, I've always hated it right from the off xx

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  2. That last comment had no taste.i love the whole album.

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  3. Best album ever made i think 🙂👍🏻👏👏

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  4. The double CDs were actually manufactured by CBS/Sony in Japan for the UK/Europe market and put into the "fatbox" with the inlay & booklet in Holland.
    CDs cat code is "JETCD400" & the the fatbox cat code is "CDJET400"

    There is also a single CD issue of with cat code JETCD400, one issue made in Japan and a later issue made in Austria, both for the UK/Europe market.

    I believe that the "2-RECORD SET ON 1 COMPACT DISC" was only printed on USA (ZGK 35530) and South African (CDCOL 3660 S) issued booklets fronts.

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  5. I used to own that 2CD. Gave it to a friend after I got the single disc later on �� He still has it.

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  6. I will probably go for 1 disk release, to save money.

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