Over the years there seems to have been literally hundreds of compilations calling themselves “best”, “essential”, “ultimate”…so what at first glance this appears to be yet another one…but no…the wonderful Mr Jeff Lynne has seen fit to re-record 11 E.L.O. classics plus one unreleased track using modern technology.
Jeff Lynne started out by recording a revitalised version of “Mr Blue Sky” featuring himself on all instruments. He was then persuaded by his manager to re-imagine a few more tracks. Jeff was hooked and decided to complete a whole albums worth of material.
The new versions do indeed sound much clearer and Jeff has clearly enjoyed himself. All of the usual suspects are here – “Turn to Stone”, “Living Thing”, “Evil woman” and so on. “Mr Blue Sky” itself sounds wonderful but lacks the original version’s ending. “Don’t Bring Me Down” is the newest of the re-worked tracks and was E.L.O’s biggest US hit – again better sounding but is it better?? “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” again was a big US hit but failed to chart in the UK and it’s a song I’ve never liked – very boring in my opinion – and this version is probably worse than the original…what’s with those dodgy keyboards…
The only new song on here is “Point of No Return” – nice enough but sounds like an out-take from the “Balance of Power” era.
I believe that these versions can stand alongside the originals and can be enjoyed for what they are – re-imagined, re-vitalised versions. Hopefully Jeff will carry on and give us a volume 2 as there are many classic songs missing from this selection or even better…a new E.L.O. album…
On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.
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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)
Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)
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