Jeff Lynne returns in more ways than one

When you hear the name Jeff Lynne, the words respected musician, composer, collaborator and producer come to mind. He is returning to the music scene with two very special recordings on October 9, 2012. I welcome his efforts with renewed anticipation and internal excitement.

The first recording is his first solo album in 20 years, Long Wave. 

“I call this new album Long Wave because all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, England,” Lynne explains. “These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years.”

The other recording is Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra.

Here Lynne has artfully revisited and re-recorded the greatest hits of Electric Light Orchestra, and actually improved on some of the most classic and beloved recordings ever.

Jeff Lynne has also reunited with former ELO band mate Richard Tandy.  Videos of the pair performing “Showdown” and “Evil Woman” have been posted to elo.biz.

“There was a big reason I wanted to re-record these ELO songs,” says Lynne. “When I listen to the old versions they don’t sound the way I thought they did when I first wrote and recorded them. I wanted to use the experience I’ve gained producing records ever since and have a completely new try at them. I’m not saying the old versions aren’t good; I like them very much. We were doing our best, but experience and technology also play a big a big part, and these new ones sound much more solid and tight.”

The album includes a never-before-heard bonus track, ‘The Point Of No Return,’ and a very special version of ‘10538 Overture’ that’s a nod to ELO’s 40th anniversary.

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