Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue (1977)

Note: the CD I listened to was the 2007 reissue.

It was the best of albums, it was the worst of albums. (OK, I'll admit that statement may be a little extreme, but I just couldn't resist showing off that I skimmed the Cliffs Notes for Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities when I was a freshman in high school.)  What was the first half of this two album set is classic ELO while the second half is mostly unremarkable filler except for the best ELO song ever released, Mr. Blue Sky.  Nonetheless, this is essential ELO listening.

Woulda made hella single album if Lynne had edited it to a single 40 minute LP as follows:
Side 1:
  1. Turn to Stone
  2. It's Over 
  3. Across the Border
  4. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  5. Jungle
Side 2:
  1. Mr. Blue Sky
  2. Night in the City
  3. Starlight
  4. Wild West Hero

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #4
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #5

Tracks:  see above

Bonus tracks: Meh. Then again, totally unnecessary bonus tracks are the lifeblood of CD reissues, so you can't really blame 'em for trying.

Billboard, Nov 12, 1977

Cash Box, Nov 5, 1977

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Sweet Talkin' Woman reminds me of a hot West Texas summer in 1978 while Mr. Blue Sky reminds me of a wet, cold high school band bus in Austin for the UIL State Marching Band Contest in November, 1980.  That song was a welcome relief from all the misery implied in the words "wet, cold high school band bus."

Previously revisited for the blog:
Alone In The Universe (2015)
Zoom (2001)
Time (1981)
Xanadu Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1980)
Discovery (1979)
ELO's Greatest Hits (1979)
A New World Record (1976)

1 comment:

  1. Your single album revision of Out Of The Blue sounds pretty good to me though I would say I liked the second disc somewhat more than you do and "Mr. Blue Sky" might just be the perfect pop song.