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Following a decade long silence, ELO leader Jeff Lynne will return on October 9th with two new albums. Lynne, who recently co-produced Joe Walsh's new Analog Man collection, last reignited the ELO brand with 2001's Zoom album. An ELO tour behind the album was booked for North American arenas but was soon canceled due to poor ticket sales. Prior to that, he had co-founded the Traveling Wilburys, and produced George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, and a number of other acts. The two new albums will be Long Wave -- a collection of cover songs, which inspired him to become songwriter and Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra -- featuring re-recordings of the band's best-loved hits.


Lynne spoke about his passion for studio recording, explaining: "It all comes down to what you truly love doing, and what I love doing is overdubbing and making new sounds out of things that are sometimes quite ordinary on their own, but when you put them together, they make something new -- or something that sounds new. Just discovering things like that musically is a pleasure."

  • He told Glidemagazine, "There was a big reason I wanted to re-record these ELO songs. 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."
  • Long Wave features such pop and rock standards as "So Sad," "Mercy, Mercy," "Running Scared," "At Last," "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," "Let It Rock," and "Beyond The Sea"
  • Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra includes such classics as the title track, "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Turn To Stone," "Showdown," "Telephone Line," "Livin' Thing," and "Do Ya," among others.
  • After Zoom, Lynne worked on George Harrison's 2002 posthumous release Brainwashed, which he co-produced with Harrison and his son Dhani. Harrison's widow Olivia was asked if she thought George and Lynne, who together produced the Traveling Wilburys' albums, along with many other projects, shared a unique musical kinship: "Oh absolutely. And y'know, I think they shared some sort of Northern (England) sensibilities as well -- and humor. And you know Jeff has bat ears, you know. They were great pals."

CHECK IT OUT: ELO in 1977 performing "Livin' Thing":

Olivia Harrison On George Harrison's Relationship With Jeff Lynne

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