Now available via iTunes as a digital download is Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO. The documentary, which contains unbelievable access to Lynne at work in him home studio in L.A., features testimonials from such high profile friends and collaborators as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, ELO bandmate Richard Tandy, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Roy Orbison's widow Barbara Orbison, and Monty Python's Eric Idle. The film showcases his years with ELO, his collaborations and production work with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Del Shannon, his co-founding of the Traveling Wilburys, as well as producing the mid-'90s Beatles' Anthology reunion tracks.
Lynne has reactivated the ELO brand with the new collection, Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra -- which features his recent note-perfect re-recordings of ELO's greatest hits. We asked Lynne how -- as he approaches 65 -- he's able to sound exactly like he did when he was in his '20s and '30s: "I think my voice has got a bit better in the last few years, because it's got a bit deeper over the past 10, or 15 years, so. . . and it has a bit more resonance than it did -- it's warmer. And I think that is, it's a good thing. And I think probably. . . probably the fact that I didn't go on tour for all those years, y'know for 30 years, helped my voice, too, without shouting every night."
- Jeff Lynne is back with two new albums -- Long Wave , which is released under Lynne's name, is his first new set since ELO's 2001 album, Zoom -- and features such pop and rock standards as the Everly Brothers' "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," Don Covay & The Goodtimers' "Mercy, Mercy," Roy Orbison's "Running Scared," Etta James' "At Last," the Four Aces' "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock," and Bobby Darin's "Beyond The Sea," among others.
- Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra is released under the ELO moniker and features such classics as "Mr. Blue Sky," "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Turn To Stone," "Showdown," "Telephone Line," "Livin Thing," "Do Ya," "Can't Get It Out Of My Head," "10538 Overture," and the new track "Point Of No Return."
CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for Mr. Blue Sky - The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO:
Jeff Lynne On His Voice Today