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Jeff Lynne has been making waves all over the world for most of his very musical life.

As the creative force of Electric Light Orchestra and as a singularly accomplished producer, singer-songwriter and a key collaborator with some of the most illustrious names in rock history, Lynne has been making global music history for most of his life.

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  • Audio CD (12 Jun. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000008HZB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Now You're Gone
2. Don't Say Goodbye
3. What Would It Take
4. Stormy Weather
5. Blown Away
6. Save Me Now

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although it did not receive universal acclaim when first released in 1990, this album is a 'must-have' for any fan of Jeff Lynne. Despite lacking the orchestral element of the old ELO days, it shows Jeff's talent for successfully tackling a variety of musical styles, from the Bob Dylanesque "Save Me Now", to the Indian-flavoured "Now You're Gone", to the classic oldies "September Song" and "Stormy Weather" and then possibly the closest to the ELO style in "What Would It Take" and "Every Little Thing". As an ELO/Harrison fan, I especially appreciated the input from George Harrison on several tracks and Richard (ELO) Tandy's keyboards. As an album, you'll either love it or hate it! I loved it!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album. Although not every track is excellent, over half of the album is equal to anything Jeff has released in his long and outstanding career and the "back to basics" approach to recording the instruments is thoroughly appreciated, especially after the electronic synthesizer soup which marred the last couple of ELO albums. "Armchair Theatre" is the sound of Jeff Lynne thoroughly enjoying himself together with such illustrious friends as George Harrison, Jim Horn and ELO's Richard Tandy.

There are a few really good covers on this album - the rockabilly "Don't Let Go", plus "September Song" and "Stormy Weather" which are lovely, relaxed and crooned impeccably by Jeff. However, the original compositions are the stars of this particular show. "Every Little Thing" is an extremely catchy but also meaningful love song. The music to "Lift Me Up" fits the lyric well, being an uplifting, sumptuous track. "Now You're Gone" is an Indian-flavoured mournful song about loss - but it has a tingling, exciting magic to it, listen for when the drums kick in and feel the adrenaline rush.

"Don't Say Goodbye" has a Roy Orbison feel to it, especially when Jeff opens his voice up and sings the "So hold me close, never let me go" line. It's enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. However, my favourite song on this album is "Blown Away", a track mostly written by Jeff, with a Tom Petty co-write for the lyrics. Simply put, I believe it to be one of the best songs Jeff has ever written, a timeless classic, with all of the hallmarks of the truly great ELO songs.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David C. Edwards on 4 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Lynne and his band ELO enjoyed massive record sales in the 1975-85 period but critical acclaim was often hard to come by. Songs were perfectly honed and production was superb but some felt the later output was just a bit too clean. This album redresses the balance and sees Jeff ditch the vocoder, echoplex and various other bits of electronic gadgetry for a more 'recorded in me front room' sound. I love Out Of The Blue but this is different. Vocals sound more intimite and the range of instrumentation used is adventurous (sitars, etc). Jeff's latest solo album (Zoom) despte being marketed as an ELO album is also very good and it just goes to show that the man continues to write cracking tunes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I can remember purchasing the cassette of this magnificent album when it was released way back in 1990 and played it until all the catchy melodies on the album were printed in my memory.

You can clearly hear a little bit of ELO influence in certain songs but all are unmistakeably Jeff Lynne compositions with very tight melodies and superb lyrics to match.

Strangely enough this is an album that improves every time you listen to it and until recently it was around 16 yrs since i had heard it.

All those distant memories came flooding back of when i was at university in 1990 and i played the tape until it had just about worn out.

Why i didnot buy the cd i do not know but thinking such a fine album must still be available in 2012 i enquired at my local HMV branch.

Imagine my amasement when i was told it had been deleted as far back as 1994 and has not been released since.

I eventually tracked down a brand new sealed copy from America and i now play it almost continuously in my car.

It still sounds just as fresh as 22 yrs ago and by the look of second hand prices it remains an album much in demand.

If you enjoy Jeffs ELO work then you will most certainly enjoy this album, it's slightly less orchestra and more of Jeffs own compositions but it is still a great favorite of mine and will continue to be for many years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael EachTimeBetter on 5 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The album is pure Jeff Lynne finding himself after the ELO formula tired him (and also borrowing elements from fellow Wilburys). In some ways it is like ELO music, in some ways it's totally different. Sometimes it is worse than ELO - e.g. the secong track, the cover of Don't Let Go - sometimes it is even cooler - the two singles plus What Would It Take and Blown Away are tickets to pop heaven. I don' think any true Lynne's fan could not love it, though I can see why some ELO purists might not get it entirely.
Personally speaking, it has been the most favourite disc in my huge music collection for many years. I owned it first on a cassette when it was released, later, in 1997 I found it on CD in a local shop in Eastern Slovakia and I felt like I'd found a treasure! Now I also bought the 2013 reissue, of course, and I agree with some reviewers that it could contain more bonus tracks - at least b-side I'm Gone - but I do not miss them that much because the two most melodic ones are included here, and any apparently weaker material at the end could spoil the impressions from the perfect album.
In fact, the only thing about this release that really disappointed me was negligent sleevenotes by Eric Idle. Although not very long, they contain some hollow parts and dirty jokes. He can do MUCH better! And this intelligent album would definitely deserve it. One would expect an essay on circumstances or atmosphere during making it, maybe a short interview or personal reminiscences by R. Tandy and Lynne himself... Instead, we got a slice of E. Idle's ego on a decline. Monty Pythonian sleevenotes to both Wilbury albums were of different universe quality. At least some extra photos are welcomed addition. The cover photo is altered too (though I liked the original one slightly better).
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