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Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra

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The Electric Light Orchestra's ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography rocketed the group to massive commercial success throughout the 1970s. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England in the autumn of 1970 from the ashes of the eccentric art-pop combo the Move, reuniting frontman Roy Wood with ... Read more in Amazon's E.L.O. Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers
  • ASIN: B008OJ291W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mr. Blue SkyElectric Light Orchestra 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Evil WomanElectric Light Orchestra 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Strange MagicElectric Light Orchestra 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Bring Me DownElectric Light Orchestra 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Turn To StoneElectric Light Orchestra 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. ShowdownElectric Light Orchestra 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Telephone LineElectric Light Orchestra 4:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Livin' ThingElectric Light Orchestra 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Do YaElectric Light Orchestra 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Can't Get It Out Of My HeadElectric Light Orchestra 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 10538 OvertureElectric Light Orchestra 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Point Of No ReturnElectric Light Orchestra 3:140.79  Buy MP3 


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Featuring ELO's biggest and most memorable hits, Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a brand new album featuring fresh re-recordings by Jeff Lynne, which sound much sharper and clearer than the old versions. It includes a never before heard bonus track, "Point of No Return". In a nod to ELO's 40th anniversary, a very special edition of "10538 Overture" is also featured.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confusion! 11 Oct 2012
By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm conflicted. On one hand, this is a project that Jeff Lynne was perfectly entitled to do and he has done a really great job on most of the tracks, each ELO classic meticulously and lovingly re-created by the man himself. On the other hand - why? I've heard the explanation from Jeff himself, that he wanted to re-record these songs with the knowledge that he's gained over the past couple of decades and respect that... but this is a bit of an exercise in pointlessness. It's great to hear that Jeff is still in great voice, that he still has love for his ELO catalogue and is making and releasing music. All of these things are massive positives, but, quite honestly, most of these tracks are not different enough from the originals to think, "Hey, I really see what he means there... that sounds much better!".

Firstly - the triumphs: "Don't Bring Me Down" sounds more powerful and fresher than the original. I've always slightly disliked the production on Discovery and thought that much of it lacked a punch. "10538 Overture" sounds great and, as much as I adore the original, I have to admit that it wasn't the best recording in the world (doesn't stop me still preferring the 1971 version, though!) and this new version has brought it right up to date. Both "Strange Magic" and "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" also noticeably benefit from a refresh, but, again, neither surpass the original recordings which just have so much warmth. The unreleased track, "Point Of No Return" is pretty good. Nothing that special, but it's good to have another Jeff Lynne song out there in the world.

Secondly - the follies: "Turn To Stone", for some reason, sounds slightly muffled.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view 9 Oct 2012
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This CD was advertised as a reworking of the old hits with today's technology Supposedly to give a brighter and all round better sound than the originals. Personally however, ELO always sounded good, and other recordings that were made in 50's like Frank Sinatra still sounds fantastic. I am one of those people that still feels Analogue recordings are far brighter than digital, remember "Out of the Blue", it still sounds great.
This reworking of hits by Lynne on his own has divided fans, Please don't get me wrong I am a massive ELO fan and so wanted this to be great but, how do you improve on greatness?. Would you want Paul McCatney to re-record some Beatles hits? and then put them out saying they are better now than then probably not.
The album kicks of with Mr Blue Sky, yes its OK but stops before the brilliant final ending, so that's one that just can't be better than the original. However one thing Lynne still has is a great voice and he is a great musician. However considering all the tracks from "A New world record" onward's were recorded on 48 track tape recorders giving such a sound-scape I felt some of the tracks sound a bit hollow compared to the versions we all know. So for me the best tracks that do work well are the earlier recordings like "can't get you out of my head", "Evil Woman" and "showdown".
After watching the BBC4 documentary and hearing Lynne and Richard Tandy perform a lot of the songs on piano and guitar, perhaps taking a completely different slant on the hits may have been a better idea than trying to do better than the originals.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By ds VINE VOICE
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German is a wonderfully expressive language, full of single words that encapsulate complex thoughts or concepts. One of these words is "verschlimmbesserung" which, loosely translated, means something like: making something worse by 'improving' it. It's what I feared this album might be when I first heard about it, and what it is in part, but by no means entirely, after a couple of listens.

The bad news first. If you don't like the distinctive snare drum sound present in many Lynne productions from George Harrison's Cloud Nine onwards, you're going to get a bit (actually, VERY) vexed. In interviews, Jeff Lynne has said that re-recording has enabled him to bring 35 years of extra production experience to bear. This is a mixed blessing. Indeed, if anything, it shows what a producer he was back then, as the originals still sound amazing even now.

But there's some good news: some songs work much better than others, and much better than you might fear. It seems that being able to put his skills to work has done more with older songs than new. The dividing line seems to come around the point of A New World Record. Songs like Can't Get It Out of My Head, Showdown and Strange Magic actually sound pretty good. There's much more space in the mix and better separation of instruments. This may not be unconnected to the fact that the strings used in these songs tended to be fewer in number, like 10538 Overture's cellos. It's just a pity (as someone else has pointed out in a response to this review) that Roy Wood's contributions on 10538, especially vocals, are not there.

Lynne's voice has not aged at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab gift
I bought this as a gift for my Dad as he loves ELO. The Vinyl is BLUE!! He thought it was amazing, and i had no idea! Really good quality sound as well and would recommend. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The master at music and production. So many really good songs from Elo brought into the digital era by Jeff
Published 1 month ago by MIKE THE TRAM
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but slightly disappointed
This record is OK. But it didn't blow me away. These are good versions of some great songs, but the production and mastering is a little variable.
Published 1 month ago by Mirandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of Blue Sky
Reworked versions of previous songs and yes they all benefit from the refinement. CD package not as good as full size vinyl though.
Published 3 months ago by China Steam 6
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Blue Sky
Superb Album.Really enjoy listening to it.I always did like ELO.They have a unique way with them that makes them different from other groups
Published 3 months ago by neville todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr Lynne
Exactly what I expected, pure 100% genius. Sounds even better than the originals but I suppose some purists will moan about missing bits. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Northern Exile
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Being a big fan of ELO I found this album just as good as every other one. Definitely recommend this album.
Published 3 months ago by Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Lynne in much better voice now he's older
ELO : hopelessly uncool yet massively popular. Blessed by fabulous pop melodies but bedevilled by bubble perms, in the late seventies they sold zillions of records but couldn't... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen E. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars good CD
Bought as surprise gift for my OH. Great Cd with hits like Mr Blue Sky, Don't Bring Me Down, Telephone Line. ELO music at it's best. We both love it.
Published 6 months ago by hi-dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I recall a 2004 Lou Reed concert in which he stated that the power of music was in the subtlety - sometimes just the right note in the right place at the right time can do it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stu
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