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A New World Record

9 Sept. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 9 Sept. 2006
  • Release Date: 9 Sept. 2006
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 58:48
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  • ASIN: B001GSE2BI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,835 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ds VINE VOICE on 11 May 2009
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Together with its direct successor, Out of the Blue, this is probably the album that forever defines the sound of the Electric Light Orchestra in the minds of most people. From this point, the rough-edged rock 'n' roll of earlier works like Ma Ma Ma Belle or the rather more reined back strings and whimsy of songs like Mr Radio would make way for these bigger, lusher and more 'cinematic' arrangements. This seemed to be a nod to the softer string sound in US soul, as the album's title and even its cityscape artwork suggests. It's rather like the difference between watching a film on TV at home, them going to see the same thing on a big screen in surround sound in a cinema. Neither is bad (quite the contrary), they are just different types of experience.

It's also around this time that Jeff Lynne SERIOUSLY found his songwriting boots. There is not one (full length) song on here that couldn't have hit the UK singles chart top 10 if they'd been released. Indeed, several of them did. In amongst the well known hits like the operatic Rockaria! and the tender and melancholic Telephone Line, not to mention the now legendary Livin' Thing are other lesser konwn gems: Tightrope (possibly my favorite ELO song ever), that begins with a fanfare of dramatic swooping strings before romping off into a rollocking rock number; So Fine with its funky middle eight and congas; the heartfelt and beautiful ballads The Mission and Shangri-La. The other nice surprise is the inclusion of a storming cover of Do Ya (from The Move's rather wonderful Message from the Country). As good as the orignial version is, this version is actually a little bit better. Basically, in production terms, Lynne gives it the kitchen sink. And it could have sounded a dreadful mess, but doesn't: it's sublime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Grant on 30 Jan. 2010
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Although ELO had reasonable success prior to this album, this is the one that made them huge. This is my third purchase of this album; LP, first issue CD and now the wonderfully remastered version. I recently played some of the first issue ELO CD's and found that they sounded a bit flat, in this day and age of remastering. So I thought I would cherry pick my favourites of which this is one and to convince me to part with further cash, they're all currently at good prices. I am not disappointed as the songs all sound fresh and bright. The bonus tracks are worth a listen if you're a keen ELO fan, as four of them are instumental versions, in other words the backing tracks without the lead vocals. They do give you a greater insight into Jeff Lynne's genius. There is also a slightly different version of Telephone Line, which makes for an interesting listen. There are many stunning songs on this album, but I think the first and last of the original nine tracks are my favourites, those being Tightrope and Shangri-La. Classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays on 17 April 2013
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A New World Record is in my opinion the pinnacle of ELOs career. This is one album that has one classic song after another. The opening track Tightrope still sends chills down my spine every time I play the opening intro, the finale Shangri-la is also a magnificent piece of music. The most emotional track for me is Mission (A New World Record) which has a beautiful melody, with some at times cheesy lyrics but can at times leave me a bit teary, it has a very strong emotional impact on me.
The rockers Do Ya and Rockaria are also great songs. There simply is not a dud track on this brilliantly produced collection of mid 1970s magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2014
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If I was forced to declare that any one release was Jeff Lynne's masterpiece, it would probably be The Electric Light Orchestra's sixth album, "A New World Record". Although "Out Of The Blue" receives more critical accolades, this particular album is as near to perfect as can be, with every single track a fully accomplished piece of inspired craft. From a personal perspective, this was also the first ELO studio album I bought when I was in my mid-teens, once I decided to venture past the couple of "greatest hits" compilations I owned, so it also has a rather special, sentimental quality. "A New World Record" (a title suggested by Richard Tandy, as the album was being recorded in Munich during the 1976 Olympics) is the beginning of an exceedingly prolific songwriting era for Jeff when nearly everything he composed during this time became classic ELO songs which remain well loved and played to this day.

The classy "Tightrope" provides a superb introduction to the album, with the dramatic orchestral beginning giving way to a hook-laden, bright, infectious pop song; it was never a single but probably should have been. The first huge hit of the album, "Telephone Line" begins with a Moog impersonating the tones of a 'phone when dialling which then leads to an unanswered ringing and Jeff's desolate, emotional vocals. As one of the band's best known songs, this big ballad needs no further enthusing about it from me, but it really is one of those perfect moments in rock when a superb composition meets a brilliant performance and arrangement. The maddeningly catchy "Rockaria!" starts with the operatic voice of Mary Thomas (mistake and all) and explodes into a hard, orchestral rock song with strong classical influences, both lyrically and musically.
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