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A New World Record (insert & embossed) [VINYL]


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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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  • Vinyl (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0084YM1S8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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1. Tightrope (5:00)
2. Telephone Line (4:38)
3. Rockaria! (3:12)
4. Mission (A World Record) (4:24)
5. So Fine (3:55)
6. Livin' Thing (3:31)
7. Above The Clouds (2:16)
8. Do Ya (3:45)
9. Shangri-La (5:34)

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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Insert / Embossed sleeve

About the Artist

Formed in 1970, Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood's intensions with Electric Light Orchestra were 'to pick up were 'I Am The Walrus' left off'. And they did, their ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque Pop, classical arrangements and futuristic iconography brought the band huge commercial success in the 1970's and 80's. The band's sixth album 'A New World Record' from 1976 was their long awaited breakthrough in the UK. It made the top 10 in the charts and became multi-platinum in both the US and UK. Almost every track on the album was a hit, from the Golden US single 'Telephone Line', to the contagious 'Livin' Thing' and from 'Do Ya' to 'Rockaria'. Their Pop songs were amazingly catchy and as a matter of fact, they still are. With 5 million copies sold in only the first year 'A New World Record' truly is a world record.

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38 of 39 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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8 of 8 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rabbit on 9 Aug 2005
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There were three albums which best define ELO in the 70's (and probably beyond that). Face the Music (Evil Woman), Out of the Blue (Turn to Stone, Sweet Talking Woman, Mr Blue Sky and Wild West Hero) and New World Record. NWR is one of the most inspired pieces of work which Jeff Lynne has written. "Tightrope" is my favourite track from the album - but probably considered not commercial enough for release as a single. I have the album in black (could have had the red version) vinyl and CD and both are well worn. The album has Telephone Line, Rockaria and Do Ya but the whole album is a gem. Just do yourself a favour and buy this, your ears will love you forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sep 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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