Secret Messages Original recording remastered
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And when this album was released, the trends and fashions had moved against ELO. The album's better than 'Out of the Blue' - "but let's ignore it", they said. And it's close to 'Time' - "we ignored that one as well". That's ELOs problem - by the time that Time was released, they'd been branded 'dinosaurs' thanks to Johnny Rotten's 'I Hate ELO' T-shirt and a general anti-ELO groundswell.
This is clearly a concept album, into which a great deal of work had gone. That's clear from the front and rear covers of the album sleeve. But, exactly what the 'secret messages' are seeking to convey to the listener, well that's not so clear. Time was far better executed in that regard, because it's a true concept album. Maybe there wssn't enough space in a single vinyl album, or studio time, to fully realise the intention - if so, the album is regrettably incomplete. But, it contains some stunning material. One might say 'only four stars' because of this, but I think that would undervalue the album. It's typical late-period ELO, superbly recorded, with great melodies and arrangements, and a very strong 'drive' on many of the tracks. Personally I can do without the 'Rock and Roll is King' material, because it lacks creativity, doesn't fit with the rest of the album, and 1950s rockers might have been more likely to punch an ELO fan than to share his taste in music! But that's just my view. Buy it.
The title track kicks things off, playing with Lynne's interest in backwards masking, playing with the contemporaneous obsession (and ELO's own previous brushes) with it. Loser Gone Wild is a schizo number, oddly two-paced and flitting between heavily downbeat verses and up-tempo chorus.
Third is, for me, the track of the album, Bluebird. This is a song that would fit easily onto ANY of their albums, with a title giving a gentle nod to the Beatles' Blackbird and a mix of keyboards and acoustic guitar that has more than a sniff of the McCartneyesque about it.
The wistful and dreamy Take Me On And On (possibly a little too much so for my taste) leads into Time After Time, a song that didn't appear on the original vinyl release but crept into later reissues. It has a quite thin premise, but the heavy percussive influence carries it along really nicely, making it another favourite of mine.
From there we hit another gem: Four Little Diamonds, a rockin' crunchy guitar romp that has echoes of older stuff like Ma Ma Ma Belle and is plainly fabulous.
The remainder of the album alternates in pace between slower and more uptempo numbers.Read more ›
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This is the album i had years ago and it got lost so i have bought it again This album is brilliant and i would class this as one of their greatest albums and a joy to listen to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. D. Clendinning
My Review is this... The music is new to me, I heard a few of the songs before so it was
in for a penny in for a pound
So any fan's reading this I will play it a... Read more