A New World Record (insert & embossed) [VINYL]
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having waited a while for this to be on cd again it was well worth the wait. The opening track Tightrope is one of my all time ELO tracks and a great gig opener too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Gabriel