Jeff Lynne’s new album status thread

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  • #489
    Earl
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    …because it’s coming. Someday. Really. It is.

    From the latest digest of the Showdown mailing list [LINK], from list admin Lynn Hoskins…

    Jeff is in the studio finishing up his music. He’s having a great time, by the way. I work closely with Jeff’s management team and am kept up-to-date. The only thing I don’t know is when Jeff will finish. Hopefully he’s close to being done.

    Time really does fly, because it’s been three years since Jeff first told Reuters (in two separate interviews) that he was working on a new album, etc. These stories came out just prior to Jeff being presented with an ASCAP Golden Note Award for his extraordinary musical achievements. We’ve had a lot of new fans join this list since 2009 so perhaps I should repost the Reuters interviews for those who missed them.

    In talking with Jeff before and after the event (April 24, 2009) I could see how excited he was to be working on new music, and how much he appreciates his fans on the Showdown list and everywhere. He told me he hopes people like what they hear. I eagerly await the go-ahead from management, because then I can finally put all of you out of your collective misery. 🙂

    I’ll keep this updated in the years to come. 😛


    #3659

    Whoa. Posted to the Showdown list tonight [LINK] via the list admin, direct from the man himself…

    @Jeff Lynne wrote:

    Hi, this is Jeff Lynne, and I’ve got a bit of news for you!

    To anyone who has been waiting for me to release some new
    recordings…thanks for waiting, you’re the best.

    I know it’s been way too long again, but I’m hoping you’ll think it
    was worth the wait. I have two new albums and some other surprises
    coming shortly! It’s true, honestly. (I’m not kidding.) Really!

    Both are very unusual and I’m excited to share them with you. It was
    a real pleasure to work on these projects. They may have taken a few
    years to complete, but I can tell you it was some of the best musical
    fun I’ve ever had.

    Stay tuned.

    #3660

    Two albums – both of them cover albums from top to bottom – on October 9th. Official press release posted this morning to the Showdown list [LINK]…

    August 1, 2012

    JEFF LYNNE
    RETURNS OCTOBER 9 WITH TWO ALBUMS
    ON FRONTIERS RECORDS:
    THE SOLO ALBUM “LONG WAVE”
    AND THE NEWLY RECORDED
    ‘MR. BLUE SKY-THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA’

    “It all comes down to what you truly love doing, and what I love
    doing is overdubbing and making new sounds out of things that are
    sometimes quite ordinary on their own, but when you put them
    together, they make something new–or something that sounds new. Just
    discovering things like that musically is a pleasure.” –JEFF LYNNE,
    2012

    JEFF LYNNE, one of rock’s most iconic figures, is returning to make
    some new waves and shed a little electric light.

    The creative force of ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA and the singularly
    accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer will release
    two albums on October 9 via Frontiers Records: the solo disc LONG
    WAVE, a heartfelt and vivid tribute to some of the very songs that
    originally inspired him, and MR. BLUE SKY-THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC
    LIGHT ORCHESTRA. For the latter album, the British artist has
    artfully revisited and re-recorded–at his home studio in Los
    Angeles–the greatest hits of Electric Light Orchestra, actually
    improving on some of the most classic and beloved recordings ever.

    The release of LONG WAVE and MR. BLUE SKY-THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC
    LIGHT ORCHESTRA mark the 40th anniversary of ELO. LYNNE’s legacy
    will further be celebrated with releases in 2013 including ELO Live!
    plus expanded reissues of the ELO’s 2001 album Zoom and LYNNE’s first
    solo album in 1990, Armchair Theater. For up to date info on all
    things JEFF LYNNE and ELO, go here: https://www.elo.biz

    LONG WAVE powerfully celebrates the music of a time when LYNNE’s
    lifelong passion for music began, evoking an era back when old
    standards were just giving way to rock & roll. He somehow makes
    pre-rock standards like “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered,” “Smile”
    and “Love Is A Many Splendored Many Thing”–along with a few of his
    favorite gems from the Sixties such as the first single “Mercy,
    Mercy,” “Let It Rock” and “So Sad”–his own with these loving
    versions. LYNNE’s deeply felt and musically brilliant one-man-band
    takes add up to an inspired love letter to music itself–and an
    exquisite reflection of the way songs grace and change our lives.

    “I call this new album Long Wave because all of the songs I sing on
    it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up
    in Birmingham, England,” LYNNE explains. “These songs take me back to
    that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of
    first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old
    crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of
    these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only
    imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after
    all these years.”

    MR. BLUE SKY-THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA is a powerful
    testament to LYNNE’s enduring artistry and his singular desire to get
    things right once and for all. Featuring such classics as “Evil
    Woman,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” the
    result is, in effect, a kind of showdown between JEFF LYNNE today and
    his extremely illustrious past, and thanks to improved technology and
    recording artistry, LYNNE somehow comes out on top again. It’s a
    fresh chance to hear these extraordinary songs sounding sharper and
    clearer than the old versions.

    “There was a big reason I wanted to re-record these ELO songs,” says
    LYNNE. “When I listen to the old versions they don’t sound the way I
    thought they did when I first wrote and recorded them. I wanted to
    use the experience I’ve gained producing records ever since and have
    a completely new try at them. I’m not saying the old versions aren’t
    good; I like them very much. We were doing our best, but experience
    and technology also play a big a big part, and these new ones sound
    much more solid and tight.”

    The album includes a never-before-heard bonus track, “The Point Of No
    Return,” and a very special version of “10538 Overture” that’s a nod
    to ELO’s 40th anniversary.

    The songs that JEFF LYNNE wrote and sang–and the recordings that he
    so expertly arranged and produced for ELO–have endured beautifully
    and are perhaps even more beloved today than they were back in the
    Seventies and Eighties. By any standard whatsoever, ELO is one of the
    most remarkable success stories in rock history. Consider just the
    facts: ELO has sold over 50 million records worldwide, and continues
    to be a remarkably popular catalog. Between 1972 and 1986, LYNNE
    wrote and produced 26 Top Forty hits in the United Kingdom, and 20
    Top Forty hits in the United States, including 20 Top Twenty smashes
    in the UK and 15 Top Twenty smashes in the U.S. Even more remarkably,
    the ELO catalog continues to have tremendous impact, as demonstrated
    powerfully when the compilation All Over The World: The Very Best of
    Electric Light Orchestra was released in 2005 and became a Top Ten
    album in a number of international markets including England.

    Outside of the success of ELO, LYNNE has led a remarkable career that
    has found him taking the lessons learned leading ELO and using them
    to help produce and collaborate with many of the greatest musical
    artists of all time, including a number of LYNNE’s all-time heroes
    including Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney,
    Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as
    contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh, whose new album Analog
    Man LYNNE recently helped produce. Together with Harrison, Orbison,
    Petty and Bob Dylan, LYNNE was, of course, a member of the Grammy
    award-winning Traveling Wilburys–a super group like no other.

    “I’ve been in love with music since I was probably just five years
    old,” says LYNNE. I was made for music then–and I still am today.”

    Here are the track Listings for LONG WAVE and MR. BLUE SKY-THE VERY
    BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA:


    LONG WAVE
    1. She
    2. If I Loved You
    3. So Sad
    4. Mercy, Mercy
    5. Running Scared
    6. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
    7. Smile
    8. At Last
    9. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    10. Let It Rock
    11. Beyond The Sea


    MR. BLUE SKY-THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA:
    1. Mr. Blue Sky
    2. Evil Woman
    3. Strange Magic
    4. Don’t Bring Me Down
    5. Turn To Stone
    6. Showdown
    7. Telephone Line
    8. Livin’ Thing
    9. Do Ya
    10. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
    11. 10538 Overture
    12. The Point Of No Return

    Don’t be so long-faced, long-wavers! We also finally get the live recordings from 2001! In 2013! W00T!

    Okay, really, I’m trying to hard to react with something other then “meh”…

    …and the urge to beat ’em to the punch with an entire album of ELO songs drenched in blaster beam. 😆 I mean, if all we’re doing is covers now…

    #3661
    ubikuberalles
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    So, is he doing the Lucas thing or the Michael Oldfield (who re-did Tubular Bells because it wasn’t quite right) thing?

    Earlier (in another thread or a Facebook comment), it was mentioned that Lynne was rerecording the songs so he didn’t have to pay the other former ELO members any residuals. Has that rumor been confirmed or do I have to read between the lines of the press release?

    #3662

    His claim tries to pitch it as an Oldfield, as if he’s perfecting these long-flawed gems, but…

    @ubikuberalles wrote:

    Earlier (in another thread or a Facebook comment), it was mentioned that Lynne was rerecording the songs so he didn’t have to pay the other former ELO members any residuals. Has that rumor been confirmed or do I have to read between the lines of the press release?

    This has been Jeff’s business model for much of the past decade. Remember Mr. Blue Sky in the VW commercials several years ago? Almost any use of ELO in commercials in the past decade has been a re-recording that Jeff did in his own studio, by himself, for that reason: the full performance royalty goes to him, rather than a split between him, Richard Tandy and Bev Bevan. This also plays into Jeff buying out Bev’s equity in the ELO name in 2000, and suing ELO Part II to force them to change their name to the Orchestra – he’s been systematically trying to erase everyone else’s stake and/or participation in the band’s history.

    Jeff’s far from the only artist to do this, though. That doesn’t make it any less of a blatant money-grubbing move. I don’t blame the man for wanting to make a buck, but this bald-faced end-run to keep the other guys from getting residuals doesn’t sit well with me. I’d love to see Jeff try to cover “Standin’ In The Rain” by himself – Tandy’s keyboard work was the skeleton of that whole song. I eagerly await his version of “Turn To Stone” for the same reason, to see what he’s made of Tandy’s Moog bass line. Of course, this stuff can be programmed into a sequencer nowadays, who needs a skilled keyboard wizard?

    #3663
    Steve W
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    So, what exactly is his beef with the other members of the band? Is there some particular reason he has so much spite for them?

    #3664

    I don’t think it’s so much spite as not having to share the cash, to be honest.

    #3665

    You might think of it as a kitchen with a bay window. He thinks of it as a studio.

    #3666
    ubikuberalles
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    Jeff, the seventies called. They want their glasses back. And their hair.

    #3667

    I guess he keeps his A/C on “Arctic Circle” and never leaves the house, because he’s dressed… well… he’s dressed like I do if I’m going to go feed horses. Considering that he’s a recluse who lives in a recording studio (which I would be too, if I had a recording studio), I guess we’re lucky he’s got pants on at all. Hell-O, Mr. Radio! 😯

    #3668

    Decent-sized article at the Hollywood Reporter [LINK]…

    The film chronicles Lynne’s career from his earliest days in Birmingham, England, through his ELO years and ongoing gig as producer extraordinaire. Mr. Blue Sky is hardly a warts-and-all portrayal – about the toughest words used to describe Lynne are “control freak” — but it’s an interesting and enlightening film about, as it was introduced, one of popular music’s greatest stories never told.

    Among the film’s best tales: A young Lynne waits for delivery of the first 45 bearing his name as songwriter: “Imposters of Life’s Magazine” by his band The Idle Race — a 1967 period piece in name and sound. When the anxious burgeoning tunesmith finally gets the record, he is deflated to see that it’s credited to one “G. Lynn.” “It was my really big moment,” he remembers, “and it just turned to shit.”

    😆 I shouldn’t laugh, but it is funny. Same thing happened to Walter Koenig when they gave him his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Of the obvious pressure and burden of recording McCartney, Harrison and Starr together, Sir Paul says: “You want someone who can control the situation without appearing to. You wouldn’t know [Lynne] was pulling the strings.”

    During the postscreening Q&A, Lynne was asked how he handled that task. “When it’s The Beatles, I’m really polite,” he said. “Usually I’m an asshole.”

    #3669
    ubikuberalles
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    @Earl wrote:

    😆 I shouldn’t laugh, but it is funny. Same thing happened to Walter Koenig when they gave him his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Say what? Please elaborate. Walter just got his star about a week ago and I didn’t see anything in the news articles that was unusual. Unless your point is that Walter didn’t get a star until just now, years after his costars got one.

    #3670

    No, the almost-insultingly-young second-string flunkie from whatever body hands out the stars gave Walter his certificate… and Walter handed it back, noting that his name was spelled wrong. (I’m assuming it’s his surname.) Now… there’s probably a way both sides of the transaction could’ve done better, but it was a bit of a facepalm moment. Poor guy’s had to wait this long for this honor, and they spelled his last name Throatwarbler-Mangrove. I’m assuming Jeff can probably relate.

    #3671
    ubikuberalles
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    Well, at least the y got the name on the star right (and the flunkie could have had the foresight to compare the name on the document to that on the star).

    #3672

    Youtube link – Jeff gives his side of why he’s rerecording stuff. You know, the piano stand was too close.

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