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Jeff Lynne has been making waves all over the world for most of his very musical life.

As the creative force of Electric Light Orchestra and as a singularly accomplished producer, singer-songwriter and a key collaborator with some of the most illustrious names in rock history, Lynne has been making global music history for most of his life.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FRONTIERS
  • ASIN: B008Y5OW20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Jeff Lynne s timeless new album Long Wave is a stirring, heartfelt and vivid tribute to some of the very songs that first taught this
legendary singer-songwriter the awesome power music can have in our lives.
The radiant songs revisited here helped turn on an electric light in young Jeff Lynne that continues to burn as brightly today as it
ever has. Jeff Lynne somehow makes these pre-rock standards along with a few of his favorite gems from the Sixties his own
with these loving reinterpretations.
The outcome is an inspired love letter to music itself and an exquisite reflection of the way songs can grace and change our
lives.

Customer Reviews

Jeff Lynn does it again...What talent!
One Red Frog
So if you want a Jeff Lynne fix now of some old classics buy 'Long Wave' it has a very short running time but it is a cd that you will listen to for years to come!
Garry Ford
I love this CD and will be buying more of his music.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By R. Mack on October 9, 2012
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Jeff Lynne's true appreciation of classic songs is probably well known and I've enjoyed some of his renditions on previous albums, but the interpretations he delivers on Long Wave plus the pristine sound quality really blew me away.

Frankly, I ordered the album despite what appeared to be a somewhat cheesy playlist because I love Jeff's work and wouldn't miss a rare Jeff Lynne release of any sort. Honestly, the inclusion of "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" left me thinking I'd just skip that track when I came to it, but I did listen to it and I'm better off for it. Jeff nailed it and I apologize unreservedly for thinking I wouldn't enjoy it. But then, he nailed all the songs on the album and most are true gems.

Nothing ground breaking here, just a top pro giving his take on some great songs. And with Jeff Lynne these songs are in good hands.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John O'Neill VINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
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Jeff Lynne delivered a 1-2 punch this month with Mr Blue Sky: The Very Best, his collection of Electric Light Orchestra remakes, and this, his first solo album since 1990's excellent Armchair Theatre. To say that this dedicated ELO/Jeff Lynne fan was disappointed would be an understatement. Over the years I've come to expect much from Lynne whether it was another in the string of solid ELO albums released between 1972 and 1986 or his numerous production gigs for George Harrison, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Julianna Raye, and `90s super-group The Traveling Wilburys (of which Lynne was a member). For me the ELO remakes on "Mr. Blue Sky" may benefit slightly from advances in recording technology but none of the one-man band performances measure up to the originals and "Long Wave" just doesn't measure up to "Armchair Theatre" or the majority of Lynne's post-ELO production outings.

On this effort Lynne turns to some of his musical roots: classic standards which his parents listened to during his youth and several early rock classics. Lynne had covered two standards on 1990s "Armchair Theatre" - "Stormy Weather" and "September Song" - and each was given a rich, detailed arrangement and production. "Stormy Weather" even boasted a nice string chart with real strings.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Bain on October 9, 2012
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If you love ELO, Jeff Lynne and the old classic standards, you can't help but enjoy this album.

Not a clunker or fill material on this album, but here are the standout tracks:

1. Running Scared: Roy Orbison would be proud.
2. Smile: Not hard to do when listing to this song.
3. At Last: Rich and lovely orchestration.
4. Beyond the Sea: This version is as good as the Carnival cruise commercial version. It makes me want to travel to the beach.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Geoff on October 10, 2012
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Simply put, this is greatness by an incredible gifted MUSICIAN. It is very unfortuneate that creativity of this caliber does not exsist any longer. What a relief it is to experience something new in music that can stir the soul, you just can't listen to radio any more without being bombarded by a load of mindless drible! Really can't understand why anyone would give this a poor review, oh well if you don't get it it's your loss. Thanks Jeff.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By gearfreak on October 9, 2012
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Jeff Lynne proves that nostalgia doesn't always have to be cheesy and manipulative. This album will make Rod Stewart think twice before doing another one of those ill-advised American Songbook "products". I won't go on too much, but give this record a listen. You'll hear a gifted artist paying a heartfelt, loving tribute to the songs that helped nurture him,before rock and roll totally took over.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly J. Hahn on October 10, 2012
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Yes, the songs are short, as is the whole album. Both are certainly disappointing. Then again, Armchair Theatre couldn't have been more than 35 or 37 minutes; maybe it's just his preferred style.

This is same old Jeff Lynne crooning above well-crafted musical arrangements. After waiting 22 years since Armchair Theatre for another Jeff Lynne solo album, I am enjoying this album. "She" is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a while.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Mitchell on October 10, 2012
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This album is everything that McCartney's Kisses On The Bottom isn't, that is, tuneful & engaging & a very suitable take on some old classics. Nice balance of polished arrangements & performances without being too sterile or lifeless. An excellent addition to a magnificent catalogue, I don't think too many people would be disappointed with this. Re the short running time: apparently the Japanese version contains an extra track which is a version of an old Del Shannon number.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richardson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
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Unlike Rod Stewart's never ending great American Songbook drivel and even Sir Paul's horrible retro jazz standard disaster...Jeff Lynne challenges the late great Harry Nilsson who's Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night was so far ahead of its time in concept and execution that it still stands head and shoulders above the rest.

For me the beauty of this project besides the obvious very eclectic song choice is the fact that Mr Lynne chose to treat these tunes as though they were ELO songs in his production and performance and so they become fresh to my ears and an absolute delight. The problem with Macca is that he chose to use seasoned Jazz and Pop support and really just ad his voice to well worn sounding arrangements and frankly his voice pales in comparison to the Jazz and Pop greats that came before him. Mr Lynne treats these standards with love and his normal ELO flair and they just bring joy and smiles. I can't pick a favorite they are all splendid in their own way and if I may say so he does the impossible for me on "Love Is A Many Splendid Thing" which is to make a song I've never liked...quite a fun romp. With nods to Richard Rogers, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison , Chuck Berry, Bobby Darin and even Charlie Chaplin...this is going to be an evergreen in my substantial collection..

HIGHLY recommended.
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