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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FRONTIERS
  • ASIN: B008OJ291W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a powerful new testament to Jeff Lynne s enduring artistry and his singular desire to get things right once and for all. Here, Lynne has artfully revisited and re-recorded the greatest hits of Electric Light Orchestra, and actually improved on some of the most classic and beloved recordings of all time.
The result is, in effect, a kind of showdown between the Jeff Lynne of today and his extremely illustrious past, and thanks to improved technology and recording artistry, wouldn t you know it, Lynne somehow comes out on top again. So do all of us fans who get another fresh chance to hear these extraordinary songs sounding quite literally better than they
ever have before.

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I highly recommend this to all fans!
Edward White
Guess I just like the originals too much even if they aren't as clean sounding compared to this one with the use of newer technology.
David M. Grubb
I don't even really like listening to this one as it makes me sad and not in a good way.
Juz Man

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Nitewing '98 on October 9, 2012
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Jeff Lynne, the driving force behind ELO, has two albums out this month. The first is his Long Wave album, released under his own name, and this album, branded as an ELO album. The honest truth is that he re-did these songs, probably to garner some royalties from them when used in commercials and movies. Is Jeff Lynne ELO? Some disagree, and it's true that Bev Bevan's drumming was a part of their unique sound, as was Kelly Groucutt's guitar and vocal work, Richard Tandy's keyboards, and Louis Clark's string arrangements.

Some fans consider this is misrepresentation on Lynne's part, others feel that Jeff WAS and IS ELO. I'll leave it to the reader to make their own decision.

Many of these tracks are as good, or better than the originals. I was disappointed in Don't Bring Me Down, which sounds like it was done in a closet. It lacks the "size" of the original. Turn to Stone has a bit of that sound, too, but not as bad. The rest of the tracks are interesting as covers of the originals. It's cool to see how Jeff's sound has matured over the years. For many fans, the track "Point of No Return" is what will drive them to buy the album. That, and curiosity.

If you're a casual fan, you'll probably be happier to buy another collection. For the die-hard fan, it's worth a listen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By xavier on October 9, 2012
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I bought this album out of excitement over Jeff Lynne's other new release Long Wave. I think this ELO album will appeal to both hard-die fans as well as casual newcomers to ELO. These re-makes sound very similar to the originals, but clearer and cleaner. Most songs in this album have definitely improved their sound quality vs the originals - as you can hear the guitars and the main vocals as if they have been filtered through crystal. I'm not too fussy about Telephone Line though, the intro is not as cool as the original one.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rick on October 9, 2012
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I hate to say anything negative about ELO but this release was a bit of a letdown for me. I know Jeff had moved from strings (Light Orchestra) to synthesizer but I was hoping that a couple of the new releases would have the orchestra sound, and enhanced even. This release sounds like a bunch of alternate cuts, similar to what you got on the re-released "New World Record". Having said that I will say that I still enjoyed the release and am glad I bought it. I recommend it to ELO fans, it's fun to listen to. I do not agree that these new cuts are better than the originals though, that's the reason for three stars only.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John O'Neill VINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
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Listening to Jeff Lynne's re-recordings of the "very best of..." ELO is an odd experience. Early promotional material for this release talked about Jeff's "singular desire to get things right once and for all" and the liner notes for the release have Jeff stating he wanted to use today's technology to "try to get a better drum sound, a better piano sound and guitar sound". Does he succeed?

First off you can't help notice what fine voice Jeff is in. Apart from some slight changes to phrasing it is incredible how much Jeff has nailed his lead vocals: for each track he faithfully recreates the vocal tone of the original recordings. Considering most of the originals were recorded 30 to 40 years ago I find that truly amazing! Also you can't help but be impressed with all of the attention to detail that Jeff put into recreating these recordings.

Jeff may have succeeded in getting that better "sound" but only from a technical perspective: there is more definition between the instruments, more clarity, if you will. But I think that performance is just as important as the technical aspects of a recording and in all cases I think the originals win hands-down over these one-man performances by Jeff.

Yes, these are, for the most part, Jeff doing everything. He's an incredible writer, producer, arranger, singer, guitarist, etc. but he is NOT an incredible drummer and while the drums may "sound" a bit sharper I think that added clarity only reveals some of the limitations of Jeff's drumming. I really do miss Bev Bevan's big drum sound even if it was not as sharply defined.

But my biggest frustration is that Jeff has undermined all of the meticulous work and effort he put into these recordings by engaging synth-strings instead of the real thing.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Wapcaplet on October 28, 2012
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The music is flatter and muted overall. It's an artificial construct, sounding like the efforts of one man in his home studio, playing all the instruments, and digitally mimicing the rest. What's missing, is the magic, that the original musicians, skilled in their craft, contributed to these classics. The drums are less crisp; cymbals sound digital - even the fire alarm on Mr. Blue Sky lost its spark. The digital sounds are obvious on choral effects. Kelly's absence is notable throughout. And Livin' Thing without Mik is D.O.A.

The whole album just sounds artificial and fake throughout, that's all.

Given the frequency of ELO songs used in movies and tv commercials, I wonder if Lynne's intent was to rerecord these classics for future use in those media. I'd hate to think that he did it to excise the contributions (and royalties) of his former band-mates, as some form of retribution for ELO pt 2.

I've been a long-time ELO/Lynne fan. I even flew down to LA to see his two concerts from the aborted Zoom tour. This collection just does nothing for me. First of two fails in his career. The other is Long Wave, a listless 27 minute tribute to his influences, that makes the originals seem that much better.
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