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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B003W77SC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of my all time favorite albums and of all the ELO albums I have I enjoy this one the most.
Brian Bussey
I grew up listening to this album with my dad, so when I recently bought the CD and gave it a listen, those great memories came rushing back.
Adam R
Much to my pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed listening to this and appreciate the songs much more now than I did originally.
T. Shannon

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Edwards on November 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this when in came out in 1981 and I might have been the only one. Times were changing and Jeff was obviously responding to the musical tastes of the 80's and moving away from the disco sound of their previous two efforts. What they arrived at was a modern (or perhaps techno) prog rock opera. Much like Styx' Mr. Roboto except better. Sadly the "hit" on this album which got all the radio play was Hold on tight which ended up in a commercial for coffee. Though the song is good I always felt it was out of place on the record. My personal favorite is Yours Truly 2095 about a man's lament for his cold hearted sex android. Overlooked, under-appreciated and certainly a product of it's Time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Garner on October 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I love ELO, I saw them on the "Time" tour in 1981 but it took
many years for me to really appreciate how good the album is.
(I was caught up in the 1977-era ELO)

When "Time" was re-released it was expanded with three bonus tracks
but sadly they were just tacked on to the end of the CD.

As this is my favorite ELO album, I decided to see if I could
place the three outtakes into the original album's sequence
and still maintain the feel and narrative established by
Jeff Lynne after the final mixdown in 1981.

The story in "Time" has a character that is both distinct and
delicate. It is obvious that Jeff Lynne put a lot of work into
this project and my goal was to imbed the outtakes so perfectly
that not even Jeff would notice the changes.

The first challenge was to support the original 1981 narrative.
The three outtakes were not included on the CD's enclosed lyric
sheet so I listened carefully to the words of each in order to
determine their eventual placement in the final sequencing.

It was important to maintain not only the integrity of the
story's Timeline (pun intended) but the overall flow of the
music as well. In some places the songs segued which further
limited my options.

There was but one small adjustment to make and that was just a
matter of inserting some dead air before an imbedded track. The
tempo changes and this calls for a rest in order to not startle
the listener.

RUNNING ORDER: Time - Electric Light Orchestra (1981/2009)

1. Prologue
2. Twilight
3. Yours Truly, 2095
4. Ticket To The Moon
5. The Way Life's Meant To Be
6. Julie Don't Live Here (Imbedded Bonus Track)
7.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Blair Anderson on January 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The thrumming beat, the driving music, the desolation, the hope,... Such a wide spectrum of emotions runs through my head whenever I listen to this album that I actually define myself by it. If only someone would make a movie by its plot line! This is the ONLY album in my life that I could listen to until the end of time, and I listen to everything. Despite opinions, I think it's musically flawless in execution, style, and its wide variety of influences. It does not disappoint when you see through to its inner beauty. Because of this, Jeff Lynne will always be my favorite singer/writer, no matter who comes around. Flawless. That's 'TIME.'
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Reardon on June 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
English rockers Electric Light Orchestra a/k/a ELO released their first new album of all new material since 1979's Discovery entitled Time was released in July of 1981.
Once again, guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer Jeff Lynne plus drummer Bev Bevan, keyboard player Richard Tandy and bass player (the late) Kelly Groucutt teamed up with engineer Mack (whom had just had monster success working with Queen on their Quadruple Platinum selling album The Game in 1980 and also co-produced Billy Squier's breakthrough album Don't Say No in 1981) to create an experimental proto synth symphony of a concept album which its theme dealt with space and time travel that highlights humanity over technology.
The brief "Prologue" lays out the basic idea complete with vocoder before segueing into the album's second track, and coincidentally second single, "Twilight" which bursts through your speakers, propelled by Bev's fierce drumming (which sounded like Queen drummer Roger Taylor's work on The Game) and Richard's synthesizer flourishes. It's a stunning sonic achievement and listeners are in for one Hell of a ride. "Yours Truly 2095" follows and is another great song. "Ticket to the Moon" is a gorgeous ballad with a superb melody that makes the song as captivating and compelling as any vintage ELO rocker. The song contains one of Jeff's most affecting lyrics. "The Way Life's Meant to Be" follows and is a great Phil Spector-ish sounding track. The first half wrapped with the instrumental "Another Heart Breaks".
The second half of the album started with the moody and melodic "Rain is Falling" (which I first heard on the Strange Magic best of) and a great song. The next two tracks are winners out of "From The End Of The World" and "The Lights Go Down".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NORMAN WAYNE SMITH on November 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am not one to get too excited or mince words, but this album is incredible! There is not a bad song on here folks, if you like pop/rock that is! I don't remember it from 1981, but am glad I found out about it! Listening everyday for weeks now!
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