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Time

Electric Light Orchestra Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best ELO record no one ever heard 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 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best ELO album of the 1980s 30 years 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Album of All TIME 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reconstructing "TIME" 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best By Far 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of ELO's finest & underappreciated finds...
Really fine early 80's cd of really excellent, catchy offerings... & with the bargain bin prices & remastering with extra tracks--just makes it that much better of an acquisition!
Published 6 days ago by Matt Popnoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best.
This remastered version is definitely worth listening to. I just don't think this album has every songs a winner syndrome that I have come to expect from ELO. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Bassman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
excellent product, very good quality, both in the presentation and sound quality 100% digital. Very good rock band. recommend for purchase, very good price for this product.
Published 26 days ago by German Alonso Aguilar Villarreal
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO
I am really particular with ELO. I love Jeff Lynne and realize what a great pop song composer he is. When he moves off that path I tend to get bored, but not here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Caricone
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO never fails/ If you just like them, buy this CD and take a...
I bought this CD for the song, "Is This The Way Life's Meant To be!" I could still sing parts of the song, "With your ivory towers and the plastic flowers, I wish I was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon D. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
I like to listen to this album from start to finish (rather than shuffle). I like the sequence and the story it tells. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CBorgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast deilvery,great price
CD was in great shape. delivery was fast for being the first time useing Amazon. Was happy to get album back after looseing it to a thieft out of my car.
Published 3 months ago by Dana LaPlante
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate this one more now.
I hadn't listed to this in ages, probably on vinyl, but decided to take the plunge and buy it since I'm a huge ELO fan. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars This replaces the LP
Got this for one song,that I liked.The price was good too.I had a track on cassette ,so I got the CD just to have it again.
Published 4 months ago by Alfred Escoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I don't recall listening to this album in the early 80's when it was released, and consequently had forgotten about how great the harmonizing vocals and instruments worked together... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Smith
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