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A New World Record

September 12, 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2006
  • Release Date: September 9, 2006
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 59:08
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  • ASIN: B00136Q1XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,040 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It has great music, great instruments, and great melodies.
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In one cupboard I have the vinyl version, In another rack I have the original CD release and in my main collection I have the remasters.
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Surrender is a very fitting track as it is catchy and fun and could have been right at home on the original version of this album.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on September 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
HERE IS THE NEWS

This brilliant newly re-mastered edition of A NEW WORLD RECORD makes a strong case for it being simply the best art-pop album of the 1970s--or maybe ever. Featuring a dynamic, fresh, big sound and updated graphics with many rare band photos and artifacts plus--AND THIS IS HUGE--a previously unheard track that is absolutely "out of this WORLD."

Many fans (including ELO's guiding light himself, Jeff Lynne) count OUT OF THE BLUE as ELO's brightest moment. And while there's no arguing the brilliance of that long-play release, I would like to respectfully disagree; for me, A NEW WORLD RECORD is THE ultimate ELO album.

THE SONGS

Let's look at the track-by-track evidence:

"Tightrope" is sheer brilliance; a seemless melding of orchestral grandeur with driving rock and roll. It's a thoroughly gripping and dramatic opener where synths, strings, choirs, and guitar riffs all swirl together in a perfect summation of the ELO sound.

"Rockaria!" is a thrill-a-second, over-the-top romp that is well described by its title...it's old-fashioned, foot-stomping rock and roll married with operatic flourishes, rolled up in a tongue-in-cheek story about a girl who's "sweet on Wagner," but not too hip when it comes to modern sounds--or is she?

"Mission (A World Record)" is sad, chilling, and profound, and oh so lovely. It is both a re-visiting of some of the cosmic themes explored in ELO's 1973 album, ON THE THIRD DAY, and also pre-figures the sci-fi imagery of OUT OF THE BLUE and TIME.

Perhaps you've heard of "Telephone Line," one of ELO's biggest singles, which wraps bitter loneliness in a sweet candy coating.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By MilesAndTrane on September 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It's far to say that Jeff Lynne picked up where the Beatles left off sans the ability to play any type of music. 1976's A New World Record showcases once again that Jeff Lynne is THE most overlooked singer / songwriter / producer / musician in the history of recorded music. E.L.O's trademark of scoring an orchestra to perfectly written rock songs is showcased no better than on this album. I grew up on this album as my father was quite fond of it for many years. One of the most dark, trippy and wonderful pieces of music can be found in the bridge section of "Mission." "And all the stars above, rain icy fingers down on me." True beauty, true genius. This is an unmatched masterpiece from Jeff Lynne and co. Give yourself a treat and purchase this gorgeous, flawless album.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on November 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What more could one want in a pop/rock album... except perhaps more songs? Many (including ELO's guiding light himself, Jeff Lynne) count OUT OF THE BLUE as ELO's brightest moment. And while there's no arguing the brilliance of that long-play release, may I make a case for A NEW WORLD RECORD? "Tightrope" is sheer brilliance; a seemless melding of orchestral grandeur with driving rock and roll. "Rockaria!" is a thrill a second, over-the-top romp. "Mission (A World Record)" is sad, chilling, and profound, and oh so lovely. Perhaps you've heard of "Telephone Line," one of ELO's biggest singles, which wraps bitter loneliness in a sweet candy coating. "So Fine" is a quirky, bright, danceable confection. The classic "Livin' Thing," another huge hit, is the textbook definition of pure pop, and "Do Ya" is one of the great rockers of the 1970s. "Above the Clouds" is simply sublime, a heavenly slice of balladry that wafts in and out all too quickly. Then, there is the gorgeous and majestic closer, "Shangri La," which is absolutely heartbreaking and haunting. Overall, A NEW WORLD RECORD is the perfect art pop/rock album that sits quite high indeed in the realm of stellar 70s releases. You don't want to miss it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Written and recorded in record time after the US tour for "Face the Music" "A New World Record" cemented ELO's reputation as making great records. Recorded in Germany (again)the album featured 8 Lynne originals and a remake "Do Ya" his tune from his days in The Move (which also became a hit single). This reissue sounds terrific (particularly when compared to the original CD release). There's sharper detail throughout the CD.

The bonus tracks are a great addition. The best bonus track is the rocking "Surrender" which should have been on the album (although it's lack of orchestral overdubs would have made it stand out a bit). It's a terrific slice of rock that wouldn't have sounded out of place on The Move's last album. We also get rough instrumental mixes of "Tightrope", "Above the Clouds", "So Fine" and "Telephone Line". Additionally we get an alternate version of "Telephone Line" (which became the band's biggest single to date world wide with a UK Gold record the result)with a different vocal take (and without the filter effect at the beginning where it sounds Lynne is singing over the phone). The keyboards are a bit more prominent here as are the backing vocals while the orchestration is a bit further back in the mix (Bevan's drums also sound a bit distorted and fuller here).

We get liner notes on the making of the album how it charted and Lynne briefly commenting on the various songs on the album. This is a terrific reissue that fans have been waiting for. The only thing missing is a replica of the original embossed sleeve (they could have done that to the cover artwork).
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