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A New World Record

E.L.O.Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B003W77SA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO: The purveyors of practically perfect proggy power pop 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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my desert island discs 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
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO's best ever? It gets my vote! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar, slick and melodic follow up to "Face the Music" 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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5.0 out of 5 stars ELO
I buy 2 so I can listen to 1 and collect the other.
Published 18 days ago by Kay Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been a major ELO fan since 1973 and this is one of the finest...
Where do I start on this recording? Well, I've been a major ELO fan since 1973 and this is one of the finest releases the band ever put out bar none (I own everything they've ever... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald A. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD for Any Fan
As a huge ELO fan I have bought all of the pivotal CDs...this is one. Still love to put on this CD and just chill.
Published 3 months ago by Ron Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Band
This was my favorite album as a teenager! So glad to see it here and it brings back a lot of fond memories. Bought for nostalgia purposes but the music still holds up so well! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beckers
5.0 out of 5 stars A New World Record
ELO is great. I had this on vinyl when it was new and was very pleased to find it on cd.
Published 4 months ago by Janice L. Stalcup
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW WORLD RECORD by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
The Electric Light Orchestra, also known as E.L.O, was one of the many big and popular bands of the 1970s/1980 era in Rock Music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by todddjreese
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO Proves Music is Love
Jeff Lynne, headmaster of Electric Light Orchestra, has a well known love affair with music. It is evident in A New World Record, ELO's sixth album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. A great buy for classic rock fans.
EXCELLENT ELO ALBUM. Classic. A very underrated group. Music like this one comes from great talented minds. This group will pass the test of time just like the Beatles.
Published 6 months ago by kenneth r. woolard jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Classic
What can you say when a band produces a perfect album? It only gets better when someone takes the time to remaster it. This was the ultimate ELO album as far as I'm concerned. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bassman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's ELO!
Any CD or DVD by ELO is worth buying. Jeff Lynn is nothing short of a genius. Writes every lyric, music, arrangements et all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon D. Allen
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