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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • ASIN: B003W77SC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Mikesell on July 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if its being the first LP I ever bought has anything to do with it, but I've always cherished *Time* and continue to listen to it with surprising regularity. The arrangements are both more intricate and more atmospheric than those on many other ELO albums, and the loose but present narrative thread (of a man lured to an enticing but ultimately lonely future) has always captivated me. "Ticket to the Moon" embodies more than one kind of longing, and its heart-wrenching beauty has few parallels in pop music.
This fresh edition of the album is superlative in almost every respect. The sound, while still dynamically compressed, is extremely true to the astonishing quality of the original LP, with perhaps greater heft in the bottom end (but not so much as to make it sound overly equalized) and of course no surface noise in the quiet moments!
It probably goes without saying that the new version trumps the original CD, mastered by the great Joe Gastwirt in the late '80s. While timbrally respectable, Gastwirt's version still suffered at the hands of the relatively poor-quality analog-to-digital converters of the day, and for some reason certain song transitions did not originally make it the CD intact (track 5 into 6, track 11 into 12); these are restored on this new edition.
The original CD lacked lyrics and complete liner notes, and these also can be found on the remastered disc. The CD's only failing is in the petty "commentary" from Jeff Lynne, who more often belittles than illuminates his music (the commentary on the new box set, *Flashback*, is little better).
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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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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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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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This album was one of the very first that I'd ever owned and even after all these years, the sheer brilliance of it still leaves me spellbound. Jeff Lynne without a doubt has the gift of melody and storytelling which comes out in great evidence here. Set as a futuristic warning of a space-age, Asimov-style robotic time to come and one individual's successful escape from this experience, we get track after track of just great, well-written songs that only ELO could come up with. It's difficult to single out any weak track here and my favourite which also is one of my all time favourite tracks is "The Lights Go Down" which still gives me a thrill each time I hear it. This is ELO's greatest album of all and clearly showcases all the reasons for what ELO will also be remembered for: great unique blending of the classical and rock genres, great ear for melody and great songwriting. This version of the album has been well remastered by Jeff Lynne and he writes the liner notes as well. Highly recommended!
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