ELO'S JEFF LYNNE TO RELEASE
TWO ALBUMS AND A DOCUMENTARY
Jeff Lynne’s new video for “Mercy, Mercy”--the first track from his upcoming album Long Wave, out October 9 on Frontiers Records--has exclusively premiered at Rollingstone.com. Shot at his Los Angeles home studio that’s known as Bungalow Palace Studios, the Martyn Atkins-directed clip features none other than “The Jeffs,” a composite of four simultaneous images of the iconic British artist playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and drums, as he did on the recording of the album. The clip can be viewed below.
Meanwhile, Lynne's illuminating and entertaining documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO gets to the heart of who Jeff Lynne is and how he has had such a tremendous musical influence on our world. The answer--as told by the British artist himself and such distinguished collaborators and friends of Jeff as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Barbara Orbison and Eric Idle--is that Lynne is a true man of music for whom the recording studio is his greatest instrument.
Long Wave powerfully celebrates the music of a time when Lynne’s lifelong passion for music began, evoking an era back when old standards were just giving way to rock & roll. For this record, Lynne mixes pre-rock standards like "“Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered,” “Smile” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”--with a few of his favorite gems from the Sixties such as the first single “Mercy, Mercy,” “Let It Rock” and “So Sad”.
Mr. Blue Sky-The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a testament to Lynne’s enduring artistry and his desire to get things right once and for all. Featuring such classics as “Evil Woman, “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” the result is, in effect, a kind of showdown between Jeff Lynne today and his extremely illustrious past, and thanks to improved technology and recording artistry, Lynne somehow comes out on top again.
The release of Long Wave and Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra mark the 40th anniversary of ELO. Lynne's legacy will further be celebrated with releases in 2013 including ELO Live! plus expanded reissues of the ELO’s 2001 album Zoom and Lynne’s first solo album in 1990, Armchair Theater. For up to date info on all things JEFF LYNNE and ELO, go here: www.elo.biz.
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