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Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: AlternativA on Feb 19, 2005, 07:20
hey hello,

what is it that makes out of the blue the best ELO album for many people?
in my opinion it's indeed the best ELO album, but is it because there's so many orchestra in it, or is it the style of the songs.
I would love to see some opinions here

thank you
Willem
www.alternativa.nl/english


Title: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Admin on Feb 22, 2005, 03:19
I've never been one to be as much into the string thing as I am in to the songwriting and production. It's interesting that Mr Blue Sky has turned out to be the single with the most staying power. Turn to Stone and Sweet Talkin' Woman charted higher than MBS in the US. (Turn to Stone, 13, Sweet Talkin Woman, 17, and Mr Blue Sky 35).


Title: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: welshwiccan on Feb 22, 2005, 08:48
A brilliant album I agree, but my fave is Discovery


Title: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Feb 22, 2005, 09:49
WONDROUS IS OUR GREAT BLUE SHIP THAT SAILS AROUND THE MIGHTY SUN AND JOY TO EVERYONE WHO RIDES ALONG - Still fresh, magnificent and a Jeff Lynne masterpiece with the help of Bev,Kells.Mik,Hugh and Mel.


Title: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Admin on Feb 23, 2005, 04:10
Quote from: "Anonymous"
WONDROUS IS OUR GREAT BLUE SHIP THAT SAILS AROUND THE MIGHTY SUN AND JOY TO EVERYONE WHO RIDES ALONG - Still fresh, magnificent and a Jeff Lynne masterpiece with the help of Bev,Kells.Mik,Hugh and Mel.


...and Richard, Lou, and Mack


Title: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: eloise on Feb 24, 2005, 12:28
Have to say my fave album has always been Eldorado xxxx


Title: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Feb 25, 2005, 06:36
Geez...hard to pick a fav! As far as The Out of the Blue Question goes, I would agree the songwriting content makes it so special. Jeff pretty much wrote this whole thing (lyrics not included) in one week. Not bad Mr Lynne.....not bad at all.


Title: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Feb 25, 2005, 11:44
one week? I knew Jeff Lynne was a very special man, but to write out of the blue in just one week it's really strange magic. Respect to you Jeff!!!


Title: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: AlternativA! on Feb 26, 2005, 10:50
Lately i've been listening to Eldorado, I never took the time to listen to it before, cause I liked at the first site the other albums much more. But since I am recording an orchestrated album myself(www.alternativa.nl) I took a listen to Eldorado. What a FANTASTIC album. I got to be honest, I don't like all the songs on the album, I mostely like the overtures, the instrumental songs, really briljant! I'm telling you guys, Jeff IS from space, I've never heard something as good as this!
greetz Willem from Holland


Title: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Feb 27, 2005, 03:16
Willem, what do you mean by you're recording an "orchestrated" album? Are you going to have a string section or something?


Title: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Feb 27, 2005, 01:23
of course I love the OOTB album but I think that the mysterious album Time is a brilliant one, it really puts you in its magic its like a story if you listen to it in the right order, every single track on it has that mysterious spark that I think Mr. Lynne was searching for. Great job!

Marcus


Title: Re: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: AlternativA! on Feb 27, 2005, 10:45
Quote from: "Anonymous"
Willem, what do you mean by you're recording an "orchestrated" album? Are you going to have a string section or something?


to answer your question, I'm in a band called AlternativA and at the moment we are working on our first album containing 12 new tracks, which I wrote myself. I'm very inspired by Jeff Lynne's beautifull music and the orchestra he uses in them, he's also the reason for me doing it, writing songs and playing music with my band, I thought all the good music was gone, but then I heard Jeff's music at the end of 2003 and so on. A lot of the songs on our album are very ELO-look-a-like, with also violins, cello's, choirs etc. I personally think it's sound great, but ofcourse that's up to the people who are going to listen to it. We espect to have the very ELO-inspired album finished between the first and the 10th of march 2005. As soon as it is finished, there will be 4 or 5 tracks to listen to on our site. So if you like what you hear, you could buy the album.
We also have a website, we are a band from Holland(Europe) so there's also a site available in English.

www.alternativa.nl
willem@alternativa.nl
greetz Willem


Title: Out of the Blue
Post by: jonnybhairspray on Mar 19, 2005, 08:34
I'm not quite old enough to remember the chart entries from Out of the Blue (only 33).

To me, Out of the Blue is an album of almost continuous music.  I don't separate the tracks (Time is like that too).  I believe that it is the complete ELO sound.

There is no other album, that I have listened to so many times.  I can't see me ever getting fed up with it.  It just gets better every time.


Title: OUT OF THE BLUE - THOUGHTS.....
Post by: icjb on Mar 19, 2005, 01:26
Folks,

The album neatly captured (at least for me) the late 70's. Big sound, space themes, quality music and what a stage show.

Every time I think of the period it brings a smile to my face. Quite simply one of the best album's of the 70's though it tends to be slated by music critics. Why still baffles me, perhaps it was linked to the emerging punk/new wave scene ?

ian


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: guest on Apr 15, 2005, 01:38
Out Of the Blue is a great LP and this was the one that writes history in popmusic  but I think A New World Record is better( talking about the 70's)

My favorite is Secret Messages . Great cover, great concept, great everything ! Shame it was released as singel LP  :x
make your own cdr  :D  :

Secret Messages
Loser Gone Wild
Bluebird
Take Me On And On
Stranger
No Way Out
Beatles For Ever
Letter From Spain
Danger Ahead
Four Little Diamonds
Train Of Gold
Endless Lies
Buildings Have Eyes
Rock 'N' Roll is King
Mandalay
Time After Time
After All
Hello My Old Friend  8)


Title: Out Of This World
Post by: Gavin Ewoldt on Apr 26, 2005, 08:42
the quality of albums was definitely leading up to this magnitude on the previous releases. I'd have to say that Out of the Blue reached a peak that covered so many levels that it is artistically dominant and commercially successful. These two aspects concluded my decision on this album being the best of ELO. The lyrics and story telling are very compelling- with overwhelming hooks and choruses.
Of course, the following albums were great also but could never meet the status of Out of the Blue. Discovery was beautiful and covered the dance era well here.  Time was solid with a great space atmosphere. Secret Messages (one of my favs) was overlooked but went a different angle for the ELO sound. Balance of Power was Jeff Lynne solo album pretty much with strong singles here and there. Zoom was excellent as his heros' influence was very apparent.
Moreover, the string arrangements on Out of the Blue kept the album strong and unique. It would be something else if Jeff Lynne could return to this status with a band someday. His height of production and vocals was reached here and I don't know if that could be accomplished again.


Title: RE: Out Of This World
Post by: strangemagic on May 02, 2005, 07:16
what about 'on the third day' ? that ones probably my fav.


Title: Eldorado Or Face The Music
Post by: judemac on May 13, 2005, 03:29
I think that at the time of it's release "Face The Music" was there best but now I really think it is "Eldorado". A stong mention goes out to "New world Record" though. After "Out Of The Blue" it seemed to me Jeff got real bored with what ELO was becoming...  Judemac @ the beach in So Calif.

http://www.webspawner.com/users/judemac/index.html


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on May 13, 2005, 05:50
Quote from: "guest"
Out Of the Blue is a great LP and this was the one that writes history in popmusic  but I think A New World Record is better( talking about the 70's)

My favorite is Secret Messages . Great cover, great concept, great everything ! Shame it was released as singel LP  :x
make your own cdr  :D  :

Secret Messages
Loser Gone Wild
Bluebird
Take Me On And On
Stranger
No Way Out
Beatles For Ever
Letter From Spain
Danger Ahead
Four Little Diamonds
Train Of Gold
Endless Lies
Buildings Have Eyes
Rock 'N' Roll is King
Mandalay
Time After Time
After All
Hello My Old Friend  8)


Nice line-up, Too bad "Beatles Forever" really does not fit in with the rest of the songs. Besides the quality of it available would have not made my CD-R of it. Best song of the bunch is "Hello My Old Friend"
Judemac @ the beach in So Calif.

http://www.webspawner.com/users/judemac/index.html


Title: hmmm?
Post by: Gavin Ewoldt on Nov 22, 2005, 05:24
"wonderous is that great blue ship..."


Title: RE: hmmm?
Post by: Utter on Nov 22, 2005, 06:48
woundrous is our great blue ship that sails around the mighty sun and joy to everyone that rides along!! totally awsome!!


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: tcwh1971 on Dec 07, 2005, 04:44
Hi everyone,

I have to be honest and say OOTB isn't my fave album but still great all the same. Infact, it's one I hardly ever play. However, Time on the other hand, is a different story. Has anyone appreciated the comparison between Discovery and Time? I think OOTB and Discovery are more closely related in style. I've always thought Time when compared to previous albums such as Discovery and even OOTB was a diverse change in style for ELO and for it's time (lol!) very ahead of itself. Just fantastic! Sorry guys, maybe should've started a new thread for this reply!


Title: "Out of the Blue" a gift indeed.
Post by: dave9999 on Mar 26, 2006, 06:10
I would say our Mr Gavin Ewoldt, sums it up quite well, certainly inspired writing ........
"Out of the Blue" was to me the peak of ELO, in so many ways.  
It was, the last Album in which Curley Shirley would be a "Producer of Music".......Henceforth he would become a "Music Producer"......
 Of course no doubt from when he was bouncing around and falling out his pram, he was also "round the back" helping out the music production. On his, and the work of other Artists.
No one can serve two masters, it is writen.   Henceforth, after "OOTB" Shirley's Heart would be in being a "Music Producer"      ................................................................................................................................................................................................

In a way his "Heart" left the Group, all the more fatal as he was the "Heart" of the Group in the first place.
With deep sadness THE GROUP DIED.............................................................................................................................................................................................................

It carried on with that other album, VERYdisco, No wait a minute it was called DISCOvery. ...... Some good music on it, but the cover put me right off!....... Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.

 I was a bit Disappointed...... Of course, I would imagine People are Disappointed when they meet me!.
I do, and have for a while had a beard.  And some of my facial hairs are going White/Grey.  Anything to fit in with peoples prefixed ideas of what I should look like!............

Years ago, some "type" said to me,   "You Don't Do ANYTHING!"
(In obvious referance to All the suffering in the World etc etc)............
Well it isn't what you DO, it's what you DON'T do..........
"What don't you do"? he says.
"Well", I said, "I DON'T DO ANYTHING".
......................................................................................................................................................................................................................


Title: Re: RE: Re: RE: Out Of The Blue
Post by: gregralls on Mar 27, 2006, 11:59
Quote from: "AlternativA!"
Lately i've been listening to Eldorado, I never took the time to listen to it before, cause I liked at the first site the other albums much more. But since I am recording an orchestrated album myself(www.alternativa.nl) I took a listen to Eldorado. What a FANTASTIC album. I got to be honest, I don't like all the songs on the album, I mostely like the overtures, the instrumental songs, really briljant! I'm telling you guys, Jeff IS from space, I've never heard something as good as this!
greetz Willem from Holland


your band is AMAZING!  you even have a song, "shiny blue lights" that is exactly the type of thing we'd love to hear jeff do nowadays!  well, i would, anyway.  when i get paid on friday, i'll be buying your cd.


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: MrAdam on Apr 08, 2006, 10:58
:D Out Of The Blues owns! I love Across The border and Its Over! its such a great album you just cant go wrong!


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Apr 15, 2006, 08:13
Out of the blue! Faaaaantastic but who has the cut out spaceship still intact... not me cos i was young and foolish and hung it from my bedroom ceiling. Damn my crazy youth.


Title: guest
Post by: Guest on Apr 16, 2006, 10:05
Quote from: "Anonymous"
Out of the blue! Faaaaantastic but who has the cut out spaceship still intact... not me cos i was young and foolish and hung it from my bedroom ceiling. Damn my crazy youth.


I did that to   :cry:

But last year i found in a vinyl record believe it or not :a new sealed Out Of the Blue.
It contains : intact : spaceship, poster, promo sheet, blue vinyl   :D

Daan


Title: RE: guest
Post by: Anonymous on Apr 19, 2006, 09:11
Quote from: "Guest"
Quote from: "Anonymous"
Out of the blue! Faaaaantastic but who has the cut out spaceship still intact... not me cos i was young and foolish and hung it from my bedroom ceiling. Damn my crazy youth.


I did that to   :cry:

But last year i found in a vinyl record believe it or not :a new sealed Out Of the Blue.
It contains : intact : spaceship, poster, promo sheet, blue vinyl   :D

Daan
Danm your good fortune sir. I keep an eye out on ebay but it goes with all the trimmings for silly money.


Title: Out of the Blue Double LP on vinyl
Post by: Anonymous on Jul 07, 2006, 04:21
When I had the album I used to play it side 1, side 3, side 2, side 4.  My record player was one of those multiple record dealies.  You could be playing one of the records and have a bunch of others cued up on the middle piece.  Thus I never listened to the correct sequencing of the album.  Side one would be playing and then side three would fall down on top of it.  Does anyone else remember listening to LPs this way?


Title: RE: Out of the Blue Double LP on vinyl
Post by: Anonymous on Jul 07, 2006, 05:05
I remember listening to 45s that way, but never LPs.


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: Anonymous on Jul 07, 2006, 06:57
For me, what made OOTB so special is simply the sound of the album.  It is perhaps the most beautifully produced/recorded album of all time.  If you listen to all of ELO's work up to that time, each album got progressively better sounding as Jeff's confidence in the studio grew and as the 1970s recording technology improved.  Face The Music sounded better than Eldorado, A New World Record sounded better than Face The Music, etc...

Similarly, after OOTB, the albums didn't quite sound as big or as full, particularly with respect to the drums and the strings.  There is an absolutely huge drum sound on OOTB that is never heard again.  The strings are also very prominent and it is obvious that a lot of planning went into their scoring.  

Unfortunately, the CD version of OOTB never really had the punch of the original vinyl.  Hopefully, the upcoming remaster will capture that incredible sound.

I'd be curious to hear some other thoughts on this...


Title: Re: Out of the Blue
Post by: tabruns on Sep 01, 2006, 07:54
OUT OF THE BLUE is my second favorite ELO album because there are so many potential hit singles on it.  This is particularly amazing considering that its a double album.

In fact there are so many "sounds like a hit" songs on OUT OF THE BLUE that its easier to list those that don't sound like singles: "Believe Me Now", "Jungle", possibly "The Whale"  just due its being an instrumental (although its a VERY catchy instrumental IMO).

"Night In The City", "Starlight", and "Standin' In The Rain" all got radio play in my area while OUT OF THE BLUE was selling.

BTW a song that absolutely should have been released: "Sweet Is The Night".


Title: Out Of The Blue
Post by: jerryread on Sep 06, 2006, 10:41
its discovery for me