A New World Record

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A New World Record
Studio album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 11 September 1976 (UK)
12 September 1976 (US)
Recorded July 1976 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre Symphonic rock, rock, art rock
Length 36:20
59:12 (Reissue)
Label Jet, United Artists
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Olé ELO
(1976)
A New World Record
(1976)
The Light Shines On
(1977)
Singles from A New World Record
  1. "Livin' Thing"
    Released: October 1976 (1976-10)
  2. "Rockaria!"
    Released: February 1977 (1977-02)
  3. "Do Ya"
    Released: February 1977 (1977-02)
  4. "Telephone Line"
    Released: May 1977 (1977-05)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone positive[3]

A New World Record is the sixth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1976.

Overview[edit]

Their second album to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, the LP proved to be the band's long awaited breakthrough in the UK: after seeing their previous three studio recordings fail to chart in their home market, A New World Record became their first top ten album in the UK. It became a huge global success and would consolidate the band's position as one of the biggest selling rock bands in the world, reaching multi-platinum status in the US and UK, The album sold five million units worldwide within its first year of release. The cover art features the famous ELO logo, designed by Kosh, for the first time. This logo would be included on most of the group's subsequent releases.

The album included the hit singles "Telephone Line", which became the band's first gold US single, "Livin' Thing", and "Do Ya" (US); and "Rockaria!" (UK). "Do Ya" was an ELO updating of The Move's late 1972 final US single on United Artists Records. The focus is more on shorter pop songs, a trend which would continue throughout the rest of ELO's future albums. In 1977, many of the album's songs were featured on the "Joyride" soundtrack. In 2006, the album was remastered and released with bonus tracks on Sony's Epic/Legacy imprint. "Surrender" was also issued as a promotional single and an iTunes download single, which entered the top 100 download chart.

In July 2012 the all vinyl record company, Music on Vinyl, rereleased A New World Record on 180 gram vinyl with a special embossed cover.

The band's frontman Jeff Lynne regards his own songwriting at this point to have reached a new high.

"The songs started to flow and most of them came quickly to me. To have all those hits, it was just ...I mean amazing really. Going from doing okay for probably three or four years to suddenly being in the big time, it was a strange but great thing."

– Jeff Lynne 2006; A New World Record remaster

Patti Quatro, Brie Brandt, both of Fanny, and Addie Lee sang uncredited backing vocals at various points on this entire album.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne.

Side one
  1. "Tightrope" – 5:03
  2. "Telephone Line" – 4:38
  3. "Rockaria!" – 3:12
  4. "Mission (A World Record)" – 4:25
Side two
  1. "So Fine" – 3:54
  2. "Livin' Thing" – 3:31
  3. "Above the Clouds" – 2:16
  4. "Do Ya" – 3:43
  5. "Shangri-La" – 5:32

The cassette tape had "Tightrope", "Rockaria!", "Mission" and "Shangri-La" on Side A, with Side B the same as LP Side 2 except for "Telephone Line" at the end in place of "Shangri-La".

Bonus tracks (2006 remaster)
  1. "Telephone Line" (Different vocal) – 4:41
  2. "Surrender" – 2:37
  3. "Tightrope" (Instrumental early rough mix) – 4:55
  4. "Above the Clouds" (Instrumental rough mix) – 1:14
  5. "So Fine" (Instrumental early rough mix) – 4:16
  6. "Telephone Line" (Instrumental) – 4:51

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Mary Thomas – operatic vocals
  • Patti Quatro – uncredited vocals
  • Brie Brandt – uncredited vocals
  • Addie Lee – uncredited vocals
  • Mack – engineer
  • Orchestra and choral arrangements – Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Louis Clark
  • Duane Scott – Engineer for USA edit

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[6] Gold 25,000[6]
Netherlands (NVPI)[7] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. A New World Record at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record". Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record: Music Review". Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Unzipped, an autobiography by Suzi Quatro
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  7. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter A New World Record in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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  12. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 February 2012
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  14. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 978-4-87131-077-2. 
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  27. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1977". billboard.biz. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
Preceded by
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
18 April 1977 – 19 June 1977
Succeeded by
Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs
Preceded by
Take the Heat off Me
by Boney M.
Swedish Chart number-one album
25 February – 22 April 1977
Succeeded by
Playboy Record Artists
by Barbi Benton
Preceded by
Frampton Comes Alive!
by Peter Frampton
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
5 March 1977
Succeeded by
Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by Rose Royce

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