Armchair Theatre (album)

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Armchair Theatre
Studio album by Jeff Lynne
Released 12 June 1990 (UK)
2 July 1990 (US)
Recorded Raindirk at Posh Studios, England 1989–1990
Genre Rock
Length 36:41
Label Reprise
7599-26184-2
Producer Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne chronology
A Message from the Country – The Jeff Lynne Years 1968/1973
(1989)
Armchair Theatre
(1990)
Long Wave
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Armchair Theatre is the first solo album by Jeff Lynne, released in 1990.[2]

History[edit]

"Every Little Thing" and "Lift Me Up" were released as singles. The album also features two classic cover versions "September Song" and "Stormy Weather" the latter recorded as a tribute to his late mother.[2] The album re-united Lynne with Electric Light Orchestra's keyboard player Richard Tandy and fellow Traveling Wilburys member George Harrison (both Harrison and the Wilburys were signed to Warner Bros. Records, parent of Reprise Records which released this album). Despite positive reviews the album became only a minor hit."Now You're Gone" is the song that Jeff wrote for his late mother.If you read the lyrics it is obvious, not to mention Jeff said it himself during an interview.It is not the above mentioned "Stormy Weather".

A remaster by Frontiers was released on 19 April 2013 in the UK, and on 23 April 2013 in the US, and included two bonus tracks, one of them being previously unreleased.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

  1. "Every Little Thing" – 3:41
  2. "Don't Let Go" (Jesse Stone) – 3:00
  3. "Lift Me Up" – 3:36
  4. "Nobody Home" – 3:51
  5. "September Song" (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 2:57
  6. "Now You're Gone" – 3:57
  7. "Don't Say Goodbye" – 3:09
  8. "What Would It Take" – 2:40
  9. "Stormy Weather" (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen) – 3:42
  10. "Blown Away" (Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty) – 3:29
  11. "Save Me Now" – 2:39
2013 remaster bonus tracks
  1. "Borderline"
    Recorded 1989; original version previously released as non-album track on "Lift Me Up" 12" and CD single
  2. "Forecast"
    Recorded 1989; previously unreleased
Japanese bonus track[4]
  1. "Strange Magic" (Live from Bungalow Palace)

Personnel[edit]

  • Jeff Lynne – Guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, percussion, lead and backup vocals, drums on bonus track #13
  • Richard Tandy – Piano, acoustic guitar, backup vocals
  • George Harrison – Guitars on #1, 3, 5, and 9; backup vocals on #1 and 3
  • Mette Mathiesen – Drums, percussion, backup vocals
  • Jim Horn – Saxophones on #1 and 2
  • Jake Commander, Phil Hatton, Dave Morgan, Sheila Tandy – Backing vocals
  • Del Shannon - Backup vocals on #10
  • Michael Kamen – String arrangements on #1 and 9
  • Sureesh K. Lalwani - Violin on #6, percussion on #3 and 6
  • Vikram A. Patil, Nellai D. Kanan, Fateh Singh Gangani - Percussion on #6
  • Ashit Desai - Classical Indian vocals on #6
  • Hema Desai - Operatic vocals on #1, classical Indian vocals on #6
  • Rita - Saw on #5

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (20 June 1990). "The Pop Life". New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "2013 TO BRING THREE MORE RELEASES FROM JEFF LYNNE AND ELO AS PART OF ELO'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY : elo". Elo.biz. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Armchair Theatre|HMV ONLINE". Hmv.co.jp. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "charts.de - Jeff Lynne". charts.de. Retrieved 22 April 2013.