Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

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Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Greatest hits album by Jeff Lynne
Released 8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded 2001–2012 Bungalow Palace
Genre Rock
Length 48:51
Label Frontiers
Producer Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne chronology
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
(2 CD Edition)

(2011)
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(2012)
Electric Light Orchestra Live
(2013)

Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (also known as Mr. Blue Sky) is a 2012 album by Jeff Lynne. It consists of solo re-recordings of hits originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and was released on Frontiers. It was issued simultaneously with Lynne's covers album Long Wave.

Background[edit]

Jeff Lynne told Rolling Stone magazine that the idea came from him listening to the original Electric Light Orchestra recordings, and thinking that he could produce a better result having since had a long career as a record producer.[1] Lynne decided to re-record a number of songs from scratch, and began with "Mr. Blue Sky". He told Rolling Stone that "I enjoyed doing that a lot, and when I listened back to it and compared it to the old one, I really liked it much better."[1] It was suggested by his manager that Lynne record a few more versions of Electric Light Orchestra songs, the results being recordings of "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic". Lynne also liked these versions, so he continued by producing a full album of re-recordings.[1]

Release and content[edit]

The album features all new recordings of some of the group's hits,[2] as well as two bonus tracks: a new song, "Point of No Return", and a live recording of "Twilight" on Japanese releases. The album debuted at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart[3] and at number 2 on the UK Top 40 Independent Albums Chart, then also at number 118 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart,[4] at number 29 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart[5] and at number 46 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, produced and performed by Jeff Lynne.[7]

  1. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 3:44
  2. "Evil Woman" – 4:30
  3. "Strange Magic" – 3:53
  4. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:01
  5. "Turn to Stone" – 3:46
  6. "Showdown" – 4:16
  7. "Telephone Line" – 4:30
  8. "Livin' Thing" – 3:42
  9. "Do Ya" – 3:56
  10. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:35
  11. "10538 Overture" (40th Anniversary) – 4:44
  12. "Point of No Return" – 3:14
    Previously unreleased studio recording
Japanese bonus track
  1. "Twilight" (Live) – 3:40
iTunes Store "Deluxe edition" bonus tracks[8]
  1. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" – 3:52
  2. "Rockaria!" – 3:13
  3. "Steppin' Out" – 3:23
    With Richard Tandy, live 2012
  4. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:11
    With Richard Tandy, live 2012

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per album booklet.[7]

Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

  • 8 UK (UK Albums Chart)[9]
  • 2 UK (UK Top Independent Albums Chart)
  • 29 US (Billboard Top Independent Albums)[5]
  • 46 US (Billboard Top Rock Albums)[6]
  • 118 US (Billboard 200)[4]
  • 119 Belgium (Flanders)
  • 129 Belgium (Wallonia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Prato, Greg (21 September 2012). "Premiere: Jeff Lynne Covers Soul Nugget 'Mercy, Mercy'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO Coming To TV". Anti Music. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra – Chart history: Billboard Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra – Chart history: Billboard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra liner notes
  8. ^ "iTunes – Music – Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (Deluxe Edition) by Electric Light Orchestra". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 23 December 2012.