A New World Record

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A New World Record
ELO A New World Record.jpg
Studio album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 11 September 1976
Recorded July 1976
Studio Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Length 36:20
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
(1976)Olé ELO1976
A New World Record
The Light Shines On
(1977)The Light Shines On1977
Electric Light Orchestra studio album chronology
Face the Music
(1975) Face the Music1975
A New World Record
(1976) A New World Record1976
Out of the Blue
(1977) Out of the Blue1977
Singles from A New World Record
  1. "Livin' Thing"
    Released: October 1976
  2. "Rockaria!"
    Released: February 1977
  3. "Do Ya"
    Released: February 1977 (US only)
  4. "Telephone Line"
    Released: May 1977
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). It was released on 11 September 1976[citation needed] in the United Kingdom by Jet Records, and a day later in the United States by United Artists Records. A New World Record marked ELO's shift towards shorter pop songs, a trend which would continue across their career. Their second album to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, the LP proved to be the band's breakthrough in the UK; after their previous three studio recordings failed to chart in their home market, A New World Record became their first top ten album in the UK. It became a global success and reached 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 ELO logo, designed by Kosh, for the first time. This logo would be included on most of the group's subsequent releases. The album yielded four hit singles, including "Livin' Thing", the transatlantic Top Ten hit "Telephone Line", which became the band's first gold US single, the UK Top Ten hit "Rockaria!", and the US number 24 hit "Do Ya", a remake of the 1972 single by The Move, of which Lynne was a member between 1970 and 1972.

In 1977, four 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. The track was originally written in 1976 for a cancelled film soundtrack and was finished in 2006.[4] In July 2012, the all vinyl record company Music on Vinyl re-released A New World Record on 180 gram vinyl with an embossed cover.


The band's frontman Jeff Lynne regarded 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 Ericson, Brie Brandt (both of the band Fanny) and Addie Lee sang uncredited backing vocals at various points in the album, especially on "Livin' Thing" and the opening track "Tightrope".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Tightrope" 5:00
2. "Telephone Line" 4:38
3. "Rockaria!" 3:12
4. "Mission (A World Record)" 4:24
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "So Fine" 3:55
6. "Livin' Thing" 3:31
7. "Above the Clouds" 2:16
8. "Do Ya" 3:45
9. "Shangri-La" 5:34

The cassette tape version consisted of "Tightrope", "Mission", and "Shangri-La" on side one, with side two the same as the LP version's side two except for "Telephone Line" at the end in place of "Shangri-La".

2006 remaster bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "Telephone Line" (different vocal) 4:41
11. "Surrender" (previously unreleased; also released as a single) 2:37
12. "Tightrope" (early instrumental rough mix) 4:55
13. "Above the Clouds" (early instrumental rough mix) 1:14
14. "so Fine" (early instrumental rough mix) 4:16
15. "Telephone Line" (instrumental) 4:51


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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] Gold 25,000[7]
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

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



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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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