Last Train to London

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"Last Train to London"
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UK single
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Discovery
A-side "Confusion" (UK)
B-side "Down Home Town" (US)
Released 9 November 1979 (UK)
November 1979 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979, Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany
Genre Symphonic rock, disco
Length 4:31
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Don't Bring Me Down"
(1979)
"Last Train to London"
(1979)
"I'm Alive"
(1980)
"Don't Bring Me Down"
(1979)
"Confusion/Last Train to London"
(1979)
"I'm Alive"
(1980)
Discovery track listing
9 tracks
Side one
  1. "Shine a Little Love"
  2. "Confusion"
  3. "Need Her Love"
  4. "The Diary of Horace Wimp"
Side two
  1. "Last Train to London"
  2. "Midnight Blue"
  3. "On the Run"
  4. "Wishing"
  5. "Don't Bring Me Down"
Music video
"Last Train to London" on YouTube

"Last Train to London" is the fifth track from the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) album Discovery.

The song was released in 1979 in the UK as a double A-side single with "Confusion". It peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] However, in the US the two songs charted separately, with "Confusion" in late 1979 followed by "Last Train to London" in early 1980. It peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] In Spain the single was released with the Spanish title "Último tren a Londres".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979/80) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[3] 9
UK Singles Chart[1] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 39
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 36

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1982 Taiwanese singer Frankie Kao (高凌風) had a cover version of this song renamed as 夏天的浪花 ("The wave of summer").
  • In 2002 British girl group Atomic Kitten sampled the hook of the song in their single "Be with You". The song was released as a double A-side with the song "The Last Goodbye". The single peaked at #2 in the UK.
  • In 2002 South Korean hip-hop group People Crew sampled the melody of the hook part of this song in their single "Saemaul Movement (새마을운동)".
  • In 2008 Alex Barattini released an extended remix of the original recording for Gardenia Records.
  • In 2014 Eve St. Jones released a jazz cover on her Jazz, Coffee & Memories album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 6 March 2013.  Enter Electric Light Orchestra in the Search by Artist field, then click Search.

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