Long Wave

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Long Wave
Long Wave album cover.jpg
Studio album by Jeff Lynne
  • 26 September 2012 (2012-09-26) (Japan)
  • 5 October 2012 (Europe)
  • 8 October 2012 (UK)
  • 9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded 2010–2012
Genre traditional pop, rock and roll
Length 27:19
Label Big Trilby (UK)
Frontiers (US)
Producer Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne chronology
Armchair Theatre
Long Wave
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
London Evening Standard 2/5 stars[3]

Long Wave is the second solo album recorded by Jeff Lynne.[4][5] released on 8 October (UK) and 9 October 2012 (US).[4]

The album contains cover versions of songs that influenced Lynne's songwriting whilst growing up and residing in Birmingham;[6][7][8][9] it was recorded between 2010 and 2012.[10]

The album debuted at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart[11] and at number 1 on the UK Top 40 Independent Albums Chart, then also at number 133 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart,[12] at number 33 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and at number 48 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart.

"At Last" was scheduled to be the first UK and "Mercy Mercy" the first US single issued from the album.[citation needed]

Lynne said of the album:[6]

"I call this new album Long Wave because all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, UK. These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years."

Track listing[edit]

All songs performed and produced by Jeff Lynne.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "She" Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer 2:41
2. "If I Loved You" Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein 2:21
3. "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" Don Everly 2:33
4. "Mercy Mercy" Don Covay, Ronald Dean Miller 2:53
5. "Running Scared" Roy Orbison, Joe Melson 2:10
6. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 2:20
7. "Smile" Charlie Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons 2:32
8. "At Last" Mack Gordon, Harry Warren 2:34
9. "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster 2:30
10. "Let It Rock" Chuck Berry 1:52
11. "Beyond the Sea" (bonus track) Jack Lawrence, Charles Trénet 2:53
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Jody" Del Shannon, Max Crook 2:51

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Grant, Sarah (October 29, 2012). "Album Review: Jeff Lynne – Long Wave and Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Review". 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Tom (October 29, 2012). "Album Review: Jeff Lynne – Long Wave". 
  3. ^ Aizlewood, John (October 5, 2012). "Album Review: Jeff Lynne – Long Wave and Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Review". 
  4. ^ a b "JEFF LYNNE'S FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN 20 YEARS SLATED FOR RELEASE : elo". Elo.biz. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jeff Lynne Song Database - Main Page". Jefflynnesongs.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Jeff Lynne to Release Solo 'Long Wave' & Re-Recorded ELO Hits October 9 - DC Music News Feed - Direct Current". Directcurrentmusic.com. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Face The Music - Jeff Lynne - Long Wave". Ftmusic.com. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Lynne - Long Wave". Face-the-music.de. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne Announces Solo Album, Best of ELO Projects". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jeff Lynne Song Database - 2010s Songs". Jefflynnesongs.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Face The Music - HERE IS THE NEWS". Ftmusic.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304394/jeff+lynne/chart?f=305
  13. ^ "charts.de - Jeff Lynne". charts.de. Retrieved 22 April 2013.