Tightrope (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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Song by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album A New World Record
GenreArt rock
LabelJet Records, United Artists
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
A New World Record track listing
9 tracks
Side one
  1. "Tightrope"
  2. "Telephone Line"
  3. "Rockaria!"
  4. "Mission (A World Record)"
Side two
  1. "So Fine"
  2. "Livin' Thing"
  3. "Above the Clouds"
  4. "Do Ya"
  5. "Shangri-La"

"Tightrope" is the opening track to A New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

Recorded in 1976 at Musicland, Munich, West Germany, the song features a dramatic orchestral opening before transforming into an upbeat rock song. Although never released as a single, the song was a fan favorite and was performed live at every ELO concert including the Zoom tour in 2001. It had been remastered in 2000 and included on the box set Flashback It is the opening number of set four on the 2016 Alone in the Universe tour. When inducting ELO into the Rock and Hall of Fame, Dhani Harrison made several references to the song, saying "Someone had actually thrown me down a line, and my life was changed."[1]


Samples from "Tightrope" have been featured in various forms in many rap songs, by artists including Army of the Pharaohs, The Game, Chief Kamachi, I-20, and various European rappers like French Rap Group Fonky Family (the track 'Dans la legende' from the Art de Rue album), Sinik ('Réglement extérieur'), Dutch group Lost Rebels ('Revolutie' from the album Revolutie), Croatian rapgroup Tram 11 ( 'Jedno' from the album Vrućina gradskog asfalta), Italian and Dutch synth group Koto ('Mind Machine' from the album From the Dawn of Time), the German rapper Sido ('Goldjunge' from the album Ich), as well as the Albanian rapper Noizy ('Ak' from the album Most Wanted).


  1. ^ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (17 June 2017). Dhani Harrison Inducts ELO into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - 2017. Event occurs at 7:41. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved 19 January 2021.