Zoom (Electric Light Orchestra album)

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Zoom
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Studio album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 12 June 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre Rock, cello rock, symphonic rock
Length 43:36
Label Epic
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(2001)The Ultimate Collection2001
Zoom
(2001)
The Electric Light Orchestra (First Light Series)
(2001)The Electric Light Orchestra (First Light Series)2001
Electric Light Orchestra studio album chronology
Balance of Power
(1986) Balance of Power1986
Zoom
(2001) Zoom2001
Alone in the Universe
(2015) Alone in the Universe2015
Singles from Zoom
  1. "Alright"
    Released: 23 May 2001 (Europe only; except UK)
  2. "Moment in Paradise"
    Released: 3 September 2001 (Europe only; except UK)

Zoom is the twelfth studio album by British symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released on 12 June 2001 on Epic Records. It was the first official ELO album since 1986's Balance of Power.

Recording[edit]

Zoom was recorded primarily by Jeff Lynne alone, with guest musicians that included George Harrison and Ringo Starr. It was one of Harrison's last recordings before his death. The only other ELO member appearing on the album, Richard Tandy, appears on one track and performed live in promotional concerts.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Goldmine 4/5 stars[2]
Q 2/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

The album was the band's first release of new material since Balance of Power, released in 1986. Although billed as a return to the classic ELO sound, the album sales were relatively poor and a planned North American concert tour was cancelled. Upon release, the album charted at number 34 in the UK Albums Chart.[5] In the US, it debuted at number 94 on Billboard 200,[6] number 14 on Billboard Top Internet Albums chart,[7] with around 18,000 copies sold in the United States. As of October 2015, the album has sold 87,000 copies in the US.[8]

The album peaked at number 51 on Austria's Ö3 Austria Top 40 Longplay chart,[9] and number 16 on Germany's Media Control Album Chart.[10] The single from the album "Alright" peaked at number 87 on the Dutch Top 40 chart in the Netherlands.[11]

A remaster by Frontiers was released on 19 April 2013 in the UK, and on 23 April 2013 in the US, and included two previously unreleased bonus tracks; one of them being a live recording from the 2001 Zoom Tour Live PBS taping at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.[12] "Long Black Road" was included along with "10538 Overture" in the soundtrack for the 2013 film American Hustle.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne.

  1. "Alright" – 3:13
  2. "Moment in Paradise" – 3:36
  3. "State of Mind" – 3:04
  4. "Just for Love" – 3:40
  5. "Stranger on a Quiet Street" – 3:41
  6. "In My Own Time" – 3:03
  7. "Easy Money" – 2:50
  8. "It Really Doesn't Matter" – 3:20
  9. "Ordinary Dream" – 3:23
  10. "A Long Time Gone" – 3:15
  11. "Melting in the Sun" – 3:10
  12. "All She Wanted" – 3:14
  13. "Lonesome Lullaby" – 4:02
Japanese bonus track
  1. "Long Black Road" – 3:22
2013 remaster bonus tracks
  1. "One Day" – 3:04
    Recorded 2004; previously unreleased
  2. "Turn to Stone" – 3:40
    Live from CBS Television City, 2001
2013 Japanese bonus tracks[14]
  1. "One Day" – 3:04
    Recorded 2004; previously unreleased
  2. "Do Ya" – 3:48
    Live from CBS Television City, 2001
  3. "Lucky Motel" – 2:11
    Previously unreleased

Personnel[edit]

  • Jeff Lynne – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Cello, Drums.
Guest musicians
  • Richard Tandy – Keyboards ("Alright")
  • George HarrisonSlide guitar ("A Long Time Gone" and "All She Wanted")
  • Ringo Starr – Drums ("Moment in Paradise" and "Easy Money")
  • Marc Mann – Rhythm Guitar ("Moment in Paradise"), String arrangements ("In My Own Time" and "Melting in the Sun")
  • Suzie Katayama – Cello ("Just for Love", "Stranger on a Quiet Street" and "All She Wanted")
  • Roger Lebow – Cello ("Lonesome Lullaby")
  • Dave Boruff – Saxophone ("A Long Time Gone")
  • Laura Lynne – Backing Vocals ("All She Wanted")
  • Rosie Vela – Backing Vocals ("Alright", "All She Wanted"), Spoken Parts and Tap dancing ("In My Own Time")
  • Kris Wilkinson – String arrangements ("Ordinary Dream")

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 51
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 46
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 16
Japanese Albums Chart 36
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 35
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 34
US Billboard 200[23] 94
US Top Internet Albums (Billboard)[7] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zoom at AllMusic
  2. ^ Greenblatt, Mike (11 August 2014). "Reviews of Electric Light Orchestra's 'Live' and 'Zoom,' plus Jeff Lynne's 'Armchair Theatre'". Goldmine. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Q Magazine | Music news & reviews, music videos, band pictures & interviews
  4. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra: Zoom : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. June 30, 2001. 
  7. ^ a b "Internet Albums". Billboard. June 30, 2001. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Discographie Electric Light Orchestra". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "charts.de – Electric Light Orchestra". charts.de. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Electric Light Orchestra". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "2013 TO BRING THREE MORE RELEASES FROM JEFF LYNNE AND ELO AS PART OF ELO'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY : elo". Elo.biz. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Heather Phares (2013-12-24). "American Hustle [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  14. ^ "Zoom|Hmv Online". Hmv.co.jp. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom" (in German). Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom" (in French). Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom". Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom". Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Electric Light Orchestra – Zoom". Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  23. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Electric Light Orchestra.