I grew up listening to ELO. I remember the sounds from AM radio. The band even did a great soundtrack to a very bad movie Xanadu. ELO was a very textured diverse group. They took what the Beattles did with strings and added synthesizers and created a unique sound.
One of the founding members and main song writers of the band was Jeff Lynne. Jeff Lynne led the band and wrote their hits. He was also a very successful producer and worked with Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and was part of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. I have always liked and enjoyed Jeff Lynne's work.
Listening to XM I was excited to hear that Jeff Lynne was back with the group ELO. There have been no new releases in over a decade. I found the release on Itunes and was surprised at the title, Jeff Lynne's ELO. What this means is Jeff Lynne wrote and preformed all the music tracks by himself. I really like Jeff Lynne but felt a little cheated, it isn't ELO. The Band ELO had incredibly talented musicians who brought their own feel to tracks written by Jeff Lynne.
Now the release is a very good solo album. As I wrote before I really like Jeff Lynne. A few tracks that stand out after a listen are Love and Rain, Dirty to the Bone, I'm Leaving You and One Step at a Time. This is a great headphone album, which means you can plug or bluetooth in and zone out to the music. I enjoyed the release, it just isn't ELO.
Til next time, listen to the best - your ears deserve it.