Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in October 1977. Written and produced by ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, the double album is among the most commercially successful records in the group's history, selling about 10 million copies worldwide by 2007.Wikipedia
I love ELO and this album is not an exception! Good rock with various styles, ranging from classic to prog, and some really good instrumental songs.
Side three of the release is subtitled Concerto for a Rainy Day, a four-track musical suite based on the weather and how it affects mood change, ending with the eventual sunshine and happiness of "Mr. Blue Sky". This was inspired by Lynne's experience while trying to write songs for the album against a torrential downpour of rain outside his Swiss Chalet. "Standin' in the Rain" opens the suite with a haunting keyboard over a recording of real rain, recorded by Jeff Lynne just outside his rented studio. Also heard at the 0:33 mark of the song, which marks the beginning of The Concerto, is thunder crackling in an unusual manner voicing the words "Concerto for a Rainy Day" by the band's keyboardist, Richard Tandy. At around the 1:07 mark, the staccato strings play a morse code spelling out "ELO". The band used the song to open their 1978 World Tour Out of the Blue concerts. "Big Wheels" forms the second part of the suite and continues with the theme of the weather and reflection. Apart from its inclusion on the Out of the Blue album, the song has never appeared on any of the band's compilations or as a B-side until 2000, when Lynne included it on the group's retrospective Flashback album. "Summer and Lightning" is the third song in the suite. The raining weather theme is continued throughout the track though the mood and lyrics are more optimistic. "Mr. Blue Sky", an uplifting, lively song celebrating sunshine, is the finale of "Concerto for a Rainy Day" suite. Again, the Vocoder is used at the end of the track where, at the 4:54 mark, one can hear "Please turn me over" as it fades out. It is the only piece from the Concerto to be excerpted as a single.
electric light orchestra. I hardly know her.
Extra AF. Good album with a ton of interesting sounds and ideas. But man, it feels like Pink Floyd got bedazzled and thrown onstage at broadway. Overall enjoyable though, so don't get me wrong. True feelings: 3.6/5
I’m sure there were a lot of innovative sonic qualities in this album for ‘77, and in a way I like the orchestra integration, but overall this album just really doesn’t do it for me. Not sure what it is, but it kind of all starts to blend together after a while and not many songs really stuck out for me. Not bad by any means, just nothing overly special. And I know that’s a crime considering Mr. Blue Sky is on this album but 🤷🏼♂️
This album feels like driving 65 in a 65 speed limit zone. There is some really fun instrumental stuff in Across the Border. Jungle has got a totally different feel and I dig it, but only kind of. This music just feels like corporate and soulless and sterile to me I guess. There’s no heart here.
Ahh 1977. I was more into punk than this shite. Spikey hair, ripped jeans and sucking off wheelies in alleyways was my game. ELO can fuck right off.
Catchy, memorable, inventive. One of my all time favourites!
Mr Blue Skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Mr. Blue Sky es una de mis canciones favoritas desde hace unos años y sin embargo, nunca la había escuchado en el contexto de su disco original, y me encantó ahora oírla como parte de una cosa conceptual que está justo en medio del Rock y la sobreproducción del Disco que empezaba en esa época. Muy buenos solos de guitarra, sintetizadores, motivos que se repiten pero utilizados sutilmente, creo que el disco tiene de todo. Perfecta la coincidencia que, después de Blue de Joni Mitchel siguiera Out of the Blue.
Anyone who doesn’t put a 5 deserves death
The first album I ever bought was ELO. This one remains a favourite of mine, despite the decades they spent languishing in the mire of critical scorn. I'm glad they've undergone a minor re-evaluation, because Jeff Lynne owned the purest pop ears since Paul McCartney. The songs here feel liked they're beamed in from a softer, sunnier dimension; and it's a small marvel at just how meticulous some of the arrangements are. Lynne has the sensibility of a jeweller where creating pop is concerned - one of my favourite albums, of any genre, ever
Love me some ELO. I remember listening to this album as a kid (thanks to my older siblings who were ELO fans). Those opening notes of Turn to Stone bring back memories and it's still a great song. ELO is one of those bands where I enjoy everything I hear but have never dug deeply into their catalog. Jeff Lynne is awesome and I appreciate him more every time I hear anything he's involved in. Mr. Blue Sky has been played a million times in my house since my kids got into Guardians of the Galaxy, but it never gets old. Stuff like Sweet Talkin' Woman is very 70s, but still great. Favorite non-hits - Jungle (fun track), Believe Me Now, Sweet is the Night. Basically, there isn't a weak moment on the album, which is even more impressive since it's a double album. Great stuff, easy 5.
This was the first album I bought and I still love it today. It's 110% full-on from the word go with orchestral rock-n-roll pop-driven tunes and not a quiet introspective moment in 4 sides. Jeff Lynne is a genius for arrangements and tunes and it flows along with a multitude of classical and electronic tricks. I can understand how some people can't stand the whole vibe but it's so hooked into my memories I can't but love it.
Not bad per se, but hasn't aged well and annoys me
Great ELO album. 10/10
One of my all time favourite albums! Jeff Lynne is the man!
Classic double album that seems shorter than its 70 minutes. The suite on Side 3 is perfect.
Loved it. Classic fun pop. Good melodies.
What the beatles could have become. Fantastic album
Richtig krankes ding
yesss top track - sweet talkin woman every track hit the spot apart from jungle. electronic willy wonka papooz
I like it
Omg how did I not know these people? I knew half the songs already, classics! The other review is for Beauty And The Beat, which is alright I guess
Nice sounds, love them, I already knew mr blue sky
Two disks filled with brilliant pop music.
Discazo de rock muy al estilo de Supertramp.
very good, had forgotten those great songs, gonna put it on my play list.
Just a vibe
I'm a big fan of this album, it contains most of ELO's stand out tracks along with some lesser known ones which are still pretty great. I can't really mark this one down.
Excellent! ELO are a genuine sound all of their own.
Brilliant space odyssey
Awesome. Great flow.
Super groovy, great harmonies. Definitely a favorite album
this may have too much nostalgia in my rating because some of the tracks lean on weird synth sounds a little TOO heavy, but this is one of my favorite albums and I can't make myself take a star away for that. <3 ELO
Chipper pop rock, definitely of its time. Strings and keyboards vs. guitar rock gives it a real 70s vibe. Even disco-ish, I must admit, although dismissing it out of hand for that is short sighted. There’s definitely a lot more going on here than that statement gives it credit for. Besides, it’s right there in the name: Electric Light *Orchestra*. You can’t accuse them of false advertising. I like this, although a lot of criticisms would be justified, and I wouldn’t have an answer for them… except to say that this album contains “Mr. Blue Sky”, which is a song that never once in my life has failed to put me in a good mood. For that song alone, 5 stars.
ELO seems to stand in a genre of their own... majestic orchestral rock. Jeff Lynne's songwriting is fantastic, the music is catchy, with a pretty impressive variety of approaches on the album. Even with 17 tracks... i can listen to this on repeat for an entire day. Love it.
An extraordinarily well named band. The music is unforgettable and well crafted. Unfortunate that Debbie Gibson used the same album name...
Man what a great album. Unique
Amazing album. top #5 of all time for sure.
stage 1: this album is how long? stage 2: okay jeff, we get it. you like the beatles stage 3: this album is HOW long?? stage 4a: the edibles hit stage 4b: the whale stage 5: the lights are off and the sun went down an hour ago stage 666: a c c e p t
One of my all-time favorites
A little long, but Jeff Lynne's gift for melody is unparalleled.
One Of The Greatest Electronic Balades That I've Ever Heard
All great. Surprising to see just how many listens Mr Blue Sky has compared to some of their other bops though.
Big 70s Jammies
Really sweet album. Missing __something__, though.
Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Turn to stone, It’s over, Sweet talkin’ woman, Night in the city, Jungle
Sweet sweet is this album.
Hell yeah that's what I'm talking about
When I think of quality, classic 70s music, ELO is one of the very first groups to come to mind. They take the fun vibe of 70s soft rock and elevate it with wonderful orchestration and tasteful synths and keyboards. So many of these songs are just so fun and catchy and make you wanna dance. Fun listen I hadn’t paid attention to Sweet is the Night before, but I think it’s one of my very favorites of the album
5/5. Truly legendary
Out Of The Five
I have a lot of love for ELO. My dad loves them so my first mixtapes were ELO hits and deep cuts. Later on I picked this album up during my vinyl collecting days for a buck or so. I used to listen to this one quite a bit, especially side 4. Side 4 is really where I think this album shines brightest. Sweet Is The Night is probably my favorite song on the whole album; I even put it on a mix CD for my wife when we first started dating. The Whale has some notes of cheddar but it's still a cool instrumental. Wild West Hero is my second favorite song on the album. It's just so good. My dad would always sing it when I was a kid. That probably adds to why I like it so much. There's some other classic ELO songs here: Turn To Stone, Sweet Talking Woman, Mr. Blue Sky. A few songs that are a little meh but nothing bad to be found on this double album. A pretty nice feat. This is probably a 4 overall, but I have so many great memories with this band and album that I gotta bump it to a 5.
I have my own little system of rating out here...everyone gets one star anyway...but influence, innovation, and just pure entertainment or listening pleasure all come into play...and if an album has more than 3 tracks that I add to a playlist (or already had) it's going to end up in that rarified air of 5 stars. This is one of those albums.
heck yeah!! super funky and my vibe. 80s kind of, lovee it
-Obviously, "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman" are quite famous songs from this album. -One of my favorites is "Turn to Stone," especially the fast part where they say "Yes, I'm turnin' to stone/'Cause you ain't coming home/Why ain't you comin' home/If I'm turnin' to stone/You've been gone for so long/And I can't carry on/Yes, I'm turnin', I'm turnin'/I'm turnin' to stone" -"Night In The City" also stands out as a strong, catchy song. -Overall a very cool rock album with lots of keyboard and vocoder and multi-singer-harmony parts to give it a unique sound.
This is a masterpiece, particularly Side 3. Great all round.
Tried and true
first listen a GOAT record
A work of genius, with some all time classics. Even the random bonus tracks are good!
Great tunes! Always something new to hear each time. Sounds great, hasn't aged.
stone cold 5
A joyous, energetic, fantastical romp of an album. Starts with 'Turn to Stone,' which is great and a hit, but the rest of the songs somehow manage to live up to the bar the first song sets. And I mean, come on, who doesn't like 'Mr. Blue Sky?' It's one of the most feel good songs I've ever heard. ELO made an amazing album here, and it shines bright all the way through.
Wow what a surprise that was. I've heard the singles from the album and we all know how good they are. But the other songs where brilliant too. And best of all, it was not just a selection of songs, but a proper album - all the songs seemed placed perfectly. A proper 5 star album
Loved every minute.
Great album and I am glad I own a copy of it on vinyl as the cover art is amazing
In my opinion ELO is the best group when it comes to Branding. The name, imagery on their albums, all fit in so incredibly well with the music. Out of the Blue is simply an incredible album. It's very cohesive front to back and filled with great tunes. Lots of classics but really no weak songs in here from what I see, and loved the Weather Suite portion ending with Mr Blue Sky. Easy 5 stars.
Bangers all around.
Swirly, orchestral, shimmery, innovative, original rock and roll for the tuna sandwich demi-intellectual who appreciates both Beethoven and the Beatles. Almost prog rock, but never actually lands in that haunted territory. Not a blue note in sight, but minor keys appear liberally, making this both shiny-happy and occasionally ominous (somehow, occasionally even simultaneously). This album is so much more than its tiny handful of massive hits, with very little fat but a lot of cream (and pure cane sugar).
Excellent and a breath of fresh air compared to standard rock from then or now.
Pure perfection - not a dud song in the track listing. Slightly blinded by nostalgia, with memories of it regularly being played around the house and in the car when I was a kid, and being fascinated with my mum’s vinyl copy which had a pop out/make your own space ship. An album that's still guaranteed to put a smile on my face. Jeff Lynne is a genius.
What a masterpiece! Flows so well and songs are still great individually. Fav track: Turn to Stone
What a fucking masterpiece of an album. Incredible instrumentals and vocals throughout. Picking one favorite track here feels sacrilegious, but Mr. Blue Sky has always been my favorite from ELO
So much energy in this album !
9,1 Such a great album Bangers on bangers Perfect pacing Mr. Blue Sky is a perfect song
What a big box of chocolates, this album goes places..... Beatles, Dylan, The Who, Bowie, Supertramp, the list of artists that this sounds like is seemingly endless. Super catchy choruses paired with prog rock and an orchestra, what's not to love?
What an incredible album! A mix of harmonies reminiscent of the bee jees, Beatles and beach boys, while pure rock and roll throughout. The sound is so crisp and produced so well that despite there being so much going on, it is always easy listening. I love how subtle the songs change midway creating such interesting dynamics. One of the best albums on the list for me.
Love it, so funky, so fresh so ahead of its time. This shit mustve banged back in the 70s
It's like if The Beatles and Queen went on a very, very successful date to see a scifi flick. As it turns out, putting classic 70s rock together with catchy hooks and futuristic beep boop elements before enhancing it for an orchestral or stadium setting results in something huge. There's not a bad song on here. Each track is a grand affair that stands out on its own already, but they all become even better when you blast the whole record front to back. Take me out to space, ELO! Standout tracks: Sweet Talkin' Woman, Summer and Lightning, and The Whale.
A musical experience, way ahead of its time and very pleasing to listen. I need happy music like this in my life
This album was quite a journey. It is dense, layered, and extremely musically literate. At times I could hear the Beatles, the Beach Boys, rockabilly, prog, and quite a bit of glam rock. I disagree heavily with the Rolling Stone review that states that this album is soulless. I found this album to be full of passion; it is obviously very lovingly written and arranged. I was a bit worried about the length, but after listening to it, I feel like this album is so cohesive without being repetitive that it plays more like a symphony.
Quite liked this one! A lot of the songs sounded similar to one another, but the album was energetic and put me in a good mood, so I'll let that slide.
Brings back memories.
OH FUCC YEAH how did i ever wait this long to listen to this
A great decade album. Mr Blue Sky is fantastic
Not as great as discovery
4 stars cause they got better albums IMO, but definitely a classic. ELO is really good in general
It's ELO in their prime. Disco stylings mixed into classic rock that doesn't tire even in 17 songs.
Energetic, epic synth, a bit cheesy feeling with the backing vocals but that's just not to my taste.
MR BLUE SKY ... but seriously easy listening
Was gonna do 3 but mr blue sky boosted it
Voy a presentarles La Orquesta de La Luz Oye esta Rica Salsa Nuestro ambiente musical ♬ Ahh no, esta es la OTRA Orquesta de La Luz XD ------ No estoy seguro de cómo catalogar este estilo musical, quizá "Rock-Pop-Sinfónico", pero el álbum me recuerda muchísimo a Queen. Imagino perfectamente a Freddie cantando 'It's Over', 'Standin' in the rain' o 'Mr. Blue Sky'. Algo que también me agradó mucho fueron canciones como 'Jungle', que está instrumentada como una jungla, 'Across the Border' con sus trompetas de mariachi o 'Whale' que pues... es una ballena. El disco tiene algo de 'progresivo' o 'conceptual' que me resulto muy interesante. Por último, este álbum rompió mi estereotipo de que ELO era un grupo de música disco. Escuché todo el disco quizá unas 4 veces y seguro lo escucharía de nuevo.
pretty funny pretty nice pretty pretty
I didn't listen to the whole thing, but it has some iconic songs on it so thumbs up.
It's an album in the spirit of 70's. I didn't quite like the first couple of tracks with lots of electronic/synth background, but the album finds its pace as it moves on. Favorite tracks: * Summer and Lightning * Sweet is the Night
It’s so ambitious and largely successful. He’s a very worthy Wilbury.
Primero lo primero, amo las cuerdas utilizadas durante todo el disco. Los efectos grabados de lluvia y otros instrumentos por sí solos están bien, pero la combinación crea música por demás disfrutable. No me encantan los coritos a la mitad de las frases y seguro Daft Punk cuando escucharon a ELO dijeron "vamos a hacer música". Un disco muy agradable que experimenta con sonidos sin dejar de ser fácil de consumir. Una chulada. Songs: Night in the City, Across the Border, Believe Me Now, I'm Steppin' Out, Mr Blue Sky, Sweet is the Night
Rock und synth mix pretty good especially Mr blue sky and turn to stone Paar Songs sind mir zu repetetive
4.5 | Un álbum que disfruté bastante y, aunque conocía canciones sueltas de ELO me sorprendió de muy buena manera escuchar todo un disco. Desde que arranca se siente ese rock retrofuturista (retro al menos ya para hoy en día) setentero que me gusta mucho. Es alegre, te amarra y emociona. Me da un sonido y me hace imaginar mucho esa estética que tenía la ciencia ficción antes de Alien y Star Wars… esa ciencia ficción y cosas del espacio más… inocentes en la que todo era limpio y todos se vestían con batas por alguna razón; es una estética que hoy en día se siente muy tonta quizá para muchos, pero me recuerda demasiadas películas de mi infancia. Música muy eléctrica con coros, cuerdas, letras pegajosas y que se sienten tremendamente británicas. Música divertida. Se siente como un rock sinfónico exagerado, quizá cursi pero muy agradable y termina sintiéndose como una verdadera joya de rock pop. Turn to Stone, It’s Over y Sweet Talking Woman son excelentes y todo ese grupo de canciones que termina con Mr. Blue Sky hacen un conjunto maravilloso y una subida y bajada de emociones muy bien realizada. Tiene un par de canciones lentas, algunas bien algunas que sobran un poco y la última parte después de Mr. Blue Sky es un poco desigual en calidad, algo instrumental que medio sobra, pero todo el álbum es muy agradable. Quizá es un poco largo, no se si funcionaría mejor como un disco normal y no un álbum doble; hay suficientes canciones buenas que no cabrían en un solo disco pero también siento que no hay tanto material como para llenar bien el álbum doble y termina con un poco de relleno.
First time listening to this entire album. I’ve always been impressed by Jeff Lynne simply because he was the one person in the Traveling Wilburys whom I had never heard of. Once I learned about ELO it still seemed like he was the non-famous one in a group of super famous singers. It totally makes sense though after listening to this record; this absolutely sounds like the kind of record other musicians would admire. I’ll have to listen to it way more than once to even begin to digest it all, but it was good going down.
Discazo, tiene una buena combinación de rolas movidas y otras más tranquis, de repente se escucha un buen sintetizador que podría sonar como precursor de algunas tendencias electronicas.
i discovered this record a while back and it has become a classic in my library. the tunes they have produced are great pieces of rock. giving it a 4 but for me its probably a 4.3/5
I like my rock like I like my shaft... Soft...
it was ok, groovy
Good classic but my fav is TIME
I wrote a long and detailed review, but it got eaten somehow...Anyways, Out Of The Blue is a fantastic double album that has maybe 1 track worth skipping. There's a lot of technical (for the time) feats in this whole experience, and lyrics that reaffirm ELO's embrace of said technology. Side 3 is known as Concerto for a Rainy Day, and should be listened to in its entirety, right up to the special message at the end just for LP listeners.
Well this was a pleasant bloody surprise this Wednesday morning. Borrows hugely from the best bits of the Beatles. Grand, Flawlessly produced, and timelessly catchy. Its 5 or 6 tracks too long which is a shame as there is an absolute masterpiece 11 or 12 song album in there somewhere. 4/5
I love ELO, I would’ve cut a few songs but also it sounds so good it’s hard to complain
This was fun, although the style admittedly wore me out after a whole album. Way too much perky for too long. It really does lift you a bit though. Mr Blue Sky is a fun quirky song.
Some great Beatlesque pop. Well known hit singles and THAT side 3 weather sequence concluding with the gilt edged Mr Blue Sky. Pretty good, but a little long.
ELO struck gold with this album, and as a result kept the art motif for any subsequent efforts. Boasting several of their most recognizable singles this album flows from one track to the next.
You are in for a ride with ELO, an album that is almost 80 minutes long, and it has its moments. So what I think first of is a mix between some Beatles-esque songs with Queen harmonizing set to take place in space in the late '70s. You have probably heard some part of Mr Blue Sky, and it is a really fun and happy song in its whole length. Listen to this and feel yourself get filled with joy and happiness.
Bunt und spaßig?
Has some huge songs on it that are really good, but it sort of felt samey some of the time, and let me down
Easy-listening music, straight out of the 70's. I really liked hearing an entire orchestra of music in this album.
I like ELO and generally enjoyed the album
A classic. Full of great tracks.
Damn I need to listen to more ELO. This is like a softcore Beatles. This is good. Four stars.
Good songs in addition to Mr Blue Sky, would listen
Catchy pop rock. Can't go wrong with a bit of ELO
Love ELO. Such an unmistakable sound.
I used to know this for Mr. Blue Sky alone, but wow have I been missing out. This album isnt slept on, not every album is talked about for decades, but this one deserves it. Favorites : Turn to Stone, Birmingham Blues, Sweet is the night. Overall 7/10
Who could dislike ELO? Who is not happy listening to this music? Well, probably many people for some valid reasons, but I’m not one of them. I love how the strings are used on this record. Not overdone, just the right amount coming in at just the right time. Every track is magic. I love it. Favourite track: C’mon. “Mr. Blue Sky”
At least 3 stand outs.
Really liked the general vibe of the album. Have listened to ELO before so kinda knew what to expect but also wasn't disappointed. Really like Turn To Stone and Mr Blue Sky, nothing else really stood out to me.
Good, need to listen again
This is a cool album. Don't know if it's "good" but it is definitely cool. The harmonizing is something else. "Turn to Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Sweet Is the Night", and, of course, "Mr. Blue Sky" are the standouts but there aren't really any duds.
L. 7/30 - 8/1 Immaculately and meticulously crafted. Grand Rock music. Standout Tracks: Turn to Stone, It's Over, Night in the City, Jungle, Big Wheels, Summer and Lightning, Mr. Blue Sky, The Whale
Overall pretty good
For about a year they ruled the world. A string of singles from this album (including the sublime Wild west hero) meant it was impossible to go anywhere without hearing ELO playing. Places me forever in Coventry shopping precinct.
Maybe it's because the site happened to give it to me on a perfect day for it (clear mid-70s skies following a storm that caused a shitload of flooding), but I really enjoyed Out of the Blue's spacey, grandiose sound. The impeccable instrumentation works beautifully off of Jeff Lynne's voice, producing euphoric highs that resemble a top-tier prog rock band with more strings and less noodling. It's a double album, so it inevitably runs into a handful of tracks that feel more like filler, but it's still tighter than you would expect a 70-minute double LP to be. Hell, I went into this knowing I wasn't the biggest fan of Mr. Blue Sky, but it works really well as the finale of side 3's weird little weather-themed suite. Great stuff all around. Key Tracks: Turn to Stone, Night in the City, Big Wheels
Way too long and some songs feel like fillers, but overall a classic and a good album
Love the musical vibes.
ELO has a rather unique style. Whenever they come up on the radio they annoy me more often than not. But as an album I will return to them in the future.
Enjoyable the whole way through. Put me in a good mood. Sweet Talkin woman and Mr blue sky highlights for me
despite of being aware of the band since like forever and of course being a fan of Mr Blue Sky, I had never listened to this record, a very very nice surprice, I think I may buy it!
I enjoyed this album.
немного в стиле куин, супер аранжировки, гармонии, максимально интересно, старый звук 70-ых
It sounded to me a lot like a queen album, and I wonder how much cross influence there was there.
Mr Blue Sky such a timeless classic.
Not exactly my thing but a lot better than I had thought. Very much like the post-Beatles Beatles releases from the anthology series
In 1977, I was listening to The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Sabbath. ELO wasn't even something I was remotely interested in. But 45-years later, and several listens over the years, it's grown on me. It's a lot of fun to listen to. Except Mr Bluesky. I'm so, so tired of that song.
ELO has established themselves prior with albums such as Eldorado and A New World Record. Leaning heavy into the string arrangements made them one of the most notable "Symphonic Rock" bands . Hell, there's even a "conerto" on this album! It's always been their wheelhouse, of course, but Out of the Blue was the most ambitious ELO album at the time of it's release, being a double album and having their most popular singles ever. Being a symphonic rock album, it's naturally going to be very theatrical by nature. This usually isn't my style but ELO sells it so well that I can't not love it. However, the album's tracklist length hinders the total product as a lot of the songs on the first half sail right by me. I love Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin' Woman, and Jungle, but the rest didn't stick with me as much. This then brings us to the second half which kicks off with the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" and I'm 100% enamored with what this album does. Just a fantastic display of musical prowess. Wow! The last few songs are a nice way to close the album, especially The Whale. Overall a wonderful experience that I'm sure I'll love even more with repeat listens. Based and GOATed
Pop-rock setentero. Está bien.
This is the album they became ELO rather than the Electric Light Orchestra. The voyage from pioneers to settlers was complete. The craft is evident with some great songs.
Great orchestral pop rock, simple arragements that have aged well though. (8/10) FT: Turn To Stone, Mr. Blue Sky, Sweet Talkin' Woman
Holy fuck how did I not come across this album
I dont know how i've never heard of this album, while having known most of the songs in that album
Good album - will return for another listen
Full of bangers.
Pretty good album. I've always thought ELO doesn't get enough recognition, but this was the first time I've listened to a full album
So much joy in this album. It was a fun, buoyant listen.
elo!!!!! so iconic!!!! kinda love the musical motifs that recur throughout the entire album--a rock orchestra to be certain. 4/4 for concept; last star is missing only because i'm not sure how willing i'd be to re-listen/re-visit any specific songs outside of the context of the whole album
Really dug this one. It feels extremely cinematic, like a rock opera with the pretense that saddles so many rock operas (looking at you, Tommy). It's maybe not narrative the way others are, but so many songs on here feel like they could be pivotal scenes in a story, or end credits in a movie. I've heard some ELO before, but barely anything from here and I think they killed this. Really vibrant rock, a bit refined but doesn't lose the sauce. Days like this make me glad to be doing this list and finding things that I may have otherwise continued to go without. I won't be counting ELO out after this. Favorite tracks: Mr. Blue Sky, Jungle, Steppin' Out, Summer and Lightning, Sweet is the Night, Across the Border. Album art: Gorgeous picture here, I've never even seen this before. Alex compared it to a Journey cover, and I can see that. Excellent colors, seriously great job matching the feel of the album. Talk about a sleeper hit. 4.5/5
This was an absolutely classic album. Along with the cover and time frame, this felt right up there with Boston's albums. I wouldn't directly compare them beyond that but I really enjoyed this. My favorite was Mr. Blue Sky but the rest all felt like the classic rock I know and love that helps close this week out on a better note.
Love theses guys; Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin & Starlight are great oldies. Thanks Mr Blue Sky😊
Another album that rocked during high school days…. Many great tracks on this album….
ELO is a solid band to get me in a happier mood or feeling more energized...I might not have a clue what they are talking about half the time, but the vibe is solid
Super fun listen! Many many good songs, but WOW is Mr. Blue Sky just an incredible feat of music. Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Summer and Lightning, just to names a few others. The incorporation of strings and backing vocals really makes the songs on this thing so different from typical 70s pop rock. 8/10
my god this album art is just fantastic. i'm starting this rating at 4 stars just because of that, let's see if the music keeps it there. Yea it was pretty good all around, I'm keeping it at 4!
elo combines my 2 favorite genres rock and classical. there are a lot of my favorite elo songs on this album.
I've always liked ELO but don't own any of their albums or know which songs come from which albums. It's hard for me to put a finger on what this album is - it's slightly more synthy than what I remember them for (I only recognized Turn to Stone and Sweet Talkin Woman). They always had synth, but a little more rock edge in other tunes. Night in the City still has more of that edge. It also has some spacey, dream pop motifs - which after reading up was apparently where they were going with their whole style? I guess them and Badfinger both, in trying to be a new age Beatles sound (which I kind of hear, but not always). I think bonus points for the double album and the running theme throughout which gave it an almost prog rock feel, but with progressions combined across not within songs - e.g., Side 3 from Standin in the Rain to Big Wheels to Summer and Lightning to the big finish in Mr. Blue Sky. I liked it, but it also made me question what it is that I call classic rock. It also made me realize that these guys (well, Jeff Lynne mainly) probably opened the door for crappy pop rock - they did it well but the imitators not so much.
Awesome album, lots of various music styles incorporated into a final rock product. Classics as well as some other songs that stretch the genre in a cool way!
Classic rock is classic. Mr Blue Sky is such a lovely song.
feel good music meets prog rock
An album made even more outstanding when one considers its lead architect can't even read sheet music. Jeff Lynne fires on all cylinders with this LP, interlacing stacked vocal melodies on top of horns, organ, guitar, bass, and countless other multitracks to form a carefully crafted wall of sound that defies any genre label one might want to put on it.
Big Bangers. The use of full orchestra sound and voices is magical. Operatic even. An album that packs a punch while still being really fun to listen to.
The Whale bangs in the whip
Yep, what an album, even today in 2022 it still sounds modern and good, which is more than can be said for a lot of music that was produced back then.
By 1977, rock's ballooning excess had been well and truly pierced by the tight and gritty authenticity of punk. For some, ELO represented all that had gone too far in rock, from their orchestra section to their live shows beginning with the band emerging from a spaceship. Yet despite all the criticism, there is something very direct and unfussy about Jeff Lynne's songwriting. It's absolutely unadulterated pop, taking obvious influence from The Beatles and other pre 70's popular music while picking up other cues from disco. I've always been a huge fan of ELO and all they stand for: bombastic arrangements, sugary sweet melodies, beautiful harmonies and falsetto, and an unashamed love of pop music. "Out of the Blue" has this in spades: beginning with the propulsive energy of "Turn to Stone", and mingling sunshine pop with aching ballads, it's one irresistible melody after another in a perfect fusion of synths and strings. Most of the songs in the album's first half are very good and then have one little touch- a middle eight or instrumental hook- to elevate them into "great". The rapid fire vocal section in "Turn to Stone". The "doo-doo" backing vocals in "Sweet Talkin' Woman". The blast of horns in "Across the Border". The fake-out coda in "Stepping Out". And then just when the album might be running out of steam, we're treated to side 3's "Concerto for a Rainy Day." This sequence of songs is pure magic and much greater than the sum of its parts. "Big Wheels" is underwhelming on its own, but the tracks around it lift it into the top tier. "Summer and Lightning" and, of course, "Mr Blue Sky" are blissful and need no further explanation. I hope they'll stay with me for the rest of my life. However, no matter how effusive I can be about this album at its best, the fact remains that it's 70 minutes and doesn't quite stick the landing. Everything about rock's excess can be held against it, and it starts to feel its runtime by the home stretch. "Birmingham Blues" is a hokey throwaway. "The Whale" is too unfocused, the closest the album comes to muzak. Even "Starlight", earlier on, is plodding and unessential. I hate to mark it down because there's so much I love about "Out of he Blue", but it has to be said that there's clearly a five star album nestled within it. The decision to set it as a double album in Lynne's burst of inspiration is admirable, but ultimately brings the quality down. Had some of the lesser tracks been dispensed of, it would be an all-time classic. Instead, I'll settle for "A New World Record", which is tighter and even more fun than this one. Oh, by the way, "Jungle" has never not made me smile. One of the most delightful recordings ever produced.
I love it! Really fun, a mixture of different moods/sounds all coming together, had a good time listening to this :) from the name and the picture I expected something really different though
Absolutely love this album!! I was always obsessed with Mr Blue Sky, but never listened to the entire album and happy to be introduced to some absolute TUNES what a happy and exciting vibe. Loved the influences from the Beatles and I can see what they mean by trying to carry on from where I am the walrus left off. Love it! Some songs were a bit filler-y for me so it's lost one star.
A la disco, yet ahead of it's time. Cover is apt, felt like a space shuttle tour soundtrack. Loved it.
Hall and Oates meets Queen meets the Beatles. I really enjoyed this entire album, easy listen with interesting melodies and the orchestral instrumentation is great.
I really enjoyed this album and their unique sound mixed with classic rock! I ended up knowing more songs than I realized too