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Out Of The Blue

Electric Light Orchestra

1977

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Out Of The Blue

Rating

3.59

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

Catchy, memorable, inventive. One of my all time favourites!

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5

Mr Blue Skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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5

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.

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5

Fantastical

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electric light orchestra. I hardly know her.

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3

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

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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.

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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 🤷🏼‍♂️

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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.

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2

Not bad per se, but hasn't aged well and annoys me

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5

Great ELO album. 10/10

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5

One of my all time favourite albums! Jeff Lynne is the man!

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5

Classic double album that seems shorter than its 70 minutes. The suite on Side 3 is perfect.

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5

Loved it. Classic fun pop. Good melodies.

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5

Fun listening.

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5

What the beatles could have become. Fantastic album

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5

Bem feliz

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5

Richtig krankes ding

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5

fuck yeah

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5

yesss top track - sweet talkin woman every track hit the spot apart from jungle. electronic willy wonka papooz

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5

I like it

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5

Absolute banger!

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5

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

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5

Anyone who doesn’t put a 5 deserves death

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5

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

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5

Great

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5

Nice sounds, love them, I already knew mr blue sky

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5

Noice

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5

Two disks filled with brilliant pop music.

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5

Discazo de rock muy al estilo de Supertramp.

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5

very good, had forgotten those great songs, gonna put it on my play list.

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5

Just a vibe

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5

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.

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5

Excellent! ELO are a genuine sound all of their own.

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5

Buen álbum

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5

Brilliant space odyssey

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5

Just awesome.

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5

Awesome. Great flow.

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5

Super groovy, great harmonies. Definitely a favorite album

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

An extraordinarily well named band. The music is unforgettable and well crafted. Unfortunate that Debbie Gibson used the same album name...

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5

Man what a great album. Unique

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5

Amazing album. top #5 of all time for sure.

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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

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5

One of my all-time favorites

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5

A little long, but Jeff Lynne's gift for melody is unparalleled.

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5

One Of The Greatest Electronic Balades That I've Ever Heard

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5

electric blues

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5

All great. Surprising to see just how many listens Mr Blue Sky has compared to some of their other bops though.

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5

Big 70s Jammies

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5

Really sweet album. Missing __something__, though.

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5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Turn to stone, It’s over, Sweet talkin’ woman, Night in the city, Jungle

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5

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.

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5

Sweet sweet is this album.

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5

Hell yeah that's what I'm talking about

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5

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

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5

Wow

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5

5/5. Truly legendary

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5

Out Of The Five

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5

Excellent album!

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5

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.

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4

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.

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4

Brings back memories.

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4

OH FUCC YEAH how did i ever wait this long to listen to this

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4

A great decade album. Mr Blue Sky is fantastic

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4

Not as great as discovery

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4

4 stars cause they got better albums IMO, but definitely a classic. ELO is really good in general

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4

It's ELO in their prime. Disco stylings mixed into classic rock that doesn't tire even in 17 songs.

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4

Energetic, epic synth, a bit cheesy feeling with the backing vocals but that's just not to my taste.

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4

MR BLUE SKY ... but seriously easy listening

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4

Was gonna do 3 but mr blue sky boosted it

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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.

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4

pretty funny pretty nice pretty pretty

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4

I didn't listen to the whole thing, but it has some iconic songs on it so thumbs up.

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4

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

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4

It’s so ambitious and largely successful. He’s a very worthy Wilbury.

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false

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4

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

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4

Rock und synth mix pretty good especially Mr blue sky and turn to stone Paar Songs sind mir zu repetetive

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4

Love ELO

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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.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

I like my rock like I like my shaft... Soft...

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4

it was ok, groovy

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4

Good classic but my fav is TIME

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4

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.

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4

goood shit

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4

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

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4

I love ELO, I would’ve cut a few songs but also it sounds so good it’s hard to complain

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Hell yea

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4

Bunt und spaßig?

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4

Has some huge songs on it that are really good, but it sort of felt samey some of the time, and let me down

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4

Easy-listening music, straight out of the 70's. I really liked hearing an entire orchestra of music in this album.

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4

I like ELO and generally enjoyed the album

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4

A classic. Full of great tracks.

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4

Damn I need to listen to more ELO. This is like a softcore Beatles. This is good. Four stars.

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4

Good songs in addition to Mr Blue Sky, would listen

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4

Catchy pop rock. Can't go wrong with a bit of ELO

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4

Love ELO. Such an unmistakable sound.

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4

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

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4

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”

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4

At least 3 stand outs.

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4

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.

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4

Good, need to listen again

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4

Really good

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

Overall pretty good

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4

Good time.

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

Way too long and some songs feel like fillers, but overall a classic and a good album

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4

Love the musical vibes.

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4

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.

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4

Enjoyable the whole way through. Put me in a good mood. Sweet Talkin woman and Mr blue sky highlights for me

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4

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!

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4

I enjoyed this album.

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4

немного в стиле куин, супер аранжировки, гармонии, максимально интересно, старый звук 70-ых

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4

It sounded to me a lot like a queen album, and I wonder how much cross influence there was there.

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4

Mr Blue Sky such a timeless classic.

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4

Not exactly my thing but a lot better than I had thought. Very much like the post-Beatles Beatles releases from the anthology series

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

Pop-rock setentero. Está bien.

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4

4.5

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4

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.

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4

Great orchestral pop rock, simple arragements that have aged well though. (8/10) FT: Turn To Stone, Mr. Blue Sky, Sweet Talkin' Woman

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4

Holy fuck how did I not come across this album

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4

I dont know how i've never heard of this album, while having known most of the songs in that album

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4

Good

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4

Good album - will return for another listen

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4

Full of bangers.

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4

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

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4

So much joy in this album. It was a fun, buoyant listen.

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4

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

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4

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

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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.

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Love theses guys; Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin & Starlight are great oldies. Thanks Mr Blue Sky😊

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Another album that rocked during high school days…. Many great tracks on this album….

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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

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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

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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!

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elo combines my 2 favorite genres rock and classical. there are a lot of my favorite elo songs on this album.

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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.

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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!

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Classic rock is classic. Mr Blue Sky is such a lovely song.

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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.

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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.

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The Whale bangs in the whip

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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A la disco, yet ahead of it's time. Cover is apt, felt like a space shuttle tour soundtrack. Loved it.

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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.

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I really enjoyed this album and their unique sound mixed with classic rock! I ended up knowing more songs than I realized too

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I was never really been a fan of ELO's synthesized sound and some of the production Jeff Lynne did for other artists, but they produced enough good songs to make me feel nostalgic every time I hear them. Each of their early albums had a few songs worth listening to and definitely Out Of The Blue is the most fulfilling. They had quite a bit of radio play during this time and they were popular enough I felt I didn't need to buy the record (if that makes sense?). The best songs are super catchy and I've heard Mr. Blue Sky more in the past couple of years than ever before. It must have appeared on some movie soundtracks or TV shows or something, anyways it's a great song!

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I was surprised by how much I liked it. I've heard of "ELO" but never listened on purpose. A couple of tracks were familiar. My least favorite thing is the "spacey" synth stuff, but there's a pretty good mix of sounds going on. The vocal style might be a little fatiguing, but it's consistent and ties everything together.

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pop rock no espaço

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i got a Beatles/queen vibes from this whole album. overall pretty good album

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This was a great listen… first time properly listing to ELO. Some amazing melodies and harmonies.

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Хороший альбом

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Don't have this and mainly knew the hits from this one. Very enjoyable as expected when I saw it come up.

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I’m not as into progressive rock but this was interesting to listen to.

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very good, liked them to start with and this album increased my awareness of their styles.

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It's great

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Didn't jam with me the first listen but it's quirky style is growing on me.

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I only knew Mr Blue Sky before listening to this (as most of the people), but it is a really good algum! Kinda long, but it still slaps. Favorite tracks: * Mr. Blue Sky * Turn To Stone * Big Wheels

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sounds way too cheerful and upbeat for my taste... but great production

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A fun listen!

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Hadn't listened to this in years. Came in fresh for a Monday morning

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An album that transitions the 70s into the 80s

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A mislim… Mr. Blue Sky ono

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Podug album, ali oprošteno! Želim na vinylu ovo. ★★★★ i pol.

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Hey there mister blue

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It's ELO, so you know it's gonna be good. It's happy and cheerful music and yet I feel like it needs to be a little bit more than just ELO.

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04/14/2022 Super fun 70s pop! Mr. Blue Sky is a classic! Some other really good tracks fill the album. Not quite an all-timer, though. Had this on vinyl when I was little, and loved the album art - really influenced my music taste/appreciation at a young age.

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Chill vibes, pretty fun. But did it need to be a double album?

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70’er pop, masser sf strygere, futuristisk stil, progressivt, opløftende

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There are moments where ELO is way too disco-adjacent for me, but the strength of Side 3 of this record is enough to cover over a multitude of sins. Best track: Summer and Lightning

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Overall good album with songs I had forgotten about.

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One of the most sophisticated pop-rock bands of the 80s that managed to be in the best international positions.

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Nice east rock album. ELO made this one pretty unique in the rock sense with an arrangement of instruments and stylings. The songs are easy going and mostly cheerful and fun to hear. The album is really just enjoyable. 7.7/10

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This is a very impressive record with much more consistency than I thought at first. I already knew "Mr. Blue Sky" and some other songs, but never had listened to it as a whole album and it makes much sense listening to it in this way. The final result is a little bit repetitive, but it's definitively a great album.

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Nice mix of sounds. Lives up to the Orchestra name. Easy listening, very enjoyable.

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Top album, elk nummer is een banger

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Big fab and stupid

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kinda cool old-schooley proggish rock, a couple of mates of mine are big fans so i've heard a bit before. not gonna make regular rotation but it was pleasant enough.

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eh. it was ok

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Somehow ends up sounding a bit slight, despite the absurd maximalism. Which is a shame because that maximalism is the shiny thing that makes ELO ELO. I'm far from disenchanted, just need to wait for my mood to change or consume in smaller bites.

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Some wacky ones, some memorable songs

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Mr. Blue Sky: Super, Rest: So lala

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3 ⭐️ nice vibes.

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Ihan vekkuleita ralleja

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pretty great, I have solid memories with the album but as a standalone I think it's super impressive and enjoyable

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@@@½. Some nice tunes.

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It's ELO nuff said. Great songs.

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Pretty good soft rock/pop album from the 70s. The album has lots of similar sounding tracks.

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Me gusta la música de ELO, Hacen un manejo impecable de las cuerdas y los efectos contrastando con el rock

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Too long.

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Surely there is a brilliance in this but the EZ listening vibe is a little too strong for my taste.

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Proggy

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The concerto was good. The rest I could take or leave. The musicians are/were extremely talented, I just wasn't enthralled by the result.

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Favs - Turn to Stone & Mr. Blue Sky

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Si escuchas atento hasta el final se oye Creep.

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why are there so many rock albums aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 6/10 it's decent

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Thanks you, Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Chika-chika boom boom, Chanclas in the room room, here with thoughts for you, on “out of the blue”. I feel the appeal, a couple bangers right from the get go, this happy go lucky journey through space is peppered with memorable tracks. But the journeys a bit long ain’t it? 17 tracks might just be too many for an album in my opinion. However it’s length and energy does make it a excellent album for getting some good cleaning done. Beware dancing might occur. True feeling: 3.7/5 stars Saved tracks: 6/17 Stand out tune: turn to stone

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Good but way too long

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'60s pop meets '70s prog. The album John Lennon's Imagine wishes it was.

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Ok, not particularly memorable

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Some good songs but I got a little lost in the middle and felt like some songs merged together - all in all though a fun listen!

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6/10 It was pretty good, I’m always gonna rate orchestral pieces good, I just feel it adds life to a song. Favs: Turn to Stone, Mr. Blue Sly

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Very dope Crazy chords some of it to 80's shmaltz for me but rating subject to change as i hear more

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Aside from Mr blue sky I hadn't heard any of the tracks here before. There were some really good ones and some forgettable ones. This was very much a collection of songs rather than a cohesive album.

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1. I enjoy opening track, Turn to Stone, but do not like the way it fades at the end 2. Really like beginning instrumentals of It's Over, I like the way it changes at the end. 3. Sweet Talkin' Woman was forgettable. 4. Across the Border is enjoyable, I like the cymbals and I think violins? 5. Night in the City intro threw me at first but I like the way it goes into the guitar and drums. Vocals are nice. The bv are really nice, harmonies are lovely. The "I'll getcha (is she gonna getcha?)" is very good. My highlight so far. 6. Starlight by Taylor Swift is better but I like the vocals. Originally was just listening through laptop, but on speaker it sounds much much better (duh). 7. Interesting opening to Jungle, did not particularly enjoy but when the instruments kicked in I enjoyed more. It feels kind of childlike? Not sure why just the feel of the song. Not a big fan of it but I like the beat. Animal noises take away from the song - they don't fit (in my opinion). I liked the way it faded. 8. I like Believe Me Now's intro, the instruments sound great. Drums sound great. Not the biggest fan of the electronic sound here, could have done without. Wish it was a full song or a longer instrumental. 9. Steppin' Out opens nicely, the whine of whatever that is is nice. Vocals sound honest and are nice to listen to. Build up was enjoyable, subtle harmonies give depth. Lyrics are good. Drums sound great. Electric sounding vocals are nice here. Choir effect sounds good here. Outro is very strong. 10. Standin' in the Rain's initial intro is boring. Instrumental kick in adds to it but the voice is unnecessary. Drums are a highlight as well as keyboard. Choir is great, chords sound good. Build up was slightly disappointing. Forgettable altogether. Sounds too similar to a previous song. Vocals sound good though, lyrics are good too. Getting into the groove of it now, the descending chords are good, increase in tempo is nice. Night in the City is still the best so far 11. Big Wheels teases Mr Blue Sky, which is interesting. Very subdued opening, nice to hear. Drums are good, choir is not needed here. Later choir effect is good but adds nothing in the early part. Strongest vocals here so far. Strange outro, neutral feeling. 12. Summer and Lightning is fairly forgettable up until the chorus. Nice drum beat. Verses are boring, second chorus is underwhelming in comparison to the first due to lack of change in later verses. Unexpected change in instrumental, claps? are different and nice. Strange choir change. Third chorus is more enjoyable than second but still lacklustre next to first. Didn't like the fade at first but went into next song nicely. 13. Mr Blue Sky is a classic for a reason!! I enjoy this song thoroughly, drums are nice, pants in bv are different and fun. Changes in music keep it invigorating to listen to. Guitar is lovely. Cow bells are fun as well as the lyrics. Haven't enjoyed the electronic voice on most tracks on this album but Mr Blue Sky makes it work, as I knew previously. Ending is always great to listen to - so refreshing and different, drums are a highlight every time. Gorgeous piano at the end with choir. Great song period. 14. Sweet is the Night has big shoes to follow and the intro is promising. Very different sound to MBS, a good thing, the drums sound great, vocals are great as well as bv. Easily overtakes Big Wheel for best vocals. Drums are LOVELY here, really really like them. Guitar sounds fab too. Enough adlibbing to make it different each time so it doesn't sound too repetitive. Was not expecting the end to sound the way it did but I liked it. 15. The Whale has a weird opening but definitely reminiscent of a whale :D, bass is nice. Drums bringing in the rest of instruments was good, slightly too synthy for my taste? Trying to hard to sound futuristic I think. Reminds me of Pokémon which adds nostalgia. Guitar at 3:40 was nice, unexpected on my part. Nice break and instrumental in the album. Fade was lovely. 16. Very different sound heard in Birmingham Blues next to The Whale. Seems different so far to rest of album (violins remind you that you are still listening to the same one). Vocal style is completely different. Drums are lovely. Again very different sound in my opinion, even in bv. Reminds me of earlier rock, then that slight electronic feeling comes in again. The guitar solo reminds me of Thin Lizzy, who came later. Neutral on this song, unsure of the overall feeling. Fade is nice on this song. 17. Final song, Wild West Hero, is building up to be a big song, which would be a great album closer. Vocals are good here, strong piano, drum intro is great. Violins have been consistent in this album nice to hear. Was not expecting that change, guitar brought it in very well. Definitely reminding me of the Wild West, piano was great in the change. Lyrics are enjoyable, good storytelling. The cut of instruments is great, kind of wish it lasted longer. Great ending vocals. Outro is lovely, a great way to end the album. FINAL THOUGHTS: 3 out of 5 stars, enjoyed.

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3.5 It was ok, but I felt like there were too many songs on the album

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This was an instant no on first listen! I was appalled at how much I disliked it. Gave it another bash and I’m going to tell you, this is a pretty good album! Poppy, synth tunes! Done well! I wouldn’t be first in line at the shop, or for tickets but this was a genuine surprise on second listening! Does it count as mood music? Haha! Not shit, not great either but I can totally see how people love it!

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“Mr. Blue Sky” is an instant mood booster! The moment it comes on I can’t help but be in a better mood. I wish the rest of the album was more in line with the driving upbeat vibe of it. Unfortunately the rest of the album kind of drags to me and it’s way too long. Still, very creative and well done.

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Not bad if you’re in the mood. Beatles-esque but too peppy and string heavy. Mr Blue Sky was the best track

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3 1/2

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Only the length holds this back from a 4 - some brilliant songs and some filler that can grate

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En general me ha gustado, pero las canciones que mas me han gustado ya las conocia, salvo una que me ha gustado bastante y no conocía, pero no se cual es :)

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mr bluuuee sky

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A bit ‘of its time’, but still pretty catchy in places

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I like the Beatles too.

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// Favs: Sweet Talkin’ Woman / Believe Me Now / Mr. Blue Sky 🥰 Score: Decent 3

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Enjoyable but feels sedated

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Album znany, ale nigdy wczesniej nie przesluchany, bo znany jedynie z klasycznego songa mr blue sky, ktory nie tylko w radio sie przewija, ale robi tez robote w ostach filmowych, wiec out of the blue jest 7 studyjnym krazkiem brytyjskiej bandy ELO, ktora tworzylo w okresie tworzenia tego materialu siedmiu czlonkow, podobno byl to zloty okres bandy, dlatego ten line-up zwie sie klasycznym, najbardziej charakterystyczne w brzmieniu elektrikowej swiatlowej orkiestry jest wykorzystanie smyczkow, w tym wypadku dwoch wiolonczeli pana Gala i McDowella, do tego dochodza skrzypce pana Kaminskiego, a reszta to klasyka rokowych band, wiec wokal i gitarka Jeff Lynne, Kelly Groucutt na basie i wokalach, dziwne duo tworza z Lynnem, bo to takie chorkowanie jak w jakims disko funku dopowiadaajace kwestie, czy powtarzajace za glownym wokalem, no ale harmonicznosci nie mozna im odmowic, Bev Bevan na drumach i kolejny wazny aspekt brzmienia ELO, czyli klawisze i syntezatorowanie Richarda Tandiego, bo gatunkwo ciezko przypisac temu naklejke typowego rokowego materialu, bo takie dziwy brzmieniowe sie pojawiaja, ze czlowiek sie zastanawia czy to disko, rokowanie, a moze jakas synfonia futurystycznosci rodem z przeszlosci, bo jak na album z 77 przystalo uzycie syntezatorow leci ostro po kablach, ale smyczki rownowaza brzmienie dlatego to taki retro future, juz od samej okladki widac, ze muzyka bedzie kosmiczna, chociaz jakos nie czuc tego w liryce, a bardziej w brzmieniu instrumentalnym, bo kontent liryczny, to bardzo pozytywne songi, wiec o relacjach szczesliwych miedzy ludzmi bedzie, o ladnej pogodzie, o tym jak ladnie w nocy, czy o dzikim zachodzie, czesto pojawia sie tez motyw niebieskiego, co pewnie ma zwiazek z tytulem, czy to niebo niebieskie, woda, uczucia, pomimo tego ze nie ma takiej monotonii jesli chodzi o tematy, to jednak wiekszosc kawalkow jest strasznie mialka, wiec pan Lynne nie bedzie w topce zarowno moich teksciarzy jak i wokalistow, ta mialkosc moze wynikac z tego, ze plyta ma godzine i dziesiec minut, wiec taki odsluch potrafi wymeczyc, zwlaszcza jesli nie ma tutaj zadnych zaskakujacych zwrotow akcji, bo upbeatowy material z pozytywnymi kontentami chyba tylko w jednym miejscu, na big wheels zmienia troche tempo i opowiada o struglowaniu z zyciem tak dla odmiany, tej odmiany mi brakowalo, bo 16 trakow tak pozytywnych, ze w pewnych momentach ociekasz cukrem tego futurystyczno retrowego lukru, wiec dobrze sie tego slucha dla samych instrumentalnych kompozycji, ktore w niektorych momentach przypominaja numery poznego okresu queenowego, czy kawalki yesa z fragile z podkrecona sruba futurystyczna, wiec banda zyje do swojej nazwy, czy jak to sie mowi po polskiemu i brzmi naprawde orkiestrowo swietliscie, na plejce mialem juz oczywiscie mistera blue sky i otwierajacy turn to stone, ale dodam jeszcze numer ktorego jeszcze wczesniej nie mialem okazji uslyszec i naprawde sie wyroznil na tle calej plyty, a to bedzie juz wspomniany big wheels

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Maybe after a few more listens I'd find some memorable songs.

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3.75

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This is obviously a great album with loads of great songs. I find it hard to connect with it though, maybe all the layers and layers of harmony just put a bit of distance between me and the songs. Objectively four stars, personally three.

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Impressive production values, sort of a Phil Spector wall-of-sound approach updated with synthesizers. Hard to argue with the quality, but for me it lacks passion and "realness" if that makes sense. I prefer music that is a bit more organic sounding. 3 stars.

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Some brilliant songs in there, and I love the orchestral elements of the performance (where did those disappear to over time)? But... ELO is still a band best experienced through "best of" collection albums, on account of the overabundance of fluff between the really good stuff.

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Very enjoyable!

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Odd. What is it? Prog rock for the impatient?

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I knew the one song by ELO, so there was a start. Jeff Lynne one said that he wanted ELO to be like where the Beatles would have gone next. I don't know if I follow that conclusion. I mean, if they continued on the path of Abbey Road, sure. But the Beatles were more than that. They also did "Let It Be," as we have seen from the recent documentary. They were willing to try different things. Anyway, the album itself is pretty good. I liked the concept album approach, although some of the songs did start to sound a little same-y. (Also there's this effect they used in "The Whale" that I first heard on Zappa's album "Sheik Yerbouti" so I associate it only with him, it's rather jarring to hear it somewhere else). I dug it for what it was, but it seemed a little out there? I think it's something I need to listen to again, because it feels like something I just did not "get."

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Fun album but definitely too long.

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Play Mr Blue Sky without playing Mr Blue Sky

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Feel like a disco astronaut on psychedelics imagining life in the year 2030

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Very 70s. A lot of over production. It’s ok, but no desire to hear it again.

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I see these album as one of the standard ones my parents like, it’s not bad but lacks something that just makes it sound dull to me, not sure what it is exactly On paper a mix of the Beatles and prog rock sounds great . Can see why it’s on the list and I didn’t mind it, but wouldn’t be an album I’d Iv rave about. Maybe it does just sound very dated now.

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I listened to this one not too long ago, although I didn't like it as much as other people do. It's a decent pop/rock record overall.

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Ensikuuntelulla tämä iski kovaa. Todella melodista ja positiivista musiikkia, jossa suuri osa kappaleista oli melkoisen tarttuvia. Varsinkin hittibiisi Mr. Blue Sky toimi. Valitettavasti seuraavilla kuuntelukerroilla homma vähän lässähti. Ehkä levy ei toiminut aivan samalla tavalla hiihto- tai salimusiikkina kuin työnteon taustalla. Ensivaikutelman perusteella nelonen, pidemmällä kuuntelulla kolmonen.

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This was pretty confusing! Like I loved some of it, and some of it was, as James said, well naff. Some irritating. Some amazing. Some epic. What a mix.

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I love ELO’s hits a lot. Like if they come on the radio or a playlist I never skip. However listening to all of Out Of The Blue in one sitting was a bit of a chore because a lot of the songs sound the same! It’s a great sound and I love the orchestration, but I don’t know that as an album this is an all time great. I will never tire of Mr. Blue Sky.

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Flows so well. Lots of great horns. Fun album

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walk to pub

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I kinda listened. 3 stars because it's ELO. 3 stars because I didn't feel like finishing.

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Favourite Tracks: Turn to Stone, Jungle, Sweet is the Night, Mr Blue Sky, Wild West Hero I think I would have enjoyed this more listening to an odd song here or there over a few weeks. None strike me as particularly bad, but apart from a few standouts a lot of the album blends together into an amorphous blob of spacey guitars.

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Best Song: Night in the City. Wonderfully layered and uplifted vocals. Almost ruined by the brief cowbell interlude. Worst Song: Jungle. Much too droning and repetitive of a rhythm, especially balanced against the rest of the album. Overall: Very theatrical feel. Fits nice in the background, but there are too many slow moments and extended transitions to enjoy a really focused listen.

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Other than 'Mr Blue Sky' I'm really unfamiliar with ELO but this was a bop. Just energetic and fun throughout, a good time if not mind blowing.

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Notes: Not a big fan. It's not a bad album, but I've never said to myself "this is just to much falsetto" this many times.

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Only a couple of songs that still hold. I was not a big fan of this record when it came out.

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Just like smelling gma’s cookies. Childhood memories.

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loving the vibes

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3

Not their best

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Lots of good songs but dang! It’s long!

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Semi interesting, but can't say I'm ever going to double back to this one...

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It's quite bloated but it's not terrible.

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3.6 + Many of the regrettable 1970s music tropes are represented on this record: long prog-rocky intros, liberal use of disco string fills, falsetto Bee-Gees-style vocal harmonies, synthesized boogie-woogie blues... Sometimes the excess works, sometimes it doesn't. Much of the success of each song depends on the quality of the underlying song itself. If you strip all of the "studio magic" and unbare each song - just an instrument and single voice - what do you get? I'd guess that songs like "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Big Wheels" still sound amazing, and songs like "It's Over" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman" would show themselves to be the turds they are. This album is long and relentless. It gives me a headache to listen to start-to-finish. Still, I like it for a few brilliant songs. And I admire their dogged determination in trying to make me feel happy - all that effort sounds tiresome to my ears but I can't hate them for trying.

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Turn to stone Mr blue sky Sweet is the night Album sympa! pas leur meilleur, belle couverture, Groupe unique

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Mr Bluesky is awesome, the rest of it is just ok

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It was a very expansive record, ELO takes us on a journey through space and time with the mix of orchestral sounds and experimental electronica. Perhaps it might take a few more listens to really get a feel for it, but it didn't grab me as much as the iconic album cover. Best: Starlight Worst: Mr. Blue Sky

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Mr. Blue Sky the most known song of the album. Was alright, didn't care for most of it. 6/10.

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These songs maybe be well produced, and Jeff Lynne may occasionally be a genius, but this is still wuss rock. 3 stars

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I thought I would love this album but outside of four or five songs I thought it was pretty mediocre.

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ELO's 7th studio album and a double one at that. I guess I've always been neutral about ELO. I appreciated some of their pop songs but never bought a full album. But, I do have the killer purple 45" vinyl of "Sweet Talkin Woman," which is on this album. Also, if there was a deathmatch for spaceship album covers, this would definitely knockout Boston's self-titled debut album. And, for some reason, I have a strange desire to play the electronic Simon game looking at the cover???? As far as music? Very much highly produced. I can't think of a good band comparison using the mixing and blending of orchestra and rock that ELO/Jeff Lynne does (The Beatles? Queen? sort of but not to this level). I suppose this can annoy some people and a whole album of this kind of music annoyed me at times. It doesn't mean that I didn't appreciate the achievement. The popular songs "Turn to Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Mr. Blue Sky," and "Wild West West" still sound very good. I also found the whole third side, "Concerto for a Rainy Day," which is four songs inspired by a rainstorm interesting if not necssary. But, then again, this whole album is kind of over-the-top and was a huge success so.... This was a good album listen for the hits but can be a struggle at times especially if you are not a fan of the "ELO" type of music. And since I'm ELO-neutral, I kind of fell in the middle.

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I gave this 3 stars just because of Mr Blue Sky and Sweet talkin' woman. All the rest is acceptable filler.

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That Jeff Lynne sure does love to fill up the sonic space, doesn’t he?

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Never listened this album before. Enjoyed when young ELO Discovery Album (last train to London).

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Not my thing.

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Liked the album in the beginning, but I got bored of the sound.

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did not click with me, too much disco/flare.

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Not bad, somewhat cheesy,maybe I wasn't in the mood for it. Seemed a bit generic

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Fine, but very middle of the road

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OMG it just goes on and on. I think I hate 70s rock.

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beatles vibes, listenable

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no es pa tanto.

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Estamos desconectados.

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disco progrock is the best progrock?

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Alright, sounds late Beatles a bit probably won’t listen again

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not my jam, very beatles.

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:-/

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Tiene una canción que conocía, de la película de guardianes de la galaxia. El disco no me ha acabado de enganchar...

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Würde ich lieber mögen, wenn es nicht so schlimm gemocht werden wollte. Ein peanutbutter/jelly Sandwich ohne Brot, das in einem Milkshake planscht. Puh, so würden sich die Beatles angehört haben, wären sie zusammengeblieben. Sticky 1.6

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Prog nonces

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Kind of thing SHACK's mum likes as she watches him swish his hair.

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Was never a big ELO fan -- rock muzak

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Not very interesting. Very typical of 70s rock. Elements of Bee Gees which I greatly dislike. Some parts obviously inspired by the Beach Boys, but not executed interestingly enough for me. Starlight, Standin' in the Rain, Mr. Blue Sky, and Sweet is the Night are the standout tracks but did not really enjoy the album. It's a double album too and is quite bloated. 2/5

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about as 70s a sound as you can imagine and massively thorough

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Mr Blue Sky great tune, but this is so much not my type of music 😂 so, 2/5

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Meh not bad not good. Just a bland soft electronic album. Not for me.

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Not my favorite. Sounds like a compilation of the cheesiest classic rock radio station songs.

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Electric Shite Orchestra

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Some classic tracks but the orchestration gets my goat after a while.

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Mr. Blue Sky is still a lot of fun but most of the rest of this album just didn't resonate much with me. I was surprised as I was expecting to be way more into it than it turned out to be.

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This album climbs up and collects a higher critter than the last. Still doesn’t do a lot for me

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Such a great representation of so much about 70s pop-rock. I remember their hits playing on the radio in the 70s, then later as "classic rock" stations emerged. A lot of the songs are catchy, but the album grew quickly repetitive-sounding for me with my present-day ears. Mind-time-travelling back to when this album was released, I imagine it stood out. Really cool cover art on this album. (Dang, I really miss album cover art.)

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2.75

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Nothing wrong with it, but just not very interesting

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Bland

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1st half of this album I hated. It seemed like they combined the worst parts of disco and rock, blended them together and got an annoying mix which did not work. Repetitive and annoying lyrics to go with it. 2nd half I really dug was like a completely new album, great music great sound. Great production over all in this album but I'd probably only listen to the 2nd half 1st half 1/5 2nd half 4/5 So 2.5/5 really but imma gonna give it a 2

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I'm not really a fan of prog rock. This is like prog pop. I'm not really a fan of that either as it goes.

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Mids

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Tämän levyn kuuntelu oli pitkä prosessi: levyn kesto oli pitkä ja kuuntelu jakaantui useampaan sessioon. Varsinkin toinen kuuntelukierros oli aika tervanjuontia, niin en voi sanoa vilpittömästi tykänneeni. Sinänsä ihan monisävyistä ja taidokasta kamaa, mutta kun genre ei nappaa, niin ei voi mitään.

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I didn't hate it but I just find the whole thing a bit naff. Mr Blue Sky is a banger but the rest is naff naff naff.

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Listened to a few. It was okay.

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There might be some good songs here but sheeesh they're hard to find under the bright, overwrought production. Like Brian Wilson on steroids, the studio effects just keep coming with little relief in sight. Somewhere under all the orchestral flourishes and choral singers and unnecessary sound effect is some good old fashioned rock songs....I guess. I wish someone had said to him; "Jeff, why don't you take a break?" 2.5 🌟

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La première pièce commence et on pourrait croire un groupe indie des années 2010's. On perd le feeling au fur et à mesure que la pièce avance et que les autres couches d'instrumentations embarquent. Après on revient vite dans un album rock orchestral un peu progressif des années 70. L'intérêt s'en va peu à peu. C'est dense, c'est bien fait, mais ça ne me rejoint pas. Il y a Believe Me Now où je retrouve des éléments intéressants comme l'utilisation du Vocoder (qu'on retrouve sur d'autres pièces par la suite) et les effets sur la voix qui n'est pas chantée. Cette pièce aurait pu être plus développée. Le Concerto For A Rainy Day (pièces 10 à 13) est probablement l'élément de cet album qui en fait un album à écouter. La pièce Mr. Blue Sky (probablement la plus connue et la plus intéressante) est la conclusion de ce concerto. Donc je l'ai écouté, mais je n'y reviendrai pas (à part pour Mr. Blue Sky. Vive l'ère du streaming pour ça). Pièce préférée: Mr. Blue Sky

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There might be some good songs here but sheeesh they're hard to find under the bright, overwrought production. Like Brian Wilson on steroids, the studio effects just keep coming with little relief in sight. Somewhere under all the orchestral flourishes and choral singers and unnecessary sound effect is some good old fashioned rock songs....I guess. I wish someone had said to him; "Jeff, why don't you take a break?" 2.5 🌟

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It's an album with one great song and a couple good songs. It's okay.

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nah

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Meh

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Prog is boring.

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1|20

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Not a fan. Still, good to listen to while doing the dishes. I need to do a poo. Home alone with Ruby.

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Ffs

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Não tem nada que agrade meu gosto musical

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This was the first record I can recall buying. When I was still too young to go to second hand shops. Many of the other early purchases - Parallel Lines, Setting Sons - I listen to this day. This not so much. Not at all. Re-listening it is not really the songs. No-one can deny Lynne's songwriting. But there's a general sense of mid-70s ennui that the Eagles turned into gold, but here is just a sense of everything being just a little too laid back. Then there's Jeff Lynne's voice. Just don't like it - because he sounds completely without conviction. Not every vocalist is Iggy Pop, but there's a feeling for me he's doing the guide vocals for someone else. Finally, there's the odd novelty hit/pastiche vibe (Jungle could be a bad 10cc b-side) that a band at the very height of their commercial powers really shouldn't be doing. Want to hear the Quo with a string section? Birmingham Blues. Positives: Mr Blue Sky is still a pocket pop symphony, and the Whale is the bastard son of The Love Unlimited Orchestra and The Orb - bizarre and by far the most interesting track here. But for me the pop energy that fizzed through A New World Record has been traded away for something much lesser.

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Fun! Would listen again

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6.5/10 Best songs - starlight Pretty good I liked it a lot but it is a very specific vibe. Another summer drop top album.

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