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Out Of The Blue

Electric Light Orchestra

1977

Out Of The Blue

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.62

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5584

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
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Tue Feb 16 2021
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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Tue Apr 20 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

electric light orchestra. I hardly know her.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
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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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

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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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Mr Blue Skyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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Wed Apr 21 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Anyone who doesn’t put a 5 deserves death

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Mon Jul 12 2021
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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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Fantastical

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Tue Jan 04 2022
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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Sat Sep 03 2022
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.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

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

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Mon Sep 21 2020
5

Great ELO album. 10/10

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Fri Nov 27 2020
5

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

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Tue Oct 13 2020
5

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

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Fri Oct 09 2020
5

Loved it. Classic fun pop. Good melodies.

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Sat Jan 02 2021
5

Fun listening.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

What the beatles could have become. Fantastic album

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Bem feliz

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Richtig krankes ding

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

fuck yeah

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

I like it

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Absolute banger!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Great

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Noice

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Two disks filled with brilliant pop music.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Discazo de rock muy al estilo de Supertramp.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Just a vibe

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Sat Apr 03 2021
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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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

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

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Buen álbum

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Brilliant space odyssey

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Just awesome.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Awesome. Great flow.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Super groovy, great harmonies. Definitely a favorite album

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Thu Jun 03 2021
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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Tue Jun 22 2021
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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Tue Aug 03 2021
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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Tue Aug 03 2021
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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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Man what a great album. Unique

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

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

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

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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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

One of my all-time favorites

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

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

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

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

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

electric blues

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Mon Nov 08 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Big 70s Jammies

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Really sweet album. Missing __something__, though.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Sweet sweet is this album.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Hell yeah that's what I'm talking about

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Fri Mar 04 2022
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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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Wow

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

5/5. Truly legendary

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Out Of The Five

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Excellent album!

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Sun May 08 2022
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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Sat May 28 2022
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.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

heck yeah!! super funky and my vibe. 80s kind of, lovee it

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

-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.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

This is a masterpiece, particularly Side 3. Great all round.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Tried and true

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

first listen a GOAT record

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

A work of genius, with some all time classics. Even the random bonus tracks are good!

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Great tunes! Always something new to hear each time. Sounds great, hasn't aged.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

stone cold 5

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Sat Jul 23 2022
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.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

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

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Loved every minute.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Great album and I am glad I own a copy of it on vinyl as the cover art is amazing

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

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.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Awesome classic.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Bangers all around.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Top Quality

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

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).

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Excellent and a breath of fresh air compared to standard rock from then or now.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

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.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

What a masterpiece! Flows so well and songs are still great individually. Fav track: Turn to Stone

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

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

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

So much energy in this album !

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

9,1 Such a great album Bangers on bangers Perfect pacing Mr. Blue Sky is a perfect song

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

meh

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

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?

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

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.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Love it, so funky, so fresh so ahead of its time. This shit mustve banged back in the 70s

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

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.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

A musical experience, way ahead of its time and very pleasing to listen. I need happy music like this in my life

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

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.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
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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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

Brings back memories.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

A great decade album. Mr Blue Sky is fantastic

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Not as great as discovery

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

MR BLUE SKY ... but seriously easy listening

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Was gonna do 3 but mr blue sky boosted it

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

pretty funny pretty nice pretty pretty

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

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

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

false

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Wed Apr 21 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Love ELO

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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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Mon Jul 12 2021
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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Tue Apr 06 2021
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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Sun Mar 28 2021
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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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

it was ok, groovy

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Good classic but my fav is TIME

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Mon May 03 2021
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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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

goood shit

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Thu Jun 10 2021
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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Fri Jun 25 2021
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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Mon Mar 08 2021
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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Tue Jun 29 2021
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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Tue Apr 27 2021
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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Mon May 03 2021
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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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Hell yea

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Bunt und spaßig?

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Sat Apr 03 2021
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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Mon Apr 05 2021
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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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

I like ELO and generally enjoyed the album

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

A classic. Full of great tracks.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Good songs in addition to Mr Blue Sky, would listen

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Love ELO. Such an unmistakable sound.

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Thu May 06 2021
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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Thu Jun 24 2021
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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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

At least 3 stand outs.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
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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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Good, need to listen again

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Really good

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Sun Aug 01 2021
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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Mon Aug 02 2021
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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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Overall pretty good

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Good time.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
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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Fri Sep 03 2021
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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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Love the musical vibes.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
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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Fri Sep 03 2021
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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Tue Sep 07 2021
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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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

I enjoyed this album.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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

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Tue Sep 28 2021
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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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Mr Blue Sky such a timeless classic.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
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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Thu Sep 30 2021
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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Tue Oct 05 2021
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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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Pop-rock setentero. Está bien.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

4.5

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Mon Nov 01 2021
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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Thu Nov 04 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Holy fuck how did I not come across this album

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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Good

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Good album - will return for another listen

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Full of bangers.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
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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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 03 2021
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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Mon Dec 06 2021
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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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

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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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

feel good music meets prog rock

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

The Whale bangs in the whip

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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