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Collectors information & Album Description: 

In 1977, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) released their seventh studio album, "Out of the Blue," on the Jet Records label. The album is a double LP set and is housed in a gatefold sleeve. It is considered one of the band's most ambitious and creative works and is a landmark album in the history of rock music.

The album features a range of musical styles, from catchy pop tunes like "Turn to Stone" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman". The album also features the hit singles "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Wild West Hero," which remain fan favorites to this day.

The album's sound is characterized by its lush orchestral arrangements, innovative use of synthesizers, and soaring vocals. The album was produced by Jeff Lynne, who was a founding member of the band and is widely regarded as one of the greatest producers in rock history.

The album's gatefold sleeve is a work of art in its own right, featuring a stunning design by John Kehe and a booklet with lyrics and photos of the band. The album's cover art, which depicts a spaceship landing on a desert planet, perfectly captures the album's sci-fi themes and sense of wonder.

"Out of the Blue" was a commercial and critical success, reaching number four on the US charts and receiving widespread acclaim from critics. The album's impact on popular music cannot be overstated, as it helped to popularize the use of synthesizers in rock music and inspired countless bands and artists in the years that followed.

The album's opening track, "Turn to Stone," is a perfect example of the album's sound and style. The track features a catchy melody, a driving beat, and lush orchestral arrangements that perfectly complement the band's signature sound. The track's lyrics, which explore themes of love and loss, are delivered with emotion and sincerity by Jeff Lynne's distinctive vocals.

The album's hit single, "Mr. Blue Sky," is one of ELO's most enduring and beloved tracks. The track features an infectious melody, soaring vocals, and a lush orchestral arrangement that perfectly captures the sense of optimism and joy that the song embodies.


Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Music Genre:

  Symphonic Prog Rock

Album Production Information:

  The album: "ELO ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Out of the Blue / Jet Records" was produced by: Jeff Lynne

Record Label Information:

  United Artists Records / Jet Records UAS 30 307

Media Format:

  Double 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1977 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: ELO ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Out of the Blue / Jet Records
    The Electric Light Orchestra Band/Musicians
  • Jeff Lynne
  • Bev Bevan
  • Richard Tandy
  • Kellly Groucutt
  • Mik Kaminsky
  • Hugh McDowell
  • Melvyn Gale
Track Listing of: "ELO ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Out of the Blue / Jet Records"

The Songs/tracks on "ELO ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Out of the Blue / Jet Records" are

    Side One:
  1. Turn to the Stone
  2. It's Over
  3. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  4. Across the Border
    Side Two:
  1. Night in the City
  2. Starlight
  3. Jungle
  4. Believe me now
  5. Steppin' Out
    Side Three:
  1. Standin' in the Rain
  2. Big Wheels
  3. Summer and Lightning
  4. Mr Blue Sky
    Side Two:
  1. Sweet is the Night
  2. The Whale
  3. Birmingham Blues
  4. Wild West Hero
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Band Description:

 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is a British rock band that formed in Birmingham, England in 1970. The band's music is characterized by their unique blend of rock and classical music, incorporating elements of orchestral arrangements and a variety of instruments such as cellos, violins, and synthesizers./p>

 EELO's founding members were Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan, all of whom had previously played in the band The Move. The band's early albums, such as "Electric Light Orchestra" and "ELO 2," featured a more experimental sound that drew on psychedelic and progressive rock influences./p>

 EHowever, it was ELO's later albums that brought the band its greatest commercial success. Albums like "A New World Record" and "Out of the Blue" included hit songs such as "Livin' Thing," "Telephone Line," and "Mr. Blue Sky," and helped to cement ELO's place as one of the biggest and most influential bands of the 1970s./p>

 EDespite several lineup changes over the years, Jeff Lynne remained the driving force behind ELO, serving as the band's lead singer, songwriter, and producer. In addition to his work with ELO, Lynne has also produced albums for artists such as George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison./p>

 EELO's music has had a lasting impact on the rock and pop music landscape, with their unique blend of classical and rock elements inspiring numerous other artists over the years. Whether you're a fan of their early experimental sound or their later, more polished pop hits, there's no denying the lasting influence of ELO on the world of music.