Producer and former Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilburys singer-guitarist Jeff Lynne is releasing two albums -- one new, the other redone. Long Wave is the new one, which features Lynne, like so many others, tackling songs he grew up listening to. His selections include “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Smile” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” mixed with a few from the '60s, including “Mercy, Mercy,” “Let It Rock” and “So Sad.”
He says he named the album Long Wave because "all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, England. These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years.”
The second disc is Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, a re-recording of all the band's hits. Lynne says, "There was a big reason I wanted to re-record these ELO songs. When I listen to the old versions they don’t sound the way I thought they did when I first wrote and recorded them. I wanted to use the experience I’ve gained producing records ever since and have a completely new try at them. I’m not saying the old versions aren’t good; I like them very much. We were doing our best, but experience and technology also play a big a big part, and these new ones sound much more solid and tight.”
Both albums will be out on October 9th.