Mr. Blue Sky: the Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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Mr. Blue Sky: the Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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Greatest hits album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded 2001-2012
Studio Bungalow Palace
Genre Rock
Length 48:51
Label Frontiers
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
(2 CD Edition)

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Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (also known as Mr. Blue Sky) is an album of re-recordings by Jeff Lynne of hits by Electric Light Orchestra. It was issued in 2012 by Frontiers simultaneously with Lynne's cover album Long Wave.

Background

Jeff Lynne told Rolling Stone magazine that the idea came from him listening to the original Electric Light Orchestra recordings, and thinking that he could produce a better result having since had a long career as a record producer.[1] Lynne decided to re-record a number of songs from scratch, and began with "Mr. Blue Sky". He told Rolling Stone that "I enjoyed doing that a lot, and when I listened back to it and compared it to the old one, I really liked it much better."[1] It was suggested by his manager that Lynne record a few more versions of Electric Light Orchestra songs, the results being recordings of "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic". Lynne also liked these versions, so he continued by producing a full album of re-recordings.[1]

Release and content

The album features all new recordings of some of the group's hits,[2] as well as two bonus tracks: a new song, "Point of No Return", and a live recording of "Twilight" on Japanese releases. The album debuted at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart[3] and at number 2 on the UK Top 40 Independent Albums Chart, then also at number 118 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart,[4] at number 29 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart[5] and at number 46 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart.[6]

Track listing

All tracks written, produced and performed by Jeff Lynne.[7]

  1. "Mr. Blue Sky" - 3:44
  2. "Evil Woman" - 4:30
  3. "Strange Magic" - 3:53
  4. "Don't Bring Me Down" - 4:01
  5. "Turn to Stone" - 3:46
  6. "Showdown" - 4:16
  7. "Telephone Line" - 4:30
  8. "Livin' Thing" - 3:42
  9. "Do Ya" - 3:56
  10. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" - 4:35
  11. "10538 Overture" (40th anniversary version) - 4:44
  12. "Point of No Return" - 3:14
    Previously unreleased song

Japanese bonus track

  1. "Twilight" (Live) - 3:40
    • Live from CBS Television City, 2001

iTunes Store "Deluxe edition" bonus tracks[8]

  1. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" - 3:52
  2. "Rockaria!" - 3:13
  3. "Steppin' Out" - 3:23
  4. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" - 4:11
    Tracks 16-17 with Richard Tandy; live in 2012

Personnel

Personnel per album booklet:[7]

Musicians

Chart performance

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ a b c Prato, Greg (21 September 2012). "Premiere: Jeff Lynne Covers Soul Nugget 'Mercy, Mercy'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO Coming To TV". Anti Music. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Chart history: Billboard Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Chart history: Billboard Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra liner notes
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (Deluxe Edition) by Electric Light Orchestra". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications - Elo - Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2017.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of in the search field and then press Enter.

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