The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterized by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography.
Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: A New World Record
Label: United Artists Records
A New World Record is the sixth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1976. Their second album to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, the LP proved to be the band’s breakthrough in the UK: after their previous three studio recordings failed to chart in their home market, A New World Record became their first top ten album in the UK
Opening with the opulently orchestrated “Tightrope,” which heralds the perfect production found throughout this album, A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group. The Beatles influence is present, to be sure, but developed to a very high degree of sophistication and on Lynne‘s own terms, rather than being imitative of specific songs. “Telephone Line” might be the best Lennon–McCartney collaboration that never was, lyrical and soaring in a way that manages to echo elements of Revolver and the Beatles without ever mimicking them. The original LP’s second side opened with “So Fine,” which seems like the perfect pop synthesis of guitar, percussion, and orchestral sounds, embodying precisely what Lynne had first set out to do with Roy Wood at the moment ELO was conceived. From there, the album soars through stomping rock numbers like “Livin’ Thing” and “Do Ya,” interspersed with lyrical pieces like “Above the Clouds” (which makes striking use of pizzicato bass strings).
1. Tightrope (5:03)
2. Telephone Line (4:38)
3. Rockaria! (3:12)
4. Mission (A World Record) (4:25)
1. So Fine (3:54)
2. Livin’ Thing (3:31)
3. Above the Clouds (2:16)
4. Do Ya (3:43)
5. Shangri-La (5:32)