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The first Electric Light Orchestra album was released in the UK on this date, 3rd December, in 1971 on EMI’s Harvest label. Melody Maker wrote: “Everything’s so interesting, so alive, you can’t help but love it. Jeff Lynne’s composition ‘10538 Overture’ rips open Side One.

When Electric Light Orchestra’s self-titled debut arrived in December 1971, the band’s core trio of Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and drummer Bev Bevan were still in the Move. ELO would far surpass their predecessors in terms of sales, but at that point it was still intended as a side project to explore a new sound.  Roy Wood guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of the Move had an idea to form a new band that would use violins, cellos, string basses, horns and woodwinds to give their music a classical sound,

Roy and I would go to pubs and clubs in Birmingham and keep talking about having this group with strings,” Lynne told Uncut in 2013. “We finally figured out a way of doing it, and while we were making [the Move’s final LP] “Message From the Country” we started knocking out these little tunes, just the two of us, and [drummer Bev Bevan] putting the drums on afterwards.”

It’s delicious, almost over-produced (but in a great way) with loud sawing cellos, a pacing theme, swung-about vocals, and finally brass, french horns, and production that is so unmistakably in the hands of [Roy] Wood. It’s a monster of a track.”

The final days of the Move coincided with Electric Light Orchestra’s first steps largely because no one thought Wood and Lynne’s concept of an orchestral-minded rock band would pay off. Making the Move’s last album helped encourage the band’s U.K. label, Harvest Records, to take a chance on the new group. It also helped that, while making tracks for the Move, Lynne and Wood found the classical/rock balance they were looking for in one song.

“‘10538 Overture’ was an idea that Jeff brought along to the studio which was originally to be a Move track,” Wood recalled in the liner notes to the 2006 reissue. “At the time, I was very keen on collecting instruments, and had just acquired a cheap Chinese cello. After we had finished overdubbing the guitars, I sat in the control room trying out this cello and sort of messing around with Jimi Hendrix-type riffs. Jeff said, ‘That sounds great, why don’t we throw it on the track.’ I ended up recording around 15 of these, and as the instrumentation built up, it was beginning to sound like some monster heavy-metal orchestra.”

When Wood added multiple cellos to a Lynne-penned song intended to be a Move B-side, the new concept became a reality and “10538 Overture” became the first Electric Light Orchestra song. The original plan was to end The Move following the release of the “Looking On” album at the end of 1970, crossing over to the new unit in the new year, but to help finance the fledgling band, one further Move album, “Message from the Country”, was also recorded during the lengthy ELO recordings and released in mid-1971. The resulting debut album The Electric Light Orchestra was released in December 1971. Only the trio of Wood, Lynne and Bevan played on all songs, with Bill Hunt supplying the French Horn parts and Steve Woolam playing violin.

The song would become the centre piece of Electric Light Orchestra’s self-titled first album, which was largely an experimental affair – rawer and stranger than the glossy ELO records to come. Lynne and Wood shared song writing and vocal duties on the debut, with the latter pushing his notions for baroque rock, with cellos and woodwinds accompanying (or even replacing) traditional pop instruments.

With a concept to “pick up where the Beatles left off,” Wood went wild, playing almost every instrument on “The Battle of Marston Moor,” when drummer Bevan refused to collaborate on such a bizarre track. “It was a bit odd recording it, me and Roy playing it all ourselves with all these silly instruments: bassoons and stuff like that,” Lynne said. “It was fun and kind of wacky, a pseudo-classical pantomime horse.”

Electric Light Orchestra didn’t really take off until the release of the “10538 Overture” single (a No. 9 U.K. hit) the following summer, in June of 1972. In the meantime, ELO secured a U.S. release for the album in March, although the release bore another title – the result of an amusing accident.

United Artists phoned the band to ask the name of their debut, but no one from ELO picked up, so the caller wrote down “no answer” in a notebook. An executive misinterpreted the phrase as the title, and Electric Light Orchestra’s first U.S. album became known as “No Answer”.

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Jeff Lynne will release the 14th Electric Light Orchestra album, From Out of Nowhere, on November 1st via Columbia Records. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee previewed the LP , the second billed under the moniker “Jeff Lynne’s ELO” following 2015’s Alone in the Universe — with the dreamy title track.

“From Out of Nowhere” conjures vintage ELO, minus the symphonic edge of the band’s layered keyboards and strings. “Let me go, let me fly to a place that I love,” Lynne croons over a jangling, descending guitar progression and steady, choppy drums. “Let me fly away and start anew.

ELO recently concluded their second North American tour since 1981, featuring Dhani Harrison as opener. Lynne, the band’s singer-songwriter, performed virtually every instrument on the new record — just as he did on Alone in the Universe. Accordingly he played “nearly every note of the music on guitars, bass, piano, drums, keyboards and vibes, as well as singing all of the lead and layered harmony vocals,” with engineer Steve Jay “[adding] some percussion.”

“From Out of Nowhere — that’s exactly where it came from,” Lynne said in a statement. “That’s the first one I wrote for this album, and it’s kind of like that.” He noted that he was aiming to spread optimism with both the song and album: “Everybody’s got to have a bit of hope.”

Music video by Jeff Lynne’s ELO performing “When I Was A Boy”. (C) 2015 Big Trilby Records, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Jeff Lynne fans have a lot to be excited about. he annouced that Jeff Lynne’s ELO will release the first ELO album in over a decade.

The long player represents the first new music from the (one man?) band in over a decade and you can already listen to a typically Beatlesy song from the album.

The deluxe CD edition of Alone in the Universe adds two bonus tracks to the standard ten-track album – Faultline and Blue.

Called “Alone in the Universe”, the album will debut November. 13th via Columbia Records and is available for pre-order Friday. He also dropped the collection’s first single, “When I Was A Boy,”

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“Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe,” Lynne said in a press release. “And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life—from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today—proves how much music can do.”

Earlier this year Lynne performed “Evil Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky” at the Grammys

Hippo Campus is a young band in a couple of ways: The Minnesota quartet has only been together a relatively short time, its members are barely of legal drinking age, and it’s only released one EP so far, the Alan Sparhawk-produced Bashful Creatures. But the band’s few recordings and live shows have been enough to inspire radio play all over the country, plus tours with Modest Mouse and a slot at this year’s Lollapalooza. Another EP, South, will be out in October. In the meantime, enjoy the band’s cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s classic “Don’t Bring Me Down,” a hit from 1979 that features either the word “Bruce” or “grooos,” depending on who you ask.

Electric Light Orchestra band leader Jeff Lynne has announced he will be performing a full show with the band for the first time since the songs played in 2013 for the BBC Children in Need but this will be a full show as part of the BBC2 Live in Hyde Park event already also booked are BLONDIE and Chrissie HYNDE.