Electric Light Orchestra – 2013 – Live
- Evil Woman
- Secret Messages
- Livin' Thing
- Sweet Talkin' Woman
- Mr. Blue Sky
- Can't Get It Out Of My Head
- Don't Bring Me Down
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Out Of Luck (bonus)
- Cold Feet (bonus)
Browsing through the imminent releases of Frontiers Records this month I thought somebody was pulling my leg, April Fool-style. Not one, not two but three Jeff Lynne-related releases this April! Nice. This live-album originates from the two promotional shows ELO performed before starting on a North-American tour following the ‘Zoom’-album. A tour that never happened as it was cancelled. Some say due to slow ticket sales. Others say that Lynne hates touring and is far more comfortable in a studio environment. Well, that can’t be heard on this live-album. The band, with only remaining original members Lynne himself and keyboardist Richard Tandy, sounds absolutely great and the quality the studio recordings comes awfully close.
Nevertheless this album is a missed opportunity. These concerts were released on DVD/VHS in 2001 with a much longer list of songs. On the other hand, four songs that were omitted then are included now. And to make things utterly confusing, ‘Live’ comes with two unreleased studio tracks, . Why not make a definitive document of those two legendary concerts instead of making another selection?
Ah well, all in all this is a little of a hit & miss affair. I love the songs on offer, all of them, but I know there is more music that could have been included and that leaves me with mixed feelings...
Jeff Lynne: Lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and everything else on track 12 & 13
Richard Tandy: Piano, keyboards
Marc Mann: Keyboards, guitar, background vocals, cello arrangements
Rosie Vela: Background vocals
Gregg Bisonnette: Drums, background vocals
Matt Bissonette: Bass, background vocals
Peggy Baldwin: Cello
Sarah O’Brien: Cello
Steve Jay: Tambourine on track 12
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:12)