NEXT TWO ALBUMS ARE HERE!...ELO 1977
Jeff Lynne masterpiece and one of the finest albums
ever recorded, 'Out Of The Blue'
began life in a Swiss chalet overlooking the picturesque village
of Bassins in the mist and rain of the Jura Mountains.
Immediately after ELO's 'A New World Record Tour'
ended in April 1977, Lynne left for Switzerland determined
to compose enough new material for a double album. The singer-songwriter
and producer had elevated ELO to global superstardom with
the release of 'A New World Record'
during 1976 and expectations of their record company,
critics and ELO's millions of fans were higher than ever.
Lynne: "I rented
this little chalet in Switzerland, in the mountains just beyond
Lake Geneva. I rented this gear from a little shop in a village,
a little music shop, with a Revox tape recorder, an electric
piano - I had my guitar there - and just sat there to try
and write. For two weeks, I came up with nothing - and I only
had four weeks to write this double album! I was sort of thinking,
'bloody 'ell, maybe I can't come up with anything'. The weather
had been really bad and then one day I got up and it was fantastic,
the sun was brilliant and shining, all the mountains were
lit up and this mist had gone away. It was gorgeous and I
came up with 'Mr. Blue Sky'. I just kept coming up with songs
then, y'know? They just came real quick and I came up with
about fourteen in the two weeks after the first empty two
In perfect surroundings and with the sun shining in the sky, Lynne
wrote constantly, creating song after song and recording demos.
After working through orchestral and choral arrangements with
Richard Tandy and conductor Louis Clark and following
rehearsals with band members, recording sessions were scheduled
at Musicland Studios with Mack, their trusted sound
engineer. Lynne and Tandy, together with Bev Bevan and
Kelly Groucutt entered the studio on May 22 1977 ready
to record a double album
extract taken from 'Out of the Blue' sleeve notes by Rob Caiger.
Jeff Lynne live on Midnight Special, 1977
Jeff Lynne performing live, Out Of The Blue Tour, Australia, 1978
Studios control room / ELO during promo video shoot for Wild West