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TICKET TO THE MOON
THE VERY BEST OF
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA VOL. 2

SONY/BMG 88697179932
UK RELEASE DATE 15 OCTOBER 2007 (staggered worldwide release)

SLEEVENOTES


For sleeve notes, please see the booklet for 'Ticket To The Moon' which contains quotes for each song by Jeff Lynne plus track-by-track commentary.


An incredible 37 years since their formation, the music of the Electric Light Orchestra is still as popular as ever. Worldwide, fans young and old are hearing the seemingly ageless songs of ELO leader Jeff Lynne via the radio, TV, internet, and movie soundtracks, while acts such as the Pussycat Dolls are sampling his music to the top of the singles charts and turning on a whole new generation of fans to ELO.

To underline ELO's continuing popularity, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lynne celebrated Top 10 success with 2005's 'All Over The World', a career-defining compilation of twenty of ELO's greatest-ever hits, including 'Mr. Blue Sky', 'Telephone Line', 'Don't Bring Me Down', 'Livin' Thing', 'Sweet Talkin' Woman', 'Evil Woman' and many more. The compilation was a worldwide success, reaching No.6 in the UK album charts and achieving sales of almost 400,000.



ELO thrived under the guidance of Lynne, recording twelve original studio albums and releasing twenty-eight hit singles in the UK alone. At their peak between 1974 and 1981, ELO amassed a string of nine consecutive gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. The band was one of the biggest arena and stadium draws during the seventies and early eighties, with spectacular shows including massive flying saucer stage sets and vibrant light and laser displays.






Lynne's success as a musical collaborator and producer is well documented: after disbanding ELO in 1986 Lynne was thrilled to be contacted by George Harrison to collaborate with him on the ex-Beatle's 'Cloud Nine' album. Lynne then joined Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty as the Traveling Wilburys on 1988's Grammy Award-winning 'Volume 1' and 1991's 'Volume 3'. In between, Lynne produced and co-wrote Orbison's 'You Got It', Petty's 'Full Moon Fever' in 1989 and 'Into The Great Wide Open' in 1991 and his own debut solo album 'Armchair Theatre', which contained the hit single 'Every Little Thing'. He memorably produced 'Free As A Bird' and 'Real Love' for The Beatles 'Anthology' project, following which he collaborated with Paul McCartney on his album 'Flaming Pie'.

The winner of numerous awards and accolades, including three Ivor Novello Awards, Lynne now resides in LA and continues to produce for other artists as well as oversee the incredible ELO legacy.

 

(Parts of the above are taken from the recent biography written by ELO specialist Rob Caiger)

 

 

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