Traveling Wilburys

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Traveling Wilburys Find Their Way Home With Rhino

The Traveling Wilburys will finally return to the marketplace in a variety of formats released by Wilbury Records/Rhino on June 12.

Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 will be available together in one package with bonus tracks and a DVD of rare video footage, as a deluxe linen-bound edition, a vinyl set, and a digital bundle. The DVD boasts a 24-minute documentary and five music videos. more

Friday, March 02, 2007

Bad Hair. Great Orchestral Pop

At least that is what Q magazine is saying about Electric Light Orchestra at the time of the release of Out of the Blue in 1977.

Read the rave review of the new remastered version of Out of the Blue in the March 2007 issue.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Wilburys Catalog To Be Remastered

After a series of delays, work on the long-awaited Traveling Wilburys catalog has finally resumed.

During an interview with The Rock Radio last month, Olivia Harrison revealed that plans are finally underway to remaster the albums for release in the near future: "It's really nice to get this one done. He'd remastered this already in 2001 himself, but he didn't get a chance to finish it. I think next year the Wilburys is so overdue -- way overdue. And there's a lot of great material on that as well, so I'm just trying to get to it."

In a separate interview with Q magazine, Jeff Lynne confirmed that he has been busy working on the project.

Special video footage from the albums' sessions is also expected to be released on DVD in conjunction with the Wilburys reissues.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Latitude 88 North

"Latitude 88 North", a previously unreleased song from the Out of the Blue sessions, will be released as a new Electric Light Orchestra single in January 2007.

According to the Face the Music website, promo CD's and orange colour vinyl 7' singles are being sent to radio stations in the UK. From the sample available on the website, it sounds like a fantastic song.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Jeff Lynne Presented With The Q Icon Award From Q Magazine

Jeff Lynne was presented with The Q Icon Award from Q magazine during a ceremony October 30 at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The cream of the world's music stars including: U2, The Who, The Kooks, Paul Weller, Oasis, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sugababes, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, Embrace, Primal Scream, Take That, Smokey Robinson, Muse, Keane, Jay Kay, Razorlight, and Jeff Lynne attended the non-televised ceremony.

The recognition comes just a few months after Electric Light Orchestra's "Livin' Thing" was named Britain's top guilty pleasure track by Q magazine.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Mr. Blue Sky Named One of the Top Classic Songs of All-Time

Sold on Song, a BBC Radio 2 site dedicated to classic songs, covers, songwriting and more, recently took a poll to determine the top 100 classic songs of all-time.

“Mr. Blue Sky”, a worldwide hit from ELO's Out of the Blue and background music to numerous movie soundtracks and television ads since, came in at number 18.

Featuring an infectious beat and lavish orchestration, “Mr. Blue Sky” is the eternal song of hope and joy which closes out the “Concerto for a Rainy Day” suite on side three of the album.

“It was dark and misty for two weeks,” songwriter Jeff Lynne later recalled, “and I didn’t come up with a thing. Suddenly the sun shone and it was ‘Wow, look at those beautiful Alps.’ I wrote ‘Mr Blue Sky’ and 13 other songs in the next two weeks.”

To learn more about “Mr Blue Sky”, or better yet to listen to it, visit the song page.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Jeff Lynne Joins Tom Petty On Stage

Jeff Lynne joined Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on stage for their rendition of "Handle With Care" during a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 26.

Watch the video on