Long Wave

Jeff Lynne has been making waves all over the world for most of his very musical life.

As the creative force of Electric Light Orchestra and as a singularly accomplished producer, singer-songwriter and a key collaborator with some of the most illustrious names in rock history, Lynne has been making global music history for most of his life.

Now here in 2012, Lynne returns in a big way to make waves all over again with Long Wave. Lynne’s extraordinarily vital and impressive new solo album, Long Wave, finds this remarkable artist and record maker recording some of the great popular songs that first inspired his lifelong and enduring love affair with popular music. Evoking an era back when old standards were just giving way to rock & roll, Long Wave powerfully celebrates the music of a time when Lynne’s lifelong passion for music began.

“I call this new album Long Wave because all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, England,” Lynne explains. “These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set. My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years.”

Take one listen to Long Wave, and you will soon find that you can’t get the songs here out of your head. These are Lynne’s deeply felt and musically brilliant one-man band takes on a wide range of standards from “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered” written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart to “Smile” co-written by Charlie Chaplin and made famous by Nat King Cole to “So Sad” made famous by The Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry’s driving “Let It Rock.”

Time after time on Long Wave, Lynne makes these classic songs his own, including the first single from the album, “Mercy Mercy,” a soulful early Sixties gem from Don Covay and The Goodtimers that Lynne first performed in his earliest days as a working musician in the clubs of his hometown and has now made a fantastic showcase as he plays every part perfectly.

The songs that Jeff Lynne revisits and reboots on Long Wave are some of the great songs that inspired him to go on to write his modern standards—a rather long list that includes “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Showdown,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Do Ya,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and “Telephone Line,” to name just a few.

“These songs were the beginning of my dream. Then the Beatles hit me and I was gone forever. It’s a dream that I wished so hard, so hard for that eventually it came true. Amazingly, what I wanted back then—I actually got. Everything I wanted. For instance, I wanted to work with the Beatles desperately when I was a guy in a group in Birmingham just playing. What was the chance of that ever happening? It was no chance. And yet it happened.”

ELO Tweets

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Recent Comments

  • robert clayton

    A fan of Jeff Lynne and ELO since around 1972 I have been on cloud nine since the return of...
  • Brent

    I have twice seen ELO live and before Out of the Blue album. Back when it was legal to shine...
  • Julie Martinez, RD

    I am amazed by the harmony. I love harmonizing with Jeff when he does acoustic. My sister was a backup...
  • Tom Van der Veer

    What is the date of the Hollywood Walk of Fame event?
  • Mike Phillips

    Fantastic news. The documentary was great. The re-recorded versions sounds amazing!
  • Ronnie James

    Please tour again as I sit here listenin to new album current track is Mercy... your phenomenal... never stop man!...
  • Jessica

    Jeff Lynne, I Am your biggest fan- please Please tour! I had tickets in hand for Zoom to finally see my idol...
  • Kev T

    I am beside myself, waiting for these new offerings. Mr lynne, PLEASE tour. I would pay whatever it costs to come to...
  • Eric C. Butto Jr.

    Congrats to Jeff & Joe in their recent collaboration...finally a great song resurrects from the Dynasty of Legendre...Analog Man makes...
  • mike caldwell

    can't believe the naysayers on recording standards and re-recording elo..i remember that t-bone walker re-recorded his hits for atlantic in...