Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Lynne is back with a new album, and if his first track is any indication, this is going to be big for fans of classic rock. The band is Jeff Lynne’s ELO and the album is From Out of Nowhere and you can listen to the first track released from the album below. With the original ELO (the Electric Light Orchestra) Lynne and ELO gained fame for the rock anthem Don’t Bring Me Down in the 1970s, with hits Strange Magic, Evil Woman, Mr. Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Xanadu, All Over the World, I’m Alive, and Last Train to London (and more) before Lynne turned his attention to becoming a successful studio producer. He has co-produced big albums, including George Harrison’s comeback album Cloud Nine, co-writing albums with Harrison that led to the formation of rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, featuring Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Harrison, and Lynne. He then co-produced Petty’s mega-hit album Full Moon Fever followed by Into the Great Wide Open, followed by records by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and more, working on albums for Joe Cocker, Aerosmith, Joe Walsh, and Brian Wilson. If anyone knows how to put out a good album, it’s Jeff Lynne.
Have a listen and see if you agree: The first song available for free from the new album, to be released November 1 (available today for pre-order on CD here, vinyl here, and digital/streaming here) is the title track From Out of Nowhere. And it sounds just like an original Traveling Wilburys song. His influence and long-time partnership with The Beatles is obvious. I’d swear I can hear George Harrison echoing Lynne’s vocals, and my mind’s eye sees Tom Petty playing rhythm guitar with him on the stage. It has the classic ELO sound but that’s probably thanks to Lynne’s unmistakably familiar voice and rhythms. With all his work with The Beatles (minus John Lennon), with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty, you could run this track on any of the albums Lynne produced with his peers and it would fit right in. This song is classic Jeff Lynne.
Here’s the title track from Jeff Lynne’s ELO album From Out of Nowhere:
Pre-order From Out of Nowhere at the above links and look for the full album November 1, 2019.