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Voldar: . Jeff Lynne Sits At Home, Re-Recording ELO's Biggest Hits (We Visit Him There) There's one stipulation that comes with my invitation to visit Jeff Lynne at his house: Don't tell anyone where he lives. This is mentioned more than once. He's been kind enough to invite me over in front of his new disc of refurbished works, Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, out today. The thing is, Lynne is a bit of a homebody. Kind of private. In the opening scene of the new documentary chronicling Lynne's life and work, Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO, Paul McCartney calls him shy. You may have known that Lynne is friends with McCartney, considering he worked on Sir Paul's album Flaming Pie and on Beatles songs that came out in the '90s. In fact, Lynne is a bit of a name-dropper. Bob, George, Roy, Tom....You can probably figure out those Traveling Wilburys. One tends to forgive him, though, considering he is music royalty of the highest caliber. In fact, it's as much as I can do to not jump on top of his velvet couch and start screaming, rock hysteria style. So, I won't mention where he lives, but I will say it's lush, sprawling, quiet, and tucked away at the end of a street where few cars pass with views that overlook Los Angeles. It is the perfect haven of solitude for a man who went around the world again and again as the leader of '70s rock outfit Electric Light Orchestra. A man who now just wants hang out at his home studio and make music, which he calls his favorite thing in the world to do. "It's really private," Lynne, 64, says of his workspace. "I can make a lot of racket and nobody can hear me." In said studio, the afternoon sunlight illuminates the mural of a jungle scene -- think monkeys and toucans -- painted on the wall above the massive mixing board. There are at least a dozen guitars. I spot a platinum album for Lynne's work as producer on the 1995 Beatles anthology. "Free As a Bird"? He did that. "Real Love" too. He also co-wrote "Free Fallin," produced albums for Brian Wilson, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Del Shannon, and sold millions of records with ELO. You could call his Traveling Wilburys the greatest super group in the history of popular music. I would. "It was so simple in the old days," Lynne says. "You put out an album, people promoted it, it got in the charts, and you had a hit. It must have been the golden age of rock and roll." It's rare to find a photo of Lynne without his aviators on, and he doesn't take them off while we talk either. He wears jeans, a neatly pressed black button down shirt, black socks and black Vans slip ons. He is warm and funny and quick to laugh, like a jovial uncle with a million stories that just happen to include meeting Tom Petty on the street and subsequently writing Full Moon Fever together. We're sitting in a vast, cedar-lined, high ceilinged room where Lynne sometimes records. The vibe is upscale hunting lodge. The fireplace is practically bigger than my apartment, and the far wall is lined with framed gold records. I lose count at forty. Surely many of these are for the ELO classics that still populate rock radio playlists. For Lynne though, many of these songs were never quite right, which is kind of why I'm here. Lynne has spent the last three years in his studio, re-recording ELO's biggest hits from scratch. Seriously. "I listened to the songs," Lynne says, "and I thought, 'that doesn't sound as good as I remember.' I was quite an inexperienced producer when I made those albums." The newly refurbished tracks make up Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra. The album also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the band. Lynne worked six days a week perfecting songs including "Do Ya," "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," and "Don't Bring Me Down." He did this at home, mostly on his own. "I just love playing all the instruments and going back and thinking 'fucking hell, I did all that.'" The new old songs sound excellent -- clean with the thousand layers of upscale instrumentation, cellos, violins, etc., that made Electric Light Orchestra one of most ambitions acts of the 1970s and early '80s. To my untrained ear, the primary difference on the new recordings is Lynne's voice. It's slightly warmer, lower, more mature, the result of age and a maybe a few wild nights on the road. "I used to be a big smoker and drinker," Lynne says. "You're on tour and of course you want to party, because that's what everyone is doing. I wasn't going to miss out on all the fun and games, but it messes your throat up." We do a bit of free association with the hits. "Mr. Blue Sky" was written when "I was on a mountain in Switzerland." (He yodels here a bit). "It had been horribly foggy for days. Then the fog lifted and beams of this fabulous sunlight came down and the sky was blue. I wrote the song right there and then." "I didn't have a clue "Strange Magic" was going to be a hit." "Evil Woman" was "a premonition of somebody I was going to meet." "Don't Bring Me Down," an attempt at a "big, nasty rock and roll song. I think it came off," he says, "because it is a big, nasty rock and roll song." Venturing into Wilbury territory, Lynne recalls, that, "George had written a tune. The title didn't come until we were actually playing the track. It said 'Handle With Care' on this cardboard box in the studio, and that became the song. George had one verse and then we all joined in and had it finished. "Handle With Care," there it was. We recorded it that same night after dinner." "There was so much input with the Wilburys," Lynne continues. "We were five songwriters and five rhythm guitarists. It was quite comical actually, all of us sitting around strumming acoustics. There's Bob strumming and Roy strumming and Tom strumming. I loved it. It was like 'Hey, there's George Harrison. This is a good group!'" "We used to do the backing tracks in the afternoon around lunchtime, write the words during dinner, and put the vocal on after we ate. Each song was done in a day. With our first Wilbury album, it was 10 days and 10 songs. Amazing. Fastest thing I've ever heard of." Lynne then reflects on Long Wave, the collection of pop standard covers, ("At Last," "Love is a Many Splendored Thing"), he is releasing in tandem with Mr. Blue Sky. This album was influenced largely by the music he heard his father playing during his childhood in Birmingham, England. "I kind of hated it when I was a kid, but all these years later, I get all of this old stuff. Without be too slushy about it, I've never heard songwriting as good." But don't get your hopes up about hearing any of this material live. "I don't actually like touring," Lynne says. "I'm very grateful for all of the success, it was marvelous, but I had enough. I just want to be in the studio. When you've got all the gear you want in your own house, it's difficult to go out and do something else, you know?" I nod as though this is a relatable situation. Soon our time is up. We hug goodbye and Lynne escorts me out, past myriad rock relics and through the cozy studio in which he spends most of his time. If it were my inner sanctum, I'd never want to leave either. http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2012/10/jeff_lynne_house_electric_light_orchestra.php

Voldar: , . Roll Over Beethoven: Jeff Lynne's Favourite Albums Mr Blue Sky works up thirteen of his top LPs The common complaint from Bakers Dozens many participants is that of the struggle of narrowing down a list of life-long favourite long-players into a relatively compact list of just 13 albums. Not so for Jeff Lynne. Quite the opposite in fact. I have had a hard time whittling them up to 13! he laughs. Jeff Lynne, singer, songwriter and producer is still best known for his work with ELO, the Beatles-influenced pop monster that gained the approval of the Fab Four. But as Lynne is keen to point out with his choice of albums, theres so much more to him than the band that truly made his name. Im sorry theyre all by me! says Lynne by way of apology as he meets the Quietus in the genteel surroundings of a Belgravia hotel. Craig, my manager, asked for the list in the car on the way to this hotel and Im thinking, I dont know what my favourite albums are off the top of my head right now because this is the first time Ive ever been asked this question, he says as he explains both his predicament and the rationale behind his final choices. Im going, do you think theyll mind if I include some of the ones that Ive produced? because I do like those albums and he goes, No, go ahead and do them. So Im sorry about that! But at least Ive got some stories about them! Travelling Wilburys Volume 1 Ive chosen this because it was such an amazing thing to happen. It sounds really good and it was such a brand new kind of sound. It really was! Not just because me and George [Harrison] produced it but it was the actual thing of it existing even. It came about as a whim when I was working with George on Cloud Nine, and he said to me one night after we finished work and we were having a couple of bevies, he said, "you know what? Me and you should have a group." And I said, "well, thats a good idea. Who would we have in it?" And he said, "oh, Bob Dylan." And I said, "oh, Bob Dylan, yeah. How about Roy Orbison?" And I thought we were joking and he says, "yeah, OK. Royd be great." And then we both said "Tom Petty". We both loved Tom and wed met him a couple of times. Anyway, everybody wanted to join so that was how the Wilburys came about. And so we went to LA, recorded Handle With Care, at first as a bonus track for Georges single off Cloud Nine, but when [label boss] Mo Ostin heard it he said, "you cant do that! This is the first track off your new group!" and we all went, "oh yeah! Thats a good idea." Cause we had recorded it in Bob Dylans garage, which is pretty amazing. We had a barbeque in his back garden and after that we wrote the words to Handle With Care, finished the words and George had got the chorus but he hasnt got the verses so I wrote them at dinner time, sang them in the evening and it was finished. We had to mix it at Georges house later. Thats why its interesting to me, how it came about. The rest of the songs we did in Dave Stewarts studio and they were all instant songs. Each song only took a day. We gave ourselves one day to write a song so we did ten days and ten songs. I did have to pinch myself! I got used to it in the end and of course we did another album after Roy had passed but it was a marvellous time and thats why I chose it. George Harrison Cloud Nine I didnt know George at that time. I got to know George because of Dave Edmonds. I did a song with Dave Edmonds in Holland because I was doing an album over there an ELO album and he rang me up and said, "do you fancy writing a song for me and Ill come over while youre there and I can sing it?" So he came over and we recorded this track together and he played this big six-string bass. We recorded it, finished it and a few weeks later were having dinner, finished dinner, went our separate ways and he shouts down the street, "by the way, I forgot to tell you: George Harrison asked me to ask you if youd like to work on his new album with him!" I said, "what do you mean, 'by the way'?" [laughs] As if that shouldnt be the first thing youd say over dinner! But thats what happened. I got invited to Georges and I went there, we got on great and we went to Australia to the Grand Prix together to see if we were going to be pals. And we were. We were great pals and we got on great and we worked together for about 13 years or so. I love Cloud Nine because it was my first outside production that Id done; it was a big album. And producing a Beatle wasnt lost on me. It was like, fucking hell! This is good, this, innit? You know, it was great because Id just had a year off and playing in my own studio in England and learning to be an engineer, believe it or not. Id never really mastered engineering; Id always been a producer and always had to tell the engineer what I wanted because I couldnt do it myself. I taught myself how to do it myself and I was much more in tune with all the knobs. You know, I knew exactly which little tweak I needed to do because Id been there doing it in my own studio for about a year. Tom Petty Full Moon Fever This was a bit of a dodgy situation at the time but I didnt know that. Tom had asked me to work with him and it was a solo record and that was all I knew. It wasnt with the group. He used Mike [Campbell, Heartbreakers lead guitarist] for guitar and it was Mikes studio that we recorded in, in his garage in LA. Tom just stopped me in the street one day in Beverley Hills somewhere and he said, "Ive just been listening to George Harrisons new album. I love it. Im having a barbecue. Do you wanna come?" I couldnt go so he said, "do you fancy writing some songs together and see what we come up with?" and I said, "yeah, Id love to!" So I went round his house the next day and after we wrote one, we then wrote, believe it or not, Freefalling which was such a big hit for him. So it worked out great and we carried on doing them in Mikes garage, which was an amazingly sparse studio. It was a garage full of motorbikes and oil cans and bedsteads and things like that - it was pretty amazing! Where him and George looking for that panoramic ELO sound? Well, it wasnt always that panoramic a sound. I was gradually quietening that sound down that ELO had done and there were less strings. In ELO, it used to be a case of, "oooh! String day tomorrow!" and then by about the tenth album it became [adopts dismayed voice] "oh, fucking hell! Its string day tomorrow." Id had enough of them. I grew tired of the strings. But thats not why they asked me. It was more the punch I was doing later on and they just liked the sound that I made, whatever it was. They liked something about it. Del Shannon Hats Off To Del Shannon Ive always loved Del. He was my first hero when I was young. When 'Runaway came out I was only 13 or 14. I had to have my own rock star. Well, they werent called rock stars then they were all pop stars. But my sisters had had Elvis and I loved Elvis of course but you had to have your own hero, you know? So Del Shannon was my one. But theres a great story about Del and Runaway. Hed made the record and he was on the road and someone had sent him a copy of the record and he put it on his record player, played it and went, "what the fuck?!" It was semitone faster than it should have been! And he phones up his manager and he says, "what the hell have you done to my record?" And the manager said, "oh, we sped it up because we thought it was too slow." And thats how it is to this day. Its in B flat minor instead of A minor. Which is amazing and it sounds better when its sped up. Ive slowed it back down to see what it sounded like when it was originally done and it doesnt sound as good as the sped-up version. You can tell that his vibrato is really fast and you can tell its sped up. Roy Orbison Greatest Hits What a beautiful guy. He was so sweet. I mean, every song hes done is my favourite. You cant go wrong with them. Some of the songs arent as good as others but most of the ones he wrote with Joe Melson and Bill Dees are great. Ive just recorded Running Scared for my new album, Longwave, and he once told me that Running Scared was his personal favourite of all the songs hed ever done. I actually got to work with Roy and be his pal and be his producer and his co-writer on a song called You Got It which was a big hit in America and here too. So that was a big thrill for him to have a hit. And it was his first hit in 20 years and wed done it together and that was a great, marvellous feeling. In real life, he was actually a very funny guy. And he could do all Monty Python sketches on his own! He did all the parts! When we were doing Wilburys videos, wed be going in a van to Grand Union Station in LA to film Handle With Care and hed be doing Monty Python sketches. And hes got this enormous and most infectious giggle youve ever heard and wed all be giggling like schoolgirls after a minute or two and all fucking fall about! He was a lovely guy and if he was sad he never showed it. When Roy died we did talk about getting someone else in but we thought that nobody could replace Roy Orbison. Regina Spektor Far Its not an obvious pairing but someone asked me if I wanted to do it and if Id like to work with her and sent me a couple of her albums. When I heard them I was really blown away with them. I thought, "this girls superb"! She came to my studio and we talked about for a while and she was a lovely girl, very sweet, and her voice is so amazing! So in tune! Beautiful quality and a lovely tone. And a beautiful plumage! [laughs] She was beautiful and I loved her voice and her pitch and her sense of timing was absolutely marvellous, you know? In fact, in her live show, sometimes her drummer is playing his bass drum to her left hand. Her hands like a drum machine, almost. Very tight, rhythmically. And I just love her voice. We laid down four or five tracks with her on piano and sometimes she wanted to do it all at once and Im going, "hmmm Dont do that! Because Ive got to separate it again and its almost impossible to get the separation. I wanted to have the complete control that I like; I like total separation and control over the stuff so I can make it sound good. And we did it like that, just one track, and then we did them all separate so she played the piano parts separate and did the vocals separate standing up at a vocal mic and I just really enjoyed it, you know? I still listen back to those songs and I think theyre great. The Beatles Revolver This is pretty amazing. I think this is Geoff Emericks first go as engineer. Hed been working there [at Abbey Road studios] but he hadnt become an engineer yet. When I was working with Paul McCartney on his album, Flaming Pie, Geoff was the engineer as well. He told me what a marvellous thing it was for him because he used this close mic ambience on this album and did some really amazing effects, like on Tomorrow Never Knows. Backwards stuff and all that and this was pretty advanced stuff in them days. It was more experimental than anything theyd done before. Some of the tunes on there are just great and it was them nearly getting into Sgt Pepper, you know? Probably doing more experimenting and copying tapes and bouncing them across. They hadnt got the tracks to do it, really, so they had to use two machines and sometime three machines and then mix everything down from four tracks onto one and then start on another and mix that down to another machine. So it was very difficult to make those records, I would imagine. How did it sound back in 66? Way better than everything else, I would say. It stood out like a sore thumb really. It was so tight and beautiful and punchy. It was the punchiest thing around. It was, like, powerful and, it seemed to me, majestic. The Beatles Please Please Me Oh, this is brilliant! And the sound George Martin got on it! I love the opening drumbeat and the bleed with all the drums leaking onto the guitar mics and sometimes onto the vocals if they did the whole track live. The sound of it, to me, was real, raw excitement. They were a great group, they really were. From their days in Hamburg, they were so tight and on that record it really shows how brilliant they were. I think I Saw Her Standing There was probably the greatest ever English rocknroll song. I would imagine that its a good as any old American rocknroll song, like the real thing. The real stuff. As good as a Chuck Berry tune or something. It was as solid as anything Id ever heard or better. With the rocknroll records Id started playing a bit by then not bad, but a bit and this song was nice and simple but dont let that simplicity fool you. Some of the hardest stuff to do is the simple stuff, to make it effective and make it real and make it worthwhile. I thought it was unbelievable and I still do. Today, I still think, "how the fuck did you do that"? It was like giving it back to the Americans: "'ere y'are we can do this as well!" The Who Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy I love the sound of I Cant Explain. Its my favourite and I love all those earlier ones. I used do them onstage with a group called The Nightriders and The Idle Race as well. Pictures Of Lily and that kind of stuff. I used to love playing all those Who songs. They had something about them, The Who. It was like magic, the sound. And just watching Pete Townshend, he was always amazing. Did I ever catch them back in the day? Yeah! Not half! The loudest bloody thing Ive ever heard in my life! I went to this place called Midnight City in Birmingham and it was quite a big room and everyone was waiting for them: "wow! Were gonna see The Who!" and they struck up and went BLAAANG! and your earholes would go WOOOOM! and you couldnt hear a fucking thing! Your hearing was gone! You know when your ears go inside out? And its like silence and you cant hear fuck all for the next 10 minutes until your hearing starts coming back! And gradually you could start hearing them again. It was like a compressor, almost. It was really exciting to hear that when youre a kid. And the tunes they played were so great. It was beautiful. Fantastic! The Zombies Odessey and Oracle My friend, Ian La Frenais, gave me that, a cassette of it. He goes, "bet you havent heard this for a few years" because hed found it in his drawer. And he gave to me and I played it for months, it must have been. I just loved all the songs on it. I love Colin Blunstones voice on it. And lovely, crafted songs. Great harmonies, what more could you want? I love The Zombies. This strikes me as lovely all the way through. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds Is this the ultimate in production? Its probably one of them. I think youll find The Beatles might say that! They were always in competition at that point. You know, Ive obviously spoken to The Beatles a lot but I like every track on Pet Sounds; I think theyre all equally as good. I couldnt even pick one out if it because the arrangements were so unusual at the time. I remember it was 66 and in some parts it sounds like an old dance band. Id think, "wow"! Thats so old fashioned yet so brand new at the same time. The arrangements were weird with these big harmonicas and funny, deep saxophones and plain little paper cups and playing the drums on them. What the hell was that? Brilliant! Brian [Wilson] was absolutely marvellous. Luckily for me, I did get to work with him and we wrote a song together called Let It Shine on his album, Brian Wilson, in about 89 or something. I got to know him quite well and he was a lovely guy and we wrote this tune and it was very nice and Im really glad that I did. Don Covay And The Goodtimers Mercy I love this album. We used to play these tunes in The Idle Race; about two or three songs off that album. For about a year we did them and they were so good to play. That big, rough r'n'b sound. Ive actually recorded Mercy, Mercy on my new album, Longwave. Its a version like we used to do it just two guitars, drums and bass and background shouting. It sounds like the old record, really. I think that sound was important back then. There was a lot of r'n'b going on. Obviously, you had The Spencer Davis Group with Steve Winwood, who I love hes a brilliant guy. Hes one guy Id like to work with one day. I havent seen him for a few years but we used to hang out a bit. The Marvelettes Sophisticated Soul Beautiful drumming and bass playing. And the song I really like is called The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game. Its a timeless sound with really wonderful bass parts that are so intriguing. Those kind of soulful bass bits were just wonderful and their voices are so classy. Its the classiness of it, you know? Its cool, wonderful rhythm and this is as good as it gets, probably. It doesnt take me back, listening to it these days; it just impresses me more. Like, wow! How did they do that? How did they get that sound then? What a beautiful mix. Im always impressed by the balance of things. Im blown away by the balance. How they did it, I dont know. http://thequietus.com/articles/10299-jeff-lynne-favourite-albums-2?fb_action_ids=556089153432&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582&fb_source=aggregation&page=1

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