Thursday, June 08, 2006

ELO – New World Record

“I will return to Shangri-La” always leaves me in tears. Seems like sentimental overkill but Jeff Lynne’s hopeful outro to falling out of love on “Shangri-La” the fabulous closing track on New World Record (1975) has always had that effect on me. The moment I had placed the stylus on vinyl and the amazing orchestral intro of “Tightrope” swept me away, I knew deep inside that ELO was something special. Kinda like the Beatles. That, thirty years later, a hip pop outfit like Grandaddy has chosen to feature that gorgeous & touching “Shangri-La” outro as their own exit music as a recording band just seems to capture the influence that ELO and this magnificent record has had.

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