Saturday, 6 June 2015

A NEW WORLD RECORD: ELO'S JET 'B' SIDES

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The third in a series of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] articles looking at the tenure of ELO at Jet Records. Did you know that there was one ELO LP [apart from "Xanadu", for obvious reasons] that remained untouched [to my knowledge] when it came to providing 'B' sides for their singles released via Jet Records?

"A New World Record" [#JETLP20; #UAG30017; #JETLP200] gave ELO three [3] Top 10 UK singles with "Livin' Thing", "Rockaria!" and "Telephone Line" and was also their breakthrough album in the their home country, reaching #6 whilst spending 100 weeks in the UK Album Chart and attaining multi-platinum status. Over in the United States, "Do Ya" was released as a single in lieu of "Rockaria!". The 30th Anniversary issue of ANWR in 2006 [see above picture] also saw "Surrender" released as a download only single [also as an ultra-rare one-sided promotional 7" in blue vinyl].
But original ANWR cuts "Tightrope" [surely the single that was not], "Mission [A World Record]", "So Fine", "Above The Clouds" and "Shangri-La" remain as solely album tracks to this day. I thought that this was of note considering how many ELO's album tracks were trawled for 'B' sides by Jet!

ON THE FLIP SIDE: ELO'S JET 'B' SIDES
TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM: ELO'S JET 'B' SIDES

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-June-2015

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