Jeff Lynne is about to release his second solo album, Long Wave, featuring a host of oldies that inspired him way back when, such as "Mercy, Mercy", "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered", "Running Scared" and "Let It Rock". Both this set and a newly re-recorded collection of old ELO hits called Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra are released on October 5th. The latter record definitely begs the question "Why?", but at least there has been made a fabulous video clip to accompany the new version of the title track. The re-recorded version is not bad at all, just a bit unnecessary. Lynne explains his reasons for doing the new versions in an interview with Billboard.com
, and the good news is that the album features a new song called "Point Of No Return". He also mentions that he's eight tracks into an album of brand new music that may see the light of day in 2013.
Watch the video for "Mr. Blue Sky"
Also, here's the clip for Lynne's version of Don Covay's "Mercy, Mercy", taken from his Long Wave solo album:
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