Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky (2012 Version) and Jeff Lynne - Mercy, Mercy
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.