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Time was the last truly great album from the Electric Light Orchestra, released as their world-conquering fame was starting to ebb. A concept album (a brave undertaking in 1981), Time has a space-age theme and is set at the end of the 21st century. What's most remarkable is how all this science-fiction silliness is salvaged by the exuberant playing. "Yours Truly, 2095" uses a number of ELO's hallmarks--a catchy synth riff, sweeping strings, and over-the-top production--to tell a tale of a man in love with a robot; the album's highlight, it should have been a hit single. The epic "Twilight" and "Hold on Tight"--which practically bounces along like an overexcited puppy--also stand among ELO's finest works. Moreover, critical darlings Grandaddy have frequently stated the album influenced their excellent Sophtware Slump, evidence that this futuristic album was itself years ahead of its time. --Robert Burrow
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Jeff called "Time" and I quote: "This was one of them concept ideas. It was about time travel, so it's supposed to be all futuristic and daft. None of these ideas have been disproved yet, and only another ninety-odd years to go to see if I was right".
Well Jeff, maybe so, we'll see how this century turns out (and it's not looking good so far), in the meantime (just can't get away from that word) this album can take you on a journey into the future, where you can imagine a world the way you'd like it to be through fantasy of mind and music. It is in some ways innocent in its presentation, the whole album is just fun and uncomplicated in its conception-no thinking required-just listen and enjoy.
All the music and lyrics are by Jeff Lynne, who has after the band's self-titled debut album, wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album thereafter; the man has talent-to-boot.Read more ›
This album was released during an era, when the seventies studio production sound started to merge, into the synth pop sound of the early eighties. Lynne presents this change with a theme of space and time. In 1981 this album came across with a futuristic feel. The present seems to throw a whole new prospective on the album, when listening to the lyrics. Many of the tracks describe how once they were wild imaginations, on what the 21st century would bring.
The album opens with a surrounding orchestral prologue, which leads into the first track entitled "Twilight". Other tracks I enjoyed very much included "Ticket to the moon", "The way life's meant to be", "Rain is falling", "From the end of the world", "The lights go down", "Here is the news", "21st century man", and the top five hit "Hold on tight", which charted in August of 1981.
I just couldn't imagine my music collection without this CD. This would have to be my all time favourite album.
The best-known songs here are Hold on tight, a catchy, radio-friendly song that was a big UK hit, and Twilight, another fine mid-tempo song. The rest of the songs here work well together in the overall concept of the album. Highlights among them include Ticket to the moon, The way life's meant to be and Rain is falling. Although this is a little different from ELO's earlier albums, it should still appeal to fans of those albums. Another reviewer suggests that there is a Queen influence on some of the tracks. I'd never thought about that, but he's right. As somebody who also enjoys listening to Freddy Mercury's group, that's no bad thing.
If you are a science fiction fan, you may want this album for that reason alone. Otherwise, this album is probably not the best place to begin a collection of ELO - try A new world record or one of the hits collections if you are new to their music and you're not into science fiction. But if you are already familiar with some of ELO's music amd enkoy it, this album is definitely worth a few listens.
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Not one of their better albums, I bought it to help complete my ELO collection. ELO has always been one of my favourites and although not every album can be their best, this one is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by FV22
came in record time. I love the bonus tracks you have on them. Keep up the good work.Published 16 months ago by brian edward kirton
Basically this is ELO past their prime. There are certainly better ELO LP's...Out of the Blue, New World Record, etc. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
The time-travel concept album "Time" by Electric Light Orchestra is, at the time I write this, one of the only two ELO albums I own/have listened to (the other is from six years... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Matthew Newland