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Time Original recording remastered

4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 3 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005KHEV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prologue
2. Twilight
3. Yours Truly, 2095
4. Ticket To The Moon
5. The Way Life's Meant To Be
6. Another Heart Breaks
7. Rain Id Falling
8. From The End Of The World
9. The Lgihts Go Down
10. Here Is The News
11. 21st Century Man
12. Hold On Tight
13. Epilogue
14. The Bouncer
15. When Time Stood Still
16. Julie Don't Live Here

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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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Format: Audio CD
Out of all the ELO albums I have, ELO's "Time" is my all-time (excuse the pun) favourite. It was 1981 and while Duran Duran's single "Planet Earth" was my song for that year, I must confess that "Time" would be my album of the year. I have been listening to the radio over the years in the 70's and liked what Jeff and the boys brought out; a lot of their singles are my favourites from other albums which are all classics rivalling the Beatles (and better?)-such as `Evil Woman', `Showdown', `Living Thing', `Rockaria', `Turn to Stone', `Shine A Little Love' and `Calling America-just to name a few.

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.
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I admit to having been an ELO fan when I was a kid. "Out of the Blue" and "A New World Record" were often in my tape player. However, as I went into High School, I left that music behind me. A few years ago I was feeling a bit nostalgic and noticed a bunch of ELO CDs on sale. I said what the heck and bought a few. The first one I put in my CD player was "Time." WOW! This album took me to another place and time. I have never had an album that took me to another place and time, like this album. It is one of the great concept albums that do not exist anymore (no offense, Roger Waters). Every song is so catchy and hypnotic. You literally zone out and fall into this futuristic society that Jeff Lynne is writing about. What makes this album work so well, is the talent and musicianship of the band. I really feel that Jeff Lynne is one of the greatest artists of all-time. This album is currently in my CD player and I have listened to it four tiimes over the last two days. And you know what? I want to listen to some more!
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Format: Audio CD
Electric Light Orchestra where formed in 1970, from the remnants of the sixties group The Move. Through out the seventies, they blazed the charts with landmark albums, such as "A New World Record", "Out of the Blue", "Discovery", and their early eighties platinum piece, "Xanadu". In 1981, the Jeff Lynne Orchestral Experience reached it's peak with the album "TIME"
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.
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I generally prefer ELO's earlier albums, A new world record and Out of the blue, but this is an interesting, if unusual, concept album. With spaceships on the album covers of those two great albums, perhaps it was inevitable that ELO would record a space-age album. Recorded in 1981 but supposedly set in 2095 when they expect space travel to be common, the album sometimes harks back to the time in which it was recorded. The overall feel of the album is mellow, with no up-tempo rockers - mid-tempo is as fast as this album gets.
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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