Raised on ELO: The Mr. Blue Sky Review

I was raised on the radio sound of Jeff Lynne’s magnificent Electric Light Orchestra.  ELO was the sound of my life emanating from car dashboards and bouncing from handheld boxes on street corners.  ELO melodies were always immediately identifiable and haunting and awe-inspiring.

When I learned Jeff Lynne was re-making “The Very Best” of ELO in a new album called “Mr. Blue Sky” I was intrigued and enthralled by the idea.  In a television interview, I heard Jeff say he wanted to remake his best ELO songs in 2012 because, after 30 years as a producer, he better knew how to create sound now than he did when the iconic songs were originally recorded:

Featuring ELO’s biggest and most memorable hits, Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a brand new album featuring fresh re-recordings by Jeff Lynne, which sound much sharper and clearer than the old versions. It includes a never before heard bonus track, “Point of No Return”. In a nod to ELO’s 40th anniversary, a very special edition of “10538 Overture” is also featured.

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Why Bad Movie Sequels Are Made

At least twice a year my wife Elizabeth asks me some variation of the following question — why do bad sequels to movies get made? I have the rather unfortunate task of letting her know the same sad answer to this question which is this — the money they spend making and promoting the sequel is dwarfed by the money that is made at the box office and so they continue making the bad sequels until the money made is not sufficient to justify making any other bad sequels.

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The Genius of Steve Gordon and Why Arthur 2 Was a Miss

Michelle Carter wrote this article.

Arthur! Arthur! Arthur! I can’t say it enough times. Ask me the name of my all-time favorite laugh-out-loud comedy and my answer will always be “Arthur.” What else can I say? I love this film. I am referring to the 1981 smash hit movie starring the lovable comic icon Dudley Moore, Tony award winning actress Liza Minnelli and the ever so elegant Oscar award winning thespian, Sir John Gielgud.

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