Jeff Lynne Talks New Solo Record & ELO Re-take

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The frontman has a couple of projects lined up for later this year

Lynne has revealed that he is due to release a brand new solo album - his first since 1990 - on 9 October.

The solo album is called ‘Long Wave,’ and features old standards that influenced Lynne. "These songs take me back to that feeling of freedom in those days and summon up the feeling of first hearing those powerful waves of music coming in on my old crystal set,” Lynne says. "My dad also had the radio on all the time, so some of these songs have been stuck in my head for 50 years. You can only imagine how great it felt to finally get them out of my head after all these years."

Meanwhile, Lynne has taken another run at some of ELO's greatest hits on ‘Mr. Blue Sky - the Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra’ (also released on 9 October).

"When I listen to the old versions they don’t sound the way I thought they did when I first wrote and recorded them,” Lynne says in a press release. "I wanted to use the experience I’ve gained producing records ever since and have a completely new try at them. I’m not saying the old versions aren’t good ... but experience and technology also play as big a big part, and these new ones sound much more solid and tight.”

Amongst the songs he has re-recorded are ‘Evil Woman,’ ‘Don’t Bring Me Down‘ and ‘Livin’ Thing’.

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