About this album
- Release date: October 9, 2012
- Label: Frontiers Records
- Catalog number: 105697
Jeff Lynne: lead and backing vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, vibes, drums
Marc Mann: strings
Steve Jay: tambourine, shaker
- Produced by Jeff Lynne
Engineered by Steve Jay
Mastered by Howie Weinberg and Dan Gerbarg
Art direction by Ryan Corey
Liner notes by David Wild
Cover photo courtesy of Alton Douglas
- Long Wave is more lush and romantic than anything Lynne's done since the disco era.
- For someone who hasn't covered many songs, he's surprisingly good at making them his own.
- The selection of inspirational oldies is just obvious enough.
- Even with this modest reach, Lynne sometimes can't match his idols.
- The obligatory big "rock and roll" ending seems more perfunctory than ever.
If you've ever heard an ELO song on the radio and loved it, and you almost certainly have, you won't be surprised that his Bobby Darin homage is represented by "Beyond the Sea," or that his favorite Etta James song is "At Last," or that he's made space for a Roy Orbison song. His old group was often derided for using classical music as mere window dressing, but it's all clear now: what matters most to Lynne is romance and melody. Even the tributes to the Everly Brothers ("So Sad [To Watch Good Love Go Bad]," Don Covay ("Mercy, Mercy") and Chuck Berry ("Let It Rock") retain a certain elegance.