1976's A NEW WORLD RECORD is both a classic of commercial '70s pop and an archetypal ELO album. From the outer-space synths and rich orchestrations that open the album to Jeff Lynne's meticulous production and Beatlesque melodies, A NEW WORLD RECORD is magnificent ear candy. Both ambitious enough to appeal to "serious" rock fans and ultra-catchy enough to sound terrific on Top 40 radio (the plaintively gorgeous, McCartney-like "Telephone Line" and the anthemic "Livin' Thing" were well-deserved smashes), ELO was one of the few '70s bands whose appeal covered both the FM and AM spectrums. The album even resurrects "Do Ya," a classic single by Lynne's former band, the Move, in a splashy new version.
01 Mr. blue sky 02 Evil woman 03 Don't bring me down 04 Sweet talkin' woman 05 Shine a little love 06 Turn to stone 07 The diary of horace wimp 08 Confusion 09 Hold on tight 10 Livin' thing 11 Telephone line 12 All over the world
13 Wild west hero 14 Showdown 15 Ma-ma-ma belle 16 Xanadu 17 Rockaria! 18 Strange magic 19 Alright 20 Rock 'n' roll is king