Jeff Lynne has been making waves all over the world for most of his very musical life, a fact memorably documented in the acclaimed 2012 documentary Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO. The creative force of Electric Light Orchestra and a singularly accomplished producer, singer-songwriter and key collaborator with some of the most illustrious names in rock history, Lynne has been making global music history for most of his life.
In 2012, Lynne returned in a big way to make waves all over again with Long Wave. Lynne’s extraordinarily vital and impressive latest solo album found this remarkable artist and record maker recording some of the great popular songs that first inspired his lifelong and enduring love affair with popular music. Evoking an era back when old standards were just giving way to rock'n'roll, Long Wave powerfully celebrates the music of a time when Lynne’s lifelong passion for music began.
'I call this album Long Wave because all of the songs I sing on it are the ones heard on long wave radio when I was a kid growing up in Birmingham, England,' Lynne explains. '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. 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.'