Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Electric Light Orchestra’s (ELO) top-selling double album, Out of the Blue, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic available everywhere on Friday, September 29.
This 2LP collector’s picture disc edition of Out of the Blue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes a digital download of the album.
Out of the Blue was released on October 3, 1977 and has gone on to be one of the most commercially successful album in ELO’s history. It has been awarded a platinum record by the RIAA along with the group’s album A New World Record. Only Discovery sold more and is double-platinum.
The album was also the band’s highest charting in the U.S., going to number 4. It produced two top twenty hits, Turn to Stone (1977 / #13) and Sweet Talkin’ Woman (1978 / #17) but it is the upbeat Mr. Blue Sky that has become the signature song of the album and, in many ways, ELO’s career. Blue Sky was not a big hit in its original release, only reaching number 35 in the U.S.
Out of the Blue was also the first ELO album to feature the group’s logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to ELO’s live shows.
The track list:
Turn to Stone
Sweet Talkin’ Woman
Across the Border
Night in the City
Believe Me Now
Side C (Concerto for a Rainy Day)
Standin’ in the Rain
Summer and Lightning
Mr. Blue Sky
Sweet Is the Night
Wild West Hero