Electric Light Orchestra‘s classic 1977 album Out of the Blue turns 40 in October, and in celebration of the milestone anniversary, a two-LP vinyl picture disc of the record will be released September 29. The new reissue will feature audio remastered from the original tapes, as well as a digital download of the album.
Out of the Blue is ELO’s highest-charting studio album in the U.S., having peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. The double-disc collection, which was produced and written entirely by frontman Jeff Lynne, yielded three top 40 hits in the States: “Turn to Stone,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky.” It also features an ambitious song suite called “Concerto for a Rainy Day,” which included “Mr. Blue Sky” and runs the length of the album’s third side. Out of the Blue has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S. to date.
“Forty years on, I would never have imagined that this music would take on a life of its own,” says Lynne.
The album’s cover art features the ELO logo transformed into a giant spacecraft.
The Out of the Blue picture disc is available for preorder now. Here is its full track list:
“Turn to Stone”
“Sweet Talkin’ Woman”
“Across the Border”
“Night in the City”
“Believe Me Now”
“Concerto for a Rainy Day”
“Standin’ in the Rain”
“Summer and Lightning”
“Mr. Blue Sky”
“Sweet Is the Night”
“Wild West Hero”
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Source: Classic Rock News