Rob Caiger was very annoyed with how the 35th anniversary edition of Secret Messages turned out - he'd spent years proposing various expanded packages, only for Sony to slip out that relatively disappointing version the second his back was turned. He hasn't said much about this yet, but he really wants to make up for that by ensuring that Time gets a more deserving treatment, which included visiting the owner of those acetates to see what could be added. Jeff has never spoken about anything from this album being an embarrassment on the level of Beatles Forever, so we should get everything. Now, whether that includes the originally intended artwork and anything like new liner notes remains to be seen, though I'm optimistic...
Is Rob Caiger back in the ELO fold? I'm pretty sure you said he was out a few months ago.
Forgive me if I'm behind the curve on this but ShardEnder is dropping not so subtle hints lol about a time double album release with out takes and demos in November?
Time will be restored to its originally intended double album form, but it won't have any bonus tracks, and it won't be arriving in November.
Based on the plans I'd been made aware of, the 2LP Time 40th Anniversary Legacy Deluxe Edition will launch in early July, though some outtakes from those sessions will be part of a career-spanning set designed as an upgrade to Flashback, itself a replacement for Afterglow, which should give you an idea of the format we can expect. Both of those were released in November, and Flashback served as a preview of the 2001-7 remaster campaign. Sony and Jeff like November - it's a good month to drop something fans will lap up, while also making whatever surfaces the ideal stocking filler.
In addition to all this, the classic run of 1971-86 are to be reissued in vinyl and BSCD2 forms based on the 2015 remasters, which have yet to see physical release, and these will also be made available in a box that is apparently going to contain a bonus disc of previously unheard rarities spanning from the very first ELO recording all the way through to the BOP sessions. Finally, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Jeff has been keeping himself busy lately. Zoom dropped right in the middle of the 30th anniversary celebrations, and repeating that formula seems like a great idea.
Again, all of this could change, though I'd rather let everyone know what may be happening than keep them completely in the dark. Just consider that plans do change, especially at the moment.
Roll on next July then! Although it's going to be a busy year anyway....
"The most outstanding rock group in the world today, my friends,the Electric... Light... Orchestra" TC '78