We all love ELO and Jeff's stuff, that's why we're here. But there are some bits that are especially great and make you go all fuzzy. Here, you can list your guilty pleasures and maybe discover some you hadn't even thought of. I can probably think of loads, but first up I can offer:
The guitar outro of Eldorado
The way Jeff sings a millimetre from the mike in It's Over, this would send shivers up and down my spine when I used to listen to it on headphones.
The intro to Boy Blue, brilliant builder-upper
The intro to Dreaming of 4000
The last bit of Nellie Takes Her Bow (.."Nellie just sent me a line...")
The solo in the middle of Kuiama, especially the violin bit, bloody amazing, still moves me nearly to tears despite my advanced age.
The outro of Shangri La.
Discovering Jeff's stupid sense of humour on the Idle Race Birthday Party LP. It was like finding a soulmate.
The crazy-high falsetto note that Jeff hits during the fadeout of In For The Kill.
I seem to recall someone once telling me that Jeff's vocals during that section were pitch shifted using a Fairlight - this was simply a bit of studio experimentation he ultimately wiped as part of the overall reworking of In For The Kill into its final version, Caught In A Trap.
At the moment, my personal favourite extra special things in ELO songs are Bev's thundering live drums on the second part of Hello My Old Friend, the whole fade to Starlight, Jeff temporarily borrowing John Lennon's voice for Mister Kingdom - especially on the final verse - and the last chorus of Mission (A World Record), where there's an additional falsetto part that just takes the whole track to another level.
"I can dream of flying high Above the city's cares and never be afraid of anyone 'Cos there ain't no one there."
Do ya want my love/face/mind! (wellllll… let me thinks about this)
WOMAN, end of first sentence in Do Ya
Waterfall, end of a sentence… got nooooo one
Bev’s drumming on Fire on High
There are things that you don’t catch until listening a few times, or its background music and a small thing pops in your ear. Like the way he sings just one word that makes you say good god! Till this day I am always hearing new things. Such an unbelievable range.
An example. There is a video on YouTube and Discovery that has a video of Jeff, with Walsh and Dhani singing Something at the Concert for George. You have to really concentrate when he sings the first Something, the clapping almost drowned it out; it’s a small inflection – what he does with just that word! I’ve played just that bit over and over. And the rest of that song? Pure gold. Walsh kicks ass.
This is a great topic IMHO, thanks for posting it, umomusette.
Must agree about Bev's drumming in Fire on High, that whole song is amazing though. Love the creepy intro, the acoustic guitar and the choir. In fact if anyone isn't impressed by it they simply aren't alive.
Edit: Jeff's vocals are like velvet when he wants to turn it on, not to mention his clever inflections. I think his love of Roy Orbison has influenced this. And he does it whilst wearing that inscrutable face. What's not to love?
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2014 20:55:15 GMT by unomusette
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