I have had Jeff Lynne on heavy rotation since the release of his solo LP, "Long Wave." My initial reaction to that record of standards was not good. I thought it was a waste of time after not hearing any proper new music from the man since 2001's criminally ignored ELO record, "Zoom." But once I listened, I realized that I am a fan, through and through. I can't help it. I love his voice, his style, his harmonies. I love the guy and this was something new. What can I say? I love "Long Wave." Once the comeback was complete with last year's stellar "Alone In The Universe," I was lost for good.
During this spell of heavy rotation, I went back to some of the later, lesser ELO records, like "Secret Messages" and "Balance Of Power." They made me understand why so many are turned off by Jeff. It's one thing to create a band that mixed Beatle-esque pop with classical music. But by the 80s, Jeff Lynne was taking Beatle-esque pop and drowning it in synthesizers, plastic strings, phased vocals and crappy drum sounds. Those wonderful pop songs were still present, but you needed a HazMat suit to find them. Truth be told, I still love those records, but I understand why so many got off the spaceship. Those overblown records also add to my bewilderment over why "Zoom" was so ill-received. It's got both George & Ringo on it, the production was softer, and one song is better than the other. It was the record Jeff Lynne fans needed and somehow, no one cared.
But that's not why I am here.
The song "Confusion," from ELO's 1979 hit "Discovery," is my choice for a song that I would love to do-over. Its gorgeous melody did not need background vocals sung by a choir of robot eunuchs. I am hearing this song with two acoustic guitars, two voices and a nice organic rhythm section. Actually, I hear all of Jeff Lynne's songs post-1976 this way, but once again, I am a fan. Plus, I think if given the opportunity in some fantasy world, to actually redo this song with Jeff, he'd grow tired of me after one session, so I will have to be satisfied with just one.
Is there one song by your favorite artist, you wish you could do-over? I might have done this before, so apologies for the...uh...do-over.