ELO's Jeff Lynne Didn't Want To Reinvent Covers For New Album
Saturday, September 29, 2012
ELO's Jeff Lynne Didn't Want To Reinvent Covers For New Album
ELO leader Jeff Lynne says that his new covers collection was meant to pay tribute to his favorite songs -- not reinvent them. Coming on October 9th will be Long Wave -- Lynne's first new set since ELO's 2001 album, Zoom. Long Wave features such pop and rock standards as the Everly Brothers' "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," Don Covay & The Goodtimers' "Mercy, Mercy," Roy Orbison's "Running Scared," Etta James' "At Last," the Four Aces' "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock," and Bobby Darin's "Beyond The Sea," among others.
Lynne told us that although he added his musical fingerprint to the songs , he was careful to remain true to the songwriters' intent: "I would never, ever change anybody's melody -- ever. I hate that when people change the tune and just go off on a little tangent for a while. We all know what the tune should be and it shouldn't be messed with -- I don't think -- when it's a great song. And I don't think the notes should be changed and that's why I stuck to doing them exactly as I knew them. And I wanted to do them with the respect that they deserved, because I think they're beautiful old tunes and the chords are fabulous in them. And the great thing is all the words are marvelous, too -- which is pretty rare in the world, where you get everything that's good about a song is great."

Martyn Atkins
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