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2[[caption-width-right:350:"Sun is shining in the sky, there ain't a cloud in sight!"]]
4->[[AC:[[WeatherReportOpening Morning! Today's forecast calls for blue skies!]]]]
6''Out of the Blue'' is the seventh studio album by the Music/ElectricLightOrchestra, released on 3 October 1977. It was released as a double-album, with side three being designated as the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" based upon the weather experienced while recording in Munich. The album is the most commercially successful of the band's output, with "Turn to Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky" as the biggest singles within. "Mr. Blue Sky" remains a fan favorite to this day.
9!! Tracklist:
11[[AC:Side One]]
12# "Turn to Stone" (3:49)
13# "It's Over" (4:08)
14# "Sweet Talking Woman" (3:49)
15# "Across the Border" (3:53)
17[[AC:Side Two]]
18# "Night in the City" (4:03)
19# "Starlight" (4:31)
20# "Jungle" (3:53)
21# "Believe Me Now" (1:21)
22# "Steppin' Out" (4:40)
24[[AC:Side Three ("Concerto for a Rainy Day")]]
25# "Standin' in the Rain" (3:59)
26# "Big Wheels" (5:32)
27# "Summer and Lightning" (4:14)
28# "Mr. Blue Sky" (5:03)
30[[AC:Side Four]]
31# "Sweet Is the Night" (3:27)
32# "The Whale" (5:07)
33# "Birmingham Blues" (4:23)
34# "Wild West Hero" (4:45)
36!!Principal Members:
38* Bev Bevan: drums, percussion
39* Melvyn Gale: cello, jangle piano ("Wild West Hero")
40* Kelly Groucutt: vocals, bass, percussion
41* Mik Kaminski: violin
42* Jeff Lynne: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, production
43* Hugh [=McDowell=]: cello
44* Richard Tandy: keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
46!!Slow down, Sweet Tropin' Woman! You got me runnin', you got me searchin':
47* BigRockEnding: "Mr. Blue Sky" has an electric guitar-heavy section after the FakeOutFadeOut
48* ConceptAlbum: Although the album itself isn't a concept album, Side Three is "Concerto for a Rainy Day", which involves how the mood gets affected by weather conditions, particularly the rain.
49* EverythingIsAnInstrument: According to the credits for "Mr. Blue Sky", the metallic percussion in the song was produced with a fire extinguisher.
50* {{Instrumental}}: "The Whale" contains no lyrics, unlike most songs on the album.
51* MotorMouth: The bridge to "Turn to Stone" features lyrics sung in very rapid succession.
52-->''Yes Iím turning to stone / ícause you ainít coming home / why you ainít coming home / if Iím turning to stone / youíve been gone for so long / and I canít carry on / Yes Iím turning Iím turning Iím turning to stone'
53* SomethingBlues: "Birmingham Blues"
54* TrainSong: "Across the Border" involves trying to catch the train to the border.
55* WeatherReportOpening: "Mr. Blue Sky" begins with a literal weather report, delivered with the crackle and reverb of a radio broadcaster predicting a clear day ahead. The track then launches into first verse of the song, with Jeff Lynne breathlessly describing a beautiful day with cloudless skies and abundant sunshine:
56--> '''Intro''': "Morning! Today's forecast calls for blue skies."
57--> '''Verse 1''': The sun is shining in the sky\
58There ain't a cloud in sight\
59It's stopped raining, everybody's in the play\
60And don't you know, it's a beautiful new day, hey