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"Sun is shining in the sky, there ain't a cloud in sight!"


Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra, 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.



Side One

  1. "Turn to Stone" (3:49)
  2. "It's Over" (4:08)
  3. "Sweet Talking Woman" (3:49)
  4. "Across the Border" (3:53)

Side Two

  1. "Night in the City" (4:03)
  2. "Starlight" (4:31)
  3. "Jungle" (3:53)
  4. "Believe Me Now" (1:21)
  5. "Steppin' Out" (4:40)

Side Three ("Concerto for a Rainy Day")

  1. "Standin' in the Rain" (3:59)
  2. "Big Wheels" (5:32)
  3. "Summer and Lightning" (4:14)
  4. "Mr. Blue Sky" (5:03)

Side Two

  1. "Sweet Is the Night" (3:27)
  2. "The Whale" (5:07)
  3. "Birmingham Blues" (4:23)
  4. "Wild West Hero" (4:45)


Principal Members:

  • Bev Bevan: drums, percussion
  • Melvyn Gale: cello, jangle piano ("Wild West Hero")
  • Kelly Groucutt: vocals, bass, percussion
  • Mik Kaminski: violin
  • Jeff Lynne: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, production
  • Hugh McDowell: cello
  • Richard Tandy: keyboards, guitars, backing vocals

Slow down, Sweet Tropin' Woman! You got me runnin', you got me searchin':

  • Big Rock Ending: "Mr. Blue Sky", after the Fake-Out Fade-Out
  • Concept Album: Although the album itself isn't one, Side Three is "Concerto for a Rainy Day", which involves how the mood gets affected by weather conditions, particularly the rain.
  • Instrumental: "The Whale"
  • Motor Mouth: The bridge to "Turn to Stone".
    ''Yes I’m turning to stone / ’cause you ain’t coming home / why you ain’t coming home / if I’m turning to stone / you’ve been gone for so long / and I can’t carry on / Yes I’m turning I’m turning I’m turning to stone'
  • Something Blues: "Birmingham Blues"
  • Train Song: "Across the Border", which involves trying to catch the train to the border.
  • Weather Report Opening: "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:
    Intro: "Morning! Today's forecast calls for blue skies."
    Verse 1: The sun is shining in the sky
    There ain't a cloud in sight
    It's stopped raining, everybody's in the play
    And don't you know, it's a beautiful new day, hey

Please turn me over!

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