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.
- "Turn to Stone" (3:49)
- "It's Over" (4:08)
- "Sweet Talking Woman" (3:49)
- "Across the Border" (3:53)
- "Night in the City" (4:03)
- "Starlight" (4:31)
- "Jungle" (3:53)
- "Believe Me Now" (1:21)
- "Steppin' Out" (4:40)
Side Three ("Concerto for a Rainy Day")
- "Standin' in the Rain" (3:59)
- "Big Wheels" (5:32)
- "Summer and Lightning" (4:14)
- "Mr. Blue Sky" (5:03)
- "Sweet Is the Night" (3:27)
- "The Whale" (5:07)
- "Birmingham Blues" (4:23)
- "Wild West Hero" (4:45)
- 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" has an electric guitar-heavy section after the Fake-Out Fade-Out
- Concept Album: 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.
- Everything Is an Instrument: According to the credits for "Mr. Blue Sky", the metallic percussion in the song was produced with a fire extinguisher.
- Instrumental: "The Whale" contains no lyrics, unlike most songs on the album.
- Motor Mouth: The bridge to "Turn to Stone" features lyrics sung in very rapid succession.''Yes Im turning to stone / cause you aint coming home / why you aint coming home / if Im turning to stone / youve been gone for so long / and I cant carry on / Yes Im turning Im turning Im turning to stone'
- Something Blues: "Birmingham Blues"
- Train Song: "Across the Border" 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