"When I Was A Boy" - Jeff Lynne's ELO [YouTube Official Audio Stream]

Zac Lavender

by Zac Lavender

Published September 28, 2015

For the first time in 14 years we finally get a new Electric Light Orchestra single! After signing with Columbia Records, Electric Light Orchestra (under their new name "Jeff Lynne's ELO") is back and about to release an album of new material titled Alone in the Universe.

How "new" does it sound? This rock ballad backs away somewhat from the large electro-orchestral arrangement of a typical E.L.O. single, harkening back stylistically to the days of Jeff Lynne's youth when groups like The Beatles were at the top of their game. The production is similar to Lynne's work as producer on The Beatles Anthology project for the single "Free As A Bird" made twenty years earlier. Hints of Brian Wilson's sigh motif, which is interwoven throughout the Beach Boys' 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, can also be found in Jeff Lynne's vocal melody ("things I'd like to be"). One of my favorite moments in the song happens at the end of the chorus when he flips into falsetto on "when I was a boy" which is responded by glissando strings.

While less exciting than some of the group's previous work, the retrospective "When I Was A Boy" offers a nice bit of McCartney-esque nostalgia in true Jeff Lynne fashion.

Alone In The Universe is expected to drop on November 13, 2015 and is available for pre-order on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3).

For more Jeff Lynne's ELO news and tour dates, be sure to check out their Zumic Artists Page.

Source: ELO VEVO YouTube

Electric Light Orchestra Jeff Lynne
British Rock Classic Rock
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