Fresh off a solo redo of Electric Light Orchestra’s most famous songs, Jeff Lynne has reunited with ELO pianist Richard Tandy for a performance of “Evil Woman.” Stream the entire song here!
Tandy was a key element in every Electric Light Orchestra recording between from 1971’s self-titled release through to 2001’s Zoom. He added mellotron, harmonium, clavinet and Mini Moog, as well as piano, to career-making albums like Out of the Blue in 1977, A New World Record in 1976 and Eldorado in 1975. He was ELO’s co-arranger beginning with Eldorado.
Tandy, a school-age friend of Lynne’s fellow band co-founder Bev Bevan, was featured on harpsichord for the hit “Blackberry Way” by the Move — a forerunner band that included future members of the Electric Light Orchestra. Tandy has also worked with Lynne throughout his solo career, memorably appearing on 1990’s Armchair Theatre.
Such is Tandy’s role in his musical life that Lynne has said that a pairing with the keyboardist might even tempt him back to the concert trail.
The pair helped mount ELO’s sprawling 1978 world tour, which featuring a giant space ship and spectacular laser display, but Lynne has since stayed away from such sweeping projects. His most recent jaunt with ELO, in support of Zoom, ended up being cancelled — though a live show done on a CBS soundstage did eventually see the light of day on DVD.
Lynne released Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, on which he handled all of the instrumental duties, earlier this month. The 12-song set of redone ELO hits also featured a completely reworked version of “10538 Overture,” in honor of the band’s 40th anniversary as well as the previously unreleased track “Point of No Return.”
Lynne released an album of pre- and early-rock cover tunes on the same day, called Long Wave.
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