Something Else! sneak peek: Three bonus tracks from Jeff Lynne’s Armchair Theatre, ELO’s Zoom reissues

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Can’t wait for forthcoming expanded reissues of Jeff Lynne’s 1990 solo album Armchair Theatre and the Electric Light Orchestra’s 2001 release Zoom? Sample three bonus tracks from the April 19, 2013 releases here.

“Borderline,” part of the Armchair Theatre release from Frontiers, begins as a lean rocker — underscoring the rockabilly influences that have always been part of Lynne’s core sound — before eventually taking on the hooky propulsion of the best Traveling Wilburys tracks from the period.

Fans can also check out “One Day,” an unreleased cut, and a new live version of ELO’s “Turn to Stone” — recorded live from CBS Television City — before they arrive with the Zoom reissue. The former has the aching melancholy of classic ELO cuts like “Telephone Line,” while “Turn to Stone” returns a little more synthesized but otherwise no worse for the wear. (Both songs are previewed here: http://elo.biz/releases/elo/zoom_2013.)

These two reissues are part of the flurry of new activity for Lynne, who released two albums last October — Long Wave, a tribute to songs that impacted him as a youth; and Mr. Blue Sky, which featured newly re-recorded versions of classic tracks from his Electric Light Orchestra days.

Before that, Armchair Theatre had been Lynne’s most recent solo effort.

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