Electric Light Orchestra A New World Record on 180g LP
If 1975's Face The Music saw Jeff Lynne honing Electric Light Orchestra's classic sound, its 1976 follow-up A New World Record defined it absolutely. Nine solid gold and exquisitely performed hook-laden songs of melodic brilliance surpassed everything ELO had released so far. In the year of the US Bicentennial celebrations and Montreal Olympics, A New World Record powered up the American charts in October 1976. It then debuted in the Top 10 of every country in which it was released, finally establishing the band on a global scale and elevating Lynne to the platinum sales league of songwriting excellence.
Rolling Stone magazine announced "by Christmas, A New World Record should be a staple in a million homes" - and they were absolutely correct. The album exceeded all expectations in America and became ELO's first double-platinum seller, reaching No. 4. on the other side of the Atlantic - and with a lot of pride and satisfaction - ELO finally achieved success in their home country with a Top 10 debut earning the group a gold disc. In less than a year, the album had sold five million copies worldwide.
Includes Lynne's first Top 5 single "Livin' Thing," plus smash hits "Rockaria!" (possibly the world's first operatic single), "Do Ya" (originally written by Lynne for The Move) and "Telephone Line," ELO's first gold single in the UK and one of the most played songs of all time on American radio.