Columbia Records has produced an exclusive one-hour radio special in support of Jeff Lynne’s new ELO album, Alone in the Universe. It contains a brand new interview with Jeff interspersed with a few tracks off the new disc, as well as ELO classics and interview clips and songs from some of the artists he has produced, including The Beatles, Tom Petty and the Traveling Wilburys.
The full-album stream, which you can listen to below, was premiered by NPR, and follows a string of single-track leaks that started with the record’s first single, “When I Was a Boy,” and continued with “When the Night Comes” and “One Step Out of Time.”
As previously reported, the Nov. 13 release of Alone in the Universe snaps a nearly 15-year drought between new ELO projects from Lynne, who suggested in a press release that the album could serve as a summary for the body of work he’s assembled throughout a distinguished career.
“Music is such a powerful force in our lives,” he said. “A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life — from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today — proves how much music can do.”
Lynne has also gone on record as saying that the audience’s response to his return to the stage as ELO for a 2014 Hyde Park gig let him “feel the love” that inspired the recording of Alone in the Universe, and he’s already making good on his promise to play more live dates with the current version of the band. On Nov. 9, Lynne’s ELO will play Porchester Hall in London, delivering what’s being billed as an “intimate show” that should serve as a prelude to more concerts in 2016.
Sony has produced an exclusive one-hour radio special in support of the November 20th release of the soundtrack album to ROGER WATERS THE WALL. It contains a brand new interview with Roger interspersed with Pink Floyd classics off this new release.
According to a press release, Dec. 1 has been scheduled as the release date for the home version of the film, which is being released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, as well as a two-disc special edition Blu-ray that adds footage from Waters’ reunion with former Pink Floyd bandmates David Gilmour and Nick Mason during a 2011 performance in London. Fans can also look forward to a Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack, details of which are expected “in the coming weeks.”
“I’m glad we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale,” Waters is quoted as saying. “It has had a deep effect on my life – and I’m not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones.”
Culled largely from footage filmed during a three-year solo tour that found Waters performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall in its entirety, Roger Waters The Wall also offers a behind-the-scenes look at his personal journey between the shows, including a visit to the World War I veteran’s cemetery where is grandfather is buried and the beachhead where his father was killed during World War II. For Waters, it’s all a reflection of how his relationship with the album has evolved since its release.
“I was determined that it should be less specifically about my predicament and my story and my journey,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock, “and more a general look at what it means to those of us who become victims to what seems to be an insatiable desire by those with the reigns of power in their hands to wage war on others to further whatever their aims might be.”
Encore theatrical screenings of Roger Waters The Wall are planned for later this month. For more information, visit the film’s website.