A good collection featuring a few revered posters, a couple of actual stars and a buttload of Jeff Lynne’s pop classics and re-writes. The overall feel of this 2CD set is amazingly consistent, which is a feat in itself, as a majority of these artists take a faithfully reverent swing at highlights in Lynne’s catalog. And, since modern keyboards can mimic The Move’s and EL’s Orchestra these days, many of these offerings take advantage and end up sounding, in a way, like alternate ELOs. So much so, that when a left field rendition saunters by – like Carl Wayne’s countrified version of “Steppin’ Out” – it’s more of a sore thumb than the inspired reading it might be in another context. When it comes to covers… some folks balk at note-by-note tributes, as they’d just as soon listen to the original again. While others are just as suspicious of all out reinvention, which can remove everything you liked about the tune in the first place. Lynne Me Your Ears falls in the former’s camp, but that group mind-think is one of the album’s strengths. Plenty of little treasures can be found here, like Bill Lloyd’s gorgeous “When Time Stood Still” and The dB’s Peter Hosapple’s take on “No Time.” Unlike most tributes, however, this one is highly sought at Amazon, HERE.
BOBBY SUTLIFF & MITCH EASTER 10538 Overture (4:36)
EARL SLICK Ma Ma Belle (4:06)
JEFFERY FOSKETT Telephone Line (4:50)
JASON FALKNER Do Ya (3:59)
BEN LEE Sweet Is The Night (3:29)
PAT BUCHANAN (Lynne Me Your Ears Rockaria! (3:50)
MICHAEL CARPENTER Every Little Thing (3:53)
PETER HOLSAPPLE No Time (3:59)
RICHARD BARONE Showdown (4:27)
JAMIE HOOVER Handle With Care (3:25)
MARK HELM Strange Magic (3:54)
ROSS RICE Evil Woman (4:52)
CARL WAYNE Steppin’ Out (4:27)
SWAG Don’t Bring Me Down (3:13)
PRARIE SONS AND DAUGHTERS One Summer Dream (7:17)
DOUG POWELL Can’t Get It Out Of My Head (4:58)
THE SHAZAM Twilight (3:11)
TONY DISCONTI Mr Blue Sky (5:03)
THE HEAVY BLINKERS You Took My Breath Away (3:08)
THE BALLS OF FRANCE Message From The Country (4:28)
FERENZIK The Minister (4:43)
NELSON HUBBARD AND VENUS HUM Xanadu (3:32)
BILL LLOYD When Time Stood Still (3:28)
SPARKLE JETS UK Above The Clouds (4:00)
WALTER CLEVENGER & THE DAIRY KINGS Rock And Roll Is King (3:15)
JEREMY Morning Sunshine (2:19)
RICK ALTIZER Boy Blue (3:45)
PFR Livin’ Thing (3:57)
SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER On The Run (2:38)
TODD RUNDGREN Bluebird Is Dead (5:07)
ROGER KLUG Turn To Stone (5:11)
FLEMING AND JOHN Eldorado (6:42)
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