VARIOUS ARTISTS Lynne Me Your Ears – A Tribute To The Music Of Jeff Lynne (2001)

Lynne Me Your Ears – A Tribute To The Music Of Jeff Lynne (2001)
Assorted Popsters Bow To Their Sales Mecca

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 after in hard copy form, going for $50 over at Amazon.


1
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)
2
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)

8 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    December 5, 2011 - 08:46 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    December 5, 2011 - 13:12 | Permalink

    very curious about this, as I’ve always liked Jeff Lynne’s music… while really disliking the sound of his voice. It will be interesting to hear others give it a go.

  • 3
    hfs radio fan
    December 5, 2011 - 14:10 | Permalink

    I’ve seen this one around but I don’t think the link worked. Thanks for coming to the rescue.

  • 4
    December 5, 2011 - 16:57 | Permalink

    Thank you for this. I can never, ever resist a tribute album, It’s a terrible weakness…

    • 5
      Willard
      December 5, 2011 - 19:35 | Permalink

      Check out the MOJOs. There are a bunch of album Tributes in that stack.

  • 6
    December 7, 2011 - 14:36 | Permalink

    So I see. Wonderful – thank you!

  • 7
    P. Albert
    February 18, 2014 - 19:17 | Permalink

    If time permits, a re-up would be lovely and most appreciated.

    • 8
      Willard
      February 18, 2014 - 19:46 | Permalink

      Actually, both links are OK. MediaFire often gives false negatives. So, just try it again, or a couple of times, and it should work, like it just did for me.

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