ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Zoom (2001) – The 2013 Remastered Bonus Track Version

FrontZoom (2001)
The Last Word On ELO?

Known as Producer To The Stars for much of the 90s, Jeff Lynne has worked his revitalizing magic for the likes of Harrison, Dylan, McCartney, Orbison, Petty and numerous others. So, in 2001, it only made sense for the ever-present ‘right hand man’ to reassert his independence via his own legacy… ELO. This 2001 version of the “official” Electric Light Orchestra is, in reality, a Lynne solo album, but it’s still a fascinating listen. With the production and big project experience he’d acquired since the last “official” ELO (1986’s Lynne-led Balance Of Power), Zoom – on paper, anyway – should have been a monster. Instead, coming out just prior to 9/11, the album’s commercial viability was dead on arrival. Curiously, it’s the production itself that I question most. Lynne’s laid back, moderately-grooved, Wilburian charm works wonders supporting Tom Petty (who “Melting In The Sun” seems to mimic) but lacks ELO’s famous pop buoyancy and spirited, ‘steal-anything’ abandon. In fact, while most of the music here sports definable, well-written hooks and immediately recognizable harmonies, the energy sounds, uh… somehow “mature.” Pop’s kiss of death? At least Zoom doesn’t sound desperate, and repeated listens will offer plenty of rewards, like the lovely “cry baby cry” lift that totally defines “Lonesome Lullaby,” or Lynne’s channeling of Graham Nash’s simplistic style for “Ordinary Dream.” Lynne’s still got the chops. Always has, probably always will. His production, however, while good enough for the superstar Traveling Wilburys, just isn’t good enough for the great ELO. Personally, I’d like to hear him take one more crack at it. A swing for the fences that I’m confident Jeff Lynne is still capable of. It’s at Amazon, HERE and there’s a live tour DVD, HERE.

Alright (3:13)
Moment In Paradise (3:36)
State Of Mind (3:05)
Just For Love (3:40)
Stranger On A Quiet Street (3:41)
In My Own Time (3:04)
Easy Money (2:51)
It Really Doesn’t Matter (3:20)
Ordinary Dream (3:24)
A Long Time Gone (3:16)
Melting In The Sun (3:11)
All She Wanted (3:14)
Lonesome Lullaby (4:02)
One Day (Bonus Track)
Turn To Stone (Live From CBS Television City) (Bonus Track)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 18:19 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • Anonymous
    November 24, 2010 - 05:23 | Permalink

    you're right. ELO and bands like them sound best when they include those little steals like cry baby cry. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    August 13, 2011 - 19:02 | Permalink

    A friend said this is as close to a Beatles disc that he had ever heard. Well I’ve never heard this but on his recomendation I need to give this a listen. Many Thanks

  • sitarswami
    November 16, 2012 - 13:31 | Permalink

    I just heard this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was somewhat amazed as it’s the most consistently tuneful since Out of the Blue. A really nice record, but certainly not the Beatles — more like Jeff’s been listening to World Party.

  • bart
    May 10, 2013 - 08:39 | Permalink

    This record is great as we all long know. And it has recently been reissued. But does anybody know how to get the Japanese bonus tracks? I searched iTunes but did not find them. Are they available outside Japan?

  • November 16, 2013 - 09:52 | Permalink

    So glad I found this site – came to say that Zoom is one of the best ELO albums (after OOTB) and I still listen to it at least once a week – Cheers.

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