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 at Amazon, HERE.

BOBBY SUTLIFF & MITCH EASTER 10538 Overture (4:36)
EARL SLICK Ma Ma Belle (4:06)
JEFFERY FOSKETT Telephone Line (4:50)
BEN LEE Sweet Is The Night (3:29)
PAT BUCHANAN (Lynne Me Your Ears Rockaria! (3:50)
MICHAEL CARPENTER Every Little Thing (3:53)
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)
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)
BILL LLOYD When Time Stood Still (3:28)
SPARKLE JETS UK Above The Clouds (4:00)
JEREMY Morning Sunshine (2:19)
RICK ALTIZER Boy Blue (3:45)
PFR Livin’ Thing (3:57)
TODD RUNDGREN Bluebird Is Dead (5:07)
ROGER KLUG Turn To Stone (5:11)
FLEMING AND JOHN Eldorado (6:42)


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

    Search HERE

  • 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.

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

    I’ve seen this one around but couldn’t get it. Thanks for coming to the rescue.

  • December 5, 2011 - 16:57 | Permalink

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

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

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

  • December 7, 2011 - 14:36 | Permalink

    So I see. Wonderful – thank you!

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

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

    • 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.

      • pete
        May 24, 2014 - 16:46 | Permalink

        They worked for me. Cap’n, how extensive is your experience with MediaFire false negatives? The reason I ask is that I am (a small) part of a group checking the links to Dylan boots at Expecting Rain, and most of the links are kaput. MediaFire is the least bad, but off the top of my head half the MediaFire links to 2012 concerts (over 70 gigs are in the listing for that year alone) gave me error messages. I am wondering if I should go back and check them again.

        • Willard
          May 24, 2014 - 17:18 | Permalink

          It’s a crap shoot. But, the false negatives are real. In my experience, if you click at least twice (or maybe three times), you should get a positive if the link is still OK. I’ve never clicked on one more than 3 times and got continual negatives… THEN a positive. Usually an extra click or two will do the trick when it comes to checking. Don’t ask me why it happens, but barely a couple of weeks go by when someone doesn’t leave a comment saying an MF link is down… and I find it’s actually working OK.

          • pete
            May 24, 2014 - 17:43 | Permalink

            Thanks. I just double-checked 24 gigs (sets, 1–6 links each) that I listed as bad last Wednesday, and found 5 that do in fact work. Kinda disconcerting! But oh well. Wretched machines … welcome and have a cigar!

  • Nick
    May 24, 2014 - 19:28 | Permalink

    Thank U

  • CowboyBlues
    May 28, 2014 - 18:31 | Permalink

    Just wanted to thank you for all the great music on your site. And thank you for pointing out the mediafire retry ‘trick;…I didn’t know about that!

  • F.D.
    June 14, 2014 - 05:52 | Permalink

    Thanks so much, just heard Pt 1 so far, but it’s fantastic.
    Also makin me want to re-hear the originals of tracks like Sweet is the night.

  • KDNYfm (Al)
    June 17, 2015 - 14:14 | Permalink

    Thanx for this Willard…One of my favorite live Performances EVER was ELO at Massey Hall, ‘On the third Day’ tour. Especially the encore of Jeff, Bev and Mike de Albuquerque playing Do Ya! It was great…and this appeared on the old ELO bootleg ‘Wholly Edison’.
    Really interested to hear these covers, particularly Bill Lloyd!

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