By: Gary Graff
After releasing three more archival titles last month, Jeff Lynne is back to work on his next solo album, which he hopes to release sooner rather than later.
Lynne tells us that:
"I'm actually putting out a new album, hopefully by the end of the year, of new material, brand new stuff I’ve been working on probably in the last year or so. And that's coming well. And I've got about probably seven songs towards that, seven or eight. Depending on how hard I work on finishing them, I could probably have at least a thousand new tunes if I finished them all off -- but I don't really want to do that at the moment."
Lynne, who's recording all the instruments and vocals himself for the project, adds that the new material has definitely been impacted by the early rock and Great American Songbook covers he recorded for last year's "Long Wave" album:
"After I made the album 'Long Wave,' I started seeing songs in a slightly different way whereby I'd learned all these wonderful chord progressions these fabulous songwriters used to use. I don't mean nicking the chord sequence; I mean just the standard of thought that goes into those chord changes and sequences. It made me think much harder when I wrote me new songs, like 'Don't just settle for that. Try something a little more far-out or a little bit stranger,' whatever the situation. Everything has its own situation. But definitely my approach to songwriting has changed since doing those old songs on 'Long Wave.' "
During April Lynne re-released his first solo album 1990's "Armchair Theatre," as well as the last Electric Light Orchestra album, "Zoom," from 2001, and the previously unreleased "Electric Light Orchestra Live" from a 2001 PBS performance.
Last year Lynne re-recorded a number of ELO hits for "Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra."
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