Out Of The Blue, Electric Light Orchestra's seventh studio album, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic, remastered from the original master tapes, on Friday, September 29. A digital download of the album is included.
Released in October 1977, the double album was a conceptual brainchild of Jeff Lynne, who wrote and produced the entire record. Ir was the first ELO release to feature the group's logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to the band's live shows. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell upwards of 10 million copies worldwide. Out Of The Blue is the first double album in UK chart history to spawn four Top 20 singles.
"Forty years on, I would never have imagined that this music would take on a life of its own," says Lynne.
Formed in Birmingham, England in 1970, ELO was designed to create progressive modern pop music combining classical and rock elements. Lynne has consistently been ELO's guiding light and driving force, writing virtually all of the group's original material while producing the albums.
From 1972 through 1986, the golden era of recording and touring, ELO racked up more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet while selling more than 50 million records worldwide. During the same period, ELO scored twenty Top 20s on the UK Singles Chart and fifteen Top 20s on the US Billboard Hot 100.
More recently, recording and touring as Jeff Lynne's ELO, saw the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed album Alone In The Universe on Columbia Records, the first album of all-new music released by the band in over a decade. ELO was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.
The Out Of The Blue picture disc edition is available for pre-order now at