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Charted: Nov. 26, 1977

Rating: 3.959 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Turn to Stone
  2. It’s Over
  3. Sweet Talkin’ Woman
  4. Across the Border
  5. Night in the City
  6. Starlight
  7. Jungle
  8. Believe Me Now
  9. Steppin’ Out
  10. Standin’ in the Rain
  11. Big Wheels
  12. Summer and Lightning
  13. Mr. Blue Sky
  14. Sweet Is the Night
  15. The Whale
  16. Birmingham Blues
  17. Wild West Hero


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 8 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Turn to Stone (10/29/77) #13 US, #18 UK
  • Mr. Blue Sky (1/28/78) #35 US, #6 UK
  • Sweet Talkin’ Woman (2/18/78) #17 US, #6 UK
  • Wild West Hero (6/10/78) #6 UK
  • It’s Over (10/28/78) #75 US

Notes: A 2007 30th anniversary edition added three bonus tracks – “The Quick and the Daft,” “Latitude 88 North,” and a home demo of “Wild West Hero.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Out of the Blue
Electric Light Orchestra
“The last ELO album to make a major impact on popular music, Out of the Blue was of a piece with its lavishly produced predecessor, A New World Record, but it’s a much more mixed bag as an album. For starters, it was a double LP, a format that has proved daunting to all but a handful of rock artists, and was no less so here. The songs were flowing fast and freely from Jeff Lynne at the time, however, and well more than half of what is here is very solid, at least as songs if not necessarily as recordings. Sweet Talkin’ Woman and Turn to Stone are among the best songs in the group’s output, and much of the rest is very entertaining” (Eder).

“The heavy sound of the orchestra, however, as well as the layer upon layer of vocal overdubs, often seem out of place. All in all, the group was trying too hard to generate a substantial-sounding double LP, complete with a suite, Concerto for a Rainy Day. The latter is the nadir of the album, an effort at conceptual rock that seemed archaic even in 1977” (Eder).

“Another chunk is filled up with what might best be called art rock mood music (The Whale), before you finally get to the relief of a basic rocker like Birmingham Blues. Even here, the group couldn’t leave well enough alone – rather than ending it on that note, they had to finish the album with Wild West Hero, a piece of ersatz movie music that adds nothing to what you’ve heard over the previous 65 minutes” (Eder).

“In its defense, Out of the Blue was massively popular and did become the centerpiece of a huge worldwide tour that earned the group status as a major live attraction for a time” (Eder).

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Last updated April 6, 2008.