Aug 22, 2013

RhoDeo 1333 Goldy Rhox 122

Hello, today the 77th post of Goldy Rhox, classic pop rock. In the darklight today are an English symphonic rock band formed in 1970.  The group from Birmingham released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. They were formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's departure following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.

Despite early singles success in the United Kingdom their 4 albums were totally ignored, however the band were successful in the United States, billed as "The English guys with the big fiddles" They soon gained a cult following despite the lukewarm reviews back in their native United Kingdom. By the mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest-selling acts in music. From 1972 to 1986, they accumulated 27 Top-40 hit singles in both the UK and the US. The group also scored 20 Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as 19 Top-20 hit singles in the US. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100, Top 40 hits of any group in US chart history without ever having a number one single. They sold over 50 million records worldwide during the group's active period of recording and touring.

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Most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accommodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.

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Today's mystery album was the fourth studio album by the band, released in  November 1974. It is the first complete concept album; Bandleader Jeff Lynne conceived the storyline before he wrote any music. The plot follows a Walter Mitty-like character who journeys into fantasy worlds via dreams, in order to escape the disillusionment of his mundane reality. Lynne began to write the album in response to criticisms from his father, a classical music lover, who said that the band's repertoire "had no tune" . It marks the first album on which Jeff Lynne hired an orchestra; on previous albums, Lynne would overdub the strings. Louis Clark co-arranged and conducted the strings, and would go on to become a full member. The group's three resident string players continued to perform on recordings, however, and can be heard most prominently on the songs "Boy Blue" and "Laredo Tornado". Lynne plays the bass and provides most of the backing vocals for the album.

"Can't Get It Out of My Head" was released as a single (with "Illusions in G Major" as the flipside) and was a success in the US. An edited version of "Boy Blue" was released as the album's second single, but failed to make any commercial impact. The album was certified Gold in the United States soon after its release. The album and singles, however, failed to find a wide audience in the band's native United Kingdom, barbarians. However Canadians recognized it's brilliance and gave the band it's first platinum album. Personally, it has been my favorite album by the band, here in it's 2001 remastered version.

Goldy Rhox 122   (flac 303mb)

Goldy Rhox 122   (ogg 110mb)

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previously and freshly re-upped

may 2011
Goldy Rhox 26   (176mb)

oct 12
Goldy Rhox 77   (flac 373mb)

Goldy Rhox 77   (ogg 134mb)

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.michael.philip.okiver.mcneill. said...

link for 26 isnt working.

thanks for this blog. always great stuff.

Anonymous said...

such a great album - one of the few you want to listen to all the way through without a break ( Pretzel Logic being another)

Rho said...

Goldy Rhox 26 has been defined now