The Supremes , American pop-soul vocal group whose tremendous popularity with a broad audience made its members among the most successful performers of the s and the flagship act of Motown Records. The principal members of the group were Diana Ross byname of Diane Earle; b. March 26, , Detroit , Mich. June 30, , Detroit —d. March 6, , Greenville, Miss. Kaminski, McDowell and Gale all solo together on this rock-section. The rock section is followed by another symphonic-rock bridge with another guitar solo which, again, leads into a rock section.
The choir at the end of the track chants "Fire on high" several times, providing the song the only set of true lyrics. Jeff Lynne later remarked the entire concept of the song started with the idea of classical symphonic sound would collide with a rock and roll sound. Opening with an orchestra intro and guitar solo, "Waterfall" is a slower and softer song in contrast to its predecessor.
Lynne sings the lead vocals while Groucutt sings harmony vocals on the chorus. Kaminski, McDowell and Gale all play together mixed with the backing orchestra in the song's entirety, adding an extra layer of orchestration.
The song is written in D Major. The song was not released as a single anywhere with the exception of France and Australia where it became a minor hit.
Jeff Lynne has gone on record saying that "Waterfall" is one of his favorite songs in the ELO catalogue. The full instrumental save for the guitar and string fade in of this song was released as a bonus track for the Face the Music reissue.
It includes a small section of in-studio banter and Lynne doing a count-in and also includes a slightly extended studio ending. The song was written by Lynne in a matter of just a few minutes near the end of the Face the Music studio sessions in June The main song features a more disco-like rhythm aside from the short orchestral interlude on the album version with Tandy's piano riff and Lynne's acoustic guitar playing the chords Am, Em7 and Dm7.
The female backing vocalists sang on the track during the "ha ha" pieces, the "hey hey hey" in the middle section of the song and the chorus, alongside with Lynne and Groucutt. The chorus featured an iconic riff of the clavinet played by Tandy. The second verse includes the ELO string players playing the string rhythm section behind Lynne's vocals. The lyrics "There's a hole in my head where the rain comes in" is a reference to The Beatles ' song " Fixing a Hole ".
The final chord of the opening section You made a fool of me is actually mixed into "Fire on High" during the back-masked message. Jeff Lynne. Electric Light Orchestra. It's Over. Sweet Talkin' Woman.
Across the Border. Night in the City. Believe Me Now. Steppin' Out. Standin' in the Rain. Big Wheels. Summer and Lightning. As he remains in this future period, he looks out his window depressed, watching the world go by " Rain Is Falling ".
He attempts to send a letter in the form of a dream to his girlfriend in the past, but fails "From the End of the World". When asked whether the man's experiences had been a dream all along, Lynne responded: "This is what I'd like to know, because it's baffled me since I wrote it, if he has actually gone [to the future], or if he's just thinking about it. It could be real, or it could be a dream I'm not sure.
I'd rather not say, because I don't know either. I'm supposed to, but I don't. Although there is hardly any plot to thread the various songs together, the theme remains largely intact Afterwards, he hopes that he may be able to return home with a time machine , "but with all their great inventions and all their good intentions, here I stay" "Rain Is Falling".
Following his final attempt to return to the past, the protagonist is invited to "hold on" " Hold On Tight ". Author Adam Roberts calls Time a "future-set rock opera ". Time reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart , maintaining the position for two weeks.
You'll find great sweeps of melody and plenty of high and low and loud and soft sounds for your expensive hi-fi equipment to chew on. You want to shake him by the shoulders and say, 'Man, have you no sense of adventure? Deborah Frost of Rolling Stone called the storytelling a "superfluous In his retrospective review for PopMatters , Kevin Mathews says that, despite Lynne's decision to embrace a new, synth-pop sound, "In essence … Time remained a quintessential ELO album. Surprisingly, this re-issue reveals an artist ahead of his time as Time stands head-and-shoulders above the hip electro-pop records of the day.
The Quietus ' Joseph Stannard said that Time is a "very good album indeed", highlighting "Twilight" as "the most exciting song ever recorded Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Stream or buy on:. Release Date November, Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Out of the Blue in the "Artiest of titel" box.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Album artwork by Shusei Nagaoka. Musicland Studios , Munich. The Light Shines On Out of the Blue Three Light YearsBei Neu-Einsteigern und Auf-Die-Schnelle-Komplettisten ist Vorsicht empfohlen. Wer mal die härtere Schiene von Sweet hören und besitzen möchte, dem sei ans Herz gelegt: Kauft euch lieber die Original-Alben (Jetzt gerne auch mit Bonus-Teilchen). PS: Wollte selber "White Mice" auf CD haben, weil ich das Stück damals schon auf Vinyl geil fand.4/5(6).