Friday, May 29, 2009


The bidding war has commenced on the first advance promo of George Harrison's Let It Roll to hit eBay.

The commercial version is out June 16 with seven produced by Jeff Lynne titles...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


From iTunes: (click to read the descriptions)

I'm kinda excited for her.


Regina Spektor's Far (the digital download) is now pre-orderable on iTunes.  It's showing three addtional studio tracks and one live version.
  • Time Is All Around
  • The Sword & The Pen
  • Riot Gear
  • The Flowers (Live- Begin To Hope Tour)
Could Jeff Lynne have produced one of these three bonus studio tracks.  Time will tell.  

And there are early indications that the Special Edition of Far (with a DVD) will include extra songs, interviews, and videos.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Good discussion over at the ELO Forever Boards about the Regina Spektor album, including this from Shilo:

They really should have gone with BLUE LIPS as the first single, IMO. Not only is the chorus much more immediate and memorable than LAUGHING WITH, but it has a far better melody as well.

You know, I think the way they're doing it is smart.  The old "first single" rules are totally changed now.  Not just one song anymore.  Laughing With has very pointed lyrics that will connect, so that was a great "first single" choice.  Now it has a video, too.  But by putting out Blue Lips almost right after, it's suggesting the album is way more flavorful.  Blue Lips seems to be a great choice for that.  Tell me the first 30 seconds (or so) isn't absolutely brilliant.  Then, the way the song just busts open is perfection!

You can now buy the Laughing With video on iTunes.  Blue Lips should have a lavish video,too.  But then again, I would probably crap myself if they made one.  And by the way, they already have a new (lower budget) video of a third album track: Dance Anthem of the 80s...

I think this strategy will work for her. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009


If there are Regina Spektor fans out there finding this blog to read/find out/hear more about Jeff, may I suggest:


You have more options when you go to buy Regina Spektor's Far on June 23.
and now also on vinyl which may (or may not) come with a CD enclosed.  They've been doing that a lot lately.

Nothing yet about what will be on the DVD...

Regina's Laughing With & (the produced by Jeff Lynne) Blue Lips can be bought and downloaded on Amazon and iTunes.

And in case you missed it, here she is preforming Blue Lips on Later... With Jools Holland.
(Sorry about the formatting problem...)

Monday, May 18, 2009


I'm starting to go bonkers over Blue Lips.

Why doesn't he produce music more often?


UPDATE: The song is uploaded to her MySpace page now and you can buy a download it starting tomorrow on Amazon.

First, I think it helps to follow along with the lyrics. (Below) I think when it hits me what the song is about, I'll go nuts.

I'm dropping all notions that Far will be a pop record.  This (in the case of Blue Lips) is actually two people with unique and amazing musical ideas.  There are enough Jeff Lynne flavors here to keep us interested, but there's something new and different going on, too.  Shame that there aren't more ELO fans on board with his producing.  His producing is still ripe, especially in a setting like this.

Her voice is amazing.  Her piano playing here is dreamy.  The strings are gorgeous.  And the way the song rises and falls in intensity gets more appealing over time.  This is one of those songs that you'll pick up on something new the more you play it.

I love it.


He stumbled into faith and thought,
"God, this is all there is."
The pictures in his mind arose,
And began to breathe.

And all the gods and all the worlds
Began colliding on a
Backdrop of blue.

Blue lips,
Blue veins.

He took a step, but then felt tired.
He said, "I'll rest a little while."
But when he tried to walk again,
He wasn't a child.

And all the people hurried fast,
Real fast,
And no one ever smiled.

Blue lips,
Blue veins.
Blue, the color of our planet from far, far away.

Blue lips,
Blue veins.
Blue, the color of our planet from far, far away.

He stumbled into faith and thought,
"God, this is all there is."
The pictures in his mind arose,
And began to breathe.
And no one saw, and no one heard.
They just followed the lead.
The pictures in his mind awoke,
And began to breed.

They started out beneath the knowledge tree.
Then they chopped it down to make white picket fences,
And, marching along the railroad tracks,
They smile real wide for the camera lense.
They made it past the enemy lines
Just to become enslaved in the assembly lines.

Blue lips,
Blue veins.
The color of our planet from far, far away.

Blue lips,
Blue veins.
The color of our planet from far, far away.

The most human color.
The most human color.
The most human color.

Blue lips,
Blue veins.
The color of our planet from far, far away. 


Taking Blue Lips for a test run.  Will post a few thoughts a bit later today once it sinks in a bit.  Post what you think if you've heard it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Anyone buying tickets to Regina Spektor's concert (already sold out) at the Beacon Theatre in New York will be get a free 2-track download featuring Laughing With and the Jeff Lynne-produced Blue Lips on May 18.

There's a short sample of it on Amazon, but you can't buy the full version until Tuesday May 19.  The sample fades out just as you catch a good taste of any Jeff Lynne hallmark.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Amazon UK's listing for Regina Spektor's Far adds the track times:

1. The Calculation - 3:13 
2. Eet - 3:54 
3. Blue Lips - 3:34 
4. Folding Chair - 3:35 
5. Machine - 3:51 
6. Laughing With - 3:18 
7. Human of the Year - 4:12 
8. Two Birds - 3:23 
9. Dance Anthem of the 80's - 3:44 
10. Genius Next Door - 5:10   (is that a misprint?)  :-) 
11. Wallet - 2:30 
12. One More Time With Feeling - 4:03 
13. Man of a Thousand Faces - 3:12 

Monday, May 11, 2009


Big Hassle Media has what appears to be Regina Spektor's press release for her new album, Far.  

Jeff Lynne produced:
Blue Lips
Genius Next Door
Folding Chair
The Wallet

He produced a total of five tracks for her, the fifth could conceivably come along with the Special Edition or the digital edition or perhaps some other version of the album down the road.  Stay tuned.

Oh, and we'll aparently be hearing Jeff's voice on the record, too.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Laughing With was posted roughly 36 hours ago.  It already has almost 30,000 hits.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Regina put up the track list for Far on her MySpace page, where you can listen to the first single, Laughing With...

and Laughing With is quickly growing on me.

Anyway, the track list (no producer credits yet):
1. The Calculation
2. Eet
3. Blue Lips
4. Folding Chair
5. Machine
6. Laughing With
7. Human of the Year
8. Two Birds
9. Dance Anthem
10. Genius next door
11. Wallet
12. One more time with feeling
13. Man of a Thousand Faces


Looks like there's a tweak to the album artwork...

More importantly, the first single from Regina Spektor's Far is up on MySpace... I can't confirm anything yet, but even though the vocal is bone dry, I'm guessing Laughing With is not one of the Jeff Lynne tracks.  If this track is any indication, though, this CD will be completely unconventional.

Now, I'm psyched...

I find it kinda gripping either way.  Post your thoughts on it...

Monday, May 4, 2009


Here's a nice way to kick off a Monday morning.  We now have the artwork for Regina Spektor's new album Far with (perhaps) five Jeff Lynne productions on it.  I imagine the track list and producer credits are not too far behind.

Here are some links to the artwork and a few wallpapers.  By the way... love!  it!