Offered for sale is a complete blue vinyl U.S. copy of the 1977 double album, Out of the Blue by the Electric Light Orchestra, released only as a promotional item.
This copy includes a 3″x4″ (7.5 cm x 10 cm) card that says “ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA U.S. TOUR 78 SPACE CADET” on one side. The other side has been signed in ballpoint pen by Jeff Lynne, violinist Mik Kaminski, cellist Melvyn Gale, and bassist Kelly Groucutt and is inscribed, “To John, Best Wishes.” The card came with the LP, which was likely owned by someone from a radio station.
About this copy: This copy of Out of the Blue is a 1977 U.S. pressing on the Jet label.
This album was issued with a stock cover and is not marked as promotional in any way. While there is nothing on the cover or labels to indicate a promotional issue, all copies sold in stores were black vinyl.
The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear. There is a small piece of the cover missing near the mouth (see photo.)
The poster is M-. The spaceship insert is M-. The custom inner sleeves are VG+ with slight wear near the top edge.
The autographed card is VG++; the letter “F” has been written on the front side in black marker.
The blue vinyl discs are M- and look unplayed. Clean discs! Due to a factory printing error, the first disc has side two labels on both sides, but plays the correct tracks on each side of the disc.
A nice ELO piece.
Background: Out of the Blue was the seventh album by ELO, and it reached #4 on the American album charts, making it not only their highest charting album at the time of the release, but also the highest charting album they’d ever release. With the help of the Top 40 singles “Turn to Stone,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than one million copies.
United Artists Records, the distributor of ELO’s Jet Records label, pressed a number of copies of the 2 LP set on blue vinyl for promotional use, though the albums are not marked in any way to indicate this – both covers and labels are identical to the stock, black vinyl, copies that were sold in stores.
The album came in a gatefold cover and included custom inner sleeves, a small poster of the band, and a posterboard cutout that could be folded into a spaceship.
You can listen to “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” here:
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