Saturday, February 15, 2020

L.E.O. - Alpacas Orgling

L.E.O.? Looks familiar, doesn't it? Yes, it's no accident that you might get an instant connection to The Electric Light Orchestra.  But Alpacas Orgling is not a tribute album of the usual kind. There are no covers but rather ten completely original songs (along with two bonus tracks).
For the record: Alpacas Orgling is the best record Jeff Lynne never made.

It was released in 2006 and included the finest collection of artists: Bleu, Mike Viola, Jason Scheff (Chicago), John Fields, Hanson, Ducky Carlisle, Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish) and Scott Simons.
That's a hell of a band.

The songs refer to Jeff Lynne's style, but there are also references to George Harrison (Goodbye Innocence) and The Beatles.

The project was led by Bleu. Vocals are shared between Bleu, Mike Viola (Distracted, Make Me), Andy Sturmer (Goodbye Innocence) and Scott Simons (Sukaz Are Born Every Minute).

Listen to the record here:

Final note: Bleu once told me someone in the audience paid him a compliment that his voice on Sukaz Are Born Every Minute was his best one yet. The point is: he didn't sing on it ... (main vocals were exclusively by Scott Simons).

1 comment:

  1. Don't forget some sweet vocal contributions by Paula Kelley.