Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Twilight" by ELO

Song#:  0794
Date:  10/24/1981
Debut:  79
Peak:  38
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  ELO got their last pop Top 10 hit with the #10 "Hold on Tight" from their concept LP "Time." This second single briefly popped into the Top 40, which didn't bolster the sales of the album. It was the group's first studio album to miss the Top 10 since 1974. However, it did reach gold status becoming their last to do so. Across the pond the album was a much bigger hit reaching #1 in several countries including the UK.

ReduxReview:  I love this song and paired with the "Prologue" (see below) it is one of my favorite ELO tracks. I really couldn't understand back then why it was not a bigger hit. It's a rockin' pop jam that has a terrific verse pared with a reflective chorus. However, I will say that it is pretty bombastic. There is a lot going on here and now it makes me wonder if it just didn't sound great on the radio. It is so awesome when cranked on a big stereo, but I think it probably sounded muddy and tinny on many radios. I still think it was a single worthy of a lot more attention.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The "Time" LP opens with "Prologue" which then segues directly into "Twilight." "Prologue" was not part of the single, but sounds from it assisted another #1 song. Cher's 1998 hit "Believe" features a synth sound at the beginning which is a sample from the bookends of ELO's LP, "Prologue" and "Epilogue."


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