So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)
Label: Legacy Recordings
Hard to believe this is just the second solo album of Jeff Lynne's long career. A covers collection that spotlights songs he heard on long-wave radio back as a child and young man, it recalls Todd Rundgren's Faithful in its desire to recreate the magic and charm of the original recordings. The grab bag of film score music, pop classical and rock 'n' roll also serves as a kind of view into the influences that surely shaped the evolution of Lynne's group Electric Light Orchestra. The real gem of the bunch is the dreamy "She," originally a hit for French-Armenian crooner Charles Aznavour in 1974.