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L.E.O - 2006 Alpacas Orgling

ALBUM: Alpacas Orgling
LABEL: Cheap Lullaby Records
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Bleu * Paula Kelley * Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish) * Mike Viola (the Candy Butchers) * John Fields (the Rembrandts) * Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas) * Matt Mahaffey (sELF) * Jason Scheff (Chicago) * Steve Gorman (the Black Crowes) * Hanson

TRACK LISTING: 01 Overture * 02 Goodbye Innocence * 03 Ya Had Me Goin' * 04 Distracted * 05 Make Me * 06 The 'Ol College Try * 07 Nothing Will Ever Change * 08 Don't Let It Go * 09 Private Line * 10 Sukas Are Born Every Minute



I am an unabashed Electric Light Orchestra fan and when I caught wind of this project headed up by Boston power popper Bleu (William McCauley III) my interest was understandably peaked waiting in great anticipation of the forthcoming disc which many in power pop circles who were lucky enough to hear 'Alpacas Orgling' prior to the official release had already been calling the CD 'the best of 2006'. Is it? I'll get to that in a minute, but first some background on L.E.O. The project started four years ago when Bleu had been digging deep in the ELO catalog and made some inquiries concerning the group's production techniques with a close friend who knew some of Jeff Lynne's studio secrets via producer Rick Rubin. As they say, one thing leads to another and using the 'musical language' of Lynne, Bleu created songs in the spirit of ELO. Over time various friends joined the project including Andy Sturmer from Jellyfish, Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes, Jason Scheff from Chicago and many others from the candy coated power pop scene creating what truly is a remarkable work.

The Songs
'Overture' opens the disc with classical mellotron sounds in the spirit of early ELO and segues nicely into 'Goodbye Innocence'. Listening to the lyrics on this song it's clear Bleu is his own man, and not pulling Lynne's take on life, but his own modern viewpoint with lines like 'you ate a bowl of Cherrios' reminding the listener that pop music is meant to be fun and not to be taken too seriously! Musically of course ELO is never too far away and 'Ya Had Me Goin' will definitely bring to mind 'Evil Woman' with its introduction and bouncey keyboards, but for the most part 'Alpacas Orgling' borrows heavily from ELO's 1983 'Secret Messages' album, some of The Traveling Wilburys material with a sprinkling of George Harrison's 'Cloud Nine' thrown in for good measure. Oh yeah, there's a hidden bonus track on the disc, a cover of 'Do

In Summary
'Alpacas Orgling' is not a tribute album, but a completely different musical animal and while taking the sounds of a popular band and incorporating it into another is not a new idea (especially in the AOR and progressive scenes), this disc has 'set the bar' for what tribute albums should be. Is 'Alpacas Orgling' CD of the Year? Buy it and you decide (how's that for passing the buck?) but trust me, L.E.O. does not spell disappointment!

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#1 | Explorer on May 24 2014 09:19:34
This album is an absolute joy with a stellar line up, probably difficult to get hold of now.....Now what does that title mean?
#2 | gdazegod on May 24 2014 12:20:03
I know the answer to this Malcolm, as I did some research on Alpacas, in the hope of one day going into business as an Alpaca farmer. Orgling is the noise they make when they are mating. Org.. you get my drift?

Anyway, here's a YouTube clip on it.. Enjoy the 'music of the Alpacas'!

YouTube Video:
#3 | Explorer on May 25 2014 22:52:50
Thanks for that George....most illuminating, I learn something new everyday.
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