Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO

 

Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO

In-depth analysis of the documentary


Comments and Observations

The 2012 Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary attempts to tell the musical history of Jeff Lynne. It provides an unprecedented and quite intimate look into Jeff's home (playfully dubbed Bungalow Palace), particularly the studio, and a little into his personal life. Running at 80 minutes total, it's impossible to fit the full history of Jeff Lynne & ELO in, so while much time is spent on Jeff's ELO history, this is given short shrift in favor of highlighting his post-ELO production works as well as focusing on his latest works: the rerecorded ELO songs from Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra and Long Wave. The story is told not only through the actual music, but also several interviews with contemporaries that Jeff has worked with over the years including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Barbara Orbison, Tom Petty, Dhani Harrison, Joe Walsh, Eric Idle, Richard Tandy, Olivia Harrison and Steve Jay.

The documentary is directed by Martyn Atkins (also credited as writer) who had developed a long career as a film maker for musical acts, including several concerts. Note that this Martyn Atkins should not be confused with Martin Atkins (different spelling) who is a British drummer of note. The documentary was executive produced by Jeff's manager, Craig Fruin and produced by James Pluta, who also has a long history as a producer of music related films.

The Songs: The general progression of the film follows Jeff's complete career. It starts with the very early days as he discovered music and formed the Idle Race, followed by a nice acoustic performance of Livin' Thing. It addresses Jeff's involvement with The Move with only a single sentence, then spends remarkably short eleven minutes covering ELO's history. It starts with the start of the band and 10538 Overture, then focuses almost exclusively on the 1976 to 1977 era (although including a brief touch on 1979's Don't Bring Me Down) and offering up a nice overview of Jeff's rerecording of Do Ya in his home studio. The bulk of his career coverage is for his post-ELO production, including interviews and archive footage covering his work with Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, Del Shannon and The Beatles. The documentary does momentarily return to the ELO material after this, showcasing Jeff's skill as a multi-instrumentalist. This then segues into a long sequence about various songs and performances of Jeff's Long Wave album. Toward the end of this, he does a nice acoustic performance of Save Me Now, although it the performance is split by some additional interview segments. Thankfully this full performance survives uninterrupted on the Live At Bungalow Palace film.

Throughout the documentary, Jeff is seen and heard noodling about on various instruments. This is mostly done on electric guitar and piano, although a stand-up bass, organ and ukulele are also involved with the latter having almost complete but short songs performed.

Also included are several acoustic "Bungalow Palace" performances with Richard Tandy. This footage was filmed at Jeff's home in March 2011, nearly a year and a half before the release of the documentary. Only select performances, some of them incomplete, were used in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO film, although several others appeared on the Live At Bungalow Palace film (more on that below). Of particular interest is a very brief acoustic performance of Don't Bring Me Down which is heard in the documentary and a brief performance of Showdown with electric guitar, which is different from the acoustic guitar performance heard in Live At Bungalow Palace.

Throughout the documentary, archive footage from Mike Campbell's garage is shown. This is rare home video taken by Mike Campbell (and possibly others) during the recording of various tracks during the years of 1988 to 1990 when Jeff was doing a lot of work with Traveling Wilburys and related projects. The term "Mike Campbell's garage" may be a bit of a misnomer as it includes some footage in the house and possibly even at events that Mike Campbell didn't even attend. Some of this footage has been seen on prior documentaries for other artists, but a lot of previously unseen footage is included too.

Note that this analysis gives particular attention to all these unique performances, providing sound samples where available to demonstrate what was played. This includes both the various noodles as well as the Bungalow Palace performances.

BBC4 Logo The Broadcasts: On October 5, 2012 the documentary was first broadcast on BBC4, although with various edits. These edits reduced the films running time from and hour and twenty minutes to one hour only. The edits were throughout, cutting small bits and scenes only, although notable differences include a cut of half of the acoustic performance of Livin' Thing, Roy Orbison's performance of California Blue, several large portions of Jeff talking about Long Wave (including a complete cut of the Smile segment), and a speeding up of the closing credits scroll.

The BBC broadcast was followed immediately by the Live At Bungalow Palace documentary, running 30 minutes. This focused mainly on the March 2011 acoustic performances with Richard Tandy at Jeff's home. This film included additional interviews with Richard Tandy, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, all which are unique to the film and no repeats from Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO. Most of the acoustic performances were partial repeats from the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary, but many were complete or unique as well.

The BBC broadcast of the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO film was on October 5, 2012 and was the first time the film had been seen. Over the following months, it also repeated on the BBC as well as VH1 Classic in the US.

Live In Hyde Park DVD Live In Hyde Park Blu-ray Official Release: Almost immediately after airing on BBC4, there were reports that the documentary would be released on DVD some time soon after, but it was delayed for unknown reasons. It was therefore initially release only through iTunes as a high quality download on December 2012. It was at this time that it was discovered that the BBC version was edited and the full film had not previously been seen. The reported DVD release never happened.

The film did finally get a DVD and Blu-ray release on September 11, 2015 as bonus material with the Live In Hyde Park recording. The Live At Bungalow Palace film has never been released in any format, although it is available from the BBC broadcast recordings.

Breakdown: The table below examines the film shot by shot, giving focus to songs heard or performed as well as the BBC edits that were done to the film. The first column describes the scene in detail, the second the songs performed during the scene, and the third describes any variations of the scene as on the BBC4 broadcast.

Scene Songs and Comments TV Broadcast Variations
Introduction, Titles and Credits
The documentary starts with a series of shots around Jeff's home, particularly starting as it leads into the home from out outer door. Throughout the scenes, Jeff is noodling on electric guitar and over this audio are voiceover interview segments, each speaking praises for Jeff; interviewers include, in order of being heard, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Barbara Orbison, Tom Petty, Dhani Harrison, Joe Walsh and Eric Idle. Scenes and interviews are:
  • The back of Jeff's home from the garden; no interview.
  • A fish pond at the back of the house; interview by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
  • The front door of Jeff's home; no interview.
  • A spinning No Answer album; no interview.
  • Various personal pictures of the people Jeff has produced and some statues; interview by Barbara Orbison.
  • Some records, Beatles dolls and a guitar; no interview and an impromptu play of Mr. Blue Sky.
  • An amplifier and Jeff in his large front room playing guitar; interview by Tom Petty.
  • Jeff in his large front room playing guitar (the title card is shown); interview by Dhani Harrison.
  • The B&O recorder, guitars and a piano; interviews by Joe Walsh and Eric Idle
Song: Guitar Noodle #1
Guitar Noodle #1listenThe simple noodling on an electric guitar of Jeff in his big room is heard. It starts very quietly and is barely heard, but as the viewer is taken inside the home, it is heard louder and louder; part of the noodle includes Jeff launching into a small bit of guitar for Mr. Blue Sky and he even sings the line "hey, you with the pretty face".
Yes, although there are several cuts to tighten up the introduction. These cuts include a cut of half the footage of Jeff's front door and the spinning of the No Answer album (and the guitar noodling over those portions); the stack of records, Beatles dolls and guitar (thus cutting the last half of Barbara Orbison's comments as well as the short play of Mr. Blue Sky; and much of the guitar playing by Jeff between the Dhani Harrison and Joe Walsh interviews.
Strolling to the garden
Jeff is shown walking around the outside of his home, from the front of the house to the back where he ends up in the garden with a view of Los Angeles, with a camera following behind much of the way. While doing so, Jeff is playing a tune on his ukulele, appearing to be made up. Near the end, he calls out to his dog, Lucy, and she barks back although this all sounds dubbed in. The end of the ukulele tune also has a big, dramatic fanfare dubbed onto the end, as if to mark the presentation of the beautiful view from his garden. Overdubbed over all this is an interview with Jeff talking about joining The Nightriders in 1966.
Song: Ukulele Noodle #1
Ukulele Noodle #1listenThis is Jeff playing a simple little tune on the ukulele, ending with a shout of "Oy!" The very beginning is partially obscured by the Eric Idle interview and most of the rest is obscured by Jeff's interview.
Yes and no edits.
Childhood musical influences
Jeff talks about seeing the 1954 film The High And The Mighty as a child and being inspired by the signature tune; this is briefly played while a marquee for the film is shown as well as a picture of him as a small boy.
Song: N/A Yes, although the latter half of the marquee and the playing of the theme is cut.
Jeff's First Guitar
Jeff shows off the Spanish guitar that his father bought for him when he was young. He plays a quick little tune on it.
Song: Guitar Noodle #2
Guitar Noodle #2listenThe simple noodling on the Spanish guitar has Jeff strumming a few simple chords, then picking out a simple little tune.
Yes and no edits.
Jeff's First Studio and His Parents
Jeff shows off his B&O Recorder 2000 De Luxe and says that the guitar and the tape recorder were what got him started in music. Then Jeff talks about his parents and his father's love of music, while a picture of his parents are shown.
Song: N/A Yes and no edits.
Livin' Thing
Jeff performs and acoustic version of Livin' Thing, shot through an outside window into his home. The picture is cropped, as if watching on an old 4x3 TV.
Song: Livin' Thing
Livin' ThinglistenThis is the intro, first verse and first chorus only.
Yes, although everything first half of the first Livin' Thing chorus is cut.
Working in Birmingham
While archive footage of busses and factories in Birmingham is show, Jeff talks about having to go to work in that environment and how much he hated it, especially when all he really wanted to do was play guitar.
Song: N/A Yes, although part of the interview about hiding his guitar at work is cut and part of the Birmingham factory footage is cut and shifted around.
Start of a Career
Jeff talks about getting started in music and his mother not believing it was real. This is done in voiceover while Jeff plays another guitar while sitting in his big room in front of a wall of record awards
Song: Guitar Noodle #3
Guitar Noodle #3listenThis is simple noodling about on an electric guitar, playing a bit of a bluesy tune.
Yes and no edits.
Idle Race to Early ELO There is a sequence of interviews and video that very quickly describes Jeff's journey from the Idle Race days to the formation of the Electric Light Orchestra with only the briefest of touches about The Move. This is done with the following sequence.
  • Brian Matthews, from a vintage BBC recording, talks to Roger Spencer from the Idle Race while various pictures of the band are shown.
  • The Imposters Of Life's Magazine single is shown spinning on a turntable while the song is played.
  • As the song playback fades, Jeff is in his garden talking about his excitement over the single and his disappointment that it was labeled as written by "G. Lynn".
  • Imposters Of Life's Magazine continues playing while various archive footage of teens dancing is shown and Jeff continues a voiceover about playing with the Idle Race.
  • Jeff talks briefly about joining The Move (and a picture of The Move is shown).
  • Jeff talks of recording the first ELO album (when the first album cover is shown).
  • The camera shows a record needle drop on the UK 10538 Overture single and it plays; Jeff talks a bit about the single.
  • Eric Idle talks about learning who ELO was and how much he liked their music.
  • Jeff and engineer Steve Jay are shown at a mixing desk in his home studio while Jeff talks about Roy leaving ELO and how it was both bad and good for him.
  • Richard Tandy is interviewed, talking about how and why he joined ELO.
  • Jeff and Richard are shown in Jeff's home, preparing to record and acoustic song for the film and Jeff does a voiceover on inviting Richard to record the songs with him.
Songs: Imposters Of Life's Magazine and 10538 Overture
These are disc plays only.
Yes, but cuts latter half of Richard interview talking about joining ELO, then completely cuts Jeff and Richard's preparing to perform the Bungalow songs and Jeff's voiceover about it.
Live At Bungalow Palace Performance
Jeff and Richard are set up in Jeff's home studio playing and singing the song. The performance is partially obscured by Jeff's voiceover talking about the songwriting process.
Song: Steppin' Out
Steppin' OutlistenThis is a simple acoustic performance of Steppin' Out as taken from the Live At Bungalow Palace performances. Only the last two verses and final chorus are part of the documentary, with a Jeff Lynne voiceover talking about songwriting is heard over the final verse and the beginning of the final chorus. The full performance of this song is seen and heard in the Live At Bungalow Palace broadcast.
Yes, but cuts the performance after the first chorus. The full Jeff voiceover is included, but it's shifted to start much earlier in the performance, thus more of the song is obscured.
Contemporaries Like ELO
Tom Petty and Paul McCartney talk about liking ELO back in the 1970s and Paul mentions that they sounded very much like The Beatles.
Songs: N/A
These are interviews only.
Yes and no edits.
Live At Bungalow Palace Performance
Jeff and Richard are set up in Jeff's home studio playing and singing the song. It's only a short segment of the song.
Song: Don't Bring Me Down
Don't Bring Me DownlistenThis is a very short, 18 second segment of the acoustic performance of Don't Bring Me Down as taken from the Live At Bungalow Palace performances. Only the end of a chorus and part of a following instrumental break are part of the documentary. Note that this performance was not seen or heard at all in the Live At Bungalow Palace broadcast, so this partial performance is the only available release. It's a shame as an acoustic version of Don't Bring Me Down has never been heard anywhere else.
Yes, although the BBC broadcast includes a bit more of the Bungalow Palace video, including the "Hey, hey, hey" bit at the end, whereas the full version cuts to the spaceship graphic earlier and this is not seen (although the "Hey, hey, hey" bit is still heard).
The ELO songs
This is a mild overview of ELO songs is covered through song, graphics and interviews. The sequence is:
  • A graphic of the bottom of the ELO spaceship flies over the earth; the re-recorded Don't Bring Me Down plays and Dhani Harrison interview starts.
  • Dhani Harrison in a chair talking about meeting Jeff for the first time with a brief segment of Fred the Robot rolling about; Don't Bring Me Down continues.
  • The ELO spaceship graphic floats by; Don't Bring Me Down continues and Tom Petty interview starts.
  • Tom Petty on a couch talking about Mr. Blue Sky and ELO songs; no music and interview only.
  • Paul McCartney in a chair talking about Mr. Blue Sky; no music and interview only.
  • High speed POV footage of driving through windy California roads; the re-recorded Mr. Blue Sky end segment.
  • Amplifier and microphone set up in Jeff's home and camera follows wire to Jeff and Steve Jay at a mixing desk; the re-recorded Mr. Blue Sky end.
  • Jeff is seen sitting at the mixing desk with Steve Jay and playing part of the slide part of the Do Ya intro while to previously recorded playback.
  • Jeff talks about recording the reasons for rerecording ELO songs; the first part of the interview is Jeff sitting in the studio talking to the camera and the second is a voiceover while Jeff and Steve are at the mixing desk listing to playback of the rerecored Do Ya.
Songs: Don't Bring Me Down, Mr. Blue Sky and Do Ya
These are the rerecorded versions. A chorus and part of a verse of Don't Bring Me Down is heard and only the ending of Mr. Blue Sky is played.
Yes, but this cuts a portion of the Don't Bring Me Down play and the graphic of the spaceship is different, not showing the bottom of it flying into frame, but rather the top half is seen slowly floating by. The first part of the Dhani interview that plays during the spaceship graphic is cut, and the second have has slightly different and rearranged footage of Dhani and Fred the Robot. The second ELO spaceship graphic while Don't Bring Me Down plays is completely cut. The second half of Tom Petty's interview about ELO songs is cut. A portion of the end of Mr. Blue Sky is cut as well as the accompanying high speed POV driving footage, with a small bit of different footage of looking up tall buildings included on the TV broadcast that was not used on the full version.
Do Ya Intro riff
For the intro do Do Ya, Jeff and Steve listen to playback while Jeff plays and records the slide part only. They declare them good takes and to keep them. [Editor's Note: It appears that this whole exercise of recording the riff and the song below may have been done just for the cameras and Jeff had already completed the song prior to filming.]
Song: Do Ya
Do YalistenThis is the intro only, with the slide part done live to previously recorded playback.
Yes, but portions of the playing and listening to the playback of the Do Ya riff is cut and a small portion of the end of the interview is put over the footage.
Do Ya Montage
A series of segments are shown with Jeff rerecording various bits for Do Ya. The bits include lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, cowbell and lead vocals.
Song: Do Ya
Do YalistenThis is a stringing together of Jeff playing various instruments to previously recorded playback, with the focused instrument in the audio foreground while being performed. Only the song intro, which is slightly extended, and the first verse are heard.
No, this is completely cut.
Talk of Do Ya and Rerecording
  • Tom Petty talks about his impressions of The Move and ELO's recording of Do Ya.
  • Jeff talks more about the reason for rerecording his ELO songs.
Songs: N/A Yes, but the Tom Petty interview is completely cut and only the Jeff interview is included.
Do Ya Vocals
Jeff is shown recording the vocals to prerecorded playback for the end of Do Ya.
Song: Do Ya
Do YalistenThis is the final verse to end of the song only, with Jeff singing along to the re-recorded version of the song. At the end, he pretends to be straining to his the note and gives a big gulp at the end, as if he hurt his voice.
Yes and no edits
Roy Orbison Influence
Jeff and Barbara talk about Roy's influence on Jeff, how they first met and the projects they did together. These include:
  • Roy Orbison is shown in archive footage on an unidentified German TV show performing Only The Lonely with the video showing small on the screen. During some of the video, Jeff gives a voice over about hearing Roy's song and being amazed as a kid.
  • Barbara Orbison gives an interview on Jeff initially contacting Roy by telephone.
  • Rare home video footage is shown of Mike's garage with Jeff, Roy and Tom messing around the microphone. During some of the video, Jeff gives a voice over about working with Roy in the studio.
Songs: Only The Lonely
The original 1960 Only The Lonely studio recording is played.
Yes, but the German TV footage of Roy is shown in the full 4x3 aspect ratio.
California Blue in the garage
Roy is shown recording the end vocal for California Blue from vintage home video.
Song: California Blue
You Got itlistenThis is only a few seconds of the end of the song, although it's an alternate ending with a rising vocal. This ending would appear later on the Studio Demo version of the song (bonus track on the 2014 Mystery Girl expanded edition).
No, this is completely cut.
Roy Orbison Recordings
Tom and Barbara talk about Roy and Jeff working together. These include:
  • Tom gives a short interview about Jeff working with Roy.
  • Barbara talks about Jeff working with Roy, bringing up A Love So Beautiful.
  • A Love So Beautiful is played while a slowed down version of the Heartbreak Radio is shown, giving the impression that this is the music video for the song.
  • Barbara talks about recording A Love So Beautiful and Jeff and Roy's reaction to the song. Most of it shows Barbara sitting down for the interview, but a few very short cuts of Jeff and Roy from the home video is shown.
Songs: A Love So Beautiful
The studio recording, part of a verse and the first part of a chorus, is played.
Yes, but with a few edits. First a short portion of the interview with Barbara about her and her sons going into the studio to hear the recording is cut, then the full play of A Love So Beautiful is cut as well as a small portion of the interview afterwards. There is another cut of the Barbara interview that is hidden by a short portion of the Jeff and Roy home video footage just shown is shown in reverse.
You Got It piano
Jeff is shown performing the piano for You Got It from vintage home video.
Song: You Got It
You Got itlistenThis is part of the song. It's interesting as the piano part is brought to the foreground of the recording, with the rest of the song on playback behind it, exposing the unique piano melody.
yes, and no edits.
George likes Jeff's music
Barbara finishes talking about Roy working with Jeff. Next, Olivia Harrison, sitting in a large wicker chair, talks about George admiring Jeff's music and Telephone Line in particular.
Songs: N/A Yes, but the cut to the Olivia interview is much tighter.
Telephone Line in the Bungalow
Jeff and Richard perform an acoustic Telephone Line as taken from the Live At Bungalow Palace performances.
Song: Telephone Line
Telephone LinelistenThis is up to the chorus of Telephone Line as performed in Jeff's home as part of the Live At Bungalow Palace performance. The very first part of the song, before the first verse, is partially obscured by the end of Olivia Harrison's interview. The second verse is obscured by an interview with Richard about the song. And just before the chorus, it is obscured by a Jeff interview about Dave Edmunds hooking him up with George Harrison.
Yes, but the latter half of the performance is cut and Jeff's interview at the end is moved earlier.
George and Jeff Become Friends
An overview of Jeff's work and growing friendship with George is featured. This is done with the following sequence:
  • Olivia Harrison, sitting in a chair, talks about George deciding to work with Jeff; no music, interview only.
  • Archive footage of the Adelaide Australian Grand Prix; no music, Jeff interview on going to the Grand Prix with George.
  • Olivia Harrison on George and Jeff working together; no music, interview only.
  • Excerpt of the Got My Mind Set On You music video with George sitting in the room with animated things around him.
  • Dhani Harrison on the sound of Cloud Nine; no music, interview only.
  • Olivia Harrison on their friendship and humor; no music, interview only.
  • A slow zoom on an old photo of George and Jeff together; no music, Jeff voiceover on them being pals.
  • Olivia Harrison on their friendship and humor; no music, interview only.
Songs: Got My Mind Set On You Yes, but cuts the video play of Got My Mind Set On You and the Dhani and Olivia interview that immediately follows. During the following Jeff interview segment about them being pals, old footage of George at a microphone (no sound) is shown-- this video is not seen at all in the full version of the documentary.
Recording Full Moon Fever
The recording of Tom Petty's solo album is reviewed. This is done with the following sequence:
  • Dhani Harrison, sitting in a chair, talks about remembering Full Moon Fever; no music, interview only.
  • Mike Campbell's garage footage of Tom and Jeff talking about recording of Tom's vocals; no music, end has start of Tom interview.
  • Tom on a couch about meeting Jeff on the highway, then archive footage of a highway, and Jeff at the mixing desk, about meeting Tom on the highway; no music, interview only.
  • Mike Campbell's garage footage of Tom and Jeff playing guitars (no actual audio), then Tom on a couch about recording Free Fallin'; no music, interview only
  • Excerpt of Free Fallin' music video.
  • Tom on a couch about the writing of Free Fallin'; no music, interview only.
  • Another excerpt of Free Fallin' music video; near end, a voiceover by Jeff talking about getting along with Tom.
  • A very short segment of Jeff, Tom and two other in Mike Campbell's garage arranging drums with Jeff Lynne interview voiceover; no music, interview only
Songs: Free Fallin' Yes, but a short portion of the Free Fallin' video is cut near the end of the clip.
Magic of the Traveling Wilburys
A sequence on the formation and fun of the Traveling Wilburys is shown. This is done with the following sequence:
  • Excerpt of the When We Was Fab music video; latter half has voice over of Jeff working with George on the album.
  • Jeff is interviewed while sitting at his mixing desk, talking about the forming of the Traveling Wilburys; in an amusing moment, the interview is interrupted by the telephone and Jeff apologetically handles it before continuing.
  • Tom interview about Jeff's role in the Traveling Wilburys only; no music, interview only
  • Dhani interview on the forming of the Traveling Wilburys; no music, interview only
  • Excerpt of the Handle With Care music video
  • Archive footage of the Traveling Wilburys in the kitchen strumming guitars; Handle With Care music continues while Jeff voiceover on the recording of the first Traveling Wilburys album.
  • Olivia interview on the fun of the Traveling Wilburys; no music, interview only.
  • Archive footage of the Traveling Wilburys in Mike Campbell's garage studio studying a microphone; no music, speaking only.
  • Tom interview starting to talk about Not Alone Any More; no music, interview only.
  • Garage footage of Roy recording vocals for a song; final recording of Not Alone Any More is played, not the actual film audio which may not even be the song being featured.
  • Tom interview on Jeff's contribution to Not Alone Anymore; Not Alone Any More during the interview.
  • More garage footage of Roy, Jeff and others in the recording studio; Not Alone Any More while voice over of Tom's interview about the song continues.
  • Tom interview on Jeff saving Not Alone Any More; no music, interview only.
  • Excerpt of the End Of The Line music video; most of the video has a voice over of a Jeff interview about Roy's death, followed by a Joe Walsh on the magic of the Traveling Wilburys.
  • Joe interview, in a chair, continues on the magic of the Traveling Wilburys; End Of The Line audio continues.
  • Continued excerpt of the End Of The Line music video; the very end shows a tribute to Lefty Wilbury.
Songs: When We Was Fab, Handle With Care, Not Alone Any More and End Of The Line Yes, but the first part of Olivia's interview is cut following the Handle With Care clip and although she is seen briefly on camera, most of her interview is in voiceover during the garage footage of the band checking out the microphone. Also, a portion of Tom's interview about Not Alone Any More is cut and the video is slightly rearranged to show more of the garage footage.
Working with Del
As Jeff was also a big fan of Del, a sequence of his influence and their work together is featured. This is done with the following sequence:
  • Tom interview on both he and Jeff working separately with Del Shannon; no music, interview only.
  • Garage footage of Jeff, Tom and Del around a microphone working out some vocals for Walk Away
  • Tom interview on Jeff's favorite artists; no music, interview only.
  • A 1965 clip of Del Shannon performing Keep Searching on Top Of The Pops is shown (cropped for full screen but shown small as if watching on television); most of it features a voice over of Jeff talking about Del is heard and a brief photo of them together from the early 1970s is shown.
Songs: Keep Searching and Walk Away Yes, except the Del Shannon 1965 clip is shown in full aspect ratio.
Recording The Beatles
A lengthy look at Jeff's work on the new songs by The Beatles is presented. This is done with the following sequence:
  • Archive footage of fans going made for The Beatles; no music, voice over of Jeff about The Beatles
  • Eric Idle on the Beatle revolution; no music, interview only
  • Jeff's platinum awards for The Beatles recordings are shown with a voice over of Tom on Jeff being hired for the recordings and Tom is shown at the end; no music, interview only
  • Paul on bringing Jeff in as producer; no music, interview only
  • Paul on getting to know Jeff; no music, interview only
  • Paul on Jeff's work as a producer; no music, interview only
  • Jeff on how he as going to work out as producer; no music, interview only
  • Archive footage of The Beatles reunion at Paul's studio; Real Love is played over the footage.
  • Tom on how Jeff was needed for the project; no music, interview only
  • Paul on Jeff's work with the original cassette; no music, interview only
  • The original cassette playing on a cassette player is shown; the original Free As A Bird demo.
  • Paul on Jeff's precise work; no music, interview only
  • A flying bird against a blue sky; Free As A Bird
  • Paul on Jeff's careful work; no music, interview only
  • Jeff on the joy of the first day they worked together (with a brief shot of a Japanese magazine cover showing them together); no music, interview only
  • Paul on recording Free As A Bird; no music, interview only
  • Jeff on the difficulties of working on Free As A Bird; no music, interview only
  • Olivia on Jeff being right for the songs; no music, interview only
  • Tom on Jeff's hard work; no music, interview only
  • Paul on finishing off the songs and hearing John; no music, interview only
  • Dhani on Jeff being the right man for the job; no music, interview only
  • Jeff tells a story of Neil Aspinall wanting Paul and George wanting Jeff to check harmonies; no music, interview only
  • Olivia on the songs being the best they could be; no music, interview only
  • Paul on the songs being the best they could be and they may do a third song some day; no music, interview only
  • Ringo on Jeff wanting the click track; no music, interview only
  • Jeff on getting a hug from Paul; no music, interview only
  • Tom on Jeff's run of hit singles with ELO showing Tom on the couch and Jeff's ASCAP Golden Note award; no music, interview only
Songs: Real Love and Free As A Bird This is a long segment with several small cuts and some rearrangement. They are:
  • End of Paul's interview about the decision to bring Jeff in as producer is cut
  • End of Ringo's interview about the decision to bring Jeff in as producer is cut
  • Beginning of the following Paul interview about the decision to bring Jeff in as producer is cut
  • Jeff's interview about being scared to be the producer is cut
  • The play of Real Love and the archive footage is cut
  • Tom's interview about Jeff for the project is cut
  • End of Paul's interview about working with the cassette is cut
  • Beginning of the play of the Free As A Bird demo is cut
  • Paul's interview after the Free As A Bird play is cut
  • The Jeff interview about the first day in the studio is heard in voiceover only and the earlier cut footage of The Beatles archive footage is shown; the video and audio match up with the Japanese magazine is shown
  • All of Olivia's interview about Jeff being right for the song's is cut
  • Beginning of Paul's interview about finishing off the songs is cut
  • Beginning of Olivia's interview about Jeff being right for the songs is cut
  • End of Dhani's interview about the songs being the best they could be is cut
  • Beginning of Ringo's interview about the click track is cut
Can't Get It Out Of My Head in the Bungalow
Jeff and Richard perform an acoustic Can't Get It Out Of My Head as taken from the Live At Bungalow Palace performances.
Song: Can't Get It Out Of My Head
Can't Get It Out Of My HeadlistenThis is up to the first chorus of Can't Get It Out Of My Head as performed in Jeff's home as part of the Live At Bungalow Palace performance. The very first part of the song, before the first verse, is partially obscured by the end of Tom's interview. The first chorus is obscured by a voiceover of Jeff talking about pop music.
Yes, but the beginning is not obscured by the Tom interview and the end of the performance is cut and Jeff's voiceover interview is moved earlier in the song.
John Lennon and Son of Beatles
A hand is shown holding an small old transistor radio while the recording of John Lennon from WNEW talking about admiring ELO.
Songs: N/A Yes and no edits
Showdown in the Bungalow
Jeff and Richard perform a (mostly) acoustic Showdown. This is an interesting performance as an all acoustic version of the song was featured in the Live At Bungalow Palace broadcast, but this version is different, with Jeff on electric guitar instead.
Song: Showdown
ShowdownlistenThis is up to the first verse, chorus and part of a guitar solo of Showdown as performed in Jeff's home as part of the Live At Bungalow Palace performance. Part of the guitar solo is faded while an interview with Dhani is voiceovered...
Yes, but the first half is cut so that only the guitar solo is shown.
Jeff's Sound
An old picture of Jeff and Dhani together is shown while a voiceover of Dhani talking about Jeff's sound is heard and the Bungalow Palace performance of Showdown fades, followed by Dhani in the chair talking about Jeff. Bits of recording equipment is shown while a voiceover of Ringo about working with Jeff is heard, followed by Ringo on the couch talking about Jeff (although a very brief clip of Jeff at the mixing desk is shown). Tom is shown on the couch talking about working with Jeff. A microphone set up is shown, then a through-the-window shot of Jeff and Steve working together is shown, all while a voiceover of Steve talking about Jeff's choice of microphone set up is heard.
Songs: N/A Yes, but everything up to the start of the Tom interview is cut and the screen tag identifying Steve Jay is placed differently.
Jeff's Room Sounds
Jeff is seen noodling on acoustic guitar in his big room while a voiceover of him talking about how each room in his home has a unique sound is heard.
Song: Guitar Noodle #4
Guitar Noodle #4listenThis is simple noodling about on an electric guitar. It is mostly obscured by Jeff's interview as well as the start of Joe's interview.
Yes and no edits
Jeff's Rooms
Joe Walsh, sitting in a chair, talks about how each room in Jeff's home is used for recording and has a different sound.
Songs: N/A Yes and no edits
Playing Ukulele
Jeff is seen walking through several rooms and out the back door of his home while playing a simple melody on ukulele. As he walks past several mirrors, the filming crew can clearly be seen in them.
Song: Ukulele Noodle #2
Ukulele Noodle #2listenThis is simple noodling about on ukulele.
Yes and no edits
Guitar Noodling
Jeff is seen noodling on guitar while he speaks in voiceover about his recording techniques.
Song: Guitar Noodle #5
Guitar Noodle #5listenThis is simple noodling about on guitar.
Yes and no edits
Drum Noodling
Jeff is seen noodling on drum while he speaks in voiceover about his recording techniques.
Song: Drum Noodle
Drum NoodlelistenThis is simple noodling about on guitar.
Yes and no edits
Guitar Noodling
Jeff is seen noodling on guitar while he speaks in voiceover about his recording techniques.
Song: Guitar Noodle #6
Guitar Noodle #6listenThis is simple noodling about on guitar.
Yes and no edits
Piano Noodling
Jeff is seen noodling on piano while Steve speaks in voiceover about his recording techniques.
Song: Piano Noodle #1
Piano Noodle #1listenThis is simple noodling about on piano.
Yes and no edits
Jeff's Work Ethic
The camera moves across a mixing desk while Jeff talks about his work ethic. This is followed by Joe, sitting in his chair, talks about Jeff. Then several funny paintings of Eric Idle are shown while a voiceover by him continues about Jeff's work ethic, then footage of Eric himself sitting in a chair.
Songs: N/A Yes and no edits
Jeff's a Rock 'n' Roller
Jeff is seen through a window playing an instrumental version of Let It Rock while the voiceover of Eric Idle continues, talking about hits on Broadway.
Song: Let It Rock
Let It RocklistenThis is a short 14-second instrumental version of the song.
Yes and no edits
Broadway, Show Tunes and Long Wave
Several interviews and images begin to explain why Jeff has recorded his Long Wave songs, including the (supposed) recording of the vocals for She.
  • Eric in the chair finishes talking about their Broadway hits; no music.
  • Jeff is seen through the window, finished playing guitar and asking to try it once more; no music.
  • Ringo on Jeff's show tunes; no music.
  • Eric on Jeff's show tunes; no music.
  • Jeff and Steve at the mixing desk working something out; partway through, She begins to play and Jeff voiceover on learning the songs for Long Wave
  • Jeff in his studio recording harmony vocals for She; although She is shown being recorded, it appears to be a playback of the already recorded tune and there is a voiceover of Jeff talking about recording the song partway through.
  • Jeff expresses his pride at the recording of the harmony vocals; no music.
  • Jeff grabs his guitar from the mixing desk room and walks out (as if to go record something) while a voiceover of Joe starts; no music.
  • Joe in a chair about Jeff's love of the old songs for Long Wave; no music.
Songs: She Yes, but with several segments cut or rearranged. The first part of She is edited such that the first part of Jeff's interview is cut and the full song is played instead over video of Jeff and Steve working the studio. It also cuts the latter half the She performance when Jeff talks about the three part harmony. For the Joe interview, the audio portion is all present, but the full movies includes a bit of video of Jeff and Steve moving guitars about the studio while the BBC edit includes only Joe in the chair.
Bass Noodling
Jeff is seen noodling on a stand-up bass while Joe speaks in voiceover about Jeff doing instruments himself.
Song: Bass Noodle
Bass NoodlelistenThis is simple noodling about on stand-up bass. The sound is nearly completely obscured by the Joe Walsh voiceover.
Yes and no edits.
Piano Noodling Again
Jeff is seen noodling on piano, trying to work out a melody (thought to be Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered.
Song: Piano Noodle #2
Piano Noodle #2listenThis is simple noodling about on piano.
Yes and no edits.
Working on Long Wave
More footage and interviews present Jeff's recordings for Long Wave. All performances, despite appearing to be live, are actually mimed to the previously recorded track. The complete Mercy, Mercy is also shown in its entirety.
  • Joe on Jeff capturing the essence of the old songs; no music.
  • Jeff and Steve are shown at a mixing desk; Smile playback while partial Jeff voiceover about the song.
  • Jeff at the mixing desk (talking to the camera); Smile playback and Jeff comment about Charlie Chaplin.
  • Jeff's back in the studio playing guitar; Running Scared playback.
  • Footage of Jeff's music media with focus on three copies of Roy Orbison's The Soul Of Rock And Roll collection; Running Scared playback while voiceover about the song.
  • Jeff at his home recording the lead vocal (lip synched) for Running Scared; Running Scared playback while voiceover about the song.
  • Jeff at his mixing desk talking; Running Scared playback while talking about the song.
  • More of Jeff at his home recording the lead vocal (lip synched) for Running Scared; Running Scared playback while voiceover about the song.
  • Paul on how Jeff took a break for a while, but he is back now; no music.
  • Jeff at the microphone wanting to sing Phil Everly's part of So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad), followed by him singing it (lip synched); So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) playback while voiceover by Jeff about the satisfaction of completing a song.
  • Old footage of kids dancing; Mercy, Mercy playback while voiceover by Jeff about the song.
  • Paul on Jeff being able to do it all in music; no music.
  • The complete Mercy, Mercy music video is played.
  • Paul on Jeff as a good producer; no music.
Songs: Smile, Running Scared, So Sad, Mercy, Mercy Yes, but includes some large cuts. First, it cuts everything up to Running Scared (all the Smile bits). It also cuts everything where Paul talks about Jeff taking a break for a while up until the latter half of Paul saying the Jeff can do ti all.
Jeff Plays Organ Too
Jeff is seen noodling on organ near an open door. About halfway through this short bit, the camera scans over his many music awards (and oddly, the RIAA award for Face The Music is broken with the platinum record having fallen in the frame). The end has a voiceover by Paul about Jeff's modesty.
Song: Organ Noodle
Organ NoodlelistenThis is simple noodling about on organ.
Yes and no edits.
Jeff's Modesty
Tom talks of Jeff's shyness, yet well-known music, followed by Steve on his privilege of working with Jeff with the camera first focusing on him sitting on stairs, then another scan of his awards and other items while the interview continues in voiceover.
Songs: N/A Yes, but includes the Tom interview only and completely cuts the Steve interview.
Save Me Now in the Garden Part One
Jeff, sitting in his garden, plays Save Me Now. It quickly fades after the first half of the first verse (ending with "...getting in my head").
Song: Save Me Now
Save Me Now First PartlistenAfter a brief introduction, Jeff plays the song live.
No, this is completely cut.
Jeff's is a Pal
Joe talks about what a great friend Jeff is.
Songs: N/A Yes and no edits.
Rag Time Piano
Jeff, as seen in the garage footage, plays a quick little rag time piano while mugging for the camera. This is from the same Mike Campbell's garage footage as when Jeff was playing the piano earlier in this documentary when Jeff was playing the piano for You Got It.
Song: Piano Rag Noodle
Rag Time PianolistenThis is a quick piano bit only.
Yes and no edits.
Jeff is a Skilled Friend
Various interviews are shown by others taking about Jeff's skill and friend ship. This includes Joe on Jeff's skill; Dhani on Jeff's skill; and Olivia on Jeff's friendship.
Songs: N/A Yes, but first half of the Olivia interview is cut.
Save Me Now in the Garden Part Two
Footage of Jeff and girlfriend Camelia Kath running about in his garden, that is processed to look like old-time home video, is shown while the earlier performance of Save Me Now picks up again (starting with the "...and remember all those trees I had" line). Eventually, the camera shows the actual performance in the garden as Jeff ends the song.
Song: Save Me Now
Save Me Now Second PartlistenJeff plays the song live.
No, this is completely cut.
Piano Noodling Yet Again
Jeff is seen noodling on piano, while he provides a voiceover on getting into a music career. The end of the scene focuses on the piano keys as he plays.
Song: Piano Noodle #3
Piano Noodle #3listenThis is simple noodling about on piano.
Yes and no edits.
Guitar Noodling Yet Again
Jeff is seen noodling on guitar again in his big room; the camera first focuses on a guitar, a microphone, then Jeff himself as seen from behind.
Song: Guitar Noodle #7
Guitar Noodle #7listenThis is simple noodling about on guitar.
No, this is completely cut.
Tour of Jeff's home
To begin wrapping up the documentary, various parts of Jeff's home are shown while music an interviews play. The camera focuses on Jeff's drum set up while the interview about him being glad to be in music continues; no music is played. Immediately after this, the camera provides a POV walk around from Jeff's mixing desk room, then all through his empty house before going out into the garden where Jeff is sitting. Throughout this, a montage of Jeff produced songs is played, including I Won't Back Down (with a brief voiceover from Jeff), When We Was Fab, Handle With Care, Free As A Bird and You Got It
Songs: I Won't Back Down, When We Was Fab, Handle With Care, Free As A Bird, You Got It Yes and no edits.
Joyously Spilling Coffee
The camera from the previous montage ends with Jeff in his garden, sitting in a chair overlooking Los Angeles while playing his ukulele. The ukulele tune is faded in from You Got It of the montage. The scene ends with Jeff shouting "Oy!" and lifting his coffee as if to toast the city, which dramatically spills and he laughs about it.
Song: Ukulele Noodle #3
Ukulele NoodlelistenThis is simple noodling about on ukulele.
Yes and no edits.
Roll Credits
The radio tuning begins about just as Jeff lifts his cup from the previous scene, then as the piano and guitar part starts, the camera shows sped up images of traveling down what appears to be Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, focusing on the palm trees. Shortly, the credits begin to roll with the music briefly interrupted by a Jeff voiceover about how his mother tried to wake him to go to work and he refused because he was then a professional musician.
Songs: Mr. Blue Sky (rerecorded version) Yes, but the credits are run faster so that less of Mr. Blue Sky is heard.
The Woodpecker's Song
As the remaining credits roll (starting during the song credits), audio of Jeff singing The Woodpecker's Song is played. The very end features a quick bark from his dog, Lucy.
Song: The Woodpecker's Song
The Woodpecker's SonglistenThis is an acapella performance.
Yes, complete, but with faster rolling credits.

Live At Bungalow Palace

Comments and Observations Following the original broadcast of Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO on BBC4 on October 5, 2012, the Live At Bungalow Palace special was broadcast. This was only broadcast on BBC4 and remains otherwise not broadcast and unreleased. It is an offshoot of the full documentary, with most of the focus on the acoustic performances in Jeff's home, recorded in March, 2011, although including several unique interviews highlighting Jeff's skill.

The Songs: The acoustic performances are mostly complete, compared to the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary which are often incomplete or feature voiceover interviews obscuring the music. Of note, the incomplete performance of Showdown heard in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary is different from the Live At Bungalow Palace performance, with Jeff playing an electric guitar on the former and an acoustic guitar on the latter. It also includes the full acoustic performance of Save Me Now which was edited and split on the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary. Jeff and Richard also performed an acoustic version of Don't Bring Me Down that is only heard briefly in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary, and which is not heard at all in Live At Bungalow Palace.

Also included as background music is an instrumental of the rerecorded version of Don't Bring Me Down. As this is background only, it is mostly obscured by interviews.

Official Release: Several songs from this special actually had official release as audio tracks. Telephone Line was released as a bonus track on the Japanese Electric Light Orchestra Live album (Avalon MICP-30043) in 2013. Can't Get It Out Of My Head and Steppin' Out were released as a bonus track on the USA iTunes deluxe edition release of the Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra album in 2012. And Strange Magic (minus the false start) was released on the Japanese Jeff Lynne Armchair Theatre album (Avalon MICP-30045) in 2013.

The Live At Bungalow Palace special itself has never had any sort of official release.

Scene Songs and Comments
Title Card and Richard's Noodle
As the title card is displayed, a quick piano noodle, played by Richard Tandy and not Jeff, is played.
Song: Richard's Piano Noodle
Live At Bungalow Palace title card
Still Yet Another Guitar Noodle
Tom is shown in a chair talking about Jeff as a producer, then the camera pans across various music awards and more on the walls of a staircase in Jeff's home while a voiceover of Richard talking about the early days with Jeff is played.. Throughout this, some quiet guitar noodling by Jeff is heard. This is actually part of the guitar noodling that is heard over the opening of the full Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary.
Song: Guitar Noodle #1 Edit
Guitar Noodle #1 Editlisten
The Early Days
Jeff and Richard are seen in Jeff's home preparing to record for the show, while Richard's voiceover continues, talking about the early days in Birmingham with Jeff. For part of the interview, he is also seen sitting in a chair.
Evil Woman
This is a full, acoustic performance of the song in Jeff's home. Throughout the performance, the film crew can often be seen moving about in the background.
Song: Evil Woman
Evil Womanlisten
Interviews
Following the successful end of Evil Woman, Jeff and Richard are seen engaging with each other about their performances, but the audio is a voiceover interview of Jeff not caring for the interview circuit and preferring to let his songs speak for themselves.
Showdown
This is an incomplete, acoustic performance of the song in Jeff's home.
Song: Showdown
ShowdownlistenNote this is a different performance that the one that appeared in the full Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO program. This one features Jeff on acoustic guitar while the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO performance uses a silver electric guitar. During this performance, the silver electric guitar can be seen on a guitar stand behind Jeff.
Beautiful Environmental Song
After a quick shot of Jeff's home from the garden, Jeff is seen at a mixing desk being asked by someone off camera to sing Save Me Now. Jeff considers it and says that it will be difficult, but he can try.
Save Me Now
Jeff in his garden with the Los Angeles skyline behind him performs an acoustic version of the song.
Song: Save Me Now
Save Me NowlistenThis performance was heard in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary, but was incomplete and split into two parts with interviews and Jeff's Piano Rag Noodle between the parts. Thus, this performance is the most complete performance.
Armchairs and Telephones
Following Save Me Now, Jeff stands and the crew begins collecting equipment while Jeff's voiceover about Armchair Theatre is heard. Then Richard is interviewed, while seen sitting in a chair, talking about Telephone Line.
Telephone Line
This is a full, acoustic performance of the song in Jeff's home.
Song: Telephone Line
An incomplete and partially obscured version of this performance is heard in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary, but here it is complete and unobscured. The audio was officially released only as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the Electric Light Orchestra Live album (Avalon MICP-30043) in 2013. [Editor's Note: Because this track has seen official release, it is not available here for sampling.]
Colorful Father
In a short bit, the camera focuses on a "The Jeff's" rehearsal sign on a piano while a voiceover of Jeff about his father plays; this is followed by old-timey footage of Jeff and Camela running through his garden while another voiceover of Jeff saying that everything is colorful is played.
Can't Get It Out Of My Head
This is a full, acoustic performance of the song in Jeff's home.
Song: Can't Get It Out Of My Head
An incomplete and partially obscured version of this performance is heard in the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary, but here it is complete and unobscured. The audio was officially released only as a bonus track on the USA iTunes deluxe edition release of the Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra album in 2012. [Editor's Note: Because this track has seen official release, it is not available here for sampling.]
I'll Mess Up the Third Verse
Following the performance of Can't Get It Out Of My Head, there is an extended period of chatter between Jeff, Richard and the filming crew while the camera shows various shots and close-ups.
Steppin' Out
This is a full, acoustic performance of the song in Jeff's home with a joke about sticking it at the end.
Song: Steppin' Out
This performance is also heard in the full Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary where the last two verses and closing chorus are heard and this is also partially obscured by an interview voiceover. The full audio was officially released only as a bonus track on the USA iTunes deluxe edition release of the Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra album in 2012. [Editor's Note: Because this track has seen official release, it is not available here for sampling.]
Piano Noodle #4
Jeff noodles at a piano while footage of koi in a small pond is shown, followed by Jeff at the piano playing.
Song: Piano Noodle #4
Piano Noodle #4listen
Strange Magic
Prefaced by Richard waiting until everyone was ready, this is an acoustic performance of the song in Jeff's home. There is a false start with Richard flubbing the piano during intro, then joking between Jeff and Richard about it, followed by another start and the full song performance. Partway through the start of the second performance, there is a voiceover from Jeff about Strange Magic as a single.
Song: Strange Magic
Strange Magiclisten The audio of the full song (missing the false start) was officially released only as a bonus track on the Japanese release of Jeff Lynne's Armchair Theatre album (Avalon MICP-30045) in 2013. [Editor's Note: Because this track without the false start has seen official release, only the false start available here for sampling.]
The Beatles Influence
In another interview segment, Richard talks about how in the 1960s, everyone wanted to be like The Beatles. This is followed by a Ringo comment about Jeff's voice.
Don't Bring Me Down Instrumental
In another long interview segment, an instrumental of the re-recorded version of Don't Bring Me Down is played while the interviews are seen and heard. Interviews in order are:
  • Joe on Jeff's musical skill
  • Paul on his first meeting with Jeff
  • Ringo plays a quick tune on a cigar box guitar
  • Joe makes joke about Jeff and him serving in the merchant marine
  • Ringo talks about Jeff's home studio
  • Paul makes joke about editing problems with the director
  • Ringo plays a cowbell
  • Joe comments about tweaking Jeff
  • Ringo stands up to leave, saying he's done
Song: Don't Bring Me Down
Don't Bring Me Downlisten
Closing Credits
As the closing credits scroll up the screen, audio of Jeff and Richard chatting in Jeff's home studio as they are preparing to record is heard. The audio is played as if far off in the distance, making much of the chatter impossible to understand, although some small bits of Jeff on acoustic guitar and Richard on piano are heard. A short piano noodle by Richard, used to test the microphone setup, is extracted and used with the title card at the start of the Live At Bungalow Palace program.

This page is intended to be a complete record of information on the Jeff Lynne's the Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO documentary. If you notice any errors or omissions (which there are many), please contact me at jefflynnesongs@gmail.com and let me know. I strive for accuracy.

Robert Porter
January 2017