Out Of The Blue

Released: October 1977

UK Chart Position 4

Single Releases

Turn To Stone - UP36313

UK Chart - 18

Mr Blue Sky - UP36342/Jet 104 - Black & Blue Vinyl

UK Chart - 6

Wild West Hero

Jet 109 & Jet 12 109

Black 7" & Yellow 12"

UK Chart - 6

Sweet Talkin' Woman

Jet  121 & Jet 12 121

Black 7", Purple 7" & 12"

UK Chart - 6

Album Track Listing

 

Side one
1.Turn to Stone
2.It's Over
3.Sweet Talkin' Woman
4.Across the Border

Side two
5.Night in the City
6.Starlight
7.Jungle
8.Believe Me Now
9.Steppin' Out

Side three

(Concerto for a Rainy Day)
10.Standin' in the Rain
11.Big Wheels
12.Summer and Lightning
14.Mr. Blue Sky

Side four
15.Sweet Is the Night
16.The Whale
17.Birmingham Blues
18.Wild West Hero

Personnel

Jeff Lynne

Bev Bevan

Richard Tandy

Kelly Groucutt

Hugh McDowell

Melvyn Gale

Mik Kaminski

Louis Clark

Re-issue CD Bonus tracks (2007 remaster)

 

18.Wild West Hero (Alt Version)
19.The Quick and the Daft
20.Latitude 88 North

Latitude 88 North - Download & 500 Ltd-Edition Orange 7" single.  From 2007 Remaster CD edition.  UK Chart - 

Out of the Blue UAR 100 / UAS 1100

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

UAR 100 /  UAS 1100 + UAS 2100

Country

UK

1st Original Issue - On Greenish/Blue Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two inner cardboard lyric sleeves, poster & press out space ship. Album sleeve is UAR 100, note label difference between UAR 100 & UAS 1100 + UAS 2100 below.

 

UAR/UAS issues had Out of the Blue above ELO on the record label. Distributed by United Artists. 

 

The UAR/UAS issue's normally have a press / cut out cardboard space-ship insert. Plus the poster has Out Of The Blue in White text.

Out of the Blue UAR 100 / UAS 1100
Out Of The Blue UAS 1100
Out Of The Blue UAS 2100

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

UAS 1100 + UAS 2100 / UAR 100

Country

UK

2nd Original Issue (!) - On Greenish/Blue Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two cardboard inner lyric sleeves, band poster and some with the cut out space ship.

 

Note, album sleeve is UAR 100, but actual vinyl's LP are UAS 1100 & UAS 2100.

 

UAR/UAS issues had Out of the Blue above ELO on the record label. Distributed by United Artists

Out Of The Blue was originally distributed by United Artists Records (UAR) upon it's 1977 release. However UAR was sold to Capitol Records in 1978. Don Arden (ELO Manager and Jet Records owner) wanted a change away from UAR. CBS Records then paid 11 Million dollars to get ELO on contract with them.  Jet and CBS then sued UAR for not paying their royalties.

 

In retaliation United Artists flooded the UK market with every single copy they had of "Out Of The Blue" at budget prices with a USA issue version with "cut-out slit" in the cover, both UK issues and USA imported issues ended up in bargain bins at the same time as the full priced CBS issue was being sold. 

So Jet Records came up with the notion to sue UAR for "allegedly selling defective copies“ just to convince the record buyer not to buy the UAR copies.

 

Jet Records took out a full page advertisement in all of the UK

music papers telling people that if they didn't have a CBS

record then their copy was defective. This was a false claim as 

the UAR version was pressed in higher quality than the CBS issue !

Jet Records initially continued to use the United Artists printed

sleeves and record labels. They often put Jet catalogue number

stickers over the UAR catalogue number on the album cover.

However, there is no single rule as UAR sleeves may contain

Jet DP 400 records, plus UAR/UAS/Jet DP inner LP slip covers

would also be swapped around.  

1st re-issues used Catalogue Number JETDP 400 / UAR 100 

with yellow & white light beams on the label. Early issues had the

LP title above the ELO name.

2nd re-issues used used Catalogue Number JETDP 400 with yellow & white light beams on the label.

3rd re-issues used used Catalogue Number JETDP 400 with yellow & pink light beams on the label.

Thanks to  Patrik Guttenbacher - Face The Music German - for help and corrections on this page.

Out of the Blue JetDP 400 / UAR100
Out of the Blue JetDP 400 / UAR100

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet DP 400 / UAR 100

Re-Issue Year

1978

1st CBS distributed issue - 1978 - On Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two inner lyric cardboard sleeves & a poster.

 

The first issue of Jet DP400 / UAR 100 issue. Out of the Blue is still above ELO on the record label & UAR 100 is also listed.

UAR sleeves were re-used and a Jet Company sticker listing the new cat number was stuck over the old UAS/UAR cat no.

Some came with the band poster and push out space ship model.

 

Compare this to the next issue of Jet DP400 / UAR 100 below. 

Out of the Blue JetDP 400 / UAR100
Out of the Blue JetDP 400 / UAR100

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet DP 400 / UAR 100

Re-Issue Year

1978

Re-issue of the 1st CBS distributed issue on Black Vinyl -- On Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two inner lyric cardboard sleeves & a poster.

 

Out of the Blue is now below ELO on the record label & UAR 100 is still listed on UAR style labels.

New sleeves were printed with just Jet DP400 on the rear, distributed by CBS. 

 

Some came with the band poster and push out space ship model.

Or sometimes UAR sleeves were re-used and a Jet Company sticker listing the new cat number was stuck over the old UAS/UAR cat no.

Out of the Blue Jet DP400 Blue Vinyl
Out of the Blue Jet DP400 Blue Vinyl

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JET DP 400 / UAR 100

Re-Issue Year

1978

1st CBS distributed issue on Special Edition Blue Vinyl - On Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two cardboard inner lyric sleeves & a poster with Out Of The Blue in red/pink text with with the press out space ship.

New sleeves were printed with just Jet DP400 on the rear with a small Jet Records logo.

Out of the Blue JetDP 400 Blue Vinyl

There is also a Limited Edition in a Blue "Artic Light" slip case that also has a Three Light Years flyer included. Plus the cut out space ship and band poster. Gatefold sleeve with two cardboard inner lyric sleeves. Same JetDP400 / UAR 100 Blue Vinyl as above.

Out of the Blue Jet DP400 Blue Vinyl Artic Blue Cover
Out Of The Blue in  "Artic Light" Slip Cover
Out of the Blue JetDP 400
Out of the Blue JetDP 400

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet DP 400

Re-Issue Year

1978

2nd CBS distributed issue - On Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two inner cardboard lyric sleeves & a poster. 

This issue JUST lists Jet DP400 as cat number, but is still on older style UAR record label.

 

New sleeves were printed with Jet DP400 on the rear.

Or still sometimes UAR sleeves were re-used and a Jet Company sticker listing the new cat number was stuck over the old UAS/UAR cat no.

Out of the Blue JetDP 400 Blue Vinyl
Out of the Blue JetDP 400 Blue Vinyl

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet DP 400

Re-Issue Year

1978

2nd CBS distributed issue - Special Edition Blue Vinyl - On Jet label with white/yellow light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two cardboard inner lyric sleeves & a poster with Out Of The Blue in red/pink text. 

This issue JUST lists JET DP400 as cat number, but is still on older style UAR record label.

 

New sleeves were printed with Jet DP400 on the rear.

This issue may not exist, as so far no complete issue of both LP discs (sides 1, 2, 3 + 4) has been found to have all the labels with just JET DP 400 cat number,  just odd sides with the other sides labeled JET DP 400 / UAR 100

Missing From My Collection

Out of the Blue JetDP 400 Blue Vinyl
Out of the Blue JetDP 400
Out of the Blue JetDP 400

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet DP 400

Re-Issue Year

1978

3rd issue on Black Vinyl - On Jet label with yellow/pink light beams. Gatefold sleeve with two paper inner lyric sleeves & a poster. 

New CBS distributed covers with a larger Jet logo on the rear cover and brighter record labels with the yellow beam over the top of the pink beam of light from Jet Towers. 

Missing From My Collection

Format

Blue Vinyl

Label

Jet 

Catalogue

JETDP 400 

Notes

3rd issue on Blue Vinyl with Yellow/Pink Light Beams on Jet Label.

Out of the Blue CD 400

Format

Double CD

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JETCD 400 /CDJET 400

Re-Issue Year

1986

Notes

Rare 2 CDs in fatbox. First rare unique pressing for UK & parts of Europe

The reason for the 2 disc version was probably because the first generation cd-players could not play discs longer then approximately 60 mins.

One year later they put everything on one cd for the UK/ Euro market.

Manufactured by CBS/Sony in Japan for UK/Europe.

CDs are JET CD 400 & the box is CDJET 400!

Out of the Blue JetCD 400

Format

CD

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JET CD 400

Re-Issue Year

1987

Notes

1st UK Single CD issue

Out of the Blue Epic DP400
Out of the Blue Epic DP400

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic - Nice Price

Catalogue

Jet DP 400

Re-Issue Year

1987

Notes

RARE Re-issue in 1987, in gatefold double LP sleeve, code DP 400 with large Jet logo on rear cover.

 

With paper or cardboard inner sleeves.

This was the last Jet DP400 issue, so the pressing/packaging plants would utilise inner sleeves that were left over in stock.

 

So each one maybe a different  style or shade of blue.

Out of the Blue Epic 450885
Out of the Blue Epic 450885

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic - Nice Price

Catalogue

450885

Re-Issue Year

1987

Notes

Re-Issue 1987 - Double LP in a Single cover. With two Nice-Price Inner-sleeves and featured a 4-page 11” lyric insert with black background and white lyrics and stars.

There are two versions with different Nice-Price design inner-sleeves, plus the spine text and the rear sleev info box is in either red or orange. See images below

Out of the Blue CD 450885 9

Format

CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

450885 9

Re-Issue Year

1998

Notes

Re-issue 1998 - in 3Tri-Cover fold out digipack, limited edition

Out of the Blue SVLP 101
Out of the Blue SVLP 101

Format

Vinyl

Label

Simply Vinyl

Catalogue

SVLP 101

Re-Issue Year

1999

Notes

Epic/Simply Vinyl - Black Vinyl 180Gram. With black text on white background 4 page lyric booklet.

 

Plain white inner sleeve with a "Simply Vinyl" Catalogue booklet.

Format

CD

Label

Epic/Sony

Catalogue

EPIC ‎– MILLEN3, EPIC ‎– 495215 2000

Re-Issue Year

1999

Notes

Millennium Edition in a hard glossy gatefold sleeve with PVC outer cover, lyric/credit inserts (first part on inner sleeve, second on a separate card insert) and sticker.

Out of the Blue CD Millen 9
Out of the Blue Re-Master 2007

Format

CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

82796942722

Re-Issue Year

Feb 2007

Notes

Re-Master Issue - 30th Anniversary 

with bonus tracks in normal CD jewel case and expanded booklet notes and pictures.

Rare And Unseen Photographs New Sleeve Notes By Jeff Lynne

Out of the Blue Re-Master 2007

Format

CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

88697053232

Re-Issue Year

Feb 2007

Notes

Re-Issue - ReMaster with bonus tracks - 30th Anniversary Limited Edition packaged in gatefold card sleeve Deluxe 24 Page Booklet... Plus ELO Spaceship!

Rare And Unseen Photographs New Sleeve Notes By Jeff Lynne

Out of the Blue Re-Master 2007

Format

CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

88697123162

Re-Issue Year

2007

Notes

Re-Issue of Re-Mastered/Expanded edition in Carbon neutral packaging

Out of the Blue MOVLP383
Out of the Blue MOVLP383

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic

Catalogue

MOVLP383

Re-Issue Year

July 2012

Notes

"Classic Album" series re-issue by Epic/Music On Vinyl on 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

 

The first 1000 came in Ltd Edition Blue Vinyl. Including full colour cardboard inner lyric sleeves and a double side poster.

Out of the Blue MOVLP383
Out of the Blue MOVLP383

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic

Catalogue

MOVLP383

Re-Issue Year

July 2012

Notes

"Classic Album" series re-issue by Epic/Music On Vinyl on 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

 

Including full colour cardboard inner lyric sleeves and a double side poster.

Out of the Blue Epic 88875152421
Out of the Blue Epic 88875152421

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic / Legacy

Catalogue

88875152421

Re-Issue Year

December 2015

Notes

Epic/Legacy Music - Reissue on double 180g Clear vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

 

Including full colour poster and inner lyric sleeves. Only 5000 made.

Out of the Blue Epic 8887515261
Out of the Blue Epic 8887515261

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic / Legacy

Catalogue

88875175261

Re-Issue Year

May 2016

Notes

Epic/Music On Vinyl on 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

Including full colour cardboard inner lyric sleeves and a double side poster.

Format

Vinyl

Label

Epic

Catalogue

88985456161

Re-Issue Year

2017

Notes

Epic/Legacy Music - 40th anniversary reissue on double 180G picture disc in clear sleeve. 

All pictures, graphics, record designs and logos are the property of Jeff Lynne/ELO, this is non profit fan based site .

I would like to thank and credit:

Peter Miles, Graham from OutOfTheBlueArtifactsPatrik Guttenbacher from Face The Music Germany

For help, corrections, images and information on this website.