ELO - Out Of The Blue USA issued 1977 - LPs and CDs.
Due to the size of the USA and various pressing plants around the USA, it is nearly impossible to collect and show all the different label variations. So instead, listed below are the main found issues of ELO's "Out Of The Blue" album on LP & CD in the USA.
Single Releases

Turn To Stone JT-XW1099

Sweet Talkin' Woman JT-XW1145

Sweet Talkin' Woman JT-XW1145 - Purple Vinyl

Mr Blue Sky ZS8 5050

Its Over  ZS8 5052

Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V1 Side 1
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V1 Side 3
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V1 Side 2
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V1 Side 4

Title

Out Of The Blue

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JTLA-823-L2

Issue Date

1977

Chart Position

4

Notes

USA 1st Issue in Gatefold Cover with Glossy Heavy Stock Paper Lyric Sleeves


There are three versions : -

 

  • First version with smaller track text, big UA logo and big Jet records tower. Plus Louis Clark name is spelt wrong as "Lewis" Clark

  • Second version with larger track text, big UA logo, big Jet records tower and Louis Clark name is now spelt correctly.

  • Third version with bigger track text, smaller UA logo, smaller Jet records tower issued on a bright label.

Because the track list on the first issue could not be read clearly.

Foldout Poster with Band Member Photos.

Cardboard ELO Space Station Insert (the Individual Parts "punch-out" to make a Cardboard Space Station with ELO Logo and Band Name on It.

Double sided ELO Souvenir / Fan Club Special Offer Insert with Fan Club Membership Fees, options to order ELO Poster and T-shirt via mail order.

Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Version 3 Side 3
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Version 3 Side 4
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V2 Side 1
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V2 Side 2
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V2 Side 3
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 V2 Side 4
Out of the Blue JT-LA823-L2 Flyer
Out of the Blue JT-LA823-L2 Flyer
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Version 3 Side 1
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Version 3 Side 2

There is a printing error on the "Out Of The Blue" Side 1 LP lyric inlay sleeve.

The "Across The Border" song title is printed in orange coloured text, where as it should be shown in white coloured text. See images below, under lined with a white line.

This printing error occurs on various UK, Canada, USA, Holland and Europe issues. Some 1980's editions seem to have corrected the error, but the orange text error can be seen again on 1990's Epic Re-issues and even on the Epic 2012 and later issues.

 

Spotted by Chris Harvey

Out Of The Blue - LP Lyric Sleeve ATB Orange Text
Out Of The Blue - LP Lyric Sleeve ATB White Text
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Blue Side 1
Out of the Blue JT-LA823-L2
No Answer UAS 5573

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JTLA-823-L2

Re-Issue Date

1977

Notes

Rare Translucent Blue Vinyl edition in Gatefold Cover with band poster, thick paper inner lyric sleeves and push out space ship.

As per first black vinyl issue, the LP label has small track text, bigger UA logo and bigger Jet records tower.

Plus Louis Clark name is spelt wrong as "Lewis" Clark

Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Blue Side 2
Out of the Blue JT-LA823-L2
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Blue Side 3
Out Of The Blue JT-LA823-L2 Blue Side 4
No Answer UAS 5573

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

R-223719 / JTLA-823-L2

Club Edition

Re-Issue Date

1977

Notes

Black Vinyl "Club Edition" in Gatefold Cover with band poster thick paper inner lyric sleeves

Missing From My Collection

Out Of The Blue JT-LA 823-L2 Club Side 1
Out Of The Blue JT-LA 823-L2 Club Side 2
Out Of The Blue JT-LA 823-L2 Club Side 3
Out Of The Blue JT-LA 823-L2 Club Side 4
No Answer UAS 5573
No Answer UAS 5573

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

KZ2 35530

Re-Issue Date

1978

Notes

Re-issue in 1978 by Jet Records with a paper inner sleeves with printed lyrics. 

Missing From My Collection

Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Side 1
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Side 2
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Side 3
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Side 4
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Promo Front Co
No Answer UAS 5573

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Promo KZ2 35530

Re-Issue Date

1978

Notes

Promo re-issue in 1978 by Jet Records, with paper inner sleeves with printed lyrics. 

Missing From My Collection

Out Of The Blue - KZ2 35530
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Promo Side 2
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Promo Side 3
Out Of The Blue KZ2 35530 Promo Side 4
No Answer UAS 5573
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue CD ZGK 35530 V1

Missing From My Collection

Out Of The Blue CD ZGK 35530 V2

Missing From My Collection

Format

CD

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

ZGK 35530

Re-Issue Date

1987

Notes

CD issue in 1987 by Jet/CBS records, no lyric booklet, just inlay cover with inside of space ship printed in side of it.

The USA version has "2-Record Set on 1 Compact Disc" across the top front of the booklet.

There are four CD issues with two different track layouts.

 

  • First Two from 1987

 

  • Two later issue from around 1990 - 1994 that have the DIDP code printed on the CD below the Cat. No. ZK 35530

A South African issue (CDCOL 3660 S) used the same CD booklet design, with a few text changes,  Image is below

Out Of The Blue CD ZGK 35530 V3 DIDP Code
Out Of The Blue CD ZGK 35530 V4 DIDP Code
No Answer UAS 5573

Missing From My Collection

Out Of The Blue - South Africa CDCOL 3660 S
Out Of The Blue CD 82796 94272 2 Rear In
Out Of The Blue CD 82796 94272 2
No Answer UAS 5573
Out Of The Blue CD 82796 94272 2 Booklet
Out Of The Blue CD 82796 94272 2 Booklet

Format

CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

82796 94272 2

Re-Issue Date

2007

Notes

Re-Master CD issue in 2007 by Epic. With full colour booklet with album/band info and original sleeve photos/images.

Was issued in a hard back cardboard folder/case and a normal jewel case.

The first issues were mistakenly issued with the tray card from the initial ZGK 35530 CD release, with the bonus tracks only being mentioned in the booklet.

Missing From My Collection

Out Of The Blue CD 82796 94272 2 Rear In