Balance of Power – Electric Light Orchestra – 1986


Album Balance of Power by Electric Light Orchestra
Album Balance of Power by Electric Light Orchestra

Balance of Power is the eleventh and final studio album by Electric Light Orchestra, a British rock band formed in 1970 by Jeff Lynne.

The album was released in 1986 by Epic Records and featured a soft rock and synth-pop sound that differed from the band’s previous albums. The album spawned three singles: “Calling America”, “So Serious” and “Getting to the Point”, which reached the top 40 in several countries. The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Lynne’s songwriting and production skills but criticized the lack of originality and innovation.

The album was also the last to feature co-founder Bev Bevan on drums and keyboardist Richard Tandy as significant contributors, as the band disbanded shortly after its release. Balance of Power marked the end of an era for Electric Light Orchestra, who had achieved worldwide success and acclaim throughout the 1970s and early 1980s with their distinctive blend of classical, pop and rock music.

Balance of Power” is not ELO’s strongest effort, but it’s not without merit. It showcases Lynne’s songwriting skills and offers a pleasant, if somewhat generic, listening experience. However, if you’re looking for the band’s classic sound, you might be disappointed.

The personnel of the album Balance of Power by Electric Light Orchestra, released in 1986, are:

– Jeff Lynne: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, Synclavier II computer synthesizer, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, producer
– Bev Bevan: drums, percussion, drum programming
– Richard Tandy: keyboards, sequence programming

This information is based on the Wikipedia article and other sources .

The different versions published for this album :