Here's some news that won't bring you down; the documentary "Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO," premiered on TV outlets this fall, is now available as a digital download on iTunes.
The film traces Lynne's career from his upbringing in England through his time in The Move and co-founding Electric Light Orchestra and the all-star Traveling Wilburys, as well as a production career that includes Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, fellow Wilburys Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and George Harrison -- and, oh yeah, the Beatles for the 1995 "Anthology" project.
Lynne also re-recorded a number of ELO's biggest hits this year for the album "Mr. Blue Sky -- The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra," and he told us about what he had in mind when he put that band together in 1970 with other members of The Move:
"The concept of ELO was really no more ambitious than a band with strings in it, a group with strings. I didn't have any deep or philosophical feelings about it either way. It was just something that was different, and I wanted to make a different sound than the usual two guitar and three guitars, long-winded guitar solos. I just wanted to try something completely different."
Alongside "Mr. Blue Sky," Lynne has also released "Long Wave," a collection of some of his favorite pop standards and early rock hits. For 2013 he's planning a new solo album, as well as a vintage ELO live album.