|Rock 'N' Roll Is King|
|Produced by Jeff Lynne|
|Released on June 1983|
|UK CHART POSITION #13 . . . US CHART POSITION #19|
(charted June 25, 1983 for 15 weeks)
|Find it at GEMM|
|ZS4 03964 wo. picture sleeve|
T his is essentially a rewrite of “Hold On Tight” and “Roll Over Beethoven” rolled together. A cute sentiment, I suppose, except that rock & roll wasn’t king anymore. For some reason, Jeff Lynne was shifting away from sophisticated studio pop and toward roots rock at a time when the band should have been changing with the times rather than travelling back in time. Oh well, nothing lasts forever, certainly not the two-and-a-half minute instrumental on the flip side, “After All.” Like many of ELO’s nonalbum Bees, it’s good enough to qualify as an album track, sort of a sad, wordless love song like Elton John’s “Song For Guy.”
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||June 1983||Jet||7"/12||A/TA3500||picture sleeve|
|US/CAN||June 1983||Jet||7"||ZS4 03964|
|US||1983||Jet||7PRO||ZS4 03964||feat. A on both sides|
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