ZS4 03964 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.”

TRACK LISTING

  1. ROCK 'N' ROLL IS KING    (Jeff Lynne)    3:07
  2. AFTER ALL    (Jeff Lynne)    2:29

CREDITS

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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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