Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce plans for first album in 14 years – hear new single ‘When I Was A Boy’

Band's last release was 2001 album 'Zoom'

Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced they will release their first album in 14 years.

‘Alone In The Universe’ will be released on November 13 with new single ‘When I Was A Boy’ available to stream below. Fans who preorder the album will receive ‘When I Was A Boy’ instantly.

“Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life – from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today – proves how much music can do,” said Lynne.

Lynne performed at BBC Radio 2’s Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London, in September 2014, marking the influential pop group’s return to the UK stage 28 years after their last full concert performance. During the 75-minute set, Birmingham-born Lynne told the 50,000-strong crowd: “I’ll do this again.” The reluctant frontman had been talked into performing at the annual event by BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans.

The show saw Lynne head a band that included original ELO keyboard player Richard Tandy and the BBC Concert Orchestra, who fleshed out his compositions with record-perfect renditions.

ELO enjoyed a run of 27 Top 40 hits from 1972 to 1986, when Lynne retired the group. He then reactived the ELO name, with a different line-up, for the 2001 album ‘Zoom’.