I am going to attempt to make a series of posts where I remember records I listened to from my dad's record collection.
The first post is The Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky"
I remember going through my dad's records often looking for something, anything to listen to. This record ("Out of the Blue") was one in particular I loved. It was like a barrage of sounds and instruments that were in such sync and such beautiful harmony, it was like listening to some kind of weird stunning light show (thus probably "The Electric Light Orchestra").
I just can't think of music that would compare to this today. I feel like "The Polyphonic Spree" might have attempted this at one time, but they simply do not reach the absolute depth of this album. There are so many interweaving instruments and vocals, it's hard to NOT move your feet to the music and be entangled in it.
There was a time when a good friend and I had attempted to break down this particular song on acoustic guitar and it was a feat. It was hard. Not so much just playing the chords, but to actually get the same depth. There is an element to ELO that cannot be touched even now in our futuristic, smart phone, cryptographic money, information at your fingertips world.