"Mister Kingdom"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Eldorado
A-side"Turn to Stone"
Released1974
1977 (single version)
GenreSymphonic rock
Length5:29
LabelJet
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Telephone Line"
(1977)
"Mister Kingdom"
(1974)
"Mr. Blue Sky"
(1978)
Eldorado track listing

"Mister Kingdom" is a song in the symphonic rock genre written by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song first appeared as the opening track of side 2, track number 6 from their 1974 album, Eldorado. It was the B-side to the 1977 hit "Turn to Stone", found on their album Out of the Blue.

On the single version, the solo slowly fades from 5:05 all the way to the very end at 5:29. On the Flashback boxset, the solo fades about 16 seconds earlier than the LP version, also cutting the small orchestra intro.

Some consider the song to have a similar style to The Beatles' song "Across the Universe". The song features an extended orchestral playout starting from 4:16 to 5:29, transitioning into Nobody's Child.

Jeff Lynne has said the following about the song and its subject:

This guy's always looking for a pot of gold,

— Eldorado remaster

God knows what this is about, but I like the sound

References

  1. ^ Flashback (Media notes). Electric Light Orchestra. Legacy. 2000.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)