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"Shine a Little Love"
SHINE ELO.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Discovery
B-side"Jungle"
Released1979
StudioMusicland Studios, Munich
Length
LabelJet
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"The ELO EP"
(1978)
"Shine a Little Love"
(1979)
"The Diary of Horace Wimp"
(1979)
Discovery track listing
9 tracks
Side one
  1. "Shine a Little Love"
  2. "Confusion"
  3. "Need Her Love"
  4. "The Diary of Horace Wimp"
Side two
  1. "Last Train to London"
  2. "Midnight Blue"
  3. "On the Run"
  4. "Wishing"
  5. "Don't Bring Me Down"
Music video
"Shine a Little Love" on YouTube

"Shine a Little Love" is a song by the English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released as a single in the US and UK in 1979.

Summary

The song is the first track on their 1979 album Discovery. This was one of the band's most commercially successful singles, peaking at no. 4 in Canada, no. 6 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and no. 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100.[2] The song subsequently became one of their biggest worldwide hits as well. The 12" release was also available in white vinyl. Two different promotional videos were filmed for the single, a recording studio version shot on 35mm film, minus the band's three string players and a video-taped version made for the Discovery video album, featuring the full touring line-up.

A bit of a disco beat on this one, and quite a lot of things going on, forty piece string section and all. It's very jolly and bouncy and I must have been in a very good mood when I wrote it!

— Discovery remaster (2001), Jeff Lynne

Reception

Billboard praised the song's " catchy melody," "intricate musical techniques, special effects and its "tight, cohesive sound."[3] Cash Box said that it has "seamless production, pinpoint harmonies and Jeff Lynne's smooth, mid-range vocals."[4]

Charts

B-side

"Jungle" is a song written by Jeff Lynne which first appeared as an album track from the 1977 album Out of the Blue. According to the band members' opinions, recording Jungle was a lot of fun owing to the various types of sound effects, the upbeat tune, and the jungle animal noises provided by Lynne, Bev Bevan, and Kelly Groucutt. Like most songs from the LP, the song starts with a fade in sequence by Tandy then continues in a different tune.

On 'Jungle', I was inspired by an old Hollywood movie 42nd Street by Busby Berkeley. I liked the sound of the tap dancers so we re-created this dance in the corridor of Musicland.

— 26 February 2007 – Out of the Blue remaster liner notes, Jeff Lynne

Great fun recording this song with our imitations of bird calls, elephants, Tarzan and even a tap dance sequence performed by Jeff, Kelly and myself.

— 1977 – Japanese Out of the Blue LP liner notes (United Artists GXG 25/26), Bev Bevan

For Jungle, Jeff, Richard, Kelly and Bev provided their own effects and ably imitated the sound of animals, Tarzan and a dubiously named dance troupe in full swing.

— 26 February 2007 – Out of the Blue remaster liner notes, Rob Caiger

Lovefreekz version

"Shine"
Lovefreekz Shine.jpg
Single by Lovefreekz
Released24 January 2005 (2005-01-24)
Length3:11
LabelPositiva
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Hal Ritson[27]

English electronic music producer Mark Hadfield, under the alias of Lovefreekz, sampled the chorus lyric for his version of the song, "Shine". This cover was a commercial success in the United Kingdom, debuting and peaking at no. 6 on the UK Singles Chart in January 2005, matching the peak of the original version. It additionally charted within the top 50 in Australia, Flanders, and Ireland. In the United States, it reached no. 22 on the Billboard Hot Dance Radio Airplay chart.

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[27] 45
Australia Club Chart (ARIA)[28] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[29] 32
Ireland (IRMA)[30] 16
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[31] 73
Scotland (OCC)[32] 10
UK Dance (OCC)[33] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[34] 6
US Hot Dance Radio Airplay (Billboard)[35] 22

Year-end charts

Chart (2005) Rank
Australia Club Chart (ARIA)[36] 48

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 24 January 2005 (2005-01-24)
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
Positiva [37]
Australia 14 February 2005 (2005-02-14) CD Sony Music Australia [38]

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