Ticket to the Moon

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"Ticket to the Moon"
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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
A-side "Here Is the News"
Released11 December 1981 (US)
9 January 1982 (UK)
Recorded1981, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Art rock
Length4:07
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Twilight"
(1981)
"Ticket to the Moon"
(1981)
"Rain Is Falling"
(1982)
Time track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "Prologue"
  2. "Twilight"
  3. "Yours Truly, 2095"
  4. "Ticket to the Moon"
  5. "The Way Life's Meant to Be"
  6. "Another Heart Breaks"
Side two
  1. "Rain Is Falling"
  2. "From the End of the World"
  3. "The Lights Go Down"
  4. "Here Is the News"
  5. "21st Century Man"
  6. "Hold on Tight"
  7. "Epilogue"
Music video
"Ticket to the Moon" on YouTube

"Ticket to the Moon" is a popular song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). [1]

Contents

It was track four on the album Time (1981) and was released as a Double A along with "Here Is the News" in January 1982, reaching number 24 in the UK charts. [2] The song is somewhat reminiscent of their earlier output, featuring grand piano and more strings than their past few singles. Rainer Pietsch conducted the strings on the song. The promo video featured Mik Kaminski on violin.

The single was also released as a limited edition 12" picture disc showing the ELO spaceship. The same image was later used as the sleeve design for the UK follow up single "The Way Life's Meant to Be".

The name was used for a compilation album in 2007, Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2 .

Personnel

ELO

Additional personnel

Chart positions

Chart (1982)Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart4
German Media Control Singles Chart61
Irish Singles Chart [3] 17
UK Singles Chart [2] 24

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References

  1. https://www.billboard.com/music/electric-light-orchestra/chart-history/
  2. 1 2 "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 6 March 2013.Enter Electric Light Orchestra in the Search by Artist field, then click Search.