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The first single from E.L.O.’s Balance of Power arrived in 1986 with a more synthetic, less orchestral sound. “Calling America” has most of the Jeff Lynne-isms intact, but it all sounded a lot leaner and more like a solo effort than a group one. The B-side to this single is “Caught In A Trap” which sounds even more sparse, and less likely to ever have become a hit on its own, but is not without its charms.

The B-side track had been unavailable digitally until Sony’s remaster of the album, back in the mid-aughts, and the entire Balance of Power can be found on iTunes.

Side ACalling America

Side BCaught In A Trap

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