Boy Blue (Electric Light Orchestra song)
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|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Eldorado|
|Released||April 1975 (US)|
|Recorded||1974 De Lane Lea Studios|
|Length||5:19 (Album version)|
4:13 (US single edit)
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
|Eldorado track listing|
The album version of the song starts with a Baroque-style brass fanfare – reminiscent of Jeremiah Clarke's " Prince of Denmark's March" (ca. 1700) — and then develops into a minimoog sequence before the song properly begins. The song includes a midway solo of the band's three string players. At the end of the song the string instruments quickly fade, immediately leading into the LP's fourth track "Laredo Tornado".
The US edited single version of the song is missing the fanfare intro, parts of the orchestral bridge, and the second to last chorus.[ citation needed]
A song about an all-conquering hero from the middle ages.
The song is an anti-war song set during the Crusades[ citation needed] and forms the second dream as part of the overall Eldorado dreamscape. It tells the story of Boy Blue, a war hero returning from a far-off war and the rapturous welcome he receives from his town folk. Boy Blue rebuffs the hero worship and declares his hatred of war, stating his refusal to ever “take up arms again”. 
The song was released as the second single from the Eldorado album but failed to chart.  Billboard said that it had a catchy hook and a similar "smooth sound" to ELO's previous single " Can't Get It Out of My Head," and had expected it to achieve similar chart success.  Cash Box said "a big symphonic sound surrounds and cushions a driving rock beat on this excellently produced Jeff Lynne track." 
- Guttenbacher, Haines & von Petersdorff (1996): "Mike de Albuquerque left the group after the recording session of Eldorado, on which his mighty voice could be heard for the last time on an E.L.O. record in the sixth verse of Boy Blue."
- Eldorado - A Symphony By The Electric Light Orchestra (liner notes). 2001.
- Van der Kiste (2017): "The album was loaded with excellent songs, from the single, the infectious 'Boy Blue' (also a single in America, which failed to chart)"
- "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. 19 April 1975. p. 62. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
- "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. 19 April 1975. p. 22. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
- Damas, Jason. "Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute to the Music of Jeff Lynne – Lynne Me Your Ears : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- Van der Kiste, John (21 January 2017). Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After.
- Guttenbacher, Patrik; Haines, Marc; von Petersdorff, Alexander (1996). Unexpected Messages: The Story Of The Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan Including All Members and Related Artists' Projects with the Complete World Discography.