"Turn To Stone" is the first track on ELO's landmark Out of the Blue album. ELO front-man Jeff Lynne wrote it during his marathon two-week song-crafting retreat in Switzerland. He can also be heard playing the moog baseline here.
This song has so much complex layering that ELO had to rely on tapes to reproduce the same sound in concert.
This song garnered Jeff Lynne a BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) Million-Air certificate for having one million airplays.
Doctor Who fan alert! "Turn To Stone" was one of the ELO songs featured in the 2006 episode "Love & Monsters," being performed by characters. The song also makes up part of the soundtrack for the 1999 film Detroit Rock City.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.