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Electric Light Orchestra - ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎] CD (album) cover


Electric Light Orchestra


Crossover Prog

3.55 | 209 ratings

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3 stars This second album by ELO might have been considered as the most prog from the band, especially for those of you who were there when it was released. From the band's perspective, ELO II was a transitional album as Roy Wood departed. He actually played on "Boogies" but not credited. It's truly a brave move for the band as the album is wildly experimental, at times rough and barely digestible for some ears. But for those who adore progressive music might definitely say that this is a brilliant piece of work. This what somewhat supported by the fact that when Rhino compiled a boxed set containing progressive music titled "Supernatural Fairy Tales" which also featured the music of this album. So, it's fair enough to categorize this second album as ELO's most prog act. And I believe this is the true reason this band is featured here at this site.

I enjoy the music of this album especially on the multi-tracked string parts which cause a distinctive sound of the music. The five tracks on the album range in length from 6:54 to the 11:19 closing track "Kuiama". On track by track basis, I think the track which has most elements of prog are : "In Old England Town (Boogie #2)" (6:54), "From the Sun to the World (Boogie #1)" , and the concluding track "Kuiama". The opening track is quite heavy which beautifully includes excellent textures on Jeff's vocal. "From the Sun to the World" has great piano work that enriches the song especially with moog and good ensemble playing. Composition-wise, "Kuiama" is really an excellent work. "Mama" (7:03) is a mellow track with excellent string arrangements combined with nice vocals by Jeff Lynne. As I don't really favor original rock'n'roll style, the Chuck Berry's 1950s tune Roll over Beethoven does not attract my taste.

Overall, this is a very good addition to any progressive music collection. Recommended.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

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