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Electric Light Orchestra


Crossover Prog

3.61 | 195 ratings

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4 stars The most experimental album recorded by this band, and clearly Progressive, IMO. The music is clearly divided in two styles: Rock/Beatles music (Jeff Lyne) and Experimental/Prog (Roy Wood). The two composers influence each other`s styles. Jeff Lynne`s music is maybe more "conventional", but still with some Prog influences. Roy Wood tries to be maybe "more serious", and his songs are maybe a bit "heavy" to the lsitener`s ears, using a lot of cellos on some songs. Bev Bevan even plays some percussion instruments which are more used in symphonic orchestras, like timpani, cymbals, etc. I think that the early 70s produced a lot of very good albums which influenced some other bands to record more experimental albums like this. In particular, 1971 had several albums that were very good. Maybe this ELO`s first album is very different to their following albums, because Roy Wood`s ideas were not used again and Jeff Lynne, still with the Progressive influence, was going to record more accessible records with ELO in the following years.This album really needs repeated listenings to appreciate it better. It also has some funny things in the songs.
Guillermo | 4/5 |


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