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An incredible 35 years since their formation, the music of the Electric Light Orchestra is still as popular as ever. All over the world, people are tuning into the sound of ELO via radio, the internet, cinemas and TV. The seemingly ageless songs of ELO leader Jeff Lynne are even being heard again in the singles charts, thanks to the cream of today's young dance acts sampling the band's original music and turning on a whole new generation of fans.

ELO thrived under the guidance of Lynne, recording twelve original studio albums and releasing twenty-eight hit singles in the UK alone. At their peak between 1974 and 1981, ELO amassed a string of nine consecutive gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. The band were one of the biggest arena and stadium draws during the seventies and early eighties, with spectacular shows including massive flying saucer stage sets and vibrant light and laser displays.

Originally a 1970 experimental offshoot of sixties English hitmakers The Move, ELO's initial concept of a rock band augmented by a string section struggled to find success. Though early singles such as 'Showdown' and 'Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle' were hits, ELO albums failed to make the charts in the UK and the group was virtually ignored as a live act.

It was the USA that first embraced ELO, thanks to lengthy coast-to-coast tours that helped propel singles 'Evil Woman' and 'Strange Magic' and albums 'On The Third Day', 'Eldorado' and 'Face The Music' into the American charts. UK acceptance finally came in 1976 with 'A New World Record' and Top 10 singles 'Livin' Thing', 'Rockaria!' and 'Telephone Line'.

A double album masterpiece, 1977's 'Out Of The Blue' was a worldwide smash on pre-orders alone and featured global hits 'Turn To Stone', 'Wild West Hero', 'Sweet Talkin' Woman' plus the song Lynne considers to be his greatest ELO achievement, 'Mr. Blue Sky'. Recently voted "Anthem Of The Midlands" by the public, the track continues to appear in film soundtracks and ads to this very day. The bands' legendary 1978 tour set audience attendance records wherever it played and established ELO as one of the most popular acts in the world.

'Discovery' in 1979 consolidated that success with the singles 'Shine A Little Love' (sampled back into the charts in 2005 by The LoveFreekz), 'Don't Bring Me Down' 'The Diary Of Horace Wimp' and 'Confusion'. While subsequent albums 'Xanadu', 'Time', 'Secret Messages', and 'Balance Of Power' were huge sellers, to...
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The Essential Electric Light OrchestraThe Essential Electric Light Orchestra
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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA discography


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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.62 | 213 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer]
1971
3.55 | 194 ratings
ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎]
1972
3.79 | 213 ratings
On The Third Day
1973
3.87 | 300 ratings
Eldorado
1974
3.33 | 214 ratings
Face The Music
1975
3.32 | 230 ratings
A New World Record
1976
3.61 | 249 ratings
Out Of The Blue
1977
2.74 | 198 ratings
Discovery
1979
2.27 | 120 ratings
ELO & Olivia Newton-John: Xanadu (OST)
1980
3.31 | 207 ratings
Time
1981
2.55 | 134 ratings
Secret Messages
1983
2.04 | 115 ratings
Balance Of Power
1986
2.44 | 44 ratings
ELO Part II: Electric Light Orchestra Part Two
1990
2.54 | 44 ratings
ELO Part II: Moment Of Truth
1994
3.06 | 106 ratings
Zoom
2001
2.93 | 41 ratings
Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe
2015

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 32 ratings
The Night the Light Went On In Long Beach
1974
1.67 | 3 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra - Greatest Hits Live [LIVE] (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
1992
1.98 | 6 ratings
One Night, Live in Australia (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
1996
1.87 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits Live, Part II: The Encore Collection
1998
3.17 | 15 ratings
Live at Winterland '76
1998
1.76 | 9 ratings
Live at Wembley '78
1998
4.13 | 15 ratings
Live at the BBC
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
The BBC Sessions
1999
2.56 | 7 ratings
greatest Hits Of E.L.O.- Part II
2001
1.00 | 3 ratings
Strange Magic (Electric Light Orchestra II: post ELO)
2003
3.50 | 8 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra Live
2013

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.04 | 4 ratings
Live (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO) (VHS)
1991
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Very Best of ELO
1991
3.14 | 9 ratings
"Out Of The Blue" Tour Live At Wembley / Discovery
1998
3.65 | 17 ratings
Zoom Tour Live
2001
2.50 | 4 ratings
Access All Areas (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
2003
3.20 | 6 ratings
Live: The Early Years
2010

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 10 ratings
Showdown
1974
3.27 | 14 ratings
Olé ELO
1976
2.62 | 10 ratings
The Light Shines On
1977
2.82 | 27 ratings
Greatest Hits
1979
3.09 | 4 ratings
Classics
1990
3.18 | 11 ratings
Afterglow
1990
3.48 | 5 ratings
Burning Bright
1992
3.96 | 6 ratings
The Definitive Collection
1992
3.08 | 8 ratings
Strange Magic: The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
1995
2.73 | 6 ratings
Roll Over Beethoven
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
1996
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Gold Collection
1996
3.14 | 9 ratings
Light Years, The Very Best Of
1997
1.50 | 2 ratings
Beyond The Blue
1999
2.26 | 4 ratings
The Essential ELO
2003
4.45 | 11 ratings
ELO 2/Lost Planet
2003
3.87 | 16 ratings
All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
2005
4.14 | 5 ratings
The Harvest Years 1970-1973
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2
2007
3.22 | 8 ratings
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
2012

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 4 ratings
Roll Over Beethoven / Queen of the Hours
1973
2.56 | 5 ratings
Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental)
1973
3.00 | 1 ratings
Daytripper / Daybreaker
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockaria!
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Blue Sky
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Turn to Stone
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rock 'n' Roll Is King / After All
1983
3.00 | 7 ratings
So Serious
1986
2.41 | 4 ratings
Getting to the Point
1986
2.31 | 12 ratings
Calling America (single)
1986

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 ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎] by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.55 | 194 ratings

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ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎]
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars The second-best ELO album! Close to 4 Stars!

Roy Wood left ELO half-way through recording this album, after playing bass on two key tracks, and with that the Jeff Lynne-led ELO was born. This album is a transition between the sound of the first album, with its angular sawing string arrangements played by Wood and a clearly non-commerical outlook, and the smooth commercial strings-based rock that Lynne would take ELO into on subsequent albums. The prime track here, and one of the best ELO songs ever, is "From the Sun to the World", which Wood plays on (but Lynne wrote - Lynne wrote all the music on this album). 'Sun' is a very inventive and musical progressive rock song. "Kuiama" and "In Old England Town" are also good progressive tracks, although I find Lynne's vocal on the latter a bit too rough at times. "Mama" is a classic Lynne ballad, similar to what would come later (like "Can't Get It Out of My Head" etc), but Mama is among the better of these. And ELO's rockin' version of "Roll Over Beethoven" (with the strings combining sections from the 5th symphony with a bunch of new instrumental pars) is a great guilty pleasure. After you get the debut ELO album, I would recommend this one. After this, the music would get very commercial and syrup-y (albeit at times quality syrup), but on this album the band is quite original, musical and innovative, and at time raw. I give this 7.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is at the very high end of 3 PA stars.

 Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer] by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.62 | 213 ratings

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Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer]
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Unique. Very close to 5 Stars!

The first ELO album is by far the best, most musical, and the only one that is anywhere in the same league as the great progressive albums listed in the top 100 here on PA. The main reasons for this are the exceptional contributions from Roy Wood, one of the three founders of ELO who unfortunately left the band after this album. His pieces on this album ("Look at Me Now", "Battle of Marston Moor", "First Movement" and "Whisper in the Night") are THE best-ever ELO songs, even though they sound very little like anything else that came after (because Wood left the band). Wood played all of the cellos on this album, and his saw-like style is one of the main characteristics of its sound. His vocals, too, are unique, and on this album the lyrics to his two vocal pieces are more haunting and evocative than most he would write later. Saying this, even Jeff Lyne's songs on this album, even though more commercial-minded and 'Beatle-esque', are really excellent, and among the best ELO would ever offer. Two of the instrumentals here are particular unique and interesting: Wood's "Battle of Marston Moor" and Lynne's "Manhattan Rumble". These tunes are like very complex mini-movies, and stand up well to the test of time. I always look forward to them when I listen to this album. I am not sure why other reviewers single these out for criticism, but I think it is because they are so unlike the ELO sound that fans of ELO's later more-commercial music must find these two pieces difficult and impenetratable, totally out of left field. But for me, these are the real progressive gems here. Only ELO II would come close to (some of) the sounds on this album. It stands are a real unique document, inventive, breaking new ground, but never to be repeated. Unfortunately, the sound quality is not great, even on the re-mastered version, but the music still shines through. I give this album 8.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is 0.1 shy of 5 stars (so, 4 PA stars).

 Face The Music by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.33 | 214 ratings

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Face The Music
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

4 stars ANOTHER PERSONAL FAVORITE FOR PERSONAL REASONS!

I have been a fan of ELO since the release of Eldorado with an album cover which I found very much to my taste at the time and still do. I wonder if it was strictly an artistic gamble using that image which was and is undoubtedly strongly affiliated with the movie The Wizard Of Oz from which it was taken or was there legal ramifications? Anyway, I liked it's use, and since then and also having seen them on I believe it was The Midnight Special performing their On The Third Days version of Edvard Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King became a fan. I was lucky enough to have seen them as they passed through town back in the day also. Personally this album has a fond spot in my heart since another good friend of mine from the time period of early high school and I used to enjoy this album specifically along with Queen I and Steve Miller Bands Book Of Dreams (not a proggy album) at his folk's place. We also used to listen to MO's Tubular Bells and during the chanting part on side two, imagined it being performed by prehistoric people around a fire on the shore of Lake Michigan which was across the road and a small field from my friend's folk's house. Although this album holds a definite emotional bias for me, I still believe that it is a very good album! Not having that bias, I would probably round it's rating down from 3.5 stars to 3, but with that bias I do not find it difficult to round the rating up to a 4 position. Also their albums, Electric Light Orchestra (aka: No Answer), Eldorado and A New World Record are also favorites of mine that would each hover between 3.5 and 4 star ratings. I would recommend these albums to anyone interested in trying some of ELO's music.

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.87 | 300 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Nilsonsoul

5 stars Quite recently I found a forum thread at PA where discussing if ELO can be considered as prog rock. It was a long time ago. Even for me, a big fan of early ELO, not all their albums fit prog rock. However, I «can't get out of my head» Eldorado. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece of prog rock, sympho rock of the highest level. This album is so excellent, that I don't want to go through it ? piece by piece, instrument by instrument. I understand that not all young fans will position it at the same level as I did, but I would strongly recommend this album to any prog rock fan.
 Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.93 | 41 ratings

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Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
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2 stars Jeff Lynne is back with another batch of his perfectly delivered pop songs for ELO fans to enjoy!

We haven't exactly been spoiled by material from Electric Light Orchestra, especially considering that the latest album, Zoom, was released back in 2001! Jeff Lynne did release a solo album in 2012 but that album merely contained covers of his favorite tunes from his youth. This is why I was really surprised when I read the news of a new single from ELO (or Jeff Lynne's ELO, as it's clearly stated on the album) back in September. When I Was A Boy was clearly filled with a sense of nostalgia for the old ELO days which managed to peak my interest in hearing the rest of the album.

Released on November 13th 2015, Alone In The Universe is a fine and very laid back release where Lynne has no intention of proving anything to the audience. The songs are well-crafted and show that the master can still produce some of the best old style pop songs that ELO fans have enjoyed all throughout the 70's and 80's. Unfortunately there aren't any real standout tunes for me here since even some of the best crafted tracks have some aspects that don't sit well with me. For example, When I Was A Boy is too nostalgic and the chorus reminds me too much of Desperado-era The Eagles. When The Night Comes has an awesome chorus but I'm not a fan of the reggae rhythm all throughout the verses. I'm Leaving You and Alone In The Universe are great songs but they lack the punch that is needed to push them to a higher ground.

All in all, Alone In The Universe will most definitely not bring Jeff Lynne nor ELO any new fans but will surely be able so satisfy the already existing fan base. Just take this album at face value and it will most likely satisfy the nostalgia craving that you might have.

**** star songs: When I Was A Boy (3:13) When The Night Comes (3:21) Ain't It A Drag (2:35) I'm Leaving You (3:07) Alone In The Universe (3:54) Blue (2:36)

*** star songs: Love And Rain (3:29) Dirty To The Bone (3:07) The Sun Will Shine On You (3:30) All My Life (2:51) One Step At A Time (3:22)

** star songs: Fault Line (2:07)

 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.87 | 300 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Mr. Gone

4 stars Is this my favorite ELO album? No. Is it their most accomplished overall, their most ambitious, their most substantial? Probably. And certainly a terrific effort overall.

After "On the Third Day", Jeff Lynne eschewed the notion of overdubs for his string players and hired a full orchestra to give an expansive string sound to the "Orchestra". Additionally, bassist/backing vocalist Michael De Albuquerque, despite the credits here and on the album itself, was gone during this recording; Lynne himself sang all vocals and played bass on this album. So the sound is definitely different than its predecessor - and and while "Third Day" was certainly a solid album, this one stands almost on its own in their discography for quality and substance.

The bookend "Overture" and "Finale" segments are spoken word with somewhat interesting but ultimately non-essential musical elements. With that out of the way, much of what remains is interesting, distinctive and enjoyable.

"Can't Get It Out of My Head" is one of ELO's greatest songs. A huge hit, but just a great piece even without critical and public adulation. It sets the tone very nicely for this album.

"Boy Blue" is also awesome. Highly catchy and meaningful at the same time.

"Laredo Tornado" is almost disco-y, with its clavinet/guitar funkiness and its resigned anger. One of my favorite tracks on here and catchy without selling out.

"Poor Boy (The Greenwood)" is largely acoustically- based (for guitar, anyway), and while its meaning is still a mystery to me, it's fun and catchy - and a little lighter than its album bookends.

"Mr. Kingdom" is another of my favorites on here. Crunchy guitars and a bit of an angle of desperation here.

"Nobody's Child" is a bit Queen-ish and fun. An innocuous look at the protagonist in this complicated story.

The only song I've never liked is "Illusions in G-Major". Nothing horrid here - just a non-catchy melody and bizarre vocals.

The title cut, on the other hand, is almost as good as "Out of My Head". Great song. it sums up the "Walter Mitty" theme of the album, which has been slowly peeking out of corners of previous tracks along the way. A great penultimate album track with a catchy refrain and a lot of swirling backing vocals.

Like I said, this probably isn't my favorite ELO album. But it's almost certainly their most accomplished, and it's always a highly enjoyable listen. Four well-deserved stars.

 Face The Music by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.33 | 214 ratings

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Face The Music
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by demolition man

5 stars An absolute gem of an album; probably my favourite of all the catalogue. Yes, the early albums are stunning, very different and timeless, but for me this is the album that I have consistently played over the last 39 years.

Without a weak track the whole album has a mixture of prog and some unique pop. What was to come next through the 70s was also very good (even Out of The Blue; mostly pop) but this for me was the greatest. Very surprising that none of this great band's album could muster even a 4 star here. Some band's albums transcended sound and some will forever remain in the favourites list; this album achieves both for me.

A special mention to the album opener; the haunting Fire on High which explodes into life......the band have really excelled themselves. Interesting enough the remastered CD comes with a very much different version. ELO have done a great job with all their re-masters and this track alone was well worth the purchase price. Even Evil Woman bonus comes with some fantastic piano work.

5 stars for my favourite ELO album.

 Calling America (single) by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
2.31 | 12 ratings

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Calling America (single)
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Calling America", another good song from their "Balance of Power" album from 1986, was played very much in some FM radio stations in my city (maybe more than "So Serious"). Maybe it was the best choice from the songs of this album to be released as a single, and in fact it was the most successful single in the Hit Parade charts from all the singles released from this album (it reached #28 in the U.K. and #18 in the U.S.). Even with this success, maybe the members of ELO (and maybe the record company too) were not very happy with the situation that ELO was having then as a band, and maybe they also were tired of being in a band too. In fact, the "Balance of Power" album sounds in some places like being recorded and released more as a "contractual obligation album", but it still has some very good quality in some places. Maybe they were a tired band recording a somewhat sounding "tired" last album. In my opinion, they said a temporal "goodbye" for several years as a band in a very good way until Jeff Lynne recorded and released the "Zoom " album as an ELO album (with some collaborations from Richard Tandy). An album which is more like a solo album from Lynne but which was released under the ELO`s name for good marketing reasons.

Anyway, "Calling America" is a good song, with, as I have mentioned in other reviews, all the "ingredients" that made a very characteristic song from the mid eighties: good keyboards arrangements with very typical eighties sounds, electronic drums, and in the case of ELO, very good vocals arrangements by Jeff Lynne. In this album in particular his guitar playing was mostly put in the background by him, and more emphasis was given to the keyboards, maybe due to the absence of orchestral arrangements, a thing which also put this album as "different" in comparison to other albums from their discography.

"Caught in a Trap" is also a good song, very "programmed" in some sound terms (even the drums could have been, at least in some parts, being programmed). Again, this song has very good vocals arrangements by Jeff Lynne. It also has a brief but good keyboard solo by Richard Tandy. This song was also released (with another song called "Destination Unknown", antother B-side song which was released in the 12" version of this single) in the remastered and expanded version of their "Balance of Power" album in 2007.

 So Serious by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.00 | 7 ratings

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So Serious
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Well. It is curious, but sometimes I tend to like the music and albums that many people don`t like. This is the case with ELO`s "Balance of Power" album, a very underrated album by some of the Prog Rock music fans of the band. Well. I also like other types of music, so sometimes as a Prog Rock fan I "tolerate" and in fact I like some of the mostly Pop Rock music that some Prog Rock bands of the seventies recorded in the eighties. Some of that music has some good quality.

"So Serious" was played in some FM Radio stations in my city. It is a very Pop Rock song from ELO. Very characteristic from the eighties in terms of production values, but anyway with good qualities such as very good vocals and keyboards arrangements. Give good credit to very good musicians like the members of ELO to produce good music even in their last days as a band in the eighties. "Balance of Power" as an album to me was like a "bittersweet" combination of some sad lyrics and very good Pop Rock music. It still is a very special album for me from ELO`s discography.

"A Matter of Fact" in the B-side is also a good song, also very eighties in style, with very good keyboards arrangements (maybe some of them were programmed, I think). I read in the web that in fact there were two released versions of this song, one of them with alternate lyrics and maye some mixing differences, as I could listen to both of them thanks to youtube. None of the versions of this song was included in the remastered and expanded CD version of the "Balance of Power" album from 2007, but if I remember well one of them was released in the "Afterglow" Box Set from 1990, an album which I still don`t have in my record collection.

I am not a fan from most of the music which was produced in the eighties. But some very good albums like "Balance of Power" still are among my favourites.

 On The Third Day by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.79 | 213 ratings

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On The Third Day
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars The last really progressive album by ELO. I find Eldorado already too much polished and approachable.

Improvements include arrangements, potentially Lynne's voice and the overall audio sound. There is a right balance of instrumental prowess, accessibility and prog/pop/rock flair. The album starts on a high note in instrumental fashion. The minisuite lasts until New World Rising Ocean Breakup Reprise featuring great instrumental moments where drums and keyboards and orchestra stand out. Dramatic moments are supported by violoncello and deep moog tones. Showdown is a great pop yet inventive tune offering a break for attentive listener. Daybreaker is my favourite instrumental track by ELO, closest track to the traditional progressive rock albeit lighter in complexity. Keyboard work of Richard Tandy shines through. This was often played at the concerts in their early career.

Ma-ma-ma belle is a letdown for me, just as for other listeners. The last song on the album makes up for it - In the hall of the mountain king. Good choice of a classical track for a cover version.

All in all, ELO demonstrated their advanced vision of orchestra use in popular and rock music on this album and positioned it closer to the popular music unlike on their first two albums. Highly recommended and their last excellent prog album. I personally like all their albums except Discovery and Calling America which show the signs of lack of inspiration.

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