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Founded in Birmingham, UK in 1970 - disbanded in 1986 - Reunited briefly in 2000/2001 - Reformed since 2014 (as "Jeff Lynne's ELO")

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

3.59 | 236 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer]
1971
3.55 | 216 ratings
ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎]
1972
3.78 | 235 ratings
On The Third Day
1973
3.86 | 335 ratings
Eldorado
1974
3.36 | 239 ratings
Face The Music
1975
3.35 | 258 ratings
A New World Record
1976
3.63 | 284 ratings
Out Of The Blue
1977
2.77 | 217 ratings
Discovery
1979
2.26 | 129 ratings
ELO & Olivia Newton-John: Xanadu (OST)
1980
3.41 | 234 ratings
Time
1981
2.58 | 150 ratings
Secret Messages
1983
2.08 | 125 ratings
Balance Of Power
1986
2.44 | 49 ratings
ELO Part II: Electric Light Orchestra Part Two
1990
2.52 | 49 ratings
ELO Part II: Moment Of Truth
1994
2.98 | 119 ratings
Zoom
2001
3.03 | 58 ratings
Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe
2015

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

3.37 | 34 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 | 16 ratings
Live at Winterland '76
1998
1.78 | 10 ratings
Live at Wembley '78
1998
4.08 | 17 ratings
Live at the BBC
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
The BBC Sessions
1999
2.47 | 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 | 10 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra Live
2013
3.90 | 10 ratings
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust
2017

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

2.08 | 5 ratings
Live (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO) (VHS)
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Very Best of ELO
1991
3.14 | 9 ratings
"Out Of The Blue" Tour Live At Wembley / Discovery
1998
3.64 | 18 ratings
Zoom Tour Live
2001
2.60 | 5 ratings
Access All Areas (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
2003
3.23 | 7 ratings
Live: The Early Years
2010
4.50 | 4 ratings
Wembley or Bust
2017

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
2.64 | 12 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
3.13 | 10 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
3.90 | 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
3.21 | 9 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)

4.40 | 5 ratings
Roll Over Beethoven / Queen of the Hours
1973
2.59 | 6 ratings
Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental)
1973
3.00 | 1 ratings
Daytripper / Daybreaker
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Can't Get It Out Of My Head
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
Rockaria!
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Blue Sky
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Turn to Stone
1977
2.05 | 2 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

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Reviews


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 Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer] by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.59 | 236 ratings

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

Review by GruvanDahlman
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

3 stars When The Move was laid to rest Electric Light Orchestra was born. Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood got on with business but with a slight change in direction. The eclectic but heavy rock of The Move was replaced by a far mor progressive approach which had a strong flavor of The Beatles. I have heard or read that their intention was to take the legacy of The Beatles and revive it, as a sort of covers band but with original material. Did they succeed? Well, there are an abundance of Beatles paraphernalia but that can easily be put aside and instead I hear a highly original band that concentrated on some sort of baroque flavored progressive pop-rock that is both, as a whole, unfocused but very pleasant and listenable. ELO would become megastars, once Wood had left and Lynne shaped things up and brought the ship into waters of his own making. I think that this, the first, album is by far the most interesting and exciting of all ELO albums. That is not to say that it holds their best material, because it doesn't, but the experimentation and oddities found on here is mesmerizing. In many ways the album expresses the early prog movements eclectic side where everything goes and the will, need or urge to explore any and all genres and directions are evident.

The album kicks off with the only track usually included on "Greatest hits" albums of the band, "10538 Overture". The name is grand and pompous, like it ought to be. I hear a lot of the ELO to come in this track. A track that is forceful in a poppy way with a prominent violin. It is a magnificent opener, but really not one of my favorites. "Look at me now is a fine track in it's own right with baroque instrumentation. It's like queen Elizabeth I were to hire some minstrels and demand they play 20th century pop music. The result is not bad at all. A really fine track with som wonderful time changes and stabs of strings.

The first really amazing track is the dancehall-esque "Nellie takes her bow", blending the popular music of the early 20th century with all the ingredients of early prog. A weird, off-beat section with brass and string instruments that goes off the wall. The melody is amazing and I love this track to bits. It is perfect in every way. Dramatic, surprising and pushes the boundaries a bit. There are remnants of The Move on here but to me that is only the great finishing touch to a perfectly constructed prog song, laced with pop and classical music.

Another favorite, though of totally different reasons, is "The battle of Marston Moor". The English Civil War is a period in history that is fascinating, with a king being decapitated and Cromwell on his high horses. The track opens up with a dramatic spoken intro before a forceful and (a bit) strange instrumental section tells the story of, I suppose, the battle itself. It is really not one of prog's finest hour but still it manages to do the job and offer a baroquely progressive moment in time that is quite unique. You could argue that this is as close to the likes of Gentle Giant and Gnidrolog ELO would come and maybe that is a fair point to make.

"First movement" is a great little instrumental of which there is little to say other than it's nice. "Mr. Radio" once again harkens back to times gone by and evokes images of the 30's and 40's popular music, laced with a bit of The Beatles and wrapped up in Lynne's vision of music. "Manhattan rumble" is sort of avant garde, but only slightly. Interesting piece and surely one of the more proggier of the album, along with "Battle of Marston Moor" and "Nellie takes her bow". The track "Queen of the hours" is more in the pop direction but with a slight Kinks-ish touch. Great track. The ending "Whisper in the night" is a beautiful way to end an album of a wonderfully disjointed character.

To conclude I would say that this is not the ELO one is accustomed to, so do not expect to hear the carefully recorded studio albums of years to come. What you get is a moment in time, a photograph of the infancy of ELO. The raw product, the rough sound and heartwarming vision is unique in the discography and offers so much more. I am a fan of ELO through the years but this is my favorite album. I adore everything on it but still I cannot say that it is an essential album in any sense. If you like ELO and want to explore their humble beginnings, do have a listen, but as far as prog goes there are other, better albums. Having said that I'll give it three stars but add that my love of the album holds no limits.

 Zoom by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.98 | 119 ratings

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Zoom
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This is Electric Light Orchestra's return, though it was without the orchestra, only Jeff Lynne singing and playing all instruments, plus a few guests. Jeff said it was a return to form to the old ELO sound, but he didn't mention it was a return to the "Out of the Blue" era sound, not the Electric Light Orchestra I or II sound, which was their two best album, their first two. "Out of the Blue" was enjoyable, if not poppy, but nothing was even close to interesting after that.

So since this is a return to the "Out of the Blue" sound, it is somewhat enjoyable but it is also mediocre and boring at other times. The songs that harken back to the doo-wop or rockabilly sounds are the best, like "In My Own Time" and "Easy Money". Also, "Just For Love" actually tries to pull some of the sound of the "Showdown" era, so it's not bad. The songs have some variation to them at least, but all of the songs come in under 4 minutes, so there is no development here. Also, the songs tend to wear thin by the half way point, and become boring. It sounds like he was just trying to fill up a CD after track 7. He tries to emulate The Beatles and comes out sounding like the "Cracker Jack Plastic Beatles Substitute" version. Doesn't help that he has half of The Beatles on here either.

If you like the simple, pre-disco days of ELO, then you will enjoy this. If you like the progressive sounds of ELO's debut and Electric Light Orchestra II albums, then you will be sorely disappointed. It is a little better than the disco years, but not as good as "Out of the Blue" and "A New World's Record". That should give you an idea. Yes he tries, but most of the time it sounds forced, where before it was more natural. No prog. Nothing inventive. Fans can have this one, and hold on to my favorite three songs.

 Time by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.41 | 234 ratings

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Time
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars The late 70s had been a roller coaster ride of success for Jeff Lynne and his ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA as they shifted gears from the more classically induced take on Beatles harmonies and experimental pop to the more sophisticated produced disco pop right out of the Abba playbook that made them extremely successful. After the growing fan base that the band had gained from their hugely popular albums like "New World Record" and "Discovery," it seemed that ELO had gone totally disco pop and sold their soul to the devil. This mood was only amplified by their collaboration with Olivia Newton-John on the soundtrack to the lackluster movie "Xanadu." However into the 80s following all the increasing blandification into the ever sterilizing world of the pop music world, Lynne was utterly exhausted from the direction the record label was steering ELO and all that stemmed from all the world that casted their gaze and attention upon their endless tours, stream of top 40 hits and Beatle-esque harmonic ear worms. On TIME, Lynne focused on the futuristic effects of synthesizers which creates layers of pleasing counterpoints placing it firmly in the period of which it was composed while allowing the liberties of embellishing it with the concepts of time travel.

After a trilogy of albums that focused on banal lyrics and often saccharine pop hooks, ELO retrograded back to their more progressive years and opted to follow in the footsteps of their concept album phase as heard on "El Dorado." As their first album of the 80s, TIME turned back the clock while intrepidly racing towards the future as a concept album that takes a man from the 1980s and catapults him into the year 2095 where he struggles with not only the anachronistic longing for the past but also struggling with acclimation to the technological advances of the future. While the theme of the album is clearly set in another century as heard on the super slick futuristic synthesizer sophistication of tracks like "Yours Truly 2095" and "Here Is The News," there is just as much reflection on the past. Not only in Jeff Lynne's personal life lyrically speaking with much of the turmoil surrounding his career as the leader of the ELO outfit adding an element of emotional reflection but also musically speaking as TIME is an outright salute to the great artists of the 50s, 60s and 70s covering the spectrum of everyone from the ubiquitous harmonics delivered in the perfect cross-pollinating forces of The Beatles, Queen as well as The Beach Boys as well as a healthy dose of old school pop artists such as Roy Orbison on tracks like "The Way Life's Meant To Be."

TIME is not only a beautifully crafted journey into the future with the production taking all kinds of liberties of crossing every "t" and dotting every "i" with every pop sensibility explored to the nth degree but also by creating some of the most sophisticated ELO ear worms of their entire career leaving absolutely no note on this release without an addictive coating! The tracks are all reminiscent of the true classic bands whether it take form of The Beatles in "Rain Is Falling" or a disco laden Donna Summer feel (from "I Feel Love") on "From The End Of The World," or the rockabilly 50s feel of their single "Hold On Tight," TIME manages to celebrate the harmonic and pop achievements of the previous three decades all the while adding progressive touches that embellish TIME to a new level of ambitiousness. It's almost as if the band felt the finality of their career and were going for the pop hook jugular and with TIME i personally find that they achieved exactly what they set their sights for.

It was never a secret that Jeff Lynne's ambition after departing from The Move in the early 70s that his goal with his ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA was to take the classical ambitions of The Beatles and expound these possibilities into a blossoming fruition, however with most albums ELO failed to deliver entirely cohesive and satisfying albums with extremely satisfying pop hooks surrounded by mediocrity that resulted in dysfunctional and derailing filler. On TIME, Jeff Lynne and the band totally went for it and created an entire album of equally satisfying tracks that not only navigate a saga of a futuristic concept but at last deliver upon the ideals set forth with the band's formation with extremely strong pop hooks interspersed with vocal harmonies off the hook, production values that audiophile dreams are made of and perfectly paced rhythmic cadences that create their absolute zenith of musical creativity. Personally, i find TIME to be the absolute best example of the ELO sound with every possible ingredient sifted into its proper place. TIME is the perfect mix of synth pop, disco, new wave, retro old school rock 'n' roll mixed with progressive rock and rock opera to create one of my absolute most favorite progressive pop albums of the ages. This is one that i literally have to let play out in its entirety if i dare put it on for one track and then i want to hear it again!

 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.86 | 335 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars ELO's Third-Best Album.

The best of their smooth AOR period, which began with the previous album (On the Third Day) and never let up, Eldorado is a very listenable and accessible, yet still progressive, concept album. They must have felt some pressure to live up to the expectations set by their name and use of strings, and so wrote a musically-intricate long suite that weaves together themes very nicely. But don't misunderstand - this album shares the same smooth highly-produced AOR sound as those albums that would follow. It thus has more in common sonically and musically with Face the Music, and Out of the Blue, than with ELO I or ELO II, despite its deliberate progressive concept. It begins and ends with the brief Eldorado overture, a great piece of music and one that immediately marks this as touch more serious that your typical commercial album. In between are a number of short songs, yet most of these segue together to form a continuous listening experience. These include the hit single "Can't Get It Out of My Head", as well as similarly accessible songs like "Boy Blue" and "Poor Boy". The song "Eldorado" is one of the best here. I personally wish they had included more of the instrumentals. The CD edition I have includes a 7-minute extended instrumental Eldorado medley, and a short instrumental "Dark City", both of which are better than anything released on the actual album (!) These instrumentals would have been great to include in the actual album on first release. But I guess the band or record company really wanted to make sure more commercial audiences and radio corporations were not turned off, and so left those off the original release. But regardless, I still think it (the original album) is up there among ELO's better albums. It is the best of their post-1972 commercial period, and the third-best overall (after ELO I and ELO II). I give this ablum 7.5 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

 On The Third Day by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.78 | 235 ratings

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On The Third Day
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars This is the switch.

On their first two albums, ELO were an art/progressive rock band, true innovators using strings and other instruments to forge new sounds. It is on this, their third (of course) album, that the switch occurs, redefining ELO as a smooth highly-produced AOR (even if quality AOR) commercial outfit. The switch is not like the night/day change that occurred for some bands so much that the band's sound was no longer recognizable ((like that which hit Renaissance in the early 80s). Indeed, there are still remnants of the former progressive ELO here, and this would even more the case on their next album, Eldorado. But that classic smooth AOR ELO sound was borne with this one, and it permeates the whole album, even the more progressive songs. Examples of the latter include the the first four songs that, although each is short itself, link together to form a suite of sorts. And of course the closing track, "Hall of the Mountain King", their classical re-make on this album. (ELO had interpretted Beethoven's 5th on their previous album, so it seems ELO thought they should be known for re-interpreting a new classical piece on each new album, or something. Saying this, this is the last time they do it). In between are some very radio-friendly smooth rock numbers, including the big hit "Showdown", which virtually epitomizes the smooth AOR sound that they would adopt from this point forward . The album is very carefully and smoothly produced. While I think they do a great job in making their music appeal to a wide audience, I have to admit I like the rough and raw sound of their first albums a lot more. Those early albums feel alive, while this one and each subsequent ELO album feels too smooth for my liking (although "Ma Ma Belle" here is actually still a bit rough and ready). Saying all this, the music is good, particularly the suite, but even the hits. I give this album 7.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which places it squarely in the 3 PA star realm.

 ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎] by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.55 | 216 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
3.59 | 236 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
3.36 | 239 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
3.86 | 335 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
3.03 | 58 ratings

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

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

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)

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