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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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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA discography


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

3.61 | 159 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer)
1971
3.52 | 145 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra II
1972
3.85 | 157 ratings
On The Third Day
1973
3.85 | 223 ratings
Eldorado
1974
3.25 | 154 ratings
Face the Music
1975
3.21 | 173 ratings
A New World Record
1976
3.56 | 178 ratings
Out Of The Blue
1977
2.66 | 150 ratings
Discovery
1979
2.21 | 90 ratings
Xanadu (Original Soundtrack)
1980
3.24 | 145 ratings
Time
1981
2.45 | 99 ratings
Secret Messages
1983
1.94 | 80 ratings
Balance of Power
1986
2.42 | 34 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra Part II (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
1991
2.55 | 34 ratings
Moment of Truth (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
1994
2.99 | 76 ratings
Zoom
2001

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

3.36 | 25 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
3.16 | 13 ratings
Live at Winterland '76
1998
1.76 | 9 ratings
Live at Wembley '78
1998
4.10 | 11 ratings
Live at the BBC
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
The BBC Sessions
1999
2.43 | 5 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 | 6 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Very Best of ELO
1991
3.04 | 7 ratings
"Out Of The Blue" Tour Live At Wembley / Discovery
1998
3.62 | 15 ratings
Zoom Tour Live
2001
2.50 | 4 ratings
Access All Areas (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
2003
3.17 | 4 ratings
Live: The Early Years
2010

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

3.42 | 9 ratings
Showdown
1974
3.27 | 13 ratings
OlÚ ELO
1976
2.62 | 10 ratings
The Light Shines On
1977
2.80 | 26 ratings
Greatest Hits
1979
3.09 | 4 ratings
Classics
1990
3.17 | 10 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
3.09 | 7 ratings
Light Years, The Very Best Of
1997
1.50 | 2 ratings
Beyond The Blue
1999
1.39 | 4 ratings
The Essential ELO
2003
4.42 | 10 ratings
ELO 2/Lost Planet
2003
3.52 | 15 ratings
All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
2005
4.08 | 4 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
3.19 | 7 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)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Roll Over Beethoven / Queen of the Hours
1973
2.51 | 3 ratings
Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental)
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Daytripper / Daybreaker
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Blue Sky
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Turn to Stone
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rock 'n' Roll Is King / After All
1983
3.00 | 4 ratings
So Serious
1986
2.41 | 4 ratings
Getting to the Point
1986
2.00 | 8 ratings
Calling America (single)
1986

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 Xanadu (Original Soundtrack) by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.21 | 90 ratings

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Xanadu (Original Soundtrack)
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy

3 stars This is the soundtrack that everybody LOVES to hate! It's admittedly the perfect recipe for the ripest stinkiest cheese this side of the French Riviera and I for one absolutely think the movie for which this soundtrack is supposed to represent is a big fat stinker indeed. It has been a very long time since i've seen the movie and I only remember that it was so very very bad that I will not be seeing it again while I am inhaling oxygen on this good Earth.

The soundtrack however isn't as bad as all that. Far from being a masterpiece it is not the total rubbish that it's made out to be. First of all it must be taken for what it is, namely a POP album. Although the Electric Light Orchestra is on here, put all notions aside that there is anything even remotely progressive and then, unless you are closed minded to pop music in general, you may find something to enjoy here.

I have never been the hugest fan of Olivia Newton-John but can't say she makes me want to vomit chunky puke either. In fact, I think some of the best stuff i've ever heard from her is on this soundtrack. The first track and huge hit "Magic" is a phenomenal pop song and perhaps my favorite track here is the duet of her with The Tubes called "Dancin." Basically she does a vocal jazz number part reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters and trades off with a rockin' part by The Tubes. At the end they come together and do their parts simultaneously. The ELO tracks are good catchy pop sounding like any others they did during their late 70s albums. Listening to this after many many years I have to say that I haven't changed my mind that this is hardly a throwaway.

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 Rock 'n' Roll Is King / After All by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Rock 'n' Roll Is King / After All
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by progaardvark
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— First review of this album —
2 stars Rock 'n' Roll Is King was a 45 rpm single released by the Electric Light Orchestra in June 1983. After many years of a much more synthesized (and at times "disco-ized") version of ELO, Jeff Lynne started showing signs of returning to his early rock roots with the song "Hold On Tight" on ELO's previous Time album, and now with Rock 'n' Roll Is King, off of the Secret Messages album. This single did fairly well for Lynne charting rather high on many music charts throughout the world, including making it to #2 in Poland. In the UK it made it to #13, and in the US to #19.

There really isn't anything progressive about this single. It's just another in a long series of enjoyable pop music singles dating back to the mid-1970s. As such, and also due to it being in a format not highly sought after these days, I can only recommend this to collectors. Both songs are more readily available on the 2001 edition of Secret Messages (the version with the three bonus tracks). Two stars.

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 The Night the Light Went On In Long Beach by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Live, 1974
3.36 | 25 ratings

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Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars Originally only released on LP in some countries on which the band still had not played concerts then (in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and in Continetal Europe in France, Netherlands and Germany, as the booklet notes of the 1998 CD version say) in August 1974, this live album was recorded in 12- May- 1974 at Long Beach Auditorium in California. It was remastered and released on CD in 1998 in the UK. Despite the remastering, the recording and the mixing of this album are not very good, but not too bad. This live album was recorded during the time the band was recording their "Eldorado" album, so maybe that is the reason this live album doesn`t have any songs from that album. But it has one song from their first album ("10538 Overture"), one from their second album ("Roll Over Beethoven") and two from their third album ("Daybreaker" and Grieg`s "In the Hall of the Mountain King"), plus "Showdown" (which was previously released as a single and later also included in later pressings of their thid album in the U.K.), and three previously unreleased tracks (The Beatles` "Day Tripper"), a violin solo played along with the band ("Mik`s solo / Orange Blossom Special") and "Great Balls of Fire", which I think that it was originally recorded by Rock and Roller Jerry Lee Lewis.There is also a brief instrumental fragment of "Do Ya" (a song which Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan recorded with The Move in 1972 but they later re-recorded it with ELO in 1976) included at the end of "10538 Overture".The band shows very well, really sounding like having a lot of fun despite not having enough time for a sound check as their equipment arrived very late to the venue before the concert due to some problems. Anyway, the arrangements are very good, particularly for "Day Tripper", with very good keyboards by Richard Tandy. Maybe this album could have been better if it was released with less covers of songs and with more original songs. Maybe at the time of release of this album Jeff Lynne wasn`t very happy with the live recordings of the band. But maybe it could have been better to re-issue the album in the CD format as a double album with more tracks recorded at that concert or at others from the same period of time. As a one CD album it really sounds as a very short in time duration live album, but it is very enjoyable anyway.

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 Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental) by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
2.51 | 3 ratings

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Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental)
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars "Showdown" is a song from Electric Light Orchestra which originally was released as a single in September 1973, and it reached the Numbers 12 and 53 in the U.K. and U.S. charts, respectively. It wasn`t released in the original U.K. version of their "On the Third Day" album , but was released in the U.S . version of that same album. It was later released as part of that album in very re-issue of that album. The B-side, an instrumental version of "In Old England Town" from their "ELO2" album, is a shorter version of this song without vocals on which the melody of the vocals is played in a moog synthesizer, and it includes Roy Wood on bass and cello (as the album version). I think that "Showdown" shows a gradual change from the band from their more Progressive Rock albums between 1971 and 1973 to a more commercial approach. It sounds like a Pre-Disco song with Pop Music influences. This commercial approach became more clearly established from their "Face the Music" album from 1975. At the time of the release of this single , John Lennon was once a guest in an U.S. Radio programme on which the song was being broadcasted. He said that he liked the song very much and he called it "Son of The Beatles". The B-side is more close to their Progressive Rock origins as a band.

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 Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental) by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
2.51 | 3 ratings

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Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental)
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by progaardvark
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2 stars Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental) was an old 45 rpm single released by the Electric LIght Orchestra back in 1973. It features their hit single Showdown on the A side, taken from one of their most progressive albums, On the Third Day. The B side features a short instrumental outtalke of In Old England Town. The original version of that song was released on ELO's previous album, ELO 2.

Showdown was one of ELO's more popular releases. Though it didn't fair well on the US charts, it made it to #12 in the UK. Though the progressiveness of this song might be questioned, and fairly so, it was a unique sound mixing chugging cellos with a rather non-ELO funky beat. It could easily be dismissed as pop rock from the era, but that wouldn't do it the justice it deserves. The song still remains popular to this day and is considered by many as a hallmark of the group's songs.

The B-side contained a shortened instrumental version of In Old England Town. The original was clearly much better, so this is just something to fill out the B-side, a common practice from the time.

This can only be recommended to fans of the group that are interested in collecting old 45s. The song is easily more available by seeking out their On The Third Day album, which contains much more progressive material from the band. I believe the B-side outtake is now available as a bonus track on the current release of ELO 2.

Musically worthy of three stars. Due to the format being primarily for collectors, it warrants two stars.

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 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.85 | 223 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

3 stars I hate to give a record to low rating but now I am going to do it. 3,5 stars would have been absolutely fair according to my opinion but neither 4 nor 3 is juste. Prog archives' definition "good but not essential" will be my help because that explains how I feel about this record.

Eldorado is told to be a symphony and the fourth record by Electric Light Orchestra a band which among others is inspired by Beatles. That is certainly clear in "Mister Kingdom"(8/10) one of the record's best songs, which sounds like "Across the Universe" in the verses. Electric Light Orchestra shows on this record they could make nice melodies and there is a symphonic flow sometimes, especially the fact that there are no empty spaces between the tracks. Despite a good song writing I miss an edge or someting special with this music. This feels unfortunately a bit lame. I know the string arrangements are something ELO is famous for but this is not a record I want to raise on the barricades of prog.

Well this is a good record. It starts with a talked prologue and welcomes us with the Eldorado theme which also concludes the record nicely in the end. In between there are eight songs, amongst which I like six. "Laredo Tornado" has great power in the chorus, some of the power in a whirlwind perhaps and the song "Eldorado" is more wonderful or sweat than powerful, a quite poetic tune. "Boy Blue" and "Poor Boy" are worth listen to and it's really hard to get "Can't get it out of my head" out of my head. It is a "progressive" hit song. "Nobody's Child" or "Illusions In G major" don't interest me so much even if they aren't bad songs. Eldorado by Electric Light Orchestra is a record worth listening to. It will please you if not impress you. Its importance can be read in its position between symphonic music and popular music. Perhaps it was an important bridge, in that case, thank you for that!

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 Zoom by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.99 | 76 ratings

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Zoom
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Chicapah
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3 stars On Electric Light Orchestra's badly marred end-of-the-70s-decade release, 'Discovery,' the group's leader Jeff Lynne asked the band's loyal followers to 'Don't Bring Me Down.' Unfortunately, they did anyway. Not because they'd become ungratefully fickle or mean-spirited, but because the material on that album was remarkably substandard. In other words, one cannot put mascara on a warthog and expect the animal to take the blue ribbon at the county fair. Fact was, ELO had reached its pinnacle with the outstanding double LP 'Out of the Blue' in 1977 and, musical gravity being what it is, there was nowhere to go from there but south to one extent or another. In a dubious attempt to remain trendy and relevant, Jeff and his thinned-out entourage had unwisely (and much to my chagrin) ventured into the slimy quagmire that was disco on 'Discovery.' And the result was that they'd been sucked into its demonic vortex, never to be seen again save for a few desperate air bubbles that rose to the murky surface from time to time with their logo on them.

However, not being one to dwell on his used-to-be's, the indefatigable Lynne refused to panic, choosing to patiently sit by the phone for opportunity to find him in the Yellow Pages and ring him up. He didn't have to wait long. The stellar reputation he'd built for himself by masterminding ELO's amazing stretch of success was not lost on those who hoped his moxie would rub off on their careers, as well. Former Beatle George came calling first and Jeff's magic touch helped his invigorated LP, 'Cloud Nine,' to revive Harrison's fading popularity. What followed that triumph was a string of musical notables such as Dave Edmunds, Randy Newman, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison (the last three mentioned, along with George Harrison, joined Jeff in forming one of the most unlikely supergroups of all time, 'The Traveling Wilburys.' Talk about being in the right place at the right time!), all of whom wanted a piece of what Lynne was offering in the way of creative oversight. He was even bestowed the hallowed honor of taking the late John Lennon's raw home demos and cleaning them up to the point where the surviving members of the Fab Four were able to create two new Beatle songs for the 'Anthology' project with them. Lucky Jeff was having so much fun working with his idols that the whole notion of trying to hold together an eclectic group like ELO seemed like a waste of valuable time in comparison so he was content to let his old band stay locked up in the prog-related mausoleum throughout the 90s.

However, his close association with the gifted luminaries he'd been hanging around with taught him more than any PHD earned at Oxford could've and, at the turn of the millennium it dawned on Jeff that perhaps he could incorporate all the knowledge and wisdom he'd absorbed into a revival of his beloved offspring, ELO. After all, a plethora of their classic tunes from 'Showdown' to 'Do Ya' to 'Telephone Line' were still being played on classic rock stations from Bonn to Honolulu so maybe all their old fans, upon hearing the news, would show up in droves and form a line around the planet to buy something new. Thus the band's thirteenth offering, 'Zoom,' came into being. I'd always been an admirer of Lynne and his quirky combo but I've been disappointed so many times by odorous 'reunion' records that I chose to take a wait-and-see stance as to what might be included in their fresh collection of songs. Alas, I never heard a note. All I gathered was that the album was a flop at the box office and that interest was so anemic that a planned tour promoting 'Zoom' had to be cancelled. I forgot all about it, choosing to be content with endless replays of guilty pleasures such as 'Livin' Thing.'

Sometime around a year ago I finally got around to giving 'Zoom' a listen or two or three and, lo and behold, it ain't too shabby. I'll put it this way, if you liked the prog-tinted pop that ELO excelled in manufacturing in the 70s then you'll most likely find a lot of satisfaction in this record. Keep in mind that it's more of a Jeff Lynne solo deal than a bonafide regrouping of past members by a long shot but who's fooling who here? He was the undisputed chief of the tribe since Roy Wood departed after their debut so don't worry, this disc won't be mistaken for something by Justin Timberlake. I can truthfully say that the best thing about 'Zoom' is that it's the first ELO album ever made without the abysmal drumming of Bev Bevan being included and that fact alone elevates its overall quality enormously. Lynne and the one-and-only Ringo Starr did the percussive duties and Mr. Harrison tossed some tasty licks in here and there to add a dash of class to the proceedings. Plainly put, what you've got here is a record more than worthy of brandishing the ELO banner.

Jeff opens impressively with the energetic 'Alright.' It's a bluesy shuffle with plenty of strong guitars, full harmonies and Lynne's distinctive vocal tones. Within seconds you'll be assured that you're listening to an Electric Light Orchestra product. 'Moment in Paradise' is next and it encapsulates Jeff's long-running affection for torch song ballads that he so excels in producing. The engineering and arranging skills employed are impeccable. My favorite cut follows, the playful 'State of Mind.' It's a guitar riff-based rocker with an incredibly catchy choral hook line. I love the way Lynne always finds a spot to inject a surprise moment to delight my ears with as he does here. 'Just For Love' owns a dense depth of field that augments this dreamy ballad appropriately but, as usual, he diverts the tune into an unexpected direction, giving it an eclectic flavoring. 'Stranger on a Quiet Street' possesses another bluesy vibe at the beginning but it doesn't remain in that restrictive mode for long. Jeff wisely allows the song to freely go where it wants. 'In My Own Time' is an example of his obsession with string-heavy nostalgia but he manages to keep it from becoming tiresome by utilizing alluring vocal lines and clever studio tricks that liven up the track.

'Easy Money' is a slice of rock shuffle stuffed inside an early 60s groove. It sports an intriguing turnaround on the bridge section and I detect an honorable nod to The Move via its raucous attitude. If there's a pothole in the trail it comes on 'Really Doesn't Matter.' Since Lynne produced Petty's wonderful 'Full Moon Fever' CD it's understandable that Tom's influence should appear at some point but the number, with its jangling stacked guitars, veers too far away from the patented ELO sound to fit into this collection. He redeems himself with the next cut, 'Ordinary Dream' because, by contrast to the previous song, this epitomizes ELO in every way, containing all the vital ingredients that made the band such a phenomenon in their heyday. 'A Long Time Gone' fully displays Jeff's superb song-crafting abilities as well as his tasteful manipulations of string-section enhancements. 'Melting in the Sun' is another low point, though. It's not terrible but it has nothing to offer that separates itself from the other cuts in general. 'All She Wanted' is a straightforward rocker that features Lynne's cool recorded-from-the-other-side-of-the-room gated drum effect that others imitate but none can quite duplicate to perfection. The album closes with 'Lonesome Lullaby,' another Petty-without-the-rough-edges ditty and it treats the listener to a very Beatle-like chorus that takes some of us geezers back to a simpler time.

As I stated earlier, 'Zoom' didn't. In comparison to ELO juggernauts like 'A New World Record,' it literally Zunk. Since 2001 wasn't exactly a stupendously positive year in Earth's history (due to mankind revealing its most horrendous side) the album's failure could easily be attributed to the populace's attention being drawn elsewhere but such is life. If you like ELO then I'm not going out on a limb to recommend you getting a copy for your listening pleasure. There's a lot more to like about it than not. As an aside, if you should by chance catch the hour-long mini-doc about Jeff Lynne called 'Mr. Blue Sky' on your TV or internet feed I think you'll find it most enlightening. Bottom line, the man is a gentle genius and 'Zoom' shows that attribute very well. 3.2 stars.

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 Discovery by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.66 | 150 ratings

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Discovery
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Lord Anon

3 stars Electric Light Orchestra had been flirting with disco since "Evil Woman", and on two songs from Discovery they just drop any pretence and go for it. Though critically lambasted, this album is far superior than the tedious Out of the Blue and those two songs, "Shine a Little Love" and "Last Train to London", are not only two of the best on the record but two of the best disco songs period.

As for critics hating this, it is something I have never understood. I typically like ELO from song to song, but album wise they often fail. However, I find Discovery to not only be a fun album, but second in their catalogue only to their true prog classic, Eldorado.

For the rest of the album, you have their highest charting U.S. single "Don't Bring Me Down", another one of those rare '70s songs that never get old, and "Confusion", which should have been a hit. And, though others seem to hate it, I love the '60s psychedelic sounding Beatles ripoff "The Diary of Horace Wimp". It's almost like some of the lighter stuff the Move would sometimes do.

During the late '70s it was obvious that ELO were moving away from prog and trying to find the right balance with pop music, and it is here that they succeed. Your enjoyment of it may hinge on your tolerance for disco, but if they had popularized rather than the Bee Gees it may not have been as maligned.

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 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.85 | 223 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

3 stars Best of ELO orchestrated.

The orchestral arrangements are thoughtful and keep good relationship with the compositions. Something that other good works of the band occurred only partially. As for the natives of Birmingham, I find it difficult, in general hear a record without getting exhausted or lose focus. ElDorado is the one that moves me. One of those rare products that sometimes seem extraordinary, and in others not so much. The style drum sound I never liked, maybe it was sought to relate orchestrated style of the band.

His music has been described as Symphonic Prog, Art Rock, Progressive Pop, etc.. They have been compared to The Beatles, The BeeGees, The Moody Blues, or a good mix of them. The reality is that ELO is ELO.

3, 5 stars.

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 Greatest Hits by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1979
2.80 | 26 ratings

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Greatest Hits
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by coasterzombie

3 stars Containing most of their top-40 hits to that point, 1979's Greatest Hits compilation rode on the coattails of Discovery and later entered the charts itself. Though it completely ignores the band's first two albums, Greatest Hits evenly covers the band's most commercially successful period between 1973 and 1978. The previous compilation Ole ELO was perhaps more representative, but it was released prior to El Dorado and Out of The Blue and therefore lacks any material from those peak albums. Greatest Hits does avoid album cuts and focuses only on chart hits, but this choice allows casual fans an opportunity to grow their interest in the group and expand on it. That this compilation is still readily in print nearly 35 years later is a testament to the staying power of this collection of songs, and though it does have its flaws, is a good introduction to Electric Light Orchestra.

From a Progressive Rock perspective, Greatest Hits is superfluous as it omits material from the band's first two albums, largely considered their most innovative. These albums (originally released on Harvest) were a logical extension of The Move, the group from which ELO evolved. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Roy Wood lost interest after No Answer, ELO's debut album, and left Jeff Lynne to man the helm single-handedly. Lynne led the group to super- stardom, and that success is largely captured on Greatest Hits. For a more complete picture of the band's output, I would recommend 1995's Strange Magic; this 2-disc collection is more balanced and thorough, and sounds better too. For a cheap entry into the world of ELO however, you can't really go wrong with Greatest Hits.

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