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    Posted: October 10 2011 at 17:51
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M

I spent my youth during the Disco era, and it was terrible, Grease, Tina Charles, Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony , the resurrection of Franky Vally, Silver Convention, Donna Summer, etc ,  were played 24/7 in all radios. it  was terrible enough to listen them, but  to see how our favorite bands entered in the Roller Disco scenario, was hard to resist.

I have nothing against POP, there was excellent POP in the 70's, but Disco was monster that devoured everything, it was commercialism for the sake of commercialism.
and succumbed to its own weight, much like Punk and Prog--  though thankfully both Punk and Prog survived, unlike Disco which went from being a tiny underground gay club scene in NYC to.. well it was such a glorious flash of tackiness it seems like a bad dream.

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Eldorado, actually it's very enjoyable album!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progistoomainstream Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2011 at 17:08
Thank you all. I decided to go with their debut "No Answer" It blows my mind. It is incredibly great. It is a true expirience.
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Originally posted by Atavachron

Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M

I spent my youth during the Disco era, and it was terrible, Grease, Tina Charles, Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony , the resurrection of Franky Vally, Silver Convention, Donna Summer, etc ,  were played 24/7 in all radios. it  was terrible enough to listen them, but  to see how our favorite bands entered in the Roller Disco scenario, was hard to resist.

I have nothing against POP, there was excellent POP in the 70's, but Disco was monster that devoured everything, it was commercialism for the sake of commercialism.
and succumbed to its own weight, much like Punk and Prog--  though thankfully both Punk and Prog survived, unlike Disco which went from being a tiny underground gay club scene in NYC to.. well it was such a glorious flash of tackiness it seems like a bad dream.




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And Disco is still "alive", albeit mostly at women´s apartments friday night before they go out on the town. Kills me to be around, but then again I´d hate to be without the girlsEmbarrassed
Let me put it this way, I´d much rather listen to Brown Girl in the Ring and I will Survive a couple of times and end up with an oestrogen fuelled tongue in my mouth, instead of listening to Magma and ending up with a fat bearded man from Ukraine...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 11 2011 at 22:08
ELO is one of the few bands I prefer as a "singles band."  Rarely can I make it through their albums, but i really enjoy their "hits" when I hear them on radio.  


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Post Options Post Options   Quote mwood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2011 at 20:44
Eldorado and Time are my two favorites...

Time was one of my first LP purchases as a teenager.  I made a cassette of it and listened on my Sony Walkman in the library at high school.  My friend was a Deadhead, and wanted to listen to the music I was raving about.  He listened for a few minutes, then handed the headphones back to me with an uncomfortable look on his face and commented, "that's really complicated music."  Too bad I hadn't yet discovered Gentle Giant or King Crimson...
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Originally posted by thellama73

Personally, I love Out of the Blue. It's a fantastic set of brilliantly written pop songs. Eldorado is really good too. I don't mind the disco elements at all. I have never really understood all the animosity that disco gets.
 
I like this reply......Out of the Blue is my favorite for sure with El Dorado next. I mean for Jeff Lynn to incorporate strings into his rock based music was pretty progressive at the time they came out, I still remember all the whoopla over putting cellos and violins on stage........it was cool back then.
      
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Originally posted by iluvmarillion

Originally posted by Alitare

A New World Record, followed closely by the rather consistent Eldorado, and the 'string of great infancy hits' in Face the Music. Hell, they're one of my favorite 1970's pop bands. Roy Wood's probably a lot more artistic and 'important' than Lynne, but I'd never denounce the latter's finely-tuned ears for brilliant pop work. 

While I agree with you to a certain extent about Roy Wood (and wish he never left the band), Lynne wrote much better songs than Wood. One Summer Dream is one of the best pop songs ever written and Face The Music one of ELO's best albums, but not quite as good as On The Third Day or Out Of The Blue ( although Out Of The Blue contains a lot of mush as well as some great pop songs).


I dunno. A lot of stuff Wood did with the Move was much better than some of the stuff I've heard with ELO. Then again, the same could be said with Lynne's stint with the Move, not to mention the songs he wrote in his previous group, the Idle Race.

That's just me. I've always been more partial to the Move and Idle Race. I find ELO to be a bit too commercial. Of course they're not bad by any means. Anyone who could churn up something like "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down" must be doing something right . Smile
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Originally posted by Catcher10

Originally posted by thellama73

Personally, I love Out of the Blue. It's a fantastic set of brilliantly written pop songs. Eldorado is really good too. I don't mind the disco elements at all. I have never really understood all the animosity that disco gets.
 
I like this reply......Out of the Blue is my favorite for sure with El Dorado next. I mean for Jeff Lynn to incorporate strings into his rock based music was pretty progressive at the time they came out, I still remember all the whoopla over putting cellos and violins on stage........it was cool back then.


I seriously agree, Out Of The Blue had fantastic songs. Not just straight pop, but creative, catchy, wonderful, mystical pop. There's a reason why this was their most popular album. And there's still prog songs (Believe Me Now (LOVE that), Steppin' Out, Standin' In The Rain, Big Wheels, and sorta Summer and Lightning).

Eldorado is right up next, then On The Third Day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote charles_ryder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2014 at 03:54
The best Electric Light Orchestra album is their first, No Answer. Roy Wood created a unique atmosphere and composed fine songs. This first staff was fine, and they recorded one of the best art rock albums.
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I love ELO II - it has longer cuts over all, a dark, murky production that suits the songs well, and my fave tracks. The debut, On The Third Day and Time are also much loved by me. The others I can live without, though they have some nice things peppered throughout.
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Originally posted by John McIntyre

I learned later that Wood took "I am the Walrus" by the Beatles as a sort-of starting point for the band, which is bloody obvious! Pity it took me 20 years to work that out!!!

I thought it was Strawberry Fields Forever (particularly the strings) rather than the Walrus.
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My favorite growing up was Face The Music.  The song "One Summer Dream" in particular really gets me choked up with nostalgia.   Same goes for the "Discovery" album, though that album is nowhere near as consistent.  The single "Last Train to London" is one of the best disco-crossover tunes of the period, imo.

I do love the debut album too, though a couple of Lynne's ballads on that one tend to drag a bit (e.g. Nellie Takes a Bow, Mr Radio).  I've never enjoyed ELO 2 or Eldorado that much, though those are 2 of their most proggy albums.
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BTW if you can only buy one ELO album it should probably be a compilation, there are many more of those than there are studio releases.
 
Depending on what you're looking for, one of these should fit the bill:
 
Ole ELO - the best stuff from their first five albums including one of the only compilations that has the entire 8:02 version of "Roll Over Beethoven" (but only the early vinyl release, later versions have the radio edit).
 
Strange Magic: The Best of ELO - also has the full Roll Over Beethoven", is on CD, and has some of their later minor hits like "Rock n' Roll is King".  Not a very good song but it's the closest thing to an anthology the band has.
 
 
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Eldorado.
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you guys prefer A New World Record to start off? What is up with you and "Out of the Blue" because that is one i would start off!
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Originally posted by John McIntyre

I've always preferred the debut album. I heard "10538 Overture" when it was released as a single, and it electrified me. I bought the album and it's always been up there. When Roy Wood left to do the "Eddy & the Falcons" project (which morphed into Wizzard), Jeff Lynne turned ELO into a rock band, then AOR'd it. Oh yeah, there was the odd decent track, but none of them compared with the debut album. I learned later that Wood took "I am the Walrus" by the Beatles as a sort-of starting point for the band, which is bloody obvious! Pity it took me 20 years to work that out!!!

I remember someone telling me this at school when I was about 15.

I have the Early Years double CD compilation which includes From The Sun To The World as well 10538 overture (long and short versions). Oh and also Kuiama which is as much as I really want by them.Strangely I can't find this listed on PA

Most can be found on the album ELO2 (not to be confused with the later incarnation of the band)
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I really enjoyed Eldorado back in 74 I think but I was 15. I don't know today.
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric

I love ELO II - it has longer cuts over all, a dark, murky production that suits the songs well, and my fave tracks. The debut, On The Third Day and Time are also much loved by me. The others I can live without, though they have some nice things peppered throughout.
 
 
Yep...the second one is also my favorite though I like No Answer also.
On The Third Day and Eldorado are also nice but after that imho they went for pop rock.
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