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    Posted: November 20 2017 at 16:20
I loved 'World Record' at the time, but I was 12. I got bored with their stuff after that album. I have no idea what I,d think of it now. There seemed to be a consensus among critics at the time that 'Face the Music' was the better album. I only remember the single.

I recall that John Lennon said ELO were what The Beatles would have sounded like if they'd stayed together. I assumed it was a compliment.
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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Personally i think TIME is Jeff Lynne's magnum opus but NEW WORLD RECORD is their best dancy pop rock album. Their coolest experimental album is the debut NO ANSWER. The last two albums by THE MOVE were essentially Lynne projects and proto-ELO albums and both are really great pop rock with a few prog trouches as well :)

The debut lp was just called ELO (or ELO1) in the UK but ive got a US press which states 'The Move enterpises ltd presents the services of the electric light orchestra- No Answer'! Bit more of a title than the UK versionLOL

Both Face the Music and Out of the Blue are my favourite 'Jet label' era lps, the latter much loved by my dear wife (and apparently, the 'Super Furry Animals'!)
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I've always liked On the Third Day best, despite the dumb album cover. It was before they started overusing that silly falsetto backing vocal style. It's a bit rough around the edges too. I think by the time they got to Out of the Blue they were too slick for their own good.
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Personally i think TIME is Jeff Lynne's magnum opus but NEW WORLD RECORD is their best dancy pop rock album. Their coolest experimental album is the debut NO ANSWER. The last two albums by THE MOVE were essentially Lynne projects and proto-ELO albums and both are really great pop rock with a few prog trouches as well :)
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"Best" is awfully subjective. "Most prog." might go to On the Third Day. Personal favorites have changed over the years. Maybe Eldorado currently.
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a new world record
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1. Out of the Blue: I consider "Concerto for a Rainy Day" to be a legitimate side-long prog composition.
2. A New World Record
3. Discovery
 
As you can see, if it has the "jukebox" band logo on it, I like it! The other albums all have their worthwhile moments, but never really thrilled me as much. The above 3 are keepers for life!
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Originally posted by progistoomainstream progistoomainstream wrote:

What is the best Electric Light Orchestra Album? I have heard a few of thier songs but and I want to purchase one of their albums but I do not know which one to get.


best ELO album. sh*t...  could be any number of 4 or 5 albums... they were were a great group that had a decades worth of great albums.


in terms of the site... I'd go with On the Third Day. Thumbs Up Strong from start to beginning and with prog enough for anyone who doesn't have a prog elitist streak in them.

Though ELO 2 will always be a top 10 alltime fav prog album, but that is likely more for sentimental reasons as it was likely my first exposure to 'prog', even though it is a frickin great album in its own right.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Well...I have always though of ELO in the same manner I think of Supertramp.....prog lite.
 
 
No, not in the same manner. Absolutely two different bands.
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On The Third Day is their best prog effort.
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For most of my life "Out Of The Blue" was always a single album, as my inherited copy only had side 3 and 4.
I've since heard the album in full... And prefer it as just side 3 and 4! Tongue (Although "Turn To Stone" is still magnificent)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TheLionOfPrague Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 04 2015 at 18:13
El Dorado probably. A New World Record and Face the Music are great but couldn't get into them as much as into El Dorado that is a masterpiece.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 02 2015 at 08:51
Well...I have always though of ELO in the same manner I think of Supertramp.....prog lite.
 
 
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Originally posted by the lighthouse keepe the lighthouse keepe wrote:

Originally posted by POTA POTA wrote:

Time is a near-perfect album, and one of the best of any band, let alone ELO. While not a groundbreaking peace of art like Sgt. Pepper's or Highway 61 Revisited, you'll find few albums that have as much emotion, talent, and complexity poured into them as Time. The story is strong --with it being more about love and longing than just a guy being transported into the future. I'll probably never get tired of listening to it from start to finish.


Time is a very eighties album,and actually stands up well against any ELO release,but it still doesn't come near to Face The Music and Eldorado.Classics.
POTA and I thinks you are wrong. 

Although I don't really find the story strong. My favorite song Yours Truly 2095 has one of the silliest lyrics in popular music - but the whole concept is wonderful and works magnificently.
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For me....."A New World Record"

No matter if it's Prog or not.

The worst one is Very Disco....Sorry Discovery
            
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

 
Come on you guys! No love for Boney M?
And Disco is still "alive", albeit mostly at womenŽs apartments friday night before they go out on the town. Kills me to be around, but then again IŽd hate to be without the girlsEmbarrassed
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Time without a doubt, followed by A New World Record.
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Originally posted by POTA POTA wrote:

Time is a near-perfect album, and one of the best of any band, let alone ELO. While not a groundbreaking peace of art like Sgt. Pepper's or Highway 61 Revisited, you'll find few albums that have as much emotion, talent, and complexity poured into them as Time. The story is strong --with it being more about love and longing than just a guy being transported into the future. I'll probably never get tired of listening to it from start to finish.


Time is a very eighties album,and actually stands up well against any ELO release,but it still doesn't come near to Face The Music and Eldorado.Classics.
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Time is a near-perfect album, and one of the best of any band, let alone ELO. While not a groundbreaking peace of art like Sgt. Pepper's or Highway 61 Revisited, you'll find few albums that have as much emotion, talent, and complexity poured into them as Time. The story is strong --with it being more about love and longing than just a guy being transported into the future. I'll probably never get tired of listening to it from start to finish.
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