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    Posted: July 19 2014 at 08:21
I am a fan of their earlier music. I'm pretty familiar with anything prior to and including A New World Record. The first album is very good, not as commercial as the latter stuff. The earlier albums are not as accessible or commercial as the latter stuff, but there is some really good music all around, even on the earlier records. I'd first recommend a good g hits cd. But I'm sure that most of them won't include Roll Over Beethoven from II, which is one of my fav. versions of that ubiquitous song. I'll place them in the order that I would buy them, obviously this is my taste, but I hope it helps you some. I'd get- A) I, B) A New World Record, C) Face The Music, D) Eldorado, and then II & On The Third Day. I hope this helps some. Take care.Approve
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this should've been discussed as a poll rather than a discussion, ya know?
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Originally posted by GentleGiant

On The Third Day
Eldorado
 
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... I fell out on the album after Eldorado, which is great.
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El Dorado or Out of the Blue are their best.

Their proggiest is probably On The Third Day.
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Debut/No Answer is pretty much perfect to my ears.

Time & On the Third Day are near perfect too except that they contain one of their worst hits each: Ma-Ma-Ma Belle and Hold on Tight. 

Eldorado is mostly a magical mystery tour but music just don't get much worse than Illusions in G Major. 

If you like these the rest of their uneven albums 1970-1981 (the Xanadu-OST is a possible exception) are all worth having imo. You'll easily find them all on vinyl extremely cheap.
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Originally posted by dr wu23

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.
... And great pop rock at that! 
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There's much love for Eldorado I see - I like some of the songs, but there's this recurring orchestral theme that pops up throughout, and it's cheesy in my books and turns me off the album. My sister still has her LP of it from decades ago.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2014 at 23:00
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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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 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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michael678 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2014 at 13:54
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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Eldorado.
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I don't mind "Rock n' Roll is King" Embarrassed 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ClemofNazareth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2014 at 12:38
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2014 at 08:26
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2014 at 07:47
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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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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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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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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