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    Posted: October 08 2011 at 19:40
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.
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Hey! Hmmm... they've got some pretty disco-ish stuff in their later 70s albums and I'd steer clear of much of the 80s at first.
Perhaps start with one of their peaks
A New World Record in particular is one of their best all round efforts, and Eldorado has some interesting moments. That's a place to start, anyway!



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Not their proggiest stuff, but without a doubt "A New World Record"

A great selection of tracks and not a single weak moment.

Avoid Discovery (Very  Disco) at any cost.

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ELO is one of my favorite bands, but strangely enough has not put out an amazing album, and so I tend to prefer compilations.  However, I think Face the Music is fairly consistent and enjoyable.


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Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M

Not their proggiest stuff, but without a doubt "A New World Record"

A great selection of tracks and not a single weak moment.

Avoid Discovery (Very  Disco) at any cost.

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or Disco?very!  Wink
 
Not their best perhaps but my favourite is the debute, then I always preferred Roy Wood to Jeff Lynn.


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Originally posted by Dean

or Disco?very!  Wink
 

ROFLMAO LOLLOLLOL That's better.

Now, if you can only avoid one ELO album, start with this one:



Unless you like ELO + Olivia Newton John (Yes they play together Angry, Cliff Richard in his disco era and Gene Kelly.

If I'm not wrong in the movie you could see Olivia Newto John singing on skates (She looked well though), with ELO as the roller disco orchestra. Ouch

IMO a nightmare

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Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M

Originally posted by Dean

or Disco?very!  Wink
 

ROFLMAO LOLLOLLOL That's better.

Now, if you can only avoid one ELO album, start with this one:



Unless you like ELO + Olivia Newton John (Yes they play together Angry, Cliff Richard in his disco era and Gene Kelly.

If I'm not wrong in the movie you could see Olivia Newto John singing on skates (She looked well though), with ELO as the roller disco orchestra. Ouch

IMO a nightmare

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I like the Xanadu theme song, but then I like disco.


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Yikes, I had forgotten Andy Gibb, he sadly died, but he represented all I disliked from Disco.

There was also a promotional video with Olivia and ELO if I remember well.

BTW: I was very good with four wheel skates, but always hated disco music.

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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. 
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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).
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Allright. Thank you all.
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I do not mind if it is proggy or not.
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Originally posted by Epignosis

ELO is one of my favorite bands, but strangely enough has not put out an amazing album, and so I tend to prefer compilations. 
 
I know what you mean.  Listening to them today none of the 70s/80s albums seem as awesome as they did back in the day.  Still, Lynne could definitely write a catchy tune and ELO music was part of the backdrop for so many good memories of those days that I still have a soft spot for them. 
 
Here's where I rank the original studio albums (all of which I still own on vinyl ;-).  Funny, never realized until just now that I never reviewed 'Face the Music'.  I'd put that one between 'On the Third Day' and 'Time'.
 
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Out Of The Blue | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Eldorado | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer) | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA On The Third Day | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Time | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA A New World Record | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Electric Light Orchestra II | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Discovery | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA The Light Shines On | review
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Secret Messages | review

And speaking of original vinyl (and disco), here's another I picked up back in the late seventies and can't bring myself to part with even though the music and the artwork are equally appalling:
 
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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.
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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!!!
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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.

Maybe because you were born in 1982 Wink

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.

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I don't mind disco, and I think ELO excels with it.
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Donna Summer was not your average run of the mill disco. Smile



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