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Topic: The Best Electric Light Orchestra Album
Posted By: progistoomainstream
Subject: The Best Electric Light Orchestra Album
Date 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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Posted By: dreadpirateroberts
Date Posted: October 08 2011 at 22:56
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
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldorado_%28Electric_Light_Orchestra_album%29" rel="nofollow - Eldorado, A Symphony (1974)
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face_the_Music_%28Electric_Light_Orchestra_album%29" rel="nofollow - Face the Music (1975)
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_New_World_Record" rel="nofollow - A New World Record (1976)
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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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: October 08 2011 at 23:31
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.

Iván


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Posted By: Epignosis
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 07:53
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.




Posted By: GentleGiant
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 08:21
On The Third Day
Eldorado


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Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 09:15
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

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.

Iván
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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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 11:10
Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

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

Iván



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Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 15:53
Crime Of The Century.  Tongue

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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 16:02
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

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

Iván



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




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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 17:00
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.

Iván




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Posted By: Alitare
Date Posted: October 09 2011 at 17:08
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. 


Posted By: iluvmarillion
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 04:52
Originally posted by Alitare Alitare wrote:

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).


Posted By: progistoomainstream
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 11:55
Allright. Thank you all.

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Posted By: progistoomainstream
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 12:16
I do not mind if it is proggy or not.

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Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 13:00
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

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'.
 
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10529" rel="nofollow - Out Of The Blue | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=87711" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10511" rel="nofollow - Eldorado | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=85812" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10477" rel="nofollow - Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer) | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=74263" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10510" rel="nofollow - On The Third Day | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=111381" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10547" rel="nofollow - Time | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=76180" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10519" rel="nofollow - A New World Record | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=82383" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10478" rel="nofollow - Electric Light Orchestra II | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=110977" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10531" rel="nofollow - Discovery | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=81891" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10545" rel="nofollow - The Light Shines On | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=76030" rel="nofollow - review
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2259" rel="nofollow - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=10570" rel="nofollow - Secret Messages | http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=88251" rel="nofollow - 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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Posted By: thellama73
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 13:13
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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Posted By: John McIntyre
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 16:15
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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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 16:27
Originally posted by thellama73 thellama73 wrote:

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.

Iván 

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Posted By: Epignosis
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 16:41
I don't mind disco, and I think ELO excels with it.


Posted By: Dean
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 17:33

Donna Summer was not your average run of the mill disco. Smile



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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: October 10 2011 at 17:51
Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

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.



Posted By: akaBona
Date Posted: October 12 2011 at 12:00
Eldorado, actually it's very enjoyable album!


Posted By: progistoomainstream
Date 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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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: November 11 2011 at 17:21
Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M Ivan_Melgar_M wrote:

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.




Come on you guys! No love for Boney M?
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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Posted By: Finnforest
Date 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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Posted By: mwood
Date 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...


Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: November 14 2011 at 20:53
Originally posted by thellama73 thellama73 wrote:

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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Posted By: KingCrInuYasha
Date Posted: November 17 2011 at 14:49
Originally posted by iluvmarillion iluvmarillion wrote:

Originally posted by Alitare Alitare wrote:

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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Posted By: Raccoon
Date Posted: July 28 2012 at 02:02
Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by thellama73 thellama73 wrote:

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.


Posted By: charles_ryder
Date 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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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 04:06
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.


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 07:47
Originally posted by John McIntyre John McIntyre wrote:

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.


Posted By: HolyMoly
Date 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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Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date 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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Posted By: irrelevant
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 12:43
I don't mind "Rock n' Roll is King" Embarrassed 

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Posted By: Ethos
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 13:20
Eldorado.

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Posted By: Michael678
Date 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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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 14:39
Originally posted by John McIntyre John McIntyre wrote:

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)


Posted By: musitron
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 15:00
I really enjoyed Eldorado back in 74 I think but I was 15. I don't know today.

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Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: May 21 2014 at 23:00
Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

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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Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: May 22 2014 at 00:13
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.


Posted By: irrelevant
Date Posted: May 22 2014 at 06:41
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

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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Posted By: Saperlipopette!
Date Posted: May 22 2014 at 07:11
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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Posted By: ghost_of_morphy
Date Posted: May 26 2014 at 12:00
El Dorado or Out of the Blue are their best.

Their proggiest is probably On The Third Day.


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: May 30 2014 at 12:58
Originally posted by GentleGiant GentleGiant wrote:

On The Third Day
Eldorado
 
Yeah ...
 
2nd album
3rd album
4th album
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Posted By: Altairius
Date Posted: June 07 2014 at 02:22
A New World Record


Posted By: Michael678
Date Posted: June 07 2014 at 06:51
this should've been discussed as a poll rather than a discussion, ya know?

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Posted By: HarmonyDissonan
Date 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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Posted By: POTA
Date Posted: September 30 2015 at 22:46
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.


Posted By: the lighthouse keepe
Date Posted: October 01 2015 at 05:44
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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Posted By: Cambus741
Date Posted: October 01 2015 at 06:03
Time without a doubt, followed by A New World Record.


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: October 01 2015 at 23:36
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

 
Come on you guys! No love for Boney M?
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...

LOL Outstanding reply!  

I also must admit to a grudging love for some disco....Steely Dan did it very well with "Aja," and some other disco incorporated some rather elegant instrumentals.  I suppose out-of-work jazz and fusion players had to make some money in the studio....

And you are right about the ladies!  Hard as hell to dance to most prog!  

*Play that funky music, white boy....*


Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: October 01 2015 at 23:50
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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Posted By: Saperlipopette!
Date Posted: October 02 2015 at 04:27
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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Posted By: dr wu23
Date 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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Posted By: TheLionOfPrague
Date 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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Posted By: AZF
Date Posted: October 05 2015 at 14:37
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)


Posted By: Svetonio
Date Posted: October 05 2015 at 18:05
On The Third Day is their best prog effort.


Posted By: Svetonio
Date Posted: October 05 2015 at 18:06
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.


Posted By: micky
Date Posted: October 05 2015 at 18:32
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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Posted By: Guillermo
Date Posted: October 05 2015 at 20:05
"ELO2".

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