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 Electric Light Orchestra - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra, known by their fans as ELO, is one of the most celebrated bands in rock-pop music. Their driving force behind the band was Jeff Lynne. At the very beginning, a recognizable Beatles influence was in his music. That influence with his new rock band would work very well with all the other elements that would make up their unique sound.

The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is what it says it is, and yes, this is the CD as seen on TV! This is a great collection of tracks, everyone excellent from point of view, and all remastered of course for optimum listening pleasure.

In Lynne’s introduction to this collection, he talks about the miracle of being in the top ten and selling millions of records. Not everyone can stake claim to that kind of success and the fact that what he was doing was so totally different and considered non-commercial at the time, makes the ELO story that much more incredible.

Eldorado (1974) and Face The Music (1975) were my introduction to ELO. I was not ready for Eldorado when it came out, I was still in my Kiss rock stage, and that is all I wanted to hear. It was not until several years later that I would appreciate the uniqueness and complexity of the ELO sound. I do remember reading an article in Circus magazine and Bev Bevan stating how difficult it was to be a drummer in the band, with all the orchestral parts and such. If you have not heard those two albums they come highly recommended from this listener. To this day, they stand as landmark classic releases.

This CD was extremely enjoyable for me, I was singing away to each song as they played. It gives you the warm and fuzzies inside, if you were growing up when it all came out. I think it is long overdue that Lynne puts together a comprehensive boxed set, one that shows how some of the songs developed with and without all of the orchestration. I certainly think it would be a fascinating thing to absorb for any music lover. While we wait for that, we can enjoy all of these wonderful tunes in gloriously remastered sound.

Tracklist
01. Mr. Blue Sky (5:02)
02. Evil Woman (4:11)
03. Don't Bring Me Down (4:03)
04. Sweet Talkin' Woman (3:47)
05. Shine A Little Love (4:11)
06. Turn To Stone (3:48)
07. The Diary Of Horace Wimp (4:16)
08. Confusion (3:41)
09. Hold On Tight (3:06)
10. Livin' Thing (3:31)
11. Telephone Line (4:39)
12. All Over The World (4:03)
13. Wild West Hero (4:40)
14. Showdown (4:11)
15. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle (3:37)
16. Xanadu (3:21)
17. Rockaria! (3:12)
18. Strange Magic (4:07)
19. Alright (3:10)
20. Rock And Roll Is King (3:07)



© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
Posted By: Keith Hannaleck
Genre: Rock-Progressive-Pop
Record Label: Epic/Legacy http://legacyrecordings.com
Website: http://www.elomusic.com

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