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Electric Light Orchestra

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1971 Electric Light Orchestra
1972 No Answer
1973 Electric Light Orchestra II
1973 On the Third Day
1974 Eldorado
1975 Face the Music
1976 A New World Record
1977 Out of the Blue
1979 Discovery
1980 Xanadu (Soundtrack)
1981 Time
1983 Secret Messages
1986 Balance of Power
1990 Electric Light Orchestra; Part Two
1994 Moment of Truth
2001 Zoom
2003 ELO 2: Lost Planet

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Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra

By Mike McGonigal

Electric Light Orchestra are the quintessential fanboy (or fangirl) band; folks tend to either love or hate Jeff Lynne's far-reaching pop act, while critics tend to wrinkle their nose in disgust and dismiss their entire oeuvre save the obscure first album that Roy Wood plays on. Basically, E.L.O. are derided for writing all the Beatles songs that the Beatles never got around to writing in the first place, and then slapping sappy disco string arrangements on top. But at their best this ambitious ensemble--whose maxim is to try and cram as much sound and scope as possible into the conventional pop song--achieve a certain lumbering grace which is amazingly pleasurable. Sure, their songs are sappy and Lynne's lyrics campy, but Lynne is such a master that he transforms artifice into art; he's not the Beethoven of rock, he's its Jeff Koons. Moreover, Lynne is no mere retro futurist; he is fully capable of taking apart high-, low-, and middle-brow genres and recombining them in unexpected ways--in a manner that foreshadows pop music's direction in the 1990s. It's delightful to see this underrated group get a decent, career-spanning three-CD box set (digitally remastered, natch), with the requisite unreleased/alternate takes and elaborate color booklet with extensive liner notes. This music has aged remarkably well, like a fine can of soda pop.

1. 10538 Overture16. Mr. Blue Sky
2. Roll over Beethoven17. It's Over
3. Showdown18. Shine a Little Love
4. Daybreaker19. Don't Bring Me Down
5. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle20. Confusion
6. Can't Get It Out of My Head21. Last Train to London
7. Boy Blue22. Hold on Tight
8. Evil Woman23. Twilight
9. Strange Magic24. Rain Is Falling
10. Livin' Thing25. Rock & Roll Is King
11. Do Ya26. Four Little Diamonds
12. Telephone Line27. Stranger
13. Rockaria!28. Calling America
14. Turn to Stone29. So Serious
15. Sweet Talkin' Woman


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Artist: Electric Light Orchestra

Formed: 1970

Broke-up: 1988

Members: Jeff Lynne, Melvyn Gale, Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell, Richard Tandy

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