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Electric Light Orchestra

The Electric Light Orchestra's ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography rocketed the group to massive commercial success throughout the 1970s. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England in the autumn of 1970 from the ashes of the eccentric art-pop combo the Move, reuniting frontman Roy Wood with guitarist/composer Jeff Lynne, bassist Rick Price, and drummer Bev Bevan. Announcing their intentions to "pick up where 'I Am the Walrus' left off," the quartet sought to embellish their engagingly melodic rock with classical flourishes, tapping French horn player Bill Hunt and violinist Steve Woolam to record their self-titled debut LP (issued as No Answer in the U.S.). In the months between the sessions for the album and its eventual release, the Move embarked on their farewell tour, with Woolam exiting the ELO lineup prior to the enlistment of violinist Wilf Gibson, bassist Richard Tandy, and cellists Andy Craig and Hugh McDowell; despite the lengthy delay, Electric Light Orchestra sold strongly, buoyed by the success of the U.K. Top Ten hit "10538 Overture."

However, Wood soon left ELO to form Wizzard, taking Hunt and McDowell with him; Price and Craig were soon out as well, and with the additions of bassist Michael D'Albuquerque, keyboardist Richard Tandy, and cellists Mike Edwards and Colin Walker, Lynne assumed vocal duties, with his Lennonesque tenor proving the ideal complement to his increasingly sophisticated melodies. With 1973's ELO II, the group returned to the Top Ten with their grandiose cover of the Chuck Berry chestnut "Roll Over Beethoven"; the record was also their first American hit, with 1974's Eldorado yielding their first U.S. Top Ten, the lovely "Can't Get It Out of My Head." Despite Electric Light Orchestra's commercial success, the band remained relatively faceless; the lineup changed constantly, with sole mainstays Lynne and Bevan preferring to let their elaborate stage shows and omnipresent spaceship imagery instead serve as the group's public persona. 1975's Face the Music went gold, generating the hits "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic," while the follow-up, A New World Record, sold five million copies internationally thanks to standouts like "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing."

The platinum-selling double-LP, Out of the Blue, appeared in 1977, although the record's success was tempered somewhat by a lawsuit filed by Electric Light Orchestra against their former distributor, United Artists, whom the band charged flooded the market with defective copies of the album. Columbia distributed the remainder of the group's output, issued through their own Jet Records imprint, beginning with 1979's Discovery, which notched the Top Ten entries "Shine a Little Love" and "Don't Bring Me Down." In the wake of ELO's best-selling Greatest Hits compilation, Lynne wrote several songs for the soundtrack of the Olivia Newton-John film Xanadu, including the hit title track. The next proper Electric Light Orchestra album, 1981's Time, generated their final Top Ten hit, "Hold on Tight." Following 1983's Secret Messages, Bevan left the group to join Black Sabbath, although he returned to the fold for 1986's Balance of Power, which despite the presence of the Top 20 hit "Calling America," received little interest from fans and media alike.

However, as Electric Light Orchestra's career descended, Lynne emerged as a sought-after producer, helming well-received comebacks from George Harrison (1987's Cloud Nine) and Roy Orbison (1989's Mystery Girl) and additionally re-teaming with both rock legends as well as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty in the hit supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Lynne made his solo debut in 1990 with Armchair Theatre but otherwise spent the decade out of the limelight, instead producing material for Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, and Paul McCartney in addition to working on the Beatles' Anthology project. In 1988, meanwhile, Bevan formed Electric Light Orchestra Part II with vocalist Neil Lockwood, keyboardist Eric Troyer, and bassist Pete Haycock; although Lynne filed suit against the group (hence the "Part II" tag), a self-titled LP followed in 1991, with a live collection recorded with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra appearing a year later.

In 2001, having successfully secured the rights to the Electric Light Orchestra name, Lynne recorded the album Zoom -- largely by himself -- and released it as an ELO album. After Zoom, Lynne took time off from ELO, working on several projects including his 2002 collaboration with George Harrison, Brainwashed, and his 2009 collaboration with Tom Petty, Highway Companion.

In 2012, Lynne returned to ELO with Mr. Blue Sky, an album of re-recorded Electric Light Orchestra songs. In 2013, Lynne released a solo album of '50s and '60s pop hits titled Long Wave, as well as the ELO album Live, which featured concert performances ELO recorded during the tour for Zoom. ~ Jason Ankeny

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The Classic Albums Collection - Electric Light Orchestra

The Classic Albums Collection

  1. 10538 Overture
  2. Look at Me Now
  3. Nellie Takes Her Bow
  4. The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644)
  5. First Movement (Jumping Biz)
  6. Mr. Radio
  7. Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)
  8. Queen of the Hours
  9. Whisper in the Night
  10. The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) (take 1/alternate mix)
  11. Nellie Takes Her Bow (alternate mix)
  12. Mr. Radio (take 9)
  13. 10538 Overture (take 1/alternate mix)
  14. In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)
  15. Mama...
  16. Roll Over Beethoven
  17. From the Sun to the World (Boogie No. 1)
  18. Kuiama
  19. In Old England Town (instrumental)
  20. Baby I Apologize (session outtake)
  21. In Old England Town (take 1/alternate mix)
  22. Roll Over Beethoven (take 1/alternate mix)
  23. Ocean Breakup / King of the Universe
  24. Bluebird Is Dead
  25. Oh No Not Susan
  26. New World Rising / Ocean Breakup Reprise
  27. Showdown
  28. Daybreaker
  29. Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle
  30. Dreaming of 4000
  31. In the Hall of the Mountain King
  32. Auntie ("Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" take 1)
  33. Auntie ("Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" take 2)
  34. Mambo ("Dreaming of 4000" alternate mix)
  35. Everyone's Born to Die
  36. Interludes
  37. Eldorado Overture
  38. Can't Get It Out of My Head
  39. Boy Blue
  40. Laredo Tornado
  41. Poor Boy (The Greenwood)
  42. Mister Kingdom
  43. Nobody's Child
  44. Illusions in G Major
  45. Eldorado
  46. Eldorado Finale
  47. Eldorado Instrumental Medley
  48. Dark City
  49. Fire on High
  50. Waterfall
  51. Evil Woman
  52. Nightrider
  53. Poker
  54. Strange Magic
  55. Down Home Town
  56. One Summer Dream
  57. Fire on High Intro (early alternative mix)
  58. Evil Woman (stripped down mix)
  59. Strange Magic (U.S. single edit)
  60. Waterfall (instrumental mix)
  61. Tightrope
  62. Telephone Line
  63. Rockaria!
  64. Mission (A World Record)
  65. So Fine
  66. Livin' Thing
  67. Above the Clouds
  68. Do Ya
  69. Shangri-La
  70. Telephone Line (different vocal)
  71. Surrender
  72. Tightrope (instrumental early rough mix)
  73. Above the Clouds (instrumental rough mix)
  74. So Fine (instrumental early rough mix)
  75. Telephone Line (instrumental)
  76. Turn to Stone
  77. It's Over
  78. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  79. Across the Border
  80. Night in the City
  81. Starlight
  82. Jungle
  83. Believe Me Now
  84. Steppin' Out
  85. Standin' in the Rain
  86. Big Wheels
  87. Summer and Lightning
  88. Mr. Blue Sky
  89. Sweet Is the Night
  90. The Whale
  91. Birmingham Blues
  92. Wild West Hero
  93. Wild West Hero (alternate bridge/home demo)
  94. The Quick and the Daft
  95. Latitude 88 North
  96. Shine a Little Love
  97. Confusion
  98. Need Her Love
  99. The Diary of Horace Wimp
  100. Last Train to London
  101. Midnight Blue
  102. On the Run
  103. Wishing
  104. Don't Bring Me Down
  105. On the Run (home demo)
  106. Second Time Around (home demo)
  107. Little Town Flirt
  108. Prologue
  109. Twilight
  110. Yours Truly, 2095
  111. Ticket to the Moon
  112. The Way Life's Meant to Be
  113. Another Heart Breaks
  114. Rain Is Falling
  115. From the End of the World
  116. The Lights Go Down
  117. Here Is the News
  118. 21st Century Man
  119. Hold On Tight
  120. Epilogue
  121. The Bouncer
  122. When Time Stood Still
  123. Julie Don't Live Here
  124. Secret Messages
  125. Loser Gone Wild
  126. Bluebird
  127. Take Me On and On
  128. Time After Time
  129. Four Little Diamonds
  130. Stranger
  131. Danger Ahead
  132. Letter From Spain
  133. Train of Gold
  134. Rock 'n' Roll Is King
  135. No Way Out
  136. Endless Lies
  137. After All
  138. Heaven Only Knows
  139. So Serious
  140. Getting to the Point
  141. Secret Lives
  142. Is It Alright
  143. Sorrow About to Fall
  144. Without Someone
  145. Calling America
  146. Endless Lies
  147. Send It
  148. Opening
  149. Heaven Only Knows (alternate version)
  150. In for the Kill
  151. Secret Lives (alternate take)
  152. Sorrow About to Fall (alternate mix)
  153. Caught in a Trap
  154. Destination Unknown