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    Finally got around to adding some ELO to my collection with The Essential Electric Light Orchestra. Was always a kind of take 'em or leave 'em type during the '70s - I liked some of their stuff, but never enough to buy any of it. Now I see these songs as a vital part of that era. I wasn't too crazy about Jeff Lynne's production of Tom Petty's Into The Great Wide Open (although I guess he did okay with Full Moon Fever) but these songs still sound good. The earlier songs are great examples that Lynne studied well at the school of late '60s Beatlepop, while some of the latter tracks show where some of the sound for the Travelling Wilburys and his work on Full Moon Fever would come from. One thing I did pick up on was that even in some of the upbeat songs, Lynne's lyrics seem to have a sense of melancholy.

    Anyway, just checking to see if there are song long-time fans of the band around here and hear what others' have to say.

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    billy, do you recall sometime in 1977-78 you could walk into "Peaches" and pick up virtually half of ELO's catalogue for around $1.99 per title? Through some wierd record company dispute, that's where and when I started collecting their stuff, as I'd already owned (and loved) "Face The Music" for a few years. They lost me with "Discovery", which was pretty much uniformly dismissed as "Disco-very".

    Yet in retrospect, Lynne was the perfect producer for Harrison, and yet sadly less so with the reunited remaining Beatles. That was not at all his fault, as it was more to do with to the source material he was given to work with.

    Some of the ELO work holds up remarkably well today, particularly "Face the Music", "A New World Record" and "Out of the Blue".

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    Not sure what Tom Petty has to do with the axis of ELO, but I'm sure that Jeff Lynne had a few Beatles posters in his room before he set off for University.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    billy, do you recall sometime in 1977-78 you could walk into "Peaches" and pick up virtually half of ELO's catalogue for around $1.99 per title? Through some wierd record company dispute, that's where and when I started collecting their stuff, as I'd already owned (and loved) "Face The Music" for a few years. They lost me with "Discovery", which was pretty much uniformly dismissed as "Disco-very".
    Nah, don't recall that at all. We didn't have a chain store in town - most of the stuff I bought came from the one record shop on Main Street, some from the drug store and then we got a head shop around '80. Closest chain would've probably been at the Maine Mall in Portland or the Newington Mall (Musicsmith?) in Portsmouth. Interesting that while you had Peaches in the south, Strawberries was sprouting out of Boston (would eventually have one in Newington, and I believe there was one in Philadelphia when I lived there in the mid '80s). Very fruity, this record biz! Plus, since I wasn't really looking for ELO records at the time, it's doubtful I would've noticed any way!

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    i love ELO!! Up until very very recently, they just sort of existed in the background of my musical tapestry but over the last year or so I keep gravitating towards their work and enjoying every single thing I hear. They have me caught in that little space where I get excited about uncovering something new everytime I hear a different song from them. Jeff Lynne is the man.

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    Mrs VHR bought me a copy of Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra a long while back and it had been collecting dust ever since. About a month ago I loaded both discs onto iTunes and started listening; man had I forgotten how vital ELO was to the soundtrack of my younger life.
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    I'm definitely not a long time fan...I'm not old to enough to be. But been listening to them for about 5 years now. I own Eldorado through Time and I have heard Balance of Power and Zoom. I like their stuff quite a bit. I'd say A New World Record is my favorite.

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    I have their last release "Zoom" which was released in 01. Although it's really Jeff Lynne. It's still pretty good. I remembering listening to A New world record on vinyl. One of my top ten of all time. I would have liked to see them live although now it would incredible with the technology to play that album live.

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    All my ELO is original vinyl...











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    Love this. Good times.
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    Yeah that's my favorite. ^

    I remember how that album cover was on the wall watching the action on WKRP. ELO has a lot of memories for me, listened to them all the time from the 70's on.

    My brother was always listening to them so what choice did I have?

    Surprised there's never been an ELO thread before.
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    I actually like the bands music better now than I did in the 1970s. How come Jeff Lynne does not have anything to do with them anymore? Dont they still tour in some altered form? Same ole shit?

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    A lot of good info...

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    ELO Part II
    Bevan formed his own band titled ELO Part II, initially with no other former ELO members except Clark. ELO Part II released their debut album Electric Light Orchestra Part Two in 1990. Mik Kaminski, Kelly Groucutt and Hugh McDowell joined the band for the first tour in 1991. McDowell left after that tour. Bevan, Groucutt, Kaminski and Clark recorded a second album in 1994 and toured extensively until 1999. Bevan retired from the lineup in 1999 and sold his share of the ELO name to Jeff Lynne in 2000. The remaining members continue to tour and record, renamed as The Orchestra.

    Reformation in 2000
    Jeff Lynne's comeback with ELO began in 2000 with the release of a retrospective box set, Flashback, containing three CDs of remastered tracks and a handful of outtakes and unfinished works, most notably a new version of ELO's only UK number one hit "Xanadu".

    In 2001, Zoom, ELO's first album since 1986, was released. Though billed and marketed as an ELO album, the only returning member other than Jeff Lynne was Richard Tandy, who performed on one track. Zoom took on a more organic sound, with less emphasis on strings and electronic effects. Guest musicians included former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Upon completion of the album Lynne reformed the band with completely new members including his then-girlfriend Rosie Vela and announced that ELO would tour again. Former ELO member Richard Tandy rejoined the band a short time afterwards for two television live performances: VH1 Storytellers and a PBS concert shot at CBS Television City, later titled Zoom Tour Live, that was released on DVD. The planned tour was cancelled due to unknown factors, in mid-August 2001. The tour was not rescheduled.
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    Per Uncle Crappy's request.

    I've always loved this one, which kicks off their "A New World Record" album ...

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    always thought ELO was so cool. Still enjoy them.

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