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Electric Light Orchestra - The Essential Electric Light Orchestra

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    Electric Light Orchestra: Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer); Kelly Groucett (vocals, bass); Richard Tandy (piano, Clavinet, synthesizer); Bev Bevan (drums, percussion). Producer: Jeff Lynne. Compilation producer: Al Quaglieri. Recorded be......more

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Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Description:
Electric Light Orchestra: Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer); Kelly Groucett (vocals, bass); Richard Tandy (piano, Clavinet, synthesizer); Bev Bevan (drums, percussion). Producer: Jeff Lynne. Compilation producer: Al Quaglieri. Recorded between 1974 & 1982. Includes liner notes by Jaan Uhelski. This 15-track hits collection provides a cursory but satisfying overview of the work of these hugely popular, orchestral-pop pioneers. Immediately recognizable for their electro-classical arrangements and "futuristic" production (courtesy of group founder, songwriter, and vocalist Jeff Lynne), Electric Light Orchestra was an FM radio staple throughout the late 1970s and early '80s, racking up a string of hit singles. Almost all of those singles are included here ("10538 Overture" being the notable omission). Not chronologically sequenced, the disc begins with 1975's "Evil Woman" and ends with the band's '72 cover of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." ELO's pop smarts (which owe a heavy debt to late-'60s Beatles songcraft) shine throughout, whether on the lilting "Strange Magic," the driving "Don't Bring Me Down," or "Calling America," a cut from 1986's BALANCE OF POWER. Pop masterpieces "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman" charm as much with sonic novelty (including synthesized vocals, epic choral backing, and sweeping string parts) as they do with their irresistible melodies. While fans looking for a more comprehensive collection should turn to 1995's double-disc set STRANGE MAGIC, those seeking ELO's biggest singles will find exactly what they're looking for here.
See Also:
Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra, A New World Record, Face the Music, Out of the Blue, The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
See Influences:
Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Moody Blues, Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, Tomorrow, Phil Spector, The New York Rock Ensemble, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Procol Harum, The Hollies, The Move, The Left Banke, The Zombies, Pink Floyd
See Contemporaries:
Kayak, Queen, Boston, Alan Parsons, Styx, Ringo Starr, Split Enz, A House, The Cars, Utopia, L.E.O., Cheap Trick, Olivia Newton-John, Renaissance, Paul McCartney, Supertramp, Dave Edmunds, 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Yes, Tom Petty, Eddi Reader, The Tubes, ABBA, Lake, Steve Miller (Guitar), Roy Wood
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 10538 Overture [7" Edit]
  2. 2 Roll Over Beethoven
  3. 3 Showdown
  4. 4 Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
  5. 5 Can't Get It Out Of My Head [7" Edit]
  6. 6 Evil Woman
  7. 7 Nightrider [7" Edit]
  8. 8 Strange Magic
  9. 9 Livin' Thing
  10. 10 Do Ya
  11. 11 Rockaria!
  12. 12 Telephone Line
  13. 13 Turn to Stone
  14. 14 Mr. Blue Sky
  15. 15 Sweet Talkin' Woman
  16. 16 Wild West Hero
  17. 17 It's Over
  18. 18 Shine a Little Love
Disc 2:
  1. 1 Don't Bring Me Down
  2. 2 Diary of Horace Wimp, The
  3. 3 Confusion
  4. 4 Last Train to London
  5. 5 I'm Alive
  6. 6 Xanadu [New Version]
  7. 7 All Over the World
  8. 8 Don't Walk Away
  9. 9 Hold on Tight
  10. 10 Twilight
  11. 11 Ticket to the Moon
  12. 12 Way Life's Meant to Be, The
  13. 13 Rock and Roll Is King
  14. 14 Secret Messages
  15. 15 Four Little Diamonds
  16. 16 Calling America
  17. 17 So Serious
  18. 18 Surrender
  19. 19 Latitude 88 North
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Art Rock
Label:
Epic Records
Number of Discs:
2
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
144 : 56
UPC:
886979775220
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