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I just heard Mr. Blue Sky and it's an amazingly great song. Ive never heard anything else, and know nothing about them (except theyre from the 70s), but if it's all like this... wow.

David Allen, Tuesday, 3 December 2002 00:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's not even their best single! Get their greatest hits LP, but from there search "Out of the Blue", "A New World Record" and maybe "Discovery". Hmmm, what other tidbits; they had bad haircuts and shoes, and toured in a giant flying saucer (just like Parliament!)

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh oh oh, you NEED 'dont bring me down', it's a CLASSIC. my mate tells me that it's used to soundtrack a scene in the film Donnie Brasco where two gangsters are squaring up to each on the dancefloor; now I can't listen to the song without playing this scene out in my head. I want to see how it's done in the film but I don't want to ruin the oh so slick scene that I imagine it to be. This song had a whole thread devoted to it a couple of months back, apparently he sings GROSSS not BRUCE but you coulda fooled me.

oh yeah, and Roll Over Beethoven isn't bad either but it's no Mr Blue Sky

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Man I gotta hear "Turn to Stone" right now!!!

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok sean whadda you reckon IS their best single? "telephone line" is a obvious choice but of the later stuff "don't bring me down" is the 3rd best song called "don't bring me down"...& whattabout that "showdown" & maybe almost my favourite was "can't get it out of my head"...

(hey did you see what i was almost doing there?)

duane (hellbaby), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I remember seeing a *TV commercial* for the greatest hits LP, btw.

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I dunno, Duane! I'll be playing greatest hits as soon as I get home!

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And what *were* you doing there, Duane?
My guess: paraphrasing Christgau's review.

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Strange Magic" is nice. The little twangy guitar hook sounds like something from a forgotten dream.

Curt (cgould), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

sean i was paraphrasing Randy Newman, y'know that song "Story of a Rock&Roll Band"? "almost my favourite is mister blue sky/...i luv that ELO" etc

doorag, Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd never have thought it, but Atomic Kitten have reminded me that "Last Train To London" ain't half bad.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 01:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

sean i was paraphrasing Randy Newman, y'know that song "Story of a Rock&Roll Band"? "almost my favourite is mister blue sky/...i luv that ELO" etc

I guess I know that Xgau thing, cuz he must paraphrase Newman in his review!

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 02:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

sean i was paraphrasing Randy Newman, y'know that song "Story of a Rock&Roll Band"? "almost my favourite is mister blue sky/...i luv that ELO" etc

This song is great!

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 03:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've been in into ELO for a while, and every time I'd tell someone I liked them that person would look at me like "Eww, that's so gay." Now that "Mr. Blue Sky" is in a commercial, everyone's all like "Wow, this song rules, what is it?"

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 03:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ELO seems like the only band I've ever heard who can overdo handclaps. I've enjoyed various singles I've heard a little bit but the one album I have Ole ELO (I got for 2 bucks somewhere out of curiousity) doesn't do much for me.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 04:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dude, Ole ELO is notable only because it's a palindrome. Listen to the people, at least get Out of the Blue or the later Greatest Hits before giving up. I'd recommend the Time album too, but it's been proven (possibly even by science) that I'm a bit weird; still, a sci-fi soap opera just does it for me.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 04:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, okay, it has "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic" too I guess. Still.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 04:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I guess you could destroy their later tendency to overdo the Bee Gees style falsettos. I recall a good share of Discovery in that Chimpmunks style (which I'm sure somebody out there swears is classic).

Curt (cgould), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 05:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ELO is quite possibily the most overproduced music ever, which is why it works.

Jeff Lynne could produce Biohazard and he would want to put timpanis and a full string section underneath it all.

Search ELO's greatest hits. I know they like the Beatles and Beach Boys, but their music is much more over the top. I've got it on 8 track and cd. Listening to it on my 8 track player in my car, it works much better.

Destroy-- generally Jeff Lynne's productions in the 90s for Tom Petty, leave the timpanis at home.

earlnash, Tuesday, 3 December 2002 05:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I got a cheap copy of OLE ELO recently too, I should really splurge and buy all the early LPs tho' - "10538 Overture", "Dreaming of 3000", "Illusions in G Major", "Fire On High"... all fantastic.

Nothing tops "Mr Blue Sky" tho'. And Sean is OTM upthread.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 3 December 2002 09:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Since I was harshing on Ole ELO I can only assume you mean the other Sean. =)

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 12:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I guess it's worth mentioning that cool as Greatest Hits is (and I did play it last night btw), it was released before "Discovery", and thus doesn't include Shine a Little Love, Don't Bring Me Down, and Hold On Tight (which I believe was used in a *milk* commercial back in the day).

Are all Jeff Lynne's production jobs bad? Didn't he do a wierd and kinda cool one for Dave Edmunds? What was the name of that single...

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 16:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Slipping away is the song you're thinking of.

I liked his Travelling Wilbury's stuff but I think I'm probably the only one who does.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 16:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

His Traveling Wilburys and Tom Petty stuff ain't bad per se. Rather of their time. He certainly got his subjects to sound more relaxed then usual.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 3 December 2002 16:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Robin C; How have Atomic kitten done that? Have they covered "Last Train to London"? (excuse a man who's completely out of touch with chart music...)

Jody Beth; Yeah... ELO have this reputation of being horrendously tacky etc., "uncool", but what does this matter? I've listsened and judged for myself and they aren't at all bad overall... Yes, I can see exactly where the reputation comes from; particularly some of their later singles... but one has to judge more of a whole.

The albums I have of them are "Eldorado" and "Out of the Blue". Both are enjoyable, thoroughly decent records. "Eldorado" better as it has more brevity and a little more orchestrated flavour. "Out of the Blue" is a very strong record, mostly songs of a fine & dandy disposition. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" is an outright classic song in my opinion; indeed one of the best of that era and pop genre. Sheer joyous pop music, that cannot be dimmed by any cynicism in this age of ours.
"Eldorado"'s title track is an epic (without being at all long) joust through yearning, melodious territory; one wouldn't think with the reputation they have, that they could do such great stuff, but it is the case. Reputations can mislead people greatly, in the field of music.

Tom May, Thursday, 5 December 2002 00:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This thread has gotten me on a little ELO kick, btw.

Sean (Sean), Thursday, 5 December 2002 00:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm listening to them right now! Out of the Blue has got to be their best album--aside from Greatest Hits of course. Thanks ILM, by the way.

Sean (Sean), Thursday, 5 December 2002 04:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Atomic Kitten have *sampled* "Last Train To London" on their current hit, and it's their best song by some way, though I think that's only because the source is so evocative, not really their own contribution.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 5 December 2002 06:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"THE WEATHER'S FINE, BUT THERE MAY BE A METEOR SHOWER... "

bob snoom, Thursday, 5 December 2002 13:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I'm reviving this to point out that "Mr. Blue Sky" is heard during the commercial for the new film Adaptation, so apparantly it's featured in the movie.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 23 December 2002 03:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I noticed that as well. I think I may have to purchase a greatest hits of some variety now, since "Mr Blue Sky" won't leave my skull, and "Don't Bring Me Down" was great already.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Monday, 23 December 2002 19:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(stared at an Ee-eL-Ou comp today inna shop. didn't buy. do not regret, still. but ...WILL!)

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 23 December 2002 19:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Eldorado is a fine album - "Blue Boy" is a hit that got away. Strange how much the UK slept on this record at the time ...

robin carmody (robin carmody), Friday, 26 September 2003 01:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Seek: "Out Of The Blue", "Discovery", "Face The Music", "Time"
Destroy: "Secret Messages" was hardly a highlight.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 26 September 2003 12:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Can't Get Out of My Head" is better than anything John Lennon wrote after 1970.

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 26 September 2003 12:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Destroy: pretty much all of it there I said it. ILM continues to mystify with its ELO love.

dleone (dleone), Friday, 26 September 2003 13:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Here here.

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 26 September 2003 13:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Geir didn't you like 'Eldorado'?

The late stuff was pretty samey but "Four Little Diamonds" has a great gtr intro

dave q, Friday, 26 September 2003 19:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Eldorado" is a great album too, although I think it misses something by being the last ELO album not to feature Mack as an engineer. Mack was just as instrumental in the ELO sound as was Jeff Lynne.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 26 September 2003 21:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dadaismus is bang on re. "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"

robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 27 September 2003 00:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

search - livin' thing, sweet talkin' woman, evil woman (cos all songs about evil women are fantastic), telephone line, turn to stone, don't bring me down, hold on tight, can't get it out of my head, last trian to london, strange magic, shine a little love.

destroy - rockaria, rock and roll is king.

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Saturday, 27 September 2003 02:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The ELO compilations I merely stared at upthread, eventually I bought it. It's basically their very first album with a coupla songs added from the second. So it sounds nothing like the later Lynne-led & slickly produced ELO. But weirdly wonderful all the same, now and again.
As nobody's thrown in a sympathy vote for ELO II so far, I will then.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 27 September 2003 14:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Destroy: pretty much all of it there I said it. ILM continues to mystify with its ELO love.

Ah, Dom, I totally disagree -- perhaps even disrespectfully. I'll freely admit that I was no fan until fairly recently, but listening to their box set (no, I didn't pay a cent for it) a few weeks ago, Lynne more than knew his way around a pop hook -- he knew how to make it fucking stick. Their shit is total craft, Pop w/ a capital "p" (and ludicrously Pretentious to boot). But pretty fucking undeniable.

Do you like the Move?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Sunday, 28 September 2003 04:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
Just got the Greatest Hits, and it's all fully classic, esp. 'Sweet Talkin' Woman', 'Turn To Stone', 'Can't Get It Out Of My Head', 'Mr Blue Sky'.

I always hear ELO slagged as typifying this horrible genre of 70's slick pop. What other bands are included in this, and are they half as joyful?

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 04:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"'Can't Get Out of My Head'" is better than anything John Lennon wrote after 1970."

Hmmm. Good song, but is it that much better (if actually better at all) than "Jealous Guy" or "Mind Games" or "#9 Dream?"

Tim Ellison, Tuesday, 15 June 2004 04:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Derrick needs to get him some Badfinger.

I'm a lapsed ELO fan, sadly. These days I'm more likely to put on something from the first album only because its just so damn strange, particularly considering where they ended up. I've got pretty much everything they did on vinyl (and played it obsessively in my early teen years, say 1980-1985), which is pretty odd considering where I ended up with my musical tastes.

I'm sure I can sing along with everything they've done up to and including _Balance of Power_.

I need a drink now...

Matt Maxwell (Matt M.), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 04:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Love how Daft Punk took that little riff from "Evil Woman" for "Face to Face"!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 06:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

musically, i think Newman's take on ELO is too simplistic, but then that might just be suitably perverse enough to make his grade -- deliberately lame parody ? from one orchestrator to another ? Newman's such a fruitcake sometimes and i guess it was the music industry that was the really lame bit.

i mean, instead, why not a response to "swinging classics" and other beat orchestras from that period ? well, i guess Newman wasn't a real music-lover fan of James Last et. al., so a loving tribute to that type of stuff just wouldn't have been possible ..

george gosset (gegoss), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ILM kiddies, ILM kiddies,
watch'a gonna do with the Xanadu soundtrack ?

george gosset (gegoss), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

To be bluddy dull, I think their best stuff was the early stuff, up to Ma-ma-belle.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 09:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"On The Third Day" is the one you need.

jjj, Tuesday, 15 June 2004 14:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I always hear ELO slagged as typifying this horrible genre of 70's slick pop. What other bands are included in this, and are they half as joyful?

Pls answer me this question ILM!

Good Dog (Good Dog), Thursday, 23 June 2005 03:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What, barely a mention of New World Record ?!

Eldorado and NWR are required.

Selected singles also, if so inclined.

Zed Szetlian (Finn MacCool), Thursday, 23 June 2005 03:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I always hear ELO slagged as typifying this horrible genre of 70's slick pop. What other bands are included in this, and are they half as joyful?

10CC! They actually are only about 1/2 as joyful but still worthwhile as far as awesomely overproduced '70s pop. Todd Rundgren is also in a slightly similar bubblegum weirdness vein.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Thursday, 23 June 2005 04:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I just picked up Discovery, Time, and Eldorado for $1.49 apiece. I've only heard Time so far, but i love it. total pastiche, lots of blatant stuff(like baba o'reilly in 'twilight').

derrick (derrick), Monday, 8 August 2005 07:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sean i was paraphrasing Randy Newman, y'know that song "Story of a Rock & Roll Band"?
"I love their Mr Blue Sky
Almost my favourite is Turn to Stone
And how 'bout Telephone Line?
I love that ELO."

might be the answer to the S part of this thread. And 'Evil Woman' and 'Diary of Horace Wimp'. I guess there must be a decent compilation out there; I'll have to check it out.

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Monday, 8 August 2005 08:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I wanna hear Daft Punk remixing "Sweet Talkin Woman"

dog latin (dog latin), Monday, 8 August 2005 09:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

more love for "10538 Overture," "Showdown" and "Do Ya." And I've always thought it would be the coolest to cover "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle." The double disc retrospective Strange Magic is an excellent starting place. The only major omission I can recall is "Xanadu"

Will(iam), Monday, 8 August 2005 14:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I'm listening to Out Of The Blue - why isn't this up there with Pet Sounds, Revolver, Rumours etc as one of these incredible canonic records? It's a fucking pop opus and there isn't a dull moment on it. Plus, is it fair to say that ELO have had a massive influence on any modern band (Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Air in particular) who have a maximalist attitude to their production? All Hail Jeff Lynne!

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 2 October 2005 17:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes!

~~~~ DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE ~~~~ (ex machina), Sunday, 2 October 2005 17:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yes, what to do with the "xanadu" soundtrack?

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Sunday, 2 October 2005 19:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My introduction to Jeff Lynne was The Move's "Do Ya" from the Split Ends LP. Thinking about the song brings fond memories of a girl named Lee - like you needed to know... I saw ELO at the Providence Civic Center sometime around 1977 when they were at the top of their game: Awesome light show and louder than The Who. Roll Over Beethoven!

jim wentworth (wench), Monday, 3 October 2005 00:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Was listening to Greatest Hits Pt. II cd over the weekend and I can definitely see someone like Franz Ferdinand nicking the main riff to "Here Is The News".

and where is the love for 'Calling America'?

JohnFoxxsJuno, Monday, 3 October 2005 11:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Plus, is it fair to say that ELO have had a massive influence on any modern band (Daft Punk...

Disco+rock+vocoders+alienation, they even shared an album title.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 3 October 2005 13:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

has out of the blue been remastered yet?

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Electric Light Orchestra is releasing expanded editions, featuring bonus tracks and liner notes by Jeff Lynne, of seven ELO titles this year. The first two, No Answer (1971) and ELO 2 (1973) are in stores NOW.

With multiple bonus tracks on each – instrumental, alternate take, and alternate mix versions – plus brand new liner notes written by ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne, the expanded editions of No Answer and ELO 2 arrived in stores March 28th on Epic/Legacy. They are the first wave of ELO expanded editions on Epic/Legacy that will continue over the course of 2006 with subsequent releases of On The Third Day (1973), Face The Music (1975), A New World Record (1976), Out Of The Blue (1977), and Balance Of Power (1986).

And this from www.ftmusic.com -

In two short months, expanded and remastered definitive editions of 'On The Third Day', 'Face The Music' and 'A New World Record' are released worldwide from May 22 onwards.

Each classic ELO album has been digitally remastered by ELO leader Jeff Lynne (with engineer Jeff Magid) from the original master tapes, only recently recovered, and are packed with rare and previously unreleased material. All have full-colour booklets with rare photos, improved front cover artwork and new liner-notes from both Lynne and ELO archivist Rob Caiger. Phase 2 follows in September.

So no remastered Out Of The Blue for a while just yet...

Lotta Continua (Damian), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 09:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just luurve Sweet Talkin Woman, but not heard it for years. In the early 80s when i were a lad people used to bring in their records to youth club, and Out of the Blue was the most popular by far. That's where I also first heard PiL and Early Fall. I bought those LPs, but not ELOs - guess I just took them for granted.

dr x o'skeleton, Tuesday, 4 April 2006 09:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Discovery has some weak spots (I'm thinking of "The Diary of Horace Wimp" in particular), but there's quality in there. "Shine a Little Love" is a terrific rock-disco number, and there's two nifty ballads, "Need Her Love" and "Midnight Blue." And the reissue from a few years ago includes a great version of Del Shannon's "Little Town Flirt" as a bonus track. I think I picked up my copy in a remaindered bin for $6.

James, Tuesday, 4 April 2006 13:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Out Of The Blue" was remastered some years ago, along with most of their back catalogue (including "Discovery" and "Xanadu", both of which sounded like shit before the remasters).

There were never remasters released of "On The Third Day", "Face The Music" or "A New World Record" though, so it's about time they appear in a remastered form as well.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 17:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, a few of the albums were re-issued in about 2001 with bonus tracks, but there were still some gaps there, so it looks like it's only now that Mr. Lynne has finished the job.

Lotta Continua (Damian), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 17:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The first two ELO albums, (ELO and ELO II), were reissued in double disc editions in the UK as well, on EMI/Harvest. These are different than the new US reissues of No Answer (the American title) and ELO II that came out last week. Different cover art, even. I'm an ELO fan, but, God knows, double disc reissues are a bit too much even for me.

James, Tuesday, 4 April 2006 17:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I know most people love Out of the blue, but for me A new world record is their masterpiece. Concise, classic pop with ambition and imagination and more than a nod to the Philly soul sound of the time, amongst many other things swimming in the mix.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 18:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

you know, "eldorado" is also very good, curious why it doesn't appear on this remaster list. that, out of the blue, and new world record are the only ones i can handle front-to-back

bangelo (bangelo), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 18:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The first two ELO albums, (ELO and ELO II), were reissued in double disc editions in the UK as well, on EMI/Harvest. These are different than the new US reissues of No Answer (the American title) and ELO II that came out last week. Different cover art, even. I'm an ELO fan, but, God knows, double disc reissues are a bit too much even for me.

Has anyone heard ELO 2: Lost Planet? I gather it includes pieces of a long-lost concept album with Roy Wood that was recorded in between the first and second records...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 19:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"eldorado" is also very good, curious why it doesn't appear on this remaster list.

It was re-issued with extra tracks in 2001 along with Discovery, Time and Secret Messages. It's only now that the rest of their albums are being re-issued in this format.

Lotta Continua (Damian), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 19:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

righto

bangelo (bangelo), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 19:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Out Of The Blue" was remastered some years ago,

I don't think it was.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 20:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wow, how timely. I was just listening to Out of the Blue. ELO were the first band I became obsessed with as a kid. NWR and Out of the Blue were great. I always felt Discovery was too Bee Gees like. Their earlier albums are more tasteful but less fun. I like how their 76-77 sound got so big and ridiculous, and OOTB was like a children's record. And the animals sang, "Wonderous is our great blue ship that sails around the mighty sun and joy to everyone who rides along." Heh. Time was the first album I nearly had heart failure in anticipation. The rest of their albums were pretty embarrassing, which is why I hadn't listened to them for over 20 years. Now I'm looking forward to those remasters, go figure.

Fastnbulbous (Fastnbulbous), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 13:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

There's supposedly an Idle Race 5CD box set in the works too...

Lotta Continua (Damian), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 13:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Still no expanded Secret Messages then - it was supposed to be a double originally but Lynne was told that was uneconomic in times of vinyl crisis (1983? I don't recall any vinyl crisis then. But anyway...). Apparently when reissued on CD they attempted to restore it to its original format but Lynne put the kibosh on that out of pique, so we still don't get a legit issue of "Hello Old Friend," possibly their/his best-ever song.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 13:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This is the expanded Secret Messages, still missing the song you mention, I note.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005KBK9/qid=1144265108/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_11_1/026-6419034-7711650

Lotta Continua (Damian), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 18:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I always felt Discovery was too Bee Gees like.

EVERYONE, in spite of genre, made disco in 1979...

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 20:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dire Straits to thread.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 6 April 2006 07:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Kelly Groucutt R.I.P.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Sunday, 22 February 2009 04:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

TIME is their best album!

akaky akakievich, Monday, 23 February 2009 04:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

what, only a single passing reference to the xanadu soundtrack?

i'm alive and all over the world are hands down the best elo songs ever made.

(note how daft punk lifted a single throwaway moment from all over the world and expanded it into their biggest single)

messiahwannabe, Monday, 23 February 2009 05:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Shame he's passed on at such a relatively young age. Underrated bassist, the sound he got on Discovery is begging to be sampled. He added some nice vocal touches too, especially on 'Evil Woman'. RIP.

Creedence Clearwater Couto (Billy Dods), Monday, 23 February 2009 09:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Saddened to hear this. RIP.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Monday, 23 February 2009 10:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Long Black Road" - 3:22 (Japanese bonus track)

210 (Jackie Wilson), Monday, 23 February 2009 10:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

I remember an ELO feature in Mojo back in 2001 where Kelly talked about becoming a cabbage for eight months and losing both his home and his first wife following his ill-advised and only partially successful legal action against JL. It seems that he ended up playing pubs for beer money. He was wrong to sue but in the end deserved better.

Bernard Braden Misreads Stephen Leacock (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 23 February 2009 11:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP. Now I guess Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy were key members to a larger extent, but Grouchott contributed to most of their best albums.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 February 2009 23:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Oh god, Eldorado. Out of the blue might have all the hits, but this was their masterpiece...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bre3HF8_Vw

You are the worst breed of fong (stevie), Wednesday, 9 July 2014 10:37 (two years ago) Permalink

on the remastered edition, you get all the orchestral interludes as one track, as they recorded it and then split it up across the album.

a fantastic album.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 July 2014 10:44 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

and he/they're back :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfH8EJA-hg0

(on the day i am wearing my ELO t-shirt @ work for the first time !)

yes, its more of the same, but hey, that's the point.

mark e, Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Jeff Lynne enjoying a coffee pic.twitter.com/ma9Xgu28Dh

— SCassidy (@iamscassidy) June 15, 2017

pplains, Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:37 (one week ago) Permalink

i knew this would be the reason for the thread revive and yet i am still in no way disappointed

Who's puttin' sponge in the zings I once zung (stevie), Saturday, 17 June 2017 10:06 (one week ago) Permalink


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