Electric Light Orchestra

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Electric Light Orchestra (or ELO for short, now going by Jeff Lynne's ELO) is a British rock group from Birmingham, England, which released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and two more albums,
Zoom in 2001 and Alone In The Universe in 2015, both which featured only Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy from the original lineup. Following the 2015 album release, the band has toured as Jeff Lynne's ELO.
For Electric Light Orchestra's first tour Phil Copestake is credited as 'Tour Manager', Richard Battle as 'Roadie' and Trevor Smith for sound.
ELO was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
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SHVL 797 Electric Light Orchestra - The Electric Light Orchestra album art The Electric Light Orchestra* The Electric Light Orchestra (Album) Harvest, Harvest SHVL 797 Denmark 1971 Sell This Version
K56021 Electric Light Orchestra - On The Third Day album art Electric Light Orchestra On The Third Day (Album) Warner Bros. Records K56021 France 1973 Sell This Version
8X-SHVL 806, OC 346 ○ 05243 Electric Light Orchestra - ELO 2 album art The Electric Light Orchestra* ELO 2 (Album, Comp) Harvest, Harvest 8X-SHVL 806, OC 346 ○ 05243 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CN 1792/S Electric Light Orchestra - Stereo Pop Special-43 album art The Electric Light Orchestra* / Wolf* The Electric Light Orchestra* / Wolf* - Stereo Pop Special-43(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 1792/S UK 1973 Sell This Version
K 56058 Electric Light Orchestra - The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) album art Electric Light Orchestra The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) (Album) Warner Bros. Records K 56058 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
K856090 Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado - A Symphony By The Electric Light Orchestra album art Electric Light Orchestra Eldorado - A Symphony By The Electric Light Orchestra (Album) Warner Bros. Records K856090 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2005/S Electric Light Orchestra - Stereo Pop Special-63 album art The Electric Light Orchestra* / Ralph McTell The Electric Light Orchestra* / Ralph McTell - Stereo Pop Special-63(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2005/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
NJS 17227 Electric Light Orchestra - Face The Music album art Electric Light Orchestra Face The Music (Album) Jet Records, Jet Records, Jet Records NJS 17227 Mexico 1975 Sell This Version
CN 2619/S Electric Light Orchestra - Stereo Pop Special-127 album art Electric Light Orchestra Stereo Pop Special-127 BBC Transcription Services CN 2619/S UK 1976 Sell This Version
JETLP 200 Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record album art Electric Light Orchestra A New World Record (Album) Jet Records, Jet Records, Jet Records JETLP 200 Ireland 1976 Sell This Version
JT-LA823-L2, JT-LA823-L2 1198 Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue album art Electric Light Orchestra Out Of The Blue (Album, Comp) Jet Records, Jet Records, Jet Records, Jet Records JT-LA823-L2, JT-LA823-L2 1198 US 1977 Sell This Version
Programs No. 297-300 Electric Light Orchestra - Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections - Nightbird & Company With Alison Steele Presented By The US Army Reserve album art Electric Light Orchestra, Styx, Blood, Sweat And Tears, Van Der Graaf Generator Electric Light Orchestra, Styx, Blood, Sweat And Tears, Van Der Graaf Generator - Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections - Nightbird & Company With Alison Steele Presented By The US Army Reserve(2xLP, Promo) Army Reserve Programs No. 297-300 US 1977 Sell This Version
200 Electric Light Orchestra - The Best Of RATW Live (Pt 1) album art Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers / Electric Light Orchestra / Supertramp / Jimmy Buffett / Warren Zevon / The Babys Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers / Electric Light Orchestra / Supertramp / Jimmy Buffett / Warren Zevon / The Babys - The Best Of RATW Live (Pt 1)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Rock Around The World 200 US 1978 Sell This Version
JETLX 500 Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery album art Electric Light Orchestra Discovery (Album, Comp) Jet Records, Jet Records JETLX 500 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
25AP 1900 Electric Light Orchestra - Xanadu (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Electric Light Orchestra / Olivia Newton-John Electric Light Orchestra / Olivia Newton-John - Xanadu (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) JET Records 25AP 1900 Singapore & Malaysia 1980 Sell This Version
SWB-802-6 Electric Light Orchestra - The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week album art Electric Light Orchestra The Robert W. Morgan Special Of The Week(LP, Transcription) Watermark SWB-802-6 US 1980 Sell This Version
#234 Electric Light Orchestra - BBC Rock Hour #234 album art Electric Light Orchestra BBC Rock Hour #234 London Wavelength #234 US 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2111, 25AP 2111 (JT) Electric Light Orchestra - Time album art ELO* Time (Album) Jet Records, Jet Records 25AP 2111, 25AP 2111 (JT) Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Series #18 Show #6 Electric Light Orchestra - Innerview album art Electric Light Orchestra Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #18 Show #6 US 1981 Sell This Version
JETLX 527 Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages album art Electric Light Orchestra Secret Messages (Album) Jet Records JETLX 527 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
FZT 40048 Electric Light Orchestra - Balance Of Power album art Electric Light Orchestra Balance Of Power (Album) Epic FZT 40048 US 1986 Sell This Version
90-38 Electric Light Orchestra - Westwood One In Concert album art Electric Light Orchestra Westwood One In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks 90-38 US 1990 Sell This Version
92-18 Electric Light Orchestra - Westwood One In Concert album art Queen / Electric Light Orchestra Queen / Electric Light Orchestra - Westwood One In Concert(2xCD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Networks 92-18 US 1992 Sell This Version
97-29 Electric Light Orchestra - Off The Record Classic album art E.L.O.* Off The Record Classic(CD, Transcription) Westwood One 97-29 US 1997 Sell This Version
EAMCD039, EDL EAG 065-2, GAS 0000039 EAM Electric Light Orchestra - Live At Wembley '78 album art Electric Light Orchestra Live At Wembley '78 (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records, Eagle Records EAMCD039, EDL EAG 065-2, GAS 0000039 EAM Europe 1998 Sell This Version

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NotSoAnonymous

NotSoAnonymous

December 18, 2020
I am most likely too biased to really give a good review, considering I grew up listening to the band thanks to my father's appreciation of their work, but I still find myself enamored with the work. From the experimentation of No Answer and its refinement on ELO II to the disco pop hybrid of Out of the Blue to the synth filled Balance of Power, I don't feel there's a single truly weak album in the discography.

However, I will say that in my preference, their work from the beginning through Eldorado are likely my favorites. No Answer is a complete oddity compared to most of what made its way to my ears, even after my years of exploring music. Centered on orchestral elements more than rock or pop, there's never been anything else quite like it. Being that Roy Wood left the band after that first album and Jeff Lynne took over fully, it's great to see his chops as a song writer grow with the epics of Kuiama, emotional pieces like Mama, and transformative covers like Great Balls of Fire (though they had worked on that one when Roy Wood was still with the band in a slightly different form to be found in the Set of Six recording). The development of the rock opera concepts that would form the majority of On The Third Day and the entirety of Eldorado are probably some of the better takes on the concept.

They may be seen by some as a fleeting pop group with catchy singles (which, with the sheer number of them I don't think you can really just write them off as such) or just some gimmicky group, but they really did something unique and special.
harrisgame

harrisgame

January 22, 2017
Jeff Lynne is a Music genius. Still got it over 4 decades. Have produced 3 of 4 Beatles members records.
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
Similar to Genesis in the sense that for some unknown reason it has never been "cool" to listen to E.L.O.??? I don't understand why?!!
Like bands such as the Beatles, Queen they have written some of the catchiest tracks going, everyone for some unknown reason seems to know the words to every song!!
No band better represents the pros and cons of overproduction than ELO. In an era of excess, ELO had no equal for sheer audio opulence. Singer Jeff Lynne frosted his voice in so many coatings of studio sugar that it hardly sounded natural. Singing at the helium-huffing apex of the human voice, he dusted off notes not heard since cherubs gamboled in mythological clouds. Bringing in entire symphonies for heart-fluttering arpeggios on fairy-dusted strings, the band's songs fill the air like mirage waves of sound so glossy, you can almost see your reflection in them. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" and "Telephone Line" roll gently along like long, lonesome walks on the beach while the Disco/rock hybrids "Turn to Stone" and "Livin' Thing" still set the mood for fans working on their night moves. It's just physiologically impossible not to get high from inhaling so much production varnish.
...For some, it will cause euphoria -- for others, altitude sickness.

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