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Electric Light Orchestra


Crossover Prog

3.78 | 228 ratings

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3 stars Third light

As implied by the title, On The Third Day is Electric Light Orchestra's third album. In many respects it is also their best and most consistent album ever. The previous, second album had been especially weak and sloppy despite a few decent moments. On The Third Day, though much better, still suffers from some of the same problems. The instrumental playing is better but still not perfect, the production is also much better but also far from perfect. The material is very good, though. Together with the debut and also Eldorado, On The Third Day is easily ELO's best and most progressive album. While Eldorado and all subsequent ELO albums were very polished and perfectly produced albums, On The Third Day is bit more raw, but not at all sloppy like the previous one.

While Eldorado was held together by a concept, there is no overreaching concept to this album. However, the first four songs here could be seen as a concept song.

This album is probably the best place to start for the prog fan who wants to explore ELO. But don't miss out on the debut and Eldorado! The rest of their output, however, should be approached with considerable caution.

Good, but non-essential.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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