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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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An incredible 35 years since their formation, the music of the Electric Light Orchestra is still as popular as ever. All over the world, people are tuning into the sound of ELO via radio, the internet, cinemas and TV. The seemingly ageless songs of ELO leader Jeff Lynne are even being heard again in the singles charts, thanks to the cream of today's young dance acts sampling the band's original music and turning on a whole new generation of fans.

ELO thrived under the guidance of Lynne, recording twelve original studio albums and releasing twenty-eight hit singles in the UK alone. At their peak between 1974 and 1981, ELO amassed a string of nine consecutive gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums. The band were one of the biggest arena and stadium draws during the seventies and early eighties, with spectacular shows including massive flying saucer stage sets and vibrant light and laser displays.

Originally a 1970 experimental offshoot of sixties English hitmakers The Move, ELO's initial concept of a rock band augmented by a string section struggled to find success. Though early singles such as 'Showdown' and 'Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle' were hits, ELO albums failed to make the charts in the UK and the group was virtually ignored as a live act.

It was the USA that first embraced ELO, thanks to lengthy coast-to-coast tours that helped propel singles 'Evil Woman' and 'Strange Magic' and albums 'On The Third Day', 'Eldorado' and 'Face The Music' into the American charts. UK acceptance finally came in 1976 with 'A New World Record' and Top 10 singles 'Livin' Thing', 'Rockaria!' and 'Telephone Line'.

A double album masterpiece, 1977's 'Out Of The Blue' was a worldwide smash on pre-orders alone and featured global hits 'Turn To Stone', 'Wild West Hero', 'Sweet Talkin' Woman' plus the song Lynne considers to be his greatest ELO achievement, 'Mr. Blue Sky'. Recently voted "Anthem Of The Midlands" by the public, the track continues to appear in film soundtracks and ads to this very day. The bands' legendary 1978 tour set audience attendance records wherever it played and established ELO as one of the most popular acts in the world.

'Discovery' in 1979 consolidated that success with the singles 'Shine A Little Love' (sampled back into the charts in 2005 by The LoveFreekz), 'Don't Bring Me Down' 'The Diary Of Horace Wimp' and 'Confusion'. While subsequent albums 'Xanadu', 'Time', 'Secret Messages', and 'Balance Of Power' were huge sellers, to...
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The Essential Electric Light OrchestraThe Essential Electric Light Orchestra
Sony Legacy 2011
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Out Of The BlueOut Of The Blue
SBME SPECIAL MKTS. 2008
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All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light OrchestraAll Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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Sony Music Canada Inc. 2016
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All Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light OrchestraAll Over The World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Sony Legacy 2016
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A New World RecordA New World Record
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Light Years: The Very Best OfLight Years: The Very Best Of
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EldoradoEldorado
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Face The MusicFace The Music
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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA discography


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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.61 | 224 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer]
1971
3.55 | 206 ratings
ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎]
1972
3.77 | 224 ratings
On The Third Day
1973
3.84 | 319 ratings
Eldorado
1974
3.34 | 226 ratings
Face The Music
1975
3.34 | 246 ratings
A New World Record
1976
3.63 | 267 ratings
Out Of The Blue
1977
2.76 | 210 ratings
Discovery
1979
2.27 | 124 ratings
ELO & Olivia Newton-John: Xanadu (OST)
1980
3.39 | 224 ratings
Time
1981
2.57 | 142 ratings
Secret Messages
1983
2.06 | 120 ratings
Balance Of Power
1986
2.45 | 46 ratings
ELO Part II: Electric Light Orchestra Part Two
1990
2.54 | 46 ratings
ELO Part II: Moment Of Truth
1994
3.05 | 110 ratings
Zoom
2001
2.97 | 52 ratings
Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe
2015

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 33 ratings
The Night the Light Went On In Long Beach
1974
1.67 | 3 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra - Greatest Hits Live [LIVE] (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
1992
1.98 | 6 ratings
One Night, Live in Australia (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
1996
1.87 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits Live, Part II: The Encore Collection
1998
3.17 | 16 ratings
Live at Winterland '76
1998
1.78 | 10 ratings
Live at Wembley '78
1998
4.08 | 16 ratings
Live at the BBC
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
The BBC Sessions
1999
2.56 | 7 ratings
greatest Hits Of E.L.O.- Part II
2001
1.00 | 3 ratings
Strange Magic (Electric Light Orchestra II: post ELO)
2003
3.56 | 9 ratings
Electric Light Orchestra Live
2013
4.40 | 5 ratings
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley or Bust
2017

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.08 | 5 ratings
Live (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO) (VHS)
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Very Best of ELO
1991
3.14 | 9 ratings
"Out Of The Blue" Tour Live At Wembley / Discovery
1998
3.64 | 18 ratings
Zoom Tour Live
2001
2.60 | 5 ratings
Access All Areas (Electric Light Orchestra Part II: post ELO)
2003
3.20 | 6 ratings
Live: The Early Years
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Wembley or Bust
2017

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 10 ratings
Showdown
1974
3.27 | 14 ratings
Olé ELO
1976
2.64 | 12 ratings
The Light Shines On
1977
2.82 | 27 ratings
Greatest Hits
1979
3.09 | 4 ratings
Classics
1990
3.18 | 11 ratings
Afterglow
1990
3.48 | 5 ratings
Burning Bright
1992
3.96 | 6 ratings
The Definitive Collection
1992
3.08 | 8 ratings
Strange Magic: The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
1995
2.73 | 6 ratings
Roll Over Beethoven
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
1996
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Gold Collection
1996
3.13 | 10 ratings
Light Years, The Very Best Of
1997
1.50 | 2 ratings
Beyond The Blue
1999
2.26 | 4 ratings
The Essential ELO
2003
4.45 | 11 ratings
ELO 2/Lost Planet
2003
3.87 | 16 ratings
All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
2005
4.14 | 5 ratings
The Harvest Years 1970-1973
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2
2007
3.21 | 9 ratings
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
2012

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.40 | 5 ratings
Roll Over Beethoven / Queen of the Hours
1973
2.59 | 6 ratings
Showdown / In Old England Town (Instrumental)
1973
3.00 | 1 ratings
Daytripper / Daybreaker
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Can't Get It Out Of My Head
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
Rockaria!
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Blue Sky
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Turn to Stone
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rock 'n' Roll Is King / After All
1983
3.00 | 7 ratings
So Serious
1986
2.41 | 4 ratings
Getting to the Point
1986
2.31 | 12 ratings
Calling America (single)
1986

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 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.84 | 319 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by poito

2 stars 2.5 Till I got this album, my repertoire of the band was limited to their popular hits. Then I read somewhere that this album was in the top 50 Prog albums for the music magazine Rolling Stone and I thought I might have missed something. It happens. Well, I may list some 200 Prog masterpieces and this would not be there, sorry Yankees. It does indeed offer more than Roll Over Beethoven, etc, but it reinforces my impression that Prog music and the US are never going to be friends. Doesn't matter, we can still take their Prog over here, which is always appreciated. ELO makes happy music to raise the spirits, with a touch of pretentiousness in the use of wind instruments, which however makes the band signature. But the musical values are just there, in the way to somewhere. A decade earlier the magnificent Moody Blues already sublimated this way of making music (I mean the way of making, not the style that has little resemblance). But this album is not for a Prog fan. Prog is creative music, at the level of symphonic classic master composers; it is not song factory for dancers. Back to El Dorado, there is a couple of interesting themes for Prog divers, as the album title track, better in the complete version that was released in the remastered version instead of the multipart version scattered through the album. Also I liked "Mister Kingdom", an easy Beatle-esque piece with nice organ arrangements. The rest is well crafted catchy music for uncomplicated listeners.
 Time by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.39 | 224 ratings

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Time
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars The late 70s had been a roller coaster ride of success for Jeff Lynne and his ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA as they shifted gears from the more classically induced take on Beatles harmonies and experimental pop to the more sophisticated produced disco pop right out of the Abba playbook that made them extremely successful. After the growing fan base that the band had gained from their hugely popular albums like "New World Record" and "Discovery," it seemed that ELO had gone totally disco pop and sold their soul to the devil. This mood was only amplified by their collaboration with Olivia Newton-John on the soundtrack to the lackluster movie "Xanadu." However into the 80s following all the increasing blandification into the ever sterilizing world of the pop music world, Lynne was utterly exhausted from the direction the record label was steering ELO and all that stemmed from all the world that casted their gaze and attention upon their endless tours, stream of top 40 hits and Beatle-esque harmonic ear worms. On TIME, Lynne focused on the futuristic effects of synthesizers which creates layers of pleasing counterpoints placing it firmly in the period of which it was composed while allowing the liberties of embellishing it with the concepts of time travel.

After a trilogy of albums that focused on banal lyrics and often saccharine pop hooks, ELO retrograded back to their more progressive years and opted to follow in the footsteps of their concept album phase as heard on "El Dorado." As their first album of the 80s, TIME turned back the clock while intrepidly racing towards the future as a concept album that takes a man from the 1980s and catapults him into the year 2095 where he struggles with not only the anachronistic longing for the past but also struggling with acclimation to the technological advances of the future. While the theme of the album is clearly set in another century as heard on the super slick futuristic synthesizer sophistication of tracks like "Yours Truly 2095" and "Here Is The News," there is just as much reflection on the past. Not only in Jeff Lynne's personal life lyrically speaking with much of the turmoil surrounding his career as the leader of the ELO outfit adding an element of emotional reflection but also musically speaking as TIME is an outright salute to the great artists of the 50s, 60s and 70s covering the spectrum of everyone from the ubiquitous harmonics delivered in the perfect cross-pollinating forces of The Beatles, Queen as well as The Beach Boys as well as a healthy dose of old school pop artists such as Roy Orbison on tracks like "The Way Life's Meant To Be."

TIME is not only a beautifully crafted journey into the future with the production taking all kinds of liberties of crossing every "t" and dotting every "i" with every pop sensibility explored to the nth degree but also by creating some of the most sophisticated ELO ear worms of their entire career leaving absolutely no note on this release without an addictive coating! The tracks are all reminiscent of the true classic bands whether it take form of The Beatles in "Rain Is Falling" or a disco laden Donna Summer feel (from "I Feel Love") on "From The End Of The World," or the rockabilly 50s feel of their single "Hold On Tight," TIME manages to celebrate the harmonic and pop achievements of the previous three decades all the while adding progressive touches that embellish TIME to a new level of ambitiousness. It's almost as if the band felt the finality of their career and were going for the pop hook jugular and with TIME i personally find that they achieved exactly what they set their sights for.

It was never a secret that Jeff Lynne's ambition after departing from The Move in the early 70s that his goal with his ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA was to take the classical ambitions of The Beatles and expound these possibilities into a blossoming fruition, however with most albums ELO failed to deliver entirely cohesive and satisfying albums with extremely satisfying pop hooks surrounded by mediocrity that resulted in dysfunctional and derailing filler. On TIME, Jeff Lynne and the band totally went for it and created an entire album of equally satisfying tracks that not only navigate a saga of a futuristic concept but at last deliver upon the ideals set forth with the band's formation with extremely strong pop hooks interspersed with vocal harmonies off the hook, production values that audiophile dreams are made of and perfectly paced rhythmic cadences that create their absolute zenith of musical creativity. Personally, i find TIME to be the absolute best example of the ELO sound with every possible ingredient sifted into its proper place. TIME is the perfect mix of synth pop, disco, new wave, retro old school rock 'n' roll mixed with progressive rock and rock opera to create one of my absolute most favorite progressive pop albums of the ages. This is one that i literally have to let play out in its entirety if i dare put it on for one track and then i want to hear it again!

 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.84 | 319 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars ELO's Third-Best Album.

The best of their smooth AOR period, which began with the previous album (On the Third Day) and never let up, Eldorado is a very listenable and accessible, yet still progressive, concept album. They must have felt some pressure to live up to the expectations set by their name and use of strings, and so wrote a musically-intricate long suite that weaves together themes very nicely. But don't misunderstand - this album shares the same smooth highly-produced AOR sound as those albums that would follow. It thus has more in common sonically and musically with Face the Music, and Out of the Blue, than with ELO I or ELO II, despite its deliberate progressive concept. It begins and ends with the brief Eldorado overture, a great piece of music and one that immediately marks this as touch more serious that your typical commercial album. In between are a number of short songs, yet most of these segue together to form a continuous listening experience. These include the hit single "Can't Get It Out of My Head", as well as similarly accessible songs like "Boy Blue" and "Poor Boy". The song "Eldorado" is one of the best here. I personally wish they had included more of the instrumentals. The CD edition I have includes a 7-minute extended instrumental Eldorado medley, and a short instrumental "Dark City", both of which are better than anything released on the actual album (!) These instrumentals would have been great to include in the actual album on first release. But I guess the band or record company really wanted to make sure more commercial audiences and radio corporations were not turned off, and so left those off the original release. But regardless, I still think it (the original album) is up there among ELO's better albums. It is the best of their post-1972 commercial period, and the third-best overall (after ELO I and ELO II). I give this ablum 7.5 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

 On The Third Day by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.77 | 224 ratings

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On The Third Day
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars This is the switch.

On their first two albums, ELO were an art/progressive rock band, true innovators using strings and other instruments to forge new sounds. It is on this, their third (of course) album, that the switch occurs, redefining ELO as a smooth highly-produced AOR (even if quality AOR) commercial outfit. The switch is not like the night/day change that occurred for some bands so much that the band's sound was no longer recognizable ((like that which hit Renaissance in the early 80s). Indeed, there are still remnants of the former progressive ELO here, and this would even more the case on their next album, Eldorado. But that classic smooth AOR ELO sound was borne with this one, and it permeates the whole album, even the more progressive songs. Examples of the latter include the the first four songs that, although each is short itself, link together to form a suite of sorts. And of course the closing track, "Hall of the Mountain King", their classical re-make on this album. (ELO had interpretted Beethoven's 5th on their previous album, so it seems ELO thought they should be known for re-interpreting a new classical piece on each new album, or something. Saying this, this is the last time they do it). In between are some very radio-friendly smooth rock numbers, including the big hit "Showdown", which virtually epitomizes the smooth AOR sound that they would adopt from this point forward . The album is very carefully and smoothly produced. While I think they do a great job in making their music appeal to a wide audience, I have to admit I like the rough and raw sound of their first albums a lot more. Those early albums feel alive, while this one and each subsequent ELO album feels too smooth for my liking (although "Ma Ma Belle" here is actually still a bit rough and ready). Saying all this, the music is good, particularly the suite, but even the hits. I give this album 7.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which places it squarely in the 3 PA star realm.

 ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎] by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.55 | 206 ratings

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ELO 2 [Aka: Electric Light Orchestra II ‎]
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars The second-best ELO album! Close to 4 Stars!

Roy Wood left ELO half-way through recording this album, after playing bass on two key tracks, and with that the Jeff Lynne-led ELO was born. This album is a transition between the sound of the first album, with its angular sawing string arrangements played by Wood and a clearly non-commerical outlook, and the smooth commercial strings-based rock that Lynne would take ELO into on subsequent albums. The prime track here, and one of the best ELO songs ever, is "From the Sun to the World", which Wood plays on (but Lynne wrote - Lynne wrote all the music on this album). 'Sun' is a very inventive and musical progressive rock song. "Kuiama" and "In Old England Town" are also good progressive tracks, although I find Lynne's vocal on the latter a bit too rough at times. "Mama" is a classic Lynne ballad, similar to what would come later (like "Can't Get It Out of My Head" etc), but Mama is among the better of these. And ELO's rockin' version of "Roll Over Beethoven" (with the strings combining sections from the 5th symphony with a bunch of new instrumental pars) is a great guilty pleasure. After you get the debut ELO album, I would recommend this one. After this, the music would get very commercial and syrup-y (albeit at times quality syrup), but on this album the band is quite original, musical and innovative, and at time raw. I give this 7.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is at the very high end of 3 PA stars.

 Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer] by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.61 | 224 ratings

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Electric Light Orchestra [Aka: No Answer]
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Unique. Very close to 5 Stars!

The first ELO album is by far the best, most musical, and the only one that is anywhere in the same league as the great progressive albums listed in the top 100 here on PA. The main reasons for this are the exceptional contributions from Roy Wood, one of the three founders of ELO who unfortunately left the band after this album. His pieces on this album ("Look at Me Now", "Battle of Marston Moor", "First Movement" and "Whisper in the Night") are THE best-ever ELO songs, even though they sound very little like anything else that came after (because Wood left the band). Wood played all of the cellos on this album, and his saw-like style is one of the main characteristics of its sound. His vocals, too, are unique, and on this album the lyrics to his two vocal pieces are more haunting and evocative than most he would write later. Saying this, even Jeff Lyne's songs on this album, even though more commercial-minded and 'Beatle-esque', are really excellent, and among the best ELO would ever offer. Two of the instrumentals here are particular unique and interesting: Wood's "Battle of Marston Moor" and Lynne's "Manhattan Rumble". These tunes are like very complex mini-movies, and stand up well to the test of time. I always look forward to them when I listen to this album. I am not sure why other reviewers single these out for criticism, but I think it is because they are so unlike the ELO sound that fans of ELO's later more-commercial music must find these two pieces difficult and impenetratable, totally out of left field. But for me, these are the real progressive gems here. Only ELO II would come close to (some of) the sounds on this album. It stands are a real unique document, inventive, breaking new ground, but never to be repeated. Unfortunately, the sound quality is not great, even on the re-mastered version, but the music still shines through. I give this album 8.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is 0.1 shy of 5 stars (so, 4 PA stars).

 Face The Music by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.34 | 226 ratings

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Face The Music
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

4 stars ANOTHER PERSONAL FAVORITE FOR PERSONAL REASONS!

I have been a fan of ELO since the release of Eldorado with an album cover which I found very much to my taste at the time and still do. I wonder if it was strictly an artistic gamble using that image which was and is undoubtedly strongly affiliated with the movie The Wizard Of Oz from which it was taken or was there legal ramifications? Anyway, I liked it's use, and since then and also having seen them on I believe it was The Midnight Special performing their On The Third Days version of Edvard Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King became a fan. I was lucky enough to have seen them as they passed through town back in the day also. Personally this album has a fond spot in my heart since another good friend of mine from the time period of early high school and I used to enjoy this album specifically along with Queen I and Steve Miller Bands Book Of Dreams (not a proggy album) at his folk's place. We also used to listen to MO's Tubular Bells and during the chanting part on side two, imagined it being performed by prehistoric people around a fire on the shore of Lake Michigan which was across the road and a small field from my friend's folk's house. Although this album holds a definite emotional bias for me, I still believe that it is a very good album! Not having that bias, I would probably round it's rating down from 3.5 stars to 3, but with that bias I do not find it difficult to round the rating up to a 4 position. Also their albums, Electric Light Orchestra (aka: No Answer), Eldorado and A New World Record are also favorites of mine that would each hover between 3.5 and 4 star ratings. I would recommend these albums to anyone interested in trying some of ELO's music.

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.84 | 319 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Nilsonsoul

5 stars Quite recently I found a forum thread at PA where discussing if ELO can be considered as prog rock. It was a long time ago. Even for me, a big fan of early ELO, not all their albums fit prog rock. However, I «can't get out of my head» Eldorado. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece of prog rock, sympho rock of the highest level. This album is so excellent, that I don't want to go through it ? piece by piece, instrument by instrument. I understand that not all young fans will position it at the same level as I did, but I would strongly recommend this album to any prog rock fan.
 Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.97 | 52 ratings

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Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone In The Universe
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars Jeff Lynne is back with another batch of his perfectly delivered pop songs for ELO fans to enjoy!

We haven't exactly been spoiled by material from Electric Light Orchestra, especially considering that the latest album, Zoom, was released back in 2001! Jeff Lynne did release a solo album in 2012 but that album merely contained covers of his favorite tunes from his youth. This is why I was really surprised when I read the news of a new single from ELO (or Jeff Lynne's ELO, as it's clearly stated on the album) back in September. When I Was A Boy was clearly filled with a sense of nostalgia for the old ELO days which managed to peak my interest in hearing the rest of the album.

Released on November 13th 2015, Alone In The Universe is a fine and very laid back release where Lynne has no intention of proving anything to the audience. The songs are well-crafted and show that the master can still produce some of the best old style pop songs that ELO fans have enjoyed all throughout the 70's and 80's. Unfortunately there aren't any real standout tunes for me here since even some of the best crafted tracks have some aspects that don't sit well with me. For example, When I Was A Boy is too nostalgic and the chorus reminds me too much of Desperado-era The Eagles. When The Night Comes has an awesome chorus but I'm not a fan of the reggae rhythm all throughout the verses. I'm Leaving You and Alone In The Universe are great songs but they lack the punch that is needed to push them to a higher ground.

All in all, Alone In The Universe will most definitely not bring Jeff Lynne nor ELO any new fans but will surely be able so satisfy the already existing fan base. Just take this album at face value and it will most likely satisfy the nostalgia craving that you might have.

**** star songs: When I Was A Boy (3:13) When The Night Comes (3:21) Ain't It A Drag (2:35) I'm Leaving You (3:07) Alone In The Universe (3:54) Blue (2:36)

*** star songs: Love And Rain (3:29) Dirty To The Bone (3:07) The Sun Will Shine On You (3:30) All My Life (2:51) One Step At A Time (3:22)

** star songs: Fault Line (2:07)

 Eldorado by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.84 | 319 ratings

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Eldorado
Electric Light Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Mr. Gone

4 stars Is this my favorite ELO album? No. Is it their most accomplished overall, their most ambitious, their most substantial? Probably. And certainly a terrific effort overall.

After "On the Third Day", Jeff Lynne eschewed the notion of overdubs for his string players and hired a full orchestra to give an expansive string sound to the "Orchestra". Additionally, bassist/backing vocalist Michael De Albuquerque, despite the credits here and on the album itself, was gone during this recording; Lynne himself sang all vocals and played bass on this album. So the sound is definitely different than its predecessor - and and while "Third Day" was certainly a solid album, this one stands almost on its own in their discography for quality and substance.

The bookend "Overture" and "Finale" segments are spoken word with somewhat interesting but ultimately non-essential musical elements. With that out of the way, much of what remains is interesting, distinctive and enjoyable.

"Can't Get It Out of My Head" is one of ELO's greatest songs. A huge hit, but just a great piece even without critical and public adulation. It sets the tone very nicely for this album.

"Boy Blue" is also awesome. Highly catchy and meaningful at the same time.

"Laredo Tornado" is almost disco-y, with its clavinet/guitar funkiness and its resigned anger. One of my favorite tracks on here and catchy without selling out.

"Poor Boy (The Greenwood)" is largely acoustically- based (for guitar, anyway), and while its meaning is still a mystery to me, it's fun and catchy - and a little lighter than its album bookends.

"Mr. Kingdom" is another of my favorites on here. Crunchy guitars and a bit of an angle of desperation here.

"Nobody's Child" is a bit Queen-ish and fun. An innocuous look at the protagonist in this complicated story.

The only song I've never liked is "Illusions in G-Major". Nothing horrid here - just a non-catchy melody and bizarre vocals.

The title cut, on the other hand, is almost as good as "Out of My Head". Great song. it sums up the "Walter Mitty" theme of the album, which has been slowly peeking out of corners of previous tracks along the way. A great penultimate album track with a catchy refrain and a lot of swirling backing vocals.

Like I said, this probably isn't my favorite ELO album. But it's almost certainly their most accomplished, and it's always a highly enjoyable listen. Four well-deserved stars.

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