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Eldorado Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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The Electric Light Orchestra's ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography rocketed the group to massive commercial success throughout the 1970s. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England in the autumn of 1970 from the ashes of the eccentric art-pop combo the Move, reuniting frontman Roy Wood with ... Read more in Amazon's E.L.O. Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Dec. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
  • ASIN: B00005KBK6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eldorado Overture
2. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
3. Boy Blue
4. Laredo Tornado
5. Poorboy (The Greenwood)
6. Mister Kingdom
7. Nobody's Child
8. Illusions In G Major
9. Eldorado
10. Eldorado - Finale
11. Eldorado Instrumental Medley
12. Dark City

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Digitally remastered version! Absolute classic from ELO. 2001 expanded edition with 2 bonus tracks

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A concept album about the fantastic world of dreams, Eldorado may be the Electric Light Orchestra's most fully realised recording. Combining the grand, sweeping vision that founders Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood first envisioned when they formed ELO, with the craftsmanship and outstanding production values that marked the mega-hit albums A New World Record and Out of the Blue, Eldorado is a near-perfect fusion of rock & roll with a full orchestra. While newcomers to the band won't necessarily find much here in terms of stand-out tracks, true ELO fans will know that this merely demonstrates the quality of the album as a coherent whole. Digitally remastered, it now sounds better than ever. --Robert Burrow

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Yovra on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just after purchasing the remastered version of A New World Record and listening to Out of the Blue, I guess this is the best ELO-album, the one you'll be going to listen to frequently. It's their grandest sounding-album, complete with choirs and orchestra and it's (almost) a fantasy-concept-album. Other than bands like King Krimson, Yes and Genesis, ELO will never be 'cool'; too much melodies, very influenced by the Beatles, but that never mattered to me.

Highlights are the intro/I can't get it out of my head, Poorboy and the Eldorado/Eldorado(finale)-tracks! If you want to try something by this band, start here (for under four quid!). You'll be amazed!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Neilio on 25 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the best of all of ELO's albums, being not as harsh as their early experimental work, neither as over synthesised or over produced as later albums. The album of course benefits from the use of a large orchestra accompanying the main players but this only enhances the fantasy soundscape Jeff Lynne was trying to produce. Standout tracks for me are "Laredo Tornado" I love the bluesy bass line in parts and "Mister Kingdom" the way it goes lifts you up in a crescendo then calms you down again, Brilliant! But hey all the tracks are great! If you only ever buy one ELO album, don't buy one of the multitude of greatest hits, buy THIS!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant beautifully crafted album.It is the essence of great lyrics as in the songs like Cant get it out my head,added to the great music arrangements too,make this a semi-operatic number really, with great choral backing and strings too,and a great thing about this album is that all the songs lead into each other effortlessly.From the prologue right through the rest of the album especially noticable when Mister Kingdom ends and Poor Boy the Greenwood starts.Other great songs are Illusions in G Minor,and Laredo Toredo. Nobodys Child has a kind of blusey feel to it too.A kind of wild west hero rehearsal if you like. When Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood first thought of the ELO this is what they really meant it to be like. It took 4 years to perect the style of there original idea and what proved a great idea in the years to come. This is the electric light orchestras arrival. Bin the albums this is great on cd!!!!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cheshire Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am just reviewing the main extra track here, as all the other reviews tell you what you need to know about the main album.
I got this as a 2-4-1-pack (Eldorado plus Secret Messages)in a clever but cheap cardboard sliding (aka scratching) sleeve, but the CDs inside are gems.
I bought the Eldorado extended edition because I had always wanted the Instrumental Medley bonus track. It's exactly what I had expected - some of the orchestral / band 'backing tracks' (no voices) all joined up into an 8-minute mini-overture - just like you're at the opera! It's def worth getting for this extra. Ideally, it would be at the start of the album, to settle you down ready for the main album, overture-style. (You can even have an 8-minute karaoke session on your way to/from work.)
I always thought of the album as a mini-pantomime soundtrack, with the whole recording being quite 'close' - you are in a small local theatre rather than a massive concert hall as the later albums. My vinyl album was very fuzzy, but this remaster is excellent - all the orchestral instruments loud and clear, adding to the magical 'school orchestra and local opera group/drama group' effect. All the ideas that came to fruition a little later (as other reviews) are in place, but with the production a tad under budget. But this is part of the charm. There is a strange magic ;-) to this whole album - a Christmas feel to it. I give it 4 stars because there is no 4.5; and New World Record probably pips it, as nothing will top the last 3 minutes of that one - and there are plenty of other ELO albums just as good or better. The triple box (or, rather, 'book') set is great, too, if still available.
The 2nd extra bonus track is a throwaway 45 second add-on.
I hope that helps if you're looking to buy the extended edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. G. Gamble on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I remember this one first time around. I bought the vinyl version back in the mid-70s and swapped it recently for the digital version.

As many of the other reviewers have inferred, this is undisputedly the best (or one of the best) ELO albums. I would go further than this and say this is one of the best 70s albums - a real "Desert Island Disk".

If you thought ELO were the progressive violin-rock band of "10538 Overture" and "Showdown" or the poppy pre-electro combo that brought you "Livin Thing" and "Wild West Hero", think again.

"El Dorado" is the missing link between both genres and despite the politically correct attitudes of today that forbids anything called a concept album, all of the songs stand in their own right setting several moods all the way through the quickest 40 minutes of music you'll ever hear.

Very oddly, however, commercial success wasn't forthcoming. True, "Can't Get it Out of My Head" was a top 30 hit, briefly, back in 1975 and that was it as far as singles from the album were concerned. And yet the album bristles with great music and a great story parodied on the front cover artwork by Dorothy's famous red slippers from the 1939 film "Wizard of Oz".

For me, "El Dorado" surpassed the previous and excellent "On the Third Day" and, rather harshly, I would add that ELO went slightly off message with subsequent "Out of the Blue" and "New World Record" efforts although this is a bit like saying that the Aston Martin has been spoiled because the ashtray is full.

"El Dorado" is a more than a gem.....it's a big diamond.

Do yourself a favour.....buy it!!!
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