"Longbeach", the only officially released live recording of the band in concert has finally found it's way to the rest of the world. Originally just released in Australia, South Africa and Germanty I believe, it demonstrates ELO's ability to create music from music. Winterland '76, Wembley '78 as well as BBC recordings are now available but none of them quite match this album for the pure exitement of hearing versions of ELO's own music as well as the likes of The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mr Grieg himself. He would surely have appreciated the modernised verion of his norwegian classic. The line up at the time of Lynne, Bevan, McDowell, D'Alberquerque, Tandy, Edwards and Kaminski was one of the best around and though some may not agree, the overall sound of the band that Lynne was in the process of generating and developing is already starting to come through in each track. Even if you are not really a fan of ELO's distinctive sound, if you only buy one live album in your own lifetime try and make sure it's this one.