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The Electric Light Orchestra [Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

E.L.O. Audio CD
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Biographyby Jason Ankeny

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 (7 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B00008NV5P
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 10538 Overture
2. Look At Me Now (2001 Digital Remaster)
3. Nellie Takes Her Bow (2001 Digital Remaster)
4. The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) (2001 Digital Remaster)
5. First Movement (Jumping Biz) (2001 Digital Remaster)
6. Mr Radio (2001 Digital Remaster)
7. Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre) (2001 Digital Remaster)
8. Queen Of The Hours (2001 Digital Remaster)
9. Whisper In The Night (2001 Digital Remaster)
10. The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) (Take 1 Recorded 28/4/71)
11. 10538 Overture (Take 1 Recorded 12/7/70)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece 25 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Electric Light Orchestra" gives a glimpse into the collective madness of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. Hurray for that, says I!

Not content with churning out hit singles as The Move and influenced by some of the Beatles classical work - Wood, Lynne and drummer Bev Bevan combine their pop sensibilities with almost frugal string and horn arrangements to produce this 1971 gem.

Wood's "Look At Me Now" and "Whisper In The Night" are almost revamped "Eleanor Rigbys". "First Movement" contains some very special acoustic guitar work from Wood, who was (and still is) very under-rated as a guitar player. His other track, "The Battle Of Marston Moor" is a very high-brow instrumental - dominated by french horn and wasp-ish cello - but you get the feeling Wood is playing this for laughs.

Jeff Lynne contributes the album's other five songs. Unlike Wood, you feel Lynne can't help writing a single. "Mr Radio" and "Queen Of The Hours" are lovely Lennonesque songs that owe a lot to the "White Album". However, the album's high point is Lynne's "10538 Overture" - built on a confident Abbey Road-era guitar riff - where both Lynne and Wood's combined talents show through. Roy as a multi-instrumentalist is just superb and Jeff's vocal and guitar work are clear and focused.

Both Lynne and Wood are musical geniuses and their stylistic approach to their work here shows. You are constantly suprised at their unbounded melodic turns, arrangements and imaginative production. And yet that real strength is also "ELO"'s biggest flaw and shame. Because no band was ever going to contain two egos as these. Wood knew this, and bailed out as "10538 Overture" hit the Top 10 in the summer of 1972, leaving a evermore confident Lynne, with Bevan, onto bigger things.

But ELO never really got much better than this. Or the Beatles for that matter. Brilliant stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I love this album, but can easily see why others do not: three full length instrumentals that one could describe as a tad plodding, and is not nearly as varied in sound as the move album it was recorded (if I remember correctly) alongside the fourth and final Move studio album - but there is just something about it, about it's lovely, sweeping classical nature that strikes a chord with me: it has a unique power which few more of their (admittedly still brilliant, just different) studio albums managed. The sound is basically similar to latter day Move in many ways - the vocal melodies in particular, obviously are akin to the stuff that the band were putting out with the last two albums with Jeff in particular: MAYBE not quite as melodic, or overtly poppy though, with instrumental interludes, orchestral/classical style permeating the compositions quite heavily: again, whilst others could see it as plodding, and maybe lacking in focus I see it as powerful, unique and sweeping: the album has a good, strong sound which whilst being reminiscent of The Move, is still its own creation really.

I do not dislike any of the songs: Battle of Marston Moor and Manhattan Rumble, two of the three instrumentals, do not particularly stand out for me and do in fact become a little plodding, the other instrumental, 1'st Movement, is a lovely one - a song I genuinely adore and that has a wonderful melody - other highlights include Look at me now, very move like in it's vocal melody, and queen of the hours - a lovely, sweeping melodic number.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What might have been ? 30 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album was a bold experiment in the use of instruments more usually associated with the classics than a rock album,and as such should have a place in the collection of any discerning music fan.From the arresting opening of 10538 Overture the album takes you on an intriguing ride through haunting,strident and sometimes alarming sounds.There are interesting and poignant stories,too-'Nelly takes her bow 'and the eerily sad 'Mr.Radio'.Though the' Battle of Marston Moor' is grandly pretentious it just about works.'First Movement(Jumping Biz)'is a Classical Gas type track which makes non-players wish they could play guitar.A complete change of mood is afforded by 'Manhattan Rumble',its ghostly piano echoing a long-ago gangster massacre.With 'Whisper in the Night' the album has a fitting hymn-like finale after the preceding drama.This was the only ELO recording on which Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne collaberated although they were trying more experimental pop in the later Move albums.ELO went on to be a huge success with a popular,but for me, rather formulaic sound and Roy Wood went on a rather aimless path creating Wizzard,little more than a novelty band.I listen to this album and wonder what might have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King of the red hot cello! 1 Feb 2011
By Dog trainer (failed) VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
There was me, thinking that ELO = Jeff Lynne = naff. But this album isn't ELO; it's the final incarnation of the Move - with strings. Fair enough, Lynne contributes more material but Roy Wood is a big presence here. I can understand why fans of the later ELO sound aren't very impressed with it (see some other reviews here), but if you are a Move fan then it belongs in your collection.

Yes, at times it is derivative (well, quite a lot actually), overwrought and histrionic, but the lads never lose their gift for a flourishing melody. Admittedly Battle of Marston Moor will stretch your patience at first, but after a few listens it comes together - as long as you're in the right mood! Everyone knows 10538 Overture with its Dear Prudence guitar figure (but then John Lennon lifted this pattern from countless other players so who cares?). Look at me Now may be yet another attempt by Roy Wood to write Eleanor Rigby but it is lovely anyway, even if somewhat over arranged. On First Movement (Jumping Biz) he writes a variation of Mason Williams's Classical Gas which is almost as catchy as the original.

I personally find Roy's songs preferable, but I don't mean to disparage Lynne at all - his songs are very melodic, crying out to be singles (Mr Radio, for instance), as he demonstrated on later ELO albums. Orchestration is brave and bold throughout, as is the choice of instrumentation, though it sometimes feels as if that choice was more about what Roy can play than how well it actually sits with a song.

Roy saws away industriously at the multi cello dubs; he plays cello in the manner I imagine Elmore James or Hound Dog Taylor would, if you see what I mean - what is lacking in virtuosity he more than makes up for in terms of passion, expression and belligerence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars How ELO should have sounded - Unique!
Now I know what you are thinking, rock and roll with choirs and cellos, think again. This album is unlike any other ELO album in fact, it is unlike anything else you have ever... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard the CRUX
3.0 out of 5 stars 1972
In 1972 when this was released I went to see elo at hornsey town hall london, mark - almond support act didn't turn up after a long wait the lads came on and those expecting a move... Read more
Published 11 months ago by r j bonington
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Light Orchestra
I bought this on vinyl many years ago and realised that this was the only Electric Light Orchestra album I hadn't upgraded onto cd. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard Bristow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Very and efficient sale, and a very very very very very very very very very very very very Good Album
Published 18 months ago by Glen
2.0 out of 5 stars Some nice tracks, but basically hideous!!
Don't expect your usual ELO melodramatics (in the best possible way) here. Most of it sounds like a very poor school orchestra with only four instruments. Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated ELO debut
I finally got this cd. As a ELO fan i.e. A New World Record & Face The Music, I was disappointed with with this album. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by Bring_back_the_60s
2.0 out of 5 stars utterly garbage (except for 10538)
How strange it is that my favourite ELO song is on my least favourite album, 10538 overture is a monster of a track, inspiring many other artists since it was recorded (Paul Weller... Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by Mr. C. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound Quality But Recommend Newer Release
Another high quality sound recording of ELO's first ever album. I bought this alongside a few others but one word of caution to the buyer is that there is a more up to date version... Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by Dusty925
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The Finished Article
Apart from the wonderful 10538 Overture there is not much of note on here.
The whole 'rock band with strings' enterprise is still being experimented with on this recording. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by scoon2
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the dog
Oh dear.

It was Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood's ambition to take up where the Beatles left off with I Am The Walrus, and the overall sound of this album certainly takes its... Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by Fabriani
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