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On The Third Day [CD]

E.L.O. Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B000F8O4EA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA On The Third Day (2006 issue UK 14-track digitally remastered CD album [originally released in 1973] and includes the hits Ma-Ma-Ma Belle & Showdown and a rare ELO & Marc Bolan recording session plus 5 Bonus Recordings featuring Auntie [Ma Ma Ma Belle Tk. 1 & 2] Mambo - Dreaming of 4000 Alt. Mix & Everyones Born To Die picture booklet complete with rare previously unseen photos and extensiver liner notes written by Jeff Lynne!)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let There Be Light! 15 Mar 2007
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
This was the third outing for Lynne and company and it simply is one of the bands greatest efforts. Side one (Original LP) consists of a conceptual suite regarding Life ,Death and rebirth whilst side two had a collection of songs recorded during the ELO 2 sessions. Remastered and sounding better than ever. Recomended Prog Rock ELO at its best!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If that's how it feels, it better be real 4 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album marks the beginning of ELOs commercial success. Sadly along with this came a watering down of their orchestral arrangements and prog stylings.
This their third album then still maintains the sound of their earliest work while condensing the subject matter down to a set of shorter but still intricate pieces. This is also before Jeff Lynne met up with Louis Clark to add a full orchestra to ELOs sound, so instead we have the classic early ELO hard edges strings. In fact this is probably the heaviest sound you'll ever hear from the later king of orchestral pop-rock.
The first half of the album is presented in the form of a symphony of 4 contrasting songs with a surrounding sawing cello theme. Then we have two rocking singles separated by Daybreaker, purely instrumental with some wonderful synthesiser work and a ELOs signature driving rock pace.
The nightmare inspired masterpiece that is Dreaming of 4000 returns to the sawing strings of the earlier symphony. This would have been a fitting end to the album yet we are given a cover of In The Hall Of The Mountain King with well considered arrangements and bassy drumming to finish the proceedings.
One for the real ELO fan and any other fans of hard-edged prog rock. Let those cellos rip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I forgot how good it was 13 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is where the true ELO sound came from. Still in its early stages but jeff had already polished the rough edges that were apparent on ELO 1 And 2. this gets away from all the quirkyness of those albums and puts down the foundations for the future ELO sound that we all love. The tracks on this album are far more listenable, with a rock sound. This album is a must for any ELO fan that has never heard any of their old stuff. It's now got bonus tracks on it including Showdown that was not included on the original, also included are new sleeve notes and quotes from jeff himself. Turn it up and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal favorite 23 Mar 2014
By Koos
Format:Audio CD
I don’t know why, but this happens to be one of my favorite records of all-time. Therefor it receives five stars, although a more objective vision should rate it with four. “On the third day” is where Jeff Lynne his songwriting took off. It is a raw, distinctive rather progressive symfo-rock album. It’s the last record where Jeff Lynne worked with overdubs by the cellists and violinist, before going using a full orchestra on the next record “Eldorado”. The use of overdubs creates a less smoothers sound like on ‘A new world record’ or ‘Out of the blue’.

“On the third day” can be divided in two parts: first half is a suite of four songs. The arrangements are already good and the switch from one song to the other goes very well. Before you know you are already halfway the record. ‘Bluebird is dead’ is a strong composition, because it is Jeff Lynne’s symfo-rock in his most bluesy style. The symfo-funky ‘Showdown’ is the turn into the heavier rock section. ‘Ma-ma-ma Belle’, it is symfo-ROCK: a blasting guitar, an angry and loud voice, full drums and the three-piece-orchestra crossing the song. ‘Dreaming of 4000’, it is one of Lynne his best: it is a small epic tale, changing in speed, style and character a few times within its five minutes. At the end of the song you have raised your eyebrows, thinking ‘this is pretty good!’.

“On the third day” is ELO in its most powerful rock condition. Those who adore the sound of the ELO success in the middle and the end of the seventies probably like the record a little bit less. But it is THE album that makes me wonder how it will sound if it is going to be re-recorded with a full orchestra.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Complete Remaster Disaster 10 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't played this album in almost thirty years (to my shock) and was really surprised to find that I liked it a lot - far more than I would have expected. The songs are uniformly decent (aside from Ma Ma Belle which just sounds like The Stones Gone Wrong) and the performances are pretty good too, although the stereo placement is very repetitive and tends to wear on the ear a bit. The other oddity is of course that it veers from sounding like it was recorded in a linen cupboard all the way up to being played in the school hall. I'm not sure what studios they used for this, but they might have tried to get it halfway right.

Lynne's lyrics are as appalling as ever, but he does the decent thing and strangles the life out of them (as he does on Bluebird Is Dead) so you really cannot make out a word he is saying, an achievement assisted by Bev Boom-Bap Bevan who was in his "hit everything as hard as you can" years.

I'm kidding of course. The record is really good, although the remasters suffers from having the rather pedestrian Showdown plonked right in the middle of it, along with its smooth sound and weird Nightriderish proggy moment crayoned in towards the end. The outtakes and addictions are, well...interesting but since they are largely culled from the worst track on the album they are a one-off experience.

You can certainly hear the germs of what was to come festering away under the skin, though. The over-arching pity is that Jeff only had one decent album left in him after this one, after which the started on the dismal road that wound its way towards Discovery and all the unpleasantness that this entails. Best of all, you can actually hear the record for once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A very good example of early ELO before it all got a bit too commercial in the late 70s. Jeff Lynne's songwriting is clearly improving and, for me, there are 2 classic tracks... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars class
[[ASIN:B003W77SBW On the Third Day]on the third day ......... well wot can i say ....... on the third day god created jeff lynne ...... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sysy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
I first bought this on vinyl in 1974 and it is probably the only ELO album I hadn't replaced on CD, Now I have added this to my CD collection I don't know what took me so long as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr R Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Third Day - ELO
Published 16 months ago by Mr. G. Vranjkovic
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO At their best
I owned the original vinyl version of this album in the 1970's and expected a compressed digital version of the original master tapes, im very pleased to say that the sound quality... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kev Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars ELO starts here
As other reviewers have pointed out, this is where ELO really started. The first two albums are virtually unlistenable and featured very little actual songwriting, but this... Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by Fabriani
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Masterpiece
The further back in time you go with ELO, the better they get. Around the early seventies, ELO were just finding their feet, and in my opinion this album captures them just before... Read more
Published on 8 April 2008 by Peter Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered!
I was a bit disappointed with this album. I bought it in a fit of nostalgia (ELO being my favourite band in my teenage years) having not heard it for many years. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2007 by jol legend
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Mr Blue Sky, listen to this
That is not to say I don't like Mr Blue Sky, but I do think much of their earlier and dare I say better albums are overlooked. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2005
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