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Elo 2 - 30th Anniversary Edition
Elo 2 - 30th Anniversary Edition
Price: £38.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Tour-de-force through Classical, Rock and Baroque, 27 April 2003
This is an amazing album in every aspect that never stood that much in the limelight of outstanding contemporary music, undeservedly so, as this fantastic remastered edition clearly reveals. The clarity of the sound is almost unbelievable. The early 7-piece ELO line-up recorded the songs on this fascinating musical tour-de-force through the centuries live in the studio. The tracks were put on tape, then mixed - and that was it! It's just like being there in the studio at the very moment of playing/recording! And, hell, what could this blokes play! Some highlights among many, many others - the 2CD-set contains 17(!) bonustracks - are the to this day unknown gorgeous Jeff Lynne composition "Everyone's Born To Die" with both Lynne and special guest Marc Bolan on lead-guitar, one early version of "Dreaming Of 4000" titled "Mambo" and Take 1 of one of John Lennon's favourites - "Showdown". Whoever is into real classic, timeless music of real musicianship should not miss this outstanding masterpiece. It's simultaneously amazing, gorgeous, adventurous, threatening, melodic and humorous. A disparate world-class rock-pop brew with strings of one of the most original bands that have ever surfaced on the music scene. As this album sold not more than appr. 50.000 units when originally released in 1973 there must be plenty of music enthusiasts who never listened to this stuff, let alone the bonus stuff that no-one was able to listen to until now! Do yourself a favor - and purchase this milestone now!

Secret Messages
Secret Messages
Price: £4.30

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Often Overlooked ELO-Classic, 5 Mar 2002
This review is from: Secret Messages (Audio CD)
Secret Messages is a great album with fine melodies, beautiful harmonies and a pleasurable dose of good old Rock'N'Roll. As on 1981's Time strings are hardly to be heard anywhere except on 'Stranger', one of the true gems of this album. Other highlights, for me anyway, are the driving 'Danger Ahead', a rocker that should had been the first single instead of 'Rock'N'Roll Is King' and features one of the most thrilling choruses ever, the beautiful 'Bluebird' which comes with relatively sparse instrumentation as well as the brillant 50's rock'n'roll hommage 'Endless Lies' included as a bonus track. It's quite difficult to explain why this timeless, classic techno-pop-rock brew lacks the recognition the 1981 predecessor Time has got. At this price a must buy for any fan of timeless pop music.
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Utopia Parkway
Utopia Parkway

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prom Theme - The Most Beautiful ELO Hommage ever, 3 Mar 2002
This review is from: Utopia Parkway (Audio CD)
I always read Beach Boys being the main influence of Fountains of Wayne. But how about ELO? Weren't Fountains of Wayne the band who covered 'Can't Get It Out Of My Head' on their CD-single 'Sink To The Bottom'? And 'Prom Theme' definetely is the most beautiful, most touching and heartfelt ELO-Hommage I've ever heard! Thanks very much for this one, guys! I love your 'Prom Theme' to death, and I love ELO to death! And because of you, Mr. Schlesinger, obviously being a musical soul-brother of Jeff Lynne, I will check out all your work. But 'Prom Theme' will hardly be beatable as my favourite.

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