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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last.............the Best From the Best, 12 Nov 2001
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S. W. Ladd - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
This is the compilation that the world has been waiting for. Wall to wall remastered classics. Hit after hit after hit after hit! No padding or fillers simply the best of the Electric Light Orchestra on two jam packed CDs. Every track is familiar even to casual listeners and the remastering has breathed new live into what were already superb recordings. This package will have you dancing round the Christmas Tree!
This release can be summed up in one word....Brilliant! An essential purchase for fans both old and new, and at a reasonable price.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive British hits collection, 11 Jan 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
ELO evolved from another British group, The Move, which was successful in the late sixties with such hits as Flowers in the rain and Blackberry way. Bev Bevan, Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, all previously with The Move, created ELO. With other new members, they recorded their debut album, which yielded the UK top ten hit 10538 overture. After that, there were a series of line-up changes but the biggest change came because Roy and Jeff disagreed about the way that ELO should develop. Roy and two others quit and formed their own group, Wizzard (essentially a rock'n'roll group, updated for the seventies) who had a couple of UK number one hits (See my baby jive, Angel fingers), but is now best remembered for the top five hit, I wish it could be Christmas every day.
With Roy gone, Jeff was free to do what he wanted. He added classical music influences to a basic rock sound, making something unique and distinctive, though this vision took a few albums to be fully realized. ELO had a long string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventies, particularly from the albums A new world record, Out of the blue and Discovery, but were unable to sustain that success in the eighties. Their last UK top ten hit was in 1981 and they only came close once after that - in 1983, with Rock'n'roll is king. In America, their fortunes faded equally dramatically but they had already recorded a body of work that is well worth listening to.
This brilliant compilation contains all ELO's big UK hits and most if not all of their big American hits. Here you will find Xanadu, I'm alive and All over the world, frequently omitted from ELO compilations on both sides of the Atlantic, together with Living thing, Mr Blue Sky, Hold on tight, Roll over Beethoven, Telephone line, Rockaria, Wild west hero, Don't bring me down, Sine a little love and all the other classic tracks that you would expect to find. Do ya, an American hit that wasn't released as a British single, is also here. The only UK hits missing are Out of my head (the lead track of an EP that made the singles chart although it didn't get very high) and Honest men (a very minor hit from 1991), Neither of these tracks is important. The tracks are not in chronological order, which will disappoint some people, but it is far better to have all the tracks that matter than to have a chronological compilation that omits essential tracks.
This is truly the ultimate ELO collection - if you only want one collection of their music, this is the best there is, or is ever likely to be.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the late 70's, 11 Aug 2003
This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
This band really dominated the UK charts in the last few years of the 1970's, and deservedly so. Initially the brainchild of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, it was left to Lynne after the first album to write and produce some of the best british music of the 70's.
Fantastic numbers like 'Sweet Talkin Woman', 'Turn to Stone', and many others are instantly memorable songs. There are one or two turkeys here like the instantly forgettable 'Twilight', or the dreadful 'Xanadu', but for the most part these are good solid Rock/Pop songs of the highest calibre.
From the early rockin 'Roll Over Beethoven' to later songs like 'Calling America', there is a wonderful conglomeration of conventional rock instruments and strings, without the music suffering and getting muddied. The production is often not mentioned as the songwriting is often the first thing mentioned, but Jeff Lynne manages to capture the spirit of each decade with his production, and does so flawlessly.
I wish there was a best of ELO album that concentrated on the 70's, which is when all their best work was done, but this is the next best thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Lynne what can you say!, 4 Sep 2011
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Great album... The production is amazing.
There is always something to discover in every song.
Takes me back a few years.
A gem! you want full blast on a Bang & Olufsen.
Quality!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ELO the best of, 10 Feb 2012
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Thought I had lost this forever as I have it on vinyl and it is getting more difficult to set set up a system. Have really enjoyed hearing it again. The service from Amazon was first class and the product very good quality at a competitive price. would use this site again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Collection of collections, 27 Jan 2009
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Mr. R. C. Barfield "strider712" (Northampton, England) - See all my reviews
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If you love ELO it is a must have of course, however if you have never heard ELO this is a wonderful place to start. To think that all of these wonderful songs both lyrics and music were written by one man, Jeff Lynne, makes it even more amazing. Please buy it and fall in love with ELO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How many tracks, 17 Mar 2004
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Mr. M. A. Quinn (MANCHESTER) - See all my reviews
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Too many. But that said take what you want from it and dont listen to the rest. And for the price you cant argue.
Evil Woman, Mr Blue Sky, Hold on tight, Last train to London, Turn to Stone, Sweet talking woman, Diary of Horace Wimp.
All top songs, Im 26 and you can tell what influence ELO have had on modern music, most noticably Badly Drawn Boy.
And what about those vocoders!
Winner, get it bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic, 10 Feb 2014
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Been wanting this collection for a while now, but had difficulty in finding a new copy.
38 tracks from one of the best groups of the time, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this band, 21 Jan 2014
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I have replaced my vinyl as simple as that love the band and highly recommend transaction smooth as silk recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELO Electricity., 8 Dec 2013
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Jl Andrews (Braintree, Essex) - See all my reviews
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Great value. Wonderful music. Jeff Lynne amongst the best songwriters and producers this country has ever produced. Wish he would do a tour after seeing him on Children for Need recently (2013). Saw ELO live in 1977 and they were brilliant. Come on Jeff, do it!!!
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