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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic
Even taking into account the dodgy track "Down Home Town", this has to rate as ELO's best album. The songwriting is superior to Eldorado yet it hasn't quite reached the commercialism of A New World Record and subsequent albums. "Fire On High" is an incredible opener and leads seamlessly into probably what is THE greatest album track of all time, "Waterfall", a harmony...
Published on 23 Aug 2006 by Trebor H

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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too polished but still some good stuff
1975 for me marks the point when ELO began to lose their way, but ironicly this is when the massive hits started.

The problem I have with this album is it is too polished; there is an emphasis on big production and strange sounds, and a lack of good songs.
The songs are catchy. They are ok to tap your foot too (Evil Woman, Strange Magic) but for me they...
Published on 8 April 2008 by Peter Jones


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic, 23 Aug 2006
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This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
Even taking into account the dodgy track "Down Home Town", this has to rate as ELO's best album. The songwriting is superior to Eldorado yet it hasn't quite reached the commercialism of A New World Record and subsequent albums. "Fire On High" is an incredible opener and leads seamlessly into probably what is THE greatest album track of all time, "Waterfall", a harmony drenched masterpiece. "Evil Woman", "Strange Magic" and "Nightrider" are three of ELO's best ever singles and then there's "Poker" which has to rate as their best rocker.

A previous reviewer claims the only good track on offer on Face The Music is "Fire On High" which makes me wonder if he has been listening to the same album!! Still, there's no accounting for taste!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Banana!, 25 April 2006
This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
I've always wondered why it's always been difficult to find this album in shops? Pity because it's a cracker. ELO (with the now classic line-up that they would tour with through the rest of the 70's) strike out with a still prog-rock experimental album which is prehaps a little bit more accessable than "Eldorado" to Joe Public. "Fire on High" is MAD and best listened to loud to freak out the straights! "Waterfall" & "One Summer Dream" are beautiful, and I still think "Evil Woman" is the best single they've ever done. The orchestration is never compromised by crystal clear production and the album cover again is probably the best of all their albums. For me this is ELO's "Wish You Were Here" to their "Dark Side of the Moon" of the previous year.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More music than you can shake a tree trunk at!, 14 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
Find out how Jeff Lynne invented thrash metal with Poker, listen to the spectacle of Fire on High and mellow out to One Summer Dream. Remember this was recorded for vinyl so not so many tracks as cds these days, but still one worth getting. Very hard to find in the UK as well!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant underrated elo classic !!!., 8 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
"face the music" is the link between the progressive-rock elo and the mega-hits-making elo.
two mega-hits are included ("evil woman" and "strange magic") + beautiful beatles-like melodies ("one summer dream", "waterfall").
the opening track is very dramatic and dark.
the leader, jeff lynne, is a real genius, and this album is indeed one of his triumphs.
buy it and enter a world of pure beauty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRE ON HIGH! One of the finest instrumentals by a Rock Band!, 13 July 2007
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Too bad one of ELO's best songs doesn't appear on any of their greatest hits packages...and they have a lot of "Best Of's" and "Greatest Hits"! This is one of the Best Instrumentals by a Rock Band. ELO does it with style, but this is the only CD you can get it on. I've listed the rest of the songs on the CD too, but I highly recommend FIRE ON HIGH!

1. FIRE ON HIGH
2. WATERFALL
3. EVIL WOMAN
4. NIGHTRIDER
5. POKER
6. STRANGE MAGIC
7. DOWN TOWN HOME
8. ONE SUMMER DREAM
9. FIRE ON HIGH Intro (Early Alternative Mix) *
10. EVIL WOMAN (Stripped Down Mix) *
11. STRANGE MAGIC (U.S. Single Edit) *
12. WATERFALL (Instrumental Mix) *

* EXTRA TRACKS

ENJOY!!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute genius symphonic-rock, 9 Feb 2002
This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
this is the real link between the progressive-rock
era to the mega-hits success.
the leader, jeff lynne, made here a triumphant production with dark edges ("fire on high"), FM radio hits ("evil woman", "strange magic") and other real underrated gems.
go out and buy this one. if you love the melodic side of rock (like the beatles, supertramp or queen) - you will love this album a lot !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying, 20 Mar 2007
This review is from: Face The Music (Audio CD)
The Remastered version just sounds awesome especially the stand out track ''Fire on High'' .The kind of track you just want to turn up full blast and have the neighbours hating you! Waterfall is just so underapreciated and ''poker'' well its just a scorching sonic roller coaster ,enough babble BUY THIS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JEFF LYNNE GETS INTO HIS POP STRIDE, 26 Dec 2012
This review is from: Face The Music (Audio CD)
After ELO's prog/pop period 71-74, Jeff Lynne took the band in a much more commercial direction with this album. Two spiffing singles in Evil Woman and Strange Magic point the way towards the all conquering A New World Record & Out of the Blue in 76 and 77. Check out the final track, One Summer Dream, one of Lynne's most beautiful and underated songs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Face the Music, 27 Feb 2007
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Alwev (Sheffield, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
I have just purchased the 2006 remastered verison and what a good CD it is. Having never heard the original I cannot comment on it, however the remastering on this CD is far better than other ELO remasters that I have to date.

In real hifi terms this is very good and can be played on hi-end eqiupment.

The bonus tracks giving different mixes is a real 'bonus'.

If you are an ELO fan and do not have this CD, my recommendation is BUY IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON ARE ONLY GIVING ME 20 WORDS TO REVIEW THIS. I COULD WRITE A BOOK ON IT - GENIUS, 24 Jun 2014
This review is from: Face the Music (Audio CD)
Pinnacle of what ELO achieved (before they became more commercial). Faultless. 'Poker' Evil Woman' 'waterfall' 'fire on high'. Utterly priceless.
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