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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect, 24 April 2013
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The album is really good, it's basically a Zoom Tour album but including none of the new songs, and some of the oldies that hadn't been included on the DVD, which i may add were superb renditions. The two new songs at the end are poles apart. The first, Out of Luck, is a very Elvis Presley/Roy Orbison stylised song showing once again that Lynne has a fantastic range in both his taste and vocal skills, the song is very catchy and will have your toes tapping. Whereas Out of Luck is not what i expect from Lynne, and i can see why it's only just been released. The lyrics are repetitive and the song itself is not catchy in the slightest. But this is personal taste, it's on a par with some of the "Balance of Power" songs, uninspiring. However the rest of the album is fantastic, a must have for ELO fans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable live album from 2001, 2 May 2013
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A. Sweeney "I don't care what you call me" (Brighton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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Whether you consider this a 'proper' Electric Light Orchestra release or not is whether you consider Jeff Lynne to be ELO. This album, formed from a live show recorded for American television in 2001, with most tracks previously released on the live "Zoom" DVD, features only Jeff and Richard Tandy from the original group, but is ably backed by a decent bunch of musicians as well as Rosie Vela on backing vocals, to ensure a full, rich sound. It's a good live album, although certainly not spectacular and does lack a bit of excitement, a bit of edge, but the performances are enjoyable and more than competent. "Roll Over Beethoven" sounds as brilliant as ever, with Jeff proving himself to be the fantastic guitarist his fans know he is. It is, however, lovely to hear live versions of "Twilight" and "Confusion" as many ELO fans' have been denied any officially released live material since the "Out Of The Blue" Wembley show from 1978. "Don't Bring Me Down" features a double-time breakdown which I'm still not convinced entirely works, but it's certainly fun and shows that Jeff isn't taking himself too seriously.

My most serious complaint is that they really should have released the entire concert on CD, rather than exerpts. None of the "Zoom" album, which this live show was promoting, made the cut, which is a massive shame - the focus is most definitely on the classic hits, leaving those who really do appreciate all aspects of Jeff's career a little short changed. It's almost like there is an intent to deceive fans in thinking that they're getting a classic ELO release. I'm sure that nobody who loves ELO will dislike the versions on offer here, but there should possibly have been a little more transparency about when it was recorded and that this isn't the Electric Light Orchestra that most people think of when you mention the band (Jeff, Bev, Richard, Kelly, Mik, etc.). As for the bonus tracks, they are a little hit and miss. "Out Of Luck" is a rockabilly throwaway number and slightly disappoints, but "Cold Feet" is a very good atmospheric Lynne composition which could have been a decent album track from any of the last few ELO releases, given a little more attention.

The original concert setlist from which this album was harvested was: "Do Ya", "Evil Woman", "Showdown", "Strange Magic", "Livin' Thing", "Alright", "Lonesome Lullaby", "Telephone Line", "Turn to Stone", "Just for Love", "Easy Money", "Mr. Blue Sky", "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle", "One Summer Dream", "Tightrope", "State of Mind", "Can't Get It Out of My Head", "Moment in Paradise", "10538 Overture", "Ordinary Dream", "Shine a Little Love", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Roll Over Beethoven". What a shame they didn't release this whole performance over two CDs. The biggest shame, of course, is that the planned extensive tour in support of this album was cancelled and all the world really got was this. Still, Jeff is well and truly back on the musical radar now and you never know what the future will bring. In the meantime, this is a perfectly enjoyable live album and will probably please any ELO fan who buys it immensely, despite the omissions and flaws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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Amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality live ELO album, 19 Nov 2013
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The songs on this CD are taken from the 2001 Zoom tour, while the tour sadly failed to generate much interest the selection of songs included on this album is fabulous; all 11 songs are excellent renditions. Especially good are 'Evil Woman', 'Showdown', 'Livin' Thing' and 'Twilight'. 'Secret Messages' is a surprising but extremely welcome inclusion. I feel that it's always great to hear different versions of some of your favorite songs. Due to the vast number of ELO hits there will inevitably be some songs which are conspicuous by their absence ('Turn to Stone' and 'Telephone Line' for example) but the songs that are here are excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roll Over and Buy, 25 May 2013
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some great tracks live here from a most under rated British Band . Admittedly this is not the original band, but Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy provide the link to an iconic band of the seventies and early eighties. A must for all rock fans. Some great surprises too, like Secret Messages Cant get it out of my Head and Twilight but unfortunately two great rockers Hold On Tight and Rock and Roll is King are missing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO Live, 18 Jan 2014
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Been big fan of ELO ever since started as sort of follow on to The Beatles who am massive fan of, this Cd sounds really good and just wish could have seen them live with a nice booklet included
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 28 Dec 2013
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It is a pity though that there was not a live album available for the time tour. It would have sold well
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELO Live, 5 Sep 2013
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Jeff Lynne back on the scene is always good news. Bringing Richard Tandy and other sessions musicians together for a live performance of some of ELO's greatest 1970s and 1980s hits is always worth a listen. Indeed I played it twice in the same day after receiving it as a Birthday present.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome..., 19 Sep 2013
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Gotta be my favourite album of all time from ELO, and seeing i have every album that's one big statement. AWESOME...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoir of the Zoom Tour, 23 Jun 2013
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G. Duff "benko007" (Wollongong, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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Good concert well recorded. Jeff and Co having fun and playing well as ELO most always seemed to do. Some songs beter than others but overall a worthy purchase
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