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Afterglow Box set, Import

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  • Audio CD (7 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002735
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 10538 Overture
  2. Mr. Radio
  3. Kuiama
  4. In Old England Town (Boogie #2)
  5. Mama
  6. Roll Over Beethoven
  7. Bluebird Is Dead
  8. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
  9. Showdown
  10. Can't Get It Out My Head
  11. Boy Blue
  12. One Summer Dream

Disc: 2

  1. Evil Woman
  2. Tightrope
  3. Strange Magic
  4. Do Ya
  5. Nightrider
  6. Waterfall
  7. Rockaria!
  8. Telephone Line
  9. So Fine
  10. Livin' Thing
  11. Mr. Blue Sky
  12. Sweet Is The Night
  13. Turn To Stone
  14. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  15. Steppin' Out
  16. Afterglow: Midnight Blue
  17. Don't Bring Me Down

Disc: 3

  1. Prologue
  2. Twilight
  3. Julie Don't Live Here
  4. Shine A Little Love
  5. When Time Stood Still
  6. Rain Is Falling
  7. Bouncer
  8. Hello My Old Friend
  9. Hold On Tight
  10. Four Little Diamonds
  11. Mandalay
  12. Buildings Have Eyes
  13. So Serious
  14. A Matter Of Fact
  15. No Way Out
  16. Getting To The Point
  17. Destination Unknown
  18. Rock 'N' Roll Is King

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Format: Audio CD
The first couple of discs here are unremarkable compilations of songs available elsewhere, but disc 3 is laden with rare and unreleased gems. In particular, the track 'Hello my old friend' is what happens when Jeff Lynne starts having fun in the studio, complete with soaring string sections, weird effects and children singing 'Frere Jacques' in the background!!! This track dates from the Secret Messages era, and why Jeff didn't use it at the time I'll never know. This album is a must for ELO fans.
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This is one of the top "The Best Of ELO" collections. I've owned it for years, and I never tire of listening to this. I always loved their "Beatlesque harmonies" and layers of orchestral strings, horns, etc...At their spacy and celestial sounding best on this one!
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Contains all the highlights of te E.L.O. era including some of the best songs / outtakes that have never been released before. Not only the chart topping hit singles but the best songs according to and selected by Jeff Lynne. What more can you ask for?
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HASH(0x99fe6534) out of 5 stars Essential for ELO fans, but only for 5 exclusive songs 6 Feb. 2006
By Roy Wilbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This set, released in 1990, has been surpassed by several other more recent ELO compilations, including 2000's 3-CD set "Flashback" (which benefits from vastly improved sound quality, direct input from Jeff Lynne himself, better track selection, and several previously unreleased tracks).

I'm surprised this "Afterglow" set is still in print. "Afterglow", though, is still a must-have for ELO fans because of the inclusion of tracks from the unreleased half of the aborted double album version of 1983's "Secret Messages." Lynne originally planned that 1983 album as a double album, but it was eventually released as a single album. "Afterglow" presents, by my best count off the top of my head, six of the rejected cuts from that album ("Hello My Old Friend", "Mandalay", "Buildings Have Eyes", "A Matter of Fact", "No Way Out", and "Destination Unknown").

The reason this set is still a must-have is because, for some reason, only one of those above-mentioned cuts ("No Way Out") was included on the 2001 remastered reissue of the "Secret Messages" album. That 2001 reissue included two additional bonus tracks as well ("Endless Lies" and "After All"). In any event, you need the "Afterglow" set for the five tracks that have not been released anywhere else.

I would only recommend "Afterglow" for those tracks, as everything else on the set can be found in better sound quality elsewhere. I'm surprised other reviewers question the track selection for the third disc of this set, as that disc is the only thing that makes the set of any consequence to ELO fans.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99fe6be8) out of 5 stars It's a keeper...but could have been even better 3 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here is a lavish and outstanding box set that contains many of ELO's essential tracks, plus a few rarities and surprises. Most of the hits are here, such as "Can't Get It Out of My Head," "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," "Livin' Thing," "Telephone Line," "Turn to Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down," and "Hold On Tight." However, some very pivotal "Top 40" hits are strangely absent, such as "Calling America," "I'm Alive," "All Over the World," "Last Train to London," "Confusion," and "Xanadu." Other FM or U.K. hits, such as "Daybreaker," "In the Hall of the Mountain King," "It's Over," "Wild West Hero," "Diary of Horace Wimp," "Secret Messages," and "Here is the News" also could have been included. Also, some of ELO's finest B-sides or rarities are missing, such as "Drum Dreams," "In Old England Town (Instrumental Version)," and "After All." The only way to really improve on this box would have been to add one more disc to include these and other tracks. Call me greedy! However, this really is a superb box, and is absolutely essential for any ELO fan or those who appreciate the finest in innovative and enjoyable art pop/rock. Some of the tracks previously unavailable in the U.S. make this box worth purchasing all on their own: the delicious "Julie Don't Live Here," the haunting "When Time Stood Still," the epics "Hello My Old Friend" and "Mandalay," the rockers "Bouncer" and "Destination Unknown," and the poppy "Buildings Have Eyes." If you don't have it yet, don't wait any longer!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab3e114) out of 5 stars The afterglow is just a little bit dim 21 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When this boxed set was advertized in Billboard the promise was that it had all the well known tracks. All the reviewers have already pointed out the missing singles from Xanadu, as well as Calling America from Balance of Power.
What makes this box a more dubious purchase is the inconsistent sound quality. The tracks from Out of The Blue are atrocious. Turn To Stone, Mr. Blue Sky (which is offered in a single edit), and Sweet Talkin Woman sound as if a sheet was layed over the speakers. The sound quality is muffled and dim.
The b-sides are a welcome addition. The booklet and photos are insightful. Had this had better sound and a better selection it could be recommended.
The complaints about this box for sound are the reason Strange Magic was released by Sony.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ea38e8) out of 5 stars Exceptional collection 10 April 2004
By Candace Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am sick of ELO being bashed as the poor man's Beatles, as sappy, as "disco-flavored violin trash," and as infantile muzak. All of these criticisms are from people who haven't bothered to listen to ELO from beginning to last and who are too obtuse to realize that Jeff Lynne is a musical genius (and no, I don't use that word lightly). Yes, his lyrics are banal, but with this type of music, who on earth cares? The lyrics to "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" are trite too, but with such catchy music, one can overlook the banality of the words.
This set might be the definitive set of the three issued ELO compilations. "Xanudu" is still a limping dog of a song, but there are some remastered gems here. ALl of the first 2 discs are pure magic, including ELO's most underrated (and, I think, best) song, "Nightrider." And how about "Four Little Diamonds" on disc three, where you can Lynne counting down the intro and sounding exactly like Ozzy Osbourne, in their mutual Birmingham accents.
The sound quality is excellent and the track order is pleasing. There are no omissions and only a few questionable inclusions, and they all appear on disc three.
I bought my first ELO single when I was 10 years old and I never looked back. If you've read this far, you're a fan like me and you will devour this set. Long live this sappy, trite, banal band... I still love 'em forever!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ea3c54) out of 5 stars 3 CDs, Many Memories 4 Feb. 2004
By Danno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll never understand why Jeff Lynne doesn't get the same credit that Elton John and Billy Joel do, considering how essential the ELO sound was to 1970s radio. Lynne is a good songwriter, and as a producer created tasteful mixes - which is quite a feat when you consider how difficult it can be to find the right balance between strings, synths, and drums. Afterglow is a balanced view of ELO's career, from Lynne's early loud art-rock, to the polished Beatleoid pop most of us think of when we hear ELO's name, to later material that's mostly unfamiliar. I think it's unreasonable to expect a boxed set to be a "complete works collection" and although I would have liked to see a few of my personal favorites in the collection (such as Mr Kingdom), I'm totally satisfied with Afterglow as is. If you enjoy 1970s pop rock, late-period Beatles, or just want to see what can happen when you combine classical textures with rock n' roll, you'll enjoy at least part of this collection.
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