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On the Third Day

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Bmg Special Markets
  • ASIN: B003W77SBW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Improves with every listen! I heard this album when it first came out and didn't give it enough time. My cassette went straight to the back of the cupboard. Glad that the CD quality is so good, it's making this album a much clearer and more enjoyable prospect. Superb band too. Seen them 3 times before, early days with Roy Wood at Guildford Civic, then the famous recorded Wembley gig and most recently at the Hyde Park event.
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never thought I would manage to get this so was so pleased when it came and is in good condition
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2014
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"On The Third Day", Jeff Lynne's first album as the sole songwriter and leader of the Electric Light Orchestra, is one of my very favourite records in the ELO catalogue. The influence of The Beatles is extremely heavy, especially during the first four tracks which are arranged and sequenced to make a continuous suite of songs. That said, it is a slightly uneven record, feeling like an album of two halves with the newer material at the start of the album (the first four tracks feature their then new violinist, Mik Kaminski) with some remaining material from the "ELO 2" sessions being used to fill side two. The the single "Showdown" was slotted in at the end of side one on the US release (and then on subsequent UK re-releases) and, thanks to repeated plays and familiarity, has become as much part of the album as the rest of the songs. In fact, my original copy of this album, bought when in was in my mid-teens, was a US import which featured both "Showdown" and the infamous "bellybutton" cover. Thankfully, the quality throughout is excellent, so even though there may be a slightly different feel to the two halves of the album, it works very well as a whole, with the only questionable inclusion being the slightly superfluous version of Grieg's "In The Hall Of The Mountain King".

Compositionally, "On The Third Day" is extremely strong. The four concurrent songs which were, as a whole, a continuous piece of music filling side one of the original LP entirely, were, arguably, Jeff Lynne's most accomplished piece of work right up until that point in time and they still sounds rather brilliant several decades later.
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Just average ELO
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The further back in time you go with ELO, the better they get. Around the early seventies, ELO were just finding their feet, and in my opinion this album captures them just before they fell into formulaeic and over-produced tunes.

The melodies in these tracks are all terrific and memorable; there are great heavy rock licks in tracks like Ma-ma Belle; and a beautiful sad mood in tracks like Oh No Not Susan.

The Hall of the Mountain King is pointless: I deducted a star for this one! But overall a very enjoyable, slightly experimental album, full of ideas and which captures Jeff Lynne at his best.
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This album marks the beginning of ELOs commercial success. Sadly along with this came a watering down of their orchestral arrangements and prog stylings.
This their third album then still maintains the sound of their earliest work while condensing the subject matter down to a set of shorter but still intricate pieces. This is also before Jeff Lynne met up with Louis Clark to add a full orchestra to ELOs sound, so instead we have the classic early ELO hard edges strings. In fact this is probably the heaviest sound you'll ever hear from the later king of orchestral pop-rock.
The first half of the album is presented in the form of a symphony of 4 contrasting songs with a surrounding sawing cello theme. Then we have two rocking singles separated by Daybreaker, purely instrumental with some wonderful synthesiser work and a ELOs signature driving rock pace.
The nightmare inspired masterpiece that is Dreaming of 4000 returns to the sawing strings of the earlier symphony. This would have been a fitting end to the album yet we are given a cover of In The Hall Of The Mountain King with well considered arrangements and bassy drumming to finish the proceedings.
One for the real ELO fan and any other fans of hard-edged prog rock. Let those cellos rip.
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This was the third outing for Lynne and company and it simply is one of the bands greatest efforts. Side one (Original LP) consists of a conceptual suite regarding Life ,Death and rebirth whilst side two had a collection of songs recorded during the ELO 2 sessions. Remastered and sounding better than ever. Recomended Prog Rock ELO at its best!
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