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NOT a beatles rip-off,
This review is from: Flashback (Audio CD)
A few things annoy me about reviews of ELO. First being Beatles comparisons and second people judging them on a few token tunes. Both of these are shakey areas and shouldn't be pursued too heavily. Firstly, yes Jeff Lynne is undoubtedly influenced by the Beatles, but he uses the influence in a beautiful way to make intensely personal music. Secondly don't judge the band on a song like Roll Over Beethoven, this is a silly throw away tune which earned them enormous airplay, but ultimately lost the focus on what they actually are capable of. I know that singles have to be commercial, immediate and radio friendly. But it is the effect that annoys me. Its like when people get asked about Bruce Springsteen they say 'yeah Born in the USA' and assign him to the 'remember the 80s' nostalgia bin, when theres so much more to listen to which is inspired and heart felt (check out 'The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle). Anyway.
So ELO. You've gotta be careful, there is some middle of the road later period stuff which you need to avoid, but this box set is an excellent overview which acts as a greatest hits package with more. I bought it 3 days ago and haven't stopped listening to it yet because it is so full of great tunes. Jeff is a real one for a killer melody and this is displayed on Mr Blue Sky, Evil Woman, Big Wheels, Shangri La and Cant Get it out of my Head etc etc ect repeat
To put you in the picture I am 27, this means i wasn't old enough to listen as an adult when they were actually turfing out these tunes. (although they have a new album now which i haven't heard yet) and so I have clicked onto them from different sources. Firstly my parents used to like them, which undoubtedly has a knock on effect, and also i have been reminded of them from some bands name dropping them as influences -namely GRANDADDY, who are brilliant, and if any ELO fan reading this wants to hear some ELO influenced pop/rock then they should do a search for 'The Sophtware Slump' by Grandaddy)
I hope this review makes you want to hear this gorgeous box set.
If you like this box set then check out the Zombies boxset and the Ray Charles boxset.
Goodnight - a music fan , Derby, UK
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2013 16:16:52 GMT
Billy Mcgeachy says:
WELL SAID MATE, ME TOO IS PISSED OFF HOW JEFF LYNNE/ELO ALWAYS GET COMPARED TO THE BEATLES.THEY ARE THERE OWN IDENTITY, AND SHOULD BE TREATED THAT WAY.They are one of the biggest bands ever to come from the uk, and still sell tons of records.even though they split up in 1986, made a brief return in 2001.JEFF LYNNE said years ago that he loved the BEATLES, and the critics have been hounding them ever since.ELO and JEFF LYNNE must be the most underatted artists of all time, i blame the music media for that.Listen to JEFF LYNNE recent records and he is bringing out new ELO and JEFF LYNNE albums this year, listen and enjoy the greatest artist of our generation.The guy deserves respect, and put into the hall of fame where he belongs.
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