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All Around The World is a collection of hits from one of the steadiest selling artists in the world! Newly remastered by band mastermind Jeff Lynne and including liner notes written by Lynne. 20 total tracks including 'Evil Woman', 'Turn To Stone', 'Hold On Tight', 'Showdown', 'Rockaria', 'Alright', 'Rock N' Roll Is King' and many more hits! Sony. 2005.

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The Electric Light Orchestra were one of the biggest and most successful bands of the late 1970s, producing a massive string of hit singles and albums that almost any other band would envy. Their works have been cited as influences by such hip acts as Grandaddy and Super Furry Animals. Their frontman and leader Jeff Lynne has been the producer of choice for people like Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and George Harrison. From "Evil Woman", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Mr Blue Sky" to "Livin' Thing" and "Hold On Tight", there are few duds amongst these 20 remastered tracks. ELO produced some of the biggest and best singles in rock & roll's history, and All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO is an excellent reintroduction to this great band. Hopefully, this also signals the beginning of a long-overdue revival and re-evaluation. --Robert Burrow

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009YNSJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Brian O'Marra on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I, too was baffled by the omissions on this ELO comp. I wrote to a watchdog column to get answers.

Here's what I was told. This comp initially was only intended for the UK. Hence only the hit singles in that country were chosen. That is why Can't Get it Out of My Head is not on this - it didn't chart overseas. That is why Wild West Hero and Rockaria are on this.

It was then released worldwide with the track selection intact. Sounds plausible, and yet, the tracklisting does vary in Holland and Japan. So...back to the same question=why not vary it here?

Why the remake of Xanadu and not the UK hit with Olivia Newton John?

Skimpy liner notes and a slightly spotty track selection (no Do Ya, Twilight, Calling America, Roll Over Beethoven, 10538 Overture (the latter two both charted well in the UK), and the above Can't Get it Out of My Head knock this down one star. The four stars are for what IS on here and the remastering which is superb!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bear on October 5, 2005
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As another reviewer has mentioned, "All Over The World" is a fantastic introduction to one of the central bands of the 1970's and early 1980's. With a sound all of their own, ELO produced some of the most original and unique sounds I have ever heard.

ELO mix rock/pop with a bit of classical, and the mix is heady. These guys could still hold their own in contemporary music, and their enduring fan-base is testament to their appeal. In addition to that, ELO can sing like no one else, and just have an awesome sound.

Bottom line, for a sound that is unique and original, ELO's "All Over the World" is a great place to start with a great band.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 22, 2005
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ELO evolved from another British group, The Move, which was successful in the late sixties with such hits as Flowers in the rain and Blackberry way. Bev Bevan, Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, all previously with The Move, created ELO. With other new members, they recorded their debut album, which yielded the UK top ten hit 10538 overture. After that, there were a series of line-up changes but the biggest change came because Roy and Jeff disagreed about the way that ELO should develop. Roy and two others quit and formed their own group, Wizzard (essentially a rock'n'roll group, updated for the seventies) who had a couple of UK number one hits (See my baby jive, Angel fingers), but is now best remembered for the top five hit, I wish it could be Christmas every day.

With Roy gone, Jeff was free to do what he wanted. He added classical music influences to a basic rock sound, making something unique and distinctive, though this vision took a few albums to be fully realized. ELO had a long string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventies, particularly from the albums A new world record, Out of the blue and Discovery, but were unable to sustain that success in the eighties. Their last UK top ten hit was in 1981 and they only came close once after that - in 1983, with Rock'n'roll is king. In America, their fortunes faded equally dramatically but they had already recorded a body of work that is well worth listening to.

No single CD can contain all of ELO's hits - if you want a comprehensive compilation, go for the British double-CD Ultimate collection - but this compilation contains most of the essentials.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2005
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Jeff Lynne wears his Beatles' influences (proudly) on his sleeve and from the mid-Seventies through the early Eighties wrote, produced and performed a string of hit singles--most of which are collected on this 20-track anthology. If this were the only ELO greatest hits release available, I'd give this a more enthusiastic endorsement. However, there are several to choose from, and this current release has some serious flaws.

Six of ELO's twenty U.S. Top 40 hits are excluded from this collection, including their American debut "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (which went to No. 9 in 1975) and the 1980 million-seller "I'm Alive." The omission of these two songs makes no sense. The other missing singles are "Do Ya," "Last Train to London," "Twilight" and their last chart entry "Calling America."

Also missing are three U.K. hits: Their 1972 debut single "10538 Overture" (No. 9), the 1973 Chuck Berry Cover "Roll Over Beethoven" (No. 6--it only reached No. 42 in the U.S., but it's what first turned me on to the band), and 1982's "Ticket to the Moon" (No. 24).

While it may seem like nitpicking to complain about missing U.K. hits, the compilers did include all of their other U.K. hits that did not hit the Top 40 in the U.S.: "The Diary of Horace Wimp" (No. 8), "Wild West Hero" (No. 6), "Showdown" (No. 12), "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (No. 22; by the way, this track features Marc Bolan playing lead guitar along with Lynne), and "Rockaria" (No. 9).

They even throw in "Alright" from 2001's ZOOM, but that's not enough to make up for all the previously mentioned omissions. While this is a more than adequate collection for the novice fan, 1995's 2-disc THE ESSENTIAL (even though it omits the three singles from the XANADU soundtrack) is a more complete look at the history of ELO. Or better yet, 2000's 3-disc FLASHBACK has all hits and just about everything else all but the most dedicated fans will ever need. RECOMMENDED
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