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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
  • ASIN: B005LTDPJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 CD box set containing the all the original Sony albums from Jeff Lynne and Co., all housed in mini LP sleeves. Includes the albums The Electric Light Orchestra, Electric Light Orchestra II, On The Third Day, Eldorado, Face The Music, A New World Record, Out Of The Blue, Discovery, Time, Secret Messages and Balance Of Power. Epic/Legacy.

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I have flash backs of one of my early boyfriends when I listen to this.
stuart d. johnson
Eleven remastered albums all with bonus tracks and the CD sleeves are reproductions of the original album covers.
Dave B.
If you are an ELO fan this is the collection for you. such great music.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Severin on June 23, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Below is the complete track listing as provided by Mr. Glenn Cook on the U.K. Amazon site. As noted by other reviewers there the set does not contain "Xanadu" or "Zoom" which is Jeff Lynne only. Also none of the ELO Part Two or live albums. I wish the set had included all of the rare tracks from the "Afterglow" and "Flashback" albums such as 'Hello My Old Friend', 'Buildings Have Eyes', and 'Helpless'. The "Xanadu" tracks are missed as well, I like those songs.

Track listing
1. 10538 Overture
2. Look at Me Now
3. Nellie Takes Her Bow
4. The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd, 1644)
5. 1st Movement
6. Mr. Radio
7. Manhattan Rumble (49th St. Massacre)
8. Queen of the Hours
9. Whisper in the Night
10. The Battle of the Marston Moor (Take1/Alternate Mix/Bonus Track)
11. Nellie Takes Her Bow (Alternate Mix/Bonus Track)
12. Mr. Radio (Take 9/Bonus Track)
13. 10538 Overture (Take 1/Alternate Mix/Bonus Track)

1. In Old England Town (Boogie #2)
2. Mama
3. Roll Over Beethoven
4. From the Sun to the World (Boogie #1)
5. Kuiama
6. In Old England Town (Instrumental/Bonus Track)
7. Baby I Apologize (Session Outtake/Bonus Track)
8. In Old England Town (Take 1/Alternate Mix/Bonus Track)
9. Roll Over Beethoven (Take 1/Alternate Mix/Bonus Track)

1. Ocean Breakup/King of the Universe
2. Bluebird Is Dead
3. Oh No Not Susan
4. New World Rising/Ocean Breakup Reprise
5. Showdown
6. Daybreaker
7. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
8. Dreaming of 4000
9. In the Hall of the Mountain King
10. Auntie (Take 1/Bonus Track)
11. Auntie (Take 2/Bonus Track)
12. Mambo (Dreaming of 4000 ALternate Mix/Bonus Track)
13. Eveyone's Born To Die
14.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful By John P. Baker on June 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you don't already have every ELO cd, then it is a must to get this set because you get ALL ELEVEN ELO ALBUMS, REMASTERED, EACH WITH 3 OR MORE BONUS TRACKS ADDED AND A BOOKLET THAT HAS JEFF LYNNE DESCRIBING EVERY SONG OFF OF EVERY ALBUM!!!! The Mini Lp sleeves that hold the discs are just like the old record covers...If the record was a gatefold record, then the mini cover is a gatefold cover....IT'S GREAT TO HAVE ALL ELEVEN ALBUMS RECORDED AT THE SAME LEVEL....WHEN GOING FROM ONE ALBUM TO THE NEXT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ADJUST THE VOLUME....IF THE VOLUME WAS COMFORTABLE ON THE CD YOU WERE LISTENING TO, THEN IT WILL BE COMFORTABLE ON THE NEXT ONE... You can't say that will all groups remasters...Some of them are too loud, then the next one not loud enough and so on.... If you have all of the 2006 ELO remasters, the only reason to get this is to save A LOT OF SPACE...ALL ELEVEN CDS ARE IN A BOX THAT TAKES UP ABOUT AS MUCH SPACE AS 4 CDS...FOR THE PRICE, THIS IS UNBEATABLE!!!!! FIVE DOLLARS EACH FOR 11 REMASTERED CDS WITH BONUS TRACKS IS RARE IN THESE TIMES.....GRAB THIS SET BEFORE THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES!!! ELO IS THE BEST AND THIS SET WILL HELP YOU REMEMBER WHY!!!!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dave B. on August 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a deal! Eleven remastered albums all with bonus tracks and the CD sleeves are reproductions of the original album covers. ELO is one of my favorite 70s bands, and the booklet notes by Jeff Lynne, while not extensive, are really interesting. The sound is also very good, certainly better than some of my original CDs.

I ordered a new import copy from one the UK sellers in the Marketplace for a total price with shipping of just under $34. They sent it airmail and it arrived a little more than a week after I ordered it. That's less than $4 per album!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beatlenik on March 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Currently Amazon is not stocking this, but if you are a more than casual fan of Electric Light Orchestra, this is a must have, and you can find it at other market places (including 3rd Party Amazon Merchants) new, for less than $50. Do not pay more than that, it is not necessary (unless this review becomes outdated and you are now looking for a "collectors" gem!

Throughout the last decade, Sony began re-releasing the ELO catalogue, remastered, with bonus tracks, and with very extensive and well-crafted booklets for each CD. Very nice and historical for the die-hard ELO fan, or the novice who just had a Light bulb moment! I already had two of those, my two favorites (On The Third Day and Eldorado) when I was made aware of this set! Well, I found a great price and purchased this (Amazon was selling it for over $80 and I found it for under $50 at a reputable online dealer). What you get is all of the re-mastered, post-millenium releases, of the entire Electric Light Orchestra studio album catalogue, handsomely packaged in a box with a booklet, and each album is in a CD sized miniature replica of the original album. If it was a gatefold cover, the mini-album is faithful to the reproduction. Don't plan on being able to read the writing (notes, song lists) of the original. For that you need the booklet.

Now the only drawback, is that each individual Sony release had extensive notes by Jeff Lynne, historical data by a contributor, all the album cover variants and artwork, lyrics, etc. Unfortunately, the Epic Legacy box release only supplies the Jeff Lynne notes and track listing. No extensive album art or lyrics included in this version.
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