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ELO 2 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B003W77SBC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JR on September 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
UPDATE!!...for some weird reason, reviews for either ELO 2 or ELO Part II (post Jeff Lynne) are showing up on both products. This review is ONLY for ELO 2 (original ELO's 2nd album).
That said...If you are looking at ELO 2 (space ship and comet on cover) then most (if not all) of the other reviews are rating the WRONG ALBUM. This is "ELO 2" as in their SECOND ALBUM (INCLUDING JEFF LYNNE!!!) and NOT as in the later version of ELO "Part II" without Jeff Lynne (naked lady w/ wand on cover). ELO 2 (1972) is pre-pop ELO which I gave 4 stars because I am a child of the later ELO, my first ELO album being "A New World Record" (1976) (which would be 5 stars along with the earlier releases of "Eldorado" (1974), "Face The Music" (1975) and everything since). I have been a huge fan for decades but never bothered to really check out their earlier work. I must say that I am very pleasantly surprised. So please ignore all the wrongly placed reviews of the "Post Jeff Lynne" ELO album which, again, can be found under..."ELO Part II". Also, if you want to get a great ELO 2 preview go to _tube and listen to the whole thing. I just did that...then bought the CD. Long version of Roll Over Beethoven is awesome.
For newcomers to ELO it is extremely likely that you have already heard several of their hits...they seem to be a favorite for use in TV commercials. My favorites?? (like picking a favorite Beatles album). But if forced to keep only 3 it would probably be "Time", "Out of the Blue" and "Balance of Power" (all of which have songs featured on TV ads...just sayin').
PLEASE say yes if this review was helpful so it gets higher up the list and visible before all the bogus "Part II" reviews.
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Format: Audio CD
It will probably help in analysis of this album if you have read my review for the debut ELO album No Answer (better known as The Electric Light Orchestra to knowledgeable ELO fans and Brits where it was released under that title).

Here: link to that album, No Answer

Where NO ANSWER is the most inaccessible of the ELO collection, and the follow-up to this one, ON THE THIRD DAY would set up the "sound" of ELO to follow, ELO II is caught in the middle. It continues the sometimes rough experimentation of ELO I (NO ANSWER) but with definite progress towards the mastery of ON THE THIRD DAY. New fans (and old) who prefer the polished sounds of A NEW WORLD RECORD and those albums coming afterward, will probably not care much for this album, save maybe one song. Roy Woods final presence is felt on two songs (the original opening "Boogies" on each side of the record "Boogie, No. 1" and "Boogie, No. 2"). For me, Wood was a distraction for Lynne, and his departure allowed Lynne to manage the ELO sound into what we appreciate today. ELO II was still proving the grounds of "classical" rock and "progressive" rock, like clay, modeling it into a fusion of various sonic elements.

The first song In Old England Town (Boogie, No. 2); funny how they somehow decided to place #2 first in sequence and then #1; this one is like so much of the whacky shapes gracing ELO I, entirely disposable for most of us, it is usually skipped by me, I have to be in a very generous mood to give it a listen. I would have opened the album with the much more likeable and friendly classical-rock experiment of From The Sun To The World (Boogie, No.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Bev Bevan, the powerful drummer for the original Electric Light Orchestra as well as the Move, launched what was dubbed "The Electric Light Orchestra PART TWO" in 1991. Bev was the only original member in the lineup, though ELO stalwarts Mik Kaminski and Hugh McDowell make appearances and Sir Lou Clark ably handles the rich orchestration. Otherwise, it's really difficult to consider this an "ELO" product. That said, the album has some fine moments. Consider "Honest Men," a lushly arranged and orchestrated song by new member Eric Troyer. This song and Troyer's lovely tune "Thousand Eyes" are definitely worthy of the ELO moniker, and are the highlights on this set.
"Heart of Hearts" is an effective mid-tempo rocker in the Alan Parsons mode and features more fine vocal arrangements. "Once Upon a Time" and "For the Love of a Woman" are very likable and feature some sweet swinging strings. "Heartbreaker" (a tamer "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle") is a fairly well-done rocker, with a good "rain" reference--which, by law, must be mentioned on any ELO album! Mik adds a sizzling violin solo that lifts the song beyond average.
Allow me a moment of negativity..."Every Night" is part of a trilogy (along with "Whiskey Girls" from MOMENT OF TRUTH and "Ain't Necessarily So" from ONE NIGHT LIVE) of the absolute worst songs ever associated with ELO. It's amazing how many lyrical and musical cliches the band was able to fit into three minutes. Absolute putridity. "Kiss Me Red" is almost as bad, at least lyrically. "Easy Street" is pedestrian and a dead end. "Hello" is cute, but is undeveloped and thin...
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