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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B003W77SBC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Then the album dives into "Honest Men", probably the best song of the album.
TWARN
If you like ELO because of the music and not the names (though there are some great ones here), I highly recommend this one.
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Had Jeff Lynne participated in this song, it would have been just a bit better.
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30 of 34 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on November 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The big question here is whether or not this CD merits an association with the ELO name. As such, the "Part Two" is a warning to those looking for Jeff Lynne but who will not find him here. Frankly, I consider this to be a pretty good Electric Light Orchestra *tribute* album, and on several cuts, they acheive a powerful and pleasing sound. Certainly, the involvement of Sir Louis Clark with orchestral arrangements, along with appearances by Hugh McDowell and Mik Kaminski help with the "ELO connection." Drummer Bev Bevan, one of ELO's founding members, does his usual stellar work bashing the skins, and he has assembled a fairly decent outfit here. Eric Troyer (keyboards and vocals) is perhaps the best of the lot, contributing some strong songs and a definite fondness for the old-school Jeff Lynne sound. Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band) on guitars and vocals is a fine practitioner of pop/rock, and makes a fine addition. Only guitartist/vocalist Neil Lockwood really sticks out like a sore thumb here...while he is obviously a fairly skilled rocker, he doesn't seem to fit into the ELO ethos at all, sad to say. Producer Jeff Glixman, one of the best guys to have behind the boards, may or may not be well-suited to the ELO sound...the follow-up LIVE WITH THE MOSCOW SYMPHONY album makes better use of Glixman's skills. That said, here are the highlights:

"Honest Men" - Stellar tune with huge orchestral sound, great vocal arrangements

"Thousand Eyes" - Excellent Troyer contribution, melodic and innovative

"Heart of Hearts" - Mid-tempo rocker, well played..."grows on you"

"Once Upon a Time" - Pete Haycock crafts a very pleasant and wistful song of lost love...
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Electric Light Orchestra traces its history to the 1960s. In the 70s ELO's music and public taste matched, and the group had a string of successful albums. By the end of the 70s public interest in the group began to wane, and it was apparent that ELO's time had passed. Jeff Lynne left the group in 1986. Since Jeff Lynne would not rejoin ELO, the reformed group released "Electric Light Orchestra Part Two" in 1990. Perhaps the group should have called itself "A Group Who Sorta Sounds like ELO, But Not Quite," because while there are similarities in the style, and even a few good songs, ELO this is not.

The opening track seems to be a hello to ELO fans. "Hello" is a relatively trivial song that ends up sounding more like the Beatles or Herman's Hermits than ELO. I could speak further about the lack of depth and inspiration, but instead I will class this song as one of the throwaway songs on this CD.

The second track is perhaps the best song on the entire CD. "Honest Men" is about as close as this CD comes to classic ELO. The highly orchestrated music is well done, and I would classify this song as a very good song, and worthy of being considered an ELO song. The lyrics are admittedly just a tad trite, but I like the science fiction implications of the song. When I read the words I think of "Star Trek" rather than "Star Wars" because of the Earth orientation of the song. Had Jeff Lynne participated in this song, it would have been just a bit better.

The third track is mediocre derivative rock. "Every Night" sounds too much like cookie-cutter big hair rock of the 80s. This song would have been interchangeable with the music of any of a dozen 80s groups that churned out forgettable songs. The music itself is not all that bad, just not very good.
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