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ELO'S Greatest Hits

E.L.O.Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025HO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Evil Woman
2. Livin' Thing
3. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
4. Showdown
5. Turn To Stone
6. Rockaria!
7. Sweet Talkin' Woman
8. Telephone Line
9. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
10. Strange Magic
11. Mr. Blue Sky

Editorial Reviews

You can't make a meal of bubblegum, but it sure can be a delicious distraction. ELO's Greatest Hits is filled with gooey, chewy delights--sonic kitsch like "I Can't Get It Out of My Head" (Lennon on Lithium), "Telephone Line" (Kool & The Gang with violins), and the irresistible "Turn to Stone" (Wagner in spandex)--cultural guideposts, whether you want to admit it or not. ELO combined classical elements with electronic rock and their influence can still be heard in new Turk bands playing with Moogs--for all their Beatles-in-space trappings, the group was also pretty damn catchy. Early ELO was spotty, with flavorful items like "Strange Magic" popping out of the lab nevertheless. By the late '70s, producer-songwriter-singer Jeff Lynne had his electronic pop chamber-group machine oiled to perfection, and this package contains a heavy dose of those longer-lasting-flavor years, with well-chosen dabs of essential chewing pleasure. --Don Harrison

Product Description

Thanks to the pop songwriting genius of Jeff Lynne and a dazzling sound that mixed classical strings and driving rock'n'roll, ELO dominated the charts for much of the '70s with tunes like the 11 on this original best-of collection.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, but there is a better collection available January 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I liked Electric Light Orchestra from the very first song I heard on the radio. Putting their music into perspective, I now consider ELO to be Progressive Rock - Light, or heavy pop. Their heavily orchestrated and symphonic works, loaded with electronics and high-pitched vocals, have the trappings of progressive rock, yet were firmly rooted in pop music.
This CD chronicles many of the better known Electric Light Orchestra songs from the 70s, all of which received various amounts of air play. My favorites tend to be the longer compositions, reflecting my enjoyment of progressive rock. "Mr. Blue Sky" starts out like a Beatles song, but progresses quickly into traditional ELO. My all-time favorite ELO song.
"Can't Get It Out of My Head" starts out with wonderfully evocative lyrics:
Midnight on the water.
I saw the ocean's daughter.
Walking on a wave's chicane,
staring as she called my name.
I've never quite understood what this song is about. It mixes surreal images with a section about bank robbery and heroic historic figures that is somewhat confusing to me. I've wondered whether it is just a song about meditating on life and the choices we make, or something else.
"Livin' Thing" starts with an almost Gypsy feeling, then jumps into a pop beat, but then flips back into the Gypsy violin sound. The lyrics again rely on strange imagery versus clearly trying to convey a point.
Enjoying "Strange Magic" is a guilty pleasure. The music is beautiful, and the lyrics are poetic, but the choruses are repetitive and lengthy. The song is easy on the ears, and easy to sing, but there should have been more meat to the lyrics. But the song is still catchy and I enjoy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ear-candy rock from the '70s January 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jeff Lynne is one talented musician and producer. Though I haven't heard many of his non-hit songs, E.L.O.'s "Greatest Hits" is 11 songs of pure tunefulness, with Lynne working as the mastermind behind them. You can tell the guy enjoyed making music for himself and his fans; he sang, produced, wrote the lyrics and played guitar on each of these songs. E.L.O.'s tunes don't exactly boast a big, bad sound, but the band is a tight outfit that incorporates classical snippets of violin, piano and even vocal arias, like in the operatically themed but rugged rocker "Rockaria," where Lynne tips his hat to Wagner, Beethoven, Puccini and Verdi. Truly, what rocker has the stones to do that these days? Further, what rock band nowadays comes remotely close to E.L.O.'s stylish sound and showboat experimentation. For what the band sacrifices in trends and "cool points," it makes up for with genuinely crafty songs that everyone and their grandmother could love. Lynne and the gang in E.L.O. are very talented musicians with great voices. Offhand, Queen (see Queen II), Def Leppard (see X), the Bee Gees (see Their Greatest Hits: The Record) and Supertramp (see Breakfast in America) are the only groups I can think of who put so much emphasis on the backing vocals. I also like the piano on these songs, as well as the various string arrangements in the background. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early ELO Hits Collection before Discovery September 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album back in 1990 when I just bought CD player and rush for major Greatest Hits albums in CD version. This album was great introduction for me to the greatest magic creator on earth Electric Light Orchestra. Although their complete compilation Strange Magic is there, it is still the album to play for me. Some of the tracks such as Showdown and Rockeria become the mainstay of classic rock station thanks to this compilation. Yes, every track deserves the airplay and rebooming will be sure to follow...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word for this CD- "addicting"! June 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
ELO, Styx, 10cc, Toto, and Queen, were all pretty much fused together in my mind in the progressive rock genre listening to the radio in the mid to late '70's. I always enjoyed ELO's hit tunes, but only wound up buying one of their albums, "Face The Music." ELO did great some great music, but overall, I always found their albums to be a bit uneven and I was never motivated enough to consistently go out and purchase their discs.
What made ELO a great rock band to me was that much of their music has a "classical base" to it. The orchestrations are rich, multi-layered, and still amaze me today. Trust me... I can pop this CD in my car or home player and it'll be days later before I take it out! <heh heh> It is just fun to listen to over and over again. The energy this band created with their songs is as fresh today as when these tunes were first released.
The playlist on this album does a good job of covering their more memorable hits and this selection to me is better than a couple of other "best of" ELO compilitations I have seen. The rock and ballad songs on this CD are as infectious as they have ever been- you can't help but sing along. ELO always had a bit of a chameleon-like quality to it too, and I say that as a respectful compliment to this band's abilities. "Mr. Blue Sky" is my favorite ELO tune. Listen to the lyrics, singing style, and the melodies to this song. I can close my eyes today and swear I'm listening to The Beatles.
Anyone not familar with main-stream pop hits of the '70's will give themselves a nice introduction to the better music that traversed the airwaves with this album. Sit back and enjoy this set of songs. It will have a mind-altering effect on you- and in a good way! <heh heh>
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Larry Morano
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD and buy!
Great buy and music that takes back into fond memories!
Published 16 days ago by Oceanguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by MATTIAS ROCKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Songs
Electric Light Orchestra Greatest Hits is forty – three minutes and fifty seven seconds and was released in November 1979. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Patrick Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Definitely recommend ELO... find their hits to be great .... recommended listening. This album captures some of their best work.
Published 3 months ago by Edwin W. Wingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Music CD of ELO
Bought this for my husband for his birthday. He says it is a great CD. I'll take his word for it as we usually agree on most music.
Published 3 months ago by Debi Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars MEMORIES
I had an ELO record album a long time ago that got lost as i got older and moved. the jacket cover is just like the picture. Read more
Published 4 months ago by F. M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album! Arrived Quickly and in Great Condition!
No surprises here! As a teen in the 1970's this was one of my favorites. Could kick myself for not holding on to these classics. However, this one is like new and we love it.
Published 4 months ago by cutigermom
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Everything was excellent. The service was excellent (I received the music in a timely fashion), the CD met all my expectations, and the price was awesome!
Published 5 months ago by Vicki Reimler
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Ahhh, what can be said about this album?? It's great!! I had this on CD years ago, but misplaced it, and wanted to download it, but iTunes didn't have it. Thanks again Amazon!!
Published 6 months ago by QRIV
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