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Face the Music [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

E.L.O.Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000F8O4E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Here's where they really took off. This 1975 LP cracked the Top 10 as the band perfected their orchestral-rock sound with the hits Evil Woman; Strange Magic , and the rest of this classic album. Includes four bonus alternate mixes and versions!

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowingly magical September 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
HERE IS THE NEWS

Epic/Legacy has now given us this stellar re-mastered edition of FACE THE MUSIC, and it's a real treasure. It's one of those documents that vividly illustrate why ELO leader Jeff Lynne is considered on of the leading lights in popular music history.

The original 1975 classic by ELO is a bracing collection of some pretty hot tunes; on this re-mastered edition, these songs sound better than ever, and the graphics are wonderfully expanded, with a booklet full of rare photos and insightful commentary by Lynne and ELO historian Rob Caiger.

THE SONGS

Here is a song-by-song review...

"Fire On High" is the ultimate progressive rock instrumental...Jeff Lynne packs more drama and punch and verve into this 5:31 minutes than many composers acheive in a lifetime. (Drummer Bev Bevan more than lives up to his "Basher" moniker here, with deft, speedy, and powerful work on the skins.) The drama builds majestically until it all finally explodes into a searing acoustic guitar riff--a symphony of guitars that dive and soar like a downhill skier.

"Waterfall" is the definition of "achingly gorgeous"--so pretty it almost hurts. The lyrics are sad, but cathartic, and the melodic vocal interplay is fantastic. It's a fine example of ELO's ablity to wash a song in strings without it all becoming sappy or soupy.

Then there's the decidedly funky "Evil Woman," one of the giant, enduring hits of the decade...that pounding piano motif is instantly recognizable and the background "hey hey hey's" stick in your brain long after the song ends.

One of ELO's better--but oft-forgotten--songs is "Nightrider," a clever little tribute to Jeff Lynne's earliest days in rock and roll, and it moves at a nice gallop.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO's Greatest Disc January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
1975's "Face The Music" was ELO's fifth album, and it remains my personal favorite ELO disc to this day. It was the first ELO album I ever bought, and it made me a lifelong fan. I was completely blown away by the album's most famous trio of songs that I kept hearing on the radio: the magnificent orchestral rocker, "Fire On High," and the instant pop classics "Evil Woman" & "Strange Magic." And I was equally thrilled by the album's other musical gems, such as "Waterfall," "Nightrider," "Down Home Town," and the dreamy album closer, "One Summer Dream." I love the band's Beatle-esque flair for melody, their fine musicianship & production, and the excellent singing, songwriting, and guitar work of leader Jeff Lynne. Great stuff all the way.Capturing the group right smack in the middle of the 70's, "Face The Music" is the Electric Light Orchestra at their most creative. I enjoy all of the band's albums, including other great works like "On The Third Day," "Out Of The Blue" and "Time," but "Face The Music" is the one that I have the most fondness for. Now, if only those folks at Sony Music would give this album a long-overdue remaster treatment....one can dream. :-)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This deluxe remastered edition of the album features a terrific sounding remaster as well as four bonus tracks. From the disturbing opening track "Fire on High" to the lilting "Waterfall" (one of Lynne's personal favorites)to "Evil Woman" the album shows Lynne in top form. The richest melody and ballad (although I love "Waterfall") (in my opinion) was the closer "One Summer Dream".

We get four bonus tracks. The original "Fire on High" early mix which lacks many of the overdubs on the final version. An stripped down mix of "Evil Woman" (Lynne in retrospect feels is superior to the album version. I would agree that rocks harder without the string and backing vocal overdubs and sounds equally as good)created for this release to mimic the early version without overdubs. We also get the single version of "Strange Magic" which has only appeared on import "Best of" collections to date and a lovely instrumental mix of "Waterfall" without the vocals.

The booklet features brief comments by Lynne on the songs as well as a brief recording history of the album, how it performed on the charts and photos of the various sleeves for the 45's issued from the album. We also get a pictue of the infamous electric chair billboard that promoted the album in Los Angeles.

I have the gold edition released by Sony 7 or 8 years ago and this sounds slightly better to my ears than that original edition. The cool back cover with the band's eyes darkened so it appears that they are staring out at you from the cover is replicated here. The original gold CD had a fold out sleeve that basically replicated the original inner sleeve with lyrics on it. Here it's presented as the much more user friendly booklet.

"Face the Music" became the big breakthrough album for ELO.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so reversible now, but still great. October 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had a lot of fun with my vinyl copy of this album when I'd get into arguements with people as to whether or not backward masking was used on records. I'd plop this record down on the turntable and run the "Fire on High" track backwards and you'd clearly hear "The music is reversible, but time is not...turn back...turn back...turn back." Also, at the beginning of the song Down Home Town they've got "Face the mighty waterfall" backward masked into the intro.

I won't repeat what everyone else wrote. I think most of us know where this album fits into the history of ELO and what the songs are like, but what we're wondering is whether or not to pony up the money to but another copy of it.

Well, I listened to this version through my computer on nice Sennheiser headphones and I can't tell where the improvement in sound happened. Perhaps I can hear it on some of the quieter passages.

However, I can say that the "stripped down" Evil Woman is very cool, especially with the additional verse that isn't on the original. Also, the Waterfall instrumental is great. The "strange magic" single edit is the same truncated and out-of-context version that I got rather sick of when it was played on the radio all the time. The alternative version of Fire on High sounds like the intro to an old Twilight Zone episode only it goes on and on and on. It was interesting but I'll probably skip it next time I listen to this CD.

So, should you but this again? Sure, there's just enough here to warrent spending the money. Of course, if you don't own it in any form then here's your chance to get a truly great 1970's progressive power-pop period piece that you'll find to be a lot of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELO's #5 Faces the Music
Electric Light Orchestra has been nothing less than outstanding in their music. Face the Music, their 5th studio album shows off more talent. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 hours ago by R. Klages
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 2 months ago by DAVID F. COBB
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO!!!
This is in my humble opinion they're best. Fire on High is my favorite. Great 'album'. Jeff is a visionary
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Music faced!
Finally replacing all my old vinyl. I'm not really in the mood to say more. I liked this music way back when and I still do.
Published 3 months ago by s2ndsight
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how great this album was
I was always an ELO fan, but had forgotten how good this album is in it's entirety. There is not a bad track on this album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Andrew Lees Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars electrifying....
From the time I first heard the album cut of Fire On High on the radio, I decided this album was a must-have!
Published 7 months ago by Albert berard
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific ELO CD!
This is a terrific ELO CD. It is full of great music and melodies. It is definitely a mood lifter. I highly recommend it for old and new fans! Enjoy!
Published 10 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential collection for any ELO fans
I bought this, initially, because I wanted the piece "Fire on Hight", but found that the rest of the collection is pretty spectacular too. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian Fuelleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun loving easy going music with great songs from back in the day...
I choose the I love it rating because it brings back many memories and I saw a version of this Group " Electric Light Orchestra " in concert called " Electric Light... Read more
Published 14 months ago by woodencoasters
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