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Flashback [Box set, Original recording remastered]

E.L.O.Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051XZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 10538 Overture
2. Showdown
3. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
4. Mr. Radio
5. Roll Over Beethoven
6. Mama (New Edit)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Tightrope
2. Evil Woman
3. Livin' Thing
4. Mr. Blue Sky
5. Mission (A World Record) (Alternative Mix)
6. Turn To Stone
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Don't Bring Me Down
2. The Diary Of Horace Wimp
3. Twilight
4. Secret Messages
5. Take Me On And On
6. Shine A Little Love
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Electric Light Orchestra are the quintessential fanboy (or fangirl) band; folks tend to either love or hate Jeff Lynne's far-reaching pop act, while critics tend to wrinkle their nose in disgust and dismiss their entire oeuvre save the obscure first album that Roy Wood plays on. Basically, E.L.O. are derided for writing all the Beatles songs that the Beatles never got around to writing in the first place, and then slapping sappy disco string arrangements on top. But at their best this ambitious ensemble--whose maxim is to try and cram as much sound and scope as possible into the conventional pop song--achieve a certain lumbering grace which is amazingly pleasurable. Sure, their songs are sappy and Lynne's lyrics campy, but Lynne is such a master that he transforms artifice into art; he's not the Beethoven of rock, he's its Jeff Koons. Moreover, Lynne is no mere retro futurist; he is fully capable of taking apart high-, low-, and middle-brow genres and recombining them in unexpected ways--in a manner that foreshadows pop music's direction in the 1990s. It's delightful to see this underrated group get a decent, career-spanning three-CD box set (digitally remastered, natch), with the requisite unreleased/alternate takes and elaborate color booklet with extensive liner notes. This music has aged remarkably well, like a fine can of soda pop. --Mike McGonigal

Product Description

This 3-CD, 53-track set is the first comprehensive ELO collection drawn from the original master tapes (many of which were recently rediscovered). ELO impresario Jeff Lynne oversaw this project, penning commentary for every track including hits ( Don't Bring Me Down; Telephone Line; Shine a Little Love; Xanadu , etc.), classics (including 10538 Overture , their first song!), alternate takes, demos, unissued cuts and a new version of Xanadu with Lynne on vocals. A suitably grand-scale set for the masters of orchestral rock!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Train to Lynne-don? March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Well here it is, the box set that the fans have been waiting for, with digitally remastered tracks, a few rarities and the odd B-side - was it worth it? - well, just about. While the inclusion of all the major hits in their full glory is definitely a big plus, some of the less well known tracks, could quite happily have stayed that way, especially the tracks at the end of Disc 3. As for Jeff Lynne's take on the "Xanadu", it's sad to admit but Olivia Newton-John really did lay down the definitive version of that track. But enough of the bad news!!
ELO have been much maligned over the years from making pompous, Beatlesque music but a listen to their hits can not help but bring a smile to your face. Who couldn't help but be overcome with joy at hearing "Mr Blue Sky"? Force yourself not to sing along to the glorious verses of "Livin' Thing". And try to work out the unintelligible, yet magnificent middle lines of "Turn to Stone". Pop music is supposed to be about, quite simply, making you happy, and ELO delivers in spades. My personal favourites? - definitely "Secret Messages" with "Getting to the Point" a close second. Listening to these on a hot summer's day, cruising down the highway is sheer unadulterated joy.
Burt Bacharach has recently undergone a revival as revisionists seek to put him up in the great pantheon of pop music. If anyone deserves to be looked at next, it is the unalloyed pop genius of Jeff Lynne.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Light shines brighter than ever! November 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To call this fantastic collection of the Electric Light Orchestra's finest works brilliant is truly a huge understatement! As the producer/director of the BMG DVD documentary Electric Light Orchestra pt.2: Access All Areas, I had the remarkable good fortune to work with the "part 2" members of this multi-platinum supergroup including (founding member of the original ELO and legendary drummer) Bev Bevan (1972-'86), blue violin virtuoso Mik Kaminski (ELO 1973-83), Louis Clark (ELO orchestral arrangements '74-'83) and bass player Kelly Groucutt (ELO '74-'83) from 1995-2000 and what a thrill it was. Over a period of 5 years I was treated to an up close and personal account of the music that Jeff Lynne (in all his genius) crafted so stunningly! And for a long time fan from America's wild west, the same kid who spent endless hours scanning every liner note and memorizing every ELO lyric, I can tell you, coming face to face with some of my teen years heroes, was a stunning realization of a life long dream! I have heard the hits included on FLASHBACK on every imaginable format over the last twenty plus years, 8-track, LP, cassette, half-speed master recordings and on compact disc (countless times) and in concert (minus Jeff's voice and guitar) nearly a hundred more, but nothing has ever captured the razor sharp edge of Jeff's musical wonders like this amazing, totally re-mastered collection. I literally could not believe my ears, it was as if I was hearing the music for the very first time! The songs on this collection are so crystal clear in fact I sent most of the ELO CD's I owned (including the 1990 box set Afterglow) off to my local used CD store. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for both obsessive fans and the uninitiated November 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Excellent stuff! This 3-disc box set gathers most of ELO's greatest hits with some noteworthy album tracks, as well as quite a bit of new stuff which has been hiding in the vaults since 1980 or '82 (and a mercifully brief demo recording dating back to '73). Jeff Lynne has personally remastered the whole set from the long-last master session tapes, resulting in a very crisp sound for many old favorites which have been savaged by the duplication processes of earlier compilations. Some songs, such as "Do Ya" and "Mission (A World Record)," are either edited or extended or completely remixed. "Love Changes All," "Helpless" and "Who's That?" are the highlights among the previously unreleased material, and my favorite B-side "After All" finally appears on CD. The big surprise is an all-new version of "Xanadu," sans Olivia Newton-John's vocals, sung this time by Jeff Lynne. With a new ELO album promised in April 2001 in the liner notes, this more than anything else is a tantalizing taste of ELO's future - though it's certain to spark lively fan debates on whether ELO is truly ELO when it's pretty much Jeff Lynne flying solo. An absolutely essential box set!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THIS is what a Box Set is SUPPOSED to be... January 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been in radio most of my adult life, and my boss GAVE me this CD set to record for airplay, and told me I could keep it when I was finished...well as I sat down in the production room to 'dub' the songs he had pointed out, I found myself on an amazing roller-coaster ride through my own memories. Having been immersed in music almost entirely for the past 30 years, I have a reasonably decent memory when it comes to songs, but I had totally forgotten about several of these, and even a couple I wasn't even sure had originally been done BY ELO...but they WERE. What a fantastic trip that was.
It seems that these days bands who really don't have much in the way of a catalogue of music will release so-called 'box sets' in a feeble attempt to cash in on what little fame they actually enjoyed...but when it came to ELO, I found that they had more than enough music to fill a 3 CD set that is chock full of what the true ELO fan will come to treasure most: FANTASTIC SONGS.
You'll find the usual list of HUGE hits like, 'Strange Magic', 'Turn To Stone' and 'Don't Bring Me Down' but they also gave us so much more, such as 'Confusion', 'Last Train To London' and one of my favorites, 'Calling America'. It is easy to see that a LOT of work and thought went into every single part of this release, from the way it was packaged, the order of the music, the selections themselves and a few previously unreleased songs that really cap an already superior 'collection' set.
For those who believe that ELO 'sold-out' in the 80's with radio friendly songs, think again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Published 3 months ago by Sherry M.
5.0 out of 5 stars elo fan
I enjoyed there albums and box sets. this one is a great one to get if you like rare demos and there hits.
Published 6 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars A great selection of ELO's best.
A fair price for big amount of songs from Electric Light Orchestra. I am pretty satisfied with the track selections and they sound really good on the Kindle fire HDX 7 I just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John R Kenyon
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good It STAYS in the Truck
Even having XM/Sirius radio (which I love), this disc set is so good it remains in my truck.

ELO and Jeff Lynne were innovators and movers and shakers of their time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Happy Camper
4.0 out of 5 stars ELO - Flashback
ELO - Flashback is a good representation of the band Electric Light Orchestra from the early days of the band until when they finished up in the 1990s. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ELO compilation out there
For years, I had been looking in stores for a good ELO compilation and all I could find were grab bags of their hit singles. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ken of Gateway
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
Anyone that likes ELO, will love this collection. From the driving beat of Don't Bring Me Down, to their version of Xanadu, this 3 cd set has it all.
Published 16 months ago by bobby waters
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO Flashback
I'm a more recent fan and have really enjoyed listening to the great tunes found in this set. Beautiful music.
Published 21 months ago by Dianne Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service. Great product.
I was completely satisfied by the condition of this product. I was happy to start listening to ELO as soon as I received the set, which was even sooner than I expected.
Published 21 months ago by Diane Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars After All (4.5 stars)
Just in time for Christmas 2000, ELO released their second career spanning three cd set mixed in hits with rarities, unreleased tracks and a couple of new performances. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Grateful Jerry
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