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No Answer Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000EHQ7VK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. A. DeSilva on April 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As I'm not an "audiophile" or professional sound engineer, I'm not going to get into the merits of "lack of tape hiss" or "bad EQ" or the engineering expertise of EMI's Peter Mew. What I will say is that as a long-time ELO fan, I'm very impressed with what I hear on this disk. If you weren't fortunate enough to get the original "First Light" 2-disk UK edition of this album (probably only for die-hard early ELO fans to be honest), then this CD is definitely the next best thing, at a very reasonable price. This is the original concept of ELO, conceived by Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. Very experimental pieces of music, most of which work beautifully. The magnificent "10538 Overture" is the template for all that went after, even during the "hit-making" years. Roy Wood's contributions are some of his best work - "Look At Me Now", "Whisper In The Night", and "First Movement (Jumpin' Biz)". "The Battle Of Marston Moor" is probably a hard listen for those who loved "Discovery" and "Xanadu", but an interesting example of the sincere attempt to meld classical and rock together in one piece of music. The bonus tracks are also interesting insights into the creative process that went into making this album.

If you like this, you should also check out the EMI remastered edition of the Move's "Message From The Country", which was recorded simultaneously with this album. In fact "10538 Overture" was originally intended to be a Move "B-side".

It really doesn't matter what the technical aspects of the remastering process are if the music isn't good - so if you're into progressive, experimental music with an early 1970's English pop music basis, you should check this out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Schalk on September 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to ELO since before I could speak. My dad was into them from the start so I've grown up listening to his CDs and LPs. I always thought "No Answer" had some funky sounding stuff on it, but it's unbelieveable how much better (and it's already an amazing album to begin with) it is on the newly remastered edition. And the extra takes on 10538 Overture, Mr. Radio, Nelle Takes Her Bow, and Battle of Marston Moor (always thought that one was kind of freaky actually) are absolutely amazing. What is this whining about noise reduction? Discounting the live DVD of the "Zoom" concert in LA, I've never heard ELO sound better than in the new remastered series, especially "No Answer" and "ELO II." I highly recommend the entire remastered series, including "No Answer" and "ELO II."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on September 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD

Thanks to Epic/Legacy, we now have the continuation of the long-awaited, much-needed re-mastering of The Electric Light Orchestra's historic, vital catalog. This, ELO's very first album, is presented in this release with a much richer and cleaner sound, improved graphics, and eye-opening alternate mixes included as bonus tracks.

Thus spake ELO founders Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, and Bev Bevan in 1971: "We want to pick up where the Beatles left off on 'Strawberry Fields' and 'I Am the Walrus.'" Roy was the leader of the amazingly popular band, The Move, while Jeff was the leader of an up-and-coming group called Idle Race. When personnel problems created an opening in The Move, Roy invited Jeff to join he and drummer Bev Bevan. Jeff consented, provided that he and Roy could work on their side "orchestra rock" experimental and daring melding of classic rock with classical orchestral instrumentation and arranging.

In 1971, the Electric Light Orchestra was birthed out of The Move with a lumbering single called "10538 Overture," which quickly ascended the charts in England. Little did they know then that this accompanying album, NO ANSWER, would be the herald of one of rock and roll's most enduring success stories.


"10538" is essentially a Move single, and as such is wonderfully quirky, melodic, and's edgy, and punched along by the sound of sawing strings and rumbling guitars. At points, it sounds like a herd of elephants tromping through the jungle, and it even threatens to fall apart rhythmically, before grudgingly swinging back into a cohesive march. It definitely resembles the aforementioned Beatles tunes, and definitely takes them a step further.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark F on April 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I would imagine it's difficult for some one to decide about buying this CD based on some of the other reviews. I can sum up my opinion this way: if you are a sound expert (for real or just self-proclaimed) you may have some difficulty with No Answer or ELO II. Clearly, in eliminating tape hiss, some of the high end sound is gone. But I'm not a sound expert so that's where my EQ analysis ends.

The fact is that both ELO remasters sound better than the US originals. There's really no comparison even if it's just the fact that CD mastering techniques have improved with time. It's worth updating your collection with these excellent new versions.

If I have any complaint it's that Sony had chosen to market these CDs as US remasters. They aren't. They are just re-reissues of the UK remasters of a few years back. Sony couldn't even be bothered to use the US cover of ELO II and from the looks of things to come the same goes for the reissue of On the Third Day.

The other complaint I have is the touting of these reissues as "Jeff Lynne approved" as if that really means anything. The fact that JL is involved at all probably hurts the reissues more than it helps... just look at the lack of fully unreleased songs. So, yes, these reissue are "Jeff Lynne approved" but... so what.

The bottom line is that No Answer (as it was named in the US) is a wonderfully strange album and this remaster is very good. It's not perfect but given that most of the CD buying public could care less about ELO we're never going to get perfect reissues. This CD is definitely worth buying.
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