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ELO 2 Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In Old England Town (Boogie #2)
  2. Mama
  3. Roll over Beethoven
  4. From the Sun to the World (Boogie #1)
  5. Kuiama
  6. In Old England Town (Boogie #2)
  7. Baby I Apologize
  8. In Old England Town (Boogie #2)
  9. Roll over Beethoven


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • ASIN: B003W77SBC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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It will probably help in analysis of this album if you have read my review for the debut ELO album No Answer (better known as The Electric Light Orchestra to knowledgeable ELO fans and Brits where it was released under that title).

Here: link to that album, No Answer

Where NO ANSWER is the most inaccessible of the ELO collection, and the follow-up to this one, ON THE THIRD DAY would set up the "sound" of ELO to follow, ELO II is caught in the middle. It continues the sometimes rough experimentation of ELO I (NO ANSWER) but with definite progress towards the mastery of ON THE THIRD DAY. New fans (and old) who prefer the polished sounds of A NEW WORLD RECORD and those albums coming afterward, will probably not care much for this album, save maybe one song. Roy Woods final presence is felt on two songs (the original opening "Boogies" on each side of the record "Boogie, No. 1" and "Boogie, No. 2"). For me, Wood was a distraction for Lynne, and his departure allowed Lynne to manage the ELO sound into what we appreciate today. ELO II was still proving the grounds of "classical" rock and "progressive" rock, like clay, modeling it into a fusion of various sonic elements.

The first song In Old England Town (Boogie, No. 2); funny how they somehow decided to place #2 first in sequence and then #1; this one is like so much of the whacky shapes gracing ELO I, entirely disposable for most of us, it is usually skipped by me, I have to be in a very generous mood to give it a listen. I would have opened the album with the much more likeable and friendly classical-rock experiment of From The Sun To The World (Boogie, No.
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My husband is the ultimate ELO fan but had not heard of this. We thought it was Part 2, which does not have Jeff Lynne at the helm but it's actually the second album the group released. A great surprise for the hubby on Christmas.
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This album shows what happens when a vital collaboration falls apart mid-project. The music is very good, inspired in places, but the album as a whole lacks the creative punch of the first album. The music is sort of flailing around trying to find a direction in places.

If you only know post El Dorado ELO you will need to work at this album, I think. It took me a couple of playings to appreciate properly.

In the day I couldn't afford either ELO album but did love the single version of Roll Over Beethoven, which you'll find in a glorious seven minute version here, along with an extra take in which everyone is fooling around through the intro. Two alternate versions of In Old England Town are also included, and an embryonic Baby I Apologize that would have been further augmented if it had been used.

The mix seems good, though I don't have the original with which to compare it. All the instruments seem to be present and correct, with none of my favorites now lurking in the back almost unheard. The recording is remarkably clean.

Should you buy? Did you like the original ELO album (known as No Answer in the USA)? If so, then maybe. Otherwise, I'm tempted to say you won't really like this compared with El Dorado, New World Record et al. The band were still evolving on this recording.

I like it.
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I own the ELO catalog and listen to it regularly including this CD.
The sound quality is very good.
The elements of the slick ELO sound is here, but at the same time it is still being developed and the machine is still being oiled.
I like to listen to complete albums and there are no songs on this one that I skip.
If you like ELO this is woth giving a spin.
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