The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
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All the big hits from the band that did a better job of combining classical with pop than anybody else! Includes Evil Woman; Do Ya; Can't Get It Out of My Head; Mr. Blue Sky; Strange Magic; Livin' Thing; Don't Bring Me Down; Telephone Line; Shine a Little Love; Hold On Tight , and more. 15 tracks!
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When I bought this - and knowing that these "Best of" types almost never include associated intros, etc., I also bought ELO's "Eldorado", specifically for "Eldorado Overture", which I find to be essential as the intro to "Cant Get It Out of My Head". Was $4.99 at the time. Hard to go wrong there.
Chances are pretty great that if you like classic rock in general, you'll like this.
Several album cuts and non-hit singles are also included among the 37 tracks here, such as "Rockaria", "Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle", "10538 Overture", "The Diary of Horace Wimp", "Don't Walk Away", and "Wild West Hero".
It might have been a good idea to actually include the ON-J version of "Xanadu", since that was a top ten hit; however, the version here is interesting (and teaming with Newton-John didn't please some ELO fans who felt it was some kind of "sell-out"). Overall I think this new package does the best job of compiling most of ELO's hits and highlights. And at this moment, it's only about $3 more than the single-disc version!
I would add that the booklet gives us no liner notes, only a photo of the band on stage and the timings/songwriter/publishing of each song. Since all but "Roll Over Beethoven" were written by Lynne and most of the publishing is by some variation of EMI, that wasn't too helpful. An indication of which album (CD) each song came from would have been preferable.