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The Essential Electric Light Orchestra Original recording remastered
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I am sick of ELO being bashed as the poor man's Beatles, as sappy, as "disco-flavored violin trash," and as infantile muzak. All of these criticisms are from people who haven't bothered to listen to ELO from beginning to last and who are too obtuse to realize that Jeff Lynne is a musical genius (and no, I don't use that word lightly). Yes, his lyrics are banal, but with this type of music, who on earth cares? The lyrics to "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" are trite too, but with such catchy music, one can overlook the banality of the words.
There are many stellar songs curiously omited, including ELO's most underrated (and, I think, best) song, "Nightrider." And how about "Four Little Diamonds??" The omissions alone bring the rating down to four stars
I bought my first ELO single when I was 10 years old and I never looked back. If you've read this far, you're a fan like me and you will devour this set. Long live this sappy, trite, banal band... I still love 'em forever!
-This is most by far now the best single disc collection by the band you could have; this makes the 1979 greatest extinct.
-The remastering is fabulous; all of these songs sound better here than on any prior collection.
-Of course, there will be many missing songs for the fanatics that they will deem "essential".
The only thing I would suggest is to get the 2 disc "Strange Magic" collection which contains nearly everything. However, this is now my favorite of all the collections. This one is more hit heavy than any of the others ... tracks 1 through 10 are amazing with the way they were sequenced here.
Some may dispute what I wrote here, but this essential ELO is worth having by any fan of this outstanding band. For an hours worth of pure pleasure play this straight through. Nothing but strange magic, I'll tell ya ... :)
With all do respect to "A Music Fan", I would like to recommend readers dismiss his/her review on this CD as it paints an incorrect portrayal of my favorite band. This user wrote that ELO synthesized all their strings. This is incorrect. Their earliest band members included veterans of the London Symphony Orchestra (on this CD they play the strings on "Roll Over Beethoven"). Some tracks on this album ("I Can't Get It Out of My Head", "Mr. Blue Sky") were recorded with a full symphonic orchestra. On their remastered album "Eldorado", Jeff Lynne comments that you can hear the union-orchestra members packing up their instruments before the recording session was complete because they wouldn't work one second later than they had to! In later years, (mostly the 80's) ELO did use more synthesizers and less strings; but they NEVER attempted to mislead anyone about what instruments were being used. Another interesting fact is that ELO's use of strings on stage helped to bring about great technological advances in the use of electronic pick-ups on classical instruments. "A Music Fan" claims his favorite song by them is "The Ace"; but there is no song recorded by ELO with that name. Subsequently I must urge Amazon.com users to dismiss that post as inaccurate and uninformed.
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I loved ELO back when they were a group but I didn't know Jeff Lyn, one of George Harrison's Major collaborators on Cloud 9 and co-porducer with Dhani Harrison on Brainwashed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet Marshall
CDs were great. Case that they came in was badly cracked and cannot be used!Published 4 months ago by Jim Sappington Jr.