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Remastered, Box Set

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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, November 21, 2000
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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!


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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 10538 Overture
  2. Showdown
  3. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
  4. Mr. Radio
  5. Roll over Beethoven
  6. Mama
  7. One Summer Dream
  8. Illusions in G Major
  9. Strange Magic
  10. Eldorado Overture
  11. Can't Get It out of My Head
  12. Eldorado
  13. Eldorado Finale
  14. Do Ya
  15. Mister Kingdom
  16. Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor

Disc: 2

  1. Tightrope
  2. Evil Woman
  3. Livin' Thing
  4. Mr. Blue Sky
  5. Mission (A World Record)
  6. Turn to Stone
  7. Telephone Line
  8. Rockaria!
  9. Starlight
  10. It's Over
  11. The Whale
  12. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  13. Big Wheels
  14. Shangri-La
  15. Nightrider
  16. Tears In Your Life

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
  7. Rock 'N' Roll Is King
  8. Last Train to London
  9. Confusion
  10. Getting to the Point
  11. Hold On Tight
  12. So Serious
  13. Calling America
  14. Four Little Diamonds
  15. Great Balls of Fire
  16. Xanadu
  17. Indian Queen
  18. Love Changes All
  19. After All
  20. Helpless
  21. Who's That?

Product details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 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 Legacy
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • ASIN: B000051XZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,360 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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