Flashback Box set, Original recording remastered
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ELO have been much maligned over the years from making pompous, Beatlesque music but a listen to their hits can not help but bring a smile to your face. Who couldn't help but be overcome with joy at hearing "Mr Blue Sky"? Force yourself not to sing along to the glorious verses of "Livin' Thing". And try to work out the unintelligible, yet magnificent middle lines of "Turn to Stone". Pop music is supposed to be about, quite simply, making you happy, and ELO delivers in spades. My personal favourites? - definitely "Secret Messages" with "Getting to the Point" a close second. Listening to these on a hot summer's day, cruising down the highway is sheer unadulterated joy.
Burt Bacharach has recently undergone a revival as revisionists seek to put him up in the great pantheon of pop music. If anyone deserves to be looked at next, it is the unalloyed pop genius of Jeff Lynne.
It seems that these days bands who really don't have much in the way of a catalogue of music will release so-called 'box sets' in a feeble attempt to cash in on what little fame they actually enjoyed...but when it came to ELO, I found that they had more than enough music to fill a 3 CD set that is chock full of what the true ELO fan will come to treasure most: FANTASTIC SONGS.
You'll find the usual list of HUGE hits like, 'Strange Magic', 'Turn To Stone' and 'Don't Bring Me Down' but they also gave us so much more, such as 'Confusion', 'Last Train To London' and one of my favorites, 'Calling America'. It is easy to see that a LOT of work and thought went into every single part of this release, from the way it was packaged, the order of the music, the selections themselves and a few previously unreleased songs that really cap an already superior 'collection' set.
For those who believe that ELO 'sold-out' in the 80's with radio friendly songs, think again.Read more ›
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Always loved ELO. Not all their music, but a lot of it. Brings back so many memories, and just good feelings. Old does not mean bad. Too bad nobody plays it on the radio anymore.Published 7 months ago by your worst nightmare
Bought when it was first released. Loved the extras and the remixes. Lost it through a forced move. Glad to have it back in my collection.Published 16 months ago by Darren Jecelin
Bought this to replace my original which was lost. So glad to have it back!Published 19 months ago by David Ang
Just the purchase I needed to add some ELO to my music collection.Published 19 months ago by old cycler
Just forget about the overplayed "boook-a-cheeka boook-a-cheeka" pop stuff from the 80's. This covers the whole spectrum from the early 70's on. This was an amazing band. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JCrask