No Answer Original recording remastered
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MP3 Music, March 28, 2006
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If you like this, you should also check out the EMI remastered edition of the Move's "Message From The Country", which was recorded simultaneously with this album. In fact "10538 Overture" was originally intended to be a Move "B-side".
It really doesn't matter what the technical aspects of the remastering process are if the music isn't good - so if you're into progressive, experimental music with an early 1970's English pop music basis, you should check this out.
Thanks to Epic/Legacy, we now have the continuation of the long-awaited, much-needed re-mastering of The Electric Light Orchestra's historic, vital catalog. This, ELO's very first album, is presented in this release with a much richer and cleaner sound, improved graphics, and eye-opening alternate mixes included as bonus tracks.
Thus spake ELO founders Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, and Bev Bevan in 1971: "We want to pick up where the Beatles left off on 'Strawberry Fields' and 'I Am the Walrus.'" Roy was the leader of the amazingly popular band, The Move, while Jeff was the leader of an up-and-coming group called Idle Race. When personnel problems created an opening in The Move, Roy invited Jeff to join he and drummer Bev Bevan. Jeff consented, provided that he and Roy could work on their side "orchestra rock" project...an experimental and daring melding of classic rock with classical orchestral instrumentation and arranging.
In 1971, the Electric Light Orchestra was birthed out of The Move with a lumbering single called "10538 Overture," which quickly ascended the charts in England. Little did they know then that this accompanying album, NO ANSWER, would be the herald of one of rock and roll's most enduring success stories.
"10538" is essentially a Move single, and as such is wonderfully quirky, melodic, and mysterious...it's edgy, and punched along by the sound of sawing strings and rumbling guitars. At points, it sounds like a herd of elephants tromping through the jungle, and it even threatens to fall apart rhythmically, before grudgingly swinging back into a cohesive march. It definitely resembles the aforementioned Beatles tunes, and definitely takes them a step further.Read more ›
The fact is that both ELO remasters sound better than the US originals. There's really no comparison even if it's just the fact that CD mastering techniques have improved with time. It's worth updating your collection with these excellent new versions.
If I have any complaint it's that Sony had chosen to market these CDs as US remasters. They aren't. They are just re-reissues of the UK remasters of a few years back. Sony couldn't even be bothered to use the US cover of ELO II and from the looks of things to come the same goes for the reissue of On the Third Day.
The other complaint I have is the touting of these reissues as "Jeff Lynne approved" as if that really means anything. The fact that JL is involved at all probably hurts the reissues more than it helps... just look at the lack of fully unreleased songs. So, yes, these reissue are "Jeff Lynne approved" but... so what.
The bottom line is that No Answer (as it was named in the US) is a wonderfully strange album and this remaster is very good. It's not perfect but given that most of the CD buying public could care less about ELO we're never going to get perfect reissues. This CD is definitely worth buying.
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I've got everything that ELO ever recorded and have figured out that Jeff Lynne is the genius and not Roy Wood or the other Move folks. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by David Perry
Barely recognized debut album from ELO, with a completely different sound from the pop beast that came after. Highly unusual instrumentation, and best use of cello in rock ever.Published on December 6, 2013 by Ed Thorne
OK, so do you want to know the greatest thing about this first album effort by the newly formed British rock group The Move into The Electric Light Orchestra? Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Beatlenik
"No Answer," in addition to being the first, may be the single most intriguing ELO album. For pure listening enjoyment I can't rank it with ELO's greatest LPs (which in my opinion... Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Odysseus
Besides the few naysayers at 1 star..really 1 star?..trolling I suppose.
This is probably the best standard cd re-master I have heard to date. Read more
I have a theory that every great group's first album must be at least worth listening once. This album is no exeption, more so-it is worth listening 1000 times or more(if you will... Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by ManWithGoodTasteSays:
Wow, right from the very beginning the seeds were planted for the classic ELO "commercial symphony" sound combined with dreamy and highly memorable rock and roll hooks. Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by Bryan
First let's deal with the issue that seems to be bugging people (at least one person). Peter Mew's done a fine job of remastering this. Read morePublished on September 22, 2006 by Wayne Klein