Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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That being said, thet two disc collection "Strange Magic: The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra" contains all of Electric Light Orchestra's classic hits, the bulk of which include "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Evil Woman", "Livin' Thing" (my personal favorite), "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line", "Turn To Stone" and "Don't Bring Me Down". Also added are several lesser known tracks such as "Rockaria", "Last Train To London", "Rock 'N' Roll Is King" (my all time favorite) and "So Serious" (a great song from 1986's often panned "Balance Of Power").
If you already have all these excellent songs, than the main reasn to buy this cd is the great remastering job. Just listen to how clear and crackling the strings sound on "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and how full the drums sound on the driving intro to "Don't Bring Me Down". It doesn't sound any better than this.
Another great reason to buy this cd is for the great booklet that comes with it. It features track info, a beautiully written essay by Ira Robbins and some great photos (I agree with the reviewer that says Jeff Lynne looks like Tim Curry).
So, in conclusion, I highly recommend the purchasing of this cd. It's the best ELO compilation available, and until they release one with "Xandadu" songs, "Tightrope" and "Fire On High", it will remain so.
With Roy gone, Jeff was free to do what he wanted. He added classical music influences to a basic rock sound, making something unique and distinctive, though this vision took a few albums to be fully realized. ELO had a long string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventies, particularly from the albums A new world record, Out of the blue and Discovery, but were unable to sustain that success in the eighties. Their last UK top ten hit was in 1981 and they only came close once after that - in 1983, with Rock'n'roll is king. In America, their fortunes faded equally dramatically but they had already recorded a body of work that is well worth listening to.
This compilation contains all ELO's big American hits except those from the Xanadu soundtrack. So Xanadu, I'm alive and All over the world are all missing - they are frequently omitted from ELO compilations on both sides of the Atlantic though they can be found on the superior British compilation, Ultimate collection.Read more ›
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Okay because I love this CD and my old one wore out from playing it so much.
Not so okay because it came withe the case broken in half at the hinge and is hard to keep... Read more
I absolutely LOVE ELO......brings back memories of the 70s for me.
Recommended. Thank you.
Wow, I love this group the first time I heard their songs back in the late 70s! As I listened to this album, they're were some songs that I didn't know they sang on and I heard... Read morePublished 18 months ago by coralpink