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On the Third Day Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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These rock gods created this: ELO's hit album from late '73! Showdown and Daybreaker both charted, and Ma-Ma-Ma Belle features an uncredited Marc Bolan on guitar. Includes five recently discovered bonus cuts and notes by Jeff Lynne!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ocean Breakup/King Of The Universe
  2. Bluebird Is Dead
  3. Oh No Not Susan
  4. New World Rising/Ocean Breakup Reprise
  5. Showdown
  6. Daybreaker
  7. Ma-ma-ma Belle
  8. Dreaming Of 4000
  9. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
  10. Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle Take 1)
  11. Autin (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle Take 2)
  12. Mambo (Dreaming Of 4000 Alt. Mix)
  13. Everyone's Born To Die
  14. Interludes (Previously Unreleased)


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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000F8O4EA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Epic/Legacy continues its superb re-mastering/re-release program with the brilliant catalog of The Electric Light Orchestra by releasing 1973's ON THE THIRD DAY. The sonics here are spectacular; the graphics are much-improved; the liner notes by Jeff Lynne and ELO archivist extraordinnaire, Rob Caiger, are interesting; the bonus music is revelatory.

ON THE THIRD DAY is a thrill ride, a gutsy swing for the fences that connects on many levels. On this, ELO's third album, the vision that founders Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne originally had for the fusion of classical strings/arrangements with rock and roll begans to really take shape (though Wood had already departed midway through ELO's second album). The groundwork for the band's masterpiece follow-up album, ELDORADO, is well-laid here, as strings and electronics blend smoothly, rather than being in conflict.

Richard Tandy, ELO's outstanding keyboardist, really comes into his own here. Mik Kaminski's violin work is also stellar. Jeff Lynne's vocals are in fine form, and Bev Bevan's drumming is primal and sublime--all at once. Michael de Albequerque, who was ELO's bassist/backing vocalist from ELO II through ELDORADO, also features prominently, contributing a robust sound.

THE SONGS

Overall, the themes of Creation, life, and death are played out, particularly during the first half of the album. This is ELO's most "spiritually seeking" work, and appropriately, one of it's most experimental and progressive musical ventures as well. Here is a look at the songs:

The album opens with the intense drama of the instrumental "Ocean Breakup," which becomes a recurring theme...
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This is the 3rd release for E.L.O. . Jeff Lynne was just coming off ELO2 without friend Roy Wood and with this release it showed that he was doing just fine. The disc starts out with a conceptual work of "Ocean Breakup"/"King of the Universe" to the lovely "Bluebird is Dead", "Oh No Not Susan" if you listen really close you can here Jeff Lynne drop the F-bomb. The concept ends with "New World Rising"/"Ocean Breakup Reprise", this song resembles The Beatles one of Jeff's biggest influences. The big hit off this disc was the r&b sounding "Showdown" #53 in 1974. Side 2 begins with the minor hit #87 "Daybreaker" a great instrumental with some fine snyth playing from Richard Tandy. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" should have been a top 10 hit but radio was'nt ready for this jarring rock song, great slide guitar by Jeff and tremendous cello work by Hugh McDowell and Mike Edwards. "Dreaming of 4000" is a great song, I heard this song on many a rock-religious radio shows in 1974. The cd finishes with ELO's own arrangment of "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" it starts out with spooky strings and great drumming by Bev Bevan, in the middle Mik Kaminski shines for about a 50 second violin solo. As a whole this disc flows with excellence. P.S. If you love early ELO try and find "B.B.C. Live" a 2 cd set worth having it has a lot of great stuff on it!
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I've just bought four remastered ELOs, and already compared two of them, new Out Of The Blue was clearly worst in every aspect. This edition is almost identical to the original CD EXCEPT that it is COMPRESSED!!! WHY? Digital era made almost all producers wanting to sound louder, rock mixing doesn't have a standard loudness as movies. So each decade albums are more and more compressed and less and less musical. As an example, ending of first song (King...) has some pizzicato at peaking at -15db, new version is at -10db (5db louder), so dynamic range has been lost. All pianissimos are loud. Musicality has been lost because of this, I'm afraid all new remaster editions has been heavily compressed.

Original CDs editions have a very good sound quality, I would stick to those versions unless you want bonus tracks.

I give 2.5 stars, 4 because of the music and 1 for poor mastering.
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Although not quite up to the level of ELO's next album "El Dorado" "On the Third Day" proved to a huge jump forward for the band. When Roy Wood jumped ship from the band during the recording of the second album "ELO II" Jeff Lynne suddenly found himself the sole writing member of the band. The second album while quite good (and featuring their hit "Roll Over Beethoveen")featured long elaborate songs but it's clear that Lynne hadn't found his voice as a songwriter for the band quite yet. "On The Third Day" manages to integrate the long tracks with shorter rockers in a nice balance.

With "On the Third Day" he came back with his strongest batch of songs yet. There's still strong elements of prog here with songs such as "Ocean Break Up/King of the Universe" but there's also elements of Lynne's prowess as a pop songwriter on the R&B influenced "Showdown", the hard rocking "Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle" and a couple of solid ballads as well. The true find here though is the second song Lynne recorded with glitter rock star Marc Bolan on guitar (Bolan also appears on guitar for "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "Dreaming of 4000" with Bolan playing in unison with Lynne on lead for "Belle"). "Everyone's Born To Die" would have fit perfectly on the original album and is a terrific song. I'm surprised it took so long for it to finally appear on CD. We also get early versions of "Ma-Ma'Ma Belle" (two of them)the previously unreleased atmospheric "Interludes" and "Mambo" an alternate mix of "Dreaming of 4000" put together for this set.

As with the previous releases we get both brief contemporary humorous comments from Lynne ("for some people this album is a little obscure...for others more obscure")and comments from the time the album was released.
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