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On the Third Day Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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MP3 Music, November 17, 1987
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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.
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...Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ELO started to catch their groove on this album. Nothing here is as glorious as their later classics — "So Fine," "Turn to Stone," and "Evil Woman" to name... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scotty the Menace
I LOVE THAT ELO. THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM. THANKS FOR THE EXCELLENT SERVICEPublished 3 months ago by Royce Hicks
This is very nearly my favourite ELO album; please don't be put off by meandering bits.They meander because that the violins and cellos get solos, just you'd expect piano solos and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JoeBrazil
Is there a bad ELO album? I haven't found one yet. Some of Jeff Lynne's experimentation may not always be to my liking, but the fact he has the guts to experiment at all is a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Techie
Hard to find cd with a very nice booklet as liner notes. Not to be missed for the true ELO fan. Classic sounds from the super-group helmed by Jeff Lynne.Published 7 months ago by savsmom