Flashback

Flashback

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by Electric Light Orchestra
     
 

Formed by ex-members of British '60s art-rockers the Move (who never scored a hit on U.S. shores), Electric Light Orchestra were a most unlikely '70s hit machine. Bushy-haired guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lynne wasn't much to look at (perhaps that's why ELO opted for spaceships on their album covers), but he sure couldSee more details below

Overview

Formed by ex-members of British '60s art-rockers the Move (who never scored a hit on U.S. shores), Electric Light Orchestra were a most unlikely '70s hit machine. Bushy-haired guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lynne wasn't much to look at (perhaps that's why ELO opted for spaceships on their album covers), but he sure could write a catchy tune, and his arrangements (mixing cellos and violins with mighty guitar riffs) and polished production skills (which would later come in handy on Tom Petty and Paul McCartney albums) were visionary. The three-CD, 53-track Flashback is the definitive ELO retrospective, complete with hits and rarities, compiled by Lynne himself. In the hits department, newly remastered AM radio staples such as "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Don't Bring Me Down" (which accentuates the previously subtle R2D2-like bleeps), and "Telephone Line" (which upon further reflection sounds like a lost early Bee Gees classic) stand up 25 years later. And so does the alternate mix of air-guitar hall of famer "Do Ya," which boasts a marching-band-like drum solo. Flashback also features a newly recorded version of "Xanadu" (the forgettable movie's title track that originally featured Olivia Newton John on lead vocals), proving that the band's most embarrassing moment was actually a decent song. As for the rarities, oddities such as the spare 57-second demo version of "Indian Queen" provide rare bare-bones depictions of one of rock's slickest bands.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The very fact that Electric Light Orchestra released a second three-disc box set is a tacit admission that, yes, 1987's Afterglow wasn't everything it should be. Happily, 2000's Flashback is. Assembled with the cooperation of Jeff Lynne, Flashback covers all the bases, featuring all the hits, a good selection of album tracks, and seven previously unreleased tracks, two alternate mixes and "After All," previously unavailable on CD. The sequencing is roughly chronological, with each of the three discs spotlighting a different era, then sequenced for maximum listenability within that -- so "10538 Overture" segues to "Showdown" and "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" then doubles back to the first album. It's a gambit that works, since Flashback winds up flowing as gracefully as ELO's best albums. And, make no mistake, this is one of their best albums, a rare box set that satisfies the needs of both casual and mildly dedicated fans, while offering the hardcore not just a bunch of rarities but an enjoyable album with its own character. So, it trumps Afterglow in every possible way, then, and thereby eliminates the need for yet another three-disc ELO box.
New York Times
...the combination of highbrow and slapstick really has never been repeated, and when it works, it's extremely catchy. Ann Powers

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998512320
catalogNumber:
85123
Rank:
13722

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 10538 Overture
  2. Showdown
  3. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
  4. Mr. Radio
  5. Roll Over Beethoven
  6. Mama
  7. One Summer Dream
  8. Illusions In G Major
  9. Strange Magic
  10. Eldorado Overture
  11. Can't Get it Out Of My Head
  12. Eldorado
  13. Eldorado Finale
  14. Do Ya
  15. Mister Kingdom
  16. Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor

Disc 2

  1. Tightrope
  2. Evil Woman
  3. Livin' Thing
  4. Mr. Blue Sky
  5. Mission (A World Record)
  6. Turn To Stone
  7. Telephone Line
  8. Rockaria!
  9. Starlight
  10. It's Over
  11. The Whale
  12. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  13. Big Wheels
  14. Shangri-La
  15. Nightrider
  16. Tears In Your Life

Disc 3

  1. Don't Bring Me Down
  2. The Diary Of Horace Wimp
  3. Twilight
  4. Secret Messages
  5. Take Me On And On
  6. Shine A Little Love
  7. Rock & Roll Is King
  8. Last Train To London
  9. Confusion
  10. Getting To The Point
  11. Hold On Tight
  12. So Serious
  13. Calling America
  14. Four Little Diamonds
  15. Great Balls Of Fire
  16. Xanadu
  17. Indian Queen
  18. Love Changes All
  19. After All
  20. Helpless
  21. Who's That

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Electric Light Orchestra, Part II   Primary Artist
Jeff Lynne   Guitar,Musician
Louis Clark   Musician
Michael d'Albuquerque   Musician
Rick Price   Bass
Roy Wood   Vocals,Musician
Bev Bevan   Drums,Musician
Wilfred Gibson   Musician
Kelly Groucutt   Musician
Bill Hunt   Musician
Mik Kaminski   Musician
Richard Tandy   Musician
Colin Walker   Musician
Steve Woolam   Musician
Marc Mann   Keyboards
Dave Morgan   Musician
Mike Edwards   Musician

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer
Roy Wood   Producer
Bill Bottrell   Engineer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Ryan Ulyate   Engineer
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Christine Wilson   Art Direction
Marc Mann   Engineer
Jefferson Denim   Packaging Manager
Robert Hadley   Mastering

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