Essential Electric Light Orchestra

The Essential Electric Light Orchestra

by Electric Light Orchestra
     
 

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There have been many ELO collections over the years -- some exhaustive, some not -- so it might initially seem that the 2003 collection The Essential Electric Light Orchestra is a little unnecessary, especially since the definitive 1995 double-disc set Strange Magic was still in print at the time of this release. This line of

Overview

There have been many ELO collections over the years -- some exhaustive, some not -- so it might initially seem that the 2003 collection The Essential Electric Light Orchestra is a little unnecessary, especially since the definitive 1995 double-disc set Strange Magic was still in print at the time of this release. This line of reasoning conveniently ignores the simple fact that not everybody needs two discs of ELO; some may prefer one career-spanning collection with all the big hits on one disc, which is precisely what this is. Given its hits-oriented nature, it's inevitable that some great songs are missing and there are, including such early masterworks as "10538 Overture" and "Showdown," as well as fan favorites like "Boy Blue" and "Four Little Diamonds." But, if you care enough to care that these songs are missing, you won't hesitate to buy Strange Magic. If you just want "Can't Get It Out of My Head," "Livin' Thing," "Mr. Blue Sky," and "Don't Bring Me Down" along with other big hits, this suits the bill almost perfectly (the one quibble being that it would be nicer to have chronological order instead of this jumble, but this is enjoyable all the same).

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886979775220
catalogNumber:
797752
Rank:
9838

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 10538 Overture
  2. Roll Over Beethoven
  3. Showdown
  4. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
  5. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
  6. Evil Woman
  7. Nightrider
  8. Strange Magic
  9. Livin' Thing
  10. Do Ya
  11. Rockaria!
  12. Telephone Line
  13. Turn to Stone
  14. Mr. Blue Sky
  15. Sweet Talkin' Woman
  16. Wild West Hero
  17. It's Over
  18. Shine a Little Love

Disc 2

  1. Don't Bring Me Down
  2. The Diary of Horace Wimp
  3. Confusion
  4. Last Train to London
  5. I'm Alive
  6. Xanadu
  7. All Over the World
  8. Don't Walk Away
  9. Hold On Tight
  10. Twilight
  11. Ticket to the Moon
  12. The Way Life's Meant to Be
  13. Rock and Roll is King
  14. Secret Messages
  15. Four Little Diamonds
  16. Calling America
  17. So Serious
  18. Surrender
  19. Latitude 88 North

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