The Essential Electric Light Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998907225
  • Catalog Number: 89072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Woman (4:19)
  2. 2 Do Ya (3:47)
  3. 3 Can't Get It Out Of My Head (4:26)
  4. 4 Mr. Blue Sky (5:08)
  5. 5 Strange Magic (4:07)
  6. 6 Livin' Thing (3:33)
  7. 7 Turn To Stone (3:48)
  8. 8 Sweet Talkin' Woman (3:49)
  9. 9 Telephone Line (4:40)
  10. 10 Shine A Little Love (4:42)
  11. 11 Hold On Tight (3:08)
  12. 12 Calling America (3:28)
  13. 13 Rock & Roll Is King (3:17)
  14. 14 Don't Bring Me Down (4:04)
  15. 15 Roll Over Beethoven (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Electric Light Orchestra Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jaan Uhelszki Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential ELO

    I was hoping for more music from ELO that I don't already have. I always like ELO but this did not add to my little stash of their music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good CD.

    Was nice to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    greatest hits...again

    apparently there's a career in recycling elo greatest hits. this is one of the better recycling efforts, and gives a good mix of elo's best material. one gripe - none of these compilations include "in the hall of the mountain king." the ultimate elo hook. so buy this for the greatest hits, then spend another few bucks for "on the third day" for a real rush with "...mountain king."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rocking Music!

    ELO is probably one of the more undermined music groups by today's young people. They have excellent quality music, and there is so much to appreciate in their songs. My personal favorites were Evil Woman and Roll Over Beethoven.

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