"I'm actually quite pleased with the way this one turned out after moving quite noticeably from the tropics to the winter in one fell swoop. This was to be the last ELO album of that century. Even so I think it turned out to be one of the better ones (the album, not the century)." Jeff Lynne, 2006

'Balance Of Power' saw Jeff Lynne deliberately move away from the grand, sweeping orchestral style of 'Out of the Blue' to a condensed, hard-hitting and rhythmic sound that utilised drum machines, sequencers and synthesisers. A Top 20 hit in 1986, the album sports many great songs, including the singles 'Calling America', 'So Serious' and 'Getting To The Point'.

Superbly remastered by ELO songwriter and producer Jeff Lynne with engineer Jeff Magid, ELO's most underrated album deserves closer inspection, especially as this definitive edition now features 7 bonus tracks (5 previously unreleased!). Highlights include a stunning alternate take of 'Heaven Only Knows', a guitar-driven version of 'Secret Lives' and rare UK single b-side 'Destination Unknown'.

Commentary by Jeff Lynne and in-depth sleeve notes by ELO archivist Rob Caiger shed light on ELO's final years in the 20th Century, while the colourful 12-page booklet restores original album artwork and has many previously unseen photos and memorabilia from band member archives, including the last photo of ELO's 1986 touring line-up.

'Balance Of Power' remastered and expanded edition CD will be available EXCLUSIVELY to ELO fans worldwide ordering from the FTM SHOP before the official release date PLUS all orders will receive an ELO Collectors Postcard!

It reaches UK and European stores on 26 February and 20 March in the USA while Japan has a limited facsimile edition coming late February (FTM special offer coming soon).

Lots of Balance Of Power previews can be found by clicking on the extra menu items at the top of this page, including complete definitive lyrics, audio previews of every track and more. Further updates coming soon!

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