Studios was a great place to record, you felt you were at
the centre of things, on the top floor right in the middle
of Oxford Circus. Watching all the crowds battle their way
across the streets down below made you feel sort of privileged."
Jeff Lynne, 2006
OVER BEETHOVEN & TELL TCHAIKOVSKY THE NEWS: ELO 1972 - 1973
The unanimous critical acclaim that greeted the Electric Light
Orchestra's debut album was welcome but totally unexpected
by the band. It did, however, focus Jeff Lynne's attention
on getting back into Phillips Studios to record a follow up. A
planned concept album entitled 'The Lost
Planet' was quietly abandoned and sessions for the second
LP proper began during May 1972. Two new Lynne songs, 'From
The Sun To The World' and 'In Old
England Town' were the first to be recorded and included
Roy Wood on bass guitar and cello, but in little more than
a month, the co-founder of the ELO concept had left the
group to form Wizzard. Instead of splitting up as the media
expected, Jeff Lynne took over the leadership of ELO and began
auditions for new members.
Lynne had yet to fully develop his all-conquering ELO sound, the
pioneering experiments of 'ELO 2'
coupled with the chart success of 'Roll
Over Beethoven' in the UK and US (both originally released
in 1973) started the Electric Light Orchestra on the path to worldwide
US edition of 'ELO II' is different
to EMI's 2003 UK release with selected songs newly remastered,
four bonus tracks and new commentary written by Jeff Lynne. The
booklet is repackaged and in full-colour and includes in-depth
sleeve notes by ELO archivist Rob Caiger.