FilmForce Weekend Shopping Guide
From Ken P.'s Weekend Shopping Guide, March
while we're talking Sony Legacy, they're one of the few companies
out there doing spectacular remasters and re-releases of their
catalogue titles, the latest of which feature the first two albums
from Jeff Lynne's ELO - No Answer and ELO II (Epic/Legacy, $11.98
SRP each). In addition to the remastered sound, both discs also
feature a quartet of bonus tracks.
1996-2006, IGN Entertainment, Inc.
Daily Sentinel; Grand Junction, Colorado
Electric Light Orchestra celebrates 35th anniversary
restoration of the original catalog of the music of Electric Light
Orchestra has hit full stride this month as expanded editions
of "On the Third Day," "Face the Music" and
"A New World Record" hit store shelves Sept. 12. Each
expanded edition contains bonus tracks and new liner notes.
marks ELO's 35th anniversary, as last March brought the release
of its first two albums, "No Answer" and "ELO II."
and a half decades after the concept first turned the world on
to the possibilities of orchestral rock outside the boundaries
of classical music, Jeff Lynne returned to the original analog
master tapes to personally supervise the first comprehensive album
restoration campaign in the history of ELO. The group thrived
for 15 years under the guidance of Lynne as it released 12 original
studio albums and one live LP.
its peak between 1974 and 1981, ELO put together nine consecutive
Recording Industry Association of America gold, platinum and multiplatinum
albums and charted more than two dozen singles, including 20 in
the top 40.
was founded in Birmingham, England, in 1970 by singer-songwriter
and multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood (formerly with the Move) and
guitarist singer-songwriter Lynne (formerly of the Idle Race).
It was decided Lynne would join the Move and then they would form
the new band, ELO.
demise of the Move and the rise of ELO played out over the next
year and a half. The Move's final appearance was in the U.K. in
October 1971, by which point Wood and Lynne were already under
way with the ELO plan. The lineup would include the Move drummer
Bev Bevan, part-time member Richard Tandy (bass and keyboards),
and a changing lineup of bass, violin and cello players.
self-titled debut album was issued in December on Harvest, but
failed to win the backing of the Moves fans at first. "10538
Overture," the first track from the album, hit the British
top 10 late that summer, which secured ELO's career in England.
the U.S.A., "10538 Overture" could not find a slot on
the charts and the LP came in at No. 196 for only two weeks.
back in England, Wood had become unhappy with ELO's fate and left
to create a band Wizzard, leaving Lynne as the major creative
force. "ELO II," with the single "Roll Over Beethoven,"
did pretty well on both the U.K. and U.S. charts. This modest
breakthrough allowed ELO to visit the States on its first tour
that summer, creating a forever loyal American fan base.
band's third release, the aptly titled "On the Third Day,"
featured "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "In the Hall of the
Mountain King." However, it was the next album, "Eldorado"
(remastered and reissued in 2001) featuring "Can't Get It
Out Of My Head" that saw the band really hit its stride in
America. "Face the Music," released in 1975 -- featuring
"Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic" as top 20
singles and non-single track such as "Fire on High"
and "Waterfall" -- was the most solid release to date.
came back stronger than ever in fall 1976, as "Living Thing"
made the top 20 and proclaimed the arrival of "A New World
Record" with its jukebox-styled embossed cover logo that
has been the bands symbol for 30 years. The LP took less than
two months to become the band's first RIAA platinum album.
owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts "Acoustic
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