the Music is the first platinum ELO album. We'd do TV shows
and I'd see groups being awarded platinum albums and I used
to think to myself 'wow, what would that be like to get one
of them!' Well thanks to you, now I know what it's like to
have quite a few of them."
Jeff Lynne, 2006
established Jeff Lynne's classic ELO sound and was
their first-ever platinum album. It contains the classic 'Evil
Woman', ELO's first worldwide Top 10 hit single plus 'Strange
Magic' and 'Nightrider'.
'Eldorado' saw sweeping use of a
symphony orchestra instead of merely overdubbing the group's two
cellos and violin as previous albums had done, 'Face
The Music' featured the band more prominently, while the
30-piece orchestra plus choir and four female backing singers
were used more concisely, with ELO's string section providing
some of the solos. Lynne was also taking the ELO away from grand,
concept-orientated themes to "a
collection of tunes", all memorable and hook-laden.
arrangements, worked out with keyboard wizard Richard Tandy
and orchestrated by conductor Louis Clark, added depth
and space to the new songs and at last saw the honing of Lynne's
definitive "ELO sound"
- immaculately produced, perfectly orchestrated rock songs with
seemed fitting that by the time the album was released in the
UK on November 14 1975, ELO's fifth album was already no.8 in
the American charts. The band, led by songwriter, producer, lead
vocalist and lead guitarist Jeff Lynne, were fast on their way
to becoming superstars in the USA
remastered by Jeff Lynne with Jeff Magid, the definitive
edition of 'Face The Music' has been
expanded to over 50 minutes with four bonus tracks and over 15
minutes of previously unreleased material, including the full-length
version of 'Evil Woman'.
full-colour booklet features rare and previously unpublished photos,
memorabilia from around the world plus new liner notes by both
Jeff Lynne and ELO archivist Rob Caiger.