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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Sat May 04, 2013 9:16 am


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I just listened to this album for the first time in a very long time and found it to be quite enjoyable and can't believe I panned it just b/c it was an '80s release. It's not as much a product of it's time like 'Discovery' and it's tons better and has a lot of what made me enjoy '70s ELO so much but with some newer things musically at times (Rockabilly, New Wave & Reggae). It's an energetic album most of the way and although it slows down in tempo for a couple of songs it never lags. I still hate "Hold On Tight" Laughing Of the bonus tracks "The Bouncer" is a kewl tune that is like a Beatles meets Elvis number "When Time Stood Still" is chock full of Beatles-esque motifs but still a good song. "Julie Don't Live Here" reminds me a lot of Harrison meets Orbison style. Very Traveling Wilburys if you ask me.

Fave tracks: "Prologue", "Twilight", "Yours Truly, 2095", "The Lights Go Down" & "Here Is The News".
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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Sun May 05, 2013 2:20 am

I owned the 45 single of Twilight when it first came out but never heard the entire album until a couple years ago. I was surprised by how good it was.

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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Mon May 06, 2013 12:44 pm

I dipped my toes in the waters of ELO this weekend with an Essential collection I picked up at a record show this past weekend.

I recognized more songs than I thought I might. It starts off strong with some catchy Beatles-esque numbers but starts losing steam towards the end with what I assume is late 70's/early 80's disco sounding music. Ick.

I'll hold onto this disc for awhile and give it some time to see if anything really grabs me by the short & curlies, but this might be one of those "greatest hits only" bands for me. Perhaps their early works would be more my speed.
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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Tue May 07, 2013 3:12 am

MG. I recommend checking out the albums "Face The Music" and "A New World Record", you'll probably find plenty of material on those that didn't make the "essential" collection that you'd like.


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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Wed May 08, 2013 8:06 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
I dipped my toes in the waters of ELO this weekend with an Essential collection I picked up at a record show this past weekend.

I recognized more songs than I thought I might. It starts off strong with some catchy Beatles-esque numbers but starts losing steam towards the end with what I assume is late 70's/early 80's disco sounding music. Ick.

I'll hold onto this disc for awhile and give it some time to see if anything really grabs me by the short & curlies, but this might be one of those "greatest hits only" bands for me. Perhaps their early works would be more my speed.

I'd start with 'Face The Music', then 'On The Third Day' then 'A New World Record'. MG, I'd also recommend the first two ELO records and if something really grabs you there check out Roy Wood's Wizzard.
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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Fri May 10, 2013 11:48 am

At this point, I'll probably just stick with the essential collection for now. If I decide to dig any deeper, I'll take your guy's recommendations under consideration for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Fri May 10, 2013 12:39 pm

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MetalGuy71 wrote:
I dipped my toes in the waters of ELO this weekend with an Essential collection I picked up at a record show this past weekend.

I recognized more songs than I thought I might. It starts off strong with some catchy Beatles-esque numbers but starts losing steam towards the end with what I assume is late 70's/early 80's disco sounding music. Ick.

I'll hold onto this disc for awhile and give it some time to see if anything really grabs me by the short & curlies, but this might be one of those "greatest hits only" bands for me. Perhaps their early works would be more my speed.

I'd start with 'Face The Music', then 'On The Third Day' then 'A New World Record'. MG, I'd also recommend the first two ELO records and if something really grabs you there check out Roy Wood's Wizzard.


I really like the first ELO album. It would have been interesting if Ron Wood have stayed, but we would not have ended up with the ELO we know and love.
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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Fri May 10, 2013 9:12 pm

Yeah man Roy Wood is one talented mofo.
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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Sat May 11, 2013 1:23 am

The first album is good but honestly the best songs are the Lynne compositions.

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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:06 pm

Jeff Lynne is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/jeff-lynne-to-get-hollywood-honour/

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PostSubject: Re: Electric Light Orchestra - guilty pleasure or genius?   Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:46 pm

That's great! Good thing I jammed ELO on the way home. He shoulda produced an APP album... Without Lynne, Petty wouldn't have the success he has and that's just one artist! He also did some good stuff for the likes of Dave Edmunds, etc.
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