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When the [Beatles] began adding [orchestral] [arrangements] into their sound in the mid-[1960]’s, they opened up a world of new ideas for [musicians] trying to blend [classical music] with [rock and roll]. Many bands have tried this over the years, but few have done so successfully. ELO had several hits from the late 70’s to the early 80’s with a series of [pop] songs that matched an orchestral sound, creating some of the most nifty pop music of that era.

Electric Light Orchestra was created from the dead band Move, an English group known in America for a song called “Do Ya.” When they died, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan formed a group that mixed classical ideas with rock music and “pick up where the Beatles left off with ‘[I Am The Walrus]’.” Wood left after the first album, but Lynne and Bevan continued to produce the classical-rock idea with new pieces. In 1973, they got air time with “[Roll Over Beethoven],” a [Chuck Berry] cover that worked in parts of Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony.’

On the Third Day, ELO's next album, included another favorite “Daybreaker.” However, they had their breakthrough in 1974 with Eldorado. On this album, the group [augmented] themselves with a 30-piece string section to present a [medieval]-themed [conceptual] opus about a dreamer trying to find his way to paradise. The album became their first Top-10 and also included a hit single in “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head.” Like the album, it soared into the Top-10.

In 1975, Electric Light Orchestra scored another Top-10 album with Face The Music, with another Top-10 single - “Evil Woman” - a danceable tune built on energetic string riffs. “Strange Magic,” a [love song] built on a [harmony] and [strings], also hit the Top-20. The hits kept rolling for Electric Light Orchestra in 1976 with A New World Record, their first [album] to hit the Top-5. Filled with hits like “Livin’ Thing” and the ornate, "doo-wop-styled balladry" of “Telephone Line.” The group also rereleased their past with a Top-30 remake of “Do Ya.”

Electric Light Orchestra reached a new [creative] peak when they released the double-album Out Of The Blue in late 1977. It brought their combination of classical and pop sound to a new level, most notably on “[Concerto] For A Rainy Day,” which brought [four] songs into one rock/orchestra piece.. It also contained several hits. “Turn To Stone” and “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” blended rock with choral and orchestral arrangements. Both made the Top-20. “Mr. Blue Sky,” a [Beatles]-ish rip from the album’s “Concerto,” also became a [Top-40] hit.

In 1979, Electric Light Orchestra continued their [success] streak with Discovery. The [disco]-styled “Shine A Little Love” became a Top-10 hit from this album, as did “Don’t Bring Me Down.” The latter song was also [notable] because it was their first hit without a string section. 1980 - Electric Light Orchestra releases their first film score for the [Olivia Newton-John]roller skating, bad clothing, musical Xanadu. It led to two hits - “I’m Alive” and “All Over The World,”. The title song, featuring Newton-John on lead [vocals], became a Top-10 single.

Electric Light Orchestra returned to pop music in [1981] with [Time], an album that downplayed strings in favor of a more [electronic] sound. It gave the band yet another Top-10 single with “Hold On Tight” and was followed by the band’s first tour since the early 1970’s. Secret Messages was released in 1983 and boasted a Top-20 hit in the oldies-tribute “Rock and Roll Is King.” In 1986, the band broke down to a trio of Lynne, Bevan and Tandy to create Balance Of Power. They scored one last Top-20 hit with “Calling America” before [disband]ing later that year.

Since Electric Light Orchestra split, Jeff Lynne has released a solo album ([Armchair] [Theater]) and become a producer who has worked with [Tom Petty] and [Roy Orbison]. He also paid tribute to Electric Light Orchestra’s original inspiration when he produced the new songs for the [Beatles] on their Anthology albums. Bev Bevan formed Electric Light Orchestra Part II, a [reunion] group featuring some of the original band’s members. They have become a hit on the [international] concert (though not much in America), proving that Electric Light Orchestra’s rock/classical [combination] was far enough ahead of its time to remain in style for years to come.


Electric Light Orchestra (No Answer):1972

    1.[10538 Overture]
    2.[Look At Me Now]
    3.[Nellie Takes Her Bow]
    4.[Battle Of Marston Moor] (July 2nd 1644)
    5.[First Movement] (Jumping Biz)
    6.[Mr. Radio]
    7.[Manhattan Rumble] (49th Street Massacre)
    8.[Queen Of The Hours]
    9.[Whisper In The Night]

Electric Light Orchestra II:1973

    1.[In Old England Town]. (Boogie No. 2)
    3.[Roll Over Beethoven]
    4.[From The Sun To The World] (Boogie No. 1)

On The Third Day:1973

    1.[Ocean Breakup/King Of The Universe]
    2.[Bluebird Is Dead]
    3.[Oh No Not Susan]
    4.[New World Rising/Ocean Breakup Reprise]
    8.[Dreaming Of 4000]
    9.[In The Hall of The Mountain King]

Eldorado A Symphony By ELO:1974

    1.[Eldorado Overture]
    2.[Can't Get It Out Of My Head]
    3.[Boy Blue]
    4.[Laredo Tornado]
    5.[Poor Boy] (The Greenwood)
    6.[Mister Kingdom]
    7.[Nobody's Child]
    8.[Illusions In G Major]
    10.[Eldorado - Finale]
    11.[Eldorado Instrumental Medley]
    12.[Dark City]

Face The Music:1975

    1.[Fire On High]
    3.[Evil Woman]
    6.[Strange Magic]
    7.[Down Home Town]
    8.[One Summer Dream]

A New World Record:1976

    2.[Telephone Line]
    4.[Mission] (A World Record)
    5.[So Fine]
    6.[Livin' Thing]
    7.[Above The Clouds]
    8.[Do Ya]

Out Of The Blue:1977

    1.[Turn To Stone]
    2.[It's Over]
    3.[Sweet Talkin' Woman]
    4.[Across The Border]
    5.[Night In The City]
    8.[Believe Me Now]
    9.[Steppin' Out]
    10.[Standin' In the Rain]
    11.[Big Wheels]
    12.[Summer & Lightning]
    13.[Mr Blue Sky]
    14.[Sweet Is The Night]
    15.[The Whale]
    16.[Birmingham Blues]
    17.[Wild West Hero]


    1.[Shine A Little Love]
    3.[Need her Love]
    4.[The Diary Of Horace Wimp]
    5.[Last Train To London]
    6.[Midnight Blue]
    7.[On The Run]
    9.[Don't Bring Me Down]
    10.[On The Run]
    11.[Second Time Around]
    12.[Little Town Flirt]


    1.ELO - [I'm Alive]
    2.ELO - [The Fall]
    3.ELO - [Don't Walk Away]
    4.ELO - [All Over The World]
    5.ELO/ONJ - [Xanadu]
    6.ONJ - [Magic]
    7.ONJ/Cliff Richard - [Suddenly]
    8.ONJ/Tubes - [Dancin']
    9.ONJ - [Suspended In Time]
    10.ONJ/Gene Kelly- [Whenever You're Away From Me]


    3.[Yours Truly, 2095]
    4.[Ticket To The Moon]
    5.[The Way Life's Meant To Be]
    6.[Another Heart Breaks]
    7.[Rain Is Falling]
    8.[From The End Of The World]
    9.[The Lights Go Down]
    10.[Here Is The News]
    11.[21st Century Man]
    12.[Hold On Tight]
    14.[The Bouncer]
    15.[When Time Stood Still]
    16.[Julie Don't Live Here]

Secret Messages:1983

    1.[Secret Messages]
    2.[Loser Gone Wild]
    4.[Take Me On and On]
    5.[Time After Time]
    6.[Four Little Diamonds]
    8.[Danger Ahead]
    9.[Letter From Spain]
    10.[Train of Gold]
    11.[Rock 'n' Roll is King]
    12.[No Way Out]
    13.[Endless Lies]
    14.[After All]

Balance Of Power:1986

    1.[Heaven Only Knows]
    2.[So Serious]
    3.[Getting To The Point]
    4.[Secret Lives]
    5.[Is It Alright?]
    6.[Sorrow About To Fall]
    7.[Without Someone]
    8.[Calling America]
    9.[Endless Lies]
    10.[Send It]

[Zoom]: 2001

    2.[Moment In Paradise]
    3.[State Of Mind]
    4.[Just For Love]
    5.[Stranger On A Quiet Street]
    6.[In My Own Time]
    7.[Easy Money]
    8.[Really Doesn't Matter At All]
    9.[Ordinary Dream]
    10.[A Long Time Gone]
    11.[Melting In The Sun]
    12.[All She Wanted]
    13.[Lonesome Lullaby]
    14.[Long Black Road]