Category Archives: Classic Album Review

Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra (and Olivia Newton-John) – “Xanadu – Original Soundtrack” (1980)

Full disclosure here: I’m writing this review because of my interest in The Electric Light Orchestra and have to admit that I feel utterly indifferent to Olivia Newton-John’s music; it is not something that has ever interested nor offended me … Continue reading

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Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra – “Discovery” (1979)

Disco? Very. 1979 was the year when Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra embraced the smooth, slick sounds of disco that dominated the charts at the time, making one of the most noticeable changes of direction they’d embarked on for a … Continue reading

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Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra – “Out Of The Blue” (1977)

The Electric Light Orchestra’s “Out Of The Blue” is the kind of record that many ELO fans never name as their favourite; like The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper”, it’s the kind of legendary album that is just so obviously good, people … Continue reading

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Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra – “A New World Record” (1976)

If I was forced to declare that any one release was Jeff Lynne’s masterpiece, it would probably be The Electric Light Orchestra’s sixth album, “A New World Record”. Although “Out Of The Blue” receives more critical accolades, this particular album … Continue reading

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Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra – “Face The Music” (1975)

The Electric Light Orchestra’s fifth album, “Face The Music” is one of the most underrated in their catalogue. It’s curiously out of place between “Eldorado” (1974) and “A New World Record” (1976) mainly because it appears to return to a … Continue reading

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Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado” (1974)

“Eldorado” was the moment in The Electric Light Orchestra’s history when Jeff Lynne really raised his game. Leaving behind the multi-tracked cellos and strings of earlier recordings, a full thirty-piece orchestra, arranged by and under the baton of Louis Clark, … Continue reading

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Classic Album Review: The Electric Light Orchestra – “On The Third Day” (1973)

“On The Third Day”, Jeff Lynne’s first album as the sole songwriter and leader of the Electric Light Orchestra, is one of my very favourite records in the ELO catalogue. The influence of The Beatles is extremely heavy, especially during … Continue reading

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