A Box of Their Best

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A Box of Their Best
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Box set by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 7 August 1980 (1980-08-07)
Recorded May 1975–April 1979
Length 2:35:52
Label Epic
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
ELO's Greatest Hits
(1979)ELO's Greatest Hits1979
A Box of their Best
(1980)
Xanadu
(1980)Xanadu1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]

A Box of Their Best is the first US box set by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1980. It consisted of the albums A New World Record (with the sides reversed), Out of the Blue and Discovery. Also included was Jeff Lynne's first ever solo single, "Doin' That Crazy Thing". This single, a one-sided single that was marked as a promo, was not in all releases of the box. The box set is almost identical to the UK release Four Light Years, released the same year.

Track listing

All songs written by Jeff Lynne.

7" single
  1. "Doin' That Crazy Thing" – 3:21

A New World Record

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "So Fine" 3:54
2. "Livin' Thing" 3:31
3. "Above the Clouds" 2:16
4. "Do Ya" 3:43
5. "Shangri-La" 5:32
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Tightrope" 5:03
7. "Telephone Line" 4:38
8. "Rockaria!" 3:12
9. "Mission (A World Record)" 4:25

Out of the Blue

Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Turn to Stone" 3:47
2. "It's Over" 4:08
3. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" 3:47
4. "Across the Border" 3:52
Side four
No. Title Length
5. "Night in the City" 4:02
6. "Starlight" 4:30
7. "Jungle" 3:51
8. "Believe Me Now" 1:21
9. "Steppin' Out" 4:38
Side five — Concerto for a Rainy Day
No. Title Length
10. "Standin' in the Rain" 4:20
11. "Big Wheels" 5:10
12. "Summer and Lightning" 4:13
13. "Mr. Blue Sky" 5:05
Side six
No. Title Length
14. "Sweet is the Night" 3:26
15. "The Whale" 5:05
16. "Birmingham Blues" 4:21
17. "Wild West Hero" 4:40

Discovery

Side seven
No. Title Length
1. "Shine a Little Love" 4:43
2. "Confusion" 3:42
3. "Need Her Love" 5:11
4. "The Diary of Horace Wimp" 4:17
Side eight
No. Title Length
5. "Last Train to London" 4:32
6. "Midnight Blue" 4:19
7. "On the Run" 3:55
8. "Wishing" 4:13
9. "Don't Bring Me Down" 4:02
Total length: 155:52

Personnel

Additional personnel on sides 1–6

References

  1. ^ A Box of Their Best at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 916. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. 
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