Afterglow (Electric Light Orchestra album)

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Afterglow
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Box set by
Released 15 June 1990
Recorded July 1970 – January 1986
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 208:57
Label Epic
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Balance of Power
(1986)
Afterglow
(1990)
ELO's Greatest Hits Vol. 2
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 3/5[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

Afterglow is the first box set compilation by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in 1990 with liner notes by music critic and editor Ira Robbins of Trouser Press. A different two-CD compilation with identical artwork was issued simultaneously under the title The Very Best of The Electric Light Orchestra.

Overview: Afterglow

The box set mixes the usual hit singles with lesser known album tracks and non-album B-sides, and is most notable for including most of the Secret Messages (1983) tracks that were not released when the intended album was reduced from a double to a single LP as well as B-sides from Balance of Power (1986) singles.

The discs of the box set were labelled with letters "E", "L" and "O", each covering a different compilation set of albums:

The songs from soundtrack album Xanadu (1980) were not included.

The song "Destination Unknown", which was previously released as a B-side to "Calling America" single, was issued as promo only CD single.

Track listing: Afterglow

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Disc E (Disc 1)

  1. "10538 Overture" – 5:32
  2. "Mr. Radio" – 5:04
  3. "Kuiama" – 11:19
  4. "In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)" – 6:54
  5. "Mama" – 7:03
  6. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 8:08
  7. "Bluebird Is Dead" – 4:24
  8. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" – 3:52
  9. "Showdown" – 4:07
  10. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:25
  11. "Boy Blue" – 5:20
  12. "One Summer Dream" – 5:47

Disc L (Disc 2)

  1. "Evil Woman" – 4:18
  2. "Tightrope" – 5:03
  3. "Strange Magic" – 4:29
  4. "Do Ya" – 3:44
  5. "Nightrider" – 4:22
  6. "Waterfall" – 4:10
  7. "Rockaria!" – 3:14
  8. "Telephone Line" – 4:39
  9. "So Fine" – 3:54
  10. "Livin' Thing" – 3:31
  11. "Mr. Blue Sky" (Japanese 7" edit) – 3:47
  12. "Sweet Is the Night" – 3:27
  13. "Turn to Stone" – 3:48
  14. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" – 3:48
  15. "Steppin' Out" – 4:38
  16. "Midnight Blue" – 4:17
  17. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:03

Disc O (Disc 3)

  1. "Prologue" – 1:16
  2. "Twilight" – 3:33
  3. "Julie Don't Live Here" – 3:40
    • B-side to the "Twlight" single, 1981
  4. "Shine a Little Love" – 4:39
  5. "When Time Stood Still" – 3:33
    • B-side to the "Hold on Tight" single, 1981
  6. "Rain Is Falling" – 3:57
  7. "The Bouncer" – 3:13
    • B-side to the "Four Little Diamonds" single, 1983; Previously unreleased in the US
  8. "Hello My Old Friend" – 7:51
    • Previously unreleased
  9. "Hold on Tight" – 3:06
  10. "Four Little Diamonds" – 4:08
    • features a slightly longer intro than the album version
  11. "Mandalay" – 5:19
    • Previously unreleased
  12. "Buildings Have Eyes" – 3:55
  13. "So Serious" – 2:39
  14. "A Matter of Fact" – 3:58
    • B-side to "So Serious" single; Previously unreleased in the US
  15. "No Way Out" – 3:23
    • Previously unreleased
  16. "Getting to the Point" – 4:28
  17. "Destination Unknown" – 4:05
    • B-side to "Calling America" 12 inch UK single; Previously unreleased in the US
  18. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (Single edit) – 3:07

Track listing: The Very Best Of The Electric Light Orchestra

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry.

Disc 1

  1. "Evil Woman" – 4:18
  2. "Livin' Thing" – 3:31
  3. "Turn to Stone" – 3:48
  4. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:25
  5. "Rockaria!" – 3:14
  6. "Telephone Line" – 4:39
  7. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 3:47
  8. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" – 3:48
  9. "Confusion" – 3:42
  10. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (Album version) – 3:43
  11. "Strange Magic" – 4:05
  12. "Calling America" – 4:05

Disc 2

  1. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:03
  2. "So Serious" – 2:41
  3. "Getting to the Point" – 4:28
  4. "Do Ya" – 3:45
  5. "Hold on Tight" – 3:06
  6. "Secret Messages" (Album version) – 4:47
  7. "Wild West Hero" – 4:40
  8. "Here Is the News" – 3:49
  9. "Shine a Little Love" – 4:40
  10. "I'm Alive" – 3:45
  11. "All Over the World" – 4:03
  12. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Single edit) – 4:32

Personnel

See also

References

  1. ^ Afterglow at AllMusic
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 383. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 274. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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