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An illustration of a lightbulb floating in space marked with the words "ELO 2"; the artist name appears in the upper right corner.
UK cover
Studio album by The Electric Light Orchestra
Released January 1973
Recorded May–October 1972
Studio Air Studios, London
Genre Symphonic rock, progressive rock[1]
Length 41:48
Label Harvest, United Artists
Producer Jeff Lynne
The Electric Light Orchestra chronology
The Electric Light Orchestra
On the Third Day
Singles from ELO 2
  1. "Roll Over Beethoven"
    Released: 12 January 1973
US cover
ELO ELO2 album cover.jpg

ELO 2 is the eponymous second studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1973. In the US, the album was released as Electric Light Orchestra II. It was also the last album to be released by the band under the Harvest label, the last where the band used the definite article The on its name and introduced their abbreviated name ELO.

Background and recording

The album was originally to be titled The Lost Planet, but that concept was quietly dropped (see below). During the initial recording sessions, Roy Wood left the band and formed Wizzard in early 1972.[2] Although uncredited at the time, Wood performed on two tracks, playing cello and bass on "In Old England Town" and "From the Sun to the World".[2] Classically trained cellists Colin Walker replaced Wood and Wilfred Gibson played on violin. Richard Tandy made his ELO studio debut on this album, playing keyboards; he had earlier performed live with the original lineup alongside Wood, Lynne, drummer Bev Bevan, Gibson and cellist Mike Edwards, playing bass (and in TV appearances with The Move playing guitar). Bassist and vocalist Mike de Albuquerque also made his ELO studio debut on the album. All five pieces are longer than standard rock songs, and feature multi-layered orchestral instruments that create a dense, complex sound.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Classic Rock 2/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[6]
MusicHound 2.5/5[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[8]

Along with its predecessor, ELO 2 is the least commercial-sounding album the band released, although it reached the British Top 40 album chart, whereas its more concise follow-up, On the Third Day, did not. An edit of "Roll Over Beethoven" was a top 10 hit in Britain and received radio airplay in America also. In 2006 the album was remastered and expanded in the US, with a slightly different running order to the UK 2003 EMI version,[2] with both versions sharing the same Hipgnosis album art for the first time.

The British and American sleeves differed, as did the title; in the UK it was released in a gatefold sleeve titled ELO 2 with a painting of a light bulb travelling through space with the wording 'ELO2' on the base of the bulb, while in the US the cover featured a more ornate light bulb against a night sky and was titled Electric Light Orchestra II. For reasons unknown, "Roll Over Beethoven" was slightly edited in length compared with its US counterpart. Track 2 "Momma" was Americanised to "Mama" for the US release. An instrumental version of "In Old England Town", the opening track, became the B-side to the single "Showdown". The album contains the band's longest track, the anti-war song "Kuiama".

Original track listing

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, unless otherwise noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)"   6:56
2. "Momma" (retitled "Mama" on US edition)   7:03
3. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry cover) Chuck Berry 8:07
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "From the Sun to the World (Boogie No. 1)" 8:20
5. "Kuiama" 11:19
Total length: 41:48
US 2006 reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "In Old England Town (Instrumental)" (B-side to the Showdown single)   2:43
7. "Baby, I Apologize" (session outtake)   3:43
8. "In Old England Town" (take 1, alternate mix)   6:56
9. "Roll Over Beethoven" (take1) Berry 8:15

ELO 2 (First Light Series)

ELO 2 (First Light Series)
Studio album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 2003
Recorded 1972–73 at Air Studios
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Label Harvest, EMI
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
The Electric Light Orchestra (First Light Series)
ELO 2 (First Light Series)
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]

ELO 2 (First light Series) is an expanded 30th Anniversary edition of Electric Light Orchestra's second album.

The second in the EMI First Light Series released in 2003 to mark the album's 30th anniversary. The first five tracks comprise the original ELO 2 album. After ELO had completed and released ELO 2, the band began recording new material for the third album. Tracks 6-8 on disc two were recorded in February 1973, and feature original Move lead singer Carl Wayne. Tracks 9-12 on disc one were recorded in April 1973 and feature glam rock superstar Marc Bolan, who was also recording at AIR Studios at that time, on double lead guitar on tracks 10–12. The band re-recorded two of these songs for the third album because of ELO's label change in the UK before it was released. Tracks 6-8 on disc one and track 5 on disc two were recorded in June 1973, with track 6 becoming a hit single in the UK. The second disc utilises the original album's working title The Lost Planet, and features various live recordings, outtakes and rarities, in addition to the songs recorded with Carl Wayne.

All songs written by Jeff Lynne except where noted.

Disc one — ELO 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)"   6:56
2. "Momma..."   7:03
3. "Roll Over Beethoven" Berry 7:03
4. "From the Sun to the World (Boogie No. 1)"   8:20
5. "Kuiama"   11:19
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Showdown"   4:11
7. "In Old England Town (Instrumental)" (B-side of "Showndown" single)   2:43
8. "Baby I Apologize" (session outtake, 1 June 1973)   3:42
9. "Auntie" ((Ma-Ma-Ma Belle Take 1))   1:19
10. "Auntie" ((Ma-Ma-Ma Belle Take 2))   4:03
11. "Mambo" (Dreaming of 4000 Take 1)   5:02
12. "Everyone's Born to Die"   4:40
13. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Take 1
  • Tracks 9-13 previously unreleased.)
Disc two — The Lost Planet
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Brian Matthew Introduces ELO"   0:22
2. "From the Sun to the World (Boogie No. 1)" (BBC Session)   7:25
3. "Momma" (BBC Session)   6:57
4. "Roll Over Beethoven" (single version) Berry 4:35
5. "Showdown" (Take 1)    
6. "Your World" (Take 2)   4:55
7. "Get a Hold of Myself" (Take 2)   4:43
8. "Mama" (Take 1)   4:59
9. "Wilf's Solo" (instrumental) Wilfred Gibson 3:39
10. "Roll Over Beethoven
  • Lead vocals on tracks 6-8 by Carl Wayne.
  • BBC Session material recorded at BBC Langham Studio 1, 1 November 1972." (BBC Session)
Berry 7:40


Additional personnel
  • Marc Bolan – guitar on ELO 2 tracks 10–12
  • Carl Wayne – lead vocals on The Lost Planet tracks 6–8

Release history

Region Date Version
United Kingdom January 1973 (1973-01) Original vinyl
United States March 1973 (1973-03) Original vinyl
United Kingdom January 2003 (2003-01) 30th Anniversary edition
United States 28 March 2006 (2006-03-28) Expanded remaster

Chart positions


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