Flashback (Electric Light Orchestra album)

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Box set by
Released 21 November 2000
Recorded 1970–2000
Genre Rock
Length 213:13
Label Epic/Legacy
Producer Jeff Lynne, Al Quaglieri, Jeff Magid
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Live at the BBC
The Ultimate Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Flashback is the second box set compilation by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in November 2000 in the US and the following month in the UK.


In 2000, Jeff Lynne found a new impetus to work on the music of his old band and returned to the recording studio to work on an ELO project for the first time in some 15 years just prior to the comeback album Zoom in 2001. This work resulted in a digitally remastered compilation released in late 2000. Unlike its predecessors, this project, Flashback, was personally approved and endorsed by Lynne. The set includes songs featured from all 11 studio albums up to that point, including an edit of "Great Balls of Fire" from their live album The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach, plus some new recordings amongst the band's extensive back catalog, most notably a reworking of Lynne's only UK number one hit "Xanadu". The album includes liner notes by David Wild with quotes on each song from Lynne and a booklet inside.

Track listing

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted. Tracks marked (*) co-produced by Roy Wood.

CD 1

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "10538 Overture *"   The Electric Light Orchestra/No Answer, 1971 (UK)/1972 (US) 5:32
2. "Showdown"   On the Third Day (US), 1973; Showdown, 1974 4:12
3. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"   On the Third Day 3:55
4. "Mr. Radio *"   The Electric Light Orchestra/No Answer 5:04
5. "Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry ELO 2, 1973 7:48
6. "Mama" (New edit)   ELO 2 4:06
7. "One Summer Dream" (Single version)   Face the Music, 1975 5:21
8. "Illusions in G Major"   Eldorado, 1974 2:41
9. "Strange Magic"   Face the Music 4:29
10. "Eldorado Overture"   Eldorado 2:12
11. "Can't Get It Out of My Head"   Eldorado 4:24
12. "Eldorado"   Eldorado 5:18
13. "Eldorado Finale"   Eldorado 1:29
14. "Do Ya" (Unedited alternative mix)   Previously unreleased; Originally from A New World Record, 1976 4:09
15. "Mister Kingdom"   Eldorado 5:08
16. "Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor" Edvard Grieg Previously unreleased, 2000 (recorded 1982) 2:58

CD 2

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Tightrope" A New World Record 5:23
2. "Evil Woman" Face the Music 4:19
3. "Livin' Thing" A New World Record 3:33
4. "Mr. Blue Sky" Out of the Blue, 1977 5:07
5. "Mission (A World Record)" (Alternative mix) Previously unreleased; originally from A New World Record 4:31
6. "Turn to Stone" Out of the Blue 3:48
7. "Telephone Line" A New World Record 4:45
8. "Rockaria!" A New World Record 3:15
9. "Starlight" Out of the Blue 4:45
10. "It's Over" Out of the Blue 3:55
11. "The Whale" Out of the Blue 5:07
12. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" Out of the Blue 3:49
13. "Big Wheels" Out of the Blue 5:32
14. "Shangri-La" A New World Record 5:36
15. "Nightrider" Face the Music 4:24
16. "Tears in Your Life" Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 3:05

CD 3

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Don't Bring Me Down"   Discovery, 1979 4:04
2. "The Diary of Horace Wimp"   Discovery 4:17
3. "Twilight"   Time, 1981 3:43
4. "Secret Messages"   Secret Messages, 1983 4:38
5. "Take Me On and On"   Secret Messages 4:58
6. "Shine a Little Love"   Discovery 4:11
7. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"   Secret Messages 3:15
8. "Last Train to London"   Discovery 4:31
9. "Confusion"   Discovery 3:40
10. "Getting to the Point"   Balance of Power, 1986 4:51
11. "Hold on Tight"   Time 3:07
12. "So Serious"   Balance of Power 2:43
13. "Calling America"   Balance of Power 3:26
14. "Four Little Diamonds"   Secret Messages 4:06
15. "Great Balls of Fire" (Live) Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach, 1974 3:06
16. "Xanadu" (New version)   Previously unreleased; originally from the Xanadu soundtrack, 1980 3:21
17. "Indian Queen" (Demo)   Previously unreleased (recorded 1973) 0:57
18. "Love Changes All"   Previously unreleased (recorded 1980) 3:28
19. "After All"   Previously unreleased on CD; originally B-side to "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" single, 1983 2:24
20. "Helpless"   Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 3:19
21. "Who's That?"   Previously unreleased (recorded 1982) 1:26


See also


  1. ^ Flashback 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.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 275. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
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