The Essential Electric Light Orchestra

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The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
EssentialELOalbumcover.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released 1 April 2003
Recorded September 1972 – January 1986
Genre Rock
Length 1:00:58
Label Epic
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
ELO 2
(First Light Series)

(2003)
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
(2003)
All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(2005)
Playlist: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Playlist 2008 Electric Light Orchestra album cover.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Music Box 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]

The Essential Electric Light Orchestra is a single CD, US-only compilation album by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 2003. It is part of Sony Music's The Essential series. It was preceded by US compilations Olé ELO in 1976 and Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra in 1995.

On 2 September 2008 an eco-friendly repackage of this album called Playlist: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra was released and included a multimedia section on the CD with photos, credits and two new wallpapers.[citation needed]

A third re-release in 2011 expanded the original album to include a second disc and also rearranged the entire track order.[4] This is the third ELO compilation that presents a chronological run-through of ELO's singles/songs. The original artwork has been slightly altered as well to differentiate from the single CD release.[citation needed]

Original edition

Track listing

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

  1. "Evil Woman" (Single edit) – 4:19
  2. "Do Ya" – 3:47
  3. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:26
  4. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 5:08
  5. "Strange Magic" (UK single edit) – 4:07
  6. "Livin' Thing" – 3:33
  7. "Turn to Stone" – 3:48
  8. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" – 3:49
  9. "Telephone Line" – 4:40
  10. "Shine a Little Love" – 4:42
  11. "Hold on Tight" – 3:08
  12. "Calling America" – 3:28
  13. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (Edited version) – 3:17
  14. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:04
  15. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Single edit) (Chuck Berry, Ludwig van Beethoven) – 4:33

2011 Edition

2011 Edition
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra 2011 US album cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released 10 October 2011 (UK/Europe), 24 October 2011 (US)
Recorded 1970–2007
Genre Rock
Label Epic, Legacy, Sony Music
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 2
(2007)
2011 Edition
(2011)
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(2012)
UK alternate album cover
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra 2011 UK album cover.jpg

Track listing

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "10538 Overture" (7" edit) – 4:05 from The Electric Light Orchestra
  2. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Single edit) (Berry, Beethoven) – 4:33 from ELO 2
  3. "Showdown" – 4:10 from On the Third Day (US Version)
  4. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (Single edit) – 3:38 from On the Third Day
  5. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (7" edit) – 3:08 from Eldorado
  6. "Evil Woman" (Single edit) – 4:13 from Face the Music
  7. "Nightrider" (7" edit) – 3:43 from Face the Music
  8. "Strange Magic" (Single edit) – 4:08 from Face the Music
  9. "Livin' Thing" – 3:33 from A New World Record
  10. "Do Ya" – 3:46 from A New World Record
  11. "Rockaria!" – 3:13 from A New World Record
  12. "Telephone Line" – 4:41 from A New World Record
  13. "Turn to Stone" – 3:50 from Out of the Blue
  14. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 5:04 from Out of the Blue
  15. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" – 3:49 from Out of the Blue
  16. "Wild West Hero" – 4:43 from Out of the Blue
  17. "It's Over" – 4:10 from Out of the Blue
  18. "Shine a Little Love" – 4:11 from Discovery
Disc two
  1. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:04 from Discovery
  2. "The Diary of Horace Wimp" – 4:17 from Discovery
  3. "Confusion" – 3:40 from Discovery
  4. "Last Train to London" – 4:32 from Discovery
  5. "I'm Alive" – 3:44 from Xanadu
  6. "Xanadu (New version)" – 3:22 from Flashback; original version available on Xanadu
  7. "All Over the World" – 4:03 from Xanadu
  8. "Don't Walk Away" – 4:47 from Xanadu
  9. "Hold on Tight" – 3:08 from Time
  10. "Twilight" – 3:45 from Time
  11. "Ticket to the Moon" – 4:08 from Time
  12. "The Way Life's Meant to Be" – 4:40 from Time
  13. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (Single edit) – 3:08 from Secret Messages
  14. "Secret Messages" – 4:45 from Secret Messages
  15. "Four Little Diamonds" – 4:07 from Secret Messages
  16. "Calling America" – 3:31 from Balance of Power
  17. "So Serious" – 2:44 from Balance of Power
  18. "Surrender" – 2:33 from A New World Record
  19. "Latitude 88 North" – 3:23 from Out of the Blue (30th Anniversary Edition)

Charts

Chart (2003) Peak position
Switzerland Swiss Hitparade[5] 58

References

  1. ^ The Essential Electric Light Orchestra at AllMusic
  2. ^ Metzger, John (May 2003). "Electric Light Orchestra The Essential Electric Light Orchestra". The Music Box. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  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)
  4. ^ Electric Light Orchestra - The Essential Electric Light Orchestra at JB Hi-Fi
  5. ^ Switzerland Charts – Electric Light Orchestra – The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
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