A Box of Their Best

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A Box of Their Best
Box set by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 7 August 1980 (1980-08-07) (US)
Recorded May 1975–April 1979
Genre Rock
Length 2:35:52
Label Epic PZX 36966
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
ELO's Greatest Hits
(1979)
A Box of their Best
(1980)
Xanadu
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Box of Their Best was 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 single-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[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne.

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

A New World Record[edit]

Side one
  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
  1. "Tightrope" – 5:03
  2. "Telephone Line" – 4:38
  3. "Rockaria!" – 3:12
  4. "Mission (A World Record)" – 4:25

Out of the Blue[edit]

Side three
  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
  1. "Night in the City" – 4:02
  2. "Starlight" – 4:30
  3. "Jungle" – 3:51
  4. "Believe Me Now" – 1:21
  5. "Steppin' Out" – 4:38
Side five – Concerto for a Rainy Day
  1. "Standin' in the Rain" – 4:20
  2. "Big Wheels" – 5:10
  3. "Summer and Lightning" – 4:13
  4. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 5:05
Side six
  1. "Sweet Is the Night" – 3:26
  2. "The Whale" – 5:05
  3. "Birmingham Blues" – 4:21
  4. "Wild West Hero" – 4:40

Discovery[edit]

Side seven
  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
  1. "Last Train to London" – 4:32
  2. "Midnight Blue" – 4:19
  3. "On the Run" – 3:55
  4. "Wishing" – 4:13
  5. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:02

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel on sides 1–6

References[edit]