The Essential Electric Light Orchestra

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The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
Greatest hits album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released 1 April 2003
Recorded September 1972 – January 1986
Genre Rock
Length 1:00:58
Label Epic EK 89072
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Essential Electric Light Orchestra was originally 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.

An eco-friendly repackage of this album called Playlist: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra, released on 2 September 2008, includes a multimedia section on the CD with photos, credits and two new wallpapers.

The original artwork has been re-jigged, there will now be two different covers. The US and Australian releases will share the same design whilst the rest of the world will feature the other for an October 2011 2 CD worldwide release.[2] This will be the third ELO compilation that presents a chronological run-through of ELO's singles/songs, it was preceded by USA compilations Olé ELO in 1976 and Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra in 1995.

Original edition[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

  1. "Evil Woman" – 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" (edit) – 3:17
  14. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:04
  15. "Roll Over Beethoven"(Chuck Berry) (single edit) – 4:33

2011 Edition[edit]

2011 Edition
Greatest hits album by Electric Light Orchestra
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)
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
(2 CD Edition)

(2011)
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(2012)
UK alternate album cover

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "10538 Overture"
  2. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Berry)
  3. "Showdown"
  4. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"
  5. "Can't Get It Out of My Head"
  6. "Evil Woman"
  7. "Nightrider"
  8. "Strange Magic"
  9. "Livin' Thing"
  10. "Do Ya"
  11. "Rockaria!"
  12. "Telephone Line"
  13. "Turn to Stone"
  14. "Mr. Blue Sky"
  15. "Sweet Talkin' Woman"
  16. "Wild West Hero"
  17. "It's Over"
  18. "Shine a Little Love"
Disc two
  1. "Don't Bring Me Down"
  2. "The Diary of Horace Wimp"
  3. "Confusion"
  4. "Last Train to London"
  5. "I'm Alive"
  6. "Xanadu (New Version)"
  7. "All Over the World"
  8. "Don't Walk Away"
  9. "Hold on Tight"
  10. "Twilight"
  11. "Ticket to the Moon"
  12. "The Way Life's Meant to Be"
  13. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"
  14. "Secret Messages"
  15. "Four Little Diamonds"
  16. "Calling America"
  17. "So Serious"
  18. "Surrender"
  19. "Latitude 88 North"

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Essential Electric Light Orchestra at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://ftmusic.com/news/index.html Here Is the News by Face the Music – ELO and related artists information site.