ELO's Greatest Hits

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ELO's Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released November 1979
Recorded April 1973–August 1977
Length 44:50
Label
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Discovery
(1979)
ELO's Greatest Hits
(1979)
A Box of Their Best
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
MusicHound3/5[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]

ELO's Greatest Hits is a compilation by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1979.

The album sleeve art features a letter written by the band's co-founder and leader, Jeff Lynne, describing the '73–'78 period and the recording of each of the songs.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne.

Side one
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Evil Woman" (Single version)Face the Music, 19754:10
2."Livin' Thing"A New World Record, 19763:31
3."Can't Get It Out of My Head"Eldorado, 19744:22
4."Showdown" (U.S. single edit)On the Third Day (U.S.), 1973; Showdown (UK), 19743:51
5."Turn to Stone"Out of the Blue, 19773:48
6."Rockaria!"A New World Record3:12
Side two
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
7."Sweet Talkin' Woman"Out of the Blue3:47
8."Telephone Line"A New World Record4:37
9."Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (Single edit)On the Third Day3:35
10."Strange Magic" (UK single version)Face the Music4:07
11."Mr. Blue Sky"Out of the Blue5:05

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

  • #1 Australia
  • #2 New Zealand
  • #6 Canada
  • #7 United Kingdom[6]
  • #13 Norway
  • #17 Austria[7]
  • #28 Spain
  • #30 United States (CashBox & Billboard 200); RIAA certification: 4x Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ ELO's Greatest Hits at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 916. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 382. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside/Simon & Schuster. p. 274. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Discographie Electric Light Orchestra". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 6 March 2013.