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ELO album cover Olé ELO.jpg
Greatest hits album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released June 1976
Recorded 1971–75
Genre Symphonic rock, progressive rock, art rock
Length 49:22 (US United Artists original pressing)
43:49 (subsequent issues)
Label United Artists, Columbia/Jet
Producer Jeff Lynne (all tracks), Roy Wood (track 1)
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Face the Music
(1975)Face the Music1975
A New World Record
(1976)A New World Record1976

Olé ELO is the second compilation album by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) covering their early years. Released in 1976, this LP was originally compiled by United Artists Records as a promotional album for American radio stations, but when copies of the LP started selling to fans "underground" United Artists decided to release it in the US to capitalize on the band's growing popularity.

Chart position[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 3/5[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry.

Original US United Artists pressings of the album contained the full-length versions of "Kuiama" and "Roll Over Beethoven", as included in the album Electric Light Orchestra II. Original promotional copies were pressed on gold vinyl. An extremely limited run of white, blue & red vinyl promotional pressings was also made. Later US releases and CBS/Jet reissues have included edited versions of these two songs.

Side one
  1. "10538 Overture" – 5:25
  2. "Kuiama" – 11:10 (1st United Artists pressing), 9:08 (later editions)
    • from the album Electric Light Orchestra II (1973)
  3. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 8:02 (1st United Artists pressing), 4:31 (Single edit; later editions)
    • from Electric Light Orchestra II
Side two
  1. "Showdown" – 4:12
  2. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" – 3:35
    • from On the Third Day
  3. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:26
  4. "Boy Blue" – 4:12
    • Single edit; full version included on Eldorado
  5. "Evil Woman" – 4:15
  6. "Strange Magic" – 4:05
    • from Face the Music


  1. ^ Olé ELO 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. 
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 383. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  4. ^ 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.