On the Third Day

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On the Third Day
On the third day uk cover.jpg
Studio album by Electric Light Orchestra
Released November 1973
Recorded April – May 1973
Studio De Lane Lea Studios, London and AIR Studios, London
Length 39:26
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
(1973)ELO 21973
On the Third Day
The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach
(1974)The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach1974
Electric Light Orchestra studio album chronology
(1973) ELO 21973
On the Third Day
(1973) On the Third Day1973
(1974) Eldorado1974
Singles from On the Third Day
  1. "Showdown"
    Released: 14 September 1973
  2. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"
    Released: February 1974
US alternate album cover
US alternate album cover

On the Third Day is the third studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and the first to be recorded without input from Roy Wood. It was released in the United States in November 1973 by United Artists Records, and in the United Kingdom on 14 December 1973 by Warner Bros. Records. From this album on, the word The was dropped from the band's name. The album was reissued on 12 September 2006.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Music Box 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (unfavourable)[3]


On the Third Day was released in 1973 and failed to enter the UK charts at the time, although it did reach the US charts at number 52.[4] Side two of the album was recorded during or shortly after the sessions for ELO's second album ELO 2. On The Third Day contains shorter tracks than its predecessor, but the four songs on side one of the album were linked into a continuous suite. Violinist Mik Kaminski made his debut on side one of this album, replacing Wilfred Gibson, although Gibson plays on side two (plus the bonus tracks). Also, cellist Colin Walker left the line up around the same time, leaving Mike Edwards as lone cellist.

"Showdown" was originally intended to be released only as a single, and, because it was on a different label (Harvest) than the UK album, did not appear on that album.[citation needed] It was, however, included on the U.S. version of the album, because the band remained on United Artists Records in the U.S. Some copies of On the Third Day from this period had "Showdown" as the last track on side one. Although he didn't record on the album, Hugh McDowell did appear on this front cover of the U.S. album seen at right, which was an unusual photograph taken by famed photographer Richard Avedon that had ELO displaying their navels.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne, unless noted.

Original track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Ocean Breakup/King of the Universe" – 4:07
  2. "Bluebird Is Dead" – 4:24
  3. "Oh No Not Susan" – 3:07
  4. "New World Rising/Ocean Breakup (Reprise)" – 4:05
Side two
  1. "Daybreaker" – 3:51
  2. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" – 3:56
  3. "Dreaming of 4000" – 5:04 (listed as I'm Only Dreaming on the cassette tape version)[5]
  4. "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (Edvard Grieg) – 6:37

Reissue track listing[edit]

Compact disc track listing
  1. "Ocean Breakup/King of the Universe" – 4:07
  2. "Bluebird Is Dead" – 4:24
  3. "Oh No Not Susan" – 3:27
  4. "New World Rising/Ocean Breakup (Reprise)" – 4:05
  5. "Showdown" – 4:09
  6. "Daybreaker" – 3:51
  7. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" – 3:56
  8. "Dreaming of 4000" – 5:04
  9. "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (Grieg) – 6:37
Bonus tracks
  1. "Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle)" (Take 1) – 1:19
  2. "Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle)" (Take 2) – 4:05
  3. "Mambo (Dreaming of 4000)" (Take 1) – 5:05
  4. "Everyone's Born to Die" – 3:43
  5. "Interludes" – 3:40


Additional personnel

Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ On the Third Day at AllMusic
  2. ^ Music Box review
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 

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