The Essential Electric Light Orchestra

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The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
EssentialELOalbumcover.jpg
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 is 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. It was preceded by USA compilations Olé ELO in 1976 and Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra in 1995.

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

A third re-release in 2011 expanded the original album to include a second disc and also rearranged the entire track order. This is the third ELO compilation that presents a chronological run-through of ELO's singles/songs. The original artwork has been slightly altered as well to differentiate from the single CD release.

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" (Edited version) – 3:17
  14. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:04
  15. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Single edit) (Chuck Berry) – 4:33

2011 Edition[edit]

2011 Edition
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra 2011 US album cover.jpg
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"

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