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)String Module Error: Match not found2003
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
(2003)
All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(2005)All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra2005
Playlist: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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 US 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" (Single edit) – 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, Ludwig van Beethoven) – 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)Ticket to the Moon: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Volume 22007
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
(2 CD Edition)

(2011)
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(2012)Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra2012
UK alternate album cover
UK alternate album cover

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "10538 Overture" (7" edit) – 4:05 from The Electric Light Orchestra
  2. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Single edit) (Berry, Beethoven) – 4:33 from ELO 2
  3. "Showdown" – 4:10 from On the Third Day (US Version)
  4. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (Single edit) – 3:38 from On the Third Day
  5. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (7" edit) – 3:08 from Eldorado
  6. "Evil Woman" (Single edit) – 4:13 from Face the Music
  7. "Nightrider" (7" edit) – 3:43 from Face the Music
  8. "Strange Magic" (Single edit) – 4:08 from Face the Music
  9. "Livin' Thing" – 3:33 from A New World Record
  10. "Do Ya" – 3:46 from A New World Record
  11. "Rockaria!" – 3:13 from A New World Record
  12. "Telephone Line" – 4:41 from A New World Record
  13. "Turn to Stone" – 3:50 from Out of the Blue
  14. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 5:04 from Out of the Blue
  15. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" – 3:49 from Out of the Blue
  16. "Wild West Hero" – 4:43 from Out of the Blue
  17. "It's Over" – 4:10 from Out of the Blue
  18. "Shine a Little Love" – 4:11 from Discovery
Disc two
  1. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:04 from Discovery
  2. "The Diary of Horace Wimp" – 4:17 from Discovery
  3. "Confusion" – 3:40 from Discovery
  4. "Last Train to London" – 4:32 from Discovery
  5. "I'm Alive" – 3:44 from Xanadu
  6. "Xanadu (New version)" – 3:22 from Flashback; original version available on Xanadu
  7. "All Over the World" – 4:03 from Xanadu
  8. "Don't Walk Away" – 4:47 from Xanadu
  9. "Hold on Tight" – 3:08 from Time
  10. "Twilight" – 3:45 from Time
  11. "Ticket to the Moon" – 4:08 from Time
  12. "The Way Life's Meant to Be" – 4:40 from Time
  13. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (Single edit) – 3:08 from Secret Messages
  14. "Secret Messages" – 4:45 from Secret Messages
  15. "Four Little Diamonds" – 4:07 from Secret Messages
  16. "Calling America" – 3:31 from Balance of Power
  17. "So Serious" – 2:44 from Balance of Power
  18. "Surrender" – 2:33 from A New World Record
  19. "Latitude 88 North" – 3:23 from Out of the Blue (30th Anniversary Edition)

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