Three Light Years

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Three Light Years
Box set by Electric Light Orchestra
Released December 1978
Recorded 1973–1975
Genre Symphonic rock, progressive rock
Label Jet Records
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Out of the Blue
Three Light Years
The Light Shines On Vol 2

Three Light Years was a boxed set of three studio albums by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in December 1978 and reached number 38 on the UK Albums Chart.[1]


With the first two ELO albums anthologized by the Harvest compilations The Light Shines On (1977) and The Light Shines On Vol 2 (1978), Three Light Years compiled the subsequent three albums in their entirety: On the Third Day (1973), Eldorado - A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra (1974) and Face the Music (1975). None of these albums had charted on their own when first released, and so this box set represents their only chart appearances in the UK. The title itself reflects the name of the band, the number of albums featured, and the three years the collection covers.

Housed in a blue cardboard box, the three vinyl albums came in transparent plastic sleeves with the band logo printed in a pattern on the front. The label on the A-side of each record was a picture of the original cover, with a standard Jet Records label on the B-side. Although On the Third Day was the original eight-track British version (and thus left off "Showdown"), the US sleeve was shown.

Also included in the box was a booklet of lyrics, credits and photographs, and a promotional insert with details of the official fan club and an apparel offer.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.

On the Third Day[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
  4. "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (Edvard Grieg) – 6:37


Side three
  1. "Eldorado Overture" – 2:12
  2. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:21
  3. "Boy Blue" – 5:18
  4. "Laredo Tornado" – 5:29
  5. "Poor Boy (The Greenwood)" – 2:57
Side four
  1. "Mister Kingdom" – 5:50
  2. "Nobody's Child" – 3:40
  3. "Illusions in G Major" – 2:36
  4. "Eldorado" – 5:20
  5. "Eldorado Finale" – 1:20

Face the Music[edit]

Side five
  1. "Fire on High" – 5:29
  2. "Waterfall" – 4:27
  3. "Evil Woman" – 4:17
  4. "Nightrider" – 4:22
Side six
  1. "Poker" – 3:31
  2. "Strange Magic" – 4:29
  3. "Down Home Town" – 3:54
  4. "One Summer Dream" – 5:47

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013.