Here are a few things I have learned… the earlier the posts, the more readers… Oops.
Classic rock, big numbers… newer or lesser known artists… seems to scare a few folks away… Hmmm…
Well, today is another late post, which is what happens when your back is OUT and you are still fighting this nasty virus. But I will pull out a classic… How is that?
Electric Light Orchestra – Greatest Hits
This band may have more “greatest hits” collections than any band I have ever seen. It’s kind of crazy how many are out there. This is the classic I think many of us own, so the one I picked… 11 tracks… out in 1986!
Just the other day I downloaded a live ELO set (Winterland 2/14/76) from Wolfgang’s Vault and realized how very much I would have liked to have seen these guys live… They are amazing. It also made me realize how much I love and miss songs like “Eldorado”… Wow!
The band was started in 1970, based on a concept by Roy Wood, who wanted to take classical instruments into a Rock n’ Roll band. He dreamed of strings, woodwinds and horns and recruited Jeff Lynne to join him. The influence of The Beatles in both style and use of instrumentation would be huge. After one full album, live shows and the starting of a second album tensions and cracks caused Wood to leave the band. Dysfunction in a rock band… what???
Lynne took over the leadership and guided the flying saucer into the stratosphere, and Face The Music in 1975 seemed to be the record that sent them soaring. It featured “Evil Woman” and “Strange Magic”. A New World Record a year later pulled out the hits “Livin’ Thing” and “Telephone Line”. ELO kind of owned the ’70s!
My two favorite tracks are “Turn to Stone” and the song my daughter locked into right off the bat “Mr. Blue Sky”.
This is one CD I can almost guarantee is on the shelves of almost all of my peers. It was just that seminal and simply great, great, must listen to music.
I so adore this band and there is no denial of the impact Lynne had here and elsewhere.
Lynne basically left in 1986 and produced Cloud Nine for George Harrison and then the famed Traveling Wilburys featuring Lynne, Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison… just a slightly moderate SUPER GROUP!!!
There are rumors about a reunion, but we’ll see. In the meantime they have been remastering and re-releasing everything… and yes, coming up with some deep retrospectives!
So light up the night, friends… light up the lasers and let the saucer fly!