Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Electric Light Orchestra to release 1970s UK singles collection

The Electric Light Orchestra will release a new collection, “The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972-1978”, on September 21.

The collector’s box set – which presents ELO's early output of hits and b-sides as originally experienced by the band's fans in their native UK – features 15 groundbreaking 45 RPM singles plus 1978's "The ELO EP", each fully recreated from their original releases more than four decades ago.

All songs have been remastered from the analog source tapes while each of the 16 7" vinyl discs in the collection features detailed reproductions of the original sleeves and labels from the 1970s.

Nine of these singles – including "Roll Over Beethoven," "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Telephone Line" and "Mr. Blue Sky" – reached the Top 10 of the British charts and remain among the world's most enduring classic rock songs.

Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1970 by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and drummer Bev Bevan, ELO was designed to create progressive modern pop music combining classical and rock elements wrapped in futurist iconography.

As ELO’s leader, Lynne wrote virtually all of the group's original material while arranging and producing their albums; the brand owner and multi-instrumentalist has been touring in recent years under the banner Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

Last fall, Lynne released the live album and concert film package, “Wembley Or Bust.”

Directed by Paul Dugdale, the set captured Lynne’s June 2017 sold-out show before 60,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium, where he delivered material from the group’s extensive hit-filled discography alongside tracks by The Move and The Traveling Wilburys.

“Wembley Or Bust” will make its US television premiere on Showtime on Friday, July 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet.

Electric Light Orchestra
“The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972-1978”

Release date: September 21

Disc 01: 10538 Overture b/w First Movement (Jumping Biz)* (1972 – U.K. No. 9)
Disc 02: Roll Over Beethoven** b/w Queen Of The Hours (1973 – U.K. No 6)
Disc 03: Showdown b/w In Old England Town (Instrumental) (1973 – U.K. No. 12)
Disc 04: Ma-Ma-Ma Belle b/w Oh No Not Susan (1974 – U.K. No. 22)
Disc 05: Can't Get It Out Of My Head b/w Illusions In G Major (1974)
Disc 06: Evil Woman b/w 10538 Overture (live) (1974 – U.K. No. 10)
Disc 07: Nightrider b/w Daybreaker (live)(1976)
Disc 08: Strange Magic b/w Showdown (live) (1976 – U.K. No. 38)
Disc 09: Livin' Thing b/w Fire On High (1976 – U.K. No. 4)
Disc 10: Rockaria! b/w Poker (1976 – U.K. No. 9)
Disc 11: Telephone Line b/w Poor Boy (The Greenwood) / King Of The Universe (1977 – U.K. No. 8)
Disc 12: Turn To Stone b/w Mister Kingdom (1977 – U.K. No. 18)
Disc 13: Mr. Blue Sky b/w One Summer Dream (1978 – U.K. No. 6)
Disc 14: Wild West Hero b/w Eldorado (1978 – U.K. No. 6)
Disc 15: Sweet Talkin' Woman b/w Bluebird Is Dead (1978 – U.K. No. 6)
Disc 16: The ELO EP: Can't Get It Out Of My Head / Strange Magic b/w Ma-Ma-Ma Belle / Evil Woman (1978 – U.K. No. 34)

All songs written by Jeff Lynne except:

* "First Movement (Jumping Biz)" written by Roy Wood
** "Roll Over Beethoven" written by Chuck Berry

See also:

Jeff Lynne’s ELO adds dates to North American tour
Jeff Lynne’s ELO announces UK and European tour
Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce first North American tour in over 35 years
VIDEO: Jeff Lynne’s ELO performs Evil Woman on Wembley Or Bust
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