Electric Light Orchestra, ELO’s Greatest Hits (1979)
I instantly adored the pop confections of the Electric Light Orchestra. I only realised that many of them had been songs of my childhood after I heard a compilation CD my father bought. So many songs I knew – now they were all in one place. I think that ELO suffers from being one of the most over-anthologised bands around and really all you need is this slim (perfect) volume. It has the hits you need. You could argue over missing one or two but this has everything you need. I just won’t accept that this band is not good. I can’t hear it. All I hear is good. So good. Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Strange Magic, Telephone Line, Can’t Get It Out Of My Head. Are you kidding me? All of this stuff is great. Jeff Lynne might have pulled a few all-nighters studying up The Beatles and it paid off when he (eventually) got to rub up against one of them in that supergroup (and can’t you just see him doing exactly that, Tom Petty possibly funnelling him with some weed to give George Harrison’s knee a break from all the not-entirely-dry-humping). But you can’t deny he knew how to (re)-write (and arrange/re-arrange) a pop song.
Sample Track: Showdown
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