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The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)- 1979
Reaganite Republican ^ | December 31, 2010 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 12/31/2010 10:25:58 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

The Electric Light Orchestra, often abbreviated ELO, were an extremely successful  Birmingham-based English Rock music group.  Formed by members of UK band The Move in 1970, ELO prospered and evolved through the decade, releasing 12 studio albums and more than four dozen singles in total under the leadership of musical genius Jeff Lynne. 

The band developed a unique modern rock/pop sound utilizing classical instruments, arrangements, and even lyrical themes. By the mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest selling bands in the world, an international commercial powerhouse.



From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated 27 Top 40 hit singles in both the UK and the US. The group also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history without ever having #1 single. In all, The Electric Light Orchestra have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

From the 1974 album -Eldorado, A Symphony- came the timeless single "Can't Get It Out of My Head" the first US Top 10 hit as the album went on to gold record status. By now ELO had become a star attraction on the US stadium and arena circuit, as well as regularly appearing on The Midnight Special... more than any other band with four bookings. 

The 1975 album Face the Music brought the singles "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic". 

Despite the recognition and success they enjoyed in the states they were still largely ignored in the UK until their sixth album, A New World Record, made the top ten there in 1976. It contained the hit singles "Livin' Thing", "Telephone Line", "Rockaria!" and "Do Ya".

After more touring the band released a multi-platinum selling album, the double-LP Out of the Blue, in 1977. The work featured the singles "Turn to Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Mr. Blue Sky", and "Wild West Hero", each becoming a hit in the UK as well as US.

The band then set out on a nine-month, 92-date world tour, with an enormous set and a high-tech and high-budget space ship themed stage with fog machines and a pioneering laser display. In the US the concerts were billed as The Big Night and were their largest to date, with 80,000 people seeing them at Cleveland Stadium. The Big Night went on to become the highest-grossing live concert tour in music history up to that point (1978).


In 1979, the multi-platinum album Discovery (or "Disco...? Very!" as some wags saw it) was released. Although the most commercially succesful single from the album (and ELO's biggest ever) was the rock song "Don't Bring Me Down", the album was widely noted for its disco influence. Discovery also produced the hits "Shine a Little Love", "Last Train to London", "Confusion" (below).

Jeff Lynne wrote the soundtrack for the film Xanadu and three more studio efforts as the band disintegrated slowly... culminating in ELO's last hit single, "Rock and Roll is King" in 1983. Jeff Lynne went on later to join the Travelling Wilburys along with fellow greats Bob Dylan, Ray Orbison, and Tom Petty. He did basically a solo album under the ELO name in 2001 (Zoom), then went into the production side of the business.

I myself had the good fortune to catch the final tour of the 2009 incarnation of ELO -The Orchestra: sadly, with the passing of bassist/vocalist Kelly Groucutt the next month, it was perhaps the last chance to see an authentic ELO show.  Impressive that they could produce such a gig without headman Jeff Lynne, with whom they've parted ways... alas with the band members mostly in their 60s, it was all an octave or two lower.  Even Mick Kaminski -and his famous blue violin- played the tour...

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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: music; oldies; rock; video

1 posted on 12/31/2010 10:26:01 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Rockaria is one of my favorite songs.


2 posted on 12/31/2010 10:29:45 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Reaganite Republican

The good old days


3 posted on 12/31/2010 10:32:58 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Just listened to A New World Record a couple of days ago. Volume up of course.


4 posted on 12/31/2010 10:39:43 AM PST by Riverine
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To: Riverine

Timeless masterpiece


5 posted on 12/31/2010 10:45:02 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Love ELO - Thanks!

BTW: I think George Harrison was a Traveling Wilbury too, right?


6 posted on 12/31/2010 10:47:01 AM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Reaganite Republican

Eldorado is always loaded in the CD player in my car.
A great Prog/Rock band.


7 posted on 12/31/2010 10:50:47 AM PST by gigster
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To: Reaganite Republican

Best version of “Roll Over Beethoven” ever! (except the original of course)


8 posted on 12/31/2010 11:02:22 AM PST by albie
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To: ElayneJ

Correct, oversight on my part- thx Elayne


9 posted on 12/31/2010 11:09:21 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Hold On Tight.....


10 posted on 12/31/2010 11:10:50 AM PST by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: Reaganite Republican

EALO was my favorite band from my youth and one that hardly anyone now seems to remember.

Fire On High was one of my favorites. Most people know it as the intro to Wide World of Sports when the ski jumper crashed.


11 posted on 12/31/2010 11:10:56 AM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Their last big hit was "Hold on Tight to Your Dreams," which shows up in commercials every now and then. Lynne also helped produce George Harrison's "I've Got My Mind Set on You" and Roy Orbinson's "You Got It."

Though Lynne denies it, some interpret "Livin' Thing" as an anti-abortion song. I think people should read the lyrics and judge for themselves.

And lastly, here is my favorite version of "Don't Bring Me Down."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFZGXvGGcfw&fmt=18

12 posted on 12/31/2010 11:16:37 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: packrat35
"Fire on High"...last 2 min.
was the (TV) theme for University of Ky. Basketbell in the 80s....
it was really rockin'! 8D

13 posted on 12/31/2010 11:22:58 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Imam Zer0: DeathCARE, Is my only "health" plan....to hell w/ free enterprise system :^)
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To: Moonman62

Good stuff Moonman, much obliged

Great clip, too


14 posted on 12/31/2010 11:26:05 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Workin My Way Back to You.


15 posted on 12/31/2010 3:05:43 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

thanks, I loved their music


16 posted on 12/31/2010 3:46:27 PM PST by phockthis
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To: Reaganite Republican
I saw them at the Meier Music Bowl (Melbourne Australia) in 1978. They played for 4 1/2 hours and it was by far the best concert I have ever seen.
17 posted on 12/31/2010 3:52:23 PM PST by Woodman
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To: Moonman62

“And lastly, here is my favorite version of “Don’t Bring Me Down.” “

Who was Bruce?


18 posted on 12/31/2010 4:16:04 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc

It’s actually a German word that starts with a “G”, and is a greeting used by the people living in the area where Jeff Lynne wrote the song.


19 posted on 12/31/2010 4:47:39 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: Moonman62

I bought the album when it was new. It came with the lyrics in the jacket. It clearly reads Bruce don’t let me down.


20 posted on 12/31/2010 6:00:05 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc
Here is an excerpt from the wiki for the song.
A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Jeff Lynne shouts "Bruce!" However, according to liner notes, he is actually saying a made-up word "Grroosss". This is similar to a German word for "greeting", Gruß, possibly referring to the Austrian and Bavarian greeting Grüß Gott that the group would have heard while recording the album in Munich. However, after the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as "Bruce" that Jeff Lynne actually began to sing the word as "Bruce" for fun at live shows.

21 posted on 12/31/2010 8:30:46 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Making my obligatory appearance on an ELO thread.


22 posted on 01/01/2011 1:44:36 PM PST by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: Fire_on_High

Much obliged, love the handle lol


23 posted on 01/02/2011 1:13:24 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: albie

****Best version of “Roll Over Beethoven” ever! (except the original of course)*****

My favorite ELO song. The Beethoven’s Fifth beginning moving into that guitar solo and build up from there absolutely rocks! I found this clip from the Midnight Special, really cool!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLNR4xfh1Qc


24 posted on 01/02/2011 1:50:01 AM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: upsdriver

“I found this clip from the Midnight Special, really cool”!

...that really WAS cool! Thanks! Funny how the camera focused on the guitar and bass during the jammin violin solo. Asian cameraman didn’t know WTH to do.


25 posted on 01/02/2011 5:10:32 AM PST by albie
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