Electric Light Orchestra – Electric Light Orchestra Japan LP

A Japanese pressing of the first album by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)


Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the first album by the Electric Light Orchestra, originally released in 1971.

ELO’s first album was a bit of a mashup; it was intended to be a side project of the Move, and band members Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood intended to keep both bands going simultaneously.  That didn’t work out, and the result was an interesting album that isn’t what fans today think of when they think of either band.  The sound is heavy and ponderous, and early ELO was far more progressive than their later pop incarnation.  It’s not a bad album, and the 10538 Overture actually charted in the UK as a single.

The copy offered for sale is a Japanese second issue on the EMI label, probably pressed in 1975 or so.  While later ELO albums from Japan (such as Discovery or Time) are relatively common the first two albums, which were recorded for a different label, are actually quite hard to find.

The record is a nice M-, and the stamper numbers indicate that it may have been pressed from UK stampers (SHVL-797).  A name is written on one label. The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear at the edges and corners.  The lyric insert has a tear in it.  The obi is missing.

A nice copy of a hard to find ELO album.

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