Offered for sale is a copy of the Japan-only double album Electric Light Orchestra Collection by the Electric Light Orchestra, including the original obi.
This scarce LP is a reissue that pairs the band’s first two albums – Electric Light Orchestra, and ELO II. Those two albums are particularly hard to find as Japanese pressings.
About this copy: This copy of Electric Light Orchestra Collection is a 1978 Japanese pressing on the EMI label. As far as we know, this title was pressed only once and never reissued.
The cover is VG+, with moderate edge wear. The obi is VG++ with a couple of wrinkles on the back, but no tears.
The insert is M-.
The two discs are M-. Side one looks like it may have been played once. Sides 2,3, and 4 look unplayed. Clean discs!
A nice copy of a scarce ELO LP and only the second copy we’ve ever seen.
Background: After their first two albums were released in Japan, ELO switched record labels. All of their subsequent LPs are relatively common, but the first two albums are quite hard to find.
In 1978, after the success of Out of the Blue, the band’s former label, EMI, reissued the first two albums as a two record set.
Electric Light Orchestra (1971) – Released as No Answer in the U.S., Electric Light Orchestra was the first of two albums by the band to include former Move founder Roy Wood.
The album reached #32 on the UK charts and peaked at #196 in the U.S.
Although ELO quickly became Jeff Lynne’s baby, it was launched as a collaboration between Lynne and his bandmates in the Move, multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood, and drummer Bev Bevan. Indeed, the label on ELO’s first album reads “Move Enterprises Ltd. presents the services of the Electric Light Orchestra,” and most histories claim that the initial idea for the spin-off group combining rock and classical music was Wood’s, not Lynne’s. …When Wood left to form Wizzard after the release of this album, the tension generated by that clear difference between his and Lynne’s songwriting styles was gone. Later ELO albums were much more commercially successful, but they were also considerably more stylistically attenuated. As good as they are, all of the later ELO albums sound pretty much exactly alike. Electric Light Orchestra sounds like nothing either Jeff Lynne or Roy Wood did before or after, and therein lies its fascination.
ELO II (1973): Released in 1973, ELO 2 was the Electric Light Orchestra’s second LP, and their last to feature Roy Wood (who was uncredited) as well as their last album that could reasonably be classified as “progressive rock,” as the band soon turned to a more pop-oriented sound.
The album reached #35 on the UK charts and #62 on the U.S. charts.
Cut during the fall of 1972, Electric Light Orchestra II was where Jeff Lynne started rebuilding the sound of Electric Light Orchestra following the departure of Roy Wood from the original lineup. It was as personal an effort as Lynne had ever made in music, showcasing his work as singer, songwriter, guitarist, sometime synthesizer player, and producer, and it is more focused than its predecessor but also retains some of the earlier album’s lean textures. …As a patchwork job, the album holds up well, and it and the single did go a long way toward getting them the beginnings of an audience in America.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1978|