Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) – Face the Music 1976 Japan LP with obi


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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Face the Music by the Electric Light Orchestra, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Face the Music is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Polydor label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with trace corner wear.  The number “K-3543” has been rubber stamped on the inside of the cover.

The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is visually M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels and no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!  There is a minor stain on the side one label where a price sticker was removed and the number “K-3543” has been rubber stamped on the side one label.

A nice copy of a scarce (and pretty good) ELO LP.  This is the only first pressing we’ve ever seen.

Background: Face the Music was released in 1975 and was the fifth album by ELO and their first to be certified platinum, helped by the singles “Evil Woman” and “Strange Magic.”

The album didn’t chart in the UK, but reached #8 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Face the Music a 4 star review:

 The sound is stripped down a bit on Face the Music, Louis Clark’s orchestral contributions generally more subdued than on Eldorado, even when they compete with the band, as on “Strange Magic.” The soulful “Evil Woman” was one of the most respectable chart hits of its era, and one of the best songs that Lynne ever wrote (reportedly in 30 minutes), while “Strange Magic” showed off his writing in a more ethereal vein. “One Summer Dream,” which is written in a similar mode, also has a touchingly wistful mood about it but is a somewhat lackluster finale compared to the albums that preceded and followed this one.


Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Jet
Catalog Number:
MP 2545
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in