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Old 01-01-2014, 06:35 AM   #41 (permalink)
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El Dorado --- Electric Light Orchestra --- 1974

ELO were the very first band I ever got fully into. My very first album ever was "Discovery" and I loved it, but for my birthday (don't ask what age I was, maybe 15) I got a three-box set of albums, and of those this was the one that impressed me most. Kind of my first ever concept album too, this was the first ELO album on which Jeff Lynne actually shelled out for a proper orchestra rather than try to do overdubs, and wow does it show! The glory and majesty of sweeping soundscapes like "Laredo tornado", "Poor boy" and "Mister kingdom", to say nothing of the title track and the overture and finale, the music just stirs your soul and makes you sit up.

Previous albums had been okay but kind of more based in a a rocky, blues-style manner and there was little of the "orchestra" part of their name, other than in the odd track. This felt like a symphony, and would of course lead on to one of their most successful album, 1978's double "Out of the blue". There are rocky moments on it too though: "Illusions in G Major" has Lynne really rock out on the guitar, while "Boy Blue" has a real country/rock feel to it. And then of course there's "Can't get it out of my head", one of their first big hit singles.

But like so many concept albums, "El Dorado" is best listened to in one piece. The music doesn't completely flow from one track to another but it very nearly does, and if you ignore the odd gap you can listen to it as one big symphony. Which is I think the best way to appreciate ELO. This album certainly made me a lifelong fan of the band.

TRACKLISTING

1. El Dorado overture
2. Can't get it out of my head
3. Boy Blue
4. Laredo tornado
5. Poor boy (The Greenwood)
6. Mister kingdom
7. Nobody's child
8. Illusions in G Major
9. El Dorado
10. El Dorado finale
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:57 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Nice review (or whatever). Nice to see you dig ELO. Eldorado is pretty great album, though I prefer Face The Music.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:05 AM   #43 (permalink)
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El Dorado and Out of the Blue are their two best, but Time is my personal favourite.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:12 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Time is average. I don't like that synth-pop sound that much. Though Time has it's moments too. But some of their eighties albums are not pretty good, I dare say.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:35 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Like that karma chameleon, ELO came and went. The first three albums were ok (I reviewed FTM in my journal) but I felt they really only hit their stride with El Dorado, then came a slew of really good albums: Discovery (say what you like about it, I think it's a great album and it gave them the most hit singles on any one album), A new world record, Out of the blue. Sadly then they teamed up with ONJ for the embarrassing Xanadu, but then came back with two great albums in Time and Secret Messages. Balance of power I could take or leave and despite it being basically Jeff Lynne calling himself ELO, Zoom was a damn fine album to end their career on.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:52 PM   #46 (permalink)
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The first one is great and I respect it cos it is the reason I found The Move. Especially Move's debut is great. Plus Blackberry Way is one of the greatest singles EVER. period.

On the third day is great too. Discovery is good, so is Out Of The Blue. A New World Record is so over flown it becomes hilarious.
But Xanadu is awful. Time is decent and after that, I'm really not interested. But those albums by ELO part 2 suck completely. ELO without Jeff? What the ****, I say.
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