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The Electric Light Orchestra, also known as ELO, were a pretty good British band that officially formed in 1970.  Like many British bands of its era, ELO went through huge personnel changes over the years.  We shall confine our discussion to the band(s) from 1970 to 1983, sort of like what we did with The Moody Blues not that long ago.

The band were founded by Roy Wood (previously leader of the decent British band The Move), and Jeff Lynne (previously from the band The Idle Race, which also had Wood as a member for a while).  Interestingly, The Move continued to record and release records whilst ELO was being formed, largely to pay the bills.

The original lineup of the band in 1970 were

Bev Bevan (also from The Move) on drums, percussion, and vocals,

Bill Hunt (little other information available) on keyboards and horns,

Jeff Lynne (bio already given) on vocals and just about everything else and songwriter,

Roy Wood (bio already given) about as eclectic as Lynne, and

Steve Wollam (little other information available) on violin.

The very first ELO song was supposed to be a The Move one, but Wood added a bunch of cello and they decided that it should be credited to the new band.  It was written by Jeff Lynne and ironically was released AFTER their first LP was released.  More on that later.

The first album (The Electric Light Orchestra) was released in 197112 on Harvest Records in the UK.  In the US it was released in January or February of 1972 on United Artists Records under the title No Answer.  This was because of a simple failure to communicate betwixt the US and the UK labels, a telephone message on the US side saying only "No answer".  The US label thought that this was the name of the album!

But that was still not the first ELO recording released!  In the UK, Harvest Records would often release EPs of new material by new artists to see how it was received.  The Jeff Lynne song "Queen of the Hours", released on a compilation album called The Harvest Bag in 197111.  It was also released on the first ELO album the next month.  I am almost sure that it is Lynne singing.  Here it is:

Note that Lynne has a voice quite similar to that of George Harrison, with whom he collaborated much later.  It is a nice, but strange, song.  Note the characteristic heavy cello involvement.

Queen of the hours lies waiting for the wind to blow away the veil of time
Slowly now the threads of age are starting to unwind

[Chorus:]
Queen of the hours
Along, Along, Along the path of time, of time,
She is still
The clock shall tell the tale
When all is well, is well.

Black was the night that came in from the East and caused the land to sleep.
Riding on a storm, it carved a message in Isabella Creek.

[Chorus]

Dawn is the death wish night has passed away, it left the sacred flower,
Opened up the grave and bowed its life unto the Queen of Hours.

On the first album, the initial song was the Lynne number previously mentioned, 10538 Overture.  This is the album mix, and I shall follow it with the single mix.

And here is the single mix:


Did you see your friend crying from his eyes today
Did you see him run through the streets and far away
Aah
Did you see him run, did you see him fall
Did his life flash by at the bedroom door

Did you hear the news it came across the air today
Someone has been found on the rocks down in the bay
Ahhh
Did you see him hide, did you see him crawl
Does his life mean more than it did before

Did you see that man running through the streets today
Did you catch his face, was it 10538
Ahhhh

By the way, their debut album charted at #196 in the US and at #32 in the UK.  THe single of 10538 Overture charted at #9 in the UK but failed to chart in the US.

"Look at me Now", by Roy Wood, was the second song on the record.  It certainly does not sound like Lynne singing, so I assume that it is Wood.


Someone is waiting, lurking in the trees
The spirit of her is walking back to me
Ah look at me now feeling emotion
Ah look at me now

The King of the castle brought her to her knees
Gave the Salvation Army girl a squeeze
Ah look at me now feeling emotion
Ah look at me now
Look at me now

Now she's a sallow face
Scattering her lace -- on dewy ground
Ah, I keep searching my head
Now it's spinning around

Lifting her head, her countenance redeemed
Re-acted the murder by the silver stream
Ah look at me now displaying emotion
Ah look at me now

Look at me now so cold and yet so brave
Weave me some wings to take me to her grave
Ah look at me now feeling emotion
Ah look at me now
Look at me now

I do not particularly like this song.  It is too dissonant for my taste, but as an experimental piece it is OK.

The third song on the debut album is Lynne number "Nellie Takes Hew Bow".  It is definitely Lynne singing.


Who thanked the Lord for the clothes
that she wore and mended,
Nellie with the big old fashioned eyes
Who won the heart of a crowd
tore apart, took a bow,
Nellie there's a different world backstage

[Chorus:]
I see the flood lights burning
I hear the band play on
Now Nellie takes her bow

She said she really could not stay
She had a brand new play to play
And so she paints her face and smiles
And she'll be someone else in a while

[Chorus]

Just a lonely girl who could not face a broken world,
And so she acts out all her dreams and wishes that's how it had been
But when the audience is near, it seems as though she doesn't even care.

[Chorus]

Nellie just sent me a line to tell me she was doing fine
She got the lead and on Broadway, and now they're digging her today
And as she turns the final page, living
someone's life upon the stage

[Chorus]

This is sort of a sad song and evidently another experimental piece.  I kind of like it.

The forth and last song on the first side of the album was the historical "The Battle of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644)", a Wood piece.  This battle was sort of the beginning of the end for the Royalist partisans in the first English Civil War, paving the way for an ambitions Oliver Cromwell to become Lord Protector of England in 1653.  These were dark days, and the people suffered greatly under the theocracy established by Cromwell and his compatriots.  As a matter of fact, not long after he died from natural causes in 1658 the monarchy was restored in 1660.  Cromwell was so reviled by then that his body was exhumed and "executed" by hanging in 1661!  Or at least most historians believe that, but there is some controversy as to whether it was really Cromwell's body that was treated thusly, because there were rumors that his authentic body had been removed and a substitute body put in his tomb.  In any event, the intent was to "execute" Cromwell, whether or not they got the right body.


My Lord King,
You stoop to betray your own people,
And even in the eyes of God,
Do you not relent?
I am therefore bound by no other course
I shall raise an army;
Together we will march against you and your kind,
And every born man will fight to regain his own freedom,
And cleanse his wretched soul.
I think that the words were those of Cromwell, but the music certainly is by Wood.  It is an interesting piece, although a bit ponderous.

The first track on the second side is a Wood piece called "First Movement (Jumping Biz)", and instrumental.  It sort of reminds me of "Classical Jazz" meets Frank Zappa.

The second song of the second side is "Mr. Radio" by Lynne.  To me this song has more of the "classical" ELO sound than most others on the debut album.  There is a reason for this, and we shall discuss this towards the end of the piece.


Hello, Mr. Radio, you friendly station,
So glad of your company, your morning music,
My wife she ran away, she left our home,
And though you're here with me, I'm on my own.

Hello, Mr. Radio, you friendly speaker,
You played my request today, request to see her
Your voice comes riding home across the air,
You travel 'round the world, but still you're here.

I heard on the news today the world is no good,
But if she returns today mine could be so good
I look into the sky, your waves rush by,
The weather man has lied, it makes me cry.

Hello, Mr. Radio, do I disturb you?
Sometimes I forget my place, I seem to know you
I miss you when you close, you'll never know,
And when your programmes go, I'm on my own.

This is a very sad song, about a man who has lost his loved one, but perhaps not forever.  The reference in the final line is, I believe, to the fact that both in the UK and the US broadcast stations (both TeeVee and radio) would sign off at particular times.  Many AM stations in the US still do that, or at least cut power and engage directional antennae to avoid interfering with "clear channel" AM stations, usually operating at 50,000 watts.  For higher frequencies such interruptions is service are not necessary for technical reasons, but were often done in the past for economic or political ones.

When I was a lad I well remember KFSA-TV, Channel 5 in Fort Smith, Arkansas signing off after The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on weeknights.  By the way, the origin of the term "the late, late show" had to do with movies being played after normal sign off time.  All of that programming was local, because there was no network feed after that.  There was no legal requirement for them to sign off, as far as I can tell, but since few people were watching it made sense to go dark.

There is something else interesting about this song.  Different sources say that it was released in 1971 or 1972, and some say that it was released and then withdrawn as a single.  I do not know the real deal on this one.  If you have better information, please let us know in the comments.

The third song on the second side is the Lynne number "Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)", another instrumental.  It sounds like a very experimental piece as well.  I am not sure if I like it or not.  Once again, I can sense some Zappa influence.

Another Lynne piece, "Queen of the Hours" is the forth song on the second side.  We have considered it earlier, since it was the very first ELO release.

The last song on the album is a Wood composition, "Whisper in the Night".  It is not what we think of when we think of ELO, but it is quite a beautiful and again sad, song.


Whisper in the night
Over silent evening air
Angel's gown shines white
All at once you're glad she's there
Daughter of your dream shine a guiding light for me
For I'll be here till light
Whisper in the night
Till she has forgiven me

Night turns into gold
So the tide may turn today
Though God gave the world
It's not mine to throw away
Daughter of your dream shine a guiding light for me
For I'll be here till light
Whisper in the night
Till she has forgiven me
La da da -- da
Whisper in the night
Till she has forgiven me

Help to face what the day may bring
Angels sing
You were sent to make the night be kind
What will I find

Snowflake bird she came
Taking grey clouds from your door
Face the midnight sun
You have something to live for
Daughter of your dream shine a guiding light for me
For I'll be here till light
Whisper in the night
Till she has forgiven me
La da da -- da
Whisper in the night
Till she has forgiven me

Thus ends the debut album for ELO.  Note that only a few songs, all of them Lynne ones, resemble the sound that we expect to hear when we listen to this band.  There is a reason for that.

Not long after the album was released, Roy Wood up and quit the band.  Both he and Lynne produced the first album, and both financial and creative differences were cropping up betwixt them.  Wood went on to start a fairly successful band called Wizzard, but it never had the commercial success that did ELO have.

It is sort of ironic that Wood was the actual, if any single person was, founder of ELO and left after the first album.  But leave he did, taking a number of personnel with him.  That left Lynne in complete control of the band, both creatively and in the business sense.  Because of Wood leaving, the sound that we have come to know as ELO became possible.

ELO is far from my favorite band, but they did have their moments.  Not many of those moments were on this album, however.  Next time we shall look at their second album which is, in my opinion, much better.  But music, like other art, is highly subjective.

Please comment freely about my thoughts.  I shall respond as my circumstances allow tonight.

Warmest regards,

Doc, aka Dr. David W. Smith

Crossposted at

The Stars Hollow Gazette,

Docudharma, and

firefly-dreaming

Originally posted to Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:56 PM PST.

Also republished by Protest Music.

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  •  Tips and recs for (25+ / 0-)

    a pretty good band?

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:07:38 AM PST

    •  Wow! The Rec List (4+ / 0-)

      already.  Thanks, rja!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:04:28 PM PST

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      •  Folks, I have got to leave for a while. (1+ / 0-)
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        My best friend is home now, and she and I both want to spend some long overdue time with each other tonight.  I promise that I will look at and respond to every comment later.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:38:56 PM PST

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        •  I just returned. (0+ / 0-)

          We had a wonderful couple of hours together, and there is the promise that tomorrow we can spend much more time together, and cook new things as well.  Thank you for allowing be to depart for a while, and return non scathed by my readers.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:17:21 PM PST

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  •  I like your approach to these groups (7+ / 0-)

    Just plow right in and tell the story from the beginning. I had no idea of the back story to ELO pre-Lynne. They were always a "Oh, that's an ELO song" not "OMG! ELO!" for me. Happy Friday, Doc!

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:13:44 PM PST

    •  Thank you very much! (6+ / 0-)

      I am not nearly as emotionally attached to this band as I am with The Moody Blues and The Who, but as I said they made some impressive music.

      In addition to being a natural philosopher (the old name for a scientist), a poor poet, a personal storyteller, and a lover of music, I like to think of myself as somewhat as an historian.  I enjoy providing the backstories, and like all good historians, like to do a bit of speculation as to motives and cause and effect.  Hence my commentary about why the band got better after Wood left it.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:19:26 PM PST

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  •  I liked the Move quite a bit from the few songs (4+ / 0-)

    I heard at the time and I think Wood is a real talent and not as appreciated now as much as he deserves.

    This first LP didn't really work for either Wood or Lynne and I suspect the schizoid nature of it didn't sit well with either of them so I guess somebody had to go. There is some fine stuff here as you point out, though with two very distinct approaches.

    Incidentally, the Move used to smash TV sets on stage in their early days. Wood said they did it because guitars were too expensive...:)

    I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

    by SherwoodB on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:19:37 PM PST

    •  I did not know about the (3+ / 0-)
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      smashing of TeeVees!  Thanks!  Remember Wendy O. Williams from The Plasmatics?  They would take a chain saw to a TeeVee.

      Thank you for the very kind words about my work.  I very much appreciate your encouragement.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:22:03 PM PST

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  •  I had no idea they were so experimental n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:32:38 PM PST

    •  They actually were, quite. (3+ / 0-)
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      But I would say that in the direction of what we call progressive rock, The Moody Blues predated them.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:35:46 PM PST

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    •  I've read the original idea.... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...was to get the orchestral sound the Beatles got on Strawberry Fields and I Am The Walrus but to do all their songs like that.

      Or so I read.....

      Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

      by Bush Bites on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:24:45 PM PST

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      •  I have read a lot about them, (0+ / 0-)

        but most of the information is either from interviews long after the fact with band members (remember, old animosities come out later) or with critics who just made up things.

        My personal feeling is that Wood and Lynne were kindred spirits at first, and then realized that they were TOO kindred.  To use an old metaphor, that town was too small for the both of them.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:19:55 PM PST

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  •  Ah yes ELO... (6+ / 0-)

    one of my favorite bands in the late 1970's. Still love listening to Mr Blue Sky and Turn to Stone - cranked way up of course!

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:40:13 PM PST

    •  I listen to them cranked up (2+ / 0-)
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      while milking my sheep.

      The sheep seem to enjoy it.

      •  There is sort of a calming (0+ / 0-)

        rhythm when one milks a domestic mammal.  I remember my grandmum milking Boney Maronie, our Guernsey cow, and the milk expressed from her udder sort of made music as Ma put it in the milk bucket.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:22:50 PM PST

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    •  Because of comments like (0+ / 0-)

      yours, and many others, we shall continue this series at least for another time or two.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:20:47 PM PST

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  •  I love ELO (2+ / 0-)
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    one of my favs

    Sweet Talkin' Woman


    Where did you go

    I was searching (searching) on a one-way street
    I was hoping (hoping)
    for a chance to meet
    I was waiting for the operator
    on the line
    (She's gone so long)
    What can I do?
    (Where could she be?)
    no no no
    don't know what I'm gonna do
    I gotta get back to you.

    CHORUS
    You gotta slow down (slow down)
    sweet talking woman (slow down)
    You got me running (run run)
    You got me searching
    Hold on (hold on)
    sweet talking lover (hold on)
    It's so sad
    if that's the way it's over

    I was (walking) many days go by
    I was thinking (thinking) about the lonely nights
    Communication breakdown all around
    (She's gone so long) What can I do?
    (Where could she be now?) no no no don't know what I'm gonna do
    I gotta get back to you.

    REPEAT CHORUS

    I've been living (living) on a dead-end street
    I've been asking (asking)
    everybody I meet
    Insufficient data coming through
    (She's gone so long) What can I do?
    (Where could she be?) no no no don't know what I'm gonna do
    I gotta get back to you.

    REPEAT CHORUS

    Thanks Doc, this made my night!

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:42:11 PM PST

    •  I am glad that I were able (1+ / 0-)
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      to make you feel better tonight.  Reuniting with my best friend did the same for me, and she wants to spend most of the day and evening with me tomorrow, and cook!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:24:03 PM PST

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  •  The Move were a fair bit better than decent (5+ / 0-)

    That being said, ELO made some wonderful music during their heyday.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:48:02 PM PST

    •  I have never been an expert of (1+ / 0-)
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      The Move.  Not because I did or did not like them, but mostly because I was not that aware of them.  Perhaps that would be a good topic for a one installment piece someday.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:25:25 PM PST

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  •  Great ELO music video on on YouTube (2+ / 0-)
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  •  That was enjoyable. (2+ / 0-)
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    Always like ELO, especially the early stuff.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:22:16 PM PST

    •  The next two albums were (0+ / 0-)

      sort of characteristic of their sound, and we shall consider them soon.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:26:20 PM PST

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  •  ELO was always one of my favorite groups (4+ / 0-)
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    back in my teen years.  I first heard them, probably like many other Americans, with the release of Face the Music which had their hit Evil Woman.  I loved all their stuff that came afterward until Jeff Lynne decided to ditch all the stings!  

    I always found it disappointing that he apparently wasn't a huge fan of them. I remember he said something to the effect of "putting all the strings in was like taking a painting and covering it all in red" (paraphrasing here).  Once he ditched the strings I lost interest very quickly.

    Not sure if you'll cover this in later entries, but an early member of the band, Mike Edwards (1972-1975), died in Sept. 2010 in a freak accident involving a large bale of hay. As tragic as  that was, I have to say, the way in which he died reads like something from a Monty Python sketch.

  •  I think you mean "Classical Gas." (1+ / 0-)
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    It sort of reminds me of "Classical Jazz" meets Frank Zappa.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:33:07 PM PST

    •  Thank you for correcting me! (0+ / 0-)

      I was thinking of someone who I deeply missed when I wrote that, so my concentration was a bit attenuated.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:27:25 PM PST

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  •  Is Manhattan Rumble a "stride" song? (1+ / 0-)
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    Harlem Stride Piano, stride piano, commonly abbreviated to stride, is a jazz piano style that was developed in the large cities of the East Coast, mainly New York, during 1920s and 1930s. The left hand characteristically plays a four-beat pulse with a single bass note, octave, seventh or tenth interval on the first and third beats, and a chord on the second and fourth beats. Occasionally this pattern is reversed by placing the chord on the downbeat and bass note(s) on the upbeat.
    If so, that would explain the "Manhattan" title.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:46:59 PM PST

    •  You know way, way more (0+ / 0-)

      about music theory that I do.  I accept your information gladly, and this is why I always learn much more than I could ever hope to teach when I write anything here.

      Please keep information like that coming, because my mind always wants to absorb new information!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:29:40 PM PST

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  •  Saw ELO in '78. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's really awkward to dance on stage while playing a cello.

    •  With my luck, (1+ / 0-)
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      my dance partner would be the cello!

      LOL!, and I am trying to make a lighthearted joke now.  I am very, very happy that my best friend and I spent hours together tonight, and the promise of over half of the day tomorrow is very calming and balming (kudos if you can get the "calming and balming" reference, and here is a hint:  from my favorite band).

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:32:04 PM PST

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  •  I was first exposed to Eldorado and didn't care (1+ / 0-)
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    much for anything after that album.  Clearly I missed some good earlier stuff.  Thanks for the diary, looking forward to more ELO.

    You can't find the right road when the streets are paved. - Bob Marley

    by teknohed on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:24:25 PM PST

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    I am so.  looking forward to your next entry of ELO. I'm a huge fan! Discovered them shortly after "Face the Music".A friend played the entire "A New World Record " at her house and it was like nothing I'd ever heard before. I became hooked and bought every album including the hard to find imports. I'm interested to read what your take is on the classical line up of the "Face the Music" album. After Lynne fired the string section in 1979,with my personal exception of "Time ", the rest of it was crap. Great article!

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    to investigate the Move.  While they were much poppier than early ELO, they made some outstanding albums.  For my money, their best was Shazam featuring ditties like "Hello Susie":

    and a remake of one of their older songs, re-orchestrated with an eye to the Beatlesque, "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited":

    Roy Wood, while never achieving the commercial success of Lynne's ELO, became with Wizzard and his solo works a beloved eccentric on a par with Roy Harper.  One of the all-time great rock bizarros.

    It ain't free speech if it takes cash money.

    by Uncle Igor on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:52:17 AM PST

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