Electric Light Orchestra – ELO II – Epic/Legacy

by | Jul 20, 2006 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Electric Light Orchestra – ELO II – Epic/Legacy 82796 94277 2,  62:11 **** ½:   

Deemed “The album that would define the sound,” ELO II has been digitally remastered including over 20 minutes of bonus classic ELO sound. Recorded at AIR Studios, London, England in 1972, ELO II can sometimes be referred to as the best progressive album of all time.  Jeff Lynn’s vision with this, their second album, was a breakthrough for mainstream prog musicians.  To me this is their best album; and high point in their creative endeavors; even though they released 12 more albums after ELO II.

My favorite track on the album is Roll Over Beethoven, which unites the classic Chuck Berry tune with passages from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.  It’s done in such a classic Prog/Rock way, it’s sure to get you in the boogie mood, like so many of ELO’s songs do.

Tracks included are: In Old England Town (Boogie # 2); Mama; Roll Over Beethoven; From The Sun To The World (Boogie # 1); Kuiama; In Old England Town – (instrumental, Other Recording Info); Baby, I Apologize; In Old England town – (alternate mix, take 1); Roll Over Beethoven – (alternate mix, take 1)

Members of ELO are: Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, Moog synthesizer); Richard Tandy (guitar, piano, Moog synthesizer); Wilfrid Gibson (violin); Mike Edwards, Colin Walker (cello); Michael Alberquerque (bass); Bev Bevan (drums).

 – Paul Pelon IV
 

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