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Editors’ Notes

This 1979 album features a stripped-down ELO, but the band’s orchestral mood and affect are fully intact. The album is rich with glorious, and often ornate, Beatlesque hooks. The arrangements are a little punchier, spare, and open. Yet there’s a heavier Bee Gees influence than before; in fact, “Shine a Little Love” and “Last Train to London” sound like ’70s Bee Gees A-sides, with falsetto-sung choruses, disco beats, and brothers Gibb vocal phrasings. A sweet left turn here is “The Diary of Horace Whip,” which features a narrative about an odd kid who overcomes intense shyness to get to the girl. The album sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone and contained no less than five hit singles, including “Don’t Bring Me Down,” which was their biggest.

Customer Reviews


Allthough same say this was a "try-hard" album, and that it was only made because they had too, I disagree. This album is how I found ELO, It is full of classics. I reccomend to anyone and everyone. It's a shame that "Second Time Around" was never turned into a full length song, It seemed to have great potential. This album starts with the boppy song "Shine a Little Love", "Confusion" is much the same, with track three "Need Her Love" we find a wonderful love song that slows down the pace. We are then thrown right back in with "The Diary of Horace Wimp", this is the song that got me into ELO, hence why Discovery is the first album I purchased. Then we continue with upbeat songs with "Last Train to London", recently the girl band Atomic Kitten did a semi-cover of this song. The second half of the album brings us Midnight Blue, another slow tempo song, but much more upbeat than "Need Her Love". Then we have "On The Run" which brings up the pace, then we slow right back down again with "Wishing" allthough this song is "good enough" it does feel a bit forced. Then, of cource, "Don't Bring Me Down" whcih was a last minute addition to the album. Which wrapps up the album with lots of drums, bass and powerful lines. In my opinion, a well balanced album. Now, Of cource their are three extra tracks, "On The Run (Home Demo)" Is exactly that, It is not all that exciting. "Second Time Around (Hoem Demo)" however is a delightful treat, it is another song much like "Need Her Love" and "Midnight Blue". It is a shame the song never was completed. Then an additional easter egg is their wonderous cover of "Little Town Flirt". Just buy it!

Ahead Of Their Times..

Where to start?? i'm an ELO tragic>this album proves again how far ahead of the times they were.Jeff Lynne is pure genius.All the original songs are burnt into my mind from growing up with the band. they constantly travel from hard edge..Dont Bring Me Down.. To melodious ballads ..Midnight Blue.. Worth every cent buy it ,you'll love it.

Disco? Very!

Heading out of rock and into pop, trying to capitalise on the prevalent disco beat this album failed to satisfy. ELO were to this point almost a fusion of progressive rock and the Beatles, with this album it all changed and the later collaboration with Olivia Newton John sealed the transition to essentially a disco tunes band. Interestingly ELO were able to recapture some of their earlier form with Time, using some of the space-oriented effects like vocoders and washes of synthesisers strings to produce an album of far more substance than this lightweight offering. Still there are some nice tunes; Midnight Blue hearkens back to some of the tunes on New World Record and Wishing is also not bad. The diary of Horace Wimp and Don't Bring me Down were commercially well received but were a sign that the band by this stage were trying too hard. 3 stars.


Formed: October, 1970 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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