Strange Magic - The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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ELO's smart blend of pop and rock with modernly orchestrated classical music flourished throughout the '70s and '80s, since their sound was one of a kind. Plush arrangements that drowned themselves in bright synthesizers and vibrant guitar gave way to a brand new type of music, giving the Electric Light Orchestra a distinguished setting atop the vast rock & roll mantle. Strange Magic is a two-CD set of their most illustrious songs from their lengthy career. Every one of their charted hits, except three, appear here, leaving out "I'm Alive," "All Over The World," and the famed "Xanadu" with Olivia Newton John. These deletions aside, this generous 29-song compilation is a splendid cross-section of the group. The first disc is highlighted by the eight-plus minutes of "Roll Over Beethoven," which combines their trademarked classical and rock sound, and the guitar driven allure of "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" showcases their edginess. ELO's most gracious offering, the beautiful "Can't Get It Out of My Head," appears here as well, with its grandeur stemming from its exquisite string work. The synth-saturated "Strange Magic" is one of their most colorful songs, and "Evil Woman" has Jeff Lynne showing off his concealed yet masterful voice. The second disc begins to show their drift into disco, with the keyboards front and center on "Shine a Little Love" along with the computerized texture of both "Turn to Stone" and "Sweet Talkin' Woman." The wispy synthesized tinkle of "Confusion" is a nice addition, bringing their domination of electric music to its full capacity. ELO's glide into the '80s found them playing more rock-infused music, relying on the keyboards a little less. Songs like "Hold on Tight," with its slippery rhythm, and the '60s-tinged sound of "Rock 'N' Roll Is King" proved that Lynne could pump out amiable rock tunes that befriended radio in a new decade. Strange Magic sums up this innovative group's musical career with an abundant amount of hits, bettered only by the box set.
Strange Magic: Best of ELO
Being a fan of ELO for 30 years plus, I think this is the best find in the I-tunes store. More hits, more songs from the era that made this my favorite band of the 70's. Songs that are missing from "All Over The World" are found here making this the VERY best of ELO. It's an extremely enjoyable collection from the broadest range of the artist's recordings.
Oldies, You Gotta Love Them!
I was just searching through some cd's in my house when I came across this one. It was one of my Dad's. I listened to it and am now an ELO fan. It is better if you buy the whole cd then try to decide which amazing song of the many amazing songs to choose from. You will be buying more than $30 worth of music for just $10. I think that's a VERY good bargain. There is no doubt in my mind that you will enjoy this music. So what are you waiting for? Buy It! Littleshadow
After thr purchase of countless cassette tape players, the invention of the CD, the coming of age the MP3 player, ELO still sounds as good as they did when I first heard them over 30 years ago while stationed on the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVAN-68).
Formed: October, 1970 in Birmingham, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
Top Albums and Songs By Electric Light Orchestra
||Don't Bring Me Down||Discovery||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Evil Woman||Strange Magic - The Best of Electric Light Orchestra||4:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mr. Blue Sky||ELO's Greatest Hits||5:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hold On Tight||Time (Bonus Track Version)||3:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Strange Magic||Strange Magic - The Best of Electric Light Orchestra||4:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||All Over the World||Xanadu (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)||4:04||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Telephone Line||ELO's Greatest Hits||4:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fire On High||Face the Music (Bonus Tracks)||5:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sweet Talkin' Woman||ELO's Greatest Hits||3:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Livin' Thing||ELO's Greatest Hits||3:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|