Electric Light Orchestra
The Electric Light Orchestra


5.0
classic

Review

by MCcantrap USER (1 Reviews)
December 11th, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A soothing yet frightening progressive and psychedelic experience that nicely bridges the gap between Mozart and Elton John

This is a truly incredible musical experience. The large addition of classical music elements to a popular music record is brilliant. It is a unique sound but it is comparable to Gentle Giant's debut album, Elton John's 70s material and the Beatles psychedelic material (except it uses real instruments instead of mellotrons). But it is really hard to put a single genre on this album which is something I like.

The interesting and complex instrumentation shows the great talent and skill the musicians in the band. The violin solos never get old. The Oboe solos never get old. The Cello solos never get old. The horn solos, THE HORN SOLOS. They are incredible. If there was no horn on the record, I would not enjoy it (and that is not just because I play the horn). And the instruments are all real. THEY ARE REAL. I also enjoy the absence of a guitar in this rock album.

The psychedelica on this record is great. It is as if they recorded the sounds of tripping musical instruments. It is not quite like other psychedelic music that I have heard in that there is wide variety of musical instruments used on every track on the album. And did I mention that they are real? The psychedelica is met by musical progressivism in perfection to create music that both relaxes and terrifies me. It makes me sleepy yet keeps me awake.

This is one of few albums that I can think of that is both a collection of songs and a greater work. All the songs flow together yet they can be enjoyed as separate tracks. The opening track, “10583 Overture” tells me right from the start what the album is made of. This incredible track is the only one with a notable guitar line which separates it from the album but there is the same sound that ties it all back together. I would have to say “Look at me now” is the weakest track on the album but the weakness of this song is canceled out by the strength of “10583 Overture”, “Nellie Takes her Bow” and “Mr. Radio” all three of which are very notable for their controlled psychedelica and musical progressivism. How the album ends with “Whispers in the Night” is perfect. After being alternately and simultaneously calmed and terrified it is nice to calm down with a nice acoustic ballad.

I would recommend this album to anyone hoping to begin or expand their progressive or psychedelic music collection. It is a good stepping stone into deeper psychedelic and progressive music because it still has its roots in mainstream 70s rock. It is refreshing to a hardened prog/psychedelic rock fan also because of its roots in mainstream 70s rock. I would recommend it to a Beatles fan too because of their obvious influence on this album. For me this album resides amongst my favourites.


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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2011


16783 Comments


I own and love their greatest hits, but have never heard an actual album

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

KILL
December 11th 2011


72071 Comments


lol josh d

elp are better

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

sideburndude
December 11th 2011


2782 Comments


Great album.

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


I havent heard that album yet. I shall correct it.

omnipanzer
December 12th 2011


21644 Comments


I've alwayse looked upon ELP as a poor mans Prog group then later a great disco group so I've never really ventured beyond "A New World Record" but you've convinced me to give this a listen.

The review reads a little stilted but not bad for a first.
POS for the effort and the convincing.

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


I've never ever considered ELO as a prog rock band even with all their strings and horns arrangements..

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


They make good mix of classical and pop though.

sideburndude
December 12th 2011


2782 Comments


I would say this album is much more prog than their other albums.

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


Noted

sideburndude
December 12th 2011


2782 Comments


Especially Nellie Takes Her Bow and The Battle of Marston Moor but I see what you mean.


tarkus
December 12th 2011


5560 Comments


not a fan of this band at all

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


Try that one Tarkus to see;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfBUVpGvOOs

Great songs Sideburn, I want that album, thanks!

tarkus
December 12th 2011


5560 Comments


not as bad as the other stuff ive heard

song is prob like a 3.5

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


3.5 would be a good start...I confess that it's hard to find a consistent ELO album for my taste. Their greatest hits material worth a serious listen though.

tarkus
December 12th 2011


5560 Comments


i listened to the album with mr. blue sky a few times and i hated it

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


Out of the Blue yeah. Try ''A New World Record'' which is their best along with Face the Music imo. Most of their best songs need time to soak in. It's your ultimate last chance with them =P

tarkus
December 12th 2011


5560 Comments


Ill put it on my musical to do list, which is very full atm

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


Here's a sampler. If you don't like this one, forget about ELO.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2d45tOgBl0
Another one, a guilty pleasure of mine that you've probably heard at the radio;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZB-DUCrhVQ

tarkus
December 12th 2011


5560 Comments


not as good as the other one

Jethro42
December 12th 2011


12539 Comments


You couldnt say I didnt try =P



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