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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA 'All Over The World' The Very Best Of
Legacy (2005)
Electric Light Orchestra

Let's face it Electric Light Orchestra have never been trendy and were always slated in most reviews you read. But, hey, someone must like them as they have had countless top 20 hit singles and multi-platinum albums. Also this latest 'Best Of' debuted in the UK charts at number 5 on its release.

Me? I love the band and have done for over twenty-seven odd years now when I first heard 'Wild West Hero'. So what if the music is OTT and pompous - bring it on - and Jeff Lynne composed tunes that were destined to stay in your head for weeks after first hearing them.

Twenty tracks on here including 'Mr Blue Sky' (just how good is this tune?), 'Hold On Tight', 'Ma Ma Ma Belle' and 'Shine A Little Love' to pick just a few personal favourites out. For Electric Light Orchestra fans there is a hook in that there is a re-recorded version of 'Xanadu', this time minus Olivia Newton John's vocals. It makes for a less OTT version as the high harmonies have gone as well and not too sure if I like it but it's a minor quibble. A few notable absentees in shape of the band's last hit 'Calling America' and 'Ticket To The Moon' but hey you can't knock the quality that is on here.

If you've got no Electric Light Orchestra at all in your collection (and shame on you if you haven't) this is a perfect compilation to buy.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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