Electric Light Orchestra - ELO 2

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ELO 2 is the second studio album by English rock band Electric Light Orchestra, originally released in January 1973 via Harvest Records.

If you only know ELO through their albums such as ‘A New World Record’ or ‘Out Of The Blue’, then ELO 2 may come as a little bit of a shock to you the first time you hear it, especially if you’re expecting the album to be anything like the solitary hit single, “Roll Over Beethoven”.

It’s almost a completely different sound from the radio friendly Electric Light Orchestra mainstream radio listeners will have come to know and expect. Jeff Lynne’s vocals are raw and more difficult to understand, the instruments sound relatively untouched by the later lush production values Lynne became renowned for and this album is so eclectic, it’s very difficult to categorise.

You can call it experimental, wacky, classical-influenced prog-rock if you like, but it’s probably best not to try to fit this album into any genre. In fact, the only album to sound anything like it is their debut album, although it has far more of a Roy Wood feel to it than this one… with good reason.

Owing to differences of opinion as to what direction the band should take, Roy Wood left ELO not long after the preparation for this album started and so Jeff Lynne was left to finish it by himself, with the aid of his newly assembled band mates, including Richard Tandy on keyboards, Mike de Albuquerque on bass, Wilfred Gibson on violin, as well as cellists Colin Walker and Mike Edwards. What resulted from those sessions were five tracks (the shortest one weighing in at six minutes and fifty-one seconds) mostly recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubs, and they are, pretty much, all magnificent.

In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)” is a moody, powerful, heavy rock number which highlights the gloriously scratchy cellos and has a mildly pessimistic but very inventive lyrical theme. “Momma” is a sad song with truly beautiful music telling the story of a lonely girl travelling far from home, lamenting the loss of her mother.

Roll Over Beethoven” is a brilliantly overblown, seven minute version of the Chuck Berry composition with a bit of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony thrown in for good measure. It’s simply a great moment in rock and roll. “From The Sun To The World (Boogie No. 1)” is a multi-sectioned, lyrically-apocalyptic piece of mercurial genius which starts off reminiscent of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” only to then get gradually heavier, eventually featuring a fantastic boogie-woogie piano part guaranteed to get every listener’s head nodding and toes tapping. The last song, “Kuiama”, at just over eleven minutes, is an ambitious piece telling of the emotional cost of war.

It’s difficult to criticize this album; it is a beautifully creative, darkly brilliant piece of work, part-rock, part-classical, completely original.

After this album, Lynne largely returned to the kind of shorter, more conventional pop-rock songs he had written before teaming up with Roy Wood, albeit retaining the classical influence and the orchestral theme.

Regardless of how it began, the album ended with Jeff very much at the helm of the ELO ship and the group ready to be moulded in his creative vision, with the re-birth of The Electric Light Orchestra and their more popular sound poised to emerge.

Check out the tracks: Roll Over Beethoven” and “In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)”.

This "Vinyl Collector" series reissued LP with remastered audio is pressed in Europe on Black Vinyl, gatefold sleeve with reproduced artwork and a digital download code.







In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)






Roll Over Beethoven



From The Sun To The World (Boogie No. 1)





SKU 0825646486885
Record Label Parlophone Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number shvl 806
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 18 March 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 10 January 1973
Barcode # 0825646486885
Shipping Weight 0.3450kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Card, Reissue, Vinyl Collector Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Symphonic Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre Pop Rock

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