Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song

Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song

by John Van Der Kiste

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Overview

ELO (The Electric Light Orchestra) were devised by Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne of The Move as a fusion of rock and contemporary classical-style music, combining orchestral instruments, guitars, keyboards and drums in the same lineup. Their aim was to continue from where The Beatles’ ‘I Am The Walrus’ left off. After the release of their debut eponymous album in 1971 and a few live dates at home and in Europe, it became increasingly apparent that both leaders’ objectives were incompatible. Wood left Lynne in charge of the group to refine their sound, and their ambitious progressive rock epics gradually giving way to a more accessible style. With keyboard player Richard Tandy and drummer Bev Bevan the only other constant members in an ever-changing lineup, by the end of the decade the group were rarely out of the British and American charts. After disbanding in 1986, ELO Part II (minus Lynne) returned for two albums, but Lynne reclaimed the name with an album in 2001 and a long-awaited reappearance as Jeff Lynne’s ELO in 2014. This book provides a comprehensive examination of all the group’s studio albums.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781556009
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 08/23/2017
Series: Song by Song Series
Sales rank: 1,075,205
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria's Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family and ‘Alfred—Queen Victoria's Second Son’ and ‘Prussian Princesses’ for Fonthill. He lives in Devon.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Biographical Overview 7

1 Electric Light Orchestra 13

2 ELO Part II 77

3 Jeff Lynne's ELO 83

4 Additional Tracks from Other Albums 88

5 Solo Albums 95

Endnotes 125

Bibliography 127

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