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Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra (1995)

Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra (1995)

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Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra (1995)
Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title Of Album: Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Year Of Release: 1995
Label: Legacy/Epic Associated / 488520-2
Genre: Pop Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Total Time: 2:02:21
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 821 mb (Covers)

Review by Mike DeGagne
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.
CD 1
01. 10538 Overture 05:32
02. Roll Over Beethoven 08:11
03. Showdown 04:11
04. Daybreaker 03:31
05. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle 04:13
06. Can't Get It Out of My Head 04:22
07. Boy Blue 05:21
08. Evil Woman 04:21
09. Strange Magic 04:32
10. Livin' Thing 03:34
11. Do Ya 03:47
12. Telephone Line 04:42
13. Rockaria 03:14
CD 2
01. Turn to Stone 03:50
02. Sweet Talkin' Woman 03:50
03. Mr. Blue Sky 05:05
04. It's Over 04:11
05. Shine a Little Love 04:43
06. Don't Bring Me Down 04:04
07. Confusion 03:43
08. Last Train to London 04:32
09. Hold On Tight 03:08
10. Twilight 03:43
11. Rain Is Falling 03:57
12. Rock 'n' Roll Is King 03:18
13. Four Little Diamonds 04:05
14. Stranger 04:29
15. Calling America 03:30
16. So Serious 02:42

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The album code is : ODI3011913

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