E.l.o & extra projects

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Documentary Of The Band And Extra Projects (1970-2001)

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were a British rock group from Birmingham, who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 2001

ELO were formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones.

Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and producedevery album.
From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated 27 Top 40 hit singles in both the UK and the US
Birth of the band
In the late 1960s, Roy Wood—guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of The Move—had an idea to form a new band that would use violins, cellos, string basses, horns and woodwinds to give their music a classical sound.

taking rock music in the direction "that The Beatles had left off."Jeff Lynne, frontman of fellow Birmingham group The Idle Race, was excited by the concept. In January 1970, when Carl Wayne left The Move

Lynne accepted Wood's second invitation to join the band on the condition that they focus their energy on the new project.

On 12 July 1970, when Wood added multiple cellos to a Lynne-penned song intended to be a Move B-side, the new concept became areality and "10538 Overture" became the first Electric Light Orchestra song.

The resulting debut album The Electric Light Orchestra was released in 1971. (It was released in the United States in 1972 as No Answer, the name being chosen because a record company secretary had tried to ring the UK company and get the name of the album

since they were unable to contact them they left a note saying "NoAnswer".

tensions soon surfaced between Wood and Lynne due to problems with management

During the recordings for the band's second LP, Wood left the band taking cellist McDowell and horn player Hunt with him to form Wizzard.

During the recordings for the band's second LP, Wood left the band taking cellist McDowell and horn player Hunt with him to form Wizzard.

The band released theirsecond album, ELO 2 in 1973, which produced their first US chart single, a hugely elaborate version of the Chuck Berry classic "Roll Over Beethoven".
On the Third Day, was released in late 1973, with the American version featuring the hit "Showdown" along with an unusual photograph, seen at right, taken by famed photographer Richard Avedon which had ELO's "Do It With the Light On Tour"
For the band's fourth album, Eldorado, A Symphony, a concept album about a daydreamer, Lynne was finally able to stop overdubbing strings, and hire a proper orchestra and choir.
Louis Clark joined the band as string arranger. The first single of the album, "Can't Get It Out of My Head", became their first US Billboard charts Top 10 hit, and Eldorado, A Symphony became ELO's first goldalbum.

Face the Music was released in 1975, producing the hit singles "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic".
The opening instrumental "Fire On High", with its mix of strings and blazing acoustic guitars, saw heavy exposure as background music on CBS Sports Spectacular montages, though most viewers had no idea of the song's origins.
The group toured extensively from 3 February till 13 April 1976promoting the album in the USA, playing 68 shows in 76 days (see Face the Music). It was on the American tour that ELO first debuted their use of coloured lasers.
Despite the recognition and success they enjoyed in the states they were still largely ignored in the United Kingdom until their sixth album
The platinum selling A New World Record, hit the top ten there in 1976. It contained the hit singles"Livin' Thing", "Telephone Line", "Rockaria!" and "Do Ya", a rerecording of a Move song.
A New World Record was followed by a multi-platinum selling album, the double-LP Out of the Blue, in 1977. Out of the Blue featured the singles "Turn to Stone", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Mr. Blue Sky", and "Wild West Hero", each becoming a hit in the UK
The band then set out on a nine-month, 92-date world...
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