ELO

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I was really, really into Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) when I was a kid.

On the Third Day[edit | edit source]

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This album came out in 1973. My copy of the album has the whole band showing off their belly buttons.

Out of the Blue[edit | edit source]

I remember listening a warped copy of Out of the Blue when I was a little kid. It was published on Jet Records in the U.K., but redistributed in the U.S. by United Artists. And the vinyl quality was terrible. I got it as a hand-me-down because my sister bought it, then it warped (probably because she left it in the sun), then let me have it. I eventually got a CBS Records reprint and was finally able to listen to "Night in the City" and "It's Over", which were kind of a disappointment after years of not being able to hear those songs. Sweet Talkin' Woman and Mr. Blue Sky played just fine, because they were toward the center of the their respective discs. I was able to listen to "Turn to Stone" because of the next ELO album I purchased...

Discovery[edit | edit source]

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I didn't beg my parents to buy this album until long after I begged them to purchase Don't Bring Me Down on 45RPM. The lead single had a track from #On The Third Day on the flip side ("Dreaming of 4000"). I didn't like the B-side so much.

Greatest Hits[edit | edit source]

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I wore the vinyl out on this one too. When I got that album home after buying it at Grigg's in Pasco, Washington (I think), I was amazed at how many of the songs I recognized. We listened to a lot of FM radio in our fancy 1976 Cadillac when we lived in Denver, and continued to listen to FM radio in the Yakima Valley. However, that's another story...

Xanadu[edit | edit source]

see also: Xanadu and I'm Alive
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I purchased this single when it was first released, also at Grigg's (I think)
I eagerly awaited the release of this album, and purchased "I'm Alive" on 45RPM vinyl prior to the albums's release. I wasn't really into Olivia Newton-John yet (I was still a little kid when Xanadu came out). When I finally was able to listen to the album, I wore out the grooves on the ELO side (and probably scratched up the ONJ side a bit).

Time[edit | edit source]

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I owned this album, too.

Secret Messages[edit | edit source]

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Also owned (on LP and cassette).

Balance of Power[edit | edit source]

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Owned as well, though I purchased it well after its release. This album is in a bit better shape than the others, I think.

Others[edit | edit source]

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I have a lot of ELO's discography on vinyl.