Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Electric Light Orchestra - ELO's Greatest Hits (1979)


GREATEST HITS WEEK (JANUARY 17-23, 2011)

My first ELO purchase was 1979's Discovery (or "Disco? Very!", as hardcore fans sometimes refer to it), but I was familiar with most of the songs on this compilation because they were all over the radio during the '70s. I'm disappointed that they chose not to include 1977's single Do Ya, which is one of the band's better songs.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #30
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #30

Tracks: I was unfamiliar with Showdown, Rockaria!, and Ma-Ma-Ma Belle. All the familiar hits are here: Evil Woman, Livin' Thing, Turn to Stone, & Strange Magic. I can't explain why, but I never liked the song Telephone Line, to the point I would change the radio station in the '70s if it came on (and it came on a lot.) Mr. Blue Sky is probably my favorite ELO song, rivaling even music from the movie Xanadu. ;)

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Most songs remind me of dry, hot '70s summers in Odessa, except for Mr. Blue Sky, which always reminds me of a wet, cold high school band bus in Austin for the UIL State Marching Band Contest in November, 1980. One of my earliest memories of mistaking lyrics (a mondegreen) comes from Evil Woman when I misunderstood the "E-evil woman" of the chorus. I thought they were singing "Medieval woman" which I suppose wouldn't be the stupidest lyric ever.



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