Progrography

Electric Light Orchestra
The Move got the bright idea to mix classical music with rock, and The Electric Light Orchestra was born. But founder Roy Wood found other things to occupy his time, and by the second album Jeff Lynne had inherited the wheel. A penchant for The Beatles' post-Strawberry output popped up noticeably on the first and third albums, but ELO was fast supplanting the strings with Richard Tandy's sweeping synthesizers. "Showdown," an anomaly, would soon become the norm as subsequent singles ("Can't Get It Our Of My Head," "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic") revealed a commercial appetite for the band's pop/disco amalgam. Lynne hit his stride as a songwriter with A New World Record, followed by Out of the Blue and Discovery. At the time of their release, ELO may well have been the world's greatest pop act. However, as disco's fortunes waned, ELO's music lost its relevance; Time, released in 1981, seemed like a caricature of the band's original ideals. Jeff Lynne left the group following 1986's Balance of Power and ELO disbanded. In 1991, Electric Light Orchestra Part Two emerged from the ashes, led by original member Bev Bevan and featuring past members such as Kelly Groucutt and Mik Kaminski, serving more as an oldies act than a source of new music. Lynne, in the meantime, consummated his longstanding affection for The Beatles by joining George Harrison in The Travelling Wilburys. In 2001, Jeff Lynne released Zoom under the ELO moniker.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1971 December NO ANSWER (a.k.a. THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA)
1971 10538 Overture
1972 Roll Over Beethoven
1973 February ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA II
1973 September Showdown
1973 December ON THE THIRD DAY
1974 March Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
1974 THE NIGHT THE LIGHT WENT OUT IN LONG BEACH
1974 Daytripper (live)
1974 Daybreaker (live)
1974 June Can't Get It Out of My Head
1974 October ELDORADO
1974 October SHOWDOWN
1974 November Eldorado
1975 October FACE THE MUSIC
1975 November Evil Woman
1976 March Nightrider
1976 March Strange Magic
1976 June OLÉ ELO
1976 July Showdown (live)
1976 October Livin' Thing
1976 October A NEW WORLD RECORD
1976 A NEW WORLD RECORD (Brazilian EP)
1977 January Do Ya
1977 February Rockaria!
1977 April THE LIGHT SHINES ON
1977 May Telephone Line
1977 November Turn To Stone
1977 November OUT OF THE BLUE
1978 January Mr. Blue Sky
1978 February Sweet Talkin' Woman
1978 June Wild West Hero
1978 October It's Over
1978 December ELO EP
1978 December THREE LIGHT YEARS
1979 March THE LIGHT SHINES ON VOL. 2
1979 May Shine A Little Love
1979 June DISCOVERY
1979 July The Diary of Horace Wimp
1979 July Don't Bring Me Down
1979 October Confusion
1979 November ELO'S GREATEST HITS
1979 November Last Train To London
1980 May I'm Alive
1980 June Xanadu
1980 July XANADU
1980 July All Over The World
1980 November Don't Walk Away
1980 FOUR LIGHT YEARS
1980 A BOX OF THEIR BEST
1981 July Hold On Tight
1981 August TIME
1981 October Twilight
1981? 21st Century Man
1981 December Ticket To The Moon
1982 January Rain Is Falling
1982 March The Way Life's Mean To Be
1983 June Rock 'N' Roll Is King
1983 June SECRET MESSAGES
1983 August Secret Messages
1983 September Four Little Diamonds
1983 MILESTONES
1983 COLLECTION
1984 January Stranger
1986 January Calling America
1986 March BALANCE OF POWER
1986 April So Serious
1986 April FIRST MOVEMENT
1986 July Getting To The Point
1988 March ALL OVER THE WORLD
1988 A PERFECT WORLD OF MUSIC
1989 December THE GREATEST HITS
1990 June AFTERGLOW
1990 October THE VERY BEST OF THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
1990 ELO CLASSICS
1991 April Honest Men
1991 May ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA PART TWO
1991 August EARLY ELO
1991 October 14 For The Love of a Woman
1992? ELO'S GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2
1992 BURNING BRIGHT
1992 ELO'S GREATEST HITS LIVE
1993 June THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
1994 July 7 THE VERY BEST OF THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (Dino)
1994 August Power of a Million Lights
1994 October MOMENT OF TRUTH
1994 October Breakin' Down The Walls
1994 October THE BEST VOLUME 1
1994 October THE BEST VOLUME 2
1995 April STRANGE MAGIC: THE BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
1995 June THE BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (Disky)
1996 IN CONCERT
1997 May ONE NIGHT - LIVE IN AUSTRALIA
1997 LIGHT YEARS: THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
1998 September LIVE AT WEMBLEY '78
1998 September LIVE AT WINTERLAND '76
1998 November GREATEST HITS LIVE, VOL. 2: ENCORE COLLECTION
1999 September FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
2000 March 28 LIGHT UP THE NIGHT LIVE
2000 October 3 THE COMPLETE ELO LIVE COLLECTION
2000 November 21 FLASHBACK
2001 May 8 THE GOLD COLLECTION
2001 June 12 ZOOM
2003 April 1 THE ESSENTIAL ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
2004 March 2 EARLY YEARS
2005 April 5 THE COLLECTION
2005 June 21 INSIDE THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA 1970-1973
2006 THE HARVEST YEARS 1970-1973
2008 THE VERY BEST OF THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA VOLUME 2 - TICKET TO THE MOON
SEE ALSO...
KELLY GROUCUTT discography
JEFF LYNNE discography
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