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Electric Light Orchestra
Formed: 1970 10 zz in Birmingham, England
Disbanded: 1988
Active: '70s-2000s Major
Styles: Contemporary Pop/Rock, Prog-Rock, Art Rock Major
Members: Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy, Roy Wood, Kelly Groucutt, Hugh McDowell Representative
Albums: "Eldorado", "The Essential Electric Light Orchestra", "The Night the Light Went On (In Long Beach)" Representative
Songs: "Roll Over Beethoven", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Livin' Thing"

UPC Type Title
827969448922 CD All Over the World: The Very Best of Elo
5099752012923 (i) CD All Over the World-Very Best of
4547366207422 (i) CD All Over the World: Very Best of
886976977429 CD Balance of Power
827969427927 (i) CD Balance of Power
079892263923 CD Burning Bright
883717019981 CD Can't Get You Out of My Head
886978732620 CD Classic Albums Collection
5099747242120 (i) CD Definitive Collection
886976977627 CD Discovery
5099750190524 (i) CD Discovery
4988006798380 (i) CD E.L.O.
886978817228 CD Eldorado
8718469530199 (i) Vinyl Eldorado
886975066728 CD Elec. Lt Orch. Pt II
827969762820 CD Electric Light Orchestra: Collection
094635597820 (i) CD Electric Light Orchestra: Collection
886974804628 (i) CD Electric Light Orchestra: Collection
886971799323 (i) CD Electric Light Orchestra: Vol. 2-Ticket to the Moo..
4988006552883 (i) CD Electric Light Orchestra
4988006845664 (i) CD Electric Light Orchestra (Mini LP Sleeve)
4988006552890 (i) CD Electric Light Orchestra 2
886976977825 CD Elo 2
724354332920 (i) CD Elo 2
079892158328 CD Elo Classics
724358298307 (i) CD Elo I
883717019974 CD Elo Part 2: Part 2-Rockaria
886979775220 CD Essential E.L.O.
886979736122 (i) CD Essential Electric Light O
886978816924 CD Face the Music
827969427828 (i) CD Face the Music
696998512320 CD Flashback
724383716227 (i) CD Gold Collection
4988006844902 (i) CD Gold Collection
7798114228535 (i) CD Grandes Exitos En Vivo
074643631020 CD Greatest Hits
886975067725 CD Greatest Hits-Live
094636007823 (i) CD Harvest Years 1970-73
8712273330068 (i) CD In Concert Part Two
5099748903921 (i) CD Lightyears: Very
8024391059579 CD Live
4527516013066 (i) CD Live
801213031191 DVD Live: The Early Years
715187769229 CD Moment of Truth
8024391057070 CD Mr. Blue Sky: Very Best of Electric Light Orchestr
4527516012557 (i) CD Mr. Blue Sky-Very Best of (Shm-CD)
803341385436 Vinyl Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orch
886976977221 CD New World Record
4547366190564 (i) CD New World Record
696998542228 (i) CD New World Record
5099749110328 (i) CD Night the Light Went on
886976978020 CD No Answer
886972487229 CD Ole Elo
886976978228 CD On the Third Day
827969427125 (i) CD On the Third Day
4571191058478 (i) CD On the Third Day (Mini LP Sleeve)
636551458528 (i) CD One Night in Australia
886977873423 (i) CD Original Album Classics
886972675022 CD Out of the Blue
827969427224 (i) CD Out of the Blue
4547366190557 (i) CD Out of the Blue
801213303793 DVD Out of the Blue-Live at Wembley
801213008292 DVD Out of the Blue Tour
8713748982560 (i) Vinyl Out of the Blue
886974906025 CD Secret Messages
5099750249628 (i) CD Secret Messages
886976978426 CD Time
5099750190623 (i) CD Time
4547366190571 (i) CD Time
690978300624 (i) CD Triple Treasures
886979304024 CD X2 (Eldorado/Face the Music)
008811185725 CD Xanadu
4988009603421 (i) CD Xanadu
8024391059623 CD Zoom
4527516013059 (i) CD Zoom
803341393790 Vinyl Zoom
014381133424 DVD Zoom Tour Live
602527100500 (i) DVD Zoom Tour Live

Biography: The Electric Light Orchestra's ambitious yet irresistible fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography rocketed the group to massive commercial success throughout the 1970s. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England in the autumn of 1970 from the ashes of the eccentric art-pop combo the Move, reuniting frontman Roy Wood with guitarist/composer Jeff Lynne, bassist Rick Price, and drummer Bev Bevan. Announcing their intentions to "pick up where 'I Am the Walrus' left off," the quartet sought to embellish their engagingly melodic rock with classical flourishes, tapping French horn player Bill Hunt and violinist Steve Woolam to record their self-titled debut LP (issued as No Answer in the U.S.). In the months between the sessions for the album and its eventual release, the Move embarked on their farewell tour, with Woolam exiting the ELO lineup prior to the enlistment of violinist Wilf Gibson, bassist Richard Tandy, and cellists Andy Craig and Hugh McDowell; despite the lengthy delay, Electric Light Orchestra sold strongly, buoyed by the success of the U.K. Top Ten hit "10538 Overture."

However, Wood soon left ELO to form Wizzard, taking Hunt and McDowell with him; Price and Craig were soon out as well, and with the additions of bassist Michael D'Albuquerque, keyboardist Richard Tandy, and cellists Mike Edwards and Colin Walker, Lynne assumed vocal duties, with his Lennonesque tenor proving the ideal complement to his increasingly sophisticated melodies. With 1973's ELO II, the group returned to the Top Ten with their grandiose cover of the Chuck Berry chestnut "Roll Over Beethoven"; the record was also their first American hit, with 1974's Eldorado yielding their first U.S. Top Ten, the lovely "Can't Get It Out of My Head." Despite Electric Light Orchestra's commercial success, the band remained relatively faceless; the lineup changed constantly, with sole mainstays Lynne and Bevan preferring to let their elaborate stage shows and omnipresent spaceship imagery instead serve as the group's public persona. 1975's Face the Music went gold, generating the hits "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic," while the follow-up, A New World Record, sold five million copies internationally thanks to standouts like "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing."

The platinum-selling double-LP, Out of the Blue, appeared in 1977, although the record's success was tempered somewhat by a lawsuit filed by Electric Light Orchestra against their former distributor, United Artists, whom the band charged flooded the market with defective copies of the album. Columbia distributed the remainder of the group's output, issued through their own Jet Records imprint, beginning with 1979's Discovery, which notched the Top Ten entries "Shine a Little Love" and "Don't Bring Me Down." In the wake of ELO's best-selling Greatest Hits compilation, Lynne wrote several songs for the soundtrack of the Olivia Newton-John film Xanadu, including the hit title track. The next proper Electric Light Orchestra album, 1981's Time, generated their final Top Ten hit, "Hold on Tight." Following 1983's Secret Messages, Bevan left the group to join Black Sabbath, although he returned to the fold for 1986's Balance of Power, which despite the presence of the Top 20 hit "Calling America," received little interest from fans and media alike.

However, as Electric Light Orchestra's career descended, Lynne emerged as a sought-after producer, helming well-received comebacks from George Harrison (1987's Cloud Nine) and Roy Orbison (1989's Mystery Girl) and additionally re-teaming with both rock legends as well as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty in the hit supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Lynne made his solo debut in 1990 with Armchair Theatre but otherwise spent the decade out of the limelight, instead producing material for Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, and Paul McCartney in addition to working on the Beatles' Anthology project. In 1988, meanwhile, Bevan formed Electric Light Orchestra Part II with vocalist Neil Lockwood, keyboardist Eric Troyer, and bassist Pete Haycock; although Lynne filed suit against the group (hence the "Part II" tag), a self-titled LP followed in 1991, with a live collection recorded with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra appearing a year later.

In 2001, having successfully secured the rights to the Electric Light Orchestra name, Lynne recorded the album Zoom -- largely by himself -- and released it as an ELO album. After Zoom, Lynne took time off from ELO, working on several projects including his 2002 collaboration with George Harrison, Brainwashed, and his 2009 collaboration with Tom Petty, Highway Companion.

In 2012, Lynne returned to ELO with Mr. Blue Sky, an album of re-recorded Electric Light Orchestra songs. In 2013, Lynne released a solo album of '50s and '60s pop hits titled Long Wave, as well as the ELO album Live, which featured concert performances ELO recorded during the tour for Zoom. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi