Wednesday, 18 May 2011

All Over The World ... Again!

#217: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) are pretty sure that Sony BMG are trying to get ELO to achieve "A New World Record" for the highest number of compilations issued by a band because a new 'updated' remastered version of their 2005 compilation "All Over The World: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra" will be released again on Monday 30th May in new packaging thus:

The product description states that "these 20 remastered tracks (are) an excellent reintroduction to this great band. The 2011 edition comes repackaged with a new cover shot and slipcase." It appears that the only real difference between the 2005 and 2011 editions is the beautiful new ELO spaceship artwork which appears to be primarily a collage of the 2001 "Zoom" and "Ultimate Collection" sleeves. The tracks are exactly the same as before and in the same order. Yours Truly KJS is sure that the ELO completists among us will buy this latest release and that it will propel ELO back into the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart - perhaps in advance of some new ELO/Jeff Lynne album releases - we hope! The twenty trax will again be:

"Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "Alright" ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 18-May-2011


  1. just like the ABBA hits packages with the everlasting "ABBA GOLD"
    it's just to achieve record breaks with no regards to the fans who long for new material (bootlegs)!!

  2. Such a shame "Last Train To London" is missing on this collection, should have been there instead of "Ma ma Belle", imho. Also the so-called "Xanadu"("new version") sounds bad, great to hear Jeff Lynne singing the song, but the music (production) is much better on the original version from 1980, would have been better if Jeff had put his vocals on the original, if possible. Ps about the artwork, I prefer the old one, and the alternate from the 2-LP vinyl (released recently, was it 2016).

    1. Last Train To London can, of course, be found on Ticket To The Moon: The Very Best of ELO Volume 2 (2007) but understand your viewpoint. KJS@elobf