Tuesday, 21 June 2011
ELO Video Hits Collection Long Overdue
#226: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I should have known better than to post a blog recently questioning Sony's apparent re-packaging [or was it re-sleeving?] of their 2005 ELO compilation release "All Over The World" some three  weeks ago:
I was somewhat disappointed to find that the 2011 edition was in effect just a [very nicely designed] new cardboard sleeve - but with a very nice promotional campaign on selected TV channels. AOTW re-entered the UK album charts at #22 before slipping to #23 the next week so, when I checked the UK Top 10 album chart last Sunday, I was surprised [and most pleased] to see ELO back in said Top 10. Hence, Yours Truly KJS needs to humbly apologize to Sony. And quite rightly so. But I should be all that surprised when one reads this on Wikipedia:
"From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated more combined UK & US Top 40 hits than any other band in the world, and also generated the third most UK & US separate Top 40's."
So is it really any surprise to see the ELO back where they belong - a full 25 years since their last Top 30 single and Top 10 studio album. That a compilation managed to reach #6 back in 2005 and can still achieve a #10 placing upon re-release is most impressive to this writer, at any rate. ELO are a band who spawned so much worldwide success in their heyday yet they still retain a strong fan base [despite almost holding the 'Guinness World Record' for the number of compilations ever issued] a full quarter of a century later. Move over Abba, Queen et al!
There is but one question that I wish to ask our friends at Sony: If you are so very confident of the re-marketability of the ELO back catalogue, then why don't you release a DVD of their video hits? This 2009 ELOBF article from 2009 needs no further updating: