Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Recommended: The Electric Light Orchestra (40th Anniversary Edition)

#297: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Doubtless in the last few days you may have seen a fair few ELO fan sites and blogs publishing the preliminary details of the forthcoming "40th Anniversary Edition" of the seminal debut ELO release "The Electric Light Orchestra" (also known as "No Answer" in the United States) by EMI here in the UK. This must be the 10,538th reissue of this material hence we've waited a little while to post this article whilst Yours Truly KJS checks out several sources in order to collate as much pre-release information as possible! Here's an overview of the release for you to peruse whilst we await pre-ordering information:

"To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ELO's first album The Electric Light Orchestra, EMI are releasing both a CD/DVD and a 180 gram vinyl version on March 12th! The '40th Anniversary Edition' CD features the original album and has six bonus tracks. The accompanying DVD features a Quad to 4.1 DTS 96/24 (taking the original 1973 Quad and adding a sub to create the 4.1) and a flat transfer of the original stereo analogue master from 1971 in 96kHz/24 bit PCM stereo. Sleeve notes for this release were written by Dom Lawson and the original "10538 Overture" promo clip is included as as a special bonus! The vinyl release will feature the original analogue stereo master."

Whilst HMV @ Japan appear to be offering the release as an import on or about the 27th February (source: elodiscovery.com), ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) have discovered that amazon.de are already offering this two disc CD/DVD release on 24th February at the attractive pre-order price of €14.99 (equating to £12.50 at the time of writing) for these trax:

CD #1
(1) 10538 Overture (2001 Remaster)
(2) Look At Me Now (2001 Remaster)
(3) Nellie Takes Her Bow (2001 Remaster)
(4) The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) (2001 Remaster)
(5) First Movement (Jumping Biz) (2001 Remaster)
(6) Mr. Radio (2001 Remaster)
(7) Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre) (2001 Remaster)
(8) Queen Of The Hours (2001 Remaster)
(9) Whisper In The Night (2001 Remaster)
(10) 10538 Overture (Acetate)
(11) Mr. Radio (Take #9 Recorded 18/11/70)
(12) Nellie Takes Her Bow (Alternate Mix)
(13) Whisper In The Night (Take #1/Take #2 Edit Recorded 28/4/71)
(14) Mr Radio (7'' Single Version)
(15) 10538 Overture (for 'Top Of The Pops')
CD #2
(1) 10538 Overture (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(2) Look At Me Now (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(3) Nellie Takes Her Bow (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(4) The Battle Of Marston Moor (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(5) First Movement (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(6) Mr. Radio (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(7) Manhattan Rumble (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(8) Queen Of The Hours (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(9) Whisper In The Night (Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24/Dolby Digital) (2012 Remaster)
(10) 10538 Overture
(11) Look At Me Now
(12) Nellie Takes Her Bow
(13) The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644)
(14) First Movement (Jumping Biz)
(15) Mr. Radio
(16) Manhattan Rumble (49th Street Massacre)
(17) Queen Of The Hours
(18) Whisper In The Night
(19) 10538 Overture (Original Promo Clip) (2012 - Remaster)

Additional Release News
It appears that the UK release date has now been confirmed for Monday 12th March as both the CD/DVD and vinyl LP editions are now being offered by amazon.co.uk who are now taking pre-orders attractively priced at £11.10 each and £17.93 each respectively thus:

The Electric Light Orchestra - First Light CD/DVD - amazon.co.uk
The Electric Light Orchestra - First Light LP - amazon.co.uk


Whilst we await details of the UK release and pre-order information, this looks like another interesting release for the ELO completist especially when considered with the imminent re-release on vinyl of the classic 1974 ELO album "Eldorado".

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 24-Jan-2012

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