Sunday, 8 September 2013

Another Art Breaks

#587: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Many artistes with a career of reasonable length will have, most likely, a few record label deals under their belt and a great many releases in many territories other than that of their home audience. Indeed, many fans are intensely familiar with the output of their heroes in terms of the sleeve artwork, track listings and a whole lot more. And it is the same, of course, with avid followers of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and related artistes. ELO have a similar release history on various labels in many countries of alternative album covers as a result of multiple label swaps, re-issues and the like. These alternate ELO (and ELO Part II) sleeves came to mind when I considered this very subject this week. The list is by no means exhaustive but illustrates the subject vividly thus:

ELO 2 / Electric Light Orchestra II
Harvest #SHVL806 (UK) & United Artists #UA-LA040-F (US)
On The Third Day
Warner Bros. K56021 (UK) & Jet/UA #UAG30091 (UK)
The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach)
Warner Bros. #WB56058 (Germany) & Epic #EPC32700 (UK)
 Secret Messages
Jet #JETLX527 (UK) & Jet #JETDP402 (UK)
Electric Light Orchestra Part Two
Telstar #TCD2503 (UK) & Scotti Bros. #72392-75222-2 (US)
Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) wonder which of the above alternative album art do YOU prefer?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 08-Sep-2013


  1. I never understood the Warner Bros. cover of OTTD, the Richard Avedon Jet cover is so much cooler. The Warner's cover looks like someone with a pre-historic version of Photoshop and no skills created it. However, the Warner's cover of "Long Beach" is the bomb! Was the "alternate" version of Secret Messages a Hipgnosis cover? It doesn't really look to me like an ELO record so much as one by Pink Floyd, Supertramp, or 10cc.