Wednesday, 7 January 2015

ELO Prefix Profile

#828: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Call me an ELOnorak (and you will after reading this article!) but it was always a strange thing to me that a band defined by those three classic if not familiar initials that we all know and love only ever saw them used once (and nearly twice) by Jet Records during their heyday between 1971 and 1986.

The ELO EP (1978) featuring, of course, "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Evil Woman", "Ma Ma Ma Belle" and "Strange Magic" (ELO1), was the only occasion that we saw an official bespoke ELO prefixed catalogue number (see above). The ultra-rare and sadly withdrawn second ELO EP (1980), featuring "Mr. Blue Sky", "Across The Border", "Telephone Line" and "Don't Bring Me Down" (ELO2) remains, of course, a long sought after enigma.

Other bands of the time including Status Quo (QUO) and Queen (QUEEN) did see their singles having their own branded number with Telstar Records later electing to use the ELO prefix for their two ELO Part II single releases "Honest Men" (ELO100/12ELO100/ELOCA100/ELOCD100) and "Thousand Eyes" (ELO101/ELOCD101) in 1991.

EMI/Harvest's 2001 promo CD for their 30th anniversary "First Light" reissue of "The Electric Light Orchestra" (ELO001) is another rare example. These are the only instances that Yours Truly KJS is aware of (at the time of writing) when ELO was used as an official release prefix. Can you guys think of any more?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 07-Jan-2015

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