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 The ultra-rare and sadly withdrawn second ELO EP [1980], featuring "Mr.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" re-issue 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.

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

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