|Re-sleeved in '85: "The Night The Light Went On" ...|
|Original in '74: The artwork for "The Night The Light Went On" ...|
It was likely that those relatively poor sales led to their switch to Don Arden's Jet Records, distributed first by Island , then Polydor , United Artists  and finally CBS . ELO's arrival at Jet for the "Face The Music" LP failed initially to improve their lethargic album chart performance but it did yield hit charting singles "Evil Woman" [#10] and "Strange Magic" [#38] with the band taking off commercially thereafter "Down Home Town" .
|"Ole ELO" enjoyed US album chart success in '76 ...|
In contrast, although the live album was not released there and then, ELO were successful enough an act for "Ole ELO", a American compilation of singles from their first five  albums, to chart at a respectable #32. Back in the UK, "Ole ELO" [#JETLP19] was intended for release by Jet via Polydor in 1976 but withdrawn - possibly as a result of the poor chart performance of "Face The Music", their impending switch to Jet/UA. or [more likely] the fact that the sleeve notes pertained solely to their US chart career and didn't read across to the UK market.
ELO fans the opportunity to officially handle and hear the complete recording for themselves although Jet/Polydor did back all three "Face The Music" singles with "10538 Overture", "Daybreaker" and "Showdown" from the album [as pictured above].
If nothing else, the contrasting chart fortunes of ELO on either side of the Atlantic during the first half of their career is ably demonstrated by the story of both the non-release and the release of "The Night The Light Went On [In Long Beach]" and, of course, "Ole ELO".
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-May-2015