Sunday, 3 May 2015

On the Flip Side: ELO's Jet 'B' Sides

#902: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The first in a series of ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) articles looking at the tenure of ELO at Jet Records. The development of ELO by Don Arden and Jet Records as both an album and singles band from 1975 through their commercial peak and beyond served both themselves financially and their loyal record buying ELO fan base well in more than one way as the hits kept coming literally "All Over The World" from "Face The Music" to "Time".

For it was during this period, the Jet 'B' side policy ensured that 90% of their official UK ELO singles were backed by tracks from earlier albums beginning with all three Jet/Polydor singles from "Face The Music" featuring live versions of "10538 Overture", "Daybreaker" and "Showdown" from "The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach)" album (which did not see an official UK release until 1985 by Epic Records). From then on, ELO singles almost always had an album track on the flip side further exposing the bands back catalogue to both established and unsuspecting new fans as this brief ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) Jet ELO singles discography hopefully shows:

"10538 Overture (Live)" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ JET764B
"Daybreaker (Live)" ~ "Nightrider" ~ JET769B
"Showdown (Live)" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ JET779B
"Fire On High" ~ "Livin’ Thing" ~ UP36184B
"Poker" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ UP36209B
"Poorboy (The Greenwood)/"King Of The Universe" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ UP36254B
"Mister Kingdom" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ UP36313B
"One Summer Dream" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ UP36342B
"Eldorado" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ SJET109B
"Bluebird Is Dead" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ SJET121B
"Jungle" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ SJET144B
"Down Home Town" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ JET150B
"Dreaming Of 4000" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ JET153B
"Midnight Blue" ~ "All Over The World" ~ JET195B
"Across The Border" ~ "Don't Walk Away" ~ JET7004B
"Wishing" ~ "The Way Life's Meant To Be" ~ JET7021B
The policy also led, of course, to the release of The ELO EP (#ELO1) and both boxed sets "Three Light Years" (#JETBX1) and "Four Light Years" (#JETBX2). "Time" also seemed to mark a change in the policy as we started to also see previously unreleased tracks grace ELO singles taken from "Secret Messages" (1983) and "Balance Of Power" (1986). Outside of the UK, the policy continued with ELO singles including 'B' sides of album tracks such as "New World Rising", "The Whale" and "Another Heart Breaks" appearing in the United States. Such are the continuing wonders of being a fan, follower and collector of the audio and visual releases of the Electric Light Orchestra and related artistes!

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 03-May-2015

1 comment:

  1. When you put together (as we tried here) all the ELO A & B sides on their UK 7" single releases, you realise just how few ELO album trax ended up as exactly that (and there weren't many) particularly from the On The Third Day, Eldorado, Face The Music & Discovery albums! KJS@ELOBF