Sunday, 21 February 2016

Rare Eldorado Vinyl Unearthed

#1,066: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Michael Laine Hildebrandt is not only the maestro behind the fantastic Bubble Gum Orchestra [BGO], he's also a good friend of Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF]. Michael dropped me a line recently to tell me that he had come across what looks like an extremely rare piece of Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] vinyl history and had obtained it for a tidy sum.
It was part of a larger collection formerly owned by a 69 year old lady from Los Angeles who knew a member of the band and, looking at the sleeve and LP, this looks very much like a rare test pressing for of the US issue of ELO's classic symphonic masterpiece "Eldorado" [#UA-LA339-G], perhaps "RUSH" released for FM radio airplay. Dated 11th September 1974, the plain sleeve contains various interesting annotations such as "EVERYTHING SEGUES!" [in amazement maybe?] and also lists the ASCAP numbers for all original ten [10] tracks as well as crediting a certain Richard Dandy!
Both MLH and myself feel that this is a significant find and worthy of sharing with fellow ELO fans worldwide. All photos are published with the permission of Michael Laine Hildebrandt. Enjoy!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Feb-2016


  1. Hey KJS love your work , this is something I would love to own but obviously out of my reach, I would argue that this is possibly the best Album Jeff Lynne ever did, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue were more commercial but at the same time Game Changing.... ELDORADO, is a story...I adore it....