Yet some ELO fans see "Secret Messages" as a poor relation when compared to its more illustrious and commercially successful predecessors. Excluding the boxed set "Three Light Years" (JETBX1), ELO album releases in the UK from 1976 to 1981 peaked at #6 ("A New World Record"), #4 ("Out Of The Blue"), #1 ("Discovery"), #7 ("ELO's Greatest Hits"), #2 ("Xanadu") and #1 ("Time") respectively whereas as "Secret Messages" attained what is often seen as a disappointing #4.
elobf will know from not a few previous articles that "Secret Messages" actually performed rather better during its fifteen (15) week chart run between 26th June and 8th October 1983 than is commonly accepted. The reason for that conclusion is that if you look at the Official Album Chart for the week following the release of "Secret Messages", you will see that ahead of Electric Light Orchestra were three classic albums in "Synchronicity" (The Police), "Thriller" (Michael Jackson) and "Let's Dance" (David Bowie) - the 11th, 1st and 4th best selling albums of 1983.
Whereas we will never know how the originally intended "Secret Messages" double album would have fared, the familiar 1LP format will always be one of my fave ELO albums. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) will continue to campaign for the full release of "Secret Messages" in its full 2LP, 18 track glory, including, of course, "Beatles Forever" ...
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 15-Feb-2017