This means that five of the nine tracks from debut album "The Electric Light Orchestra" (or "No Answer" in the US due to a secretarial misunderstanding) were released in 7" format in the UK/US. This is especially surprising when you consider that tracks like "Whisper In The Night", "Look At Me Now" and "Mr. Radio" remain as album tracks to this day although a withdrawn 7" single edit of "Mr. Radio" can be found on the 2006 Harvest 3CD compilation "The Harvest Years: 1970-1973" (#SHDW414), suggesting that it may have initially intended as ELO's second single.
These words - as written by Harry Doherty and found on the sleeve notes for the 1979 Harvest Heritage compilation LP "The Light Shines On Vol. 2" (#SHSM2027) - come to mind when it comes to early ELO output, specifically their first album:
"And - please - will you sit up and take notice this time. If you're a real ELO fan, there's a lot to be learned from this early stuff, you know ... It's for that very reason that you should listen attentively to these early works. Okay?"
Reaping The Harvest: Showdown & Roll Over Beethoven
Singled Out: The Battle of Martston Moor