Whereas it could be said that it was naive to lift the soundtrack from ELO's famed 1978 Wembley show straight onto CD, their quintet of releases during 1998-1999 remain much sought after items with prices for the now ultra-rare "The BBC Sessions" and "Live At BBC Sessions" occasionally going for significant amounts on a certain online auction site. Their "Friends And Relatives" 2CD compilation contained many tracks previously not found in digital form and fills many a gap in the record collection of Yours Truly KJS even now. Note also that "Live At Winterland '76" was still being licensed from their somewhat controversial former manager Don Arden at this point, as was "Live At Wembley '78".
The advent of the aforementioned "Zoom" and the subsequent relaunches of ELO thereafter saw the remastering and repackaging of the entire ELO back catalogue after Jeff Lynne assumed full control of the ELO brand in 1999, with Eagle Rock switching their attention to the visual aspect of ELO material. Their "Out Of The Blue" Wembley show was paired with the promotional film for "Discovery" by Eagle Vision on DVD at first with the same concert later put out in 2006 with improved DTS, Dolby 5.1 and PCM stereo as well as a nice reproduction of the original 1978 world tour programme. Four years later, Eagle Vision squeezed footage from Brunel University (1973), Rockpalast (1974) and "Fusion" (1976) into the impressive "Live: The Early Years".
|Not listed: "Out Of The Blue Tour: Live At Wembley" and "Discovery" were also released in VHS format|
Note that the forthcoming "Wembley Or Bust" album will include video footage of Jeff Lynne's ELO gig in June as part of the deluxe package as opposed to a separate DVD/Blu-Ray release.
A request therefore is presented to Eagle Vision by this writer: Please can you consider putting out that iconic Electric Light Orchestra Part Two concert with The Moscow Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham NEC in May 1991 (Telstar TVE1037) on DVD and/or Blu-Ray?