Initially a rather attractive gold vinyl limited DJ only edition (Jet/UA SP-123) and also a red, white and blue vinyl set (to commemorate the American Bicentennial that year) intended for US radio stations, "Olé ELO" (UA-LA630G) was officially released in June 1976 to capitalize on ELO's growing success and status thanks to hit singles such as "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Evil Woman" as well as their gold certified albums "Eldorado" and "Face The Music". It turned out to be an inspired decision as "Olé ELO" - with tracks ranging from "10538 Overture" to "Strange Magic" - was also certified gold after peaking at #24, preparing the ground for "A New World Record" and the ensuing stellar success of the Electric Light Orchestra.
|As easy as SP-123: Photo courtesy of Patrik Guttenbacher/FTM Germany Newsletter #236, January 2012|
Yours Truly KJS also recalls seeing US imports of "Olé ELO" turning up regularly in local record shop shelves at that time and often wondering why there was no UK equivalent especially when Dutch reissues of "Olé ELO" were pressed by Jet/CBS in 1978 with the catalogue number JETLP903. With its contrasting fortunes in the UK and US, "Olé ELO" is the first proper ELO compilation. A greatest hits collection that sometimes slips under the proverbial radar yet continues to have an enigmatic appeal to fans and collectors "All Over The World".
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 31-March-2018