But "The Best Of ELO" was different because in covering the years 1974-79, it included all five (5) "Discovery" singles as well as "Eldorado Overture", "Do Ya" (a single in the States), "Tightrope", "Steppin' Out" and "Shangri-La" alongside all the UK singles taken from "Out Of The Blue" and "A New World Record". Indeed, there was no "Showdown", "Ma Ma Ma Belle" or any eighties representation ("Xanadu" or "Time") here but coupled with the appealing roster of twenty (20) songs was an attractive front sleeve with the ELO logo on a black background and an inner gatefold that included a nice biography and a classy photos of the Magnificent Seven.
See also: Compilation Corner: Ticket To The Moon
This was a two record set hard to resist and something of a departure being as it intermingled so many album tracks with so many hits. "The Best Of ELO" remains one of my fave ELO career overviews to this day, reminding us all that the Electric Light Orchestra were a band with a huge hit pedigree at their commercial peak. And they still are.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Sep-2018