Saturday, 16 February 2019

Another Chart Breaks: ELO & Move Midweek Musing

#1,485: Ever since the Official Albums Chart Update (or Midweek Album Chart as it's sometimes called) was launched back in March 2010, it's been easy for avid fans and casual enquirers to check on the progress of both new and current charting releases. Followers of ELO and related artistes have seen a plethora of releases in those nine years and have seen albums such as "Long Wave", "Get Up" and "Alone In The Universe" enter the Top 10 during midweek and hold that position (more or less) until the full chart was revealed four days or so later.  With pre-orders, streams and downloads now also a component in the chart statistics alongside traditional physical purchases, the charts these days are a lot different than those back in the day with some releases charting one week and fading away dramatically the next.

Recent releases by both The Move and ELO have been examples of this modern chart trait. The excellent compilation "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" was released via Cherry Red/Esoteric in January 2017 and landed in the Midweek Chart at #54 (their first charting album since "Move" in April 1968) before falling away and not even appearing in the full album chart that week. Likewise, the long awaited 2LP edition of ELO's enigmatic 1983 album "Secret Messages" (albeit without "Beatles Forever" or a parallel CD issue) was revealed in early August 2018 and hit the halfway chart running at a healthy #49 before also slipping away out of the full Top 100 album roster within a few days (although it did enter the Official Vinyl Chart at a very respectable #7).

Although neither "Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move" or the "Secret Messages" double album won't be found in the Official Chart Archive in and of themselves, Yours Truly KJS wants this elobeatlesforever (elobf) article to mark their brief unofficial charting success in the ever changing music buying climate of the 21st Century.

Related KJS/ELOBF articles
Secret Messages Enters UK Vinyl Chart Top 10

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-Feb-2019

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