Friday, 16 October 2020

ELO: The UK Singles Volume Two 1979-1986

#1,539: It's been a couple of years since Sony Legacy and Epic combined to release ELO: The UK Singles Volume One 1972-1978 back in September 2018. The 16 disc boxed set featured relatively faithful reproduction of all Electric Light Orchestra 7" singles and (picture) sleeves from "10538 Overture" to The ELO EP during their time on the Harvest, Warner Bros. (Burbank) and (of course) Jet labels. Fan reaction was generally positive despite its initial RRP of £100+ (currently available for £80 via amazon here).

Which leads many fans and collectors to question when a second volume covering ELO's singles from "Shine A Little Love" in 1979 to "Getting To The Point" in 1986 will see the (electric) light of day. Such a collection is expected to contain all 18 ELO UK singles from this period including their 1980 chart topping duet with Olivia Newton-John (subject to somewhat awkward licensing negotiations regarding "Xanadu" and its ONJ* only flip side "Fool Country").
Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever have compiled a list of the singles in question replete with 'B' sides and their original UK catalogue numbers for you to peruse below. Watch this proverbial elobf space for further updates ...

[1] "Shine A Little Love" b/w "Jungle" (#SJET144)
[2] "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" b/w "Down Home Town" (#JET150)
[3] "Don't Bring Me Down" b/w "Dreaming of 4000" (#JET153)
[5] "I'm Alive" b/w "Drum Dreams" (#JET179)
[6] "Xanadu" b/w "Fool Country"* (#JET185)
[7] "All Over The World" b/w "Midnight Blue" (#JET195)
[8] "Don't Walk Away" b/w "Across The Border" (#JET7004)
[9] "Hold On Tight" b/w "When Time Stood Still" (#JET7011)
[10] "Twilight" b/w "Julie Don't Live Here" (#JET7015)
[12] "The Way Life's Meant To Be" b/w "Wishing" (#JET7021)
[13] "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" b/w "After All" (#A3500/JET7034)
[15] "Four Little Diamonds" b/w "Letter From Spain" (#A3869)
[16] "Calling America" b/w "Caught In A Trap" (#A6844)
[17] "So Serious" b/w "A Matter Of Fact" (#A7090)
[18] "Getting To The Point" b/w "Secret Lives" (#A7317)
Volume One included the singles "10538 Overture" through to "The ELO EP" ...
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