Saturday, 27 February 2021

#ELO50: Electric Light Expectations

#1,569: Although a little tardy, it was good to see Jeff Lynne's ELO finally announce on Monday 22nd February their plans via social media (several weeks after this elobf article pondered their intentions) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) thus: "2021 marks 50 years of ELO. We’ve been all over the world and have so many incredible memories to look back on, and more to create! Throughout the year, we will be sharing special 50th anniversary surprises with you. Follow along to see what we have in store!"

Whilst KJS/ELOBF are not given to unduly speculate on the intentions of the marketing gurus at Sony Legacy, it is not unreasonable to postulate the potential ELO releases and reissues that fans, followers and collectors can anticipate or hope to see during 2021. Here's a list of twelve items that could see the electric light of day this year including some longstanding wish list items oft cited by Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf). It'll be interesting to see what actually occurs over the next ten months!

ELO: Vinyl studio album boxed set with bonus material/discs ("Beatles Forever"?)
ELO: Album picture disc set (excluding "Out Of The Blue & "From Out Of Nowhere"?)
ELO: Music video collection DVD/Blu-ray
ELO: Limited edition CD rarities set
ELO: UK singles boxed set 1979-1986
Jeff Lynne's ELO: New studio album (Q4 2021)
ELO: Expanded 2LP "Time" edition with tour recording
ELO: Vinyl reissue of "On The Third Day"
ELO: Vinyl reissue of "Xanadu" &/or expanded CD
ELO: Vinyl reissue of "Balance Of Power"
Jeff Lynne: More ELO re-recordings (follow-up to "Mr. Blue Sky")
Jeff Lynne: "Down The Lane And Far Away" (follow-up to "Long Wave")

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