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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2011, 03:21:09 PM »

I agree with you Brom that the earlier albums have a lot more grit to them (especially On The Third Day). You can hear the change around the time of Eldorado and by the time you get to On The Third Day, the ELO that most people know and understand was more or less fully formed.

The trillogy of albums that followed OTTD; A New World Record, OOTB and Discovery are peerless pop/rock albums of the day.
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2011, 08:18:48 PM »

Another call for voting buttons?
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« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2011, 12:24:41 AM »

Sorry, I'm rubbish at remembering them!
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2011, 01:39:20 AM »

Sorry, I'm rubbish at remembering them!

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« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2011, 09:59:31 PM »

Out Of The Blue is one of those albums that drives me nuts.
You play it once, and you suddenly remember why you think it's brilliant, so you play it again. You sing along to the hits, and you play it again. The other songs seep into your brain, the beatle-y bits, and the bits that could only come from the seventies, and you play it again. And suddenly you're sick of the pure slickness of the whole album, you need something gritty and badly produced, or at least a bit raucous, and you won't listen to it for ages.
Until you find the album in a box in 18 months time, and you go through the whole process again.

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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2011, 10:14:24 PM »

A fair point, well made Trace.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2011, 03:03:58 PM »

After a first listen through this morning, I was quite surprised I hadn't remembered just how good it is. Now, I haven't had as much time with it around as most of you lot probably have, so it'll need a couple more plays to thoroughly sink in, but I can share some preliminary thoughts...

The mix sounds remarkably dry in most places. If there's any reverb, it's usually very shallow, almost like a kickback delay. The lead vocals sound heavily compressed, then double tracked in that typical trend of the '70s to thicken up their presence. The strings throughout sound lovely and work together well with the keyboards, the sounds of which aren't engulfing the mix. The approach to the production and the mix doesn't change much throughout the course of the album which would bring dangers of too much similarity (especially with this being a double-length album), but it helps to thread the songs together. Concerto For A Rainy Day stands out by using sound effects to merge the four tracks together. I like the way they sort of made it an EP within an LP.

I must admit that I was a tad underwhelmed by it, if only by the fact that I knew exactly what to expect. I certainly appreciate it for what it is, but I hope I might find some more to intrigue me with future listens rather than just coming away thinking it's a very good album with some very good tunes on it.
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