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All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
In Birmingham, England, in 1971, the Electric Light Orchestra (aka E.L.O.) formed from 1960s Brit bands and originally embraced a \"Beatle-esque\" sound. After a tumultuous existence switching band members like a game of musical chairs, E.L.O's sound lobbed in between rock and disco sound. Their earlier \"best of\" CD takes a tour of this evolution and includes a mix of E.L.O's classic rock and pop hits. Of E.L.O.'s multiple U.S. hits, 15 are included on ALL OVER THE WORLD: THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, including \"Telephone Line,\" \"Strange Music,\" \"Evil Woman,\" and \"Don't Bring Me Down.\"
Is it any good?
Though this compilation does include "All Over the World" (which was left off Strange Magic, a two-disc E.L.O. compilation released in 1995), it still lacks select must-haves: "Fire on High" and "Can't Get It Out of My Head." So it actually comes off more like a really good introduction to E.L.O. rather than a collection of their "very best" for true fans. However, if you're just starting your 1970s music collection or looking for a good rummage of the era, this disc is an excellent grab.