All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra

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Sonia Montejano, Common Sense Media
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The "very best" of E.L.O. may not be.

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Positive Messages

Talks about love and holding fast to beliefs and opinions.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while there is no objectionable content, most of the songs are about love, relationships, or the feelings related to them.

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written bywillowfaierie November 18, 2009


Homer's fave band growing up
Teen, 15 years old Written bytoadstoolivy September 2, 2017

The kid who rated this 17+ is (if they are female) an "evil woman"

This is my favorite band! It can be cheesy at times but otherwise, it's great.

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.

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  • Families can talk about the music of different eras -- in the case of E.L.O., can you tell it's of an earlier decade? Does music reflect the mood of the time?

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