Tuesday, 24 January 2012

RECOMMENDED: ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA [40th Anniversary Edition]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Doubtless in the last few days you may have seen a fair few ELO fan sites and blogs publishing the preliminary details of the forthcoming "40th Anniversary Edition" of the seminal debut ELO release "The Electric Light Orchestra" [also known as "No Answer" in the United States] by EMI here in the UK. This must be the 10,538th re-issue of this material ... so I've waited a little while to post this blog whilst I check out one or three sources in order to collate as much pre-release information as possible! Here's an overview of the release for you to peruse whilst we await pre-ordering information:

"To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ELO's first album 'Electric Light Orchestra', EMI are releasing both a CD/DVD and a 180 Gram Vinyl version on March 12th, 2012! The '40th Anniversary Edition' CD features the original album and has six [6] bonus tracks. The accompanying DVD features a Quad to 4.1 DTS 96/24 [taking the original 1973 Quad and adding a sub to create the 4.1] and a flat transfer of the original stereo analogue master from 1971 in 96kHz/24 bit PCM stereo. Sleeve notes for this release were written by Dom Lawson and the original "10538 Overture" promo clip is included as as a special bonus! The vinyl release will feature the original analogue stereo master."

Whilst HMV @ Japan appear to be offering the release as an import on or about the 27th February [source: elodiscovery.com], ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] have discovered that amazon.de are offering this two [2] disc CD/DVD release on 24th February at the attractive pre-order price of €14.99 [which equates to approx. £12.50 at the time of writing] for these track listings:

CD #1
[1] 10538 Overture [2001 Remaster]
[2] Look At Me Now [2001 Remaster]
[3] Nellie Takes Her Bow [2001 Remaster]
[4] Battle Of Marston Moor [July 2nd 1644] [2001 Remaster]
[5] First Movement [Jumping Biz] [2001 Remaster]
[6] Mr. Radio [2001 Remaster]
[7] Manhattan Rumble [49th Street Massacre] [2001 Remaster]
[8] Queen Of The Hours [2001 Remaster]
[9] Whisper In The Night [2001 Remaster]
[10] 10538 Overture [Acetate]
[11] Mr. Radio [Take #9 Recorded 18/11/70]
[12] Nellie Takes Her Bow [Alternate Mix]
[13] Whisper In The Night [Take #1/Take #2 Edit Recorded 28/4/71]
[14] Mr Radio [7'' Single Version]
[15] 10538 Overture [for 'Top Of The Pops']
CD #2
[1] 10538 Overture [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[2] Look At Me Now [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[3] Nellie Takes Her Bow [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[4] Battle Of Marston Moor [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[5] First Movement [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[6] Mr. Radio [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[7] Manhattan Rumble [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[8] Queen Of The Hours [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[9] Whisper In The Night [Quad To 4.1 DTS/96/24; Dolby Digital] [2012 Remaster]
[10] 10538 Overture
[11] Look At Me Now
[12] Nellie Takes Her Bow
[13] Battle Of Marston Moor [July 2nd 1644]
[14] First Movement [Jumping Biz]
[15] Mr. Radio
[16] Manhattan Rumble [49th Street Massacre]
[17] Queen Of The Hours
[18] Whisper In The Night
[19] 10538 Overture [Original Promo Clip] [2012 - Remaster]

STOP PRESS: Latest Release News
It appears that the UK release date has now been confirmed for Monday 12th March as both the CD/DVD and vinyl LP editions are now being offered by amazon.co.uk who are now taking pre-orders attractively priced at £11.10 each and £17.93 each respectively thus:

Electric Light Orchestra - First Light CD/DVD - amazon.co.uk
Electric Light Orchestra - First Light LP - amazon.co.uk

Hence, whilst we await details of the UK release and pre-order information; this looks like another interesting release for the ELO completist especially when considered with the imminent re-release on vinyl of the classic 1974 ELO album "Eldorado".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 24-Jan-2012

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