Saturday, 16 June 2018

Vinyl Story: ELO's AA Side Singles Revisited

Regular visitors to elobeatlesforever (elobf) will know that ELO's AA sided UK singles have been the subject of several articles including a look at the role reversal of "Ticket To the Moon" and "Here Is The News" (JET7018) when it was released in Holland (JET7081). We also noted that "21st Century Man" and "Twilight" (JET808) were marketed as an AA single per se in France not forgetting the pairing up of "Confusion" with "Last Train To London" (JET166) for the final single taken from "Discovery". Refresh your memory by reading these elobf articles thus:

REVERSE RELEASE: TIME'S THIRD SINGLE TWIST
VINYL STORY: ELO'S AA SIDE SINGLES

Since then, Yours Truly KJS has acquired a couple of other Electric Light Orchestra singles released in Europe from "Face The Music" that were AA sided by any other name. The first (*as highlighted by FTM Germany's Patrik Guttenbacher) is "Waterfall" backed by "Strange Magic" as issued in France (Jet/Polydor 2001653) and is, to my knowledge, the only time that "Waterfall" has been pressed on 7" vinyl. The other item is a Belgian (*not German) issued "Evil Woman" b/w "Nightrider" (Jet/Polydor 2001622) wherein, unfortunately, Jeff's surname is printed as "Lyn" bringing back memories of the gaffe on The Idle Race's "Impostors Of Life's Magazine" single.
The above table shows where the aforementioned singles are positioned in relation to the three UK singles taken from "Face The Music" (JETLP11) by Jet/Polydor.  One wonders if there are other examples out there that might constitute yet more ELO AA singles ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-June-2018

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  1. There are quite a few (foreign) instances of "ELO's AA Side Singles (by any other name)," for example:-

    Argentina - Rockaria!/Tightrope

    Australia - Evil Woman/Fire on High; Strange Magic/Waterfall; Wild West Hero/Jungle; Diary of Horace Wimp/Midnight Blue; and Confusion/Can't Get it out of my Head which was actually marketed as AA promoting both Discovery and Greatest Hits.

    Austria - Strange Magic/Down Home Town

    Brazil - Twilight/Another Heart Breaks

    Costa Rica - Need Her Love/Midnight Blue; Don't Walk Away/All Over The World; Hold on Tight/The Lights Go Down; Rock 'n' Roll is King/Bluebird

    Germany/Holland - Daytripper/Daybreaker

    Holland - Poor Boy/Boy Blue; Stranger/Train of Gold

    Holland/USA - It's Over/The Whale

    Mexico - I'm Alive/The Fall; All Over The World/Don't Walk Away

    Philippines - Do Ya/Shangri-la; Need Her Love/Confusion; Midnight Blue/Last Train to London

    South Africa - Sweet Talkin' Woman/Across the Border

    Yugoslavia - turn to Stone/Across the Border

    ... and probably quite a few more!

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