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Electric Light Orchestra Live The Early Years (1973 1976/Eagle DVD)


Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: C Concerts: B



A fine band, especially in their early years, Electric Light Orchestra wanted to be different, artistic, trying to find their own voice and in The Beatles mode, as their earliest albums demonstrated. You can read about their first two albums at the link below. They are stronger albums than you might think and now, we have three concerts from that time that show they were as ambitious on stage as they were in the studio. Electric Light Orchestra Live The Early Years offers footage from three concerts worth revisiting.


Rarest and most interesting is the 1973 Brunel University show, which offers only four songs (they likely played more) but that they are so effective in an intimate setting without their later large-scale shows gives us a look at the band that is rare and shows us the core talent involved, with Jeff Lynne leading well even then. The 1974 appearance on the Rockpalast TV show has the band in their more familiar mode, adding Showdown to their playlist along with hooding on to Ma Ma Ma Belle, but I like the show and you can seer them still experimenting with how to do their studio-rich songs live. That leaves the 1976 Fusion show, where they are in full swing holding on to Ma Ma Ma Belle, Showdown and adding hits like Evil Woman, Cant Get It Out Of My Head and Strange Magic. In the end, watched in chronological order, you can see ELO grow into a band that was not just another Beatles imitator and how good they were while it lasted.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot in film for the first show and videotape for the rest, all looking good for their age, but I liked the film footage the best, flaws and all. The DTS 5.1 mix does its best to get the most out of the music soundtracks available and fares a little better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes also included. I cant imagine any of these looking or sounding much better.


The only extra is a Rockpalast interview, but you can read about their first two albums from that period at this link:





- Nicholas Sheffo


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