Kyle Motor wrote:ELO had a stable of regular string players for recording and touring (usually 3, overdubbed multiple times on record).
This was true up to a point. By Out Of The Blue
, at least, they were using a full orchestra for recordings. In the reissue liner notes, Lynne talks about squeezing 40 musicians into the tiny Musicland studio where he'd previously done what you describe. (Each member had to bring their own chair!)
Igor wrote:I would have to say that my faves are probably Face the Music and Eldorado. The songs I liked were rarely the big hits, or even released as singles. "Poker" and "Down Home Town" from Face the Music, "Boy Blue" from Eldorado, the aforementioned "Sweet is the Night", the singles from On the Third Day.
Nice choices, all.
And now, a short little update, filled with pleasant surprises...The Electric Prunes
-- I only have 1967's Underground
plus a bunch of other tracks burned off a comp. I don't recall when I last jammed this and my memory was of a less-than-inspired psych act with little that stood out beyond the obviously great single, "I Had Too Much To Dream", which I hear regularly in other contexts. But jamming it this week, I was really surprised at all the little pleasures on this CD. The album proper is pretty consistently good and there were lots of great stray tracks from the comp. as well. Much more diverse than I'd remembered and a lot more fun to boot.The lead-off track
starts things admirably and the whole thing was generally fun
. From the comp, I was very pleased at some of their pop turns
as well as some of their stranger fare.
Good stuff, and now I definitely want to explore more. So tell me what I've been missing, please.
Oh, also, there's this bit of hilarity.The Elegants
-- Everyone knows "Little Star", but again, I hadn't listened to this CD
in a while and hey, it's really solid! Great white doo-wop; not a clunker in the bunch. They have a more complete compilation which is out-of-print, but it's been added to my wish list and I will definitely keep my eyes open for it down the road."Pay Day""Gettin' Dizzy"Ellie Pop
-- Their sole album
is a delightful Beatles-inspired pop record (they're often described as psych, but I don't really hear that.) Slightly off-kilter songs with odd time signatures, great harmonies, this album might not hit you as much when you first hear it, but jam it a few times and I guarantee it will start to grow on you.My fave track is the last.
All three of these CDs are perfect examples of why I undertook this project in the first place. When your collection grows as large as mine (and your memory is as bad) it's almost a guarantee that there is lots of great stuff sitting on your shelf awaiting rediscovery. The Ellie Pop I already knew I loved -- although I hadn't jammed it in a while -- but the Elegants and Prunes were very welcome surprises.
Which brings me up to Duke Ellington. And although I barely have a surface-scratching collection, I do have quite a lot (15 or so albums on CD, many of them multi-disc sets) so I'll be in jazz-land for a while. I really don't have the vocabularly or knowledge to do Duke justice, but I'll do my best, but it's probably gonna be a while before I check in again.