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Going slightly Retro tonight. A concert by one of the most popular bands of the early 1970s, and certainly one of the most successful from that decade. The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) began life from the wreckage of The Move, which featured ELO founding members Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and drummer Bev Bevan. Roy Wood would soon leave the band to go on his own adventure with Wizard, but the seeds of a new sound were well-underway. With the extra bonus of cellos in the mix and an approach more akin to Progressive Rock at the time, ELO gained a reputation the good old fashioned way; they toured almost constantly for a couple of years, most notably in the U.S. which they were determined to crack no matter what it took. So the band criss-crossed the U.S. and repeated the process until they became a household name and prominent features on FM. Despite that, they were still pretty much ignored in their native UK. It wasn’t until later in 1976 when A New World Record was released that the band managed to match their success in the UK that they had in the U.S.
This weekend it’s a concert from that UK breakout period of 1976. The band had undergone some personnel changes and by this time they had successfully crossed over into the mainstream market. This concert, recorded on November 6, 1976 features material mostly culled from their release A New World Record.
In case you forgot what the 70s sounded like . . . .
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