Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra

Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a compilation album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1995 only in the US.

Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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Greatest hits album by
Released11 April 1995
RecordedJuly 1970–January 1986
GenreRock
Length120:24
LabelEpic Associated, Legacy
ProducerJeff Lynne, Roy Wood (track 1)
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra
(1994)
Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(1995)
Light Years, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
MusicHound3.5/5[3]

The compilation favours album versions rather than single versions; tracks such as "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Shine a Little Love" and "Boy Blue" are longer. The compilation is sequenced chronologically and is drawn from US singles, sans 3 from Xanadu, with exception of the European hit "Rockaria!" on disc one.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except disc 1, track 2, written by Chuck Berry (*2).

Disc one (1972–1976)Edit

  1. "10538 Overture" – 5:29
  2. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 8:09
  3. "Showdown" – 4:09
  4. "Daybreaker" – 3:31
  5. "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (Extended version) – 4:11
  6. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" – 4:22
  7. "Boy Blue" – 5:18
  8. "Evil Woman" – 4:19
  9. "Strange Magic" – 4:30
  10. "Livin' Thing" – 3:33
  11. "Do Ya" – 3:44
  12. "Telephone Line" – 4:40
  13. "Rockaria!" – 3:14

Disc two (1977–1986)Edit

  1. "Turn to Stone" – 3:47
  2. "Sweet Talkin' Woman" – 3:48
  3. "Mr. Blue Sky" – 5:03
  4. "It's Over" – 4:08
  5. "Shine a Little Love" – 4:42
  6. "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:02
  7. "Confusion" – 3:41
  8. "Last Train to London" – 4:30
  9. "Hold on Tight" – 3:06
  10. "Twilight" – 3:41
  11. "Rain Is Falling" – 3:55
  12. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" – 3:17
  13. "Four Little Diamonds" – 4:05
  14. "Stranger" – 4:27
  15. "Calling America" – 3:29
  16. "So Serious" – 2:41

PersonnelEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike (11 April 1995). "Electric Light Orchestra Strange Magic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 916. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 382. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)