Definitive Collection

Electric Light Orchestra

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Definitive Collection Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The 1998 Holland collection Definitive Collection isn't really definitive, of course -- it's the kind of title common to budget-line discs or European and Asian-only compilations -- but it is a good sampler of ELO's hits all the same, containing 19 songs, including many, many hits: "Showdown," "Can't Get It out of My Head," "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," "Livin' Thing," "Turn to Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down," and "Rock N' Roll Is King." There are enough absent hits and album tracks to make this not worth seeking out -- especially since the "Limited Gold Edition" statement on the back of the box does not mean that this is a remastered, audiophile gold disc -- but if it can be found at a good price, it's a nice sampler for casual fans.

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