Electric Light Orchestra

Early ELO: 1971-1973

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Presented as an upgrade of the group's first two albums, this double-CD set promises more than it actually delivers, though at the time it was an improvement over the existing CDs. EMI redid the mastering on Electric Light Orchestra (as the album that Americans know as No Answer is referred to over there) and E.L.O. 2 (as Electric Light Orchestra II is called over there) and padded them out with outtakes that mostly consist of working versions of a handful of instrumentals that became finished songs in not-too-different form on the second and third albums. The 2001 two-CD version of the group's first album offers much better sound and more impressive extras, and the 1999 remastering of E.L.O. 2 runs circles around this set for audio quality.