Electric Light Orchestra

Friends and Relatives

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Electric Light Orchestra's family tree is certainly a long and winding one, as evidenced by the 1999 double-disc compilation Friends and Relatives. As its title suggests, what you get here are tracks by artists who are in some way, shape, or form related to ELO, with a few live ELO tracks thrown in for good measure. In other words, don't expect a multitude of renowned tracks you're likely to hear on the average classic rock radio station. For instance, you'll find tracks from Wizzard (a band Roy Wood was in after ELO), Rick Price (bassist for Wizzard and the pre-ELO band the Move), Bev Bevan (drummer for the Move and ELO), and even tracks by ex-Wings member Denny Laine (who once worked with Trevor Burton of the Move). Standouts include Wizzard's Phil Spector-ish sounding "This Is the Story of My Love (Baby)," the Move's Beatlesque "Blackberry Way," and such renowned ELO tracks as "Evil Woman" (in live form). If you already own the majority of Electric Light Orchestra's albums and want to sample the bandmembers' music outside of ELO's confines, Friends and Relatives is a solid "taster" set.

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