August 3rd 2014 10:22
To the 'great contemporary unwashed' of the time, the concept was as novel as it was outrageous yet after recording just two more albums with the group, both Lynne and Move front man Ron Wood took the leap of faith and formed The Electric Light Orchestra.
Helping to realise Lynne's dream of pairing classical instruments with rock 'n' roll riffs, the band's 1971 debut is even today considered a clunky attempt to get some footing with this new hybrid - yet history will tell us that it was Wood who effectively stymied the growth of the now legendary ELO sound.
Coming to prominence in the mid 70's, ELO rode a massive wave of middle America success - which traversed both the Atlantic and Pacific with huge fan bases in both the UK, Europe and Australia.
A string of hits stretching from their 1975 album Face The Music through to their final 'official' album in 1982 with the science fiction concept album Time made ELO one of the most consistently marketable groups of the time.
The group's name is an intended pun based not only on electric light (as in a light bulb as seen on early album covers) but also using "electric" rock instruments combined with a "light orchestra" (orchestras with only a few cellos and violins).
So, discounting the reformations and the pseudo efforts such as Lynne's "Every Little Thing" from his solo effort 'Armchair Theatre' - what in my opinion are 10 reason to love ELO?
1. Living Thing
2. Do Ya
3. Don't Bring Me Down
5. Can't Get it Out of My Head
6. Turn to Stone
7. Evil Woman
8. Sweet Talking Woman
9. Telephone Line
10.Shine a Little Love