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Live at Winterland 76
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
10 live recordings from when Jeff Lynne was leader of thegroup, including 'Showdown', 'Strange Magic', 'Evil Woman','Roll Over Beethoven', 'Fire On High' and 'Eldorado Suite(including 'Can't Get It Out Of My Head'). 1998 E... more »
10 live recordings from when Jeff Lynne was leader of thegroup, including 'Showdown', 'Strange Magic', 'Evil Woman','Roll Over Beethoven', 'Fire On High' and 'Eldorado Suite(including 'Can't Get It Out Of My Head'). 1998 EagleRecords release.
Crackling live performance captures ELO at peak
Dr. Emil "Tom" Shuffhausen | Central Gulf Coast | 11/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Until the ZOOM TOUR LIVE 2001 album finally comes out, this CD remains perhaps the best overall ELO concert document. LIVE AT WINTERLAND '76 captures ELO as they were nearing their peak artistically and commercially. This nicely mixed, high-quality recording crackles with electricity, in contrast to the disappointing LIVE AT WEMBLEY '78 CD. At WINTERLAND, not every note is hit, and some of the licks miss their targets. There are even a couple of moments of feedback. All of these elements actually enhance this recording, however, giving it an intimacy and immediacy that quickly make the listener forget that this particular concert took place nearly 30 years ago. "Fire On High" is perhaps the penultimate progressive rock instrumental by anyone, anywhere, and it loses none of its excitement and vitality in this live recording. The "Eldorado Suite" captures some of the highlights from the brilliant 1974 ELDORADO album. WINTERLAND performance showcases Kelly Groucutt's outstanding vocals, which nicely compliment Jeff Lynne. Several times here, Kelly steps out of the shadows and takes the lead without missing a beat. There's some interesting between-song banter and instrument tuning between the various ELO mates. I'm glad it's included. The outstanding "10538 Overture/Do Ya" Medley pre-dates the re-recording of "Do Ya" for A NEW WORLD RECORD, and was a favored staple of ELO concerts of that era. All of the lovely bits that you would expect from ELO are here; what's surprising is the intensity and effectiveness of the rockers. "Poker," "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "Roll Over Beethoven" pack a wallop in this live recording, even perhaps beyond their studio counterparts. (Though "Beethoven" is perhaps a bit chaotic.) All ELO fans will be thrilled with this one; fans of great live rock and roll will enjoy it as well. We want more live ELO! (Stay tuned for the ZOOM TOUR album coming out soon.)"
Grab a cello and start duck-walking across your living room
Dark Star-The Other One | The Bus To Never Ever Land | 12/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a really nice live release from a band that I always didn't expect much from live. I was really surprised at how good it is. The first impression is what a good drummer Bev Bevan is and my next is what a good keyboard player Richard Tandy is. I was impressed with Jeff Lynne's guitar playing. This was a band blacklisted for supposed lip synching. The only place I notice that is on some parts that couldn't be performed live ie the beginning of the Eldorado medley,ect. It's very brief and also obvious when it happens. This is a live performance. I wouldn't list any of the players as being heavyweights in their field(Jeff Lynne is no Eric Clapton for example)however this release is a blast and if you like ELO grab it. The only thing that might bug fans is that the strings are under amplified"
ELO - The Heavy Metal Version
D. Jansing | Rome, New York United States | 07/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was often said that the Beatles couldn't actually perform any of their later stuff live, and the same could be said of ELO, although they gave it one hell of a try. The result is, less cellos and more guitars.
I never knew this band could be so LOUD. OK, so this isn't the best tape of a live performance in existence. Big deal. It's raw, it's loud, there are a few easily spotted goofs in the performance that would not be found anywhere in their studio work, and it's easily as heavy as any Black Sabbath recording, and I can't stop listening to it."