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Strange Music: Best of
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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TexRex96 | Chicago | 03/18/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice mix of seventies classics and the more pop-inspired eighties work kicked off by "Discovery." But we already know the songs, so rating a greatist hits compilation is mostly song selection, how the work is presented, and goodies like extra tracks and liner notes. Once again, ELO has pulled together a greatest hits collection omitting possibly the best rock instrumental ever, "Fire on High." Also missing is some very solid work from Xanadu ("I'm Alive," "All Over the World," and the title track). If "Fire on High" weren't such a gem in the ELO catalogue this may be less bothersome. After all, it's not like Jackson Browne's audacious omission of "Boulevard" in his "best of" effort, or Fleetwood Mac overlooking "The Chain" and "Gold Dust Woman" in theirs. Still, it's a double-CD that claims to offer the best of ELO, but doesn't really. The cynic in me says this leaves room for "Best of II..." Either way, it is a nice expansion of the prior "Greatest Hits" CD, so if this is your first foray into the world of ELO, I'd say go for it."
Anthony Nasti | 02/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ELO is a very special band that has been completely and unfairly forgotten in recent years. I hardly ever hear their songs on the radio any more, but looking at this stellar line up of songs on this collection, you have to wonder why this is so. Out of the 30+ songs on this set, i believe only about 3 or 4 didnt crack the top 30. That is incredibly impressive, but yet all it seemed to earn Jeff Lynne was a trip down forgotten lane. ELO is one of the few bands that you can truly escape with...the music packaged with their clever album art made for a total rock music experience like none other. This music is great, and hopefully this low for a 2-disc set price will attract many new listeners. One testament to how good the ELO catalog is...this is a 2 disc set and everyone (myself included) still think they could have added a third disc with ease! From the string of quality hits with ELO, to his production work with Tom Petty, the Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson et al., Jeff Lynne not receiving a lifetime achievement award is almost a crime. This collection is an important piece of the rock era that should not be overlooked, and hopefully when the new ELO album "Zoom" comes out in 2001 people will re-discover this great band."
Concise collection of amazing career
Peter Durward Harris | 03/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"STRANGE MAGIC is a collection of some of ELO's best hits and album tracks. It is by no means comprehensive, but it does give a very good overview of the genius and beauty of ELO's artistic output. Here you will find music that ranges from sublime ballads to sweet pop confections to crunchy rockers to complex art suites. All of ELO's 11 studio albums are represented on STRANGE MAGIC...the only glaring omissions being ELO's three hits from the XANADU soundtrack. Fortunately, "Calling America" from BALANCE OF POWER is included here, in contrast to its exclusion from the otherwise exellent ELO AFTERGLOW box set. ELO hit the TOP 40 with 20 different tracks during its remarkable career. Seventeen of these are on STRANGE MAGIC, plus great album tracks such as "Roll Over Beethoven," "Showdown," "Daybreaker," and "Rockaria." This collection makes a fabulous introduction to ELO, one of the finest art-rock/pop bands to ever grace the world's airwaves."