Album review: ELO – Live






This album is taken from a 2001 performance for a PBS television special in Los Angeles at CBS Television City which was released as a DVD that same year. This CD adds four tracks that weren’t on the DVD, namely ‘Secret Messages’, ‘Sweet Talkin’ Woman’, ‘Twilight’, and ‘Confusion’. There are two previously unreleased studio tracks, ‘Out of Luck’ (recorded in 2010) and ‘Cold Feet’ (recorded in 1992). Both of these are good, solid Jeff Lynne tunes with (both have Jeff Lynne playing everything on them bar a tambourine!) ‘Out Of Luck’ the best of the two and very catchy indeed.

As for the live album ELO in 2001 was really Jeff Lynne and long term fellow member Richard Tandy joined by most of the musicians who played on ELO’s ‘Zoom’ album, including drummer Matt Bissonette who more than compensates for Bev Bevan.

The set list is heavy on the band’s glory years and it is great to hear live versions of ‘Twilight’ and ‘Secret Messages’ from their early 80s’ albums. The extended jamming on ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ still remains in their set from almost when they began. It is strange none of the ‘Zoom’ album songs make this live album, even if it was just the lead single ‘Alright’  which is readily available on YouTube to watch. The sound is top notch and using live cellos is much better than string synths.

This will be of interest to fans for certain and hopefully may encourage those who only buy the hits albums to try this and hear a few songs that may pique their interest further.


Jason Ritchie

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