- Discovery (Electric Light Orchestra album)
Discovery Studio album by Electric Light Orchestra Released May 1979 (UK)
June 1979 (US)
12 June 2001 (reissue)
Recorded March - April 1979
Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Symphonic rock, pop rock, disco Length 38:53 Label Jet Records & Columbia Records
Producer Jeff Lynne; Engineer - Mack Electric Light Orchestra chronology Out of the Blue
Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic 
Discovery was the band's first No. 1 album in the UK, entering the chart at that position and staying there for five weeks. The LP contained five hit songs in "Shine a Little Love," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Last Train to London", "Confusion" and "The Diary of Horace Wimp", many of which were heavily influenced by disco (in fact, Richard Tandy came up with its well known nickname, Disco Very). "Don't Bring Me Down" would become one of their only two top three hits in the UK throughout their career (Xanadú will be number One in 1980), and also their highest-charting US single at #4. "The Diary of Horace Wimp" was also a hit single in the UK, although it was not patterned after the disco sound; instead it was closer in style to the band's earlier hit "Mr. Blue Sky." The album itself was the first ever to generate four top-ten singles (one of which was a Double A-side) from a single LP in the UK and was eventually certified 2x platinum by the RIAA in 1997.
Discovery is notable in that it was the first ELO album not to feature their resident string trio of Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell and Melvyn Gale, although they did make an appearance on the Discovery music videos that were created as a substitute for a live concert tour. Shortly afterwards, leader Jeff Lynne deemed the string section surplus to his requirements and he decided to dismiss them (although Kaminski did return for the Time Tour in 1981-82, and as a performer on the 1983 album Secret Messages).
Discovery was remastered as part of the Epic/Legacy remaster series in 2001; among the included bonus tracks was a cover of a Del Shannon classic, "Little Town Flirt." (This track was started on the Discovery sessions as a tribute to Del Shannon. He was my first musical hero. It was never finished until now ....Jeff Lynne)
All tracks written by Jeff Lynne, except where noted.
- "Shine a Little Love" – 4:43
- "Confusion" – 3:42
- "Need Her Love" – 5:11
- "The Diary of Horace Wimp" – 4:17
- "Last Train to London" – 4:32
- "Midnight Blue" – 4:19
- "On the Run" – 3:55
- "Wishing" – 4:13
- "Don't Bring Me Down" – 4:02
Bonus tracks on the 2001 edition
- "On the Run" (Home Demo) – 1:01
- "Second Time Around" (Home Demo) – 0:43
- "Little Town Flirt" (Maron McKenzie, Del Shannon) – 2:53
- Bonus tracks were previously unreleased. Started 1979, finished 2001. Engineered by Mack and Ryan Ulyate.
- Orchestra and choral arrangements - Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy and Louis Clark.
- Orchestra conducted by Louis Clark.
- Jeff Lynne - vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, producer
- Bev Bevan - drums, percussion
- Richard Tandy - piano, synthesizer, electric piano, clavinet
- Kelly Groucutt - bass guitar, vocals
- Orchestra conducted by Louis Clark
- Additional personnel
Promotional movie line-up
- Jeff Lynne - vocals, guitar
- Bev Bevan - drums
- Richard Tandy - keyboards
- Kelly Groucutt - bass guitar, vocals
- Mik Kaminski - violin
- Hugh McDowell - cello
- Melvyn Gale - cello
The certifications listed are out of date and incomplete.
- United Kingdom - Platinum (June 1979)
- United States RIAA: Gold (11/06/1979)
- United States RIAA: Platinum (19/06/1979)
- United States RIAA: 2x Platinum (10/01/1997)
- Australia - Triple Platinum (June 1979)
- New Zealand - Platinum (June 1979)
- Norway - Double Platinum (June 1979)
- Netherlands - Gold (June 1979)
- Germany - Gold (June 1979)
- Belgium - Gold (June 1979)
- Canada - Triple Platinum (June 1979)
- Denmark - Silver (June 1979)
- Sweden - Silver (June 1979)
- Finland - Gold (June 1979)
- Iceland - Gold (June 1979)
- South Africa - Gold (June 1979)
- Switzerland - Gold (June 1979)
- Italy - Gold (June 1979)
- Spain - Gold (June 1979)
Country Peak chart
United Kingdom 1 46 Australia 1 46 Norway 1 34 Spain 1 33 France 2 56 New Zealand 2 34 Sweden 2 10 Austria 3 60 Canada 3 33 United States 5 35 Japan 31 40 Preceded by
Voulez-Vous by ABBA
UK Albums Chart number one album
16 June 1979 – 20 July 1979
Replicas by Tubeway Army
Rickie Lee Jones by Rickie Lee Jones
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
23 July - 5 August 1979
13 August - 2 September 1979
17–23 September 1979
The Very Best of Leo Sayer by Leo Sayer
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- ^ The Bob & Tom Show, January 2000
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- The Electric Light Orchestra Story (1980) ISBN 0-907 394-00-0
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