- Eldorado (Electric Light Orchestra album)
Name = Eldorado, A Symphony
Type = studio
Electric Light Orchestra
Released = July
De Lane Lea Studios, London, United Kindgom
Symphonic rock, art rock
Length = 38:42
Warner Bros. Records, United Artists Records, Jet Records, Columbia Records
AllmusicRating|5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Ar1ua6j7h71t0 link]
*George Starostin (10/10) [http://starling.rinet.ru/music/elo.htm#Eldorado link]
Rolling Stone" (favourable) [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/electriclightorchestra/albums/album/122346/review/5944334/eldorado link]
Last album = "
The Night the Light Went On (In Long Beach)"
This album = "Eldorado, A Symphony by The Electric Light Orchestra"
Next album = "Face the Music" (1975)
"Eldorado, A Symphony", also known as simply "Eldorado", is the fourth studio album and a
concept albumby the Electric Light Orchestrareleased in 1974.
"Eldorado" is the first complete ELO
concept album, and Jeff Lynne conceived of the entire story before he wrote any music. The story follows a Walter Mitty-like character who mentally journeys into fantasy worlds via dreams, to escape a mundane reality he can't tolerate.
On this album
Jeff Lynnestopped overdubbing strings, as he had on the first three ELO albums, and instead hired an orchestra.Wild, David. "The Story of a Rock and Roll Band and the Pop Genius Who Dared to Go Baroque." Flashback.] Louis Clarkco-arranged and conducted the strings, and would become a full member. Mike de Albuquerquedeparted before recording, leaving Lynne to play bass and provide all vocals for the album, though de Albuquerque was credited. Kelly Groucuttreplaced de Albuquerque for the subsequent tour, when cellist Melvyn Galealso joined.
"Eldorado Finale" is heavily orchestrated much like "Eldorado Overture". Jeff Lynne said of the song, "I like the heavy chords and the slightly daft ending, where you hear the double bass players packing up their basses, because they wouldn't play another millisecond past the allotted moment."
"Can't Get It Out of My Head" was released as a single (with "Illusions in G Major") and was a success in the US, however the second single, an edited version of "Boy Blue" failed to make any impact. The album was soon certified Gold there. However, the album and singles failed to find a wide audience in the band's native
The front cover, designed by
Sharon Arden, comprises a still from the popular 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz".
All songs written by Jeff Lynne.
title1 = Eldorado Overture
length1 = 2:12
Can't Get It Out of My Head
length2 = 4:21
title3 = Boy Blue
length3 = 5:18
title4 = Laredo Tornado
length4 = 5:29
title5 = Poor Boy (The Greenwood)
length5 = 2:57
title1 = Mister Kingdom
length1 = 5:29
title2 = Nobody's Child
length2 = 3:56
Illusions in G Major
length3 = 2:37
title4 = Eldorado
length4 = 5:17
title5 = Eldorado Finale
length5 = 1:34
The album was remastered and reissued in 2001 with two bonus tracks, "Eldorado Instrumental Medley", a
suiteof the album's orchestral parts, plus "Dark City", an early draft of the track "Laredo Tornado".
- "Eldorado Instrumental Medley" – 7:56
#"Dark City" – 0:46
Use as Soundtrack
In 1978, the avant-garde filmmaker
Kenneth Angerrecreated his classic 1954 film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, using this album as the soundtrack.
Chart Positions, Chart Runs
Jeff Lynne– vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, orchestra and choral arrangements
Bev Bevan– drums, percussion
Richard Tandy– piano, moog synthesiser, guitar, backing vocals, orchestra and choral arrangements
Mike de Albuquerque– bass (credited, but did not play on the record)
Mik Kaminski– violin
Hugh McDowell– cello
*Mike Edwards – cello
Louis Clark- orchestra and choral arrangements and conducting
*Peter Forbes-Robertson – spoken word
- "Eldorado Instrumental Medley" – 7:56
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