On 9 August 2010, Eagle Rock Entertainment release “Live – The Early Years” from the Electric Light orchestra [Cat No: EREDV780]. This is the first time any of this material has been released on DVD and only the Fusion show was ever released on VHS. “Live – The Early Years” features many of their early classics including: “Showdown”, “Evil Woman”, “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”, “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head”, “10538 Overture”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Do Ya”, “Strange Magic” and more.
2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Electric Light Orchestra. ELO was formed in 1970 by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood from the ashes of The Move. Roy Wood soon left to form Wizzard and Jeff Lynne led ELO on to become one of the biggest selling acts of the seventies and eighties with global album sales in excess of 50 million. This DVD brings together three live concerts from the earlier part of the band’s career. The first is a four track excerpt from a show at Brunel University in 1973, the second a longer eight track set filmed for the German TV series Rockpalast in 1974 and finally the Fusion concert from the New Victoria Theatre in London in 1976, filmed during the “Face The Music” tour. The line-ups for these shows were: Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar), Bev Bevan (drums), Richard Tandy (keyboards), Mik Kaminski (violin), Hugh McDowell (cello), Mike De Albuquerque (bass 73/74), Kelly Groucutt (bass 76), Mike Edwards (cello 73/74), Melvyn Gale (cello 76).
Brunel University 1973
1) King Of The Universe 2) Ma-Ma-Ma Belle 3) In The Hall Of The Mountain King 4) Great Balls Of Fire
Germany 1974 – Rockpalast
1) Daybreaker 2) Showdown 3) Day Tripper 4) Orange Blossom Special 5) Ma-Ma-Ma Belle 6) In The Hall Of The Mountain King 7) Great Balls Of Fire 8) Roll Over Beethoven
London 1976 – Fusion
1) Poker 2) Nightrider 3) Showdown 4) Eldorado Overture 5) Can’t Get It Out Of My Head 6) Poor Boy (The Greenwood) 7) Illusions In G Major 8) Strange Magic 9) 10538 Overture 10) Do Ya 11) Evil Woman 12) Ma-Ma-Ma Belle 13) Roll Over Beethoven
Clocking in at nearly two hours of great entertainment and featuring an interview from the ‘Rockpalast’ TV series as a bonus feature, “Live – The Early Years” is a great package. The DVD makes the perfect companion piece to Eagle’s Gold selling “Out Of The Blue: Live at Wembley” DVD (EREDV058 & Special Edition EREDV556).