It’s not easy to leave some songs out, every one is someone’s favourite. It’s funny how for over 30 years we wanted the full double album released and here we are reducing it back to a single album!!! I’m enjoying it though, good thread.
Good thread. I think this is harder than doing OOTB, because, imho, OOTB has more filler that you can more easily get rid of. (I know....I know.....kill me now.) Plus, in the case of SM, some IDIOT did in fact make it into a single album, without several of the best songs available, and I never figured out if Jeff played a role in this selection, or not.
Anyway, if we look at the intended 18-track album, and get rid of 6 tracks in order to make a 12-track single album SM, which may be ELO's crowning achievement, ignoring what the IDIOT decided above, we may consider the following:
Getting rid of That Beatles Song is a no brainer. Because where is the official version anyway?
After All ain't no great loss.
Rock And Roll Is King is the most annoying ELO song ever. (Tie me up and play Battle Of Marston Moor endlessly. Go ahead.)
Letter From Spain can get lost in the mail without any great grief.
Now it gets hard: Train Of Gold and Mandalay are my very tough choices for taking the scissors to two more tracks, but I have tears in my eyes as I do so. Hey, a 12 track album is a 12 track album.
So, we begin with Secret Messages and we end with Hello My Old Friend. Even Donald Trump would agree with this. Ending side 1 with Time After Time seems right to me. It forshadows the end of side 2. I always thought those two songs had a similar feel. Here we go:
1. Secret Messages. 2. Loser Gone Wild. 3. Bluebird. 4. Take Me On And On. 5. Danger Ahead. 6. Time After Time.
7. Four Little Diamonds. 8. Stranger. 9. No Way Out. 10. Building Have Eyes. 11. Endless Lies. 12. Hello My Old Friend.
(Bored at "work"...)
But if I had to make it 10 songs:
1. Secret Messages.
2. Loser Gone Wild.
4. Take Me On And On.
5. Time After Time. (I love this song!! And this 5 makes the old side-1 of the cassette tape.)
This one would require a few new links to be created and some interludes reshuffling, but it's the only way to keep my favourite tracks while maintaining any degree of flow:
A1 - Secret Messages A2 - Bluebird A3 - Take Me On And On A4 - Buildings Have Eyes A5 - Stranger B1 - Four Little Diamonds B2 - Train Of Gold B3 - Danger Ahead B4 - After All (b-side version) B5 - Hello My Old Friend (without album tag)
(Mandalay was the hardest track for me to drop - it would have gone before Danger Ahead.)
"I can dream of flying high Above the city's cares and never be afraid of anyone 'Cos there ain't no one there."
elophile: OH, Yes! Will you take a little sip when no one is looking?
Jun 23, 2020 20:10:41 GMT
Horacewimp: I’ll check and see if he takes sugar ::smileys-thumbs-951446::
Jun 23, 2020 20:47:50 GMT
elophile: I bet he takes honey... good for the vocal chords!
Jun 26, 2020 0:41:49 GMT
elophile: And no milk. You don't want to get all phlegmy...
Jun 26, 2020 0:42:37 GMT
Grroosss: Well. I discovered r/ELOcirclejerk and the ELO Discord yesterday. Lots to offer (and fans my age!) but too much chaos to take in all at once... Feels good to be back home ::animated-smileys-hug-008::
Jun 30, 2020 22:06:28 GMT
BSJ: Circlejerk is waaaaaay out there!
Jun 30, 2020 22:53:00 GMT
Helmut83: Is there an ELO Discord? Good data, Grroosss! Gotta check it out, I've been a regular at discord since about two months ago when quarentine boredom drove me there.
Jul 5, 2020 3:12:01 GMT
Helmut83: I couldn't find it though. Maybe you got mixed up with Reddit?
Jul 5, 2020 3:18:29 GMT
orioles70: hope all good forum members saved some fireworks to set off tonight for 50th anniversary festivities, I personally arranged for a comet to arrive right on schedule, try to Zoom in with your telescope and see the bright orange and blue streamers
Jul 14, 2020 1:58:56 GMT
BIuebird: Hello forum friends! I apologize for my long absence, we've had quite a bit of stressful stuff going on.
Jul 14, 2020 13:49:08 GMT
Horacewimp: Hey BIuebird great to see you back hope you are keeping well ::c0112::
Jul 14, 2020 14:16:05 GMT
BSJ: Hi BIuebird! Happy to see you! ::t31232::
Jul 14, 2020 18:05:14 GMT