Release date
12 Sep 2006
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Fire on High 5:31 42,003
2 Waterfall 4:11 19,017
3 Evil Woman 4:29 269,389
4 Nightrider 4:26 25,474
5 Poker 3:32 17,424
6 Strange Magic 4:29 142,019
7 Down Home Town 3:54 15,015
8 One Summer Dream 5:46 21,006
9 Fire On High (Early Alternate Mix) 3:20 749
10 Evil Woman (Stripped Down Mix) 4:57 3,316
11 Strange Magic (Single Edit) 3:25 1,333
12 Waterfall (Instrumental Mix) 4:15 2,066

About this album

ELO’s fifth studio LP was released in 1975 (see 1975 in music) and the first to be recorded in Musicland Studios Munich. The band featured yet another new line-up with bassist Kelly Groucutt and cellist Melvyn Gale replacing Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards respectively.
The back cover of the record sleeve shows the members of the band with their faces pressed against a glass panel, supposedly watching the “electrocution” depicted on the front cover. The band member who is looking away is Richard Tandy, who thought it was a sick idea and therefore didn’t want to participate. [1] New member Kelly Groucutt sang lead vocals on “Poker” as well as one of the verses in “Nightrider.” (Usually, Jeff Lynne sang all lead vocals for ELO.)
The singles “Evil Woman” and “Strange Magic” were the most commercial songs they had recorded up to that point. “Evil Woman” was a big hit in the UK and the US, embracing disco rhythms while still embodying ELO’s classic sound.
“Nightrider” became the second single from the album and despite an appearance on the UK Chart show Top of the Pops it failed to chart.
Despite the success of the singles, the LP failed to chart in the UK. However, the album was the band’s first to reach Platinum sales and laid the groundwork for future world success. The album was remastered and released in September 2006 with bonus tracks.
“Fire On High” contains a backwards message in the beginning.

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  • gsm007g


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  • Drazba

    saw them in 76 supporting the album in chicago-before the pyrotechnics of later elo shows-great concert.

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • BossHossV8Bikes

    Best album in my opinion. The many different styles of music on this album makes it hard to get old even listening to multiple times.

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ihavesoldout


    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Elodave

    A fantastic album musically-the favourite of a lot of fans.

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • williamc99

    Great album.

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • josenieves777

    One of my favorites from them, I think it is the best one...

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Crustclock

    one of their best

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • kannalles

    best of elo

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • spwest

    Ahhh...the memories. Very enjoyable album.

    21 Oct 2008 Reply

    являюсь поклонником E.L.O.вот уже 30 лет, просто обожаю их творения !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • cissi21

    gute zeit von elo damals.stärkste lp war und ist out of the blue

    20 Feb 2008 Reply
  • yui_kato

    ich finde das es das meist unterschätzte albim von ELO ist..als es herauskam wurde es in den kritiken zerrissen..ich hab es damals schon geliebt und liebe es immer noch ist einfach fantasche musik..die aich jetzt noch gut ist und es auch bleiben wird

    6 Feb 2008 Reply
  • idiotsdream

    I never realised that was an electric chair on the cover...

    16 Jan 2008 Reply
  • AssD


    9 Jun 2007 Reply
  • venonoso

    Nice album !!!

    2 Apr 2007 Reply