Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Electric Light Orchestra - Live/The Early Years DVD
It becomes easy to lose sight that ELO at the heart of it is a simple Rock and Roll band (albeit flavored with violin, Moog synthesizer and 2 cello's) due to the fact of the lush orchestration and attention to detail that Jeff Lynne productions have taken on (and which is why we love them so much) once he was afforded the time needed to exercise perfection.
The band is completely on the money but in very much the Chuck Berry meets Beethoven strain that they created as a group just prior to "A New World Record", Due to copyright terms (I guess Eagle Vision didnt want to spend the extra money) the U.S. release of the ELO Live DVD omits 2 performances of "Roll Over Beethoven" and 1 "Day Tripper" which would have cemented the Berry Beethoven link even further. Great to see the band Rocking Out before things became grander on all scales and I am hoping we get to see some more of post 1976 ELO on video in the future being a fan of the Grand Scale works as well.