in all, I think these tracks are quite amazing because neither
Roy or me had any idea how to approach this project, we just
got on with it."
Jeff Lynne, 2006
would have to say that together, Jeff and myself made my original
dream into a reality. If I am to be honest, I sincerely love
him for it."
Roy Wood, 2001
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: 1970 - 1972
Wood's ambitious plan to augment The Move into a ten-piece
ensemble named the Electric Light Orchestra was realised
on this debut album. Released as 'No Answer'
in America due to a miscommunication with the band's US
label, this first ELO album was produced by Jeff Lynne
and Roy Wood. The core trio of Lynne, Wood, Bev Bevan,
augmented by Bill Hunt and Steve Woolam, approach
the music alternatively like a hard rock band attacking a song
and a string ensemble playing chamber music.
a rock band using classical and acoustic instrumentation as opposed
to hiring experienced session musicians was proving a gruelling
experience for all involved. There simply was no precedent for
what Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne were attempting at the time. Wood
in particular found himself tackling an ever-expanding list of
instruments as classically trained musicians proved unwilling
to embrace their new concept and join the group. The lengthy gestation
of the album saw sessions dragging on as Lynne and Wood were forced
to endlessly overdub sounds in pursuit of their dream.
US edition of 'No Answer' is different
to EMI's UK release from 2001. Selected songs are newly remastered,
four bonus tracks are included and though it does not include
multimedia or '10538 Overture' promo
video, the booklet is repackaged and in full-colour with new commentary
from Jeff Lynne (Roy Wood's notes are the same as EMI's edition)
plus in-depth sleeve notes by ELO archivist Rob Caiger.