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ON THE THIRD DAY
EPIC/LEGACY
82796942712 RELEASED 11 SEPTEMBER 2006
INTRO

"On the Third Day' is a very experimental mixture of slightly strange things. I was trying to make music that was melodic and different. I must admit I quite like listening to it. As songwriter - producer I was learning my trade." Jeff Lynne, 2006


ELO DO IT WITH THE LIGHT ON: 1973 - 1974


 

On The Third Day was Jeff Lynne's first attempt at linking songs conceptually and musically and ELO's first commercial breakthrough in the USA during 1973. As power blackouts plunged the UK into darkness during the UK's enforced three-day working week, ads began to appear in the music press heralding "Let There Be Light!" While the government tried to keep Great Britain running on reduced power, the ad campaign showed Jeff Lynne was operating on full voltage, masterminding the Electric Light Orchestra and new album 'On The Third Day'.

Lynne's first attempt at linking songs conceptually and musically saw side one of the original LP devoted to themes loosely based on the Creation and life and death, mirroring the album's conception during initial rehearsals in March, recording sessions in April and eventual release nine months later on December 14 1973.

Though the album was ignored chart-wise in the UK, in America it was to be one of the most important LP's ELO ever made…


Top: Original 1974 UK press ad Below: US billboard (1974)

It contains the hits 'Ma-Ma-Ma Belle' and 'Showdown', the latter a favourite of John Lennon and prompting him to dub ELO "son of Beatles". 57 minutes of digitally remastered music by Jeff Lynne with engineer Jeff Magid in Los Angeles contains over 17 minutes of rare and unreleased bonus material, including a session with Marc Bolan recorded at Air Studios in 1973.



This full colour booklet restores the out-of-print original 1973 UK album artwork for CD release worldwide and includes new liner notes by both Jeff Lynne and ELO archivist Rob Caiger. There are complete musician credits for each track for the first time ever.

 

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