What is the best ELO CD in regards to SQ IYO?
Nov 17, 2006 at 5:35 PM Post #2 of 3
That's kind of a tough one. While I love ELO, I've never been satisfied with the sound quality of their work. Out of the Blue was actually the very first album I ever bought back when I was around 13. It's my favorite ELO album, but it's better when it's not critiqued with a hyper-critical ear. I like it better in my car, for example, than with my cans.

That said, I think Out of the Blue and Discovery are the two "best-sounding" ELO efforts. Time and Secret Messages both sound pretty crappy to me, even though I like Time a lot.

You should also give ZOOM a try if you like Jeff Lynne's work at all. It's a departure from old ELO, but some of the songs on that album are really great. From a sound quality standpoint, however, it's certainly nothing to get excited about.

I would love to see some kind of remastering project of ELO's catalog, including some high resolution releases, or SACD multichannel versions. Something that adds more clarity and depth would be very welcome in my household.
Nov 18, 2006 at 12:54 AM Post #3 of 3
Count me as a big ELO/Jeff Lynne fan. Sony has been slowly and steadily releasing the ELO remasters (the latest batch includes "A New World Record," "Face The Music," and "On The Third Day"). I can't wait for a remastered "Out Of The Blue."

But so far, I think their best sounding CD is "Discovery." Clean, smooth and punchy. It's already been remastered a couple of times (the first, a Mastersound Gold disc and more recently a Sony/Legacy version). The latter two sound the best.

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