ELO LP & CD Album Box Sets - USA issued.
Due to the size of the USA and various pressing plants around the USA, it is nearly impossible to collect and show all the different label variations. So instead, listed below are the main found issues of ELO Album "Box Set" issues on LP & CD in the USA.
Click a album cover below to be taken to the release info and details.
No Answer UAS 5573
The Classic Albums Collection 8869787326
 
No Answer UAS 5573
ELO Box Set Z4X 36966
A Box Of Thier Best - Out Of The Blue Side 1
A Box Of Thier Best - Out Of The Blue Side 3
ELO Box Set Z4X 36966
Jeff Lynne - Doing That Crazy Thing
No Answer UAS 5573
A Box Of Thier Best - A New World Record
ELO Box Set Z4X 36966
A Box Of Thier Best - Out Of The Blue Side 4
A Box Of Thier Best - Discovery Side 2
A Box Of Thier Best - Doin That Crazy Th

Title

A Box Of Thier Best

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Z4X 36966

Issue Date

1980

Chart Position

Notes

Box set that contains 3 complete albums, A New World Record, Out Of The Blue, and Discovery on Jet Records.

The first issue got four coloured LP inner sleeves and comes with free Jeff Lynne 1 sided single, Doing That Crazy Thing.

The later issues came with white inner sleeves and no single (there was a white sticker attached on the sleeve hiding the single announcement)

Several issues come without the single, with one, two, or three white inners and sometimes without the white sticker but was still sealed. It seems that CBS wanted to give away their stock of inner sleeves !

The version of A New World Record in this box has side 1 and side 2 swapped compared to the running order of all other releases.

No Answer UAS 5573
No Answer UAS 5573
No Answer UAS 5573
 

Title

Format

3-PAK

Triple CD

Label

Epic / Jet Records

Catalogue

7464-64813-2

Issue Date

1995 + 1997

Notes

Issued in 1992 by Epic/Jet Records, 3 Cd Box Set.

Featuring :

Face The Music - ZK 35527  (No DIDP)

A New World Record - ZK 35529

Discovery - ZK 35769

Face The Music ZK 35527 2nd Issue CD
No Answer UAS 5573
A New World Record ZK 35529 - 1994
No Answer UAS 5573
Discovery CD ZK 35769
No Answer UAS 5573

Re-issued in 1997 in "Fat Type" box with different box artwork, but same CDs

 

Title

The Collection

Format

Triple CD

Label

Epic / Jet Records

Catalogue

E3K 93980

Issue Date

2005

Notes

3 Cd box set issue only in the USA.

CDs

Face The Music - ZK 35527

A New World Record - ZK 35529 Discovery - EK 85420

Discovery is the re-mastered Epic records expanded 2001 version, the other two CDs are the original Jet Records issues.

Was also issued in a 3 Cd "Fat Box" version.

Face The Music ZK 35527 Later 1990 - 1994 Issue CD
A New World Record ZK 35529
Discovery - CD - EK 85420
No Answer UAS 5573
No Answer UAS 5573
No Answer UAS 5573
the_collection_2005_small-box.jpg

Was also issued in a 3 CD "Fat Box" version.

Missing From My Collection

 
Eldorado - EK 85419
Face The Music - 82796 94278 2

Title

Format

X2 - Classic Albums

Triple CD

Label

Sony Legacy / Epic

Catalogue

88697 930402

Issue Date

2011

Notes

Issued in 2011 by Sony Legacy / Epic Records, 2 Cd Box Set.

Featuring :

Eldorado - EK 85419 

Face The Music - 82796 94278 2

Both CDs are the Epic re-mastered/expanded versions.

Eldorado Box Set 88697 930402
Face The Music CD Box Set 88697 930402.j
 
The Classic Albums Collection 8869787326
The Classic Albums Collection 8869787326 USA
FTM Rear.jpg

Title

The Classic Albums Collection

Format

11 CDs

Label

Sony Music / Epic / Legacy

Catalogue

88697873262

Issue Date

2011

Chart Position

--

Notes

First ever USA box set issued containing ELO's studio albums 1971 - 1986. (so including the EMI/Harvest issued first 2 LPs).  

When the box set was first announced there was to be 12 Albums including 2001 issued “Zoom”, but then Big Trilby bought the rights back from Sony for "Zoom" and so the box set name was changed to “Classic Albums Collection” because the Classic ELO was from 1971 to 1990!

At first the Box Set was only to be available via one US retailer-service from Sony for the whole world for a expensive price.

Then Sony Music decided to also press/print copies for the EU in pressing plants in Europe, for a much cheaper price.

 

The eleven albums, (missing albums are The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach, Xanadu & Zoom) are in vinyl replica gatefold or single sleeves stacked in a big fold-out cardboard box.

 

A lavish booklet with track listings and information is also included.

All the CDs are black with just the ELO logo, full band name and the album title printed on them.

The LP covers/CD sleeves show the original front and back covers.  "The Electric Light Orchestra" "ELO II", "On The Third Day" "Out Of The Blue" and "Discovery" albums have gatefold sleeves with the original centre art work.

 

All the CD sleeves have white borders back and front.

 

All albums are the re-mastered versions with bonus tracks; the album CD replica sleeves does not indicate that, so the correct track listings can therefore only be found in the lavish mono booklet.

It's a really good, well presented CD box set.

Missing From My Collection