ELO Studio & Live Albums, First Issued on CD in UK / Europe
The first original CDs issued from 1983, had no bar codes on the rear covers and were all made in Japan, (for Japan, Europe, UK and USA) because at that time there were only two CD pressing plants in the world, Japan & Germany.
The Japanese plant pressed CBS/Sony Artists, and the Germany plant (run by Phillips) for all other artists of the world. The discs were shipped to Holland where the sleeves were printed and packed in to the Jewel Cases and delivered to all over Europe including the UK (so there were no “only issued” in the UK CDs at the start).
After 1992 all UK/European ELO CDs were manufactured in Austria (because Sony opened a brand new pressing plant there and chooses to manufacturer all the CD’s there) but still printed the sleeves in Holland.
The UK did issue it's own CD releases of "Face The Music" as a "Collectors Choice 982648 2" issue in 1991 and "A New World Record" in 1990 EPC 902198 2.
ELO studio LPs were issued in the UK/Europe on CDs in what seems to have been no order and in various years. I have tried to list below the first UK high street shop sold CDs (Some USA & Japan issues were sold in the UK via webshops like Amazon, these are not included.)
Studio Albums & Live Album CDs
1983 - Discovery / Secret Message, issued on Jet label.
1986 - A New World Record / Out of The Blue / ELO Greatest Hits, issued on Jet label.
1988 - Time / On the Third Day, issued on Epic label.
1989 - Eldorado, issued on Epic label.
1991 - Face The Music, issued on Epic label, Collectors Choice.
1998 - Xanadu / The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach, issued on Epic label.
1992 - ELO Greatest Hits Volume Two, issued on Epic label.
2001 - Zoom, issued on Epic label.
2012 - Mr. Blue Sky, issued on Frontiers Records.
2013 - Electric Light Orchestra - Live, issued on Frontiers Records.
2016 - Alone In The Universe, issued on Columbia Records.
2017 - Wembley Or Bust, issued on Columbia Records
Harvets Remaster Series:
1999 - ELO II, issued on Harvest label.
2001 - ELO I, issued on Harvest label.
Jet/Epic Remaster Series:
2001 - Discovery / Time / Secret Messages remastered on Epic label for UK/Europe issue.
2006 - On The Third Day / Eldorado / Face The Music / A New World Record re-mastered on Epic label for UK/Europe issue.
2007 - Out of The Blue / Balance of Power remastered on Epic label for UK/Europe issue.
Credit to Partrik Guttenbacher from FTM Germany for the above info.
Album - The Electric Light Orchestra
UK / Europe
7243 5 33372 0 9
1st issue year
Released in 2001 in the UK as a two disc set. Disc one contains the original ELO album plus bonus tracks and an interactive CD-ROM feature, while disc two features the oldest surviving Live ELO material.
Album - Out Of The Blue
1st issue year
First rare unique pressing for UK & parts of Europe
The reason for the 2 disc version was probably because the first generation cd-players could not play discs longer then approximately 60 mins.
One year later they put everything on one cd for the UK/ Euro market.
Manufactured by CBS/Sony in Japan for UK/Europe.
CDs are JET CD 400 & the box is CDJET 400!
Album - Xanadu
EPC 486620 2
1st issue year
1st issue on CD in Europe/UK on Epic label
A list of ELO websites. Fan sites and official sites.
ELO Light Years Ahead - http://www.elolya.co.uk/
ELO Beatles For Ever - http://elobeatlesforever.blogspot.co.uk/
ELO Discovery - http://www.elodiscovery.com/all-over-the-world.html
Face The Music - http://ftmusic.com/
Jeff Lynne / ELO Song Database - http://www.jefflynnesongs.com/
Jeff Lynne's ELO - http://elo.biz/
Horace Wimp ELO Forum - http://jefflynneselo.proboards.com/
Jeff Lynne & Related Blog - http://unofficialjefflynne.blogspot.co.uk/
ELO Spain - http://www.elosp.com/
Out of the Blue Artifacts - http://outoftheblueartifacts.com/category/elo-singles/