ELO General Hits, Live, Box Sets, Best Of and Compilation LPs, Vinyl & CD issued in Germany 


Harvest, United Artist and Jet Record LPs were issued in (West) Germany. LPs carried the "Gema" Rights Society text for the German market.

EMI, Warner Bros. & Polydor record companies did their own vinyl pressings in the early 1970’s.

EMI used codes starting 1C for Germany.

Warner Brothers:  Most of the sleeves were printed in Germany and sold with the Holland produced discs (Stemra is stated for Holland)

Polydor:  Discs were pressed in Holland

United Artists: were distributed in Germany from EMI, so the United Artist issues got the EMI 1C… number.

CBS chooses in 1972 that they would manufacture all their records for Central Europe in a pressing plant in Holland.  Germany (West) is the biggest music market in Central Europe with the most inhabitants.

When ELO changed to CBS for Distribution in May 1978, all German Discs were then manufactured in Holland and issued and available in all Central European Countries.

Holland, being a smaller country, did not need the amounts of records they were pressing/manufacturing. So some "Made in Holland" products were NOT AVAILABLE in Holland and instead released only in Germany ! (E.G. Discovery Half Speed Master Issue & Perfect World Of Music compilation) 

Thanks to  Patrik Guttenbacher - Face The Music German - for information and details on this page.

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Masters of Rock - Vol 12 - Showdown 1C 054-05 698
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Title

Masters of Rock - Vol 12 - Showdown

Format

Vinyl

Label

Harvest

Catalogue

1C 054-05 698

Issue Date

1974

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany version of Holland/UK version of "Showdown" collection. Black vinyl with plain white window inner sleeve.

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The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach - WB 56 058
The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach - WB 56 058
The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach - WB 56 058
The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach - WB 56 058

Title

The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach

Format

Vinyl

Label

Warner Brothers

Catalogue

WB 56 058

Issue Date

1974

Chart Position

Notes

Made and Issued in Germany in a Gatefold sleeve, plain white inner sleeve. There are four LP label versions. One version has LC 0392 code on the label, one adds a "Z" to the cat number and one has a different WB logo design.

Black vinyl with Inner sleeve which was either plain white or WEA advert inner sleeve.

Plus the original edition has Orange, instead of Red-Colour in the letters

Recorded live at the Long Beach Auditorium on the evening of May 12, 1974. 

It is claimed that the quality of the recording was so poor the ELO 's UK management refused it let the LP be issued in the UK...

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OLE ELO - 2310 475

Title

OLE ELO

Format

Vinyl

Label

Polydor

Catalogue

2310 475

Issue Date

1976

Chart Position

Notes

German issue of the original

USA issue. Black vinyl.

For this German issue, the LP cover colours were changed. The "Face The Music" font was green. The "Eldorado" shoe was green, socks were pink and the fingers red !

Came in plain white inner sleeve.

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Joyrider UAS 30 129 XOT
Joyrider UAS 30 129 XOT Rear Cover

Title

Joyrider

Format

Vinyl

Label

United Artists

Catalogue

UAS 30 129 XOT

Issue Date

1977

Chart Position

Notes

Film sound track contained ELO tracks - Tightrope, Cant Get It Out Of My Headm Boy Blue, So Fine, Telephone line, Rockaria !

The German issue had the same sleeve as the USA issue except for the copy right info on the rear sleeve.

Inner sleeve was a UA advert sleeve.

It was withdrawn and only made the way into some shops.

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The Light Shines On -The Early Years of E.L.O 1C 054-06 222
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Title

The Light Shines On -The Early Years of E.L.O

Format

Vinyl

Label

Harvest

Catalogue

1C 054-06 292

Issue Date

1977

Chart Position

30

Notes

The German release on Black vinyl was issued with UK artwork on the sleeve, but with a different name on the LP label, being "The Early Years of ELO"

So the Album’s title was not shown on the German printed sleeve.

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The Light Shines On - Vol 2. 054 CRY 06 953
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Title

The Light Shines On - Vol 2.

Format

Vinyl

Label

EMI Crystal & EMI MFP

Catalogue

054 CRY 06 953

Issue Date

1979 + 1981

Chart Position

-

Notes

The German release Black vinyl with was issued 1979 – on EMI Crystal.

Issued with plain white window inner sleeve.

Reissued 1981 on EMI MFP label

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ELO Greatest Hits Jet LX 525
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ELO Greatest Hits Jet LX 525

Title

ELO Greatest Hitts

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet LX 525

Issue Date

1979 - Germany / Europe

Chart Position

--

Notes

The Germany issue was not made in Germany, the Holland issue on black vinyl, inner sleeve with lyrics' and band photo was used instead.

Two different label layout versions exist.

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Four Light Years - JET BX2

Title

Four Light Years

Format

Vinyl

Label

Catalogue

Jet Records

JET BX2

Issue Date

Chart Position

1981 - Germany / Europe

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Notes

The Germany issue was not made in Germany, the Holland issue on black vinyl with red inner sleeve was used instead.

See Holland Box Sets for full info.

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Collection - ELO 1C 028-05 698
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Title

Collection - ELO

Format

Vinyl

Label

Harvest

Catalogue

1C 028-05 698

Issue Date

1981

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany only collection on black vinyl, plain white inner sleeve.

There is also a Euro issue with the same Cat Number, but with a different rear sleeve. See below.

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A Perfect World Of Music
A Perfect World Of Music - Club Edition Jet CL 41 948 1

Title

A Perfect World Of Music

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JET 24043

Issue Date

1985 - Germany / Europe

Chart Position

53

Notes

Made In Holland for Germany/Europe Best of ELO on Jet Records. Plain white inner non windowed sleeve.

There was also a "Club" version issued, it is the same as the regular edition (label, record & sleeve) except for just a silver sticker attached on the back saying “JET CL 41 948 1”

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A Perfect World Of Music - JETCD 24043

Title

A Perfect World Of Music

Format

CD

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JETCD 24043

Issue Date

1985 - Holland / Germany Europe

Chart Position

53

Notes

Made In Holland for Germany/Europe Best of ELO on Jet Records

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From the Sun To The World - PLP7

Title

From the Sun To The World

Format

Vinyl

Label

Platinum

Catalogue

PLP 7

Issue Date

1985 - Germany 

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany, black vinyl issued on Platinum label on Jet Records. Plain white inner non windowed sleeve.

A rather unusual issue with just 2 tracks per side !

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Livin' Thing - Best Of ELO CD 27200460 B

Title

Livin' Thing - Best Of ELO

Format

CD

Label

Zounds

Catalogue

27200460 B

Issue Date

1992 - Germany 

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany, CD compilation.

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The Chart Singles Collection - 288 07 237
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Title

The Chart Singles Collection

Format

CD

Label

Bellaphon

Catalogue

288 07 237

Issue Date

1993 - Germany 

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany, CD compilation.

For some reason the rear cover has images of Jeff, Bev, Richard and Hugh... 

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ELO Simply Th Best 450357 - 10
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Title

Simply The Best

Format

CD

Label

Sony

Catalogue

450357 - 10

Issue Date

1998 & 2000

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany Cd compilation. Same track list as ELO Greatest Hits from 1979.

The first release was issued by mistake with a mirrored/reversed promo photo of the band (from Wild West Hero single) making the band member names become backwards !

This was corrected and re-issued in 2000 with the same Cat. No. and the front & rear cover words/image swapped around.

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Re-issue in 2000 

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ELO - Evil Woman 450357 6
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Title

ELO - Evil Woman

Format

CD

Label

Sony

Catalogue

450357 6

Issue Date

2001

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany Cd compilation. Same tracks as ELO Greatest Hits from 1979.

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ELO All Over The World EK 94489
ELO All Over The World EK 94489

Title

ELO - The Ultimate Collection

Format

Double CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

EPC 504428 2 & EPC 504428 9

Issue Date

2001 + 2002 - Germany 

Chart Position

63

Notes

Made in Germany - The Ultimate Collection was made in Holland for Germany with German liner notes in July 2001.

 

The CD booklet is unique to Germany with different text layout to the UK/Euro version.

The Platinum Collection EPC 504428 9 (only printed on the cardboard slip case) was made later 2002

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Title

ELO Definitive Collection

Format

Double CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

EPC 472421 5

Issue Date

2001 - Germany 

Chart Position

Notes

Made in Germany - This booklet version picture was withdrawn and only made its way into some shops in Switzerland.

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Title

Good Times Collection

Format

CD

Label

Camden

Catalogue

86975 97202 9

Issue Date

2009

Chart Position

Notes

German Magazine Issue of the UK CD Camden “The Collection” in cardboard slip case – issued 2009

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I would like to thank and credit:

Peter Miles, Graham from OutOfTheBlueArtifactsPatrik Guttenbacher from Face The Music Germany

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