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:  All of the sleeves were printed in Germany and the discs were pressed in Germany (GEMA is stated for Germany)

Polydor:  All discs were pressed in Germany and all sleeves were printed in Germany.

United Artists: were distributed in Germany from Ariola Eurodisc, manufactured in Germany and sleeves printed in Germany.

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 LP Discs were then manufactured in Holland and issued and available in some Central European Countries such as Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Austria, Switzerland...

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. Perfect World Of Music compilation) 

The only remaining JET/CBS album was “Discovery” Half Speed Mastered, which was pressed Germany and available for all European Countries (including the UK)

The Label Code (LC XXXX) was invented implemented from 1st. May 1976 for German releases and then in 1977 it was implemented by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for the rest of the world.

So if you bought a German record that was originally released before May 1976 which does not have a Label Code sign, it was manufactured prior 1st. May of 1976.

But if you bought a German record with a LC XXXX on it, it was manufactured after 1st May of 1976.

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

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.

A later 1976 re-issue has "LC 1305 logo/stamp on the record label

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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 adds a "Z" to the cat number and one has a different WB logo design. 

 

A later 1976 re-issue has "LC 0392 logo/stamp on the record label

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

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

Promo LP issued to German Radio stations to promote The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach

Came with inner sleeve which was either plain white or WEA advert inner sleeve.

Pictures and Info - Patrik Guttenbacher from Face The Music Germany

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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.

OLE ELO - 2310 475 Promo
OLE ELO - 2310 475 Promo

Title

OLE ELO

Format

Vinyl

Label

Polydor

Catalogue

2310 475

Issue Date

1976

Chart Position

Notes

Promo LP issued to German Radio stations to promote OLE ELO

Came with plain white inner sleeve.

 

Pictures and Info - Patrik Guttenbacher from Face The Music Germany

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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

The CD was made in France, printwork printed in Holland for the German/Europe market

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Milestones ELO & ELO 2 - 1C 128-52658/59
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Milestones ELO & ELO 2 - 1C 128-52658/59

Title

Electric Light Orchestra - ELO II

Format

Double LP

Label

Harvest

Catalogue

1C 128-15 7685 1

Issue Date

1987

Chart Position

-

Notes

German"Fame" Series from EMI Electrola. Re-issue Edition of ELO's first two albums in double gatefold sleeve in 1987. Made in Holland with an 1C… German Cat. No. 

This Editions Album’s name was not “ELO 1” – “ELO 2” as the Holland Issues.  It was simply called “ELO II”. The II stands for the double pack.

So all 4 sides are called E.L.O. II 

Front and rear covers had the "Milestones" printed sticker badly airbrushed out.  The spine of the cover has the name ELO II and the 1C 128-15 7685 cat code.

The cat code was removed from inside the rear cover. Outside rear of the cover last line has "Printed in Germany". and has cat code 1C 128 157685 3 and a barcode printed top right.

 

Came with plain white inner sleeves.

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From the Sun To The World - PLP7
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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 for issue in all of Europe. It has the 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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Title

ELO - Evil Woman

Format

CD

Label

Sony

Catalogue

450357 6

Issue Date

2001

Chart Position

Notes

Compilation for Germany,  printed Holland and the CD was pressed in Austria as usual for Sony.

 

Same tracks as ELO Greatest Hits from 1979.

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ELO - The Ultimate Collection EPC 504428 2
ELO - The Ultimate Collection EPC 504428 2

Title

ELO - The Ultimate Collection

Format

Double CD

Label

Epic/Sony

Catalogue

EPC 504428 2 & EPC 504428 9

Issue Date

2001 + 2002 - Germany 

Chart Position

63

Notes

The Ultimate Collection was a compilation for Germany with German liner notes issued in July 2001. The booklet/inlay was printed in Holland and the CD was pressed in Austria as usual for Sony.

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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Definitive Collecion - Electric Light Orchestra

Title

ELO Definitive Collection

Format

Double CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

EPC 472421 5

Issue Date

2001 - Germany 

Chart Position

Notes

The re-release of the “Definitive Collection” was intended as a German release of the already in 1992 published E.L.O.-compilation. 472421 5 was already announced in June 2003, but was then however only available in Switzerland in late 2003

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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

All pictures, graphics, record designs and logos are the property of Jeff Lynne / ELO, this is non profit fan based site .

I would like to thank and credit:

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

For help, corrections, images and information on this website.