Secret Messages

Released: June 1983

UK Chart Position 4

Single Releases

Rock n Roll Is King - A3500 Black Vinyl  7" & 12"

UK Chart - 13

Secret Messages  A 3720

7" & 7" Picture Disc

UK Chart - 48

Four Little Diamonds

A 3869 - 7" & 12" Black Vinyl

UK Chart - 84

Album Track Listing

 

Side one
Secret Messages
Loser Gone Wild
Bluebird
Take Me On and On
Time After Time (CD only)

Side two
Four Little Diamonds
Stranger
Danger Ahead
Letter from Spain
Train of Gold
Rock 'n' Roll Is King


Re-issue CD Bonus tracks (2001 remaster)
No Way Out
Endless Lies
After All

Personnel

Jeff Lynne

Bev Bevan

Richard Tandy

Kelly Groucutt

Mik Kaminski

Louis Clark

Original intended track listing for double album 

Side A
Secret Messages
Loser Gone Wild
Bluebird
Take Me On and On

Side B
Stranger
No Way Out
Beatles Forever
Letter from Spain
Danger Ahead

Side C 
Four Little Diamonds
Train of Gold
Endless Lies
Buildings Have Eyes
Motor Factory/Rock 'n' Roll is King

Side D
Mandalay
Time After Time
After All
Hello My Old Friend

Secret Messages Original Planned LP Cover
Secret Messages Jet LX527

Format

Vinyl

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

JET LX527

Country

UK

Notes

1st UK Original Issue. On Jet label with yellow  / pink light beams. The album was originally planned to be a double album, but was thwarted by Jet's distributor, CBS Records, claiming that producing a double vinyl album would be too expensive.

 

As a result Jeff Lynne had to reduce it to a single album.

With printed paper inner lyric sleeve.

Format

CD

Label

Jet Records

Catalogue

Jet CD Jet 527

Re-Issue Year

1983

Notes

1st UK issue on CD. Secret Messages album was digitally recorded and was to have been ELO's first original issue CD. 

The CD contained one extra track "Time After Time" that was not on the Vinyl issue.

Secret Messages Jet CD527

Format

CD

Label

Epic

Catalogue

EPC 502496 2

Re-Issue Year

June 2001

Notes

Re-Issue - Re-master with 3 extra tracks that were meant to be on the double album issue. Plus expanded fold out poster style booklet with history and information on the album.

Secret Messages EPC 502496 2
When viewed and played as a double album, Secret Messages is one of ELO greatest albums. Finally in August 2018 it was released as double LP and MP3/FLAC download, minus one track that may have not made the original planned issue anyway.
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691

Format

Double Vinyl

Label

Epic

Catalogue

19075837691

Country

UK / Europe

Issue Year

3rd August 2018

Notes

UK/ Europe double 180gm LP Issue on Epic Legacy label. For the first time ever, ELO’s Secret Messages has been released as a double album on August 3rd 2018. Jeff Lynne’s eclectic creation of self-written, self-produced songs come to life as originally conceived in 1983. This 2 LP release adds six tracks to its running order, all with cutting-edge synthesizers as well as up-front guitar mastery.

Comes with plain white windowed paper inner sleeves, no lyrics.

Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
Secret Messages 19075837691
 
Secret Messages CD Remaster Booklet

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

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Secret Messages EPC 502496 2