USA issued ELO General Compilations on LPs and CDs. 

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's compilation LP & CD issues in the USA.

Click a album cover below to be taken to the release info and details.

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ELO Joyrider UA LA 748H
Joyride UA-LA784-H Side 2

Title

Joyrider

Format

Vinyl

Catalogue

UA LA784H

Label

United Artists

Issue Date

1977

Chart Position

Notes

For the soundtrack of the United Artists teeny road movie "Joyride" featuring the ELO tracks - Tightrope, Cant Get It Out Of My Headm Boy Blue, So Fine, Telephone line, Rockaria !

Came in a plain white inner sleeve.

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ELO Joyrider UA LA 748H
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Joyride UA-LA784-H Sunburst Side 2

Title

Joyrider

Format

Vinyl

Catalogue

UA LA784H

Label

United Artists

Issue Date

1977

Chart Position

Notes

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

Came in a plain white inner sleeve.

 
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Destination Unknown Promo CD

Title

Destination Unknown

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

Issue Date

Sony

1990

Chart Position

Notes

Only weeks before the release of the 3 CD set "Afterglow" in the summer of 1990, CBS Associated released a Promo-CD as Picture CD in the USA. It was distributed to the Press and Radio Stations. "Destination Unknown" ZSK 2109 had 'Limited Collector's Edition!' printed on the CD itself, as it was never meant for a regular release, but as a 'Demonstration - Not For Sale' CD.


It looks like CBS had made thousands of it, as it was quite easy and cheap to get your hands on a copy back in 1990.

 
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Afterglow Z3K 46090 CDs in Box
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD Booklet Rear 2
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Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD Booklet Rear 1
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD Booklet Rear 3

Title

Afterglow

Format

CD Box Set

Label

CBS Records

Catalogue

Z3K 46090

Issue Date

1990

Chart Position

-

Notes

3 CD & Tape Box set with lavish colour booklet and previous un-realsed tracks including missing Secret Messages Double LP tracks.

The 3 CD Box Set "Afterglow“, released in 1990 by CBS on Epic Associated Z3K 46090, marks several turning points at once in the compilation policy by the Electric Light Orchestra. "Afterglow" was not only the first three records set but also the first sampler not to be released on vinyl.

 

For the first time since 1979, Jeff Lynne wrote down his own personal comments for a sampler. "Afterglow" marks the end of the first part of the career of E.L.O.

There was 3 CD versions / issues / pressings.

  • One set of CDs from 1990 was missing the "Compact Disc" logo.

  • Another set from 1990 had the "Compact Disc" logo.

  • Another set from 1998 had the "Compact Disc" logo and the DIDP code printed on the CDs.

There was also a "Club" issue, only change was the "Bar Code" on the rear box.

Plus there was a version issued in Canada with "Made In Canada" CDs

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Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD L No CD Logo
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD O No CD Logo

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Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD E
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD L
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD O

Missing From My Collection

Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD E with DIDP Code.
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD L with DIDP Code.
Afterglow Z3K 46090 CD O with DIDP Code.

"Club" CD Edition and Triple Cassette Issue

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ELO Classics A24981
ELO Classics A 21583 Long Box
ELO Classics A 21583 Long Box

Title

ELO Classics

Format

CD

Catalogue

A 21583 & A24981

Label

Issue Date

Sony

1990 + 1992

Chart Position

Notes

There are 2 versions of this issue of ELO Classics from.

 

  • First 1990 USA issue edition came in a "long box", manufactured by CBS Records.

 

  • Second was a Excelsior edition in 1992 after the take over of CBS, manufactured by Columbia Records. 

 

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Borning Bright CD A22639

Title

Burning Bright

Format

CD

Catalogue

A 22639

Label

Issue Date

Sony Music

1992

Chart Position

Notes

In 1992 again Sony USA released another album on the label Sony Music Special Products.

 

"Burning Bright" was issued only two years after "ELO Classics" and was done in the same low-budget sampler manner.

There was also an Excelsior edition at some point in 1992 after the take over of CBS.

Some copies came in a long cardboard box.

Borning Bright Excelsior Booklet CD A226
Borning Bright Excelsior Rear CD A22639.
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Borning Bright Long Box Front CD A22639.
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Strange Magic Z2K 64157 CD1
Strange Magic Z2K 64157 CD1

Title

Strange Magic

Format

Double CD

Catalogue

Label

Z2K 64157

Epic/Legacy

Issue Date

1995

Chart Position

Notes

In 1995 Sony issued in the USA a 'double disc greatest hits', which appeared on Legacy / Epic Associated. "Strange Magic : The Best Of Electric Light Orchestra" Z2K 64157, was released in a double CD Jewel Case including the sticker: "A gigantic collection of hits... 29 songs spanning the band's entire singles career.

 

Comprehensive liner notes, track annotations & photos.

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Strange Magic Z2K 64157 Booklet 2
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ELO Classics A28028

Title

ELO Classics

Format

CD

Catalogue

A28027

Label

Issue Date

Sony Music

1997

Chart Position

Notes

"ELO Classic" CD, released in 1997 in the Sony Music Special Products series "Six Pack - Six Great Hits" on the label KRB Music Companies.

The album artwork shows a colorized adaptation of a "Balance Of Power" press shot and is very well done.

 
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ELO Burning Bright A28277

Title

Burning Bright

Format

Catalogue

CD

A28277

Label

Sony Music

Issue Date

1998

Chart Position

Notes

In 1998, "Burning Bright" appeared in the Sony Music Special Products series "Six Pack - Six Great Hits."

 

KRB Music Companies A 28277 has only a two-page leaflet and a much less sophisticated artwork, making this issue appear particularly cheap.

 
Flashback E3K 85123 Front USA
Flashback E3K 85123 Rear USA

Title

Flashback

Format

Tripple CD

Label

Epic/Legacy

Catalogue

E3K 85123

Issue Date

2000

Chart Position

--

Notes

Issued in a long box / tall book style folder. Flashback features greatest hits, personal favorites, alternative takes & previously unreleased material as well as historical photos, extensive liner notes & personal commentary from Jeff Lynne.

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Flashback E3K 85123 CD 2
Flashback E3K 85123 CD 3
 
Flashback CD - AE3K 85123 - Promo
Flashback CD - AE3K 85123 - Promo

Title

Flashback

Format

Tripple CD

Label

Epic/Legacy

Catalogue

AE3K 85123 - Promo

Issue Date

2000

Chart Position

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Notes

"Fatbox" Jewel case triple CD promo

Black & White cover/back - no booklet or other information as is present in retail USA release

Front cover, and on all 3 disc rims: "For Promotional Use Only. Not For Sale"

Flashback CD - AE3K 85123 - Promo
 
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ELO Classics KRB7045-2

Title

ELO Classics

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

KRB7045-2

Sony Music

Issue Date

2001

Chart Position

Notes

Sony issued almost a "new" compilation, entitled "Classics", a variation to "E.L.O. Classics" from 1990. Sony Music Special Products and the KRB Music Companies label decided in 2001, to re-release the album with new artwork and coloured "Time" Press-Picture on the 1-page insert.

The slightly revised album title now includes Waterfall instead of Birmingham Blues

 
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The Essential ELO EK 89072

Title

The Essential ELO

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

Issue Date

EK 89072

Epic / Legacy

2003

Chart Position

Notes

Issued in USA & Canada, with 4 page fold out booklet withe track and band info and CD discography.

The USA first issue had a "Best Value" gold sticker on the CD front case.

 

The Canada copy has Made In Canada printed on the CD and more album credits on the rear in lay.

 
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ELO Classics Priceless Issue CD A21583

Title

ELO Classics

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

Issue Date

COL-CD-9341 \ A 21583 

Sony

2003

Chart Position

Notes

In August 2003 Sony USA released for the Low-Price range “E.L.O. Classics” on the Collectables label.

 

The order code COL-CD-9341 Sony (A-21583) refers to the “ELO Classics”-release by CBS from 1990, which was re-released despite the slightly changed album title. 

 
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Title

ELO The Hits

Format & Country

Catalogue

Label

Issue Date

CD - USA

ZK 36310

Sony / BMG

2005

Chart Position

Notes

Immediately after the fusion of Sony and BMG, a re-release of "ELO's Greatest Hits" was released in 2005 in the USA in a cardboard slipcase with printed sticker and liner notes.

 

It had the new title "ELO - The Hits." Even the old order code ZK 36310 of the CD release from the year 1986 was taken over by Sony BMG. Thus the song versions are as on the original album.

 
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ELO Platinum MEG2 53449

Title

ELO - 2 CD Collection & Platinum

Format

Double CD

Catalogue

Label

Issue Date

MEG2 53449

Sony Music

2007

Chart Position

Notes

Sony BMG USA released in 2007 in the USA, A 712251 entitled "Electric Light Orchestra 2 CD Collection" the two Sony Special Product Alben “Burning Bright” and “ELO Classics”, also with the CD prints of their 1992 and 1990 original releases.

 

Shortly before Christmas 2007 Sony BMG Canada released with "Platinum" a new double-CD compilation on the Madacy label MEG2 53449.

 

The double CD album contains the two USA issued CDs of "Burning Bright" and "ELO Classics" from their first issues in 1992 and 1990.

Canada Edition

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ELO Playlist 88697 29802
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Playlist 88875 14913 2 Inlay Tray

Title

ELO Playlist

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

88697 29802

Epic Legacy

Issue Date

2008

Chart Position

Notes

Re-issue of "The Esential ELO", see above, In cardboard Eco slip case. Including an enhanced computer track to download PDF files and log in, via the internet, into sites with ELO Pictures, discography, liner notes, wallpapers and MP3 tracks to download.

 
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ELO Playlist 88875 14913 2
Playlist 88875 14913 2 Inlay Tray

Title

ELO Playlist

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

88875 14913 2

Epic Legacy

Issue Date

2011

Chart Position

Notes

In 2011 a re-issue of "Playlist" from 2008 released in a Jewel Case, Epic Legacy 88875 14913 2 with an unsplitted ELO-Logo on the sleeve.

 

The 4-page booklet sheet informs about the online multi-media available booklet, liner notes and pictures

 
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Essential ELO - 88697977522RE1
Essential ELO - 88697977522RE1

Title

The Essential ELO

Format

CD

Catalogue

Label

8697977522RE1

Epic Legacy

Issue Date

2012

Chart Position

-

Notes

Double CD issue in Jewel case, the colour of the sleeve text was change for the USA issue compared to the Euro/World issue.

"The Essential" is a series by Legacy, which enjoys great popularity in the United States and has all the leading artists of Sony Legacy featured.

 

In 2003 a single CD with 15 songs had already appeared from E.L.O.. The new completely revised set now contains 37 E.L.O.-singles.

 

The revised artwork for the entire series is based on a base colour and is otherwise entirely held in black / silver reflective paint. 

The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
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Mr. Blue Sky - FR CD570E
Mr. Blue Sky - FR LP570E
Mr. Blue Sky - FR LP570E

Title

Mr Blue Sky

Format

MP3/LP/CD

Catalogue

FR CD 570E / FR CD 570E

Label

Frontiers Records

Issue Date

2012

Chart Position

118

Notes

Released as a hard cover booklet and in a normal Jewel Case, with all lyrics and liner notes by David Wild and Jeff Lynne

 

​Mr. Blue Sky CDs were all made in Italy by Frontiers Records for the whole world, (except Japan and South Korea)

The LPs were also only made in Italy for the whole World.

But Frontiers was too small to deliver to the whole world, so the vinyl’s were re-issued in the UK by Let Them East Vinyl for the whole world See HERE

A number of the Italy issues were imported in to the USA, but no changes were made, so the rear covers do not have the USA / FBI copyright notice.