2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Electric Light Orchestra album. The ELO story is one of continued success for over 50 years. From inauspicious beginnings in 1971, where live audiences barely reached double figures, ELO would become one of the most popular bands in the world by the end of the decade, thanks largely to the songwriting and production talents of Jeff Lynne; hits such as 'Evil Woman', 'Mr.
Blue Sky and 'Don't Bring Me Down'; multi-platinum albums like Out Of The Blue and Discovery, and, of course, their spectacular stage shows. Although ELO finally called it a day in 1986, they re-emerged in 2014 as Jeff Lynne's ELO, playing a triumphant comeback concert at London's Hyde Park. Since then, they haven't looked back, releasing further albums to critical and public acclaim, culminating in ELO's biggest ever live show in front of 70,000 fans, at Wembley Stadium and 2019's chart topping album, From Out Of Nowhere.
As well as examining all of ELO's recorded catalogue, the author has spoken to many people who have been involved with the band over the decades, uncovering along the way previously unseen photographs and new information about the group and their recordings, making this one of the most comprehensive guides to ELO ever published.