Was the BBC documentary a good overview of ELO? For argument sake, let's say yes. It was fine.
But why another Greatest Hits CD now? Why raise the band's public profile again now if there's nothing in it for the fans? The attention span of the record buying public is maybe a few weeks at best. The public will file the CD away with all the others once they've gotten their ELO fill. So unless there's an on-going campaign with further ELO releases for everyone to enjoy, what's the point to All Over The World? Why would the general public care enough to buy ELO comps over and over again? To the general public, the comp CDs out there now have done just fine. Again, precious time and energy seems wasted. Meanwhile, the fans who have always got enjoyment out of those songs for so many years, and hope rare or unreleased tracks or a new album get released, are left with essentially nothing. The real people who make the real investment into the band are stranded again.
Oh, right. But, the general public is all that matters.
Does Jeff owe us anything? No and that's not the point. The point is we had clear and almost concise implications that ELO releases of some kind were eminent. That meant there was a plan in place. Did that mean remasters? Did that mean a new album? I don't know. I just can't imagine it could have been another greatest hits compilation. (or could it?)
I think at the very least having a remastered catalog (especially for a band whose sound provokes such a love/hate relationship) is basic record company obligation. They don't have to press a half million of each remaster. But now, there doesn't seem to be a plan anymore and that's what the fans are disappointed at. Sorry, that's the way it appears when you read there's a plan and then all of a sudden, you can't read about the plan anymore. And since worst case scenario has happened over and over again in the past, nobody can expect fans to just say "Oh well" this time.
To the dilemma of whether we should hear about "plans"... I love to hear about plans and I hope it continues. But this time, it was all in the presentation of AOTW. It sounded like a done deal.
Pick up an ICE magazine or surf pauseandplay.com and read the list of catalog re-issues coming out. The more you read, the more you'll be baffled at how ELO is (and always was) kicked to the curb.