Now that the All Over The World CD has seen release in America, I can say for certain that since other countries have track alterations, I don't find this USA collection definitive at all. Horace Wimp and Wild West Hero were singles in the UK, so their presence on the UK edition is warranted. Leaving Can't Get It Out Of My Head (arguably the band's most compelling performace) off of a definitive ELO collection is almost bewildering. AOTW's biggest atribute, though, is the remastered sound. Nice and clear with the tape flaws taken out of Evil Woman and Hold On Tight.
So when Mr. Blue Sky: The Ultimate Electric Light Orchestra Collection or something like that gets released in two or three years... (you laugh, but there will be another comp... watch...) I'd like to propose the track list based on the tracks that have had a big impact in the USA and resembling a good cross section of the band's catalog: I'll even use AOTW as a model.
FIRE ON HIGH - CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD - LIVIN' THING (I'd even start this with the last note of So Fine, just to be different) - MR. BLUE SKY - EVIL WOMAN - DON'T BRING ME DOWN - SWEET TALKIN' WOMAN - SHINE A LITTLE LOVE - TURN TO STONE - DO YA (my version would have the unedited alternative mix) - HOLD ON TIGHT - TELEPHONE LINE - ALL OVER THE WORLD - SHOWDOWN - MA-MA-MA BELLE - XANADU (Olivia version) - ROCKARIA! - STRANGE MAGIC - ALRIGHT - ROCK'N'ROLL IS KING
Running Time 79:58. I think it flows rather well.