ELO Part II – One Night: Live In Australia

Electric Light Orchestra Part Two - One Night: Live In AustraliaJust as often as ELO Part II fails to live up to its ancestry in the studio, this band amazes me live. I mentioned earlier that Greatest Hits Live With The Moscow Symphony Orchestra is not an accurate reporting of ELO Part II’s live sound. On the other hand, One Night is good – it’s a true rarity, a live album I actually like. For all of the failings of the original material written by Part II, they do justice to Jeff Lynne’s classic ELO numbers that the original band simply never had the sheer number of performers to pull off. And to make this album even better, there’s a recording of “Ain’t Necessarily So”, a real humdinger of an original tune which is specially tailored to the new band’s strong points: harmony Rating: 3 out of 4and hard rock. I hope they commit this song to tape on their next studio album – they could actually turn into real contenders. I highly recommend this to you – or better yet, if ELO Part II comes anywhere near you, get some tickets and go see the show, and this album will make an excellent reminder of the group’s live sound.

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  1. Standing In The Rain (4:43)
  2. Evil Woman (4:01)
  3. Don’t Wanna (4:04)
  4. Showdown (4:55)
  5. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head (6:36)
  6. Whiskey Girls (3:47)
  7. Livin’ Thing (3:53)
  8. One More Tomorrow (5:11)
  9. Mr. Blue Sky (5:01)
  10. Telephone Line (4:49)
  11. Ain’t Necessarily So (4:02)
  12. Strange Magic (2:11)
  13. Sweet Talking Woman (2:04)
  14. Confusion (1:52)
  15. Do Ya (2:27)
  16. Rockaria! (3:15)
  17. Roll Over Beethoven (5:55)
  18. Don’t Bring Me Down (4:19)

Released by: CMC International Records
Release date: 1997
Total running time: 73:13