ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Bonus Tracks (Over 5 Hours!)

Bonus Tracks (2011)
The Alternate ELO! 5 Hours, 81 Tracks.

Here’s one last blast of essential ELO. Give some love to Reggie, over at Music My Owner Listens To [And Other Musings], for providing yet another cool post for us all. This is a gathering of official bonus tracks from various Electric Light Orchestra CD reissues. Over 5 hours of material, providing an all new glimpse into an alternate ELO universe. Most of this music comes from the 2006/2007 Japanese remasters, but there’s also plenty of unreleased stuff found on the multi-disc, 30th Anniversary “First Light Series” – The Electric Light Orchestra (a.k.a. No Answer in the USA) and ELO 2. We’ve weeded out the dupes and added in five ELO tunes from the Xanadu soundtrack you couldn’t bring yourself to buy. Yes… that’s Olivia Newton-John singing the Jeff Lynne-penned title track. And… if you act before midnight tonight, you get a Bonus Tracks bonus. Ten previously unreleased recordings from the excellent 2000 ELO box set, Flashback – including a new version of “Xanadu” featuring Jeff Lynne singing lead. There are other oddities, too. I lived with this over the weekend and it’s a great listen and collection. Click the covers for links to Amazon. Thanks for the shares, Reggie.

The Electric Light Orchestra & The Electric Light Orchestra (First Light Series)

The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd, 1644) (Take 1) (0:57)
10538 Overture (Take 1) (5:47)
Brian Mathew Introduces ELO (0:38)
10538 Overture (Acetate Version) (5:23)
Look At Me Now (Quad Mix) (3:18)
Nellie Takes Her Bow (Quad Mix) (5:58)
The Battle Of Marston Moor (July 2nd 1644) (Quad Mix) (5:53)
Jeff’s Boogie No.2 (Live) (6:58)
Whisper In The Night (Live) (5:46)
Great Balls Of Fire (Live) (5:39)
Queen Of The Hours (Quad Mix) (3:16)
Mr. Radio (Take 9) (5:19)
10538 Overture (Live) (10:39)

ELO 2 & ELO 2 (First Light Series – The Lost Planet)

In Old England Town (Instrumental) (2:43)
Baby I Apologise (Outtake) (3:42)
Roll Over Beethoven (Take 1) (8:16)
Brian Matthew Introduces ELO (0:23)
From The Sun To The World (Boogie No. 1) (BBC Session) (7:26)
Momma (BBC Session) (6:58)
Roll Over Beethoven (Single Version) (4:35)
Showdown (Take 1) (4:19)
Your World (Take 2) (With Carl Wayne) (4:55)
Get A Hold Of Myself (Take 2) (With Carl Wayne) (4:43)
Mama (Take 1) (With Carl Wayne) (4:59)
Wilf’s Solo (Instrumental) (3:39)
Roll Over Beethoven (BBC Session) (7:40)

ELO Face The Music
On The Third Day, Eldorado, Face The Music, A New World Record & Out Of The Blue

Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle) (Take 1) (1:19)
Auntie (Ma-Ma-Ma Belle) (Take 2) (4:03)
Mambo (Dreaming Of 4000) (Take 1) (5:03)
Everyone’s Born To Die (4:38)
Interludes (3:41)
Eldorado Instrumental Medley (7:55)
Dark City (Demo) (0:47)
Fire On High Intro (Early Alternate Mix) (3:21)
Evil Woman (Stripped Down Mix) (4:57)
Strange Magic (Single Edit) (3:25)
Waterfall (Instrumental Mix) (4:15)
Telephone Line (Alternate Vocal) (4:40)
Surrender (Previously Unreleased) (2:35)
Tightrope (Instrumental Early Rough Mix) (4:53)
Above The Clouds (Instrumental Rough Mix) (1:12)
So Fine (Instrumental Early Rough Mix) (4:14)
Telephone Line (Instrumental) (4:51)
The Quick And The Daft (1:49)
Latitude 88 North (3:24)
Wild West Hero (Alternate Bridge) (0:25)

ELO DiscoveryELO Xanadu
Discovery, Xanadu (Plus Extras), Time, Secret Messages, Balance Of Power & Zoom

On The Run (Home Demo) (1:00)
Second Time Around (Home Demo) (0:42)
Little Town Flirt (2:54)
I’m Alive (3:44)
The Fall (3:35)
Don’t Walk Away (4:47)
All Over The World (4:02)
Xanadu (featuring Olivia Newton-John) (3:28)
Drum Dreams (3:04)
The Fall (Demo) (3:33)
Don’t Walk Away (Alternate) (2:28)
The Bouncer (3:14)
When Time Stood Still (3:32)
Julie Don’t Live Here (3:42)
No Way Out (3:27)
Endless Lies (1983 Version – Previously Unreleased) (3:25)
After All (2:24)
Opening (0:24)
Heaven Only Knows (Alternate Version) (2:32)
In For The Kill (3:14)
Secret Lives (Alternate Version) (3:24)
Sorrow About To Fall (Alternate Mix) (3:48)
Caught In A Trap (3:45)
Destination Unknown (4:10)
Long Black Road (3:23)

BONUS TRACKS BONUS: Previously Unreleased Tracks From Flashback
Do Ya (Unedited Alternative Mix) (4:10)
Grieg’s Piano Concerto In A Minor (2:59)
Mission (A World Record) (Alternative Mix) (4:31)
Tears In Your Life (3:06)
Xanadu (New Version) (3:22)
Indian Queen (Demo) (0:57)
Love Changes All (3:28)
After All (2:25)
Helpless (3:20)
Who’s That? (1:26)


  • Willard
    August 15, 2011 - 21:36 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • August 15, 2011 - 23:10 | Permalink

    Man, you don’t realize how long I’ve been looking for The First Light Series of the first two ELO forever. Thank you so much.

  • Goose
    August 15, 2011 - 23:14 | Permalink

    This is awesome! Many thanks Captain!

  • Scott
    August 16, 2011 - 00:09 | Permalink

    Wow! What a generous bounty of ELO goodness! Thank you very much! But (and you might kill me for this), there is yet another song not accounted for here, namely “Time After Time”, which was the cassette bonus track from “Secret Messages” and was also on the 12-inch vinyl single version of “Rock And Roll Is King”. That’s the only omission I know of, so that ain’t bad!

    Wasn’t meaning that as a backhanded compliment, just didn’t know whether or not you knew about that one. But seriously, this is awesome. The ELO portion of the “Xanadu” soundtrack is on here, even “Drum Dreams” (the B-side of “I’m Alive”) is on this! Used to have the 45, haven’t heard it in 25-30 years, so this will be a real treat to hear again!

    Once again, hearty thanks to you and to Reggie for your generosity!

    • Willard
      August 16, 2011 - 00:24 | Permalink

      Well, here’s the deal. The original idea was to just gather together all the officially released bonus tracks from the 2006/2007 Japanese CD re-issues. Then, while researching, we started finding other tracks (like the extra Xanadu stuff – since there’s no “official” CD bonus tracks). We considered going whole hog and gathering everything we could find (straglers like “Time After Time,” and others), but there are just way too many rarities and b-sides that haven’t made it to disc yet. Visit the Jeff Lynne Song Database and you’ll see a handful of other missing single b-sides. Fact is, there’s just too much to get without spending weeks on it – and not even being sure of getting it all. So… we settled for the 5+ hours of CD stuff (with just a couple of extras). Thanks for commenting.

    • Lyndee
      September 9, 2011 - 19:02 | Permalink

      This site is like a classorom, except I don’t hate it. lol

  • Horst
    August 16, 2011 - 06:16 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the hard work, much appreciated! Amazing how prolific they were.

    I bailed on ELO after the Discovery album, so I’m curious to see if I missed anything.

    • Willard
      August 16, 2011 - 07:54 | Permalink

      You can also hear a cool later-day track via the streaming player.

  • furrball
    August 16, 2011 - 07:41 | Permalink

    I just dl’d “Time After Time” from iTunes and converted it to mp3 (320kbps/44,100, stereo, of course! :) ) I’ll be more than happy to add this to the collection.

    • Willard
      August 16, 2011 - 07:51 | Permalink

      You’re welcomed to include a link in comments. But, instead of converting it UP to 320, just use the original iTunes file. That way there’s no conversion. Many thanks.

  • furrball
    August 16, 2011 - 07:59 | Permalink

    Willard sez:
    But, instead of converting it UP to 320, just use the original iTunes file. That way there’s no conversion.

    To which I sez:
    NOW he tells me! :D


  • August 16, 2011 - 08:18 | Permalink

    Oh wow – what a goldmine! Thanks for the post, W!

  • Willard
    August 16, 2011 - 08:29 | Permalink

    Furrball. It’s no big deal, but converting to 320 from a lower bit rate is not the same as an original 320 file. But, I’m sure very few can tell the difference. So if anyone wants to pester you for an “original, I’ll leave that up to you guys.

    Just grabbed it. MANY thanks.

    Now that I think of it, though… aren’t iTunes files MP4s?
    If that’s the case, we would have needed an Mp3 for most folks anyway.

  • August 16, 2011 - 16:04 | Permalink

    when i was a wee pup, i went to see elo at madison square garden. it was when they had the huge flying saucer motif (the “out of the blue” tour)

    during “mr blue sky” the audio died and jeff lynne and co didnt realize it for about 30 seconds and kept playing.

    a couple of months later, i saw the queen jazz tour when the naked chicks rode around stage on bikes.

    it was at that point i decided that queen kicks elo’s ass

    • Willard
      August 16, 2011 - 16:47 | Permalink

      So it all comes down to naked chicks on bikes, eh? Thanks Nazz.

  • August 18, 2011 - 00:14 | Permalink

    What a collection, amazing! Thanks again, Willard!

  • August 18, 2011 - 10:38 | Permalink

    Wonderful Post! Great to get all these tracks together. Much thanks for putting this together and sharing it.

  • Wylie Prybar
    August 18, 2011 - 11:56 | Permalink

    I had no clue there was such a wealth of outtakes and alt. versions of ELO stuff.
    This looks just incredible! I’m esp. eager to hear the first and second album material;
    that early stage, when they were throwing any- and everything at the studio wall, is
    incredible (not that the later music wasn’t).
    I’ve read that there was some Roy Wood involvement on the ELO II recordings, and
    that seems credible. Imagine if he and Lynne had been able to find a way to continue
    working together …
    This is great! Many thanks!

    • Willard
      August 18, 2011 - 12:19 | Permalink

      Jeff got so commercial in later years. It’s hard to imagine Wood fitting in with it all. Or… Lynn even considering some of the solo stuff Wood did. But when they were together, you’re right… man, the ideas were flying.

  • August 18, 2011 - 14:44 | Permalink

    willard- it ALWAYS comes down to naked chicks on bikes- but you knew that already!!!!!

  • Ian of Cornwall
    August 20, 2011 - 17:09 | Permalink

    Willard n Reggie, Many Thanks 4 the ELO posts. Excellent stuff here! I always felt ‘Time’ was an under-appreciated classic. Loved the b side ‘When Time Stood Still’. I do cringe at some of Discovery, though. Cheers! Peace.

    • Willard
      August 20, 2011 - 17:56 | Permalink

      I remember Reggie saying… “I bet Ian’ll like this.”
      I said, “I.O.C. Ian?”
      Reggie said, “Yeah, Ian of Cornwall.”
      Then I said, “What make’s you think Ian’ll like it?”
      And Reggie said, rather matter-of-factly, “‘Cause he’s from Cornwall.”
      “Oh yeah,” I thought to myself, “…Cornwall.”

  • Ian of Cornwall
    August 21, 2011 - 05:06 | Permalink

    LMFAO as they now say. Sorry, I’m not from Cornwall, I just live here. I’m from the town with the world’s longest pleasure pier. I feel like a fraud now. Cheers! Peace.

    • Willard
      August 21, 2011 - 09:23 | Permalink

      YOU, my friend, are Ian… of Cornwall, and don’t apologize for it.
      Besides, if you aren’t it kind of blows a hole in the whole “liking ELO and being from Cornwall” theory.

  • Ian of Cornwall
    August 22, 2011 - 07:04 | Permalink


  • Johnny Kinkdom
    August 28, 2011 - 20:52 | Permalink

    The internet is so great at fixing a hole in your collection and you, Willard, are the master fixer upper! Love Olivia Neutron-Bomb on the cover shot too.

  • Willard
    August 28, 2011 - 21:32 | Permalink

    I remember Reggie saying… “I bet Johnny’ll like this.”
    I said, “Johnny Kinkdom?”
    Reggie said, “Ye…

    Sorry… did that routine already.

  • goldnneedl
    September 3, 2011 - 14:27 | Permalink

    Just plain MASSIVE. I own most of this, but to take the time to compile & share your hard work with us is amazing. Most ELO fans are already proven loyal & grabed the reissues off Amazon on their street date.
    Again, this is a MASSIVE treat, thank you so much to those that shared.

  • the next Prescott Niles
    January 5, 2012 - 13:48 | Permalink

    Wow—seriously great to see this all together. Thanks very much, both of you.

  • Dave Peterson
    April 11, 2012 - 20:17 | Permalink

    What is the “First Light” series?

    • Willard
      April 12, 2012 - 08:30 | Permalink

      Google is your friend.

  • David
    April 20, 2012 - 04:02 | Permalink

    Thanks – amazing share!

  • May 6, 2013 - 23:57 | Permalink

    Exelente material. Gracias

  • Bart
    May 10, 2013 - 05:35 | Permalink

    The last track on cd 1 is a combination of “10538 Overture” and (after a pause) “Whisper In The Night” . Does anyone know where the version of “Whisper In The Night” comes from?

    And how about the Japanese bonus tracks on the 3 recent cd’s. Is there a way to get them outside Japan? I’ve search iTunes, but no luck.

  • Sgt Pepper
    April 28, 2015 - 07:46 | Permalink

    Anyone have Jeff Lynne’s ‘Video’, ‘Doin The Crazy Thing’, ‘Goin’ Down to Rio’ & ‘Sooner Or Later’?. I think these are Jeff’s non-ELO songs which aren’t available on any comp yet (to my knowledge). Thanks in advance

    • El D.
      November 23, 2015 - 20:42 | Permalink

      Let’s not forget Let It Run from Electric Dreams and Wild Times from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.

  • Matt
    August 27, 2015 - 01:34 | Permalink

    Excellent compilation. Great to have these all in one place. Thanks

  • El D.
    November 23, 2015 - 19:34 | Permalink

    Missing from this list are Cold Feet, Out Of Luck, Buildings Have Eyes, Beatles Forever, Mandalay, Hello My Old Friend, A Matter Of Fact, Point Of No Return, One Day, Stream Of Stars, Lucky Motel, I See No One/First Days of September, and a longer version of Indian Queen.

    • Willard
      November 23, 2015 - 20:42 | Permalink

      There will always be more.

  • El D.
    November 23, 2015 - 20:34 | Permalink

    Let’s not forget the new album Alone In The Universe.

  • December 16, 2015 - 14:42 | Permalink

    Thank you very much.

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