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Electric Light Orchestra

Zoom Tour Live DVD

Review by Larry Toering

Around the turn of the 1990s, ELO was in a bit of a transition of sorts, really. I did like the album they had out at the time, but things got cut off by a tour cancellation, so to get this out was a gift to their fans. Make no mistake, it was definitely a good one. It's all here, and then some, as they only seemed to prove that they get better with age. The integrity and faith applied to this release concerning their catalog is second to none for that era, and the result is a live film that hasn't a minute worth complaining. This comes highly recommended to even the most remote ELO fan. Jeff Lynne cannot seem to do one wrong thing here as he must be seen to be believed. I cannot stress enough the quality values he had retained at that point. Absolute seemlessness was acheived by Lynne and the rest of the payers here from their original state. Anything that might be missed in this set of tunes is easily made up for by the performance. Even the newer cuts seem to do nothing to hurt it, although the selections were not my favorite from that album. I couldn't complain about that either, as one must trust Jeff Lynde's judgment, always. If you didn't check into ELO around this time, you missed a significant phase of the band, and this DVD goes a long way in proving that much. The selection of classics is another point of slight question, though,. Still, lets face it, this has never been and will never be an easy thing to accomplish with a band with this much history. It’s impossible to get the right mix of songs to please each and every fan, so that doesn’t detract from the effectiveness of this DVD.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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