Released back in 1979 and ELO’s first UK number 1 album, this saw the band go all out pop, even a little disco. There are some classic songs on here like floor filler ‘Shine A Little Love’, the lovely ballad ‘Midnight Blue’, ‘Confusion’ and ‘The Diary Of Horace Wimp’ (see the Lego inspired video below) . Plus the rockiest song and hit single, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’.
Sadly this album marked the end of the string trio of cellists Melyvn Gale, Hugh McDowell and viloinist Mik Kaminski (although he popped up on later albums and tours). Louis Clark was still there on string arrangements and like Kaminski, stayed with the band as a touring member until they split-up in 1986.
The album still sounds good today, a credit to the musical vision and prowess of Jeff Lynne.