|Studio album by|
|Released||28 September 1974|
|Studio||De Lane Lea Studios, London|
|Genre||Progressive rock, progressive pop|
|Label||Warner Bros., United Artists|
|Electric Light Orchestra chronology|
|Electric Light Orchestra studio album chronology|
|Singles from Eldorado|
Eldorado (subtitled A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra) is the fourth studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in the United States in September 1974 by United Artists Records and in the United Kingdom in October 1974 by Warner Bros. Records.
Eldorado is the first complete ELO concept album; bandleader Jeff Lynne conceived the storyline before he wrote any music. The plot follows a Walter Mitty-like character who journeys into fantasy worlds via dreams, to escape the disillusionment of his mundane reality. Lynne began to write the album in response to criticisms from his father, a classical music lover, who said that Electric Light Orchestra's repertoire "had no tune".[self-published source?] The influence of The Beatles is prevalent, especially in the melody of the verse of "Mister Kingdom" which to some degree resembles the Beatles' "Across the Universe".
Eldorado marks the first album on which Jeff Lynne hired an orchestra; on previous albums, he would overdub the strings. Louis Clark co-arranged, with Lynne (and keyboardist Richard Tandy), and conducted the strings. The group's three resident string players continued to perform on recordings, however, and can be heard most prominently on the songs "Boy Blue" and "Laredo Tornado". Mike de Albuquerque departed early on in the recording process, as touring made him feel separated from his family. Lynne plays most of, if not all, the bass tracks and backing vocals for the album, but de Albuquerque still featured on the final release as well as getting credited. Kelly Groucutt replaced him for the subsequent tour, when cellist Melvyn Gale also joined (replacing the departing Mike Edwards). "Eldorado Finale" is heavily orchestrated, much like "Eldorado Overture". Jeff Lynne said of the song, "I like the heavy chords and the slightly daft ending, where you hear the double bass players packing up their basses, because they wouldn't play another millisecond past the allotted moment."[verification needed]
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
"Can't Get It Out of My Head" was released as a single (with "Illusions in G Major" as the B-side) and was a success in the US. An edited version of "Boy Blue" was released as the album's second single, but failed to make any commercial impact. The album was certified Gold in the United States soon after its release. The album and singles, however, failed to find a wide audience in the band's native United Kingdom.
In 1978, the filmmaker Kenneth Anger re-released his 1954 film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, using Eldorado as the soundtrack.
In July 2010, the album was named one of Classic Rock magazine's "50 Albums That Built Prog Rock".
On 17 June 2015, the album was ranked #43 on Rolling Stone's "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time"
All tracks are written by Jeff Lynne.
|1.||"Eldorado Overture" (Instrumental)||2:12|
|2.||"Can't Get It Out of My Head"||4:21|
|5.||"Poor Boy (The Greenwood)"||2:57|
|8.||"Illusions in G Major"||2:36|
|11.||"Eldorado Instrumental Medley"||7:56|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.