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VINYL IS STRONG!!!! - UA - Cover shows moderate wear, heavier on edges w/ sticker ghost, color fade, bend creasing or grime - Vinyl is VG/VG+ w/ the occasional mark, scratch or scuff - Cleaned on a VPI machine - no insert!
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CLEAR COLOURED VINYL : 2016 remastered reissue of 1975 album featuring ''Evil Woman'' & ''Strange Magic''. Mastered for vinyl from the original analogue sources at Battery Studios in New York & pressed on 180-gram wax.

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Disc: 1

1 Fire On High
2 Waterfall
3 Evil Woman
4 Nightrider

Disc: 2

1 Poker
2 Strange Magic
3 Down Home Town
4 One Summer Dream

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Mr Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
ELO''s Most Beautiful, Classical Album
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2019
While they would continue to excel, refining their pop palette, and exploring the emotional possibilities within their music, on New World Record and Out Of The Blue, these are perhaps their most beautiful pieces. Languid and loose, the Evil Women, Waterfall, Strange... See more
While they would continue to excel, refining their pop palette, and exploring the emotional possibilities within their music, on New World Record and Out Of The Blue, these are perhaps their most beautiful pieces. Languid and loose, the Evil Women, Waterfall, Strange Magic, and One Summer Dream aren''t as entertaining and focused as Telephone Line or Living Thing, but there''s a quiet energy to them, and something measured, building within. It''s true classical, like Haydn. Very nicely done.

The album also has points in common with Discovery, bookends on ELO''s most productive period, each with three excellent ballads, and nods to rock/disco. Each with a lengthy prog number. As such their differences also show how much changed in such a short period of time.

No doubt when listening to this that it is ELO at their prime.

Incidentally ... Down Hometown gets a bad rap from people who can''t stand the Old South, but this song makes an interesting nod to Skynyrd. And it is confidently rendered, with impassioned voices that give the Honkettes a run for their money.
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Captain Nemo
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High quality 180 gram sounds masterful
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2016
Pressed on sturdy 180 gram vinyl! This one of my favorite ELO albums along with On The Third Day and A New World Record. Fire On High is a wonderful instrumental with different musical textures and changing tempos. This song used to scare the bejeezus out of me... See more
Pressed on sturdy 180 gram vinyl! This one of my favorite ELO albums along with On The Third Day and A New World Record.

Fire On High is a wonderful instrumental with different musical textures and changing tempos. This song used to scare the bejeezus out of me with the backwards message at the beginning! One Summer Dream is another one of my favorites as well as the legendary Evil Woman. Poker is a good rocking song, too. Strange Magic is wonderful slow "ditty" (as Jeff Lynne would say).

I had previously bought Face The Music on cd and the folks who mastered the cd had apparently "fell asleep at the wheel", as the intro to Evil Woman was erroneously burned (or cut) as the ending of the song Waterfall. So, if I wanted to listen to Evil Woman in it''s entirety I had to select the song Waterfall and skip towards the end of that song. These little things irritate me. So I bought the vinyl album....PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
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Lenny B
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Nice Pre-Disco ELO
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2021
This is the last album by ELO before they started to out BeeGee the BeeGees. You can hear some of the future disco-cancer starting to infiltrate the ELO sound on this album, but generally it is a worthy successor to Eldorado. I bought all of the Move/ELO albums... See more
This is the last album by ELO before they started to out BeeGee the BeeGees. You can hear some of the future disco-cancer starting to infiltrate the ELO sound on this album, but generally it is a worthy successor to Eldorado. I bought all of the Move/ELO albums contemporaneous to their release in the late 60s and early 70s and this was the last ELO album before the lost me to the blatant pop stuff that followed. The best of ELO was the first two albums. On The Third Day was when Jeff Lynne decided on the more commercial approach to his music and it certainly worked. Though the band''s greatest success occurred with the albums subsequent to Face The Music, it was for me, the last one worth owning.
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not so reversible now, but still great.
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2006
I had a lot of fun with my vinyl copy of this album when I''d get into arguements with people as to whether or not backward masking was used on records. I''d plop this record down on the turntable and run the "Fire on High" track backwards and you''d clearly hear "The music... See more
I had a lot of fun with my vinyl copy of this album when I''d get into arguements with people as to whether or not backward masking was used on records. I''d plop this record down on the turntable and run the "Fire on High" track backwards and you''d clearly hear "The music is reversible, but time is not...turn back...turn back...turn back." Also, at the beginning of the song Down Home Town they''ve got "Face the mighty waterfall" backward masked into the intro.

I won''t repeat what everyone else wrote. I think most of us know where this album fits into the history of ELO and what the songs are like, but what we''re wondering is whether or not to pony up the money to but another copy of it.

Well, I listened to this version through my computer on nice Sennheiser headphones and I can''t tell where the improvement in sound happened. Perhaps I can hear it on some of the quieter passages.

However, I can say that the "stripped down" Evil Woman is very cool, especially with the additional verse that isn''t on the original. Also, the Waterfall instrumental is great. The "strange magic" single edit is the same truncated and out-of-context version that I got rather sick of when it was played on the radio all the time. The alternative version of Fire on High sounds like the intro to an old Twilight Zone episode only it goes on and on and on. It was interesting but I''ll probably skip it next time I listen to this CD.

So, should you but this again? Sure, there''s just enough here to warrent spending the money. Of course, if you don''t own it in any form then here''s your chance to get a truly great 1970''s progressive power-pop period piece that you''ll find to be a lot of fun.
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JHD
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The music is reversible, and sometimes so is time.
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2003
Someone did me a favor by stealing my earlier copy of this CD. I ended up buying another one from Amazon.com, and this time around is better than the first time! While ELO was becoming a huge commercial success, but just before they quite figured out how to make a big... See more
Someone did me a favor by stealing my earlier copy of this CD. I ended up buying another one from Amazon.com, and this time around is better than the first time!
While ELO was becoming a huge commercial success, but just before they quite figured out how to make a big orchestra rock and roll, that''s when Face The Music appeared. The album had elements that would appeal to fans of ELO''s earlier music (including the famous reverse-tracking intro to "Fire On High"), several songs that were clearly pop-oriented for mass appeal, and a handful of lovely but seemingly gratuitous short string interludes between songs.
The net effect was rather like meeting another family one time while on vacation somewhere. Afterward, overall, you may have vaguely pleasant recollections of them, if reminded of a few specific details about how the kids behaved or how the mother fixed her pasta salad or how the father loved to tell stories about his career in grocery wholesaling...but their last name just never springs to mind in the course of a typical day.
Face The Music is like that. There''s no way you can ever forget hearing "Evil Woman" or "Strange Magic" or "Poker" or "Night Rider." But you may forget that they were all on the same album, along with other excellent material like the painfully beautiful "Waterfall" and "One Summer Dream." There wasn''t a clinker in the bunch--with the possible exception of "Down Home Town," which must surely be an acquired taste.
So...why am I glad someone stole my first CD of this album? Because, for largely incomprehensible reasons, when CBS released Face The Music on CD the first time, they butchered it!
The intro to "Fire On High" was gone. So were those seemingly gratuitous orchestral interludes...which, once made conspicuous by their absence, actually turned out to be the glue that held the songs together as a unified whole.
Fortunately, between those Dark Ages and now, someone prevailed upon CBS Records to put back the missing material. It''s now the same album as when it was originally released by United Artists way back in 1975, lovingly transferred to digital form. It''s been made whole again!
The only drawback to the CD is that you can''t truly play it backwards on average CD players, and thereby listen to the supposed secret message that seems to have so terrified the CBS executives.
For those who haven''t heard it and don''t have analog means of reversing the track, you''re missing things like footsteps running backward down a hallway, and a pingpong ball eerily bouncing in reverse time. Then comes a warning--seemingly intoned by Peter Ford-Robertson, although not credited--that says: "The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back. Turn back. Turn back." (Which is the meaning, from Greek, of the word "repent." Not exactly a satanic message, if I read my New Testament correctly!) And in the old days, of course, if you didn''t turn back right then, the needle would drop off the end of the groove.
This CD is the best opportunity to hear Face The Music the way it was meant to be, and the way you remember it being. Just like traveling back in time to get reacquainted with those nice folks you met on vacation once upon a time...
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Weezill
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Still one of my favorite albums.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
I first purchased this LP back in the 70s. After decades of use (and abuse) the sound quality was seriously degraded. I''m very happy that I bought this pressing. The noise floor is almost non-existent, the dynamic range is fantastic, and listening to this again... See more
I first purchased this LP back in the 70s. After decades of use (and abuse) the sound quality was seriously degraded.

I''m very happy that I bought this pressing. The noise floor is almost non-existent, the dynamic range is fantastic, and listening to this again (and again) brings a smile to my face!
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Everett Butler
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Had on vinyl was a good album. My favorite song One Summer Dream I ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2016
Had on vinyl was a good album. My favorite song One Summer Dream I was introduced to by my friend late 70''s from his record collection. album was stolen with other 40 albums in storage 2006. Found on CD and enjoyed hearing one of there best songs recorded. Highly recommend... See more
Had on vinyl was a good album. My favorite song One Summer Dream I was introduced to by my friend late 70''s from his record collection. album was stolen with other 40 albums in storage 2006. Found on CD and enjoyed hearing one of there best songs recorded. Highly recommend anyone listening to album version or CD not internet version. Robert thanks for some wonderful memories keep the faith my friend and my best to you.
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Dr. T
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The first great album in a trio of great albums
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
Elo''s greatest era started with this album and ended with Out of The Blue. I would rate Another World Record a 4 1/2 star album and Out of the Blue a 5 star album and this album slightly below those two. Recommended.
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PR Jackson
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Discovery was a major change (and I love this album
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2015
Having read earlier reviews, I''ve just purchased/received this album. It''s fabulous. If I may be bold, this might be considered the first of a trilogy of ELO albums: Face The Music, A New World Record, Out Of The Blue. You can here the development throughout these three....See more
Having read earlier reviews, I''ve just purchased/received this album. It''s fabulous. If I may be bold, this might be considered the first of a trilogy of ELO albums: Face The Music, A New World Record, Out Of The Blue. You can here the development throughout these three. Discovery was a major change (and I love this album, too; albeit "Disco-Very"!). But back to FTM. Great songwriting, great orchestration. As for Down Home Town: if you like Dylan/Travelling Wilburys, you will like this too. Did the TWs cover this track? Not sure. But it sure sounds like a pre-cursor to them. In my opinion, there isn''t a bad track on this album, and you can here how Jeff Lynne''s songwriting is evolving into the tracks on A New World Record and Out Of The Blue. I love it! I''m now tempted to go back an album, to ... Elderado ...
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mark wright
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Every track a classic.. nearly.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2020
Jeff and ElO are really ramping up their format, style and volume on this album. It sounds so fresh and the gorgeous piano on evil woman, the bonus track, sounds so bluesy played v loud. If you can I recommend playing this whole album at 11, let it fill your senses and lose...See more
Jeff and ElO are really ramping up their format, style and volume on this album. It sounds so fresh and the gorgeous piano on evil woman, the bonus track, sounds so bluesy played v loud. If you can I recommend playing this whole album at 11, let it fill your senses and lose yourself in ‘one summer dream’ and it’s soothing strings.
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JOHN BEEBY
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You have to Face the Music
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2017
Love the great ELO, I have just started to collect Vinyl again after 30 odd years and when I saw this I thought yes why not. All I need now is a new record deck to play them on and that will come soon. Face the music released in 1975 is a classic ELO Album with some...See more
Love the great ELO, I have just started to collect Vinyl again after 30 odd years and when I saw this I thought yes why not. All I need now is a new record deck to play them on and that will come soon. Face the music released in 1975 is a classic ELO Album with some superbly crafted songs produced and written by the great Jeff Lynne, if you are an ELO Fan then I would highly recommend this album.
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Trebor H
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Simply Fantastic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2006
Even taking into account the dodgy track "Down Home Town", this has to rate as ELO''s best album. The songwriting is superior to Eldorado yet it hasn''t quite reached the commercialism of A New World Record and subsequent albums. "Fire On High" is an incredible opener and...See more
Even taking into account the dodgy track "Down Home Town", this has to rate as ELO''s best album. The songwriting is superior to Eldorado yet it hasn''t quite reached the commercialism of A New World Record and subsequent albums. "Fire On High" is an incredible opener and leads seamlessly into probably what is THE greatest album track of all time, "Waterfall", a harmony drenched masterpiece. "Evil Woman", "Strange Magic" and "Nightrider" are three of ELO''s best ever singles and then there''s "Poker" which has to rate as their best rocker. A previous reviewer claims the only good track on offer on Face The Music is "Fire On High" which makes me wonder if he has been listening to the same album!! Still, there''s no accounting for taste!
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P Fletcher
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Great service
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2021
Great condition great value for money and a nice addition to my collection Thanks
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