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The very fact that Electric Light Orchestra released a second three-disc box set is a tacit admission that, yes, 1987's Afterglow wasn't everything it should be. Happily, 2000's Flashback is. Assembled with the cooperation of Jeff Lynne, Flashback covers all the bases, featuring all the hits, a good selection of album tracks, and seven previously unreleased tracks, two alternate mixes and "After All," previously unavailable on CD. The sequencing is roughly chronological, with each of the three discs spotlighting a different era, then sequenced for maximum listenability within that -- so "10538 Overture" segues to "Showdown" and "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" then doubles back to the first album. It's a gambit that works, since Flashback winds up flowing as gracefully as ELO's best albums. And, make no mistake, this is one of their best albums, a rare box set that satisfies the needs of both casual and mildly dedicated fans, while offering the hardcore not just a bunch of rarities but an enjoyable album with its own character. So, it trumps Afterglow in every possible way, then, and thereby eliminates the need for yet another three-disc ELO box. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 10538 Overture Electric Light Orchestra 5:27
  3. 2 Showdown Electric Light Orchestra 4:8
  4. 3 Ma-Ma-Ma Belle Electric Light Orchestra 3:52
  5. 4 Mr. Radio Electric Light Orchestra 5:0
  6. 5 Roll Over Beethoven Electric Light Orchestra 7:47
  7. 6 Mama [New Edit] Electric Light Orchestra 4:2
  8. 7 One Summer Dream Electric Light Orchestra 5:18
  9. 8 Illusions in G Major Electric Light Orchestra 2:39
  10. 9 Strange Magic Electric Light Orchestra 4:26
  11. 10 Eldorado Overture Electric Light Orchestra 2:11
  12. 11 Can't Get It Out of My Head Electric Light Orchestra 4:23
  13. 12 Eldorado Electric Light Orchestra 5:18
  14. 13 Eldorado Finale Electric Light Orchestra 1:26
  15. 14 Do Ya [Unedited Alternative Mix, Previously Unreleased][Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 4:7
  16. 15 Mister Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra 5:6
  17. 16 Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor [Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 2:55
  18. 1 Tightrope Electric Light Orchestra 5:22
  19. 2 Evil Woman Electric Light Orchestra 4:15
  20. 3 Livin' Thing Electric Light Orchestra 3:30
  21. 4 Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra 5:4
  22. 5 Mission (A World Record) [Previously Unreleased][Alternative Mix, Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 4:27
  23. 6 Turn to Stone Electric Light Orchestra 3:45
  24. 7 Telephone Line Electric Light Orchestra 4:44
  25. 8 Rockaria! Electric Light Orchestra 3:13
  26. 9 Starlight Electric Light Orchestra 4:44
  27. 10 It's Over Electric Light Orchestra 3:53
  28. 11 The Whale Electric Light Orchestra 4:58
  29. 12 Sweet Talkin' Woman Electric Light Orchestra 3:46
  30. 13 Big Wheels Electric Light Orchestra 5:29
  31. 14 Shangri-La Electric Light Orchestra 5:33
  32. 15 Nightrider Electric Light Orchestra 4:20
  33. 16 Tears In Your Life [Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 3:2
  34. 1 Don't Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra 4:2
  35. 2 The Diary of Horace Wimp Electric Light Orchestra 4:14
  36. 3 Twilight Electric Light Orchestra 3:42
  37. 4 Secret Messages Electric Light Orchestra 4:35
  38. 5 Take Me On and On Electric Light Orchestra 4:54
  39. 6 Shine a Little Love Electric Light Orchestra 4:7
  40. 7 Rock & Roll Is King Electric Light Orchestra 3:7
  41. 8 Last Train to London Electric Light Orchestra 4:29
  42. 9 Confusion Electric Light Orchestra 3:35
  43. 10 Getting to the Point Electric Light Orchestra 4:51
  44. 11 Hold on Tight Electric Light Orchestra 3:6
  45. 12 So Serious Electric Light Orchestra 2:38
  46. 13 Calling America Electric Light Orchestra 3:23
  47. 14 Four Little Diamonds Electric Light Orchestra 4:4
  48. 15 Great Balls of Fire Electric Light Orchestra 3:4
  49. 16 Xanadu [New Version, Previously Unreleased][Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 3:20
  50. 17 Indian Queen [Demo][Demo, Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 0:57
  51. 18 Love Changes All [Previosly Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 3:22
  52. 19 After All [First Time on CD] Electric Light Orchestra 2:22
  53. 20 Helpless [Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 3:16
  54. 21 Who's That [Previously Unreleased] Electric Light Orchestra 1:26

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