The Electric Light Orchestra was a band that I liked to refer to as a “Rock Opera” band. Perhaps because they spoof the classical genius Beethoven using music from his Fifth Symphony. One of E.L.O.’s hit songs was Roll Over Beethoven. (Not covered on this album though)
The cover is a dark background with a man in a turban, (Reminds me of Ali Baba and his 40 thieves or Jason and the Argonauts) and he’s holding a round colorful disc with ELO illuminated in the center. (Seriously, the disc looks like the old time electronic game Simon, a game to test your memory.) At the top is the bands name in light blue with the album title (Discovery) directly below in a burnt orange color.
The back cover of the ELO Discovery album depicts a scene from an Arabian palace, complete with a guard wielding a sword.
The top left corner has the song titles listed. The songs are:
Shine A Little Love – Confusion – Need Her Love – The Diary of Horace – Wimp – Last train To London – Midnight Blue – On The Run – Wishing – Don’t Bring Me Down
All music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne
Bottom left has the Jet records logo, released in 1979 by CBS Records.
The inside cover art is a panoramic view of the same man on the cover in the desert seemingly running away from a horde of sword wielding Arab Charger riding men. And there’s that Simon electronic game again. See, it does help to improve your memory.
On the far left in powder blue lists the band members. They are:
Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Richard Tandy, Kelly Groucutt
The Album sleeve has photo’s of the band members and the instruments that they play. Notice the porn mustache Kelly Groucutt is sporting. It was the 1970′s mind you.
The flip side of the album jacket has the song lyrics to each song. Top center has a photo of the Electric Light Orchestra in concert. A multi colored lighted space ship hovers above the band. (A big Simon electronic memory game)
This album produced two top 40 hits. Shine A Little Love and Don’t bring Me Down. If you like rock music with an classical orchestra backing them up, you will love E.L.O.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL