June 29, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A

In 1974, Jeff Lynne gave concept albums a good name with ELO’s unapologetically symphonic Eldorado, a brilliant cycle of Walter Mitty-goes-medieval fantasies that was grandiose and cheeky in equal measure. More dated but still fun, 1979’s disco-ey Discovery found Lynne cleverly aping the Bee Gees. This first batch of reissues is rounded out by two ’80s snoozers, by which point ”orchestra” = tired synths, though both are nearly redeemed by unlikely rockabilly climaxes. Eldorado: A Discovery: B Time: C Messages: C+

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