Light Years, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 1997
RecordedJuly 1970–January 1986
LabelEpic Records
ProducerJeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Light Years, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Live at Wembley '78
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]

Light Years, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a two CD compilation album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1997.

The album celebrates the band's 25th Anniversary singles career starting in 1972 and contains all of ELO's 29 UK hit singles plus other single edits that either didn't chart or were hits in other countries.

All the songs included are reputed to be the edited 7" single versions; analysis of the vinyl 7" singles contradicts the claim. For example, the intro/count-in of "Four Little Diamonds" was trimmed from the original 7", but included here; the intro of "Strange Magic" was shorter on the 7".

It is also the first ELO compilation to feature the song "Across the Border" which was scheduled to be released as an EP track in 1980 but was withdrawn. Although not in chronological order, it is however the most comprehensive assemblage of the band's hits of the many compilations available.

The album reached 60 in the UK Album Charts.[3] The album was also released in Europe with an identical track order under the titles, The Swedish Collection and The Danish Collection released in 2000.

Track listing

Disc one
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Turn to Stone"Out of the Blue, 19773:47
2."Evil Woman"Face the Music, 19754:15
3."Livin' Thing"A New World Record, 19763:32
4."Twilight"Time, 19813:37
5."Telephone Line"A New World Record4:41
6."Four Little Diamonds"Secret Messages, 19834:06
7."Xanadu" (with Olivia Newton-John)Xanadu soundtrack, 19803:27
8."Last Train to London"Discovery, 19794:32
9."Strange Magic" (7" edit)Face the Music4:06
10."Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (7" edit)On the Third Day, 19733:11
12."Rock 'n' Roll Is King"Secret Messages3:05
13."The Way Life's Meant to Be"Time4:39
14."Can't Get It Out of My Head" (7" edit)Eldorado, 19743:07
15."Secret Messages" (Special version from the LP)Secret Messages3:34
16."Calling America"Balance of Power, 19863:28
17."Don't Walk Away"Xanadu soundtrack4:39
18."Don't Bring Me Down"Discovery4:03
19."Mr. Blue Sky"Out of the Blue5:03
Disc two
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Sweet Talkin' Woman"Out of the Blue3:47
2."I'm Alive"Xanadu soundtrack3:43
3."Shine a Little Love"Discovery4:10
4."Ticket to the Moon"Time4:07
5."Illusions in G Major"Eldorado2:38
6."So Serious"Balance of Power2:41
7."Nightrider" (7" edit)Face the Music3:43
8."All Over the World"Xanadu soundtrack4:01
9."Here Is the News"Time3:44
10."The Diary of Horace Wimp"Discovery4:17
11."Across the Border" (EP version)Out of the Blue3:51
12."Showdown"On the Third Day (U.S.); Showdown, 19744:10
13."Hold on Tight"Time3:07
14."Wild West Hero"Out of the Blue4:40
15."Do Ya"A New World Record3:45
16."10538 Overture" (7" edit)The Electric Light Orchestra/No Answer, 19713:56
17."Getting to the Point"Balance of Power4:29
18."Rockaria!"A New World Record3:14
19."Roll Over Beethoven" (7" edit)ELO 2, 19734:34
Total length:148:04



  1. ^ Light Years, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 916. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013.