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Eldorado (1974)

Electric Light Orchestra
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Symphonic rock, Art rock, Concept album

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Eldorado - A Symphony by the Electric Light Orchestra (known as simply Eldorado) is the fourth studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra, released in 1974.
Eldorado is the first complete ELO concept album; vocalist Jeff Lynne conceived the storyline before he wrote any music. The plot follows a Walter Mitty-like character who journeys into fantasy worlds via dreams, in order to escape the disillusionment of his mundane reality.
Eldorado marks the first album on which Jeff Lynne hired an orchestra; on previous albums, Lynne would overdub the strings. Louis Clark co-arranged and conducted the strings, and would go on to become a full member. The group's three resident string players continued to perform on recordings, however, and can be heard most prominently on the songs "Boy Blue" and "Laredo Tornado".
Mike de Albuquerque departed early on in the recording process, leaving Lynne to play bass and provide most of the backing vocals for the album (though de Albuquerque received credit.) Kelly Groucutt replaced de Albuquerque for the subsequent tour, when cellist Melvyn Gale also joined.
"Eldorado Finale" is heavily orchestrated much like "Eldorado Overture". Jeff Lynne said of the

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Tracks

4:25 Can't Get It out of My Head
2:38 Illusions in G Major
5:18 Eldorado
5:29 Laredo Tornado
3:56 Nobody's Child
1:34 Eldorado Finale
5:29 Mister Kingdom
2:57 Poorboy (The Greenwood)
2:13 Eldorado Overture
5:19 Boy Blue
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