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Electric Light Orchestra: Town Hall, Birmingham (England)

Mark Leviton, Phonograph Record, April 1973

THE TONE OF the evening was set when I spotted Jeff Lynne's electric guitar in the dressing room, leaning up against a sheaf of music paper labelled "Paganini." This is the ELO's territory — fusing unpretentiously the form of classical music to that of modern rock, and as their recent top ten hit 'Roll Over Beethoven' has proven, the public is willing to accept the fact that, strange as it may sound, 'cellos can rock! And with ELO II blasting the album charts it appears the ELO formula is going to produce a firm foothold in popular sound.

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