All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO

Chart Watch and New Releases: 29 July 2016

There’s some very strange magic going on in this week’s album chart as All Over the World – The Very Best of ELO finally reaches number 1, over eleven years after it was first released. The Electric Light Orchestra last topped the album chart thirty-five years ago with 1981’s Time, since when half a dozen “best of” albums have charted, yet this is the first to reach number 1 and it’s taken it 117 weeks on the chart to do so. It’s a great week for vintage compilations as Bob Marley & the WailersLegend continues its renaissance, climbing a place to number 7 while a remix of Is This Love climbs to number 43 in the singles chart.

Attempting to follow those into the chart next week (although, as ELO have proved, there’s plenty of time), New Order release their latest single People on the High Line on CD and 12″, while Simple Minds‘ breakthrough album New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) is reissued on various formats including the inevitable super deluxe box set with 12″ mixes, single edits, radio sessions and a DVD. Otherwise, if you’re in the market for a 4CD ’80s compilation, the usual suspects are all present and correct on 80s XL.

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