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In January , when Carl Wayne left the Move, Lynne accepted Wood's second invitation to join the band on the condition that they focus their energy on the new project. The group toured extensively from 3 February to 13 April , playing 68 shows in 76 days in the US. The band was then rejoined by Kaminski, Clark, and Morgan, adding Martin Smith on bass guitar, and proceeded to perform a small number of live ELO performances in , including shows in England and Germany along with US appearances on American Bandstand ,  Solid Gold , then at Disneyland that summer. Both albums were re-released in April with various bonus tracks. Formation and early albums[ edit ] The band's logo from to , designed by John Kehe at United Artists Records, referencing the General Electric logo In the late s, Roy Wood —guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of The Move —had an idea to form a new band that would use violins , cellos , string basses, horns and woodwinds to give their music a classical sound, taking rock music in the direction to "pick up where The Beatles left off". Every now and then, in my journalistic career, it's been possible to coax a contemporary band to admit to an ELO influence, the Flaming Lips and Super Furry Animals being two examples. The band embarked on their last world tour to promote the LP. The US and Australian releases shared one design, while the rest of the world featured the other for a new double album release in October The other single was "Latitude 88 North". During the recording of the third album, Gibson was let go after a dispute over money, Mik Kaminski joined as violinist and Walker left since touring was keeping him away from his family too much. Following the release of Eldorado Kelly Groucutt was recruited as bassist, and in early Melvyn Gale replaced Edwards on cello. History[ edit ] — Bevan, Groucutt, Kaminski and Clark recorded a second album, Moment of Truth , in and toured extensively until The line-up stabilised as the band took to a decidedly more accessible sound. Both cited problems with their manager, Don Arden ,  and an unsatisfactory tour of Italy, where the cellos and violins could not be heard over the electric instruments. Another song, "Midnight Blue", was released as a single in Southeast Asia. The first was " Surrender " which registered on the lower end of the UK Singles Chart at number 81, some 30 years after it was written in All three releases also featured new studio recordings as bonus tracks. The movie performed poorly at the box office, but the soundtrack did exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. The band recorded promotional videos for all the songs on the album. In Jeff Lynne was asked to write for the soundtrack of the musical film Xanadu , with the other half written by John Farrar and performed by the film's star Olivia Newton-John. The resulting album, On the Third Day , was released in late , with the American version featuring the popular single " Showdown ". Barcus Berry instrument pick-ups , now sported by the band's string trio, allowed them to have proper amplification on stage for their instruments, which had previously been all but drowned out by all the sound of the electrified instruments. Though the single " Calling America " placed in the Top 30 in the United Kingdom number 28 and Top 20 in the States , subsequent singles failed to chart. The musical received its UK premiere in London in October The band toured in support in the US only from September to April with a break in December, then an American Music Awards show appearance on 31 January ,  plus a one-off gig in San Diego in August
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