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A Box of Their Best

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Recorded  May 1975–April 1979
Label  Epic PZX 36966
Artist  Electric Light Orchestra
Producer  Jeff Lynne
Length  2:35:52
A Box of their Best (1980)  Xanadu (1980)
Release date  7 August 1980
Genre  Rock music
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Released  7 August 1980 (1980-08-07) (US)
Similar  Electric Light Orchestra albums, Rock music albums

A Box of Their Best was the first US box set by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1980. It consisted of the albums A New World Record (with the sides reversed), Out of the Blue and Discovery. Also included was Jeff Lynne's first ever solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing". This single, a single-sided single that was marked as a promo, was not in all releases of the box. The box set is almost identical to the UK release Four Light Years, released the same year.


Track listing

All songs written by Jeff Lynne.

7" single
  1. "Doin' That Crazy Thing" – 3:21

A New World Record

Side one
  1. So Fine" – 3:54
  2. "Livin' Thing" – 3:31
  3. "Above the Clouds" – 2:16
  4. "Do Ya" – 3:43
  5. "Shangri-La" – 5:32
Side two
  1. "Tightrope" – 5:03
  2. "Telephone Line" – 4:38
  3. "Rockaria!" – 3:12
  4. "Mission (A World Record)" – 4:25

Out of the Blue

Side three
Side four
Side five – Concerto for a Rainy Day
Side six


Side seven
Side eight


  • Jeff Lynne – vocals, guitars, piano, synthesizer
  • Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
  • Richard Tandy – piano, synthesizer, electric piano, clavinet
  • Kelly Groucutt – bass guitar, vocals
  • Additional personnel on sides 1–6
  • Mik Kaminski – violin
  • Melvyn Gale – cello
  • Hugh McDowell – cello
  • References

    A Box of Their Best Wikipedia

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