ELO Experience, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

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THIS highly polished band clearly went down well with fans of the Electric Light Orchestra, aka ELO, receiving a standing ovation for their perfect performance of the original’s best-known numbers.

Most go back to the ’70s and ’80s, but time certainly hasn’t dimmed the quality of those imaginative pop, rock and classical-style arrangements.

The seven-piece line-up included two cellists, a swirling synthesizer player, an impressive percussionist and three-man guitar front row, with Andy Louis taking the Jeff Lynne role as main vocalist.

Possessing a fine clear voice and affable manner, with his shades, goatee beard and elegantly permed thick hair, he was Mr Cool himself, apologising for the late start due to their car breaking down on a motorway in a rainstorm, and admirably getting on with the no-time-for-time-wasting repertoire.

Among the rock numbers was a superb version of Roll Over Beethoven – which ELO, of course, took from Chuck Berry – Don’t Bring Me Down and Rock And Roll Is King.

Their pop classics included the wistful Wild West Hero, Turn To Stone, Sweet Talking Woman, Gotta Get Back To You, and – saved for the encore – the always warmly welcome (especially in November) Mr Blue Sky.

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