Magic - A Kind of ELO

ALISON CROOSE Princess Theatre, Hunstanton


Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

A large audience of fifty-somethings turned back the clock to relive the distinctive and exciting sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra - courtesy of Magic, the harmony band who made their name with their Queen tribute show.

The five musicians and singer Roger Brown proved their versatility in switching their talents to recreate the sounds of the innovative ELO.

They don't try to be lookalikes but concen-trate on perfecting the sound - and they have successfully captured a very individual style.

An experimental tour featuring ELO music proved so popular that Magic created a special show to celebrate the complex orchestral sounds.

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And so it was that ELO fans could sit back and soak up their favourite numbers, including Telephone Man, Turn to Stone and Sweet Talking Woman.

Bass guitarist Charlie Sutton took on the high notes featured in many ELO hits - though it was Olivia Newton-John's voice that helped them to their only number one hit, Xanadu.

The song we all wanted to hear, encapsulating ELO's special appeal, was Mr Blue Sky. Magic did not disappoint - we stood to salute them.

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