|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album On the Third Day|
|B-side||"In Old England Town"|
|Recorded||1973, Air Studios|
|Genre||Classic rock, R&B|
|Length||4:09 (LP/UK single length)
3:53 (USA single edit)
United Artists (USA)
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
It was the band's last contemporary recording to be released on the Harvest label. In the US, the song was included on the album On The Third Day (1973), however in the UK the song was omitted from the album and would later be featured on their first compilation album , also called Showdown a year later instead. In 2006 the remastered issue of On the Third Day would feature the song on the album on both sides of the Atlantic for the first time.
|UK Singles Chart||12|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||47|
|Dutch GfK chart||25|
|Dutch Top 40||28|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||9|
|US Billboard Pop Singles||53|
"In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)" is an Electric Light Orchestra song composed by Jeff Lynne.
An edited instrumental version of the song was included as the B-side to their early hit single "Showdown" in 1973, with the title "In Old England Town". The Moog intro of the edited version was later sampled and included on Paul Weller's hit single "The Changingman" as well as the main riff from "10538 Overture".
Recorded in 1972 this was the opening track of the bands second LP ELO 2, and was one of two songs that featured Roy Wood on cello and bass guitar, the other was "From the Sun to the World". Shortly after recording these tracks Wood abandoned ELO to form Wizzard and was not originally credited on the LP sleeve. Normally Wood and Lynne co-produced all their collaborations, but it is unknown whether these two tracks had any Roy Wood production involvement.
"A planned concept album entitled The Lost Planet was quietly abandoned and sessions for the second LP proper began May 1972. Two new Jeff Lynne songs, From The Sun To The World and In Old England Town were the first to be recorded and included Roy Wood on bass guitar and cello, but in little more than a month, the co-founder of the ELO concept left the group." - Rob Caiger (March 28, 2006 - ELO II Remaster)
Before it was recorded the song was already included in ELO's first 1972 tour playlist ,simply titled Jeffs Boogie #2 and had a different set of lyrics. The early live version of this song was filmed by Granada's Set of Six in 1972 and is the only footage of the original live ELO concert known to exist, these songs were released on a 2006 DVD called ELO - Total Rock Review.