10538 Overture

10538 Overture

Infobox Single
Name = 10538 Overture

Artist = Electric Light Orchestra
from Album =
The Electric Light Orchestra
(No Answer)
B-side = "First Movement (Jumping Biz)"
Released = July 1972
Format = 7"
Recorded = 1970-1971 Phillips Studios
Genre = Classic rock, Prog Rock
Length = 5:32
4:04 (Single edit)
Label = Harvest Records
Writer = Jeff Lynne
Producer = Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne
Last single =
This single = "10538 Overture" (1972)
Next single = "Roll Over Beethoven" (1973)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Flashback
Type = box
prev_track =
prev_no =
this_track = "10538 Overture"
track_no = 1
next_track = "Showdown"
next_no = 2
"10538 Overture", released in 1972 (see 1972 in music), was the first song to be recorded by Electric Light Orchestra.

ong history

The song, written by Jeff Lynne, was intended to be a B-side on one of The Move's singles. Rick Price of the Move played bass on the track originally but was never credited, apparently with all the overdubs and layers that were added to the track the bass line 'got lost' in the mix and Roy Wood laid down a new bass line. Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne shared vocal duties on the song much like their previous single California Man, (as The Move). The song is about a condemned prisoner but Jeff Lynne wanted to give the character in the song a number as opposed to a name when he chanced upon the number 1053 on the mixing desk. Roy Wood suggested adding number eight to fit the melody better. The song was still to be a new song by The Move, until Wood added some cello riffs and after many cello layers were added using overdubbing, the 'Overture' and the Electric Light Orchestra were born. It was during the singles chart run that Roy Wood dramatically exited the ELO line up and returned later in the year with yet another new band called Wizzard.

The song was covered by Bobby Sutcliff and Mitch Easter in 2001, by Parthenon Huxley in 2005 and by Def Leppard in 2006.

In March 2007 the song was used in the closing credits of an episode of Life on Mars.

An almost identical opening riff can be heard in the song "The Changingman" by Paul Weller, which also seems to recreate the beginning of "In Old England Town (instrumental) from the b side of the single Showdown in the UK.



* UK Singles Chart #9

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