This was advertised as a reworking of the old hits with today technology, supposedly to give a brighter and all round better sound than the originals. To answer this they just don't. Please don;t get me wrong i a massive ELO fan and so wanted this to be great but, how do you improve on greatness?. Would you want Paul McCatney to re-record some Beatles hits and put them out saying they are better now than then probably not. The album kicks of with Mr Blue Sky, yes its OK one thing Lynne still has a great voice and is a great musician, however considering the original was a 48 track masterpiece it just sounds a bit hollow compared to the version we all know. The best tracks that do work well are the earlier recordings like can't get you out of my head, Evil Woman and showdown, infact after watching the BBC4 documentary and hearing Lynne and Richard Tandy perform a lot of the songs on piano and guitar perhaps taking a completely different slant on the hits may have been a better idea than trying to do better than the original. Although ELO was Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy provided great keyboard and arranged the strings section, Bev Bevan was always one of the best drummers in the world and in there hey day Kelly Groucett not only provided Bass but also supported Lynne on the vocals, I suppose that's what you do miss, although Lynne can do wonders with his voice. So don't buy this expecting a exact copy of the ELO hits, because its not, however it is still worth investigating as a fan, however as a new person to ELO stick with he originals.