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Eldorado single.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Eldorado
ReleasedApril 1975 (US) B-side
May 1978 (UK) B-side
RecordedFebruary–August 1974
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length5:17 (album)
4:50 (single)
Label Jet, United Artists
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
" Can't Get It Out of My Head"
" Evil Woman"
Eldorado track listing
10 tracks

"Eldorado" is the title track from the 1974 album of the same name by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song was used as the B-side of the United States single " Boy Blue" in 1975 and later as the flip side to the UK hit single " Wild West Hero" in 1978. [1]


In the 2001 remastered album's liner notes, composer Jeff Lynne said, "This song is where the dreamer wakes up to reality, then decides he likes his dream world better and tries to get back to Eldorado." [2]


The song gained notoriety when it was claimed by some Christian fundamentalists that "Eldorado" contained some "satanic messages" when the record was played in reverse. Lyrics were claimed to sound like "He is the nasty one - Christ you're infernal" when played backwards. Lynne denied these allegations, and inserted an obviously and deliberately backmasked segment into ELO's next album ( Face the Music), within the opening portions of the famous " Fire On High" track. He later recorded Secret Messages, an entire album strewn with backmasking. [3]

Fleming & John version

The song was covered by Fleming & John on the tribute album Lynne Me Your Ears. [4]


  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Wild West Hero (Vinyl) at Discogs". 17 June 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ Eldorado - A Symphony By The Electric Light Orchestra (liner notes). 2001.
  3. ^ Macdonald, Fiona (21 October 2014). "The hidden messages in songs". BBC. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  4. ^ Damas, Jason. "Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute to the Music of Jeff Lynne - Lynne Me Your Ears : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2013.