This thread is amazing. I discovered it a few months ago - just in time for the 2LP reissue, as it turns out. I'd had a vague idea that the album had originally been meant as a double album, and knew the extras from the 2001 reissue, but that was it. I look forward very much to ShardEnder's book. Although I'm a big fan of classic mid-70s ELO, I've always liked the 80s material, especially Balance of Power. Secret Messages was a disappointment as an album when I first discovered it, about twenty years ago, but it has grown on me and the expanded (if perhaps still incomplete) tracklisting is much better than the cut down original version. As others have said on here, there are some really good songs, but the album was let down by the final selection of songs (Buildings Have Eyes really should have been there; perhaps also Hello My Old Friend, although it's hard to see how that would have fitted a single disc without chopping out too much). Secret Messages (the song) is very good but maybe not the best 2nd single: the lyrical theme is perhaps not the most accessible to the casual listener. Danger Ahead might have been a better choice. On a related note, concerning what Jeff Lynne was up to in this period, does anyone know the story behind the Agnetha Fältskog song 'One Way Love', released in 1985...was this a leftover from something else, or was it written with Agnetha in mind?