On the Third Day was the third album released by the band, issued 197311 in the US on United Artists and 197312 in the UK on Warner Brothers (they had previously been contracted to Harvest). It made #52 in the US but did not chart in the UK.
Jeff Lynne produced the record and wrote all of the material with one exception, and you can tell that immediately. I did not think that it was a very good album, but that is just an opinion.
That is not to say that it was a bad album, but I sort of hold a band like ELO to a higher standard. In all fairness, they had some stiff competition, since The Who released Quadrophenia that year, The Rolling Stones released Goat’s Head Soup, and Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon!