With the introduction of Jeff Lynne and the departure of Carl Wayne to cabaret, The Move finally addressed the 1970s with 'Looking On', a powerful collection that picks up where 'Shazam', it's predecessor left off. What Lynne brought to the band was a distinctive new compositional voice, as well as some keyboard expertise that Roy Wood, even allowing for his vast instrumental prowess, simply didn't have.
'Looking On' has been reissued a number of times, but this Salvo edition finally accords it the treatment that the rich musical fare contained within it has always deserved. Tracks such as 'Open Up Said The World At The Door' and 'What' are densely arranged but thrilling prog-rock exercises (but always with a commercial edge), and the hit single', 'Brontosaurus' was always a pleasing hard rock outing that has never sounded better than herein. The failed single, 'When Alice Comes Back From The Farm' anticipates the sound of the ELO with it's cello emebllishments, and although I've never been greatly enamoured of 'Turkish Tram Conductor Blues' and 'Feel Too Good', they do sound much better in the context of the whole album.
Although the album is vastly different from their '68 poppy debut, and their final album, 'Message From The Country', which offered more stylistic range and concise songs, the sandwich filler of the 'Shazam' album, and 'Looking On', offer the listener a lot of tasty musical morsels to chew on. Recommended.