Originally released in December 1970, `LOOKING ON' was the third album by The Move and the first to feature ex-Idle Race frontman and future ELO-leader Jeff Lynne. It saw the band at the peak of their musical imagination, embracing the era's hard rock and progressive inclinations to deliver the most challenging and satisfying Move album of them all.
Superbly remastered and brought to you by Salvo in partnership with Fly Records, `LOOKING ON' has been expanded to 67 minutes with seven bonus tracks, including rare and previously unreleased material, plus the Roy Wood-penned hard rock 45s `Brontosaurus' and `When Alice Comes Back To The Farm'.
Often regarded as the "joker in the pack" in The Move's catalogue with several awe-inspiring progressive rock epics, `LOOKING ON' can also be seen as the most relaxed and confident expression of Move-leader and maverick Roy Wood, re-energised by a new creative foil. Both Lynne and Wood revelled in the musical freedoms `LOOKING ON' gave them, employing a wide array of instrumentation and production ideas to create a progressive rock-era classic. And while doing so, both songwriters were already planning the end of The Move and the beginning of their next project, the Electric Light Orchestra.
Preceding the release of `LOOKING ON' by nine months, the single `Brontosaurus' burned its way up the UK charts to reach no.7 during April 1970. The single paved the way for a minor chart invasion of hard rock singles that year, Jimi Hendrix's `Voodoo Chile', Black Sabbath's `Paranoid' and Deep Purple's `Black Night' among them.
Further `LOOKING ON' highlights include the proto-glam rock `Turkish Tram Conductor Blues', `Open Up Said The World At The Door' with soaring harmonies that foreshadow ELO and the muscular `Feel Too Good', complete with booming drum breaks and P.P Arnold and Doris Troy on backing vocals. The seven bonus cuts are no less interesting, with rare B-side `Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice' leading into a number of high-class outtakes from recently discovered session multitrack tape reels.