on 21 March 2010
This is a great introduction to The Move for anyone as it covers all bases of their erratic 7-year output.There have been a number of compilations of varying quality, but Salvo, having already lovingly reissued all The Move's original LPs and a comprehensive anthology to boot, get it right once again. Giving you all the singles from 'Night Of Fear' right up to 1972's 'California Man' when Messrs Wood and Lynne were preparing Wizzard and ELO in the wings. What we also get are excellent B- sides, not least the fantastic 'Omnibus',a superb Roy Wood tune, bafflingly relegated to B-side in favour of the disappointing 'Wild Tiger Woman' (a rare flop, between the Number 2 charting 'Fire Brigade' and the Number 1 'Blackberry Way'). Also included are 2 tracks from the 'Something Else' live EP, showcasing what a powerhouse live act they were (The famed producer Joe Boyd recalls being wowed by their Marquee sets in his book 'White Bicycles' and unsuccessfully tried to sign/produce them).
LP cuts are also offered, including the excellent power pop of 'Useless Information' and 'Cherry Blossom Clinic' from 'Move',and the string-driven ballad 'Beautiful Daughter', reminiscent of 'Eleanor Rigby' from 1969's 'Shazam'. Indeed the CD highlights the diversity of The Move - and Roy Wood's songwriting in particular. From the early psyche-pop offerings,to rock'n'roll revival, and the more 'heavy' rock of 'When Alice Comes Back From The Farm' and 'Brontosaurus', along with some class pop tunes along the way, there's no doubting the band's ability to change musical tack on occassion. Indeed as the sleevenotes suggest, the band's inability to stick to one sound may have been their undoing. I personally have always believed The Move never really recovered from Ace Kefford's departure in 1968, not only the bass player, sometime singer but also the most striking looking member of the group - 'the singing skull' as Nik Cohn once descibed him. But the real talent of the band was obviously Roy Wood, and it's largely his songs on this compilation ( along with a few Jeff Lynne ones from their latter days) that we are treated to. This CD is not just a 'Best Of' but I would say it is a real box of delights, giving the listener the hits and other hidden gems they may not have heard before. 25 tracks, 1 CD - what are you waiting for? Buy!
on 6 February 2004
Got this for the Flowers In The Rain and Blackberry Way - played those tracks to death and then forgot about it....last night...slightly worse for wear, thought i'd give it another chance - folks, i was not disappointed - please check out ''omnibus'' - roy wood does saucy! ''Here We Go Round (the Lemon Tree)'' - an absolute psyche gem, finish off with Weller's fave Move track ''Beautiful Daughter'' and three undiscovered classic are firmly entrenched in your head forever!
What I got from just these tracks was that the Move were a perfect amalgamation of the raw vitality of the Who, the stonking bass lines of Motown, the sublime, rich backing vox of the Beach Boys/Beatles and all wrapped up in Wood's brilliant way with a word and a melody - this man should be knighted!
This group, from Birmingham in England, was formed in 1965 and proved to be very successful for a few years, scoring ten UK hits between 1967 and 1972, seven of which made the top ten with two others only just missing. Problems within the group caused it to disband, but three of its members regrouped to form the Electric Light Orchestra, though this group soon hit problems and about half its members split to form Wizzard. The Move were, in some ways, a typical late sixties rock group (albeit with a distinctive identity), very far removed from the glam-rock of Wizzard or the unique sound of ELO.
This compilation focuses exclusively on the music of the Move up to 1970 (when they were subsidiaries of the Decca label), though if you look up Roy Wood, you'll find other compilations that span the Move, Wizzard and Roy Wood solo tracks, perhaps including early ELO as well.
It took a couple of years from formation for the Move to get a chart record but they made up for lost time by having three top five UK hits in 1967, these being Night of fear, I can hear the grass grow and Flowers in the rain, the last-named being the first record ever played on BBC Radio 1, which was by far the most influential radio station in the country for many years. Another top five hit, Fie brigade, followed in early 1968. Their next hit, Blackberry way, topped the UK charts at the end of 1968. The five hits they had in 1967 and 1968 are the ones they are best remembered for, but they continued to make great music.
The Move never again made the UK top five, but they twice peaked at seven (Brontosaurus, California man) and had two other major hits (Curly, Tonight) that just missed the top ten. Chinatown was less successful, stalling outside the top twenty.
This compilation contains their first seven UK hits. The last three (Tonight, Chinatown, California man) were recorded for a different record label (Harvest) in 1971 and 1972 but they are, in any case, of less importance than the first seven. You also get their cover of Higher and higher (Jackie Wilson) and some interesting but obscure original songs.
If you enjoy late sixties rock music, you should definitely listen to the Move.
I have much to thank this album for. I had only ever thought of The Move as one of those bands that produced some ace singles. Well, this album proves they certainly were that; it's one great track after another (mostly), and even has some live takes to show how good they were in person. But so many songs on here weren't singles that I took a chance and hunted down some albums.
This led to Shazam (weird but wonderful), Looking On (heavy, man!) and Message from the Country (hippy trippy/poppy). Each of these albums is excellent. Shazam and Looking On may be a little daunting and intense in parts initially, but they will amply repay a couple of listens. Message from the Country is immediately accessible, but from the liner notes I would guess it is the band's least favourite Move album, which, if true, is a pity. If you include Very Best Of in your collection, you have a Move album to suit almost any mood.
Roy Wood was a very talented composer and player and would have benefited from an earlier exit by vocalist Carl Wayne, in my opinion. Their habit of alternating vocals in the same song usually jars with me (although it works better when Jeff Lynne joins Wood - as in California Man). What Wayne actually brought to the band is unclear to Move novices like myself; Wood is perfectly capable of singing his own material. Wayne's desire to graduate from the Shirley Bassey School of Cabaret Vocal Histrionics can nearly spoil things at times (listen to side 2 of Shazam, where he is saved by some great playing and lush harmonies by the other lads). Sleeve notes hint at tension between the two and it is evident, even to the casual listener, that the longer the Move went on Wood became more determined to sing his own stuff. Quite right too, as Blackberry Way eloquently testifies. Mind you, Wayne restrains himself on Beautiful Daughter, and delivers a lovely performance of this gorgeous song - a sort of homage to the Eleanor Rigby style arrangement.
Very Best Of is a tour de force of wonderful, melodic pop, most of it sounding fresh and timeless. Must just mention best slide guitar solo ever recorded - Roy Wood on the magnificent Brontosaurus fade out; Ry Cooder must cringe if he hears that blistering, anarchic frenzy, but Elmore James would surely be very proud!
If, like me, you like this album and go on to other Move albums, be sure to get the extended versions. Like the Beatles, The Move didn't always place singles on their albums so the extended versions incude contemporary singles, B-sides and other odds and ends that give a fuller picture of Move output at any particular time.
on 11 July 2003
I bought this album on the strength of Blackberry Way and Flowers in the Rain, and was very pleasantly surprised by the others on here.
I have to start with the final song on here though, as it is worth the money on its own. At the risk of sounding like a moron, 'OPEN UP SAID THE WORLD AT THE DOOR' works on several levels. The title is as psychadelic and philosophical as you can really get without mentioning brightly coloured flowers. Jeff Lynne's fast blues piano is massively catchy and Roy Wood's cheeky oboe seems to chase the ear around a magical town of melody.
Layered harmonies make me want to listen to this again and again, and the album ends with a satisfying drum arrangement.
Cherry Blossom Clinic is also wonderfully odd and, like other Move songs, is a refreshing change from melancholic love songs.
I really don't know why the Move aren't as famous as they should be. I guess they were overshadowed by the twilight of the Beatles' era and the overrated act that was the Stones.
You may not get as much respect for getting a best of, but it is a poor ear that does not listen to this cd.
The Move were pretty much the Godfathers of British art-rock, known as much for their extravagant costumes and antics as for the music. It easy to dismiss them as style over substance at times.
But this is unfair - listening to this set you find that they were pretty decent musicians, with a coherent musical vision, and capable of belting out some classic rockers, albeit with a slightly psychedelic tinge. Never as self indulgent as some of their contemporaries, their work stands out as being the best of the genre, and has stood the test of time very well.
Doomed to be an answer in pub quizzes (who recorded the first track played on Radio 1?) it is time that this group were reassessed and given the recognition they deserve, alongside the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. And hopefully this collection will start the process.
Collecting 18 of their finest tracks, this suffers, as do all compilations, from not being able to include absolutely every classic they recorded. However, this does pretty well, and delivers a great set of catchy classics that will have you tapping your feet humming along in no time.
A great set, well worth getting.
on 4 February 2003
This is a fabuous introduction to the music of The Move, currently a tragically underrated band, despite their great influence and popularity (at least in the UK) at the time. The scope of their music is very wide, from catchy pop tunes like "Fire Brigade" to the prog-rock of "Open Up Said The World At The Door". Far from a typical and thus dated 60s pscychadelia group, The Move still sound fresh today, and this album is a great compilation of their best work.
Great tracks to look out for include the seminal "Blackberry Way", and the quirky "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited".
BUY THIS ALBUM! I guarantee you will like it!!
(Don't be put off, by the way, by Roy Wood's leading role in the band - he was actually pretty good before ELO, and, god forbid, Wizzard!!)
If you want one CD only of The Moves greatest hits,then look no further,as they are all on this CD.Yet things get even better,you get a total of 25 tracks INCLUDING SOME RARE TRACKS,all digitally remastered for the best sound heard so far,MANY TRACKS ARE IN STEREO,SOME FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
There are other CD's from the same company including a 2 and 4 CD box sets,these are a must for the ardent fan,but for me this CD has everything I wanted,well almost.The thing is the stereo master tapes for some hits are still missing,despite all the searches,so I await proper stereo versions of Blackberry Way,I Can Hear The Grass Grow,Fire Brigade as they are either mono or enhanced stereo which is electronically processed or faked.
The excellent booklet gives lots of useful info and pics,my only complaint is the dates given for the tracks refers to their latest production date and not when they were first recorded.
Despite this crticism,thoroughly recommeded.CB
The Move formed in late 1965, as many will know three of the groups members including 'Roy Wood' were
responsible for the beginnings of E.L.O later on.
The group had much chart success between 1967 and 1970 before switching record-label, this album covering
the material of 1967-70.
Though only having the one Chart-Topper 'Blackberry Way' in 1968, they also achieved several Top-Ten Hits
here in the U.K including 'Night Of Fear' (Chart '2' 1967) 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow' (Chart '5' also 1967) and
in the same year 'Flowers In The Rain' (Chart '2') - 'Fire Brigade' (Chart '3' 1968) 'Blackberry Way' followed, in
1969 'Curly' (Chart '12') and in 1970 'Brontosaurs' (Chart '7')
They did have three further chart success in the early 70's after switching label including the memorable 'California
Man' (not on-board)
This a good reflection of the groups material between the years covered........
on 28 October 2013
Fire brigade song by this group remindes them of their youth back then I've hunted this song down for them as you never ever see it on cds so please put it on your pop groups cds out now please as many people have listened to the group and may have been to see them even thoe iam 34 I do like the firebrigade song and I love poison song from alice cooper I love evry type of music even some pure moods cd tunes love the beetles songs and love the wizard band group christmas song love the video on tv to see this little girl smiles she had a bad cold but kept going she had red rosey cheeks and a big wooly pompom hat the kids looked nice on tv know looking back at their memories of seeing wizard on christmas week back in the 60 /70