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'Kapow! Bam! Holy Late Sixties Rock with Prog Undertones Batman!',
This review is from: Shazam (Audio CD)
Yes, i like the super hero cover to this overlooked classic from the Brummie quartet. With only six songs on the album and with rock bands of the era in general getting more indulgent and less creative (it was very much longer tracks, deeper grooves and wider trousers at this point in rock history folks) you may approach with caution. But crucially, the Move haven't forsaken their melodic nous and if this album does mask a writer's block on the part of Roy Wood (3 cover versions and a retread of 'Cherry Blossom Clinic' complete with extended classical coda that conjures up images of Nigel Tuffnel's guitar heroics) the results are still worth hearing.
Highlights include 'Beautiful Daughter' which features my favourite Carl Wayne lead vocal and an epic take on Tom Paxton's 'The Last Thing On My Mind'. Opening track 'Hello Susie' sounds like something Oasis would put out now - actually the bonus track 'A Certain Something' has a string arrangement by Tony Visconti that i'm sure 'inspired' the Oasis track 'Whatever'.
Other bonus tracks include 'Curly', a kind of folk/bubblegum crossover and 'Wild Tiger Woman' which nails Queen's modus operandi a couple of years before they formed (the track is about a femme fatale and sounds like a forerunner to 'Killer Queen'). The cherry on the cake to top things off is a slightly different mix of the hit single 'Blackberry Way'.