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  • Audio CD (26 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd/Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UXK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Message From The Country
  2. Ella James
  3. No Time
  4. Don't Mess Me Up
  5. Until Your Moma's Gone
  6. It Wasn't My Idea To Dance
  7. The Minister
  8. Ben Crawley Steel Company
  9. The Words Of Aaron
  10. My Marge
  11. Tonight
  12. Chinatown
  13. Down On The Bay
  14. California Man
  15. Do Ya
  16. Bonus Track 1
  17. Bonus Track 2 - The Move T

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The Move were always under the shadow of the Beatles but the Move were Really a Great Live Rock Band.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne's MASTERPIECE 24 Nov. 2002
By Henry R. Kujawa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When Wood & Lynne joined forces, they wanted to create something new-- but for the first 2 albums they did, the record label refused to let them use the name "Electric Light Orchestra"! Nevertheless, I view this in many ways as being the 2nd ELO album. While the 1st, LOOKING ON, was a raw, wild, experimental stage, I feel they really got it together on MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY, which is presented here in its entirety (and, unlike the US repackage, with the songs in the correct running order!).
"Message From The Country" is sweeping and majestic, very much a precursor to the later "10538 Overture". "Ella James" shows the rough side of Wood while "No Time" is the surreal side of Lynne. The fun kicks in with "Don't Mess Me Up", a tribute to Elvis. "Until Your Mama's Gone" is both powerful and goofy at once. "It Wasn't My Idea To Dance" is hard to describe-- how many rock bands would have an oboe as a lead instrument? "The Minister" seems a tribute to The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" in sound & style. "Ben Crawley Steel Comapny" is another fave of mine, a Johnny Cash tribute. "The Words Of Aaron" is one of the high points of the entire album-- like "Message", only more so-- absolutely STUNNING! Finally, how many are even old enough to recognize "My Marge" as a RUDY VALLEE tribute?
What sets this CD apart from the multitude is the fact that it's the FIRST time all 5 of the follow-up "A" & "B" sides have appeared together in once place-- and in sequence! "Tonight", "Chinatown" (this turned up in a porno movie once-- WOULD YOU BELIEVE it?), "Down On The Bay" (possibly my FAVORITE Jeff Lynne rock & roll songs!!--with Jeff paying tribute to The Big Bopper--hard to believe it was "only" a "B" side!), "California Man" (Roy's tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis-- covered to GREAT effect by Cheap Trick) and finally "Do Ya" (in the US this became the "A" side-- in effect, that made their last single a double-sided 45!). After years, I've come to like The Move's version of "Do Ya" even more than E.L.O.'s. POWERFUL!!
In addition (not that they needed anything else) somebody tacked on the goofy rock & roll diddy from the end of LOOKING ON (it's at the end, you can skip over it easy) and a radio promo for the album. The package also contains reproductions of the various LP covers over the years (can't anyone just reissue an album with its original art?) and a THOROUGH list of the band's LP and 45 releases. YOWZA!
Finally, just to get "technical" about it, you should program this WITH the 1st ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA album (that's NO ANSWER in the US) as the "California Man" / "Do Ya" single really came out 6 months LATER, making it the "grand finale" of the Wood-Lynne collaboration.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A misnomer, but not bad ... 25 Mar. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
"Great Move" is a bad move if you're looking for the definite collection of the Brit pop group. None of their early singles are here -- actually, nothing before 1970 is here.
"Great Move!" should have instead been subtitled "The Jeff Lynne Years," as it covers the last album the band did with Lynne (Message from the Country) and three strong singles -- "Tonight," "Chinatown," and the original version of the classic "Do Ya." ELO fans should hunt this out as a primer to Lynne/Wood's later orchestral stuff (which they were working on simultaneously to all of this); Move fans should seek this out for the great singles (and bonus tracks) at the end to round out the band's history. Throw this in with the "Movements" box set by Westside Records, and you've got the Move from start to finish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness From England via Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne 5 Aug. 2001
By Michael S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is NOT the "best" of The Move - it's a repackaging of their final album - plus a few singles. That said, this IS great Move music - Wood & Lynne & Bevan continue their slightly cracked take on British pop & rock. It's certainly easy to understand why this band didn't sell well in America: horrible cover art, no radio airplay, and no American tours to speak of. That aside, this album is full of musicianship (these guys were VERY accomplished players), great production (you will listen to this album over and over - and still find new things to delight your ears) and a sense of humor that is matched only by The Bonzo Dog Band. Put this on, turn up the volume, and revel in latter-day Move.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Essentially This Is The "Message From The Country" Album But It's A Very Shrill sounding CD... 20 Jan. 2007
By Jamie Tate - Published on Amazon.com
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The mastering on this CD is very thin and shrill. There are other sources for these songs with much better sound. One Way Records released a CD of Message From The Country that has essentially the same track listing (except for a few songs) and sounds wonderful, very close to the original UK vinyl.

The recent EMI remaster of Message from the Country has been heavily processed with digital hiss removal which makes the whole album sound smothered and muffled, similar to an MP3. There was also a lot of low end EQ added which cuts down on the clarity even more.

I'd suggest seeking out this wonderful album but with the One Way Records CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars musica inteligente 18 Aug. 2007
By Arturo Miranda Videgaray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
La raíces de la Orquesta de la Luz Eléctrica (Electric Light Orchestra).
Mucha creatividad con composiciones sumamente expresivas.
Un grupo que nunca dio concesiones por lo que no tuvo la gloria de otro mas famosos con una propuesta menos arriesgada.
Música estructuralmente muy solida e impecablemente ejecutada.
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