Looking On Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
What makes this newly released reissue stand out is that it is superbly remastered and expanded. The sound quality is simply mind blowing and multi instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's talents are shown off to maximum effect. Full credit must go to all of those involved in producing this cd from the old master tapes.
The material on this album is much heavier than on the group's previous albums and singles and several of the tracks are over 6 minutes in length. The two most well known tracks are "Brontosaurus" and "When Alice Comes Back to the Farm".
The cd is presented in a neat digipak and there is a 16 page booklet full of notes and photographs of the group.
This album is not for those who prefer to remember The Move for their better known singles as the band had moved on a long way from those days.
However this cd is worth buying just for the wonderful sound quality and is a must for fans of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. Not long after this album was completed the duo formed The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) before Wood finally split and went off to form Wizzard.
Released as the first LP on Fly Records - famously the home of T. Rex, John Kongos and all those 'Twofer' double-albums for Regal Zonophone artists like Procol Harum, Tyrannosaurus Rex and even John Williams - "Looking On" disappeared after its December 1970 release date and has been all but lost to the mists of time ever since. It was belatedly released on Capitol Records in the USA in the spring of 1971 but did bugger all business their either.
Moving forward and away from the "Blackberry Way" Pop-Rock of the April 1968 debut "The Move" and more in keeping with the Rock progression of the "Shazam" album in February of 1970 - the "Looking On" LP was grittier – a far heavier affair - and essentially a new direction for the band. "Looking On" was a deliberate musical-segue into Hard Rock with some Prog leanings - and I'd argue the LP is a bit of a lost gem.
Which brings us to this superb new reissue. Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red of the UK) have whomped MOVE fans with 2016 reissues of "The Move" and "Shazam" in single and multiple-disc 'Deluxe Edition' issues (see separate reviews and list below). Now we get their 3rd platter "Looking On" in a superbly presented 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' boasting a cache of Previously Unreleased BBC Sessions from the band line up that featured Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Rick Price and Bev Bevan (later with ELO).Read more ›
Bev Bevan (drums & percussion), Rick Price (Bass), Jeff Lynne (piano, guitar, etc.) and Roy Wood (any and every instrument he had at his disposal).
I remember buying this album on vinyl back in the early 1970s. The two singles ('Brontosaurus' and 'Alice') were the heaviest and loudest the Move ever released. I loved the way Roy Wood gave the vocals everything - this before the days vocalists experimented with megaphones. He continued to adopt this style of delivery later on with Until Your Momma's Gone and Wizzard's debut 45, 'Ball Park Incident' amongst other classic Wood compositions.
On first listening, 'Looking On' left me dazed. The only hint that these hit single-makers may head in a darker direction was the blistering 'Hello Suzie' - the opening track on the previous 'Shazam' album.
The opening title track (very Sabbath) and the closing 'Feel Too Good' are epic monsters - both long multi-instrumental songs dominated with heavy guitar riffs and drums. These, and Bev Bevan's 'Turkish Tram Conductor Blues' - again, vocals by Roy Wood along with the two singles are not the whole story, monumental though they are.
This was the first time Jeff Lynne worked in the studio with The Move after Wood finally persuaded him to replace original front man Carl Wayne.
On subsequent plays, I found that the brace of Lynne songs: 'What?' and 'Open Up, Said The World At The Door' balance the whole album with their experimental effects and Jeff's now-familiar voice. A very definite nod to the future ELO.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
`Looking On' recorded in 1970 was Jeff Lynne's debut with The Move, persuaded to join by fellow Brummie Roy Wood following the departure of Carl Wayne and Trevor Burton. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Guardian
It's 1970. Enter Jeff Lynne. And begin The Move's attempt to get in sync with the new decade. LOOKING ON is heavy and dense and resembles neither The Move which preceeded it nor... Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2014 by ds
Roy Wood should have been credited for far more than he was. The Move was definitely a happening band at the time that this recording originally appeared. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by Peter
First, the music: the Move, one of a number of fine rock bands from the Birmingham area (UK), were always on the move, as their track record richly confirms. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2010 by Samuel Pyke
`Looking On' the band's third album, marks their brief foray into the world of the `album band', sandwiched between their late 1960s pop output, and the more folkie pop singles of... Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2010 by paul-crampton
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... Read morePublished on 13 April 2010 by Og Oggilby
One of the more important bands of their time and in Roy Wood probably the most unheralded and under appreciated talent of his era. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2008 by J Mark