Not a lot to add to the other reviews here - this is a superb album; a real labour of love The remastering is excellent and allows us to appreciate what a forgotten group The Move were.
The tracks cover some really different styles and are quite wacky (silly accents and mad instruments) but my wife keeps saying "I didn't know that they did this one: I love this" and my 2 and 6 year old kids love it and sing along to every tune!
Great stuff and a great price for a double CD - if you have an interest in ELO or the Birmingham 60's sound then this is for you and holds up better than many a Stones or Kinks album form the same era. Recommended.
To me the Move had "something" (pardon the pun) that no other UK band had at that time. I believe Mick Farren (RIP) described them as the best UK Live act of their time; trouncing art-house gibberish like Pink Floyd, who very annoyingly looked down their snotty noses at the far superior fire power of The Move.. Superb vocals individually and massed. The vocals of Carl, Ace, Trevor,Roy and Bev were simply delightful. Its a shame that perhaps Roy's writing took over so strongly as they had a great soul- psych vibe going on. On this 2 x CD remaster, unreleased Don't Throw Stones and Move show the soulful vibe inherent in Carl's and Ace Kefford's vocals. Full propers to Rob Caiger for rooting out the analogue tapes and for his diligent research work... A superb testimony to a maddening, incredibly verstaile band who should have been as big as The Who,Stones etc. They had it all; the looks, the pre-punk authenticity and the musical chops to have taken it all the way.
What can I say? Reissues may come and go featuring The Move, but none have ever been treated as well as the first two albums recently issued. I must own most CDs that have ever come out by the band over the years, and this is the first time that the sound on straight remasters has sounded so good, let alone the tracks which have been remixed to stereo after all these years.
If all goes to plan, the further album reissues, the double BBC set, and four CD anthology style box set (now due in February 2008 I hear from a good friend) shall all be a joy to behold and should fill all the holes in the band's past.
Truly remarkable. Go buy, you know you need to. Even if you have the albums already, the bonus tracks alone are worth it - and there are links to more unreleased tracks on a special area website (FIVE more tracks available there to buyers of both the first two albums, as I write this review).
Some great classic Move tracks on this - Cherry Blossom Clinic, Fire Brigade, Kilroy was Here, Lemon Tree, Night of Fear, Mist on a Monday Morning, Walk upon the Water, Yellow Rainbow, I Can Hear the Grass Grow and of course Flowers in the Rain! So many great tracks on the discs that I had forgotten about. I had the original vinyl LP and it was great to revisit these. Not so keen on Weekend and Zing which sound more like Showaddy Waddy tracks. Some tracks benefit from having orchestral instruments added into the mix which was probably innovative at the time.
I don't understand why this is a two CD set. The mono songs (repeated on disc two as sterio versions) are unecessary. Give me sterio versions every time especially since Move tracks are a bit of a wall of sound anyway. A couple of the tracks don't have a sterio version which is disappointing. Perhaps more disappointing is the fact that Blackberry Way was not included as a bonus track.