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on 16 August 2010
Shazam sees The Move, not only in a transitional phase, but also pulling in two different directions at once. The original LP saw side one dominated by three original Roy Wood compositions, with a heavier edge and/or `proggier' touch than the recent hit singles displayed. Side two, on the other hand, was a showcase for Carl Wayne, who dominated the three lengthy cover versions, almost as if they were a demo for his up and coming cabaret career. Having said that, all the music here is beautifully crafted and performed, and even the cover versions have been adapted to the band's then style. `Cherry Blossom Clinic', an extensive reworking of an older song, is the standout track, and points the way towards the follow-up `Looking On' album. As it happens, being given one side of an album was not enough for him, and Carl Wayne `moved on' shortly after Shazam, to sing the theme song to `New Faces' and set up home with `Miss Diane' from Crossroads. He would subsequently be replaced by Jeff Lynne and, as they say, the rest is history. The reproduction on this reissue CD is wonderfully bright (I could hear things I'd never noticed before), and the extra tracks are interesting, if not actually essential. A fine addition to any collection, even if `Shazam' is merely the third best of the Move's four albums.
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