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Moving Towards the Orchestra,
This review is from: Message From The Country (Audio CD)
'Message from The Country', the fourth and final Move album from 1971, was recorded cheek-by-jowl with the first Electric Light Orchestra album, which is hardly surprising when you consider that,in each band, the core personnal consisted of exactly the same people : Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan.
After several personnel changes, The Move were still producing catchy hit singles written by eccentric genius Roy Wood, but as this album shows, they were also more than capable of being more experimental. This manifested itself in the wide variety of styles to be found on 'Message' and also in Roy Wood's brilliant ability to pick up new instruments and incorporate them into the group sound (clarinet, bassoon & saxes on this occasion alongside the guitars).
These tracks, for all their air of 'progressive rock', are actually pretty accessible, and certainly enjoyable. Jeff Lynne, now very much an equal partner in Roy Wood's eyes, contributes half the material, from the ethereal title track to the chunky and funky 'Words of Aaron'. Wood contributes tracks that seem to pre-empt not only ELO (a flourish of oboe here, double-tracked recorders there) but also Wizzard (thumping basses, honking saxes, wild vocals). There are also some plain silly moments ! (But I won't spoil that for you).
All The Move's non-album 45s from 1971 & 1972 have been added (great news as they're all gems !!). Sound quality throughout is 'the dog's nadgers', and all in all you've got an exemplary example of How To Reissue Classic Rock And Roll !
Oh, and as if that wasn't enough...Roy Wood even did the sleeve painting ! That man is so talented it's bloody outrageous !!