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Box Of Delights - essential Move comp,
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
This is a great introduction to The Move for anyone as it covers all bases of their erratic 7-year output.There have been a number of compilations of varying quality, but Salvo, having already lovingly reissued all The Move's original LPs and a comprehensive anthology to boot, get it right once again. Giving you all the singles from 'Night Of Fear' right up to 1972's 'California Man' when Messrs Wood and Lynne were preparing Wizzard and ELO in the wings. What we also get are excellent B- sides, not least the fantastic 'Omnibus',a superb Roy Wood tune, bafflingly relegated to B-side in favour of the disappointing 'Wild Tiger Woman' (a rare flop, between the Number 2 charting 'Fire Brigade' and the Number 1 'Blackberry Way'). Also included are 2 tracks from the 'Something Else' live EP, showcasing what a powerhouse live act they were (The famed producer Joe Boyd recalls being wowed by their Marquee sets in his book 'White Bicycles' and unsuccessfully tried to sign/produce them).
LP cuts are also offered, including the excellent power pop of 'Useless Information' and 'Cherry Blossom Clinic' from 'Move',and the string-driven ballad 'Beautiful Daughter', reminiscent of 'Eleanor Rigby' from 1969's 'Shazam'. Indeed the CD highlights the diversity of The Move - and Roy Wood's songwriting in particular. From the early psyche-pop offerings,to rock'n'roll revival, and the more 'heavy' rock of 'When Alice Comes Back From The Farm' and 'Brontosaurus', along with some class pop tunes along the way, there's no doubting the band's ability to change musical tack on occassion. Indeed as the sleevenotes suggest, the band's inability to stick to one sound may have been their undoing. I personally have always believed The Move never really recovered from Ace Kefford's departure in 1968, not only the bass player, sometime singer but also the most striking looking member of the group - 'the singing skull' as Nik Cohn once descibed him. But the real talent of the band was obviously Roy Wood, and it's largely his songs on this compilation ( along with a few Jeff Lynne ones from their latter days) that we are treated to. This CD is not just a 'Best Of' but I would say it is a real box of delights, giving the listener the hits and other hidden gems they may not have heard before. 25 tracks, 1 CD - what are you waiting for? Buy!