THE MOVE Anthology 1966-1972 (2008)
+ more from The Idle Race, Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Orchestra, and more!

Move AnthologyAnthology 1966-1972 (2008)
On Paper, This Union Probably Shouldn’t Have Worked…

Fantastic 4CD box set capturing the mad, glorious psychedelia that was The Move. Virtually ignored in America, the band that spawned Roy Wood and Electric Light Orchestra was one of the most fascinating, resourceful and experimental pop outfits – outside of The Beatles – ever exported by the Brits. They were one of only a handful of 60s psych bands that actually created instead of copied, and they could make your head swim with a sumptuous mix of melody, invention and orchestration. Like most Yanks, I came to The Move’s party well after it had been busted up, intrigued by Roy Wood’s wonderfully diverse solo catalog, and motivated by Electric Light Orchestra’s grand pop majesty. It was a marriage that, to this day, still seems quite improbable on paper. As a result, save for a couple of their albums, these ears have no allegiance to any particular versions or running orders, so this box satisfies most of my needs for classic tracks, studio oddities, live material and buried treasures (the acoustic take of “Flowers In The Rain” is a marvel). Lord knows what kind of sorcery was used to revitalize the Live At The Marquee tapes [though, there’s now some info in comments]. Listen for how garbled the between song patter compares to the background harmonies, sounding exactly as one would imagine Roy Wood fronting ELO might sound like. But then… what do I know? I’ve always thought that “Do Ya!” was equally as iconic as “Louie Louie.” Maybe Jeff Lynne thought so, too, since he resurrected the muscular riff for ELO’s New World Record years later. We’ve got lots more from Move/ELO family in the archives, including… THE IDLE RACE The Birthday Party (HERE); THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: A New World Record (HERE), Out Of The Blue (HERE), The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) (HERE), the remastered Zoom (HERE), and a 5 hour collection of Bonus Tracks (HERE); ROY WOOD’s Introducing Eddie & The Falcons & Mustard (HERE) and 1999’s Exotic Mixture: Best Of Singles A’s & B’s (HERE); JEFF LYNNE’S 2012 Mr. Blue Sky – The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra (re-recorded versions) and his first solo album in 12 years, Long Wave (both HERE)… and some cool related stuff, including the 2001 ELO reboot, THE ORCHESTRA No Rewind with Parthenon Huxley (HERE), a cool original tribute L.E.O. Alpacas Orgling (HERE) and an expansive 2CD various artists tribute, Lynne Me Your Ears – A Tribute To The Music Of Jeff Lynne (HERE). Find The Move’s Anthology 1966-1972 at Amazon, HERE.

You’re The One I Need (2:03)
I Can’t Hear You No More (2:51)
Is It True (2:04)
Respectable (2:28)
Night Of Fear (Alternate Version) (2:28)
Disturbance (Undubbed Alternate Version) (2:03)
I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Full-Length Version) (3:18)
Move (2:08)
Wave The Flag And Stop The Train (2:58)
(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree (Original Stereo) (2:59)
Flowers & Lemon Tea (Tony Visconti Talks To The Players…) (1:08)
Flowers In The Rain (2:29)
Cherry Blossom Clinic (Enhanced Stereo) (2:31)
Vote For Me (2:51)
Fire Brigade (Early Piano Version Rough Mix) (2:26)
Useless Information (2:57)
Yellow Rainbow (Enhanced Stereo) (2:43)
Kilroy Was Here (Enhanced Stereo) (2:43)
Fire Brigade (2:23)
The Girl Outside (Alternate Take) (3:00)
Mist On A Monday Morning (Enhanced Stereo) (2:31)
Flowers In The Rain (Acoustic Version Rough Mix) (2:35)
Simple Simon (Backing Track Take 6 Rough Mix) (2:06)

Move Bolero (0:19)
It’ll Be Me ( 2:41)
Too Much In Love (2:32)
Flowers In The Rain (2:28)
Fire Brigade (2:31)
Stephanie Knows Who (3:10)
Somethin‘ Else (2:21)
So You Want To Be A Rock’n’Roll Star (3:13)
The Price Of Love (4:44)
Piece Of My Heart (4:07)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher (4:04)
Sunshine Help Me (6:55)

Somethin‘ Else (EP Version) (2:33)
Sunshine Help Me (EP Version) (5:19)
Wild Tiger Woman (UK Single Edit) (2:35)
Omnibus (Enhanced Stereo) (3:53)
Blackberry Way (3:42)
A Certain Something (Piano Version Rough Mix) (3:53)
Curly (2:46)
Second Class (She’s Too Good For Me) Part 1 (1:28)
Second Class (She’s Too Good For Me) Part 2 (2:15)
Beautiful Daughter (Reduced Mix) (2:37)
This Time Tomorrow (3:43)
Hello Susie (Abridged) (3:34)
Don’t Make My Baby Blue (6:16)
The Last Thing On My Mind (7:37)
Open My Eyes (Live at the Fillmore West 1969) (6:50)

I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Live at the Fillmore West 1969) (10:04)
Brontosaurus (US Promo Edit) (3:18)
When Alice Comes Back To The Farm (3:43)
Turkish Tram Conductor Blues (Take 5 Rough Mix) (4:53)
Feel Too Good (8:16)
Lightnin‘ Never Strikes Twice (3:13)
Ella James (3:14)
Tonight (US Edited Version) (2:55)
Do Ya (Edited Version) (3:14)
Chinatown (3:08)
California Man (3:37)
The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Lettuce (1:19)


  • Willard
    February 1, 2010 - 00:31 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • srcstcbstrd
    February 1, 2010 - 16:38 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt. – I've collected many Move rereleases and anthologies over the years and it is still nice to see something with some differences in song selection. Well done sir, well done.

  • Tremelo
    February 1, 2010 - 16:54 | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch!
    Love this blog!
    Brillant band,Have you ever checked out the Idle Race?(Jeff Lynne's band before he joined the Move)Maybe that's a dumb question or maybe not.

  • MikeP
    February 1, 2010 - 19:18 | Permalink

    Great stuff – thanks! Particularly enjoyed the live at the Marquee. I played on the same bill as them when I was at uni – forgotten what a great live band they were.

  • ksn
    February 1, 2010 - 19:54 | Permalink

    ace stuff, W. don't know much about the move other than the obvious tunes, this is greatly appreciated.


  • Bile
    February 1, 2010 - 20:30 | Permalink

    Ah. Out of the Funk, into the Psych! (A natural progression, just in reverse…)

    I only know of The Move from the Nuggets collection, so I'm looking forward to hearing more of their stuff. Psych-Pop at its finest.

    Cheers, Paul

  • Quark
    February 1, 2010 - 22:29 | Permalink

    As most people know`Flowers in the Rain` was the first record (after the theme tune and intro) to be played on the opening of the imaginatively titled `Radio 1` the U.K.`s only `Pop` radio station on 30th September 1967.
    The record is also famous for the fact that The Move were sued by the then Prime Minister `Harold Wilson` as a promotional postcard for the record had been produced which showed him in a compromising situation with his secretary. A court case ensued with the result being that all royalties from the record go to a charity of Wilsons choice, so The Move never earned a penny from it!

  • Anonymous
    February 1, 2010 - 22:44 | Permalink

    I will add my salute, Captain. I have many of the collections and reissues too but this is new to me -the alt/early takes will be a wonder, I am sure. I don't know anybody, but anybody who gave us songs finer than Brigade, Blackberry, or Curly. And for those new to Move -if you like what you hear , check out their last stuff- the creativity was dying, but not quite as tracks like "The Words of Aaron" prove.


  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 - 00:22 | Permalink

    I thought I had pretty much everything by the Move. Wow. Was I ever wrong.


  • Capt. Willard
    February 1, 2010 - 19:36 | Permalink

    Cool. Yeah The Marquee stuff is still a bit rough, but that'spart of the charm. They put future punk bands to shame with that cover of "Somethin' Else."

    @Tremelo. We’ve got Idle Race in the archives, HERE

  • Chance
    February 2, 2010 - 01:58 | Permalink

    Thanks for this, my exploration of these guys is obscenely overdue. They were a major influence on Cheap Trick, and that's good enough for me. Looking forward to this!

  • Gummo
    February 2, 2010 - 02:20 | Permalink

    This looks fantastic — thank you!

  • Arc
    February 2, 2010 - 03:49 | Permalink

    Wonderful – Thank you very much.

  • Hugo
    February 2, 2010 - 06:32 | Permalink


    Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!!!

    that's all i've got tonight.

  • La Piazza Gancio
    February 2, 2010 - 12:13 | Permalink

    Very nice, Cap'n!

  • Pete
    February 2, 2010 - 17:59 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. In the UK at the time, I could never decide if The Move were a teenybopper band (with a nice line in publicity stunts) or a "proper" rock group. In retrospect they were both, and why on earth not? Some of the weirdness seems to have come from the evolving leadership of the band, as (if I have this right) Carl Wayne ousted Ace Kefford, only to be superseded by Roy Wood, who lost ELO, which always struck me as a nice idea taken too far, to Jeff Lynne. I'm not sure there's ever been a sequence quite like that.

  • Capt. Willard
    February 2, 2010 - 18:35 | Permalink

    I think you've hit it. There were a lot of cooks in that kitchen and the fact that they held it together at all is a testament… to something. Back in the day, I too thought the ELO concept went a tad too far. In retrospect, however, it seems not only to be sound evolutionary theory, but creatively a step ahead of the pack.

  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 - 19:43 | Permalink

    OH Captain, My Captain. I love you. Thanks for this. You've made my winter a bit warmer.

  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 - 23:09 | Permalink

    The Move do a great version of Open My Eyes by The Nazz (included here). Rundgren returned the favor by recording Do Ya for Another Live. Good stuff & thanks for posting. boboquisp

  • Freg
    February 2, 2010 - 23:17 | Permalink

    Fabulous, Captain! Thank you.

  • Pete
    February 3, 2010 - 05:38 | Permalink

    Well, I've got an ELO best-of around here somewhere … I'll give it another try. Wilbury solidarity!

  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2010 - 23:26 | Permalink

    Cheers Cap!

  • rap
    February 4, 2010 - 03:38 | Permalink

    Great set which, of course I already own, but kudos for spreading the word, bub.

  • Capt. Willard
    February 4, 2010 - 03:52 | Permalink

    Awww man… and I posted it just for you.

    • rap
      June 14, 2015 - 22:24 | Permalink

      How about Fillmore West? That would be cool…

  • Timmy
    February 4, 2010 - 19:45 | Permalink

    Thank you for all your fighting in Nam, as well as this posting of The Move. Very Moving…

  • Fathermosh
    February 5, 2010 - 00:01 | Permalink

    Your taste continues to impress and astound!

  • Anonymous
    February 14, 2010 - 23:23 | Permalink

    As has been said, there's so many Move compilations and re-releases that the fan needs a second mortgage.

    Depends what you want from The Move as they could be so varied.

    Personally, I think Looking On is one of the best albums of it's time and still holds up today.

    I'm gobsmacked that the title track isn't on the set.

    Great Post!


  • Wreckola
    January 15, 2011 - 02:15 | Permalink

    Always up for some newly discovered Move/Roy Wood/ELO/Idle Race. Well done sir.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    March 22, 2011 - 02:20 | Permalink

    I looked over the comments and didn't see this explained, so I will. The Move recorded their set at the Marquee. The vocal tracks were poorly recorded, and deemed useless, that's what you hear between songs, so they went back to the Marquee, and using the same PA, rolled the tapes and redid the vocals.
    At least that's what I understand from the liner notes of "Something Else By The Move" remixed and reissued a few years back.

  • W
    March 22, 2011 - 11:41 | Permalink

    That explains it. Thanks.

    March 23, 2011 - 16:58 | Permalink

    fantastic – thank you so much

  • caffeine head
    October 1, 2011 - 21:55 | Permalink

    Carl Wayne, ya gotta mention him, what a singer.

  • ter-jack
    April 30, 2012 - 16:21 | Permalink


    Maybe its my dotage, but I’ve gone a little late-60s-early 70s Brit-crazy again, listening three of the Alan Price posts you were so nice to share, and now, today being unable to resist The Move box.The only Move vinyl I ever owned were the first three Deram (U.S.) singles and the Shazam! LP, and I had forgot vhow much I dug them
    Thanks again for this and everything.

    • Willard
      April 30, 2012 - 17:26 | Permalink

      Being a Yank, I only had limited exposure to them back in the day… I think it was the Shazam album, too.

  • zappahead
    September 30, 2013 - 08:34 | Permalink

    Thanks for this excellent foursome Willard….the Marquee tracks are the special ones for me on here but all the rest are to…much obliged and many thanks cheers.

  • Supersonic75
    November 19, 2013 - 04:45 | Permalink

    Not much to add here; I too love the band but have never heard the live nor unreleased studio stuff. Really looking forward to it; thanks for another fantastic post (and nice to see it alive for over 3 years, still going strong!)

  • tbloke
    December 11, 2013 - 06:51 | Permalink

    Thank you for this, I didn’t know it even existed! I had the great pleasure of seeing Roy Wood in concert last night – although his health is clearly not great he was on good form and played an excellent set of music to dance and sing to – so today I’m revisiting his recorded legacy once again. This will be a treat, so thank you once again. :-)

  • Whlightnin
    April 6, 2014 - 10:15 | Permalink

    Thank you for this! So much good stuff!

  • Racati
    June 11, 2015 - 13:00 | Permalink

    I have this box.
    The MOVE were greats!
    Thnks for your labour.
    Best regards

  • Nick
    June 11, 2015 - 15:06 | Permalink

    This great! Thanx

  • Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 - 15:38 | Permalink

    Shazam is where I got turned on to The Move. I could be wrong, but isn’t that their first album to be released in the States? Anyway, their later heavier stuff suited my teenage head-bangin’ tastes at the time.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    June 12, 2015 - 15:00 | Permalink

    My introduction to The Move was a posthumous release of “Message From The Country” re-titled “Split Ends” with “Down On The Bay” and “Do Ya” replacing “Ben Crawley Steel Company”. I’m still collecting Move comps more than 40 years later. Thanks W!

  • Rhod
    June 12, 2015 - 17:21 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt

    Nice share and a band I have not really got into but will give this share a real hard listen.

  • June 12, 2015 - 18:44 | Permalink

    One of the great “lost” bands of the century…Roy Wood….Jeff Lynne….say no more

  • M_Sharp
    June 13, 2015 - 08:49 | Permalink

    It’s still hard to believe they never had a hit, or at least weren’t better known, in the States.
    Thanks, Willard.

    YouTube’s full of great videos of The Move and Roy Wood.

  • Miles
    June 15, 2015 - 16:42 | Permalink

    Beyond 1) my always having enjoyed the music of ‘The Move,’ and 2) that I personally consider Roy Wood to be a voodoo shaman of pop music, I have nothing to add here that is really clever, informative, insightful, or revealing. So let me just simply say ‘thank you, Willard’ for sharing this wonderful collection with us all.

    • Willard
      June 15, 2015 - 16:55 | Permalink

      Nice to hear from you Miles.

  • Jimmy the Exploder
    June 20, 2015 - 23:35 | Permalink


  • NYC Wilson
    September 25, 2015 - 18:25 | Permalink

    I bought Looking On in Queens when I was 16, based solely on a rave review in either Rolling Stone or the Village Voice. It blew me away and I’ve been a huge Move fan since – this box is such a great find! BTW, remember how Feel Too Good was featured in “Boogie Nights?”

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