THE MOVE Anthology 1966-1972 (2008)

Anthology 1966-1972 (2008)
On Paper, This Shouldn’t Have Worked

Fantastic 4CD box 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, one can name. They were one of the handful of 60s psych bands that actually created instead of copied, and 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 insanely diverse solo catalog and motivated by Electric Light Orchestra’s grand pop majesty. What I found was a marriage that, to this day, still seems quite improbable on paper. As a result, save for a couple of albums, these ears have no allegiance to any particular versions or running orders, and this box satisfies all 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. 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 felt that “Do Ya!” was equally as iconic as “Louie Louie.” Maybe Jeff Lynne thought so, too, as he resurrected the timeless riff for ELO’s New World Record years later. Amazon.

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 (Live at the Marquee 1968) (0:19)
It’ll Be Me (Live at the Marquee 1968) ( 2:41)
Too Much In Love (Live at the Marquee 1968) (2:32)
Flowers In The Rain (Live at the Marquee 1968) (2:28)
Fire Brigade (Live at the Marquee 1968) (2:31)
Stephanie Knows Who (Live at the Marquee 1968) (3:10)
Somethin‘ Else (Live at the Marquee 1968) (2:21)
So You Want To Be A Rock’n’Roll Star (Live at the Marquee 1968) (3:13)
The Price Of Love (Live at the Marquee 1968) (4:44)
Piece Of My Heart (Live at the Marquee 1968) (4:07)
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher (Live at the Marquee 1968) (4:04)
Sunshine Help Me (Live at the Marquee 1968) (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)



  • 1
    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.

  • 2
    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.

  • 3
    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.

  • 4
    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."

    Yeah, Trem. Remember the Idle Race from my collecting days. Back in the bad old days of record conventions, that stuff was quite uncommon and always something to keep an eye out for. Thanks for the comments.

  • 5
    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.


  • 6
    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

  • 7
    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!

  • 8
    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.


  • 9
    February 2, 2010 - 00:22 | Permalink

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


  • 10
    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!

  • 11
    February 2, 2010 - 02:20 | Permalink

    This looks fantastic — thank you!

  • 12
    February 2, 2010 - 03:49 | Permalink

    Wonderful – Thank you very much.

  • 13
    February 2, 2010 - 06:32 | Permalink


    Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!!!

    that's all i've got tonight.

  • 14
    La Piazza Gancio
    February 2, 2010 - 12:13 | Permalink

    Very nice, Cap'n!

  • 15
    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.

  • 16
    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.

  • 17
    February 2, 2010 - 19:43 | Permalink

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

  • 18
    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

  • 19
    February 2, 2010 - 23:17 | Permalink

    Fabulous, Captain! Thank you.

  • 20
    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!

  • 21
    February 3, 2010 - 23:26 | Permalink

    Cheers Cap!

  • 22
    February 4, 2010 - 03:38 | Permalink

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

  • 23
    Capt. Willard
    February 4, 2010 - 03:52 | Permalink

    Awww man… and I posted it just for you.

  • 24
    February 4, 2010 - 19:45 | Permalink

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

  • 25
    February 5, 2010 - 00:01 | Permalink

    Your taste continues to impress and astound!

  • 26
    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!


  • 27
    January 15, 2011 - 02:15 | Permalink

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

  • 28
    March 17, 2011 - 15:31 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 29
    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.

  • 30
    March 22, 2011 - 11:41 | Permalink

    That explains it. Thanks.

  • 31
    March 23, 2011 - 16:58 | Permalink

    fantastic – thank you so much

  • 32
    caffeine head
    October 1, 2011 - 21:55 | Permalink

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

  • 33
    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.

    • 34
      April 30, 2012 - 17:26 | Permalink

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

  • 35
    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.

  • 36
    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!)

  • 37
    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. :-)

  • 38
    February 12, 2014 - 11:00 | Permalink

    Disc Four is missing! Can you reupload please?

    • 39
      February 12, 2014 - 11:44 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks.

      • 40
        February 13, 2014 - 12:36 | Permalink

        Thanks a lot!! :)

  • 41
    April 6, 2014 - 10:15 | Permalink

    Thank you for this! So much good stuff!

  • 42
    Indiana Scott
    July 15, 2014 - 08:12 | Permalink

    Willard, could you re-up the discs 3 & 4. I run chrome & foxfire and mega will not work with browser. I hope it’s not just me.

    • 43
      July 15, 2014 - 08:54 | Permalink

      I just d/l’ed #3 with no problem. I would suggest upgrading to the latest version of Chrome first, then getting a third browser as backup. Chrome is my backup. The only thing I ever use it for is MEGA.

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