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)
Night Of Fear (Alternate Version) (2:28)
Disturbance (Undubbed Alternate Version) (2:03)
I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Full-Length Version) (3:18)
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)
2 – LIVE AT THE MARQUEE 1968
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)
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)
California Man (3:37)
The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Lettuce (1:19)
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