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Cut from the same cloth as an array of other bands that blossomed from the fertile English musical soil in the mid-to-late 60s, THE MOVE conquered the British airwaves with a score of top ten singles, one after another. Their trendy psychedelic pop approach allowed them to maintain a high level of success in their own country for almost half a decade. However, unlike groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks they were still relatively unknown to foreign audiences. It wasn't until their arresting and decidedly un-commercial LP entitled "Shazam!" (released in early 1970) that overseas reviewers took notice and enthusiastically raved about their eclectic, devil-may-care approach to making records. Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Roy Wood had been the principal songwriter and sole creative genius behind the band from the beginning but when lead singer Carl Wayne quit soon after that album hit the racks the equally talented Jeff Lynne was brought into the fold, bringing not only an ideological upgrade but a new, progressive dimension to their sound.



While never overlooking the importance of strong melodies, they shunned accepted arrangement formulas and developed a unique style all their own that defies easy labeling to this day. In the process of building a solid, driving hard rock ambience featuring up-front, layered guitars they were also liable to throw in anything they could lay their hands on whether it was an oboe, a sitar or some strange hybrid instrument they invented themselves. There's a rare aura of unbridled, "anything goes" enthusiasm surrounding the studio efforts of the Wood/Lynne era in particular that challenged the status quo while surprising and delighting their fans worldwide. Perhaps that capricious attitude stems from THE MOVE having become a financial means-to-an-end as Roy and Jeff were in the process of developing their "serious" project, The Electric Light Orchestra. When that new endeavor was launched at the end of 1971 THE MOVE came to a quiet, unceremonious end but their incredibly quirky and always unpredictable mix of rock, jazz, pop, folk and classical influences will live on in prog history.




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The Move, 1968 (UK Regal Zonophone/US -no issue-)
Shazam, 1970 (UK Regal Zonophone/US A&M)
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THE MOVE discography


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3.09 | 31 ratings
The Move
1968
3.65 | 42 ratings
Shazam
1970
4.14 | 44 ratings
Looking On
1971
3.48 | 34 ratings
Message From the Country
1971

THE MOVE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.04 | 6 ratings
Live at the Fillmore 1969
2012

THE MOVE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

THE MOVE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.05 | 3 ratings
Fire Brigade
1972
3.17 | 5 ratings
California Man
1974
2.14 | 3 ratings
The Best of The Move
1997
4.08 | 5 ratings
Movements, 30th Anniversary Anthology
1997
4.05 | 3 ratings
Looking Back, The Best of The Move
1998
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Very Best Of The Move
2009

THE MOVE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Something Else From The Move
1968

THE MOVE Reviews


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 Something Else From The Move by MOVE, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1968
3.00 | 4 ratings

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The Move Proto-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars THE MOVE had unexpected success with their debut eponymous album and although their fortune was limited to their native UK, the band had stacked up four top 10 hits and were eager to keep the fire burning. And that's exactly what they did by releasing this quick follow up in the form of a live EP titled SOMETHING ELSE FROM THE MOVE just a few months later. This was the perfect type of material to fill the slot between albums and showcased THE MOVE's energetic and electrifying live sets. The album was recorded live on February 27, 1968 at the famous London Marquee Club. The original release consisted of only five tracks and were mixed exclusively in mono however many more tracks were recorded and subsequently released as bonus tracks on future extended releases as well as being released in stereo. They are all also available as bonus tracks on the 1998 remastered reissue of the "Shazam" album.

While one would expect the performances to be material from the band's debut release, it actually contains nothing but covers of some of the band's favorite tracks beginning with The Byrd's "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star." Immediately one is struck by how much more raw and rocking this is compared to the carefully crafted and perfectly polished psychedelic pop of the debut release. The beauty of these live performances is it shows THE MOVE in full on stage regalia delivering a rock 'n' roll energy level that isn't always present on the studio albums. The selection of tracks is quite pleasant as they all seem to morph perfectly into one another despite being mined from quite a diverse catalogue of artists. The folk rock intro suddenly leaps into the psychedelic garage rock Love song "Stephanie Knows Who" and then off to the world of rockabilly with Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else." Also on board is the Jerry Lee Lewis track "It'll Be Me" and even an excellent cover of Spooky Tooth's "Sunshine Help Me" complete with groovy blues guitar riffs and solos matching the splendor of the original.

The album was released in 1999 on CD and from then on includes the Erma Franklin / Janis Joplin classic "Piece Of My Heart" and three other tracks by Denny Lane, Jackie Wilson and an additional unedited version of "Sunshine Help Me." This EP while not exactly essential is quite a pleasant listening experience as it fully conveys what THE MOVE was all about in a live setting and how well they could adapt their own particular style of playing around a varying set list of songs. The album has been remastered and reissued in its own right with varying amounts of bonus tracks tacked onto the end. It is really a treat to hear the band in their early days before the more progressive elements were added on "Shazam" and how well they could master the vast array of influences on board. While not quite reaching the heights of essential releases, it is nonetheless a very enjoyable little tidbit that fills the cracks of the time between the first two albums.

3.5 rounded down

 The Move by MOVE, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.09 | 31 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars One of the things i always wonder is how do certain bands come up with such LAME band names? Well THE MOVE literally refers to the shifting positions of band members from one band to another. Yeah, lame, i know but luckily the music of THE MOVE on their debut album MOVE is far from lame. This is yet one of a gazillion bands to have emerged from Birmingham, England in the 60s. This is a band that had significant success in their native UK by scoring a total of 20 hit singles in a five year span but had absolutely no success in the US or other English speaking countries which meant their career was a fairly short seven year span but a sweet one nonetheless. While the band was known for its innovative and progressive leanings beginning on their second album "Shazam," on this debut album they are all about psychedelic pop and were one of the main shakers of the short lived genre called "freakbeat" which incorporated many aspects of the early British beat scene with psychedelic elements like studio effects and stereophonic embellishments as to give it a strange contemporary achronistic feel at the same time.

What can i say about THE MOVE's first album? Well, it is very catchy psychedelic pop music from 1968. The main influence seems to be The Beatles, who apparently left a vacuum in the 60s pop world when they jettisoned the predictability of the early and mid 60s and moved on to proto-progressive releases such as "Sgt Pepper's" and ushered in an entirely new "free expression" musical world. Well, not everyone was ready for the liberation of this sort and that's why bands like The Monkees were manufactured and other bands like THE MOVE hungrily moved into the formerly occupied musical territory. While the 60s were burgeoning with psychedelic pop bands from all corners of the globe, THE MOVE were actually quite talented in this niche and they nailed the psychedelic pop sound they were going for. Yes, this does sound like it should have been released 3 or 4 years prior before the advent of Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Zappa, however for 60s pop music that takes its antecedents and compiles them into a whole and fine tunes all of these elements, this is pretty good. There is not one bad track on here and it sounds like every track on this debut could have been a pop single of the era.

The Beatles seem to have the biggest influence on this one with extremely catchy hooks that mostly utilize guitars, bass and drums but have piano, harpsichord, brass and woodwind orchestral embellishments on many (especially ending) tracks. There is also an element of sunshine pop like the type of The Turtles but also the cover tracks by Eddie Cochran and The Coasters bring an element of good old fashioned 50s rock 'n' roll to the mix. This album also has a very strong sense of pacing. It begins quite innocently in the sunshine psychedelic pop arena but as ti progresses adds more complexity, most of the time bringing The Beatles to mind, but often meandering into the Baroque pop of The Beach Boys. While this is 60s pop through and through, the sophistication of it all is very much appreciated. Yes, the sound is a bit anachronistic but only by a few years. The fact is that every track on here is extremely catchy and well performed. I particularly love the energy delivered by bassist Ace Kefford who ups the energetic feel of the era a bit. While the ideas may be recycled for the most part, the delivery is very contemporary. This album was a grower. Nothing progressive at this point but if you like excellently performed 60s psychedelic music then you cannot forego such a wonderful experience as THE MOVE's very first album. I personally enjoy this one very much.

 Live at the Fillmore 1969 by MOVE, THE album cover Live, 2012
4.04 | 6 ratings

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Review by HolyMoly
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4 stars A combination of bad luck and bad timing kept The Move from becoming a household name in America in the late 1960s. Having lit up the British charts for much of 1967 with their incredible run of singles ("Night of Fear", "I Can Hear the Grass Grow", and "Flowers in the Rain", just to name three), The Move's long-awaited debut album (entitled Move) suffered some unfortunate delays and was not released until well into 1968, which unfortunately places them in the "followers" bin of history. This, combined with a volatile band lineup, greatly hurt the momentum The Move had achieved in 1967. Their follow-up album, Shazam, would not be released until 1970, and it seemed for a while as if their opportunity to take the world by storm had passed, as the pop music landscape had changed immeasurably since 1967, with psychedelic pop tossed aside in favor of the heavy sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

The Move were never a band to stand still, though. One listen to even their debut album shows a band with an unusually high level of eclecticism. And by 1969, as they were planning their second album, they had evolved further into something approaching heavy prog-rock. And so our heroes set sail for America for the first (and last) time, to play a few select concerts, one of these at the legendary Fillmore West Auditorium in San Francisco. The event was recorded for posterity, and was finally cleaned up and seen fit for release in 2012.

Now on with the show: the material consists primarily of the songs which would soon appear on Shazam, plus a few well chosen covers. As is the case on Shazam, the material is performed loudly and loosely, stretching songs out beyond the six minute mark. Carl Wayne's performance on lead vocals was the biggest surprise. The Move has always been remembered as Roy Wood and (later) Jeff Lynne's pre-ELO band, but few remember Wayne, who really shines here and makes a strong case to be considered along with the strongest rock front-men of the era. As for Roy Wood, he delivers some serious thunder on the guitar, and frequently performs harmony vocals accompanying Wayne. Drummer Bev Bevan gives a hard-pounding performance on the drums, coming somewhere between Keith Moon and John Bonham. New member Rick Price, on bass, plays complex bass lines that essentially make up for the lack of a second guitarist (which they had had on their debut album).

"Open My Eyes", the now-classic Nazz song, opens the show with a total bang. This then dives into the slow heavy blues of Frankie Laine's "Don't Make My Baby Blue" and a re-thought version of their debut album track "Cherry Blossom Clinic (Revisited)", played slower and heavier and incorporating a very prog-like rock band adaptation of classical melodies in the coda. "The Last Thing on My Mind" (another cover!) continues the set with a mellow ballad played with an Eastern-drone sensibility. Then there's their second UK hit single "I Can Hear the Grass Grow", played with gusto and extended to 10 minutes incorporating a drum solo.

The set continues with "Fields of People", an obscure contemporary flower-power song by Ars Nova, again re-imagined as a powerful psychedelic rocker which is probably my favorite Move song. This version stretches out even more than the Shazam version, with Wood elongating the long instrumental section at the end that features a strange guitar fashioned out of a banjo and a Turkish saz. "Goin' Back" is yet another cover, a laid back soul rocker, and "Hello Suzie" is a Wood original that is probably the heaviest the Move ever got, with Wood taking the lead vocal and practically screaming the whole song. "Under the Ice" (I believe ANOTHER Nazz cover) finishes the set with 14 more minutes of rockin' soul. The second disc closes out with alternate live versions of three of the songs, plus a ten minute interview with Bev Bevan, recalling the 1969 US tour.

Bottom line: this is one of the few surviving documents of The Move in a concert setting, and although it's not a pristine recording, it's very listenable, with clear vocals throughout and reasonably clear stage sound. The difference between their debut album and this live performance is comparable to, say, hearing "The Who Sell Out" and then jumping to "Live at Leeds" - quite an eye opener. And for fans like me who love the Shazam album, this functions well as an alternate document of the band during that period - as good as Shazam is, it does feel a little stifled by the LP format, whereas this show feels no boundaries as the band just lets it fly for over 90 minutes. Excellent archival find.

 Message From the Country by MOVE, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 34 ratings

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Review by mohaveman

3 stars As a longtime fan of early Electric Light Orchestra, I have decided to work my way through the catalog of their precurser band, The Move. The first disc I have chosen is MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY, which bears the most resemblance with NO ANSWER the first ELO release. There are 4 great tunes here. "Message From the Country", "It wasn't my idea to Dance", "The Words of Aaron" , and "No Time". All are Jeff Lynne numbers which I guess explains why I like them. The Roy Wood songs are more of a mixed bag with rock, pop, and even Johnny Cash ripoffs to boot. Nothing special among them. Lynne saves this album and shows the beginning of his songwriting talent. Any of his tunes here could have easily fit in on the first 2 ELO records. However, they only bring this to a good but not great release. 3 stars
 Looking On by MOVE, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.14 | 44 ratings

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Review by stefro
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5 stars Though by no means a bona-fida Progressive rock band, The Move's third album, 'Looking On', was very much a part of the first wave of great prog albums that appeared in the early- seventies. Hailing from Birmingham, and featuring future stars Roy Wood(Wizzard) and Jeff Lynne(Electric Light Orchestra, The Travelling Wilbury's) amongst their ranks, The Move were primarily known for their clever brand of deceptively-kitsch proto-psychedelic pop, as was shown on their 1968 debut 'Move' and it's sharper, fuller follow-up of two years later 'Shazaam'. They also had a knack for releasing popular psych-pop singles, with tunes such as 'Blackberry Way', 'Night Of Fear', 'Flowers In The Rain', 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow' and 'Fire Brigade' all reaching the top five of the British charts between the years 1966 and 1969, reflecting their genesis within the brief psychedelic boom of the late-sixties. However, as the seventies and prog-rock arrived, The Move's outlook - much like their name suggests - was radically altered, with the group sporting a harder, complex new sound. Within the paradigms of prog, Wood's musical and instrumental excellence was exploited to it's fullest, fuelling 'Looking On's reckless invention and summing up the albums occasional moments of pure brilliance. The crushingly-heavy 'Brontosaurus' is an immediate welcome to The Move's updated sound, as proto-metal guitars groan away under the pure weight of the meatiest riff one could hope to hear. It's a drastic, powerful start that burns bright with fiendish invention - the group's trademark affectation - but one that almost single-handedly completes the group's sonic overhaul. The raw and bluesy 'Turkish Tram Conductor Blues' is a more jocular affair, shuddering guitars still up front, but one that melds their peculiar pop nous with their sterner sonic design in a brash, sweaty rock 'n' roll style that hints at Steamhammer-sized aspirations. The album's crowning jewel? The epic, soul-inflected prog-soul rocker 'Feel Too Good', a truly marvellous rock medley featuring a driving, funk-fried bass-line, twitching guitars, bar-room keyboards, bleat-horns, flugel-horns, french-horns and whatever other horns and instruments Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne could get their hands on at the time. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2011
 The Move by MOVE, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.09 | 31 ratings

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The Move
The Move Proto-Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The Move is the self-titled full-length studio album by UK rock act The Move. I have a 2007, 2 disc version where disc 1 contains the original album plus some single only songs and disc 2 contains a stereo version of the album. The Move features among others Roy Wood and Bev Bevan who would later be members of Electric Light Orchestra.

I was listening to the album yesterday and my parents came to visit so I asked my father if he knew The Move ( I had never heard about the band before finding them on PA) and he said sure. He was even able to hum a few of the songs from this album and I bet itīs about 35 - 40 years since he heard those songs the last time. That must be some indication that the music on the album has a lasting quality but actually that was not my first impression or my last to be honest ( sorry Dad). The music is not very original and considering that the album was recorded in 1967 and released in 1968 I expected much more. The music on this album sounds more like it was released in 1964 or maybe 1965. Mostly uptempo beat rooted in rīnīb, strict vers/ chorus formulaic structures and a strong emphasis on vocals. The instrumental side of the music plays second fiddle to the vocals. The many harmony vocals on the album are actually quite impressive but this was not an unusual feature in those days. The songs donīt stand out much from each other but the doo wop song Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart, which is kind of silly, and the slightly interesting Mist on a Monday Morning were songs that I noticed.

The production allright but nothing special.

The Move isnīt the most exciting album from 1968 and it sounds like The Move came a few years too late with this release. Itīs not obnoxious or anything like that and a 2.5 - 3 star rating is not wrong IMO.

 California Man by MOVE, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1974
3.17 | 5 ratings

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California Man
The Move Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars The final Move

The Move spent virtually all of their 4 years or so signed to the Regal Zonophone label, only moving to Harvest records for their final album and three singles. For the entire time they were signed to Harvest (in 1971), the now trio were also working hard on launching the Electric Light Orchestra. Almost all of The Move compilations which are available therefore exclude the band's work for Harvest. While such an omission is not a disaster, it does mean that the whole story is not told. The final three singles (Tonight", "Chinatown" and "California man") were solid if unremarkable Move songs which retained the same magic which had seen the band enjoy a run of hits in the late 1960's and early 1970's. All three gained singles chart success, and all three are included here along with their respective B-sides.

The most interesting of the B-sides is and early version of Jeff Lynne's "Do ya" a song he would revive and improve greatly with ELO. It is though the tracks from their only album for Harvest, "Message from the country", which are perhaps of greatest interest. The best way to obtain those tracks is of course to obtain the album, and indeed this entire compilation is swallowed up by the expanded CD reissue of it. For a long time though, this budget label LP offered a cost effective way of obtaining a significant portion of the album plus the singles from the period.

For me, the band's final album saw them treading water and even regressing. The tell-tale sign here is that the songs extracted for this compilation sit well beside the singles, something which could never be said for the majority of tracks on "Shazam" or "Looking on". The album was not a disaster by any means though, and Jeff Lynne songs such as "The words of Aaron" and "No time" are tantalising glimpses of the direction he would take ELO in after Wood left. Wood's songs actually do likewise to some extent, hinting at the style of his solo projects and Wizzard albums to come.

At the time of its release on LP, "California Man" offered a useful summary of the final days of the Move. With the advent of the CD, and the appearance of the expanded "Message from the country" album it is now superfluous other than as something for avid collectors to seek out.

 Looking Back, The Best of The Move by MOVE, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Looking Back, The Best of The Move
The Move Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars Half the story, well told

For whatever reason, The Move's back catalogue has not been subject to the same level of plundering for CD compilations as that of many of their peers. In view of their huge success as a singles band, this does seem rather strange. This 21 track compilation released in 1998 offers a decent summary of most of their career, omitting only their brief time on Harvest Records prior to becoming the Electric Light Orchestra.

The collection focuses on the band's singles, most of which did not actually appear on their three albums for Regal Zonophone. The segregation of songs for singles and albums effectively led to the band simultaneously following two parallel courses. While the singles remained rooted in Beatlesque pop, the albums developed from the psychedelic west coast pop of the self titled debut to the proto-prog heavy rock of "Looking on".

Every single released by the band in the UK between 1967 and 1970 is here, including "Blackberry way", "Night of fear" and "I can hear the grass grow", none of which made it to an album. Also appearing are the great "Fire brigade", "Brontosaurus" and "Flowers in the rain". Most of the B-sides also make it, although "Vote for me", the B-side of the aborted "Cherry blossom clinic", is missing. Of those B-side, the quasi-symphonic "Something" stands out especially.

A few of the more commercial album tracks are used to fill up the disc, rather predictably including "Hello Suzie" and "Beautiful daughter"; these are fine songs though. Only the final two tracks here will raise any eyebrows for those who know The Move only by their singles. The 7+ minute "Looking on" and the 9― minute "Feel too good" are both taken from the "Looking on" album. They offer a fine indication of the proto-prog which made up the second and third albums.

In all, a great way to obtain the band's singles catalogue, bar the final two or three recorded for Harvest. Do not however make the mistake of assuming this is all the Move you need to know. The only way to really discover the band is through their studio albums.

 Fire Brigade by MOVE, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1972
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Fire Brigade
The Move Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars Music for pleasure

The Move will always be remembered for the wonderful hit singles they released in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Those songs however only tell a part of the story, as their albums, with the exception of their self titled debut, were entirely different affairs. Like many bands in the 1960's, notably The Beatles, The Move avoided ripping off fans by including songs on their albums which had appeared as single A or B sides. This noble gesture however made it harder to obtain the singles gathered together in LP format. The "Greatest hits" and "Best of" collections which flood the market these days were much rarer back then, and generally only used to fulfil contractual obligations.

Thankfully, in 1972, the budget label Music For Pleasure gained permission to compile most of The Moves singles plus some early album tracks and release them as this fine collection. Selling for less than a pound at the time, "Fire brigade" contains now fewer than five top 20 singles plus a number of others which were released or considered for release as singles but did not chart. The collection focuses on the band's time with the Regal Zonophone label, so their final few months with Harvest is not covered. Missing too are the earliest singles such as "Night of fear" and "I can hear the grass grow".

The great thing about the Move's singles is that they are just that, Great! From the flower power of the first song played on BBC's radio 1 ("Flowers in the rain") through the Beatlesque "Blackberry Way" (sometimes cited as a twin of "Penny Lane") to the heavy metal of "Brontosaurus", we are taken on a musical journey through some of the finest pop of the period.

Admittedly there is little here related to prog, it is to the band's albums that we have to look for the proto-prog which led to their inclusion on this site. That said, superb melodies and fine arrangements like those featured here would later become, in more sophisticated format, the essence of neo-prog.

Bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, etc. are rightly recognised for their pioneering efforts in the late 1960's. The contribution of The Move however has yet to receive the credit it undoubtedly deserves.

 Movements, 30th Anniversary Anthology by MOVE, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
4.08 | 5 ratings

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Movements, 30th Anniversary Anthology
The Move Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars The complete omnibus

"Movements" is a superbly packaged summary of everything recorded by The Move from their inception up until their signing for the Harvest label in 1971. It is unfortunate that the band's final album and singles are thus omitted, but that should not detract from the excellence of this set.

Beginning with the A and B sides of the band's first singles "Night of fear" and "I can hear the grass grow", we are guided on a journey by the band from a singles focused 60's pop band to the ambitious heavy rock band who would metamorphose into the Electric Light Orchestra. Along the way, we are treated to three albums in their entirety, all the remaining singles A and B sides, and a fine collection of rarities.

The three albums included in full are "The Move", "Shazam" and "Looking on", leaving only the final album "Message from the country" missing. This omission is simply due to the fact that the band switched labels towards the end of their career. The chronological presentation of the material highlights how the band started off recording catchy pop songs, and gradually moved to a heavier rock orientated style. The infectious hook of say "Fire brigade" contrast starkly with the leaden thunder of "Brontosaurus" and the wonderfully adventurous adaptation of Tom Paxton's "Last thing on my mind".

We also get a rare chance to hear the band performing a selection of standards live at the Marquee in London, UK. Included here are tracks which were omitted from the original EP of that gig. The rarities are generally alternative mixes and "early Undubbed mixes". There is however an Italian language version of the B-side of "Blackberry Way", a wonderful song called "Something" (not the George Harrison song). The rare intended B-side of the aborted "Cherry blossom clinic" single "Vote for me", is also here. While the song itself is pretty prosaic, the publicity which surrounded it led to a court summons!

In short, while the absence of the Harvest Records material is a minor downside, this is the definitive Move collection. The combination of their superb non album singles, a live EP and three fine albums, makes this essential for anyone interested in this great band.

Thanks to Chicapah and easy livin for the artist addition.

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