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Editors’ Notes

Since The Move’s 1970 LP Shazam was to be the last recording with the band’s original singer, Carl Wayne, it also displays a duality in style. The first half is all Ron Wood. “Hello Suzie” blends the stompy bottom end of what would become British glitter rock with Wood’s love for The Byrds’ 12-string Rickenbacker jangle and a muscled, Beatlesque production that contrasts melodious harmonies and gruff lead vocals. With powerful orchestral arrangements, the following song, “Beautiful Daughter,” plays like a pocket symphony—it’s only two minutes and 42 seconds long. This stands in stark contrast to the nearly eight-minute epic “Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited,” a psychedelic expansion of “Cherry Blossom Clinic” from The Move's eponymous 1968 debut. What would be side two (were this on vinyl) is an all-covers affair that starts with a kaleidoscopic take on Ars Nova’s “Fields of People,” replete with baroque instruments playing over a bombastic rhythm section. “Don't Make My Baby Blue” flirts with ‘70s hard rock while “The Last Thing on My Mind” grasps at the dimming light of ‘60s psychedelia.

Customer Reviews

I Don't Click That "Five Star Button" Up There Very Often

Let's talk about me for a second: I've been in radio since 1977, both as a Music Director, Program Director, and as your basic "on-air personality". I have been listening to EVERY sort of music made both as a fan and as a professional since December of 1963. My LP collection was over 1000, I had over 8000 rare 45's and over 450 cd's. All that combined, you could say that I "know what I am talking about" when it comes to music. THIS IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE ALBUMS I HAVE EVER HEARD! As the other reviewer stated: it's the best money you've ever spent on i-Tunes!!!

The First Thing on MY Mind

The Last Thing on My Mind and Don't Make My Baby Blue are so incredibly good. These are covers that almost re-define these songs that were classics to begin with. And to think that probably less than 1 per cent of the listening audience has ever heard heard them...the mind reels and boggles. It amazes me that this is here on iTunes to be had. Now we just need to get Sweet Thursday and Cheryl Dilcher up here.

Truly Awesome Album

This might be the best $4.99 you've ever spent. This is The Move, prior to Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra fame) joining the band. Hello Susie is a rocker, a precursor to the harder edged music of the period. It is followed by a piece of orchestrated pop, Beautiful Daughter, which ranks right up there with some of the Beatles best experimental pieces. Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited is just that; it revisits a song from The Move's first album, and extends it with some beautiful acoustic guitar work. Fields of People is the most interesting song of the six- a baroque rocker which climaxes into a sitar driven jam-fest. Don't Make My Baby Blue sounds like something from an early Black Sabbath album. The final song, The Last Thing On My Mind, is a nearly 8 minute slice of psychadelic pop, and a great way to end this fantastic journey. In between some of the songs are humorous "man on the street" interviews, which add to the overall enjoyment of the listening experience. You can't go wrong with The Move. Here's hoping iTunes adds more selections from this amazing group in the future.

Biography

Formed: 1966 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Move were the best and most important British group of the late '60s that never made a significant dent in the American market. Through the band's several phases (which were sometimes dictated more by image than musical direction), their chief asset was guitarist and songwriter Roy Wood, who combined a knack for Beatlesque pop with a peculiarly British, and occasionally morbid, sense of humor. On their final albums (with considerable input from Jeff Lynne), the band became artier and more ambitious,...
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