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The Best of Roy Wood and Wizzard (1974-1976)

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Album Review

In a way, Rialto's Archive isn't all that bad, even if the packaging seems a little shoddy and the sound isn't all that great. Also, the facts are a little iffy. Archive claims to concentrate on Wizzard's recordings instead of Roy Wood's solo material, but that's not entirely true. There are a couple of selections from Eddy & the Falcons, plus a few singles, such as "Are You Ready to Rock" and "Rock and Roll Winter," and a variety of B-sides, but the 20-track collection concentrates mainly on Wood's solo material. In particular, it has Mustard as the centerpiece — every song, save the brief musical introduction and interlude, is here. Also, there are a handful of solo singles, like the terrific "Oh What a Shame." Like many Wood compilations, it suffers from too many instrumental B-sides — which are interesting in isolation but tend to stall the momentum of the collection — but overall, it contains more than its fair share of prime Wood, which makes it somewhat of a bargain if found at a bargain price.

Biography

Born: November 8, 1946 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Roy Wood, born in Birmingham, England, on November 8, 1946 (whose birth name is oftentimes incorrectly listed as Ulysses Adrian Wood due to a flip comment made in an interview), has long been regarded as one of the most important, if eccentric, rock musicians to have come out of that city, primarily...
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