The Move – The Early Years

The Move - The Early YearsThis disc reproduces all but a couple of songs from the first Move album. I’d better explain this obscure group and frequent answer to radio trivia contests, because the Move is one of my all-time favorites, and probably my hands-down favorite from the 1960s. The original Move consisted of Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton, Ace Kefford and Carl Wayne from Birmingham, England, a group of musicians who got fed up with the strictures of the cover bands they played in, and decided to form their own group to play originals and get a record contract. From about this time, two very important bands were formed in Birmingham: the Move and the Moody Blues. The latter is still around today, while the former transformed into the Electric Light Orchestra (my all-time favorite rock/pop act) in 1971. But enough of the future – the 3 out of 4majority of this disc’s material is derived from the Move’s 1968 debut album, and it’s worth many a listen. In the space of that first album, the band went from pseudo-psychedelic rockers to ballads with string players (shades of ELO!) to Monkees-like pop numbers. It was a flashpoint of amazing diversity, and even their later releases were nowhere near as inventive.

Order this CD

  1. Night of Fear (2:13)
  2. Disturbance (2:47)
  3. I Can Hear The Grass Grow (3:00)
  4. Flowers in the Rain (2:28)
  5. (Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree (3:02)
  6. Fire Brigade (2:24)
  7. The Girl Outside (2:56)
  8. Mist on a Monday Morning (2:33)
  9. Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited (7:42)
  10. Wild Tiger Woman (2:40)
  11. Omnibus (3:56)
  12. Blackberry Way (3:36)
  13. Something (3:31)
  14. Curly (2:45)
  15. This Time Tomorrow (3:41)
  16. Beautiful Daughter (2:38)
  17. Brontosaurus (4:27)
  18. Lightning Never Strikes Twice (3:12)
  19. When Alice Comes Back to the Farm (3:43)
  20. What? (6:44)

Released by: Dojo
Release date: 1997
Total running time: 65:58