Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

THE MOVE

The Move

Proto-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Move The Move album cover
2.85 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy THE MOVE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Yellow Rainbow
2. Kilroy Was Here
3. Lemon Tree
4. Weekend
5. Walk Upon the Water
6. Flowers in the Rain
7. Hey Grandma
8. Useless Information
9. Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart
10. Girl Outside
11. Fire Brigade
12. Mist on a Monday Morning
13. Cherry Blossom Clinic

14. Night of Fear*
15. Disturbance*
16. I Can Hear the Grass Grow*
17. Wave Your Flag and Stop the Train*
18. Vote For Me*
19. Disturbance*
20. Fire Brigade*
21. Second Class*
22. Cherry Blossom Clinic*
23. Lemon Tree*
24. Weekend*
25. Flowers in the Rain*
26. Useless Information*
27. Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart*
28. Girl Outside*
29. Walk Upon the Water*

Lyrics

Search THE MOVE The Move lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search THE MOVE The Move tabs

Line-up / Musicians


- Roy Wood / guitars, vocals
- Carl Wayne / vocals
- Trevor Burton / guitars, bass, vocals
- Chris Ace Kefford / bass, vocals
- Bev Bevan / drums, vocals

Releases information

LP: March 1968: Regal Zonophone

LP/ MC: With the title Flowers In The Rain exist a German edition for Star Power series (with diverse cover) (LP cat code 25 102-5 B and MC cat code 23 286-8 MB) in this version the label is Cube/ Intercord (but the years of this new issued is not specified. Is specified, however, that all the tracks are from 1968 except 3 and 6 that are from 1967)

CD: Remastered by Repertoire Records in 1998 with 16 bonus tracks noted with * in track listing.

Thanks to chicapah for the addition
and to mandrakeroot for the last updates
Edit this entry

THE MOVE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy THE MOVE The Move Music


Move: Remastered & Expanded Deluxe EditionMove: Remastered & Expanded Deluxe Edition
Import
Cherry Red 2016
Audio CD$15.53
$15.52 (used)
Something Else From the MoveSomething Else From the Move
Import · Remastered
Imports 2016
Audio CD$19.99
Very Best of the MoveVery Best of the Move
Import
Metro Music 2000
Audio CD$34.99
$11.14 (used)
Great Move! The Best of the MoveGreat Move! The Best of the Move
Capitol 1994
Audio CD$59.23
$16.91 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
CHROME HALF MACHINE LIP MOVES LP w/ POSTER orig siren '79 industrial synth punk! USD $220.00 Buy It Now 29m 48s
"Move On" Deco *Like NEW* 2004 CD - Cat #LUXE001 USD $13.63 Buy It Now 30m 16s
(EY208) Julia Fordham, (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways - 1991 CD USD $3.58 Buy It Now 30m 22s
Luther Rabb - Make A Little Move - 1979 promo VG+ 12" Single USD $4.00 Buy It Now 37m 39s
These Things Move in Threes (Audio CD) USD $48.86 Buy It Now 47m 12s
Move Along by The All-American Rejects (CD, Jul-2005, Interscope (USA)) USD $1.34 Buy It Now 53m 13s
Grover Washington Jr. "Inside Moves" ELEKTRA JAZZ LP USD $4.59 Buy It Now 1h 4m
Huw Lloyd Langston On The Move Cd 1997 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1h 7m
PETER BRADY Exciting New Voice On The Move CAPITOL MONO PROMO Jazz Vocal M PAICH USD $15.00 Buy It Now 1h 14m
tony SANDLER & ralph YOUNG the move LP RECORD - sealed USD $9.95 Buy It Now 1h 18m
JON THE DENTIST MOVE LP Ej2003 USD $7.99 [0 bids]
1h 22m
CULTURE CLUB "Move Away" / "Sexuality" Vinyl 45 Record PS EX 1986 Stereo USD $3.30 Buy It Now 1h 23m
Princess Tina Magazine 18 July 1970 The Move USD $43.85 Buy It Now 1h 27m
LP THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS RIGHT MOVE **EXC VINYL* 481 USD $13.99 Buy It Now 1h 34m
6-Pac - Stick & Move 12" - Grilled Up Records - GU-001 - Rare Rap Hip Hop USD $12.93 Buy It Now 1h 39m
Mama Cass~Rare OZ A-Label Promo 45 Move in a little closer EX 1969 Mamas USD $10.75 Buy It Now 1h 41m
SUBLIMINAL HYPNOSIS GYMNASTICS SKILLS-GYMNAST MOVES DRILL GEAR MIND TRAINING AID USD $15.50 Buy It Now 1h 44m
Bob Mover Feat. To Harrell - On The Move - SEALED LP - Choice Records - CRS 1015 USD $15.91 Buy It Now 1h 50m
Cathy Dennis "MOVE TO THIS" 1990 CD (10 tracks) Polydor 847267-2 USD $2.95 Buy It Now 1h 52m
THE MOVE MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY - 1991 EMI TOCP-6795 JAPAN OBI RARE AUDIOPHILE USD $39.99 Buy It Now 1h 54m
DAVID BOWIE Ashes To Ashes Move On 45 USD $9.31 Buy It Now 2h
The Move 45 California Man UNITED ARTISTS USD $15.00 Buy It Now 2h 2m
SEALED 12"~JAGGED EDGE~MAJESS~IQ~D MOVES~Walked Outta Heaven~[x8 Remixes]~ USD $3.97 Buy It Now 2h 6m
THE SOUL ENSEMBLE - MOVE OUT / MELON JELLY * SOUL FUNK 7" 45 USD $21.57 Buy It Now 2h 6m
TREETOP FLYERS-MOUNTAIN MOVES CD NEW USD $12.61 Buy It Now 2h 18m
Frederick - Gentle (Calling Your Name) / Move On 12" - Time Trax Records - TT-0 USD $21.88 Buy It Now 2h 19m
The Move - Split Ends LP USD $7.67 Buy It Now 2h 19m
THIRD DAY: MOVE with Children of God, Lift Up Your Face, & Trust in Jesus USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2h 21m
Night Moves by Bob Seger/Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (CD, Feb-1986,... USD $6.99 Buy It Now 2h 40m
Olivia Newton John Make A Move On Me / Falling Japan 45 W/PS White Label Promo USD $35.99 Buy It Now 2h 41m
Roy Wood of The Move on Magazine Cover The Moody Blues Steve Winwood Family USD $10.96 Buy It Now 2h 48m
Bob Seger: Night Moves & Stranger in Town - Set of 2 -12" Records Played! USD $13.99 Buy It Now 2h 49m
Move [EP] by Diverse CD Single Chicago Hip Hop USD $1.98 Buy It Now 2h 50m
THE CONTOURS Do You Love Me / Move Mr. Man SOUL 45 VG+ USD $9.95 Buy It Now 2h 52m
Junior - Unison - from movie All the Right Moves - vintage vinyl record USD $2.99 Buy It Now 2h 53m
THE ROCKATS/MAKE THAT MOVE NEO ROCKABILLY JAPAN CD USD $20.00 Buy It Now 3h
BOB SEGER STILL SEALED LP....NIGHT MOVES USD $20.00 Buy It Now 3h 4m
1976 Elton John "Blue Moves" Classic Double Vinyl LP MCA-2-11004 w/ hype sticker USD $29.88 Buy It Now 3h 9m
HARLEQUIN - ONE FALSE MOVE - 1982 Canadian Vinyl 12'' Lp./ Exc./ Hard Rock Metal USD $1.99 [0 bids]
3h 10m
ANDEE LEEK Move On (In Your Maserati) / Rubin Decides 45 USD $7.15 Buy It Now 3h 11m
RARE 12" - THE LOOTPACK - PSYCHE MOVE /ATTACK OF THE TUPPERARE PUPPETS Madlib USD $7.99 [0 bids]
3h 11m
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS - MOVE IT ON OVER lp USD $4.98 Buy It Now 3h 13m
The Grass Roots 45 THE RUNWAY / MOVE ALONG ~ VG++ USD $3.65 Buy It Now 3h 13m
JAMES COTTON BAND Live & On The Move Vol. 1 ITALIAN LP 1982 Buddah BLUES USD $10.00 Buy It Now 3h 17m
Blanket Music-Move CD NEW USD $11.99 Buy It Now 3h 27m
PROMO WHITE LABEL / STRAY MOVE IT / WITH PROMO SHEET USD $79.99 Buy It Now 3h 34m
David Hallyday - Move USD $3.00 Buy It Now 3h 38m
PROCOL HARUM / 7INCH PS EP / THE MOVE / 4TRACKS USD $99.99 Buy It Now 3h 59m
JANIS JOPLIN MOVE OVER / 7INCH 45RPM / ME AND BOBBY MCGEE USD $99.99 Buy It Now 4h
THE CARS Move Like This CD (2011) w/OBI RARE OOP HTF SEALED Ric Ocasek USD $29.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Catch Us If You Can/ On The Move (45) - Ships WORLDWIDE! USD $1.99 Buy It Now 4h 2m
It Still Moves by My Morning Jacket (CD, Sep-2003, ATO (USA)) USD $0.99 [0 bids]
4h 4m
RALLY-PACKS.MOVE OUT, LITTLE MUSTANG / BUCKET SEATS.45.DRUM BREAK. HEAR! USD $125.00 Buy It Now 4h 5m
SMITH,LONNIE-MOVE YOUR HAND CD NEW USD $15.49 Buy It Now 4h 29m
Mcginty; Cline; Schroeder; ...-Phillip Schroeder: Move In The CD NEW USD $13.74 Buy It Now 4h 29m
T.L. Connection - Move Your Body (Ah Party) 12" - YGB Records - YGB-3405 - Funk USD $21.88 Buy It Now 4h 42m
The Move ( Roy Wood ELO ) - 1st Self-Titled S/T Regal Zonophone CD (Near Mint!) USD $10.00 [0 bids]
4h 43m
We Won't Move: Songs of the Tenants' Movement (Audio CD) USD $26.57 Buy It Now 4h 44m
Young MC 45 record vinyl lot Bust A Move/Come Off USD $10.00 Buy It Now 5h 7m
City Moves [CD New] USD $16.19 Buy It Now 5h 13m
CAPPELLA, MOVE ON BABY, M/M, 7 Track, CD Single, Picture Sleeve, MEDIA RECORDS, USD $2.76 Buy It Now 5h 13m
Little Gym - 20 Move-Along Fun Songs [CD New] USD $6.71 Buy It Now 5h 13m
Jupiter's Darling, Heart CD 2005 Make Me, Move On, I Need The Rain, Lost Angel USD $3.00 Buy It Now 5h 13m
Abridge Club - Smart Moves 2: Preschool Thru St [CD New] USD $19.52 Buy It Now 5h 28m
ELTON JOHN Rock of the Westies BLUE MOVES Breaking Hearts 3 LP LOT Vinyl Records USD $18.00 Buy It Now 5h 32m
Procol Harum c/w The Move - Stereo Elite Series 7" JAPAN EP USD $29.99 Buy It Now 5h 37m
Big Bill and His Chicago Five "Hard Hearted Woman/I'm Gonna Move to The Outskirt USD $8.00 Buy It Now 5h 38m
MARV JOHNSON - (You've Got To) Move Two Mountains - Orig UK VINYL 7" Single 1960 USD $10.78 [0 bids]
5h 38m
Len Rainey ? & the Midnight Players ? I Better Move On ? (2000) ? CD ? OOP ? USD $17.99 Buy It Now 5h 45m
JOHNNY O'KEEFE Move Baby Move / You Never Cherish A Love So True OZ 45 USD $10.75 Buy It Now 5h 46m
CSS, MOVE , M/M, 1 Track, Promotional CD Single, Picture Sleeve, SUB POP RECORD USD $2.76 Buy It Now 5h 59m
Elton John - Blue Moves - record USD $1.99 Buy It Now 6h 8m
Move ORIG UK 45 Flowers in the rain VG+ 1967 Psyche Pop Roy Wood Regal Zonophone USD $10.75 Buy It Now 6h 20m
Most Unpleasant Men - Nothing Moves Slower [CD New] USD $30.16 Buy It Now 6h 29m
PERSONZ - MOVE 1991 - Japan CD - NEW J-POP USD $17.09 Buy It Now 6h 40m
DO ME BAD THINGS, MOVE IN STEREO, M/M, 2 Track, CD Single, Picture Sleeve, ATLA USD $2.76 Buy It Now 6h 43m
Pink - Gonna Make Ya Move (Don't Stop!) - Activ #743439 USD $4.37 Buy It Now 6h 44m
Elton John: Blue Moves 33 Double LP, Used USD $11.25 Buy It Now 6h 45m
Cedille On the Move CD NEW USD $9.44 Buy It Now 6h 46m
Chicago Moves CD NEW USD $15.18 Buy It Now 6h 46m
Carole King - It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move 45 1971 VG PS is VG USD $1.79 Buy It Now 7h
Move Flowers In The Rain-The Lemon Tree 7" Mono USD $9.99 Buy It Now 7h 3m
MOVE AWAY / SEXUALITY - CULTURE CLUB - 5 INCH RECORD - GATEFOLD - UK - 1986 USD $13.75 Buy It Now 7h 7m
MOVE AWAY / SEXUALITY - CULTURE CLUB - 7 INCH RECORD - JAPAN - 1986 (4-24) USD $11.50 Buy It Now 7h 9m
TRACEY ULLMAN 7" P/S MOVE OVER DARLING STIFF BUY 195 EX (1) USD $5.48 Buy It Now 7h 18m
MOVE AWAY / SEXUALITY - CULTURE CLUB - 7 INCH RECORD - US - 1986 (5-24) USD $11.50 Buy It Now 7h 20m
Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves (1976) Capitol Records - ST-11557 USD $17.55 Buy It Now 7h 22m
MOVE AWAY / SEXUALITY - CULTURE CLUB - 7 INCH RECORD - JAPAN - 1986(5-22) USD $11.50 Buy It Now 7h 25m
Seba & Paradox. Move On Drum&bass/jungle/12" Mint/DJ Trax/macc Etc USD $36.53 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Make a Move by The Busters (CD, Oct-1998, Moon) USD $8.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
MOVE AWAY / MOVE AWAY - CULTURE CLUB - 7 INCH DEMO - US - 1986 (4-29) USD $12.50 Buy It Now 7h 32m
Yes "Your Move" Atlantic Oldies Series 7" 45 REISSUE VG USD $0.99 Buy It Now 7h 35m
Calvin Richardson ?- I've Got To Move USD $1.46 Buy It Now 7h 42m
CD Single (B9) - Anticappella - Move your body - MCSTD 1980 USD $7.29 Buy It Now 7h 44m
CD Single (B10) - Bananarama - Move in my direction - CXAG003 USD $7.29 Buy It Now 7h 45m
GENE FARROW Move Your Body 49p START! 100% CHARITY DONATION USD $0.72 [0 bids]
7h 45m
Chrome -Half Machine Lip Moves CD NEW USD $14.95 Buy It Now 7h 50m
PROMO WHITE LABEL / HANOI ROCKS TWO STEPS FROM THE MOVE / UN-PLAYED WITH OBI USD $149.99 Buy It Now 7h 51m
FRANTIC LANGUAGE, MOVE IT, M/M, 3 Track, CD Single, Picture Sleeve, COALITION R USD $2.76 Buy It Now 7h 55m
PROMO WHITE LABEL ROY WOOD JAPAN ELO MOVE W/PROMO PICTU USD $79.99 Buy It Now 7h 58m
0 result found for "THE MOVE"
Visit LPCDressisues.com for more results


More places to buy THE MOVE music online Buy THE MOVE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for THE MOVE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

THE MOVE The Move ratings distribution


2.85
(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(20%)
20%
Good, but non-essential (40%)
40%
Collectors/fans only (24%)
24%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

THE MOVE The Move reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars In the cinematic classic "This is Spinal Tap" there's a segment during which the mock-documentary takes a look back at the group's simple beginnings by showing a clip of their appearance on a far-out, Shindig-like program, performing their first hit, "(Listen to the) Flower People." It's embarrassingly silly and horribly dated. In real life, however, that scenario hits uncomfortably close to home for The Move's debut LP. Somewhat like their U.S. counterparts, the nightclub act Paul Revere & the Raiders, the band was able to consistently scale the pop charts but no one took them very seriously. Roy, Carl, Trevor, Bev and "Ace" were just young, fledgling musicians playing in Birmingham dives when they got discovered by manager Tony Secunda. He goaded them to garner public visibility by pulling sensational stunts like smashing TV sets on stage with axes and slandering the prime minister with naughty photos. He also encouraged leader Roy Wood to write radio-friendly songs that sounded like what was "happening" on the Top 40. The problem with that tactic is that by the time you get the tune on the airwaves the trend you're aping is already on the way out so you end up following popular culture instead of leading it. Like bubblegum music, a catchy ditty would often get you into the higher echelons of the charts but few would remember the song a year later.

Recorded in late 1967 and released early the following year, this album has very little to do with anything vaguely related to progressive rock and is only listed on this site because of the band's later three studio projects. Its only usefulness is to demonstrate how far the group had to go to be able to make the excellent proto-prog music they ended up creating. So make no mistake, it's not very good and I wouldn't recommend that anyone except die-hard fans shell out their hard-earned moola for it. I bought it a long time ago, thinking their early stuff might be interesting. Wrong. "Then why review an album you don't like?" some may ask. My answer is that in the genre of progressive rock there are few recordings that don't have at least some redeeming qualities to elevate it above the mundane tastes of the rabble of society so most of my critiques tend to praise rather than bury. Therefore, when I get an opportunity to be sarcastic and poke good-natured fun at a band I truly adore I'm not about to let my chance go by. So consider yourself forewarned. This could get ugly.

"Yellow Rainbow," with its 60s apocalypse-loitering-right-around-the-corner message is trite and instantly forgettable. For some unknown reason they opted to start the album off with their bassist, Chris "Ace" Kefford, singing lead vocals (He would never be featured in that role again). I guess the fact that they had two capable lead singers in Carl Wayne and Roy Wood escaped them. One peculiar aspect of the tune is the fact that the background chorus sounds like it was recorded live in the plaza of Munchkin land using the native population. Either that or everyone at the mike was on amphetamines. "Kilroy Was Here" follows and it's a better song but we might as well be comparing dirt clods. Drummer Bev Bevan is firmly in his element on this tune because all he's asked to do is play bass drum and snare and avoid veering too far away from the tempo. "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" is next and it is bubblegum pop on a par with the artistic contributions of The Archies as far as profundity goes. The inclusion of a string quartet is its only saving grace but the classically- trained musicians involved must have left the studio wondering how their professional reputations had managed to sink to the deck of the Titanic.

In another democratic act of sharing the spotlight and handing the microphone around to every standing member, rhythm guitarist Trevor Burton gets to warble away on their cover of Eddie Cochran's "Weekend," a 50s rockabilly ditty that shows where Joan Jett got her melody ideas for "Bad Reputation." Yet given what we've slogged through so far, it's not half bad. And one should be thankful for that because "Walk Upon the Water" digresses back into Partridge Family territory with its nauseating campfire sing-along spirit and groovy lyrics. Ironically, the horribly off-key bugle blowing mindlessly at the end is the best part of the track. "Flowers in the Rain" was a #2 hit in England and it really makes one wonder what the Brits were stuffing in their pipes at that time because it is pitiful pop complete with cheesy storm sounds scattered throughout. This is the kind of empty fluff that caused punk rock to happen. Their surprisingly credible version of Moby Grape's "Hey Grandma" is an oasis in a desert of absurdity but the tune's less-than-tricky accents prove to be too much for the hit-drum-go- boom approach of Bev on his kit and his sloppy fills keep it from rising above passable. Bless his heart. Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees would've aced it.

The escalator only goes down from there to "Useless Information," a piss-poor social commentary song that makes me wonder if Roy had been listening to too many Donovan records in those days. Be afraid, be very afraid. Speaking of scary, the mike gets passed back to Mr. Bevan next for their nostalgic cover of The Coasters' "Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart" and, as undeveloped as his baritone voice is, it's still a step up from his percussion acumen. This doo-wop number would have been right at home on the great Frank Zappa's "Ruben & The Jets" song list but as such it would've been an obvious put-on. I get the feeling that these guys were serious. Strings as syrupy as the state of Vermont glut the corny "The Girl Outside," an undisguised rip off of Peter & Gordon schlock. Diabetics should avoid listening to it at all costs.

The alarming but fun "Fire Brigade" just may be the best tune on the album when taking its competition into consideration. It also reached #2 on the charts and is probably more deserving of that accomplishment than its predecessor. It at least has an interesting chord progression, a Duane Eddy twangy thang going on, a decent melody and possesses a scintilla of imagination. A harpsichord, the Titanic string quartet and the lack of anything drum-related make "Mist on a Monday Morning" a decent cut despite the quaint but overbearing English upper-class-chamber-in-the-days-of-yore atmosphere. Yet it's almost good and, at this juncture, I'll take it. The tiring journey ends with "Cherry Blossom Clinic" (not to be confused with the exciting extended version they recorded for the "Shazam" LP), an incredibly over-produced mess with a plethora of blaring, tinny brass guaranteed to induce multiple migraines. I'm sure they were trying to be hip and psychedelic in an "All You Need is Love" kinda way but they failed miserably.

Okay, so I might've been a little rough on my boys in my review. I meant no permanent harm and still hope we can have a beer together sometime. The Move is far from being the only band who released a debut album that requires one to suppress the gag reflex while listening to it but theirs is one for the ages. The good news is that they hung in there and got a lot better in a short amount of time. It's also true that several of the songs from their formative hit single days ("Night of Fear," "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" and their sole #1 "Blackberry Way" in particular) are keepers but didn't make it onto this LP. While I hope that many of you sample the later works of The Move and thereby reap the rewards that come with that adventure, my advice is that you start anywhere but here and explore this album only if you want to dig through this group's dirt. So why two stars? I only reserve the dreaded lone star designation for those bands/artists who should know better and should be ashamed of themselves for selling manure. These boys did the best they could with what they had. As JC said, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Moving west

Formed in Birmingham UK in 1968, the Move brought in members from other local bands including Mike Sheridan's Night Riders and Carl Wayne and the Vikings. Although Wayne was the lead singer, it was the multi-talented Roy Wood who shone brightest in the band. Wood quickly become the principal songwriter, penning the band's succession of UK chart hits (success in the US completely eluded the Move). Initially, the focus was on recording singles and touring to promote them, with songs such as "Night of fear and "I can hear the grass grow" raising their profile rapidly. While the band's initial influences were primarily from Motown soul, they quickly moved towards the American West with their sound (and ultimately ended up firmly back in Britain with the latter day Beatles). One of the Move's biggest claims to fame from this period is that their third single "Flowers in the rain" was the first song to be played on Radio 1, the BBC's tardy answer to pirate radio.

It took until 1968 for this the Move's first album to be released, around the same time as their "Something else" EP. The album consists primarily of Roy Wood songs, along with three cover versions. Two of these tracks, "Flowers in the rain" and "Fire brigade" were issued as singles, with a third intend single "Cherry blossom clinic" being aborted due to the controversial lyrical content.

As a whole, this album is largely a summary of the band's journey up to this point. It contains little of the proto prog which would appear on later albums, with virtually all the songs here having singles potential. The vocal strengths of the band are highlighted on songs such as "Yellow rainbow" where Wayne sings lead on the verses and Wood on the choruses. The lyrics of songs such as "Here we go round the lemon tree" highlight Wood's wonderful appetite for humour in his writing.

For some reason, "Walk upon the water" has always been a personal favourite. This slice of psychedelic pop has a rather sinister undercurrent in the lyrics, quite at odds with the jaunty melody. "The girl outside" is something of an odd man out, being an orthodox 60's ballad sung by Wayne alone. On the other hand, the Roy Wood sung "Fire brigade" with its sound effects and amusing lyrics sounded quite different at the time of its release, and stormed up the singles chart.

Of the three cover versions, "Weekend" is a straightforward cover of the Eddie Cochran rock and roll number, complete with sha-la-las and hand claps. Wood would return to that period a number of times over his career. "Hey grandma" is a Moby Grape song, emphasising the Move's west coast influences. The song actually sounds more like Simon and Garfunkel's "Keep the customer satisfied" than anything else. The final cover sees Bev Bevan unwisely attempting to offer a new take on the Coaster "Zing went the strings of my heart".

Overall, this is an album which is totally pop focused, and indeed was the only Move album to enjoy chart success. The quality of the music is however superb, with Roy Wood's abundant talent for song writing being exploited in the fine arrangements and accomplished playing. The apparent simplicity of the product to some extent disguises an underlying depth of talent. Listen to some of 10CCs album for example and the similarities become apparent.

The reissues of the album on CD include a plethora of bonus tracks. These are mainly alternative versions and mixes of tracks on the album, however the appearance of "Vote for me", the "lost" B-side" of "Cherry blossom clinic" is worth looking out for.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of THE MOVE "The Move"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.39 seconds