Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Move - Omnibus: The 60s Singles As and Bs

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, hinting at the orchestral rock that Wood and Lynne would devise for the Electric Light Orchestra. The Move, however, always placed more emphasis on the pop than the art, and never lost sight of their hardcore rock & ... Read More..

Ace Kefford vocal, bass guitar (left 1968)
Carl Wayne lead vocal (left 1970)
Roy Wood vocal, lead guitar, bass, cello, oboe
Trevor Burton vocal, guitar/bass (left 1969)
Bev Bevan drums and vocal
Rick Price vocal, bass guitar (joined 1969 - left 1971)
Jeff Lynne vocal, piano, guitar (joined 1970)
Subtitled "The 60s Singles As and Bs," here's almost all the Move you'll ever need. If you're a fan of '60s British pop with alternating heavy dashes of pyschedelia and '50s retro-rock thrown in, the Move were the perfect embodiment of that odd blend. For newcomers, this is the group that Jeff Lynne later joined which permutated into the Electric Light Orchestra after scoring one last hit as the Move with the two-sided killer "Do Ya" b/w "California Man," both outside the timeline of this package, thus making it sadly incomplete. But the 20 tracks aboard are the original group with Carl Wayne and deliver all the other hits, B-sides, and even include two bonus tracks, an Italian version of "Something" and the withdrawn B-side "Vote for Me." Fans of the early Who will go bonkers for this one, solid Brit-pop all the way.

1. Night of Fear
2. Disturbance
3. I Can Hear the Grass Grow
4. Wave Your Flag and Stop the Train
5. Flowers in the Rain
6. (Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree
7. Fire Brigade
8. Walk Upon the Water
9. Wild Tiger Woman
10. Omnibus
11. Blackberry Way
12. Something
13. Curly
14. This Time Tomorrow
15. Brontosaurus
16. Lightning Never Strikes Twice
17. When Alice Comes Back to the Farm
18. What?
19. Something [Italian Version]
20. Vote for Me [Withdrawn Single B-Side]

Not so well known as The Beatles, The Stones, Small Faces, Pretty Things, Led Zep or even Black Sabbath, The Move was a great British rock band at the late sixties. OMNIBUS is a good example of their musical force. Not only rock and roll, not only rhythm and blues, not quite hard rock, The Move is the natural link between the flower power age and the hard and heavy decade of the seveties. As other good bands which didn't really reach the "Hall Of Fame" (I can mention Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, even the Moody Blues) The Move hepled a lot the developpment of rock music whithout getting the proper recognicion. OMNIBUS proves all the above. This album suffer from a miss of coherent vision, but some tracks are really nice: I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Lemon Tree, Fire Brigade, Wild Tiger Woman. Being a collection of A's and B's singles (as it was fasionable to edit in the sixties) Omnibus is a good example of what The Move's music was at that time. However, if you wanna buy it, better check out with other titles, as some collection may include many of those tracks. If you really are a Move fan or you love very much the sound of the sixties (as is my case) you should get this album. If you enjoy the Electric Light Orchestra, is good to know how everything has started.

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