Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Review: Live At The Fillmore 1969 (The Move)

#308: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You could call it good timing that "The Move: Live At The Fillmore 1969" (#RIGHT116) as just released by RightRecordings.com duly arrived in the post today ... on Valentines Day! This 2CD/14 track collection of the long lost recordings by The Move restored, remastered and released in memory of Carl Wayne under the auspices of Sue Wayne, gives the listener a real glimpse of what raw power The Move (before their Jeff Lynne phase) were as a live act as we are here "Looking On" from Yours Truly 2012.

As well as a ten minute audio recollection by Bev Bevan of that first - and last - US tour by The Move, there are surprisingly varied song writing credits included within this release. You will find the class Roy Wood compositions "Hello Susie""I Can Hear the Grass Grow" and two performances of "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" (each over 7 minutes long!) here as well as covers of songs by Todd Rundgren (specifically the 'Nazz' era), Tom Paxton, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil amongst others (the latter duo would share the "Joyride" OST in 1977 with ELO).

CD1 trax"Open My Eyes" ~ "Don't Make My Baby Blue" ~ "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" ~ "The Last Thing On My Mind" ~ "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" ~ CD2 trax: "Fields Of People" ~ "Goin' Back" ~ "Hello Susie" ~ "Under The Ice" ~ "Introduction" ~ "Don't Make My Baby Blue" ~ "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" ~ "The Last Thing On My Mind" ~ "The Move's 1969 USA tour recalled by Bev Bevan"

The whole album oozes the rich vocal texture of Carl Wayne, the sublime guitar work and multi-instrumental talent of Roy Wood, the power drumming of Bev Bevan and driving bass of Rick Price. The twelve CD booklet is attractive, informative and well researched. My personal highlights have to be "Hello Susie", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and both cuts of "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited".  The whole album is truly an experience. It really is difficult to write more about this impressive glimpse into pre-ELO history without heartily recommending that you buy it and listen to it your good selves!

You can still order this excellent release directly from rightrecordings.com &/or you can place pre-orders against the official release date of Monday 5th March from amazon.co.uk thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Live At The Fillmore 1969" by The Move to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 14-Feb-2012

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