Tuesday, 31 January 2017

REVIEW: MAGNETIC WAVES OF SOUND [The Move]

"Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" ticks all the boxes ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! As a young pre-teen ELO fan, getting into The Move was a natural next step for Yours Truly KJS in late 1977 and, thanx to the avid interest of my elder brother Bob, that curiosity was rewarded with an intense admiration of albums such as "Shazam" and "Message From The Country". Back then, affordable compilations covering the career of The Move were few and far between save for the rather good "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" released on budget label Pickwick (SHM952), partly in "electronically created stereo".

The advent of the CD and the release of several anthologies and expanded album reissues has kept admirers of The Move content over the decades but, for me, there hasn't been a single disc compilation that ticked all the boxes in covering their career from "Night Of Fear" up to "California Man". That is until now. "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" (ECLEC22554) is a remarkable release in that the 21 tracks on the CD are twinned with another 21 audio-visual treats on the accompanying DVD including the bands full Colour Me Pop performance and a pristine promotional film for "I Can Hear The Grass Grow". The folks at Esoteric Recordings (an imprint of Cherry Red Records) have done an admirable job in not only including every single issued by The Move on the CD, but also in selecting wisely album track nuggets such as "Kilroy Was Here", "What?" and the classic "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited". An observation (but not a criticism) is that I'd have loved to see "Beautiful Daughter" included within the CD too,
The Move and ELO both feature in this weeks Midweek Top 100 Album Chart Update ...
All the hits are there and then some. The attractiveness and value of "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" has been rewarded with impressive pre-orders and, at the time of writing, an entry into the Official Album Chart Update at a healthy #54, The Move and their role in the sparking of The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is a well known fact but this superb double disc collection gives both the avid fan and the casual music buyer a wonderful journey through the hit laden career of not only one of THE best bands of their time. This collection is also an appreciation of the stellar songwriting output of the one and only Roy Wood as well as those immovable contributions of Bev Bevan, Carl Wayne, Chris 'Ace' Kefford, Trevor Burton, Rick Price and, of course, Jeff Lynne. (10/10)
There have been many compilations featuring The Move through the decades ...

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Magnetic Waves Of Sound: The Best Of The Move" to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Trevor Burton, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 31-Jan-2017

1 comment:

  1. Yup! And I seriously can't see buying this material again and again.....

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