MOVE - THE LOST BROADCASTS
. Gonzo Multimedia.
Move are forever damned to be remembered as ‘the first band
played on radio 1’ with their pop-hippy hit Flowers
in the Rain. Either that, or as the group that would
later fragment into ELO and spawn pop eccentric Roy Wood. But
there was always more to the band than that, as this collection
of German TV recordings show.
The Move started out as a pop-art Mod band and ended up as a proto-metal
blues act, like so many other acts in the latter half of the 1960s,
and both sides are on display here. There’s the black and
white, lip-synced footage of Blackberry Way
(their only UK no. 1), Curly and Fire
Brigade, where it was all still jangly guitars,
Beatles-inspired whimsy and carefully sculptured hair (except
for Wood, who was already getting bushy – though his trademark
beard is yet to make an appearance) –a collection of catchy
though inconsequential pop songs by a pop band, eager to look
bright-eyed and family friendly on these promo appearances.
Then, there are the later Beat Club live recordings where everyone
is a lot hairier, Jeff Lynn has joined the band and they are going
for funky blues workouts. Still short and sharp – the longest
track here is under five and a half minutes – but certainly
a lot more rocking and unconcerned with the tween audience. On
the basis of these tracks, the band could’ve had a level
of 1970s success – though it’s doubtful they would’ve
matched the global reach of ELO.
The clips are typically Beat Club of the time – shot against
blue screen (and in some cases here, presented that way) to allow
the insertion of psychedelic visuals. We get a couple of duplicate
tracks – a broadcast and non-broadcast version of Down
in the Bay and an aborted rendition of Ella
James. There are eleven tracks in all, making this
rather more attractive to the casual fan than the previous Lost
Broadcasts release we reviewed featuring Captain
Beefheart. Fans of late Sixties / early Seventies blues rock
might find this to their taste more than Sixties pop fans, but
there is enough here all round to suggest The Move’s back
catalogue is worthy of further investigation.
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