CD Review: Magnetic Waves of Sound – The Best Of The Move (Esoteric Recordings)

In September this year it will be the 50th anniversary of the launch of the exciting sound of Radio 1. The record that launched a new era in pop music broadcasting was The Move’s Flowers in The Rain. If the Birmingham Pop Rock outfit had never produced another single its highly likely that they would still be remembered for that historical track, but thankfully there was much more to savour and enjoy.

Magnetic Waves of Sound revisits the bands greatest hits and classic album tracks recorded between 1967 and 1971. Digitally, fans can hear with crisp clarity, the energy of hits Fire Brigade, I Can Hear the Grass Grow and the 1969 number one Blackberry Way.

The Move featured a multitude of talented performers as it changed line-ups, among them Roy Wood, Carl Wayne and later Jeff Lynne and this release demonstrates how the band’s sound metamorphosed from 1967’s psych-pop outing Night Of Fear to the ELO’s classical pop beginnings in 1971s California Man.

Accompanying the CD is a DVD with key TV appearances and promo films, a real slice of pop history catching the band at their live peak in the late 60s.

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