No group sums up both the gaudy thrills and the creative tensions inherent in late '60s pop more magnificently than The Move. They were radio-friendly rock 'n' rollers with progressive ambition; sharp suited ruffians who lost their heads to flower power and who had a revolving door policy towards bassists and lead singers that had even managers and agents confused, let alone the millions who gawped with eye-popping delight each time the band appeared on Top Of The Pops. The Move's career comprised a remarkable seven-year run of near-perfect chart classics written by the remarkable Roy Wood (who was later joined by another major song writing talent, Jeff Lynne) as well as some of the most diverse work undertaken by a successful pop act - from that or any other era. This particular collection takes in all the big hitters, from 'Night Of Fear' in 1966, which anticipated the psychedelia of the following year, via elusive B-sides, live cuts and choice album tracks to the rousing rock'n'roll revivalism of 'California Man' in 1972. The 20-page booklet features rare, recently unearthed photos and comprehensive and entertaining band history penned by MOJO scribe Mark Paytress, making this without doubt the definitive Move 'Best Of' package to date; something that is guaranteed to appeal to both the band's existing fans and those with a more general interest in the most exciting and innovative groups of the era.
01 Flowers in the rain 02 Blackberry way 03 I can hear the gras grow 04 Night of fear 05 California man 06 Fire brigade 07 Omnibus 08 Beautiful daughter 09 When alice comes back to the farm 10 Curly 11 Tonight 12 Don't throw stones at me
13 (here we go round) the lemon tree 14 It'll be me (live at the marquee) 15 Do ya 16 Cherry blossom clinic 17 Disturbance 18 Hello susie (abridged) 19 Wild tiger woman 20 Piece of my heart (live at the marquee) 21 Wave the flag and stop the train 22 Chinatown 23 Useless information 24 Brontosaurus 25 Move