The Move The Best of The Move
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- Released: October 15, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Repertoire
- 1.Night Of Fear
- 2.I Can Hear The Grass Grow
- 3.Flowers In The Rain
- 4.Fire Brigade
- 5.Wild Tiger Woman
- 6.Blackberry Way
- 9.When Alice Comes Back To The Farm
- 10.Turkish Tram Conductor Blues
- 11.Ella James
- 14.Do Ya
- 15.California Man
- 16.Down On The Bay
- 18.Wave The Flag And Stop The Train
- 19.Lemon Tree
- 20.Walk Upon The Water
- 22.Lightning Never Strikes Twice
- 23.Killroy Was Here
- 24.Something (Italian Version)
This anthology from The Move features 24 tracks spanning the years 1966-72, including "Night of Fear," "I Can Hear the Grass Grow," "Flowers in the Rain," and "Wild Tiger Woman."
Liner Note Author: Chris Welch .
One has the marvel at the recent activity surrounding the Move -- from a ten-year period in which the legendary band was scarcely represented on vinyl, we're now at a point where practically every note they ever recorded for release is in print on CD, and there's even a collection of BBC performances as well as a few bootlegs circulating. This 24-song collection concentrates on their single A- and B-sides for Regal Zonophone, Deram, Harvest, Fly, and Ariola. The first 15 songs, from "Night of Fear" to "California Man," are arranged in A-side release order, and tracks 17-23 are devoted to the most relevant of their B-sides. This probably isn't the wisest way to have programmed the disc, since it means sliding through a multitude of styles and sounds across a five-year period twice, with a previously unissued Italian version of "Something" tagged on as the 24th song. Additionally, whether or not this is actually "the best of the Move" is a matter of contention -- one could make a case for a compilation of that name that would draw on a few of their album tracks as well. It also has competition from Omnibus, a double-CD set containing all of their single A- and B-sides, albeit at a heftier price. On the whole, however, this disc is a good compromise, assuming one doesn't mind the separation of the single sides -- the sound is very bright and almost startling in its clarity, to the point that even the mix on "Brontosaurus" is crisp, and acoustic guitar-based numbers like "Tonight" are glorious. ~ Bruce Eder
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