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CARL WAYNE -
SONGS FROM THE WOOD AND
BEYOND: 1973-2003

CASTLE CMRCD 1255 RELEASED 30 JANUARY 2006
INTRO

“Since Carl’s untimely demise, it has placed even more importance upon the release of this material as a legacy of his enthusiastic vocal work. Carl Wayne was a larger than life character, and he will be sadly missed.” Roy Wood

“What we have here is, I suppose, an odd collection of songs the bulk of which were written by Roy, the rest by other great writers, and in the main, recorded many years ago.” Carl Wayne



This collection of rare and unreleased tracks has been unearthed from the vaults of the former men from The Move. An exploration of just one area of Carl Wayne’s diverse musical career, it also doubles as a celebration of over thirty years of Wood/Wayne collaborations.

Containing eight previously unreleased collaborative tracks from Carl Wayne and Roy Wood, the material on the album has been newly remastered by Wood. The CD includes forewords by both musicians, in-depth sleeve notes by Helen Macdonald (www.carlwayne.co.uk) plus rare and previously unpublished photos from Carl’s own personal archive.


One of the most distinctive and versatile voices in music, Carl Wayne was the lead singer and front-man of influential and legendary Birmingham group, The Move, which he founded in 1965 with Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton and Ace Kefford. A true musical pioneer, Carl sung on ‘Flowers In The Rain’, the very first record played on BBC Radio 1 in 1967 and achieved major success with a series of Top 10 hits that included ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’, ‘Blackberry Way’, ‘Curly’, ‘Fire Brigade’ and ‘Night Of Fear’.



Carl’s departure from The Move in 1970 was not the end of his musical relationship with Roy Wood and their professional association continued over various projects throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, whenever their busy schedules allowed. Carl also worked extensively in theatre, television and film and was regarded for many years as one of the top vocalists in advertising and also appeared in the hit West End musical Blood Brothers.


In 2000 Carl joined The Hollies and in March 2003 he appeared on the 30th Anniversary edition of the Electric Light Orchestra’s groundbreaking second album ELO2. Also included on 'Songs From The Wood & Beyond' are two excellent performances of Jeff Lynne ELO songs ‘Steppin’ Out’ and ‘Midnight Blue’, the latter featuring an incredible vocal arrangement by Wood.



Sadly, Carl passed away in 2004 whilst working on this release, leaving suggestions for Roy on the re-mastering of the tracks.

Further information can be found at www.carlwayne.co.uk


 

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