our best LP to date. It's basically rock 'n' roll but with
occasional jazz and classical influences." Roy
commentary (expanded version)
1-7: 'LOOKING ON '
(7:45) Vocal: Roy Wood
02 Turkish Tram Conductor Blues
(4:46) Vocal: Roy Wood
03 What ? (6:40)
Vocal: Jeff Lynne; vocal backing: Jeff Lynne & Roy Wood
04 When Alice Comes Back To The Farm
(3:41) Vocal: Roy Wood
05 Open Up Said The World At The Door
(7:10) Vocals: Jeff Lynne
& Roy Wood
06 Brontosaurus (4:25)
Vocal: Roy Wood
07 Feel Too Good
(9:33) Vocal: Roy Wood; vocal backing P.P.
Arnold, Doris Troy & Jeff Lynne
Records' debut LP (FLY 1), released on 11 December 1970, arrived
three months after The Move had left the company to sign
to EMI's Harvest label. With Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne
heavily involved in their new Electric Light Orchestra project,
Roy himself working on debut solo album 'Boulders',
Bev Bevan launching his 'Heavyhead' record stores
in Birmingham and Rick Price recording an album with Mike
Sheridan, promotion for 'Looking On'
was virtually non-existent by both Fly and band. As a result,
neither LP nor single 'When Alice Comes
Back To The Farm' (released 9 October 1970) troubled the
But at least Fly put the records out. A&M, who licensed
The Move's recordings for America, had not released their debut
LP or supported the band's sole US tour in 1969 and then missed
an opportunity to promote The Move to a wider audience on the
back of 'Shazam's overwhelming critical acclaim. With the group
and their various projects set for release on EMI-Harvest Records
throughout the world during 1971, Capitol-EMI's offer to
buy the American rights to 'Looking On' was quickly accepted by
A&M Records. The LP was finally released in the USA on the
Capitol Records label during June 1971.
two original master tapes survive (found in Capitol-EMI's
tape vault in New York) and it is from these that the definitive
edition of 'Looking On' has been digitally remastered.
Tracks 8-14: B-SIDE & PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SESSION OUTTAKES
Never Strikes Twice: The B-side of 'Brontosaurus'
(March 1970, UK No 7) was recorded by Roy Wood, Rick Price and
Bev Bevan shortly before Jeff Lynne joined the group. This overlooked
gem affords a second consecutive flipside vocal outing for bassist
Price, who penned the song with Brummie legend Mike Sheridan (credited
here under his real surname). Producer Roy Wood's increasing eclecticism
is clearly apparent towards the end of the track, when the song's
confident stride gives way to a one-minute sitar-and-tabla outro
that evokes the band's earlier "Flower Power" days.
Remastered from the only surviving copy of the master tape, found
in Universal's A&M archive in America.
On Part 1 (take
3; rough mix): The third piece of music put to tape in
the immediate post-Shazam days, this opening half part of the
set's epic title track finds The Move exploring further the hard,
more angular rock riffery that characterised parts of the previous
album. Recorded in May 1970, this rough mix of the third take
has subtle differences to the finished version, and is topped
and tailed with studio chatter.
On Part 2 (take 12;
rough mix): This delicious, instrumental half of the title
track throws in electric sitar, horns and some of Roy Wood's most
exquisite lead lines over a jazz rhythm. This is a rough mix of
take 12 from May, which was eventually completed in a second session
in September 1970.
Tram Conductor Blues
(take 5; rough mix): This, said Bev Bevan back in 1970,
was a "rock'n'roll Eddie Cochran
type thing . . . the sort of thing The Wild Angels might like
to play". An unashamed slice of revivalism, albeit
performed through a more fashionable hard rock prism, the version
here - the fifth take mixed from the original session multitrack
tapes - captures perfectly the track's joyous abandon and reveals
some humorous studio talkback between Lynne and Wood. Bev was
originally credited as the writer to compensate him for the promotional
duties he undertook on behalf of the group but we can now reveal
that Roy Wood was the song's true author.
Up Said The World At The Door
(take 4; rough mix): A vocal harmony plus piano demo of
the first of two Jeff Lynne contributions to the album, this take
4 version of the song's intro clearly points the way forward to
ELO and the sound of the smoother, more vocally sophisticated
Too Good (take 11 extract;
Markedly different vocals make this extract worth a blast. Anyone
who doubted P.P. Arnold and Doris Troy's presence
on the track will be left in no doubt by the end of this.
Duke Of Edinburgh's Lettuce (take 2; rough
More vocal high-jinx round the piano here, thanks to take 2 of
the album's uncredited Roy Wood / Jeff Lynne Doo-Wop pastiche.
Oboe, sitar, slide guitar, 'cello, guitar, bass & all
Piano, guitar, percussion & drums (on 'Feel Too Good').
Drums & percussion.
by Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne
except 'Brontosaurus' & 'Lightnin' Strikes Twice' produced
by Roy Wood
percussive implements: (The famous) Upsy
Refreshments: Phil Copestake
on 'Brontosaurus' by Matthew Fisher
at Philips Studios over various sessions during May and September
except 'Brontosaurus' recorded at Advision Studios, February 1970
'Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice' recorded at Philips Studios, January
Studio Engineer: Roger Wake
Assistant engineers: Ralph Copeman / Geoff Goldberg / Keith Whiting
CREDITS (from top):
RECORDS LAUNCH, Sparkhill, Birmingham,
February 1971 - l-r: Rick Price, Ozzy Osbourne, Raymond
Froggatt, Jeff Lynne, Bev Bevan, Tony Iommi, and John Bonham.
Photo © Alan Johnson and courtesy The Move archive
MOVE IN PHILIPS STUDIOS,
Photo courtesy and © The Move archive