Sunday, May 8, 2011


The MOVE, from Birmingham, England, were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s. They scored nine Top 20 UK singles in five years, but were among the most popular British bands not to find any success in the United States.

Although bassist-vocalist Chris "Ace" Kefford was the original leader, for most of their career The Move was led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood. He composed all the group's UK singles and, from 1968, also sang lead vocals on many songs, although Carl Wayne was the main lead singer up to 1970. Initially the band had 4 main vocalists (Wayne, Wood, Trevor Burton and Kefford).

The group evolved from several mid 1960s Birmingham based groups, including Carl Wayne and the Vikings, the Nightriders and the Mayfair Set. The group's name referred to the move various members of these bands made to form the group. Beside Wood, the original five-piece line-up of The Move in 1965 was drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Kefford, vocalist Carl Wayne and guitarist Trevor Burton. The final line-up of 1972 was the trio of Wood, Bevan and Jeff Lynne, who transitioned the group into the Electric Light Orchestra. Since 2007, Burton and Bevan have been performing as 'The Move featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton'.

This comp presented here is a combination of three different Move live sources.....

1. So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star
2. Stephanie Knows Who
3. Something Else
4. It'll Be Me
5. Piece Of My Heart
6. Too Much Love
7. (Your Love Keeps Lifing Me) Higher And Higher
8. Sunshine Help Me

From the "Live At The Marquee EP - Something Else"

9. Open My Eyes
10. Hello Susie
11. Falling Forever
12. Lightning Never Strikes Twice
13. Abraham, Martin,& John
14. Sounds Of Silence
15. William Chalker's Time Machine

From "Live At The BBC"

16. Open My Eyes
17. Hello Susie
18. Under The Ice-Open My Eyes Reprise
19. Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited

From " Live At The Fillmore West"


Anonymous said...

Thank you! These guys were great back then, but never made much noise here mainly because they rarely performed here. They did get some decent "underground radio" exposure. Never cared much for ELO, except for a few tunes on their 1st LP. The Move also used to do a nice version of Moby Grape's "Hey Grandma"!

Ronnie D said...

Good to see you back! Keep groovin!

Psych Lion

Anonymous said...

thanks!! a favorite group of mine. glad you're back.


Cy at Pck said...

Hi Bill
Thanks for The Move and for featuring music from our side of the pond.
I am sure "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" was the first song played on Radio One over here....after the demise of the Pirate Stations...The Move's production was always first rate and so it will be good to hear how their live sound compares to their recorded sound....
all the best in all you do..
God Bless
Cy at Pck

Varnsen said...

Time for a repost? I'd really appreciate it.

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