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THE MOVE – LOOKING ON – December 1970
As the ’70s began, even though there were plenty of bands and music to satisfy any Rock ‘n’ Roller’s desires, my yearning for the search for music on the fringes of what was readily available was there in the form of imports.
Back then, imports were considered treasures that came in two forms; one, the virgin vinyl version of LPs we may of already had or that were available domestically, and two, the “unknown”.
Imports, primarily English imports, often had track variations from their U.S. released counterparts which made for extra fun and esoteric value, but the “unknown” imports were a whole “nutha thing”.
Tower Records up in the Sunset Strip had the best selection of imports at the time and I remember making the trek to comb the bins searching for something new and different. I would pick out an import LP, loosely wrapped, not tightly shrink-wrapped like U.S. releases, and read about the band members and the instruments they played, the names of the tracks and the artwork on the cover. Sometimes the information was limited and sometimes like with the 1972 Faust “So Far” LP, I would just hold the LP in my hands and summon up the vibe of the sounds inside, if I got a good vibe I’d purchase it. This Faust release had no info at all, it was all black, a mysterious marketing plan that worked on me and the music delivered – as it was equally as mysterious and cool – check this Too Far Out track “Mamie Is Blue” – instantly awesome.
I was familiar with the Move’s “Shazam” LP so when I held the new “Looking On” import in my hands, not yet released in the U.S., I flipped it over to see tracks entitled, ” Open Up Said The World At The Door”, “Brontosaurus” and “Feel Too Good” – that was enough for me, I knew I was in for a good time!
Back home on my state-of-the-art sound system I set down my Shure V-15 cartridge and needle on pure virgin vinyl silence, cranked it up to 11 and stood back for the shock wave of the Move!
I played side two first and it quickly became a special favorite monster of mine, and I do mean Monster! I don’t know of any other LP in my collection that has the Heavy Metal Thunder and Righteous Fun Cacophony that these three songs do!
This LP was the first collaboration of Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood and the true beginnings of the Electric Light Orchestra. Wood would eventually split and go Glam with his group Wizzard and Lynne (and Bev Bevan) would continue to perfect the Rock “orchestra” genre with ELO – but with “Looking On’ we got an insight into the emergence of two great innovators and musicians with visions that would make Rock History!
So, prepare yourself for some truly unique Rock that will get your blood surgin’, your body movin’, your fist pumpin’ and your head noddin’!
Roy Wood – vocals, oboe, sitar, slide guitar, cello, guitar, bass & saxes
Jeff Lynne – vocals, piano, guitar, percussion, drums (‘Feel Too Good’)
Bev Bevan – drums and percussion
Rick Price – bass
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