E.L.O. / The Move etc.
4-23-09 Electric Light Orchestra, The Move etc.
I last wrote about E.L.O. in 2005. I recently got a 2CD “Best Of”, and decided to do it again, but to expand things a bit. I am not the biggest Move / E.L.O. / Wizzard fan. My favorite thing in the entire body of work is “Looking On” by The Move.
LP BALANCE OF POWER CBS ASSOC. FZ 40048
1986 10 TRKS
LP DISCOVERY CBS/JET UK JETLX 500
1979 9 TRKS insert
LP ELDORADO U.A. US US-LA-339G
1974 10 TRKS
LP ELO II EPIC/JET US PZ 35533
1973 5 TRKS re-issue, 2nd album
LP FACE THE MUSIC U.A. US US-LA-546G
1975 8 TRKS
7" I'M ALIVE / DRUM DREAMS MCA US MCA-41246
1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP NEW WORLD RECORD, A U.A. DE UAS 30017 XOT
1976 9 TRKS
LP NIGHT THE LIGHT WENT ON IN LONG BEACH WARNER DE WB 56058
1974 7 TRKS Live
CD NO ANSWER CBS/SONY JPN CSCS 6026
1971 9 TRKS
LP NO ANSWER U.A. US UAS 5573
1972 9 TRKS 1st album
LP OLE ELO U.A. US SP-123
1976 9 TRKS yellow vinyl promo
LP ON THE THIRD DAY U.A. US US-LA-188F
1973 9 TRKS 3rd album
LPx2 OUT OF THE BLUE U.A./JET US JT-LA-823-L2
1977 17 TRKS
LP SECRET MESSAGES EPIC/JET US QZ 38490
1983 10 TRKS
7" SHINE A LITTLE LOVE / JUNGLE JET US ZS8 5057
1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
CDx2 STRANGE MAGIC: BEST OF EPIC US Z2K 64157
1995 29 TRK Collection
7" SWEET TALKIN' WOMAN / FIRE ON HIGH U.A./JET US JT-XW-1145
1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, PURPLE VINYL
7" TELEPHONE LINE / POOR BOY (THE GREENWOOD) U.A. US UA-XW1000
1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, green vinyl
LP TIME EPIC/JET US FZ 37371
1981 13 TRKS
7" TURN TO STONE / MISTER KINGDOM U.A./JET UK UP 36313
1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
7" FLOWERS IN THE RAIN A&M US AM-884
1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP FLYBACK (Collection) FLY UK TON 3
1970? 12 TRK Collection
CD LOOKING ON REPERTOIRE DE REP 4281-WY
1970 12 TRKS 5 x bonus tracks
LP LOOKING ON FLY UK FLY 1
1970 7 TRKS UK original issue
CD MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY re HARVEST US 30342.2
2005 18 TRKS ('05 issue) (8 x bonus tracks)
CD MOVE, THE CUBE EU CUCD 15TM
1968 13 TRKS
LP MOVE, THE REGAL ZO UK SLRZ 1002
1968 13 TRKS stereo
CD SHAZAM REPERTOIRE DE REP 4296-WY
1970 11 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks) ('93 issue)
LP SHAZAM A&M US SP-4259
1968? 6 TRKS stereo
LP SPLIT ENDS U.A. US UAS 5666
1972 12 TRK Collection
LPx2 ROY WOOD STORY, THE HARVEST UK SHDW 408 1976 25 TRK Collection; The Move, E.L.O., Wizzard etc. – basically suffices as my Roy Wood / Wizzard collection!
LP EDDY AND THE FALCONS WARNER UK K 56029 1974 9 TRKS poster
OK, for Roy Wood, I admit I just have whatever has crossed my path for a good price. I do not necessarily recognize Wizzard’s involvement with the British Glam Rock movement of the mid-70’s.
As a young man hanging out in record stores, people were always talking about The Move. There was a free music ‘magazine’ called “The Phonograph Record Magazine” – and they too were always touting The Move. So, I made it my youthful business to duly seek out and hear The Move. Good thing that the first record I found was the new “Looking On” LP on Fly Records! I could find their “Shazam” LP in the $1 bin, and I eventually drifted into a UK original of their debut LP, with it’s beautiful psychedelic cover.
I watched with baited breath as The Move trans-morphed into The Electric Light Orchestra. I lapped up their debut album, loving “10538 Overture” et al. But 1972 was a hell of a time in rock music – lots of cool stuff was available then, and very quickly, bands like Genesis and Gentle Giant were catching my attention; I never ‘made it’ to “E.L.O. II” – it seemed almost ‘mainstream’ by comparison. And let’s not forget my nascent interest in “Krautrock”!
So, in the mid-70’s, I wasn’t really building on my love of British psychedelic music – I was basking in the warmth of Family, John Entwistle, Traffic, Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – the music of the day.
When I got to my first hippie record store job in ’76, E.L.O. were going great guns. You couldn’t not hear them. I heard all the singles, and most of the LP’s at the time. I remember the in-store displays. And the silly TV commercials. Ah, it was just pop music. I wanted Italian horror film soundtracks!
2009 is here, and no 70’s UK pop compilation would be complete without at least one E.L.O. cut – hence my need for a 2CD “Best Of”. “Balance Of Power”, anyone?