The Move started out as a pop-art Mod band and ended up as a proto-metal blues act, like so many other acts in the latter half of the 1960s, and both sides are on display here. There’s the black and white, lip-synced footage of Blackberry Way (their only UK no. 1), Curly and Fire Brigade, where it was all still jangly guitars, Beatles-inspired whimsy and carefully sculptured hair (except for Wood, who was already getting bushy – though his trademark beard is yet to make an appearance) –a collection of catchy though inconsequential pop songs by a pop band, eager to look bright-eyed and family friendly on these promo appearances.
Then, there are the later Beat Club live recordings where everyone is a lot hairier, Jeff Lynn has joined the band and they are going for funky blues workouts. Still short and sharp – the longest track here is under five and a half minutes – but certainly a lot more rocking and unconcerned with the tween audience. On the basis of these tracks, the band could’ve had a level of 1970s success – though it’s doubtful they would’ve matched the global reach of ELO.
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