Looking On (180G)
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- Product Dimensions : 30.48 x 32 x 2.54 cm; 226.8 Grams
- Manufacturer : MUSIC ON VINYL
- Manufacturer reference : MOVLP1625
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Label : MUSIC ON VINYL
- ASIN : B01HO47MNC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 25,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Limited vinyl LP pressing. Looking On is the third album by The Move, released in December 1970 and is their first LP to feature Jeff Lynne. With Wood's use of cello and woodwinds and Lynne's piano in addition to their usual guitars and vocals, anticipating the work they would later pursue in The Electric Light Orchestra, whose debut album they were starting to record at around the same time. The Move was effectively a dead band walking when Lynne joined in February 1970 after fronting (and producing) The Idle Race. Wood had wanted to launch a new group with Lynne that would feature rock and strings, to pick up, in theory, where the Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus' had left off.
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The Roy Wood title track "Looking On" is a very heavy and strong rock track, which nevertheless burns into your head after you listen to it for the first time. The slow Rock 'n' Roll number "Turkish Tram Concutor Blues" by Roy is a very good bridge to the first Jeff Lynne composition on the album called "What?". It's a an experimental one with many effects at the vocals but also on the instruments. It's not a real ballad, but a characterful slow track by the genius Jeff. Then follows the 2nd Single from The album called "When Alice Comes Back To The Farm". A Woody track which is pure Rock 'n' Roll ... very strange the short breaks by a cello - but great! Unfortunately the single didn't reach the charts and failed. Here ends the first side of the vinyl edition.
The second side starts with the second Lynne composition called "Open Up Said The World At The Door". Wow ... what a great tune! So much of different styles on it. Sometimes dark, sometimes funny. Classical elements going to psychodelic ones, changes in tempo, a drum solo of its best and nice and clear vocals most as a choir. After that the big Hitsingle "Brontosaurus" by Roy brings you back to real Rock 'n' Roll. Wonderful track, which is still one of my 5 favourites track ever! The album finished with the longest track. A Roy Wood Composition called "Feel Too Good". Jeff plays drums on that song - dunno why, but it rocks! Feel too good has a lot of folk style in it, maybe a little gospel, maybe a little ... don't know what. Listen to it :-) ... After the last track there is another little one called "The Duke Of Edinburgh's Lettuce" ... This is fun pure ... I love such surprises at the end of a record.
In that time there was another song. Not written by Roy or Jeff, but from the great guy and Move bass player Rick Price, who later founding Wizzard together with Roy. Rick wrote the b-side for the Single Brontosaurus. And the song had the title "Lightning Never Strikes Twice". A very very strong one! Unfortunately not on the album. Rick wrote that song together with Mike Sheridan.
That's it. From me 5 Stars for this wonderful album. A must have for every real rock and rock'n'roll fan!