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Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Move evolved from several mid 1960s Birmingham based groups, including Carl Wayne & The Vikings, The Nightriders & The Mayfair Set. The group’s name seems to refer to the move various members of these bands made to form the group. Beside Roy Wood, the original members of the Move were drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Chris “Ace” Kefford, vocalist Carl Wayne & guitarist Trevor Burton.

Their first single, ‘Night of Fear’ was released in 1966 and was the first in a line of memorable hits penned chiefly by Roy Wood.

‘I Can Hear the Grass Grow’, ‘Blackberry Way’ & Flowers In The Rain (the latter being the first record played on BBC Radio 1), are The Move’s better known work not forgetting 1971’s ‘Tonight’. The group became more experimental and innovative as time went on especially on the albums ‘Shazam’ and ‘Message from the Country’.

Several changes left the final line-up in 1971 as Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, evolving into the first incarnation of The Electric Light Orchestra which Wood left soon after to form Wizzard.


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  • JohnnyMath

    I like The Move more than The Beatles

    4 Apr 2:36am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    есть пара неплохих песен, но в целом слушать их совершенно необязательно

    9 Mar 10:38am Reply
  • lastelcol

    he, schlecht... die Titel, die ich mit hören kann, werden bei Anbietern zum Kauf vorgeschlagen-o.k. Aber dort sind es andere Versionen! Das ist ganz schlecht (Firebrigade-the Move z.b.)

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №34 -

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Hell_Pet

    Feel Too Good, their best song by FAR.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
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    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • orange_kiss

    Moar love for this or this.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Everyone should check out the "Looking On" album, it's actually great!

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Such an awesome band. Their non album singles should not be overlooked at all

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Wi-al

    Near with early ELO

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • roldki

    In my opinion, they are way better than ELO.

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tlukes123

    Wow, listening to Shazam, what an incredible album!

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    A warm sound of the soul which we have heard too many times, but it's still a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KommisarK

    Roy Wood > Jeff Lynne. This shit sounds like 10cc ten years before it was recorded.

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ilyaraz

    Beautiful Daughter is incredible! Love this unbelievably perfect tune!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mellocone

    my fave move song: it wasn't my idea to dance!

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • finslaw

    Shazam is the best 6 song album ever. It's so good I forget that half of it is covers.

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • keresaspa

    @Druid66 Birmingham produced some decent psych bands. Check out The Idle Race, World Of Oz and Velvett Fogg for some more good stuff if you don't already know them. In fact Tony Iommi did a brief spell in the latter one so the Sabbath connection is there too.

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • thecheapsuits

    Any band with Jeff Lynne in is going to be great.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    I don't usually associate Birmingham with psychedelic bands - that's Black Sabbath's home, if I remember correctly - so these guys were an interesting surprise. "Hear the Grass Grow" is one of those songs you know you know, even if you don't know it. (-;

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
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