Here's another archival video release from the folks at Gonzo Multimedia, this time featuring the late '60s/early '70s act The Move. Containing a wealth of German television clips of the band spanning the years 1968-1972, you get to see all musical phases of this influential group, who eventually split and morphed into the Electric Light Orchestra. Psychedelia, pop, and rock & roll were combined for a unique sound, and you can see through some of the later footage on tunes such as "Brontosaurus", "Down on the Bay", "The Words of Aaron", "Ella James", and "When Alice Comes Back to the Farm" that Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne were going to take their ideas of meshing rock, pop, psychedelia, and classical to another level in very short time. The early tunes from the '60s, "Blackberry Way", "Fire Brigade", and "Wild Tiger Woman", are more in the bubblegum pop vein and really show a band just starting to find their form, but overall this is a nice 40 minute overview of The Move doing some television appearances, giving a good cross reference of the styles they were dipping into. Video quality on the later clips is pretty decent, though the earlier black & white footage is a bit more rough, and the audio on all is quite good.
Fans of The Move will certainly want to check this out, although casual listeners might be a bit cautious as there is only 40 minutes of content here, but that is fairly normal of this series.
1) Blackberry Way, 3mins 37 secs (B+W playback) January 69
2) Brontosaurus 4mins 30secs colour, live studio) 13th April 1970
3) Curly 2mins 49 secs BW playback) August 69
4) The Words of Aaron 5mins 21sec (Colour, Live, Rare) 25/11/70
5) Ella James 1mins 18secs - Aborted 25/11/71 Colour, Live Aborted take)
6) Ella James 4mins 4 secs 25/11/71 Colour, Live
7) Down On The Bay 4mins 52secs (Colour, Live) 25/11/71
8) Down on The Bay 4mins 49secs (Colour Live, same clip with Blue key used) 25/11/71
9) Fire Brigade 2mins 23Secs BW playback) March 68
10) When Alice comes back to the Farm 4mins 08secs (Colour Live) 27/12/70
11) Wild Tiger Woman 2mins 31secs (BW playback) September 68