This is exciting rock archaeology: two CDs of the best British band most Yanks never heard in the Sixties, caught at a heavy-psychedelia peak on its only U.S. tour. The Move were almost too cool for America, a U.K.-hit-single machine of mod-squad assault, acid-pop eccentricity and, in singer Carl Wayne, white-soul force. These October ’69 shows combine guitarist-composer Roy Wood’s ingenious takes on madness – “I Can Hear the Grass Grow,” “Cherry Blossom Clinic (Revisited)” – with explosive Nazz, Byrds and Tom Paxton covers that will make you wish you’d been there and glad that tape was running.
Listen to “Cherry Blossom Clinic (Revisited)”:
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