Tony Besgrove remembers The Move – with fondness; Don’t Make My Baby Blue

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Pop fans of a certain age (this includes me) may well remember The Move with fondness. They hailed from the Birmingham area, and in 1967 they were the first band to have a chart single played on the then 'new' radio station, BBC Radio 1. However they did have a harder, rockier edge to them; Onstage, Carl Wayne, the vocalist, would take an axe to TV sets; other stunts courted controversy, keeping them in the public eye. Musically they 'progressed',  releasing an EP entitled 'Something Else from The Move', recorded live at The Marquee Club on London that signalled a shift in direction away from pure pop hits. Roy Wood had discovered a wah-wah pedal - and wasn't afraid to use it! After a number of personnel changes, they released the album 'Shazam' in 1970. This originally comprised six tracks; later reissues added the Live Marquee Club recordings.

The YouTube track I have chosen is 'Don't Make My Baby Blue'. Alternative versions of this song are from both Frankie Laine and The Shadows - and both deserve a listen. The Move give this song a MUCH heavier treatment. Carl Wayne was, in my view, a terrific vocalist; Roy Wood deserved greater recognition for his guitar playing than he was ever afforded; Bev Bevan pounded the skins for all he was worth, and Rick Price laid down rock solid bass. Carl Wayne was replaced by Jeff Lynne, and in late 1970 another superb album 'Looking On' was released. (Carl Wayne sadly died in 2004)

But just for the moment, I invite you to listen to a song originally written as a fluffy ballad, but slowed down and reworked with sledgehammer guitars and a huge drum sound by The Move.

Subtle it is not!

I think it is epic!

 http://youtu.be/OUmYyS6atWo

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