The Move
The Move - why they weren't a household name in the States is baffling to this day.

The Move – Live In Stockholm – 1967 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Move

The Move – why they weren’t a household name in the States is baffling to this day.

The Move – Live at Radiohusset, Stockholm – 1967 – Sveriges Radio – Sweden – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

The Move to end one week and to get ready for another. Recorded in concert for Swedish Radio in 1967 (and unfortunately missing the first 45 seconds of the opening number).

The Move were unquestionably one of the truly great bands to come out of the UK, coming at the tip end of what was known as The British Invasion of 1963-1965. But of all the bands that took a whack at the U.S. audience, The Move were one of the very few not to score any substantial success with American record buyers. And that made absolutely no sense at all. True, they were initially released on Deram in the UK and subsequently London in the U.S. (which, aside from The Rolling Stones weren’t all that plugged into the American record buying public – i.e. Teenagers) – when they landed on A&M there was interest and a goodly amount of promotion as well as a tour the U.S. in 1969, but the audience wasn’t there for them, and so the support from A&M waned. They did score rather well with the FM underground market and their single Brontosaurus has been considered a classic. And Cherry Blossom Clinic from their second album, Shazam also landed in heavy-rotation territory.

However, suffice to say that The Move dissolved in the early 1970s, but (for the most part) reinvented themselves as ELO, and fortunes definitely turned a corner. But that’s another story and another band that bore not much resemblance to the hard-rocking, seismic conglomerate known as The Move.

This Swedish radio performance gives some idea of what they sounded like in a live context – and as you can tell by the sound, the engineers were doing everything they could to keep everything from melting down – they were a rather loud band, and they made no bones about it. But you get the idea they were a great live band and this somewhat abbreviated snippet gives ample proof of that.

Much as I tried to smooth out the piercing bits, the low-end is the culprit here and you just have to pretend you’re sitting in the Radio Studio in Stockholm, holding your ears and letting your body fly out of control.

It’s the least you can do.

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4 Responses

  1. Peter Norcott says:

    My favourite 60’s band.Roy Wood is a genius.I wonder why they played so many covers live?They easily had enough great songs of their own.

  2. Steve Kostelecky says:

    I, too, love the Move. I live in Zuni, NM and met and played drums in a band with Dave Walker, who knew the Move from the Birmingham scene. He was in a band called the Red Caps and they were signed before the Move when talent scouts signed everyone from The North. Later, he sang for Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac, and, briefly, Black Sabbath. Anyway, I worked on a biography of Dave and asked him about this. He said all the bands played covers and they developed good ears for good songs and learned songwriting playing covers–it was the way to make a living. It was not until later that bands began to look down on playing covers–at this time it was accepted and respectable. You’ll notice the Beatles always played covers live and, in the beginning, on their albums until they became so prolific as songwriters. John Lennon never lost his love of the “oldies” and was more likely to play one of them than his own songs.

    • Steve Kostelecky says:

      I should have mentioned that Dave lived in Gallup, NM, north of Zuni when I got to know him.