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|Studio album by Roy Wood|
|Recorded||1969-71 at Phonogram Studios and Abbey Road Studios, London|
|Genre||Art rock, glam rock, baroque pop, cello rock, symphonic rock|
US United Artists
|Roy Wood chronology|
Boulders is the first solo album by Roy Wood. Apart from harmonium on track one played by John Kurlander, all the instruments (including guitars, cello, saxophones, recorders) and voices were by Wood, who also wrote, arranged, and produced the whole album, and did a self-portrait for the front cover. Issued on Harvest, it peaked at No. 15 in the UK Albums Chart. The album also peaked at 176 on the US Billboard 200.
Most of the album was recorded while Wood was still in The Move, although it was not released until he had left the Electric Light Orchestra and was fronting Wizzard. Two singles were taken from the album, "When Gran'ma Plays the Banjo" (February 1972), and "Dear Elaine" (August 1973). The latter reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart.
"Rock Down Low" and "The Locomotive" were sometimes featured by Wizzard in their live performances.
Wood had previously attempted recording "She's Too Good for Me" in 1968 with Move bandmate Trevor Burton, before re-recording the song entirely himself for "Boulders". These early attempts were released on The Move Movements boxed set and on Anthology 1966–1972.
Boulders was reissued on CD by EMI/Harvest in August 2007, with an additional 'rough mix' of 'Dear Elaine".
All songs written by Roy Wood.
- Side 1
- "Songs of Praise" – 4:40
- "Wake Up" – 3:19
- "Rock Down Low" – 3:25
- "Nancy Sing Me a Song" – 3:28
- "Dear Elaine" – 4:09
- Side 2
- "Medley: "All the Way Over the Hill"/"Irish Loafer (And His Hen)" – 4:49
- "Miss Clarke and the Computer" – 4:20
- "When Gran'ma Plays the Banjo" – 3:12
- "Rock Medley: "Rockin’ Shoes"/"She's Too Good for Me"/"Locomotive" – 7:31
"Dear Elaine"(Rough Mix) – 4:12 [Bonus track on the 2007 reissue]
- Roy Wood - lead, harmony and backing vocals, electric guitar and acoustic guitars, bass, steel guitar, piano, drums, percussion, mandolin, cittern, bouzouki, banjo, cello, double bass, brass, saxophones, bassoon, recorders, harmonica, water bowl, sound effects, production, cover art
- John Kurlander - harmonium (track 1)
- "Boulders - Roy Wood : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 610. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Thomas, Stephen (1974-06-01). "Boulders - Roy Wood : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-26.