Move (The Move album)

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Studio album by The Move
Released March 1968
Recorded Advision Studios, De Lane Lea Studios, Olympic Studios and Maximum Studios, London
Genre Freakbeat, psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop
Length 42:12
Label Regal Zonophone
Producer Denny Cordell
The Move chronology
Something Else from The Move

Move is the debut album by The Move, released on the Regal Zonophone label. The only one which was recorded by the group’s initial line-up before bassist Ace Kefford left, it includes both sides of their third and fourth singles ("Flowers in the Rain" and "Fire Brigade"). "Flowers in the Rain" was the first ever song played on Radio 1 in September 1967 by Tony Blackburn.


The album consisted of Roy Wood originals, and three cover versions that had featured prominently in their live set. "Weekend" was an Eddie Cochran song, and "Hey Grandma" had originally been recorded by US psychedelic band Moby Grape. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" was an old James F. Hanley standard, with an arrangement copied from The Coasters.

"Cherry Blossom Clinic"/"Vote for Me" single[edit]

The last track, "Cherry Blossom Clinic", was intended as a single at the end of 1967, and an acetate, with "Vote for Me" (a song which remained unreleased until 1997), was pressed. Release was cancelled, as the lyrics were about the inmate of a mental home, and in the wake of the controversy which had dogged "Flowers in the Rain", with its promotional postcard featuring an allegedly libellous drawing of Prime Minister Harold Wilson, it was felt that potential further allegations of bad taste and scandal would harm their career irreparably.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

It was The Move's only album to chart, reaching number 15.

It was later reissued on CD with additional tracks in 1998. It was then reissued in a deluxe two disc package in 2007 by Salvo.[2]

The latest re-issues arrived in April 2016 from Esoteric Records, a label of Cherry Red Records. Two versions of the album are involved, a 3CD remastered and expanded deluxe edition (Catalog ID: ECLEC32536) and a remastered and expanded edition (Catalog ID: ECLEC2537). According to Esoteric, these newly re-mastered editions focus on the mono mix of the album, and includes five bonus tracks on the single CD version, this increasing to 52 for the 3-CD set, five of these previously unreleased.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Roy Wood, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Yellow Rainbow" – 2:35
  2. "Kilroy Was Here" – 2:43
  3. "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" – 2:59
  4. "Weekend" (Bill Post, Doree Post) – 1:46
  5. "Walk Upon the Water" – 3:22
  6. "Flowers in the Rain" – 2:29
  7. "Hey Grandma" (Jerry Miller, Don Stevenson) – 3:11
Side two
  1. "Useless Information" – 2:56
  2. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (James F. Hanley) – 2:49
  3. "The Girl Outside" – 2:53
    (Stereo version features a different vocal take)
  4. "Fire Brigade" – 2.22
  5. "Mist on a Monday Morning" – 2:30
  6. "Cherry Blossom Clinic" – 2:30
    Tracks 1, 2, 7, and 11–13 were in mono - or slightly rechannelled - on the stereo issue
Bonus tracks (1998 reissue)
  1. "Night of Fear" (Wayne, lead vocal with Ace Kefford, vocal in the chorus)
  2. "The Disturbance" (Wayne, lead vocal)
  3. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" (Wayne, lead vocal)
  4. "Wave the Flag and Stop the Train" (Wayne, lead vocal)
  5. "Vote for Me" (Wayne, lead vocal)
  6. "The Disturbance" [Alternate Version][Alternate Take] (Wayne, lead vocal)
  7. "Fire Brigade" [Alternate Version][Alternate Take] (Wayne, lead vocal)
  8. "Second Class (She's Too Good for You)" [The Move backing track, unfinished and became part of Wood's "Boulders" album]
  9. "Cherry Blossom Clinic" (Wayne, lead vocal)
  10. "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree" [Stereo Version] (Wood, lead vocal)
  11. "Weekend" [Stereo Version] (Post, Post) (Wayne, lead vocal)
  12. "Flowers in the Rain" [Stereo Version] (Wayne, lead vocal)
  13. "Useless Information" [Stereo Version] (Carl Wayne, lead vocal)
  14. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Hear" [Stereo Version] (Hanley) (Bevan, lead vocal)
  15. "The Girl Outside" [Stereo Version] (Burton, lead vocal)
  16. "Walk Upon the Water" [Stereo Version] (Burton, lead vocal)
Bonus tracks (2007 reissue)
  1. "Vote for Me"
  2. "Disturbance"
  3. "Night of Fear"
  4. "Wave the Flag and Stop the Train"
  5. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
Disc 2 – New Movement (previously unreleased stereo)
  1. "Move Intro"
  2. "Move"
  3. "Cherry Blossom Clinic"
  4. "Fire Brigade"
  5. "Kilroy Was Here"
  6. "(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree"
  7. "Weekend" (Post, Post)
  8. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (Hanley)
  9. "Don't Throw Stones at Me"
  10. "Mist on a Monday Morning"
  11. "Vote for Me" (Alternate Version)
  12. "Night of Fear"
  13. "Girl Outside" (Alternate Take)
  14. "Walk Upon the Water"
  15. "Useless Information"
  16. "Flowers in the Rain"
    Tracks 1–12, and 16 were previously unreleased
Bonus tracks (2016 reissue Remastered and Expanded)
  1. "Night of Fear"
  2. "Disturbance"
  3. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
  4. "Wave the Flag and Stop the Train"
  5. "Vote for Me"
Bonus tracks (2016 reissue Remastered and Expanded Deluxe Edition (3CD))[4]
Bonus Tracks CD1
  1. "You're The One I Need"
  2. "Winter Song" (previously unreleased)
  3. "The Fugitive" (previously unreleased)
    (14-16 recorded at Ladbroke Sound Studios in January 1966)
  4. "Is It True"
  5. "Too Many Fish in the Sea" (previously unreleased)
  6. "Respectable"
  7. "Don't Hang Up" (previously unreleased)
  8. "I Can't Hear You No More"
    (17-21 Birmingham Local radio Session January 1966)
  9. "Night of Fear"
  10. "Disturbance"
  11. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
  12. "Wave the Flag and Stop the Train"
  13. "Vote for Me"
    (26. Recorded At Advision Studios, London August 1967)

CD2 Stereo Mixes & Alternate Takes (bonus disc)[4]
  1. "Night Of Fear"
  2. "Don't Throw Stones At Me"
  3. "MOVE Intro"
  4. "MOVE"
  5. "Yellow Rainbow" (enhanced stereo version)
  6. "Kilroy Was Here"
  7. "Here We Go Round the Lemon Tree"
  8. "Weekend"
  9. "Walk Upon the Water"
  10. "Flowers in the Rain"
  11. "Useless Information"
  12. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
  13. "The Girl Outside" (alternate take)
  14. "Fire Brigade"
  15. "Mist on a Monday Morning"
  16. "Cherry Blossom Clinic"
  17. "Vote for Me" (alternate take)
  18. "Night of Fear" (alternate take)
  19. "Disturbance" (un-dubbed version)
  20. "Fire Brigade" (un-dubbed early piano)

CD3 BBC sessions January 1967 - January 1968 (bonus disc)[4]
  1. "You Better Believe Me"
  2. "Night of Fear"
  3. "Stop, Get a Hold of Myself"
    (BBC Light Programme 'Saturday Club' 31 January 1967)
  1. "Kilroy Was Here"
  2. "Interview with Carl Wayne (previously unreleased)"
  3. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
  4. "Walk Upon the Water"
    (BBC Light Programme 'Saturday Club' 10 April 1967)
  1. "Morning Dew"
  2. "Interview with Carl Wayne (previously unreleased)"
  3. "Stephanie Knows Who"
  4. "Flowers in the Rain"
  5. "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"
    (BBC Light Programme 'Easybeat' 14 September 1967)
  1. "Hey Grandma"
  2. "Cherry Blossom Clinic"
    (BBC Radio One 'Top Gear' 1 October 1967)
  1. "Fire Brigade"
  2. "Weekend"
  3. "It'll Be Me"
  4. "Walk Upon the Water" (previously unreleased)
  5. "Useless Information"
    (BBC Radio One 'Top Gear' 28 January 1968)


The Move (Disc 1)
Additional Personnel


  1. ^ Move at AllMusic
  2. ^ All the Mad Men - Page 1970 "... Wood — via his band of fellow Brummies, The Move — dispensed a series of singles detailing some very damaged individuals: in toto, 'Disturbance' (the B-side to debut 45, 'Night of Fear', and actually Wood's preferred choice for the A-side) ..."
  3. ^ "Move (The)". Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Move". Retrieved 2016-04-20. 

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