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
The Move
Something Else from The Move

Move is the eponymous 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').


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]

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 Your 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


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  1. ^ The Move (album) 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) ..."