Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I/You Gotta Move Week, Part II: Special Visionary Heavyosity Edition

Live'r than you'll ever be, from 1968 at the legendary Marquee Club, please enjoy in breathless wonder the original five-piece incarnation of The Move and a blistering cover of Eddie Cochran's "Something Else."

Okay, I'm not sure it's the five-piece -- guitarist Ace Kefford was discharged from his duties in the group around the time this was recorded -- but to my ears it sounds like he's there.

In any case, the track is fricking great.

I actually owned a copy of this EP -- found it in some mom and pop record store in Jersey circa 1972-- and for years, it was among my proudest possessions. If truth be told, BTW, I probably hadn't even heard of the Eddie Cochran original until I bought it.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I should also add that I hadn't heard a note by The Move until I read John Mendelssohn's 1970 review of Shazam in Rolling Stone, and was motivated to seek out the rest of their oeuvre as a result. With life-changing results.

In case I haven't said it before -- thanks, John.


cthulhu said...

Bitchin' cool, man!

Bev Bevan is seriously channeling his inner Keith Moon on this one, with spectacular results.

fairfaxhs said...

One of the great ones. Got a copy of this, too. Thanks for the acknowledgement.

Anonymous said...

Steve: Ace Kefford IS on this one. And just for the record, the opening band that night at the Marquee was the Attack.

My first Move record was Disturbance. I know it was the B-side of Night of Fear, but in San Bernardino, the DJ's flipped it and gave the song a lot of airplay. This was near the end of John Ravenscroft's [Peel] tenure with the station. I thought of it as a really cool novelty record, the ending being what it was. I guess because of the airplay, it was pretty easy to find in Berdoo. I grabbed a copy at the local Harris' department store.

My cousin from Modesto turned me on to Flowers in the Rain, which was a hit in that region late 1967.

They even got some coverage in Hit Parader and Teen Screen type of mags at the time. Rolling Stone missed the boat completely until 1969.

This older guy named Joel that I knew, who was hip to music before anyone else, had some Record Mirrors and Disc and Music Echo tabloids around his place. A few of which had the Move on the front page. When I asked about them he whipped out their debut album and played it. Sometime in the early Seventies Joel abandoned rock 'n' roll altogether. I got a bunch of his records including The Move and the Something Else EP. He now listens to the most avant garde unlistenable shit in the world.

Like Steve, I treasured the Move live EP. I kept it with my Byrds Mr. Tambourine red vinyl picture sleeve promo, Jimi Hendrix Hey Joe/51st Anniversary pix sleeve promo, and a bunch of other rare 7 inchers inside a Kodak box which used to hold circular slide trays.

I'm a sucker for wah wah so I dig the second guitar break a lot. The first guitar break is botched in a perfectly punk fashion. Turn it up!

Vickie Rock - Thank god for Sharon Sheeley

pete said...

When people talk about the Great British Drummers it's usually Moon, Baker, Cholly Watts, maybe Ringo (certainly in my case!) or Bonham (not). The two so often overlooked are Ian Paice and Bev Bevan. BTW, was he related to the British politician of the same name?

Anonymous said...

pete: I'd say Bev is more overlooked than Ian Paice. But have you heard the latter's overplaying on Deep Purple's "Anthem"? Makes me want to strangle him.

Moon and Bonham broke all molds. Totally unique POWER drummers.

Ringo is unique in another way. As is B.J. Wilson.

I'm not much of a Queen fan, but Roger Taylor is an incredible drummer. And he can sing while he's doing really crazy stuff.

I like Bill Bruford a lot too.

Ginger Baker did his best work after Cream but few people cared. He's great, but gets docked for "Toad" which started a long tradition of piss-breaks and backstage blowjobs. Once, when still in high school, I sat in with a college radio DJ during his program. He liked my idea of making a statement by playing poker during the airing of the Wheels of Fire version of Toad. We left our mics on and jabbered table talk throughout.

I think Aynsley Dunbar should figure in the list as well.

Vickie Rock - So many great drummers, so little time

Anonymous said...

BTW, is the audience reaction dubbed in at the end, or what?

Vickie Rock

pete said...

I hear a lot of Ian Paice in the metal drummers my son likes.

Anonymous said...

pete: I forgot to mention that I'm fond of Ian Paice. I just can't stand the particular performance I mentioned. It fucks up the whole song for me.

Also, for me, the moment I dropped the needle on Side One of the first Led Zeppelin album and heard Good Times Bad Times, I knew I was hearing an exceptional drummer. Jeez, Achilles Last Stand, Nobody's Fault, The Wanton Song and so many more. Zepp did the right thing when they disbanded following his death. The man was no ordinary drummer.

Vickie Rock - Feel my healing rivers run

P.S. Kinda depressing that Bevan ended up in Sabbath on the skids. I 'spose it was a paycheck. Like Bill Champlin in Chicago.

Re: Somethin' Else - Nothin' tops Eddie's version.

Alzo said...

If you haven't seen this, prepare yourself...

Anonymous said...

Alzo: The live stuff from 1970-1971 kicks ass. Saw boots of this stuff and more circa 2005-6. This is the official one from 2012.

Great link.

Vickie Rock - Still recovering from the Entrance Band last night where I got my Blakeslee Lenchantined.

Anonymous said...

Who is the vocalist on the track? It doesn't sound like Carl Wayne.

Allan R.

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buzzbabyjesus said...

They recorded this "live" at the Marquee, but the vocal tracks were unusable, so they went back in the next day and re-recorded them, singing through the PA as overdubs in the empty club.

Here is my band Foglizard covering the Move's version of "Stephanie Knows Who". We played it live in the studio, but had a friend overdub the vocal. I'm playing rhythm guitar on electric 12 string.

Anonymous said...

BBJ: Waking up to your version of Stephanie is setting the stage for a wonderful day. Very Nice. Very Very Nice. It's as tasty as an Arthur Lee - Sean Bonniwell sandwich, with a wah wah that is as good as geting laid to Tales of Brave Ulysses on acid for the first time on the floor of Apostolic Studios as Frank and Jimi watch.

Vickie Rock - from a to z and in between

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any idea who the vocalist is on "Something Else"? I'm pretty sure it's not Carl Wayne, Roy Wood or Bev Beven.

Allan R. Capt. Al

buzzbabyjesus said...

Thanks Vickie. We only did two takes. Fast and faster. Marching powder was involved. Of course we liked faster best.

buzzbabyjesus said...

Capt Al

I vote for Carl Wayne, except when I think it's Roy.

Anonymous said...

BBJ: Started my day with Stephanie again. Dancing and swirling my wet hair after an exhilarating dip in the pool. Thanks again for that raping 12 string rhythm assault. I can almost hear the band's teeth grind. It gets my motor running and clears my head. Whew! Like a blast of uncut yeyo!

Vickie Rock - Sucker for a Cry Baby.

P.S. Return from Pioneertown via Palm Springs and Las Casueles Terraza where I loooove the Enchiladas Suizas. Saw CVB last night. Thursday saw Charles Bradley at the S&M Pier after a surfing at the Trestles. I didn't know he covered Black Sabbath:-)