by Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 6 June 2009

I’ve been listening to The Move for the past few days. The British psych rock group, heavily influenced by the Beatles and Motown, were super popular in the UK, but never got traction in the US. The final line-up of the band went on to form Electric Light Orchestra. Their 1970 album, Shazam, which at times almost sounds like Zeppelin, at others like the more gospel-y Stones tunes, is one of the best classic records I’ve heard in a while — it’s the last release to feature original vocalist, the late Carl Wayne, who sounds like a cross between Neil Diamond and Robert Plant.