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Sonicbond’s On Track series offers a song by song analysis of the work of major Rock bands.
From the heart of the country, and the vibrant musical scene that rotated around Britain’s second-largest city Birmingham in the mid 1960s, came a plethora of creative rock groups. Roy Wood, together with several other well-known Birmingham faces, left their respective bands to form The Move, an innovative group due to Roy’s distinctive song-writing style, and the bands unique vocal harmonies. They became regulars on famed British TV show Top of the Pops, and had the first ever single to be played on BBC Radio 1. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Roy’s replacement in the Nightriders, Jeff Lynne, had formed a band of his own - The Idle Race - taking Lynne’s musical vision into more psychedelic territories. These two brilliant songwriters were also close friends, and Wood persuaded Lynne to join the Move followed by a new project, the Electric Light Orchestra, before a parting of the ways led to Wood forming Wizzard.
This book examines the music recorded by Roy Wood as a solo artist, plus The Move, early ELO and Wizzard, while an appendix also covers the three albums recorded by the Idle Race. Taking in genres such as rhythm and blues, psychedelic pop, progressive rock and glam, this masterful - often unsung - songwriter and musician helped set the musical blueprint for the early 70’s.
Graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA (Hons) in Media Studies, James R Turner is a music and media journalist. Over the last 20 years he has contributed to the Classic Rock Society magazine, BBC online, Albion Online, The Digital Fix, DPRP, Progarchy, Progradar and more. As well as his journalism, James has published poetry and short stories in two anthologies, contributed to two TV history books and he is head of PR for Bad Elephant Music. He lives in North Somerset, UK.