In 2107, historians will write of the era 1961-1971 as the pinnacle of 20th century musical genius. And who better to exemplify the spirit of that fantastic era then the one man musical army known as Roy Wood. Regarding making new music, the past 25 years have been less than kind to Roy, especially as years after he left The Move and ELO, Wood is still reaping well earned accolades for the mark he made in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. On the reissue front, 2007 is a banner year for Roy. A Summer 2007 CD remaster of his famous self-produced pop masterpiece Boulders—first released by EMI / Harvest in 1973—remains essential. Wood’s own liner notes chronicle the history of why the album—recorded at Abbey Road in 1969—came out as late as it did. In recent years, there was a splendid looking Japanese LP jacket style CD remaster of Wood’s Move masterpiece from 1971 Looking On, and EMI did a good job with the Move’s ‘71 classic Message From The Country. I doubt Roy’s good old buddy Jeff Lynne will be calling his old boss from the Move and early ELO days for a reunion. Even so, it’s hat’s off to EMI for at least starting to properly chronicle Roy Wood’s solo and Move era recordings.


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