Album I couldn't live without: Looking On
The album I can't live without
Looking On was the third album by British pop group The Move.
Released in 1970, it was the first album to feature future ELO frontman Jeff Lynne.
This album is great in a lot of ways, it really brought a new sound into the British music scene, basically picking up where the Beatles left off with I Want you (she's so heavy).
Combining funk, blues, progressive, country, and R&B, Looking On was a glimpse into where Roy Wood was going with his later contributions in Wizzard, and also where ELO were headed.
The First ELO album was recorded just after this, so they tend to bridge into each other rather nicely.
Listen to Open up said the World Out the door for a true prog-rock tune and a glimpse into the mind of Lynne, who had managed to outdo Wood at his own game!
This album is special to me, because it shows me when music really opened up and got going, from the constraints of Poppy-Beatlesque music, into more bluesy and heavy styles.
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