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wikipedia: Message from the Country is the fourth and last album by The Move, as well as its only album for EMI's Harvest. This album has long had the reputation as The Move's best album, although it was recorded while the band was changing itself into the Electric Light Orchestra.
Recorded in 1970–71 at the same time that The Move was also laying down tracks for the first Electric Light Orchestra album (and even during some of the same sessions), there are inevitably some similarities in style between the two albums, especially the heavy use of "tracking up" (overdubbing) to capture all of the instruments being played by Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne. Nevertheless, Wood and Lynne were determined to maintain some differentiation between the sound of their two groups (for example, by confining Wood's saxes to Message and Wood's cellos to the ELO debut). ...
"Message from the Country" (Jeff Lynne) – 4:45
"Ella James" (Roy Wood) – 3:11
"No Time" (Lynne) – 3:38
"Don't Mess Me Up" (Bev Bevan) – 3:07
"Until Your Mama's Gone" (Wood) – 5:03
"It Wasn't My Idea to Dance" (Wood) – 5:28
"The Minister" (Lynne) – 4:27
"Ben Crawley Steel Company" (Wood) – 3:02
"The Words of Aaron" (Lynne) – 5:25
"My Marge" (Lynne, Wood) – 1:59
Bonus : "Tonight" (Wood) – 3:15
"Chinatown" (Wood) – 3:06
"Down on the Bay" (Lynne) – 4:14
"Do Ya" (Lynne) – 4:03
"California Man" (Wood) – 3:35
"Don't Mess Me Up" (Alternate session version) (Bevan) – 3:18
"The Words of Aaron" (Alternate session version) (Lynne) – 6:03
"Do Ya" (Alternate session version) (Lynne) – 7:00 (includes "hidden track" of "My Marge" (Alternate session version) (Lynne, Wood))
Roy Wood – lead and backing vocals, guitars, steel guitar, recorders, bass, clarinet, bassoon, tenor and baritone saxes.
Jeff Lynne – lead and backing vocals, guitars, piano, percussion, Wurlitzer electric piano, tack piano, Moog.
Bev Bevan – drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Ben Crawley Steel Company".
Rick Price – bass on some original tracks (erased and redubbed by Wood)
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