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The Move: Move / ‘Shazam’

Album Review

Gangsters of bruising British rock never sounded better.

It was a certain David Bowie who in late 1965 persuaded future Move drummer Bev Bevan to get together the best musicians in Birmingham and “rehearse like crazy until you’re as tight as a drum. Go to London, find a manager and get a record deal,” Bowie advised him.

Five years on, Bowie recorded The Man Who Sold The World armed with a copy of The Move’s second album, ‘Shazam’, which covered the Barry Mann/Cynthis Weill song Don’t Make My Baby Blue. The latter’s sky-climbing guitar riffs became the blueprint for Bowie’s own Black Country Rock and Width Of A Circle. Touché.


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