Roy Wood- rollin' on
Arto Lindsay once said that the idea of a solo album is a misnomer 'cause it's actually made by a bunch of people. Not so for Roy Wood's first album where, baring one harmonium, he sang and played everything (even did the cover picture of himself). Just like the Move's final album (which is also one of Wood's finest records), his Boulders album is now finally being dusted off and being made available again.
Though it came out when the Move was gone, Wood actually put it together in 1969- he details the way that the record finally came out four years after that. It was well worth the wait too. He goes from sweets plaintive ballads ("Dear Elaine," "Miss Clarke and the Computer") to roaring stompers ("Rock Down Low" and the end medley), all with the wonderful weirdness and humor that made the late Move so great.
Speaking of which, wouldn't it be wonderful if Wood and Jeff Lynne were able to reconvene the Move itself? The later seems to have put ELO to bed so why not?
Boulders is available from Amazon plus you can hear some song samples at the Barnes and Noble site. You can also buy it from Roy's website, where he also offers a cool T-shirt to commemorate the reissue.