SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell. Reviews The Move Something Else and Looking On CD’s

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Having previously brought you the first two albums in this re-issue programme here is the third. Originally issued in 1968 as a 5 track E.P. (ive still got a copy!) this expanded edition adds another 12 tracks. The last release to feature the ‘classic’ line-up of Roy Wood, Carl Wayne, Bev Bevan, Trevor Burton and Ace Kefford, it captures perfectly the energy of the band live at the Marquee in Wardour Street. Taking on a diverse range of covers of contemporary acts ranging from The Byrds (So You Wanna Be A Rock and Roll Star) Spooky Tooth (Sunshine Help Me) and Somethin Else (Eddie Cochran) to name but three, the band rock the clearly happy audience and you can feel the atmosphere of the legendary venue.
After years of the original master tapes being lost we can now also enjoy all the additional numbers including spirited renditions of ‘Fire Brigade’ ‘Flowers In The Rain’ and ‘It’ll Be Me’ just three highlights. Its great to have a reminder of what a great and dynamic live band they were and to bring back so many fond memories of the Marquee and indeed our own beloved Hastings Pier where I first met and saw them back in 1967. Thoroughly recommended, an excellent package all round.

And now for something er… Else…’Looking On’ was the third full album released in 1970. An album that divided opinion then (and now), Carl Wayne, Ace Kefford and Trevor Burton had all departed for various solo and largely unsuccessful careers. The Move was now a trio of Wood, Bevan and newly arrived Jeff Lynne. This of course was a pivitol moment in time, Roy had the ELO concept in his head (for three years) and Jeff Lynne of course was the catalyst to make it happen. Without writing a huge essay on the complicated Move/ELO/Wizzard story which im sure most readers will know lets stick with the album. Depending on your point of view its either a heavy prog rock experimental masterpiece or a unholy unmitigated disaster. Dumping the psyche-pop that had established them the band turned ‘heavy’..really heavy and produced 6 minute songs like the title track. It was a huge departure from what people had come to expect and not a successful one. Two singles lifted from the album did gain some success notably ‘Brontosaurus’ but overall the experimental tone of ‘Turkish Tram Conductor Blues’ ‘What’ etc in truth killed The Move for many fans. Listening to the album now my own feeling is I can see what they were trying to achieve, particularly given the period in which it was released and the desire to get away from a ‘pop singles band’ and gain rock credibility, but in truth it is a bit of a mess. However the bonus CD is really interesting containing previously unreleased BBC sessions and interviews with the incomparable Brian Matthew. There’s a wonderful take on The Beatles ‘She’s A Woman’ which is a delight for example. indeed the bonus disc which contains versions of the main album is for me far more enjoyable. I suppose personally the early classic Move was the Move I loved. ‘Looking On’ remains an important crossroads of a piece and will no doubt continue to cause debate as it did back in the day.

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Hastings Town Magazine June 2016 by Tony May.

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Tony on his ‘The Tony May Pages’ is talking about Harvey Summers, Hastings Pier website, Battle Rock Choir and Factory CD review. As well as his ‘Letters From Keith’ column, with Keith talking about when he met David Bowie, Ed Stewart, Episode 6 on Hastings Pier plus lots more. Now available from your newsagent.

SMART 28 coffee meet report.

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Our 28th meet and great to see Simon Halsey from Hastings Rock, joining some of their other dj’s present.  Another successful year on 87.7 and congratulations to all involved, especially to Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis for some great memories on the Hastings Retro Rock Show. Barry Taylor talked about the next Bare Faced Blues Fest which is moving to a new venue for its 3rd year (in aid of St Michaels Hospice). It will take place at Bexhill Rowing Club, (near The De La Warr Pavilion) on the 14th August 2016 and 9th October 2016. Admission only £5.00 with 4 acts of each bill. More details soon.  Loads of pier talk, the Great success of Madness, The Ballroom Allstar DJ’s and that mysterious hand and suggestion for the future.  A number of people popped over to the pier to check out Phil Gill’s wonderful Musical Starlings in The Deck memories rooms. Cliff Wootton turned up with his laptop and had an amazing video of ‘Butch’ from St Helens Church Hall  and ‘Hat Trick’ which was taken from an old movie film and also featured Tony Qunta. Hopefully this will be available to view in the near future. Great to see Pete Prescott with more bags of records, full of memories, including photos from The Great Western Festival Lincoln 1972 featuring Hamish Imlach and The Charltan Festival 1974 with Humble Pie.  Roger Carey has been delving in his archives and turned up with some rare Felix cuttings from  1975, Delta Wing playlist,  Ore Group Festival 1976 poster,  Ritz poster from Ore Centre in 1978, Mosaic & Pueblo and Friends poster from The Zodiac Club and a Rumours Club leaflet.  Other chat was about Steve Maxted, The Fabulous 6Ts, Scalliwags, Factory, Jazz Fest event at The Stade on the 5th June featuring Tony O’Malley from Kokomo and Gary Numan coming to Bexhill.  Also another local band planning a reunion gig, watch this space! This is just a small bit of what I was in conversation with, if you wish to add anything interesting I missed then please do so.

Mick O’Dowd… Another goodie Alan.

Pete Prescott… Great meeting !

Jo Turner… The Ore Festival 1976. Wonderful hot summer memories. Bare feet and cool local bands. One of the happiest memories of my life.

Merv Kennard…. just a line to say sorry that Cris and i could not make it at the last minute. I was looking forward to meeting up with Pete Prescott as I have not seen him for a few years,we worked for the same company 25 years ago.

Alan Esdaile… Sorry Merv that you and Cris were unable to make it this time. Pete is a regular at the meets as long as he’s not working and hopefully you will catch up in the future.

Pete Prescott… This a photo from the great Western festival at Lincoln. Hamish Imlach is on stage. I took this photo 44 years ago (I think it was on the Saturday afternoon)
I couldn’t move from inside the enclosure (there was a gap in the fences in the photo ) some of us got inside.i saw among others nazerath wishbone ash stone the crow’s the faces Rory Gallagher.i was 15, it was a big deal for me.  Some guy sold wax refuse bags from the back of a lorry. Many of us had them as it was raining. I crawled inside it (it was like a long sock )I then punched a hole in it and watched the bands. It must have looked strange from the stage. Thousands of muffled claps from inside brown wax bags !Just before The Faces came on John Peel played Voodoo Chile we all emerged from our bags and danced.
At the end of the show I walked through the chaos of the festival to my brother Stephens car. There was a huge area of foam. People we’re running through it. Making little tunnels. Mad. There was a lot of hippies standing round a guy who was laying on the ground. He looked dead. When i saw apocalypse now some scenes reminded me of it. When i got to the car I couldn’t get in as he and his friends were asleep in it so after eating some bread and jam I crawled into the little tent by the car. I awoke curled around a huge puddle that had spread into most of the tent. My first and second fingers were stuck together with jam (no knife)
The girls who came with Steve and his friend hated it so we had to leave. I missed Joe Cocker Genesis and Humble Pie and Don McLean (American pie and Vincent were no 1’s around then) but I was grateful to see what I did. What a weekend ! I’ll never forget it. I couldn’t believe Steve took me. He was killed two weeks later.


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Sarah Harvey… Having just organised the Hastings Rock Fest 2016 Jo, you take me back exactly 40 years when I organised the Ore Group a Festival in 1976. Old habits die hard 🙂


Front of a postcard / flyer I designed for Factory by Teresa Qunta


Jim Breeds… Very nice. Slight pedantic correction, since they played ‘Ohio’ at the Marina Fountain, the influence must be C,S,N & Young! 😉

Alan Esdaile… Or did Teresa run out of space, Jim?

Teresa Qunta… Yup, I had a hard time trimming everything down to fit on the card – there’s just too much to say about Factory!!! 🙂 (I’m trying to make a compilation video with audio clips from the album tracks – and those of you who have heard the album, will probably understand how hard would be to pick just a snippet here and there — easier said than done, I tell ya! 😉

SMART coffee meet 28 – Friday 27th May 2016

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New people are most welcome to join us.

Carol Bolton… That’s my b/day!

Alan Esdaile… It would be great to see you Carol.

Lauren Gower… I’d love to come but work Fridays.

Cliff Wootton… Looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll be able to get another couple of copies of the Factory CD for friends who have heard about it and want a copy.

Kevin Burchett… this afternoon the birds will have to wait I’m going, its free.

Alan Esdaile… A BIG thank you to everyone who turned up today. I will post a report over the weekend.


Madness Hastings Pier – 21st May 2016 – Massive Success


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Mike Curtis… It stayed dry! Brilliant show!

Alan Esdaile…  could hear clearly from inside my house what songs they were singing and looks like the whole of Hastings could. Well done to Madness and Hastings Pier.

Robert Searle… Unfortunately couldn’t hear this at Hailsham ,hope everyone had a great time

Matt Thomas… Was a great night

Lauren Gower… Great photos was a wonderful night, so amazing to be back on the pier with live music, I’ve missed that so much! Couldn’t stop smiling, although my knees hurt like hell today

Sally Hart… I’m setting up a knee brace kiosk for the next gig! Brilliant night worth the aches and pains.

Stuart Moir… Pity about the weather.

Phil Gill… I live in this town. It’s feckin’ awesome.

Jim Breeds… The weather was great.

Chris Giles… Fantastic night….and great to see a band on Hastings Pier. A little wet before hand… But once that stopped it was perfect weather… And it wasn’t even cold.

Tony Davis… Didn’t have a ticket but did join the crown of revellers of the promenade where you could hear clearly. Such a great atmosphere. The pier rocks again!

Gary Kinch… A great occasion. A bit of rain before the gig but completely dry with only a slight breeze for the rest of the evening. The Pier works again.

Mick O’Dowd… The Piers back and to show we can really shake it down!

Andre Martin… Yes it was a great way to ” re-open the Pier” for th3e future, its the peoples Pier – lets hope the People make full use of its potential, not everything will suit all, but lets keep the negative comments to ourselves.

Mick O’Dowd… Too right Andre. We got it back let’s make it happen!

Andy Knight… Which ever way you looked on the Pier tonight it was Hastings doing what it does best, looking amazing.

Nigel Ford… So pleased that it stayed fine down there, absolutely chucked it down in Battle with thunder!

Hastings Pier Opening Gala 21st May 2016



details supplied by Andre Martin.          T Shirt photo supplied by Alex Chapman.

plus Madness in the evening – 7.00pm – 11.00pm

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Kevin Burchett… should be a fantastic day. Better get well soon Jim we dont want you to miss this do we.

Jim Breeds… Gutted I may not make it. Might still be in hospital. Mind you, the Stones went on in an ambulance – wonder how far the NHS budget will stretch? 😉

Janine Anne Scott… Many thanks for this

Graham How… Can someone tell the author of the flyer how to spell CENTRE?

Kev Towner… How can a free event be sold out?

Sandra Bryant… Because you had to apply for tickets and donate whatever you wanted. There is a limit as to how many the Pier can hold.