DO YA

The Move

United Artists 50928, 1972
Billboard: #93

While the Move were reliable hitmakers in the UK throughout their existence, their only US chart appearance came with a record that signaled the end of their existence. After 45s on Deram, A&M and Capitol had all stiffed, United Artists, which had signed the Electric Light Orchestra, successor to the Move, wound up with a handful of Move singles that were doing lower-than-average business in Britain. "Do Ya", in fact, was the B-side of "California Man", Roy Wood's best Jerry Lee Lewis impression; "Do Ya", however, was something entirely different. Written by Jeff Lynne, who would lead ELO following Wood's departure, "Do Ya" is pure riff-driven crunch, with the treble cranked up to a Spinal Tap-like 11. Richard Cromelin, in his liner notes for UA's Split Ends compilation LP, explained it this way: "It takes a long time to hear all the words, it gets a little bit shorter every time you hear it, and it sounds great over a tinny portable radio." What more could you want? Jeff Lynne later recut "Do Ya" with ELO (on A New World Record, 1976), and while the riff was there, the edge was gone. Naturally, the ELO version was a far bigger hit. The Jeff Lynne Song Database offers a complete analysis of both versions.

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Where can I get this on CD?
EMI's compilation Great Move (CDP 7 96060 2) is probably the easiest to find. EMI's Harvest label has also issued a Jeff Lynne compilation (Message from the Country: The Jeff Lynne Years, 1968-73, CDP 7 92585 2), which includes sides from the Idle Race, the Move, and ELO.


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