1974 album remastered with 5 bonus tracks. Esoteric.
After earning success as a performer and songwriter with The Move and The Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood formed Wizzard in 1972. The band stacked up a series of classic hit singles and released the album ‘Wizzard Brew’ for EMI’s Harvest label before departing for Warner Bros in 1974. Wood and his band embarked on the recording of their second album, a loose concept base around a fictitious British Rock band of the early 1960s, Eddy and the Falcons. The resulting album was a triumphant pastiche and was a top twenty hit upon its release.
He wrote eight different stylistic and artistic tributes, summarizing with the closing “We’re Gonna Rock n Roll Tonight,” a song that recalls such latter-day Move rockers as “California Man”. The rest of the album is deliberately self-conscious, as Wood reconstructed specific sounds -- Phil Spector on “This Is the Story of My Love (Baby),” Del Shannon’s “Runaway” on “Everyday I Wonder,” Elvis on “I Dun Lotsa Cryin’ Over You,” teen idol pop on “You Got Me Runnin’.” whilst retaining his own specific style.
Unavailable on CD for many years, this welcome Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly re-mastered and includes five bonus tracks drawn from singles all issued in 1974, including the top ten hit “Are You Ready to Rock”. The release also restores the original artwork and features a new essay and a replica poster included with the original 1974 LP release.
Tracklisting: Intro / Eddy’s Rock / Brand New 88 / You Got Me Runnin’ / I Dun Lotsa Cryin’ Over You / This Is The Story Of My Love (Baby) / Everyday I Wonder / Crazy Jeans / Come Back Karen / We’re Gonna Rock N’ Roll Tonight // Bonus Tracks - Rock N’ Roll Winter (Loony’s Tune) / Dream Of Unwin / Nixture / Are You Ready To Rock / Marathon Man