Boulders (album)

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Studio album by
Released August 1973
Recorded 1969-71 at Phonogram Studios and Abbey Road Studios, London[1]
Genre Art rock, glam rock, baroque pop, cello rock, symphonic rock
Length 40:00
Label UK Harvest
US United Artists
Producer Roy Wood
Roy Wood chronology
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Boulders is the first solo album by Roy Wood. Apart from harmonium on track one played by John Kurlander, all the instruments (including guitars, cello, saxophones, recorders) and voices were by Wood, who also wrote, arranged, and produced the whole album,[2] and did a self-portrait for the front cover.[citation needed] Issued on Harvest, it peaked at No. 15 in the UK Albums Chart.[3] The album also peaked at 176 on the US Billboard 200.[1]

Most of the album was recorded while Wood was still in The Move, although it was not released until he had left the Electric Light Orchestra and was fronting Wizzard. Two singles were taken from the album, "When Gran'ma Plays the Banjo" (February 1972), and "Dear Elaine" (August 1973). The latter reached No. 18 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

"Rock Down Low" and "The Locomotive" were sometimes featured by Wizzard in their live performances.[citation needed]

"Songs of Praise" was recorded by the New Seekers and reached the last six for the British entry to the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest.[citation needed]

Wood had previously attempted recording "She's Too Good for Me" in 1968 with Move bandmate Trevor Burton, before re-recording the song entirely himself for "Boulders". These early attempts were released on The Move Movements boxed set and on Anthology 1966–1972.[citation needed]

Boulders was reissued on CD by EMI/Harvest in August 2007, with an additional 'rough mix' of 'Dear Elaine".

Track listing

All songs written by Roy Wood.

Side 1
  1. "Songs of Praise" – 4:40
  2. "Wake Up" – 3:19
  3. "Rock Down Low" – 3:25
  4. "Nancy Sing Me a Song" – 3:28
  5. "Dear Elaine" – 4:09
Side 2
  1. "Medley: "All the Way Over the Hill"/"Irish Loafer (And His Hen)" – 4:49
  2. "Miss Clarke and the Computer" – 4:20
  3. "When Gran'ma Plays the Banjo" – 3:12
  4. "Rock Medley: "Rockin’ Shoes"/"She's Too Good for Me"/"Locomotive" – 7:31

"Dear Elaine"(Rough Mix) – 4:12 [Bonus track on the 2007 reissue][4]



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  2. ^ "Boulders - Roy Wood : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 610. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1974-06-01). "Boulders - Roy Wood : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
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