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Roy Wood

℗ 1972 Harvest Records SHVL 803

Roy Wood  1972  Boulders

Boulders is the first solo album by Roy Wood. Apart from harmonium on track 1 played by John Kurlander, all the instruments (including guitars, cello, saxophone recorders) and voices were by Wood, who also wrote and produced the whole album. The front cover also featured a self-portrait, albeit unfinished. Most of the album had been recorded while Wood was still fronting 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 Granma Plays the Banjo/Wake Up (February 1972), and Dear Elaine/Songs of Praise (August 1973). The latter reached No. 18 in the UK charts. "Rock Down Low" and "The Locomotive" were sometimes featured by Wizzard in their live performances. "Songs of Praise" was recorded by the New Seekers and reached the last six for the British entry to the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest.