Roy Wood & Wizzard: Main Street - Remastered & Expanded Edition (CD)
(Cherry Red Records) 9 tracks incl. bonus track, digipack
Digitally remastered edition of the legendary, mysteriously shelved album Main Street by Roy Wood & Wizzard. After enjoying success as a performer and songwriter with The Move, The Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard, the supremely talented Roy Wood recorded the material for his third solo album in the spring of 1976.
The album was originally to be released under the title Wizzo and was intended to show a different musical side to Roy Wood and his band, with the material having a stronger jazz-rock influence. The resulting album was a great piece of work and showcased Wood's multi-faceted talent. A single, "Indiana Rainbow", was released by Jet Records in 1976 but failed to gain airplay or commercial success and so the release of the album was shelved.
Roy Wood later reflected, "The album was probably a last attempt to keep some kind of sanity, to try to grow up and not be just another pop group indefinitely." In 1999, the master tapes were rediscovered and Main Street finally saw the light of day on CD for the first time. However, the track was deleted again within a few years and remained inaccessible for almost two decades.
This welcome edition from Esoteric Recordings has been remastered and includes the bonus track 'Human Cannonball', which was recorded during the album sessions. The release also restores the original artwork and includes a new essay.
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