Roy Wood - Forever / Music to commit suicide by 7" (1973)
Here's the first of a Roy Wood series consisting in singles featuring a non-album B-side (or A-side of course). This one follows 2 singles driven from the sublime Boulders, an album released in 1972 but actually recorded in 1970 but postpone not to compete with the Move material. So, "Forever" was clearly a new recorded song. It must be remembered that 1973 is an incredible year for Roy Wood. Listen. He had 4 "Top 10" songs in the charts, among them 2 n°1 hits. And in November, when this single is released under the Roy Wood name, he released with Wizzard his mega-hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". These 2 singles will enter the Top 10 too, "Forever" reaching n°8, "Christmas" n°4. Few others did better. Musically, "Forever" begins a Beach Boys obsession that will go on for years, but with a Glam-Spector sound that will be the Wood's trademark for the next 2 years. On the B-side, the first of a series of weird intrumentals, "exercice de style" that he will keep for single flipsides. This is one of the best of them. Nothing really to make us commit a suicide by, but a truly delicated and atmospheric track showing all the virtuosity of this bearded master cut with some circus music played classical in the Shostakovitch style. Enjoy it here. PS. I did a cover sleeve since there was none in UK and the ones I found are rather poor. As you can see below, when Roy Wood played his song on TOTP, he was not grimed as he was with Wizzard.