Lifted from the Gentle Genius' eponymous debut LP, this eloquent, uplifting anthem for black empowerment proved a big hit with the British public, rising to number 12 in the UK charts in 1971. Edited down to just under three minutes from its original eight-minute album length, Move On Up appeared on a 3-track maxi single with two equally soulful cuts on the flip. Mystifyingly-- given its infectious chorus, rich instrumentation and sleek dance pulse-- the song failed to dent the US charts.
Availability: Move On Up-- The Singles Anthology 1970-90 Sequel CD
45. FLEETWOOD MAC: Oh Well (Part 1)/ Oh Well (Part 2) (1969)
Following the timeless Albatross and Man Of The World, Peter Green made it three smashes in a row with an upbeat shuffle based on an acoustic guitar hook and a simple, yet quietly profound song. It breaks down into a totally unexpected Spanish guitar and recorder instrumental, as atmospheric as Albatross, which spills across the B-side and makes Oh Well an audacious little eight-minute symphony. Awesome.