Going Down The Road

Album: Through the Years: The Best of Roy Wood (1974)
Charted: 13
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  • Birmingham-born Roy Wood co-founded three groups who had major chart success in the UK, The Move in 1966, The Electric Light Orchestra in 1971 and the following year Wizzard. Wood began recording as a solo artist in 1973, and this song was the third of four Top 20 hits he had in the UK.
  • Like many of Wood's creations, this was an eccentric number, in this instance combining reggae, and a Scottish Reel, complete with bagpipes. Wood said of the song's origin: "It was pretty silly really. I'd always wanted to do a reggae thing. I was messing about with drum rhythms, and the reggae beat was like a marching beat... and the obvious thing to go with a marching beat is a Scottish Reel."
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