RELEASE
1996
LABEL
EMI
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Glam Rock, Art Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock

Album Review

This collection stays fairly true to its title, chronologically lining up Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard, Helicopters, and solo Wood tracks. Because of a vast disparity of labels and bands, Wood singles and albums are difficult to attain in a cohesive and comprehensive compilation. The premium Through the Years does an admirable job, as the liner notes adhere (for the most part) to the track listing and the sound quality is decent. Most of these cuts are brilliant A-sides ("Tonight," "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day") with a few insane B-sides ("Music to Commit Suicide By," "Bend Over Beethoven") thrown into the brew. Notice that Cheap Trick cribbed the opening of "Downed" from ELO's "10536 Overture." The beautiful and rare "Green Glass Windows" is a stunning oddity. Though it too is less than perfect, the double Roy Wood: Exotic Mixture set, released later, eclipses this and most Wood collections (there are many), but Through the Years remains a premium introduction into the wild, noisy, and ingenious world of Roy Wood.
Doug Stone, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Tonight
  2. Chinatown
  3. Down on the Bay
  4. California Man
  5. 10538 Overture
  6. Ball Park Incident
  7. Carlsberg Special
  8. See My Baby Jive
  9. Bend over Beethoven
  10. Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)
  11. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
  12. Dear Elaine
  13. Forever
  14. Music to Commit Suicide By
  15. Going Down the Road
  16. Premium Bond Theme
  17. Green Glass Windows
  18. It's Not Easy