The Moody Blues - This Is The Moody Blues poll

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Was not sure what comp to use and decided on this one.

This Is The Moody Blues is a two LP (later two CDs) compilation album by the Moody Blues, released in late 1974 while the band was on a self-imposed sabbatical. This Is the Moody Blues was a commercial and critical success, reaching #14 in the United Kingdom and #11 in the United States.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
8. "Lovely to See You" (Hayward) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 2:35 4
25. "Nights in White Satin" (Hayward) (from Days of Future Passed) – 4:33 4
16. "Tuesday Afternoon" (Hayward) (from Days of Future Passed, 1967) – 4:04 2
15. "Ride My See-Saw" (Lodge) (from In Search of the Lost Chord) – 3:32 2
6. "Legend of a Mind" (Thomas) (from In Search of the Lost Chord) – 6:37 2
23. "The Story in Your Eyes" (Hayward) (from Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1971) – 2:45 2
22. "For My Lady" (Thomas) (from Seventh Sojourn) – 3:54 1
19. "A Simple Game" (Pinder) (B-side to UK "Ride My See-Saw" single, 1968) – 3:18 1
9. "Never Comes the Day" (Hayward) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 4:39 1
21. "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" (Lodge) (from Seventh Sojourn) – 4:11 1
1. "Question" (Justin Hayward) (from A Question of Balance, 1970) – 5:39 1
20. "Watching and Waiting" (Hayward, Thomas) (from To Our Children's Children's Children) – 4:21 0
18. "New Horizons" (Hayward) (from Seventh Sojourn) – 5:06 0
17. "And the Tide Rushes In" (Thomas) (from A Question of Balance) – 2:54 0
24. "Melancholy Man" (Pinder) (from A Question of Balance) – 5:05 0
14. "Have You Heard? (Part 2)" (Pinder) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 2:08 0
2. "The Actor" (Hayward) (from In Search of the Lost Chord, 1968) – 4:11 0
3. "The Word" (Graeme Edge) (spoken poem from In Search of the Lost Chord, remixed over instrumental "Be 0
4. "Eyes of a Child" (John Lodge) (from To Our Children's Children's Children) – 2:34 0
5. "Dear Diary" (Ray Thomas) (from On the Threshold of a Dream, 1969) – 3:56 0
7. "In the Beginning" (Edge) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 2:06 0
10. "Isn't Life Strange" (Edited version) (Lodge) (from Seventh Sojourn, 1972) – 5:32 0
11. "The Dream" (Edge) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 0:52 0
12. "Have You Heard? (Part 1)" (Mike Pinder) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 1:23 0
13. "The Voyage" (Pinder) (from On the Threshold of a Dream) – 4:08 0
26. "Late Lament" (Edge, Peter Knight) (from Days of Future Passed) – 2:33 0


Bee OK, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

inspired to make this thread because of the last original member's death just a few days back:

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/12/1055026618/moody-blues-co-founder-drummer-graeme-edge-dies-at-80

RIP

Bee OK, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:30 (two weeks ago) link

One of my earliest album purchases! Probably bought it around '76 or '77, when I was still in high school. Vivid memory: Mr. Paul's chemistry class, where we were supposed to be listening to these cassettes about chemical reactions (with headphones), and my friend Steve and I were listening to "Legend of a Mind" instead.

No "Go Now" (different label, probably), so "Tuesday Afternoon," primarily for the sublime middle section. Also like "Ride My See-Saw," "Question," and the aforementioned "Legend of a Mind."

clemenza, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:35 (two weeks ago) link

Damn. That’s a hell of a tracklist. Doesn’t even have Gypsy on it!

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:35 (two weeks ago) link

Never was a big Moody Blues fan but this is a jam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_J-hmyAS6c

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:36 (two weeks ago) link

Christgau line that stayed with me: "In 1970, while under the influence of marijuana and my new Toyota, I bought 'Question,' which sure beats Mantovani, reportedly their greatest influence."

clemenza, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:39 (two weeks ago) link

No Gypsy so voted Nights in White Satin.

aphoristical, Thursday, 18 November 2021 01:05 (two weeks ago) link

I know the original records, but I'll listen to this compilation before voting. All their albums except Threshold are pretty spotty. Here's my picks of these songs for each writer:

Hayward - "Watching and Waiting" vying with the Days of Future Past songs
Pinder - the "Have You Heard" suite, maybe the closest thing yet to prog rock in early 1969?
Thomas - "Dear Diary", darker than his usual whimsy
Edge - "The Dream"
Lodge - don't like any of these songs, would pick "Candle of Life" if it had been on here

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 18 November 2021 04:37 (two weeks ago) link

TOCCC is a solid album too. not a bad track on that one. arguably Seventh Sojourn too. though there's one goofy song on there everyone hates. I can't remember what it is though and I don't wanna look it up. I actually think Days of Future Passed is the weakest of the seven. I mean once you hit "Peak Hour" it's all good but man is it a slog up to that point.

I finally picked up one of their post-7th albums, Long Distance Voyager. It's actually quite nice, they still do some great harmonies and the tunes are generally good. Doesn't hold up to the classics but it's about as good as you could reasonably expect from 80s Moodies. kinda appears to be the only decent one after 1972 though

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 04:50 (two weeks ago) link

a friend noted (about 50 years ago but whatever) that "on the threshold of a dream" heralded a label shift from threshold to deram and should more appropriately have been called "on the threshold of a deram." the things we remember.

Thus Sang Freud, Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

i have all the individual reissue cds, but this is the album of theirs i listen to the most as its just back to back with the good stuff.
also, some of the edits were exclusive to this compilation.

mark e, Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:09 (two weeks ago) link

yea I dig the albums but their comps are so rock solid and admittedly you aren't really missing that much. though I see this is also missing "Higher and Higher"...maybe its such an "opening track" you can't really put it anywhere

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 15:11 (two weeks ago) link

Good to see that Justin Hayward's still rockin' the hair, a true lifer

https://images.pulsewebcontent.com/photos/2019/02_Feb/800/JustinHayward2019_2_19.jpg

foley track out of sync (Matt #2), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:06 (two weeks ago) link

One of my earliest album purchases!

Me too, Record Club of America! This is actually really hard, gonna have to think about it.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:19 (two weeks ago) link

the last original member's death

Mike Pinder, original keyboard player, is still around at 79 (but left the group in 1978).

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:37 (two weeks ago) link

...and so is Denny Laine!

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

I have a soft spot for the shanty-like whimsy of "For My Lady". I wish I could vote for "When You're A Free Man" which is also on Seventh Sojourn and is really affecting.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:27 (two weeks ago) link

"on the threshold of a dream" heralded a label shift from threshold to deram and should more appropriately have been called "on the threshold of a deram."

It took me a bit to remember what's wrong with this. They started on Deram; later Threshold was their own label. But "On the Threshold of a Threshold" doesn't really work.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

discogs makes it look like they flipped back to deram for threshold.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/266422-The-Moody-Blues

Thus Sang Freud, Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

maybe they were on the deram of a threshold.

Thus Sang Freud, Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:16 (two weeks ago) link

With the album On the Threshold of a Dream, they were on the threshold of the dream of starting their own record company that wouldn't come to be until their next record, could it be any more obvious?

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

a couple more great tracks that aren't on here: "Are You Sitting Comfortably" and "The Land of Make-Believe".

frogbs, Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:42 (two weeks ago) link

The Bucks Fizz song?

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

though I see this is also missing "Higher and Higher"...maybe its such an "opening track" you can't really put it anywhere

very good point.
absolutely immense opening track.
the way it builds and builds is just brilliant.

mark e, Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:59 (two weeks ago) link

Ten billion butterfly sneezes!

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 November 2021 20:10 (two weeks ago) link

"why do we never get an answer ... "

due to family crap i have been struggling this evening with what to listen to ..
and then i realised this is exactly what i needed.
it really is one of the best compilations ever.

mark e, Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:50 (two weeks ago) link

Mike Pinder, original keyboard player, is still around at 79 (but left the group in 1978).

the UDA Today headline was "Graeme Edge, drummer and last original member of the Moody Blues dies at 80"

so thanks for the clarification

Bee OK, Friday, 19 November 2021 03:05 (one week ago) link

forgot until now, that they are the group with "Timothy Leary's dead"

Bee OK, Friday, 19 November 2021 03:06 (one week ago) link

Mentioned it a couple times earlier by the title no one remembers.

clemenza, Friday, 19 November 2021 04:00 (one week ago) link

i'm only about half way through this but this comp is pretty amazing. some great songs on here, going to be very hard to pick just one.

Bee OK, Friday, 19 November 2021 20:04 (one week ago) link

i also felt stoned while listening even though i wasn't. the vibe is just that way.

Bee OK, Friday, 19 November 2021 20:04 (one week ago) link

its even better if you are

frogbs, Friday, 19 November 2021 20:05 (one week ago) link

voted "Lovely To See You", I also think Threshold is super solid

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Friday, 19 November 2021 20:07 (one week ago) link

Really unusual that this band was so stable with four people writing songs, with a cohesive sound even.

Loved this record when I was 13, an excellent portrait of what this band could do when all the filler and most ridiculously dated psychedelic bits were stripped away.

the plant based god (bendy), Saturday, 20 November 2021 21:15 (one week ago) link

Some of you have never faced piles of trials with smiles and it shows

frogbs, Saturday, 20 November 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

I've got Days, Lost Chord, Threshold and I never felt there was much filler.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 21 November 2021 00:13 (one week ago) link

And they're very albumy albums so I think people would be missing out on a lot if they stuck with a best-of

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 21 November 2021 00:14 (one week ago) link

I agree. I listened to this comp today, and I'm glad I know the songs from the albums. They clipped the punchline out of "Dear Diary" and removed the gong from the end of "Late Lament"!
I was thinking I would vote for "Watching and Waiting" but this remix brings the harmony vocal up and changes the whole mood... so I'll be obvious and vote for "Nights in White Satin".

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 21 November 2021 01:05 (one week ago) link

we are having Santa Ana winds in Southern California today with a hint of fire smoke in the air where I'm at, seems like a perfect night for the Moody Blues

Bee OK, Monday, 22 November 2021 02:09 (one week ago) link

they're very albumy albums

Yes they are, they begin very theatrically, with spoken word and big orchestral crescendos and whatnot, and end similarly. Lots of lovely segues between songs as well. I wanted to own all the albums individually at the time (my best friend's older brother had them all) but as a kid on a budget this comp really hit most of the high points. Thanks to this thread I'm now relistening to the complete albums for the first time in ages.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 22 November 2021 21:58 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

As I mentioned above, this is the album I listened to through high school, so I had never heard "Go Now" until probably the early '80s--it wasn't anything that still got played on the radio. (And I didn't year Bessie Banks' original until years after that; it ended one episode of some history of rock and roll I was watching.) Anyway, it'd be pretty close for me between "Go Now" and "Tuesday Afternoon" if they were both on this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2L3UzM_FfE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prlWGe2EHro

Nice live version by the Wings in '76 on YouTube also, with Denny Laine singing lead.

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 01:06 (one week ago) link

this was a great listen and i am going to have to check out their albums

Bee OK, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:25 (one week ago) link

i could have voted for five or six different songs but in the end it was "Never Comes the Day"

Bee OK, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:25 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

surprised "Question" only got one vote, it's kind of a perfect song in a way

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 03:10 (one week ago) link

That was mine…

Then again, not many votes here overall

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 07:03 (one week ago) link

Legend of Mind here. So expansive and dreamy, one of the songs that made me fall in love with psych. I now realize that as pre-internet 14 year old, it was a few years before I learned who Timothy Leary was. As the song enveloped me I just assumed he was another quirky chappy like Arnold Layne or Happy Jack or Walter in "Do You Remember Walter"

the plant based god (bendy), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 14:44 (one week ago) link

Repeatedly, I have always loved this song from the Hayward/Lodge album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bheNRb3D0I

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:59 (one week ago) link

(Clearly I meant “relatedly,” but I have also listened to this song many times over)

For this list, it probably would’ve been Never Comes the Day as well. I am a big sucker for the stately Hayward ballads.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:20 (one week ago) link

I'm always surprised by who I meet who turns out to be a big Moody Blues fan. A straight-edge punk I knew in high school loved In Search Of The Lost Chord and insisted that our punk band take a high-speed run at "Legend Of A Mind." Had to convince our singer that "Timothy Leary's dead..." was sufficiently anti-hippie (ha!) and in the end we sounded a little like Nazz Nomad-era The Damned. Wish I had that recording.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 26 November 2021 08:59 (six days ago) link

Not exactly the same thing but close:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvQXuFj1Kc4

clemenza, Friday, 26 November 2021 10:07 (six days ago) link

i voted for this.

clearly someone is enjoying themselves a lot more than the others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68OXtuxKRr4

mark e, Sunday, 28 November 2021 21:58 (four days ago) link

How do all 5 of them look like game show hosts

frogbs, Sunday, 28 November 2021 21:59 (four days ago) link


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