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I'm sort of interested in the Moody Blues, but I'm not sure if they're any good. I've only heard that one song. Suggestions?

Stave Timons (Rahul Kamath), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 17:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Ohhh.... DUUUUUD! (And I have/had all of their LPs)

Search "Lovely to See You" for historical reference. Destroy all others.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 18:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Why have you had all their LPs if they're a dud?

Stave Timons (Rahul Kamath), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 18:54 (eighteen years ago) link

I bought them when I was 15-17. Can't stand to listen to them now....

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 19:00 (eighteen years ago) link

So you liked them.

Stave Timons (Rahul Kamath), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 19:27 (eighteen years ago) link

"Question" is good, but I still hate the idea of them.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 22:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Very classic (when they were good, that is, which was several decades ago). Okay, here's a quick overview:

Days of Future Passed: Kind of their breakthrough album with their 'classic' line-up with Justin Hayward and Jon Lodge (before this, they were one of those early 60s British beatrock bands with the ties, though they had a couple of hits with leader Denny Laine), recorded with the "London Festival Orchestra" (entirely made-up; basically, session orchestra musicians). Basically, the orchestra bits and band bits are generally separate, and overlay occasionally. The orchestra bits I find to be a bit filler, but some of the bands' tunes, even apart from the well-recognized "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon" are great. Personal favorites: "Dawn Is a Feeling", "The Sunset", and the chorus/middle eight to "Time To Get Away".

In Search of the Lost Chord: Their follow-up to DoFP, them trying to prove they could go it alone, without the orchestra. I think this is their first with producer Tony Clarke, who produced all the albums of their classic period. This one is the most firmly steeped in the psychedelic period, but features some great songs, mostly from Hayward and Ray Thomas. The most well-known tracks on the album are "Ride My See-Saw" and "Legend of a Mind" ('Timothy Leary's, n-n-no, he's outside) Personal favorites: "Voices in the Sky", "Visions of Paradise".

On the Threshold of a Dream: The next couple of album continue the Beatles-emulation begun on Lost Chord, though less overtly psychedelic. Personal favorites: the opening ("In the Beginning") and "Lovely to See You"

To Our Children's Children's Children: All in all, this is my personal favorite album of theirs, just lots of beautiful songs throughout. Also, Hayward (the main hit-writer and most prolific writer, who since has dominated the band) seems to hang uncharacteristically in the background on this one. Jon Lodge's writing and Mike Pinder's mellotron own this baby. Personal faves: "Eyes of a Child 1 & 2", "Out and In", "Sun Is Still Shining", "Candle of Life", "Watching and Waiting"

A Question of Balance: This is their Let It Be (retreat from experimentation, strange content, wacky interludes, etc. From here on, they would become increasingly straightforward, with standard track lengths, more stripped down, etc. The hit on this album was "Question". Personal faves: "And the Tide Rushes In", "Minstrel's Song", "The Balance" (many might find it sappy, but I love it, myself).

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour: Hmm, I think it's the least of their 'classic' albums, but some good stuff. Favorites: "You Can Never Go Home", and my roommate in college and I adore the rather goofy last song, a typically melancholic Mike Pinder track called "My Song" (we used to improvise our own lyrics: "How can I tell you...aliens inside my brain...").

Seventh Sojourn: Apart from TOCCC, this is the next album I still play the most from them. Their last 'classic'-period album, the green leaf surrounded by the desert. Has a lot of despair to it, too (courtesy Mike Pinder), which is always a good thing. :) Favorites: "New Horizons", "You and I", "Land of Make Believe", "When You're a Free Man Again".

Octave: Made after a 5 or 6 year hiatus. The only studio album from them I've never heard (apart from their latest one, which I haven't gotten around to). Drummer Graeme Edge describes this one as "full of pain". Pinder's last album with the band (Edge says he freaked out on religion; Pinder says he just didn't like the album and didn't want to tour it). Also, Hayward had to talk producer Tony Clarke down from a cliff.

Long Distance Voyager: The strongest of their post-Pinder albums, made with Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz (formerly of Yes). I personally love it, again, some classic pop tunes mixing with some admittedly cheesy/dated stuff, and Moraz, though showing a fraction of his ability, does some great keyboard arranging. Favorites: "The Voice" (also the biggest hit from the album), "Meanwhile" (the Moodies go country; good electric piano sound from Moraz).

The Present: A bit more generic than LDV, but still generally acceptable. Favorites: Lodge's "Sitting at the Wheel", another country-rock kind of tune, "Meet Me Halfway" and Thomas' final song for a long time, "Sorry" (and preceded by the hilarious 'poem' "I Am").

The Other Side of Life: Features their biggest 'comeback' hit, "Your Wildest Dreams" (personally, I think it's a great pop tune, Hayward's melodies and Thomas' choir back-up...aahhhhHHHH). The rest of the album is awful.

Sur La Mer: Pretty forgettable, sounds very generic. The hit here was "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", which like "Your Wildest Dreams", leans heavily on "The Voice". Moraz obviously underutilized, Thomas and Edge pushed aside.

Keys to the Kingdom: Their worst, in my opinion. Too sugary even for my standards. Moraz was bored with them and ditched before completion, replaced effectively by a sequencer. If you can get past a song title like "I Bless the Wings that Bring You Back", then be my guest.

Strange Times: Their latest album, haven't heard all of it, but what little I've heard sounds a step up from Keys to the Kingdom (admittedly not a hard thing to do).

There ya go. If I could only pick three, it would be (in order): "To Our Children's Children's Children", "Seventh Sojourn" and (for historical reference) "Days of Future Passed".

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 00:04 (eighteen years ago) link

As I think I said elsewhere, 'Gemini Dream' always reminds me of Empire Strikes back and Lando Calrissian - inexpicably, but there it is. Between that song and 'The Voice' there's a ludicrously strong sense of positive nostagia for me, so I have to say classic. Also, I'm not one of these people who thinks that 'Nights in White Satin' is trash. Ok, maybe it's *slightly* overrated.

Kim (Kim), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 00:15 (eighteen years ago) link

I was once in a McDonald's and heard a muzak version of "For My Lady" (from Seventh Sojourn). I nearly fell off my seat, I thought I was hallucinating it. They really WILL cover anything!

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 00:26 (eighteen years ago) link

(And yes it was Muzak, not the Moodies themselves..) :)

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 00:27 (eighteen years ago) link

It was all downhill after 'Go Now' (which isn't even the best versh of that song...)

Andrew L (Andrew L), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 09:53 (eighteen years ago) link

I just need to let you know that "Octave" is one of the worst records ever made. It's very cheesy & disco-influenced. (Full of pain, indeed.)

.. You should probably listen to them and make up your own mind... I'd recommend anything from Days of Future Passed through to Seventh Sojourn.... Anything after that, you may as well buy a Foreigner record.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 10:27 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
_Days Of Future Passed_ is a CLASSIC classic. The way he
sings "oh how I love you" in "Nights In White Satin"
sends chills down my spine, every time.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 19:38 (sixteen years ago) link

They're not any good.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 20:12 (sixteen years ago) link

"Your Wildest Dreams" is completely classic synth pop.

theodore fogelsanger, Thursday, 15 April 2004 06:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Search: I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band
Destroy: The Moody Blues

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Thursday, 15 April 2004 12:23 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
higher and higher roxx:

Blasting, billowing, bursting forth
With the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes,
Man with his flaming pyre
Has conquered the wayward breezes,
Climbing to tranquility far above the cloud,
Conceiving the heaven clear of misty shroud.

Higher and higher,
Now we've learned to play with fire,
We go higher
And higher
And higher.

Vast vision must improve our sight,
And perhaps at last we'll see
An end to our home's endless blight
And the beginning of the free.
Climb to tranquility, finding its real worth,
Conceiving the heavens flourishing on Earth.

Higher and higher,
Now we've learned to play with fire,
We go higher
And higher
And higher.

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:03 (fourteen years ago) link

moody haterz gotta go!

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:03 (fourteen years ago) link

where did you think half of that half-assed psychprog obscurity action yoo crave came from, huh?

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:04 (fourteen years ago) link

"the story in your eyes" is just way, way too good

when the final night is over
and it's certain that the curtain's gonna fall
i can hide inside your sweet, sweet love

and then that riff again! and then the piano outro!

prince rupert, Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Skot OTM!

I've been tempted to revive this thread late at night drunk a bunch of times.. the paucity of responses is depressing. "Legend Of A Mind" rools

Stormy Davis (diamond), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:44 (fourteen years ago) link

it's my Moody Blues and Donovan vinyl that inspires the most teasing from my husband.

patita (patita), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, Nights in White Satin. Swoon. When it gets this good, I can forgive (or embrace?) all the silliness.

belle.haleine, Thursday, 19 January 2006 18:35 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Listening to Every Good Boy Deserves Favour's a lot better than I remember it being, especially the first side. "Emily's Song" is quite beautiful (distinct Byrds/Beatles influence), love the glockenspiely middle. "Our Guessing Game" is neat as well.

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 03:48 (fourteen years ago) link

i like the chemistry experiment cover of forever autumn

electric sound of jim (and why not) (electricsound), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 04:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Anyone ever see the Isle of Wight movie? Moodies' performance >>> Hendrix performance and Who performance

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 04:26 (fourteen years ago) link

SO dud. Not even good for ironic lolz. I guess they're good because they bring joy to the parents of myself, my wife, and all of our friends, as far as I know. People have bad taste when they get old! my mom used to rock Stevie Wonder, George Benson etc. and now it's all Moody Blues and the Bee Gees. It's free concerts on PBS that does it, seriously!

Dan I. (Dan I.), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 04:32 (fourteen years ago) link

When I got my first cd player I bought 4 albums that I already owned on vinyl: Threshold, Children's Children's Children, Question Of Balance and EGBDF. I guess this is the place to let this little secret slip.

jim wentworth (wench), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 04:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I find that difficult to believe, even as someone who "likes" them. I mean, the idea of them being amazing I can grasp, but the reality... I guess I'll have to look for the movie.

S: "Cities" (B-side of "NiWS"), In Search of the Lost Chord, A Question of Balance, and Hayward's upbeat singles "Ride My See-Saw," "Lovely to See You," "Gypsy," "The Story in Your Eyes".

D: Days of Future Passed (ironically a Classic, but you've heard it enough already, no need to own it) also "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," one of the hits from Seventh Sojourn.

I actually quite like Long Distance Voyager (a UK #1 album, if I recall correctly) and The Present. They're both slick, but totally tuneful and have aged much better than a lot of other 20-year-old albums. I like On the Threshold of a Dream but it's neither as weird as Lost Chord or as powerul as Question. (Listening to it now: evocative of aspects of Swinging London, imaginary transition scenes left on the cutting room from from Blow-Up.)

Mitya (mitya), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 04:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Days Of Future Passed is just gorgeous, and i've loved it from my first hearing 20+ years ago - in fact, it's one of my Top 50 of all time, cringeworthy spoken-word parts notwithstanding. A totally unique LP, it's what I *wish* (ILM fave) Talk Talk sounded like. "The smell of grass just makes you pass into a dream." So it's too bad that none of the other 3-4 Moodys I've heard even come close, really. But their fast ones can be pretty exhilarating, "Question" in particular.

Can't stand "Go Now" or (predictably) the '80s stuff.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 11:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I love "When You're A Free Man" off of Seventh Sojourn. It fills me with melancholy.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 11:43 (fourteen years ago) link

"Question" just popped into my head the other day, while I was shaving, I think.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 13:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, "When You're a Free Man". Love the sadness of the opening line: "Time quickly passes by...If only we could meet again..."

Hayward's upbeat singles "Ride My See-Saw"

I think Jon Lodge wrote that one, actually.

"I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)"

Agree with you here. I've always found that one more than a little overrated (one of the weakest songs, actually, on Seventh Sojourn).

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 13:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Oops, I stand corrected. It is in fact Lodge.

Mitya (mitya), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 16:30 (fourteen years ago) link

I heart the guitar solo in "Peak Hour" so much. So wonderfully non-surf surf rock.

The Equator Lounge (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 18:18 (fourteen years ago) link

"the story in your eyes" is just way, way too good


kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 18:21 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
One of the greatest bands of all time in my opinion. Many of their songs are far better than "Nights in White Satin" and it really annoys me when even die-hard fans rave about this particular song.

The only albums by them that I don't like much are "Keys to the Kingdom" (2 good songs) and "December" (2 good songs).

Phoebe Sabbatini (Feebee), Saturday, 17 June 2006 08:54 (fourteen years ago) link

I just listened to "Days of Future Passed" tonight. "Peak Hour" rocks.

Marmot 4-Tay (marmotwolof), Saturday, 17 June 2006 08:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Great band even though everything they did before "Days Of Future Passed" is heavily dud and completely unlistenable.

As for the material they made after Mike Pinder left, it was OK for a few years but the quality has been decreasing. Meaning their key material consists of the seven excellent albums they released from 1967 to 1972.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 17 June 2006 22:20 (fourteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
I really like "Go Now" which I guess is a different lineup of the Blues w/Denny Laine as the singer...

I don't really care for anything I've heard of the more gloppy orch-pop the early stuff cool? Cuz man...Go Now is such a pretty, sad little song...beautiful!

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Well just up there Geir says the early stuff is "heavily dud" so I assume it's brilliant.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:11 (thirteen years ago) link

I stole the two-disc Moody Blues Anthology from a box someone left outside my local library. I figured I would get better use out of it than the library would. Also, you know, free CD! Anyway, I really love most of the first disc, cheesy or not, but the second disc is completely unlistenable. Classic, though.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

days of future passed gets my vote too!! heavily dud should not be an expression.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:28 (thirteen years ago) link

"Heavily dud" is still a perfect description of the lame R&B they did before "Days Of Future Passed".

"Days Of Future Passed" is a great album, although I rank the next four ahead of it, and possibly "The Seventh Sojourn" ahead of it too.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:44 (thirteen years ago) link

"Watching and Waiting" what a fantastic, haunting song; so eerie and beautiful with that mellotron.

I've always thought the lyrics were from the standpoint of an omnipotent but lonesome being (I picture God in the Garden of Eden, pre-Adam and Eve).

Joe, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I've always thought the lyrics were from the standpoint of an omnipotent but lonesome being

Okay now I get why Geir likes it

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 01:01 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

For some reason, I remember buying a greatest hits collection on tape in the late 80s of these guys, listening to it non-stop for two weeks, and...returning it to the store for some reason.

Regardless, this band puts the whole "tunesmith==quality" formulation to the test. It seems like it's all guilty pleasures.

Classic: "Story In Your Eyes," "Legend of a Mind" (though it's undeniably dumb), and above all, "Question," particularly the mawkish "I'm looking for/Someone to change my life" section -- there's something about the "And if you could see/What it's done to me-eee" line that gets me every time.

"The Voice" is catchy, for sure...

I believe Hayward/Lodge's (great) "Blue Guitar" is produced by 10cc!

I remember enjoying much of In Search of the Lost Chord but finding much of it painfully dumb, a la "The Best Way To Travel" ("THINKING is the best way to travel!!")...

But "Sitting At the Wheel" == MONSTER dud.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 18 May 2007 04:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I believe Hayward/Lodge's (great) "Blue Guitar" is produced by 10cc!

It is.

Then, there is no way I'd ever possibly rank Moody Blues' AOR output from the mid 70s onwards as better than those wonderful symphonic psych concept albums they released between 1967 and 1972.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 18 May 2007 10:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I realize I also have a real soft spot for "Driftwood"...

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 19 May 2007 03:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I normally wouldn't write about this but they were dope when they had Denny Laine. Get yourself a copy of the 1965 NME Awards and tell me who was the best band on.

The rest of that shit I wouldn't wipe my ass with (except it IS soft!).

Saxby D. Elder, Saturday, 19 May 2007 05:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I rarely want to hear one of these albums all the way through but the rare song is always great.

akm, Monday, 6 April 2015 18:07 (five years ago) link

also Long Distance Voyager is probably their most underrated album.

akm, Monday, 6 April 2015 18:13 (five years ago) link

Why such a long gap between Seventh Sojourn and Octave?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 6 April 2015 18:52 (five years ago) link

this seems to imply general band exhaustion

mark e, Monday, 6 April 2015 19:03 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

God, reading over this thread again makes me glad I wasn't there for the early shitty hater era of ilx.

Listening to In Search Of The Lost Chord, some really great songs but there's something that bothers me about the album as a whole.

I loved Bongwater's cover of "Ride My See-Saw" and the original is awesome too and much fuller sounding.

I quite dislike the tone of the vocals in "Dr Livingston, I Presume", I felt similarly about "Another Morning" on the previous album. I can't quite describe it but it's as if Ray Thomas is speaking in a brisk carefree manner, which shouldn't necessarily be a bad thing but I find it irritating. I hope he doesn't keep that manner later on.

Justin seems by far the best vocalist of them. All his songs on this are great.

Just seen that there are some versions of the early albums with way more bonus tracks. Hope the "standard" editions keep all the best stuff. The bonus tracks on Days Of Future Passed were fantastic.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 12 October 2015 20:24 (five years ago) link

Finished listening to it, it's very good mostly.

"The Actor" and "Visions Of Paradise" are pretty gorgeous.

The Peel show version of "The Best Way To Travel" has this clattering at the end that should have been on the album version.
Bonus tracks "A Simple Game" (Justin vocals version is better) and "What Am I Doing Here?" are great.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 22 October 2015 21:15 (five years ago) link

The Actor would be my #1 Moody Blues song

The Once-ler, Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:03 (five years ago) link

would be a definite top 10 of mine ..

mark e, Thursday, 22 October 2015 22:27 (five years ago) link

In Search Of the Lost Chord is definitely a great album - I even wrote about it a few months ago. When people describe the sort of music that the Beatles made in their psychedelic period I often think of this one. It's been played out a lot but I still think "Voices in the Sky" is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.

frogbs, Friday, 23 October 2015 13:50 (five years ago) link

Played on the radio? Are they far more popular in America, Like The Zombies?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 October 2015 14:15 (five years ago) link

Nice piece. I guessed they might be considered bandwagon jumpers too square to really get in deep with the eastern spiritualism (which is probably going to be looked back on less favourably than ever) and psychedelic stuff. I don't recall them really going into that stuff on the documentary. I bet a lot of people held their big garden party album launch against them.

As someone earlier in this thread says, people who are fresh to this band will probably really like them. I knew virtually nothing about them before I saw Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (of all things; my sister thought the song was the only good thing about the film and she doesn't really listen to this sort of music). I think I first heard of them in an early issue of Prog magazine and admittedly I was slightly put off them because they looked very Austin Powers in some photos.

I haven't listened to enough to really place them properly but right now I associate them with Procol Harum and Family.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 October 2015 14:49 (five years ago) link

Played on the radio? Are they far more popular in America, Like The Zombies?

I haven't listened much to classic rock radio in a decade or so but from what I recall they were played fairly frequently, more than just "Thursday" and "Nights" - iirc lots of their later, not-so-good stuff as well.

frogbs, Friday, 23 October 2015 15:32 (five years ago) link

God, reading over this thread again makes me glad I wasn't there for the early shitty hater era of ilx.

Far too many ugly men with moustaches (who looked about 42 in 1967 so God knows what they look like now) in this band for my liking.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 23 October 2015 22:42 (five years ago) link

"the story in your eyes", "just a singer in a rock & roll band", "ride my see saw", and "lovely to see you" are still classic rock radio highlights

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 23 October 2015 23:45 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

They're great. I bet they influenced a lot of bands, even if those bands wouldn't name drop the Moodies as an influence. Hawkwind, Genesis, Even Joy Division / early New Order have audible Moody Blues influences.

In Search of the Lost Chord is great all the way through, and stands up to A Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd, Forever Changes by Love, Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies, and really anything from that milieu.

But I agree that there's something seemingly uncool about them -- maybe just the idea of them. But then I listen to them and remember how great they are!

Also, Mike Pinder's playing is probably the most iconic use of the Mellotron anywhere in rock history.

C/D: Classic!
S: In Search of the Lost Chord, To Our Children's Children's Children; D: Most of Days of Future Passed, Their 80s comeback.

3×5, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 20:39 (four years ago) link

In Search of the Lost Chord was the first LP my grandma gave me when she found out I had a turntable. Still had bongwater stains on it.

For the record, I think it's great. Sorta what I imagined the Beatles sounded like before I heard them. "Voices in the Sky" is still one of the prettiest songs ever written.

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 21:43 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

I fucking loathe this song.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

Your loss, but I never really payed attention to the lyrics. I'm sure a lot of people love it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 June 2018 16:49 (two years ago) link

Love this song

mind how you go (Ross), Friday, 22 June 2018 16:50 (two years ago) link

last week ordered the 2cd set 'this is .. ' cos its the easiest way to just kick back and listen to the best stuff by the band when they were at their peak.
last night after some booze I pressed play and had the best 90 mins I have had in ages.
brilliant band.

mark e, Friday, 22 June 2018 18:24 (two years ago) link

yea they definitely had enough material for an absolutely killer greatest hits. TOCCC is the only Moodys album that I think is actually great from start to finish. though their filler stuff is plenty fine too sometimes

frogbs, Friday, 22 June 2018 18:31 (two years ago) link

yea they definitely had enough material for an absolutely killer greatest hits.

"This is .." is clearly the best comp as it covers the glory years, and has edits/revisions so that it flows making it the best to experience the hits and more as opposed to diving in deep.
that said, every time I heard a song I just wanted to hear the full album that the song had been lifted from.
brilliant band.

you are proper ace Alfred, but you are massively wrong re this one.

mark e, Friday, 22 June 2018 18:57 (two years ago) link

It's okay. The world usually orients itself to me after a generation!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 June 2018 19:00 (two years ago) link

I’ve always felt that while “Nights in White Satin” was understandably the Moodies’ most iconic song—with its orchestral sweep, maudlin sentiment and earnest Hayward vocal—that it’s still a good distance from their best work. I’d say I feel that way about Days of Future Past generally tho “Tuesday Afternoon” is great and that BBC take of “Peak Hour” mentioned upthread is killer.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 22 June 2018 21:22 (two years ago) link

"Hawkwind, Genesis, Even Joy Division / early New Order have audible Moody Blues influences."

what? no.

akm, Friday, 22 June 2018 21:37 (two years ago) link

also when I was a kid I thought it was "Knights in White Satin" and the song always conjured up images of knights with jousts on horses wearing stunning satin white capes, and in fact it still does. The alternative, sweaty naked hippies rolling around on satin sheets, is too gross.

akm, Friday, 22 June 2018 21:39 (two years ago) link

Hey Alfred you will still be wrong in one generation fwiw

mind how you go (Ross), Saturday, 23 June 2018 13:17 (two years ago) link

Hahahahaha I had a feeling this thread revive would be from Alfred’s “Worst Songs Ever” blog. You didn’t even mention the “Breathe deep, the gathering gloom” poetry bit.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 24 June 2018 00:14 (two years ago) link

Your loathing is my joy

mind how you go (Ross), Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:33 (two years ago) link

You gloom has gathered.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:36 (two years ago) link

Ah Alfred you’re cool in my book

mind how you go (Ross), Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:37 (two years ago) link

Just saw your "Brand New Key" entry. It wasnt until this week I knew about the song except the Wurzels "Combine Harvester" cover of it, and that there was an irish singer that even did that version of the song before them. Because I heard Rasputina's version or "Brand New Key" and I loved it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 24 June 2018 15:51 (two years ago) link

Going through another period of listening to their Core Seven ... I think one of the more underrated things about them is that they have five fairly distinctive songwriters --- each of whom was responsible for some notable pieces. Hayward of course did a lot of the famous balladry. Lodge did more of the rock tunes ("Ride My See-Saw," "I'm Just a Singer"), Edge wrote the spoken word stuff ("The Dream," "The Word," "The Balance," my personal fave), and Thomas wrote "Legend of a Mind."

Pinder was responsible for some of their more interesting and experimental stuff -- "Out and In," "Lost in a Lost World," the "Have You Heard Pt. 1"/"The Voyage"/"Have You Heard Pt. 2" suite, "My Song." His voice was used for all of Edge's spoken word stuff (I love it, too, as it's almost perfectly theatrical). And of course, he did all the Mellotron parts, which is probably their most lasting innovation in pop.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:12 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

In Search of the Lost Chord sounded good today in the rain, particularly The Actor.

akm, Monday, 7 January 2019 01:49 (one year ago) link

Best UK psych band imo

ian, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:17 (one year ago) link

I prefer the band that had that song about the show on tramplolines and the guy who did the somerset through the hogshead of real fire.

timellison, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 04:08 (one year ago) link

great band.
nice write up of the band in this months mojo.
I really need to get their 7th album to complete the set of their classic era releases.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 12:00 (one year ago) link

Lost Chord is pretty much exactly what I thought Sgt. Pepper was gonna sound like before I heard it

still think "Voices in the Sky" is the prettiest thing ever

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 16:23 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

when my grandma found out I was into collecting records she gave me a bunch of her old LPs, including 5 of the 7 good ones

finally picked up the other 2. I don't exactly love the Moody Blues but I know those 7 are always seen as sort of a set and it bothered me I didn't have them. though the price of used vinyl has skyrocketed in the last 10 years these are still cheap and plenty available.

now that I'm listening to them properly I think they're great. Days of Future Past seems a bit overrated and is almost too goofy to take seriously (outside of 3 really great tracks, maybe the Indian-sounding one as well). but the other six are quite excellent. it is amusing to me how a lot of popular music just reflects the popular drugs of the time. in that sense their music is plenty appealing to me. I dig the floaty psychedelic vibes. my grandma was (and as far as I know still is) a massive stoner so I can see why she spoke so highly of these boys.

one track I'm surprised not to see mentioned on this thread is "Are You Sitting Comfortably" - that flute/woodwind melody over Heyward's voice is just pure bliss

frogbs, Thursday, 13 August 2020 18:06 (three months ago) link

yeah, i still need to get the 7th of the set.
instead i picked up this 2cd compilation of their classic era which blends all the big tunes together (including edits that are unavailable elsewhere) making it the best compilation ever.

mark e, Thursday, 13 August 2020 18:25 (three months ago) link

ahh .. i said the same thing 2 years ago.
well, at least i am consistent.

mark e, Thursday, 13 August 2020 18:26 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

"face piles and piles of trials with smiles"

How many of their albums are concept albums? A lot of bands get an inaccurate reputation for this but that's three in a row so far.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 25 October 2020 00:31 (one month ago) link

a friend pointed out that "On the Threshold of a Dream" is their last one on Deram records before they moved to Threshold, and it clearly should have been called "On the Threshold of a Deram." sadly he probably pointed this out more than forty years ago and i still to this day can't think of those records without thinking of that.

Thus Sang Freud, Sunday, 25 October 2020 01:31 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

The "Have You Heard" two-parter is such bliss. What a great band.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 00:18 (one week ago) link

Threshold is my favourite of their albums. It's not Hayward's peak, but Pinder's songs are very consistent. With Have You Heard, it's amusing how closely they pattern the arrangement after A Day in the Life.

All of their albums from Days of Future Past to Every Good Boy are putatively concept records, although each successive record is less tied into the concept other than the cover, title and maybe two or three of the lyrics.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 01:50 (one week ago) link

Huh, I never noticed that but it's definitely true. I don't think Seventh Sojourn has any concept at all. Maybe I'm just missing it.

current favorite is "You Can Never Go Home". there's this bent mellotron chord that just hits me in the gut.

frogbs, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:11 (one week ago) link

Yeah, by 1972 they were so exhausted that just getting a record in stores was enough of a unifying idea.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:32 (one week ago) link

Pinder’s compositions sort of snuck up on me. I originally sort of wrote them off but almost all of the deep cuts I fell for were either written by him (Out and In) or featured his voice (The Balance) or his next level Mellotron work (Beyond).

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:03 (one week ago) link

this is a good resource if you're wondering about what Mellotron sounds they were using:

my local shop has some of the post-7th Sojourn LPs for very cheap, still not sure if I want to check them out. of all the 60's psych/art rock bands I think they were the least able to adapt to the 70s, even the stuff they did do in the early 70's has a very 1968 vibe to it. either way I grabbed the Caught Live LP (for $2.99) and will probably be listening to it tonight

frogbs, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:32 (one week ago) link

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