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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.42 | 21 ratings

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4 stars This is a wonderful live document of the Moodys from the 1971 Isle Of Wight Festival where they closed the concert along with Jimi Hendrix. Sufficiently energized into performing at their best, the group did a high energy concert that sports great group vocals and playing from all. Especially note worthy is that Mike Pinder did all of his keyboard parts on one Mark 2 model Mellotron as his living room sized C3 Moog was just too much to take on the road. Pinder also displayed his most energetic vocals on his own "Melancholy Man" from the band's just released A Question Of Balance album. Guitarist Justin Hayward is mostly pitch perfect with his singing except for omitting a couple of words on two songs during the verses for reasons I can't fathom. For reasons of convenience and amplification, Hayward plays all his acoustic guitar parts with an electric guitar on his "Question", "Tuesday Afternoon", and "Nights In White Satin" signature songs. Naturally the songs are harder edged but still quite enjoyable. Graham Edge is an absolute animal on drums and fits the 60s stereotype of the mad drummer.

Those who forever swear that the Moodys were never a good live act should hear this enthusiastic performance. The sound quality is a little murky but all of the instruments and vocals are crystal clear with a decent sound mix. 4 stars.

SteveG | 4/5 |


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