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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

2.29 | 90 ratings

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3 stars This was the first album for the band whose name comes from their favourite beer.

At this time Denny Laine, later of Wings fame, was the lead man. The direction here is very blues and sixties pop based. There is a bit of Motown feeling in some of the songs.

The big hit here is "Go Now". I think to this albums' credit, even though this album seems prehistoric in direction when compared to their later work, it does stand up fairly well, and most people would rate it above some of the albums that came later, even though it is in a completely different style to what they would usually come to expect.

Of course, 'Go Now' is the big standout, but 'Something you got' and 'A beautiful dream' also stand up. The trouble with this album is it just isn't as much fun as most mid sixties albums. They are trying, they have a lot of talent. The orginals are searching, but just not really hitting the mark, because they don't really know where to go. But the music is still good. Good enough for three stars.

Interesting to note bass player Clint Warwick, who was very young at the time, soon left. He would have been only 16 or 17 when they were making this music.

The front cover says it all, Pinder, Edge and Thomas on one side, glaring at Laine on the other side, while Warwick is bent down, looking at the camera, as if wishing he could get away from it all!

Brendan | 3/5 |


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