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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.83 | 403 ratings

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3 stars The Moodies second LP, from 1968, came one year after their breakthrough, Days of Future Passed. It may not have the same impact as its' predecessor, IMHO not any ore 'Prog' than Days... at least. It still serves as a bridge between their British Invasion past and what was to come in the near future.

"Ride My See-Saw" is a more rocking number while "Dr, Livingstone I presume" sounds quite silly and of something that could have been made three years earlier. The most 'Prog' songs of the album comes next; "House of Four Doors", the hit "Legend of a Mind", wcich sounds better on the mid-70s mix from their best of album, and "House of Four Doors (Part 2)".

"Voices in the Sky" and "The best Way to travel" sounds like contemporary 60s Pop that they have played with in the studio a bit, added some effects here and there. "Visions of Paradise is more moody (Must be good for a band named The Moody Blues! Sorry couldn't help) and so is "The Actor". As most of the tracks on this record it have much flute in it and this must be one of the first Pop albums where the flute has that much place in the foreground. It would be more common later. After some spoken words ("The Word") there's more flute in the quite good ending track "Om"

This record sounds of something like a missing link between the british Pop of the 60s and the british Prog of the 70s. As that it is important. But, to be honest, it ain't really my cup of tea.

Frasse | 3/5 |


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