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Imitation. Innovation. Sensation. That pretty much sums up the first phase of THE MOODY BLUES. Their 1965 debut, "The Magnificent Moodies," was your standard British Invasion record; R&B covers and originals from Mike Pinder and Denny Laine that included an earlier #1 hit single, Go Now. In 1967, Justin Hayward and John Lodge replaced Laine and Rod Clarke, and what followed was the stunningly original "Days of Future Passed."

Featuring orchestral arrangements and introducing to many ears the transcendent tones of the mellotron, that work almost single-handedly set the stage for the progressive rock movement. Subsequent albums confirmed the band's status as England's newest sensation: "On The Threshold of a Dream," "A Question of Balance," "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" and "Seventh Sojourn" all hit #1. Hibernation of a sort followed in the mid '70s, as each member of the band released solo albums (Hayward and Lodge had the most success with their 1975 effort, "BLUE JAYS.")!

The band regrouped in the '80s and picked up where they left off (commercially anyway) with "Long Distance Voyager." Though the '90s found the Moodies less of a commercial force than a cult band, the group still tours and releases albums on occasion (including 1999's "Strange Times"). Their mix of sentimentalism and existentialism still resonates with listeners today, a point perhaps best made when the band was invited to play themselves on that most trendy of television shows, The Simpsons.

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THE MOODY BLUES discography


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THE MOODY BLUES top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.28 | 57 ratings
The Magnificent Moodies
1966
4.14 | 500 ratings
Days Of Future Passed
1967
3.81 | 262 ratings
In Search of the Lost Chord
1968
3.70 | 228 ratings
On The Threshold Of A Dream
1969
4.04 | 238 ratings
To Our Children's Children's Children
1969
3.46 | 183 ratings
A Question of Balance
1970
3.46 | 189 ratings
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
1971
3.65 | 183 ratings
Seventh Sojourn
1972
2.70 | 95 ratings
Octave
1978
3.28 | 133 ratings
Long Distance Voyager
1981
3.01 | 80 ratings
The Present
1983
2.20 | 67 ratings
The Other Side Of Life
1986
2.39 | 54 ratings
Sur la Mer
1988
2.80 | 50 ratings
Keys Of The Kingdom
1991
2.57 | 56 ratings
Strange Times
1999
2.52 | 40 ratings
December
2003

THE MOODY BLUES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 42 ratings
Caught Live + 5
1977
3.26 | 26 ratings
A night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphonic Orchestra
1993
3.91 | 16 ratings
Hall of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000
2000
3.60 | 10 ratings
Lovely To See You Live
2005
2.68 | 10 ratings
Live At The BBC: 1967 - 1970
2007
3.26 | 14 ratings
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2008

THE MOODY BLUES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.13 | 5 ratings
Legend of a Band
1990
3.26 | 18 ratings
A Night At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (DVD)
1993
4.07 | 9 ratings
Hall Of Fame
2000
2.09 | 13 ratings
The Lost Performance: Live in Paris '70
2004
3.32 | 12 ratings
Lovely To See You Live (DVD)
2005
2.49 | 6 ratings
Live at Montreux 1991
2005
4.00 | 6 ratings
Classic Artists: The Moody Blues
2006
3.45 | 12 ratings
Threshold of a Dream - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2009

THE MOODY BLUES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.64 | 6 ratings
Go Now!
1965
4.31 | 41 ratings
This Is The Moody Blues
1974
2.29 | 5 ratings
Voices In The Sky - The best of The Moody Blues
1985
2.48 | 10 ratings
Prelude
1987
3.85 | 9 ratings
Greatest Hits
1989
4.21 | 16 ratings
Time Traveller (Box set)
1994
1.00 | 1 ratings
True Story
1996
3.05 | 8 ratings
The Best Of Moody Blues
1997
2.16 | 5 ratings
The Moody Blues Anthology
1998
2.72 | 5 ratings
The Best of Moody Blues - 20th Century Masters
2000
3.81 | 7 ratings
The Singles +
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ballads
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Say It With Love
2003
3.80 | 6 ratings
Gold
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Moody Blues Collected
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Playlist Plus
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013

THE MOODY BLUES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Steal Your Heart Away
1964
2.67 | 3 ratings
Go Now!
1964
2.50 | 2 ratings
I Don't Want to Go On Without You
1965
2.50 | 2 ratings
Everyday
1965
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Moody Blues E.P.
1965
2.95 | 3 ratings
From The Bottom Of My Heart
1965
2.50 | 2 ratings
Boulevard De La Madelaine
1966
4.47 | 17 ratings
Nights In White Satin
1967
2.50 | 2 ratings
Life's Not Life
1967
3.67 | 3 ratings
Fly Me High
1967
3.33 | 6 ratings
Voices in the Sky
1968
4.00 | 6 ratings
Tuesday Afternoon
1968
3.44 | 9 ratings
Ride My See-Saw
1968
3.60 | 5 ratings
Voices In The Sky
1968
4.00 | 4 ratings
Never Comes the Day
1969
3.83 | 6 ratings
Watching and Waiting
1969
3.78 | 9 ratings
Melancholy Man
1970
4.10 | 12 ratings
Question
1970
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Story In Your Eyes
1971
3.80 | 10 ratings
Isn't Life Strange
1972
3.33 | 3 ratings
I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
1973
3.20 | 5 ratings
Steppin' in a Slide Zone
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Had to Fall in Love
1978
3.00 | 3 ratings
Driftwood
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Gemini Dream
1981
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Voice
1981
3.00 | 5 ratings
Talking Out Of Turn
1981
3.50 | 6 ratings
Blue World
1983
2.14 | 5 ratings
Sitting at the Wheel
1983
3.25 | 4 ratings
Running Water
1984
3.00 | 2 ratings
Running Water
1984
3.56 | 9 ratings
Your Wildest Dreams
1986
4.00 | 4 ratings
I Know You're Out There Somewhere
1988
3.00 | 4 ratings
No More Lies
1988
1.23 | 7 ratings
Bless The Wings
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
English Sunset
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
December Snow
2003

THE MOODY BLUES Reviews


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 The Present  by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.01 | 80 ratings

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The Present
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Daybreak

The Moodies eleventh album "The Present" was released with the wind of "Long Distance Voyager" at its back. Patrick Moraz was now settled in and the band had now successfully reinvented itself for a new fan base, a new decade, and a streamlined new 80s art pop sound. My perception back in the day was that this was a pretty weak effort but I no longer believe that. With the benefit of some hindsight I think the Moodies began the 80s with more mature and timeless material than some of their more acclaimed prog peers who shall remain nameless. Call it art rock if you need to-whatever gets you through the night. I for one am enjoying the Moodies more than I ever used to. I do take issue with some of the production choices of the time, the programmed drum sounds and the economical production choices. But the uplifting spirit of the band members and the catchy qualities of the music make The Present another very enjoyable listening experience. The arrangements are really quite lush and inviting in typical Moody fashion despite being so much more "commercial" than their early material. The mix of Hayward's velvety voice with Moraz's more fully realized contributions yield great success in presentation.

The opening selections "Blue World" and "Meet Me Halfway" tick all the boxes that were so successful on LDV while pulling in the vibe of the famous Parrish painting that is used (if modified) on the album cover. Catchy choruses with lovely harmonies and tasteful guitar parts. Ray Thomas delivers his usual beautiful contributions, if not quite as flamboyant as before, on "Going Nowhere" vocals and on this own closing piece "Sorry", which features a cool flute intro. Side two is even more succulent with some very solid Lodge/Hayward tracks. "It's Cold Outside" is so typical Hayward, very upbeat and filled with the kind of optimism he has expressed in later years. Same with "Running Water" which moves me with its lyrics of hope and love, again, very tasteful lead guitar and keyboard background to Hayward's smooth vocal. I'll be honest and admit there is that cynical streak buried in me which could give this album one star and rip it for its disposition and sweetness, but I can't do it. I'm not that person anymore. I enjoy The Present nearly as much as Long Distance Voyager and the band were on a bit of a roll again.

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 Lovely To See You Live (DVD) by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover DVD/Video, 2005
3.32 | 12 ratings

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Lovely To See You Live (DVD)
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Lovely to see you indeed

I often rail against rock and roll senior citizens. Too often I have to agree with Grace Slick's ranting on the subject. She says rock is a young person's game and that her peers should have the common sense to know when it's time to take up painting. Instead we now have "rockers" around age 70 still hauling in the big paychecks singing material they wrote as young men. Worse than having little true conviction to the material is the inability to "get it up" anymore. They play the songs slower, they can't hit the notes (coughhhrobertandgeddy), or they can barely move. Come on people. You're still gonna pay huge bucks to see such mediocrity?

However, occasionally I come across veterans who not only manage to pull it off, but actually do it well enough to put across something genuinely moving and worthwhile. The Moody Blues deliver a set here that is dignified, well done, and enjoyable. This is probably because they wrote timeless material that doesn't sound silly coming from an older person. And they can still sing their parts with relative ease. As only three of the long timers remain they have filled in the rest of the stage with new faces who do a fine job, especially flautist Norda Mullen who seems to have won over the fan base already with her energy.

The show is recorded in Los Angeles and features a simple stage presentation but tasteful lightning, bathing the band in blues and soft purples. Highlights include an early Tuesday Afternoon and The Actor. I would have preferred more Long Distance Voyager but they do sample it with The Voice and Talking Out Of Turn. There is a beautiful acoustic number called Forever Autumn from a Hayward soundtrack collaboration. Then they bring down the house with a poignant, beautiful Isn't Life Strange from the Seventh Sojourn album. This one really seemed to touch people with its melancholy lyrics, I believe there are a few tears in the audience. It also seemed to energize everyone in the band.

They got better as the show went on and positively rocked on Question, Higher and Higher, while delivering all the regal majesty on their classic Nights in White Satin. Hayward just excelled at the show's climax, the fast guitar part at the beginning of Question seemed faster if anything, and his leads were right on the mark though he rarely deviated from the album leads. The Moodies have proven remarkably resilient over all this time and their material holds up. I got a little emotional at the end. It is not lost on me that I'm watching old friends here, voices that have been a part of my life for all of my life, and are rapidly nearing retirement based simply on the math. These voices will be missed and this is a great final document....if it proves to be their last major DVD release. While they were never my favorite band and still aren't I consider their music a treasured part of the last half century.

The extra is a warm and laid back 30 minute interview with Hayward, Lodge, and Edge. At first the questions are short ice breakers moving quickly back and forth between members, but eventually they all take them into more philosophical areas discussing family, art, and fans. They seem genuinely grateful for their long ride and they seem to enjoy being together yet, without the animosity we know exists in some of the other long time bands. The sound on the DVD is decent enough although not perfect. At times there are some anomalies which irritated me and I could use more bass. But don't let that stop you from catching up with old friends.

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 Long Distance Voyager by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.28 | 133 ratings

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Long Distance Voyager
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Lush, beautiful art rock ponders time

When I first obtained the cheap, mass produced cassette tape from the Columbia music club in the summer of '81 (20 Records or Tapes for 1 Penny!!!) I was not a Moody Blues fan. I was a kid who enjoyed hearing "Gemini Dream" on the radio and added their cassette to my order. It didn't get much play. I never expected my revisit to this sometimes maligned title to yield much love, but a more mature appraisal than I would have given it then says LDV is indeed quite a finely crafted piece of music. Certainly there is some truth to the criticism it gets: it is a safe and softer art rock that pushes toward the mainstream more than their old albums, which themselves were not exactly all that dangerous. The percussion strikes me as much too canned at times. Yet despite all the criticisms I think it is consistent, well constructed, melodic and just plain fun art-pop music. Throw in the beautiful and thoughtful artwork and it makes a nice package.

Boasting two successful radio hits in "The Voice" and "Gemini Dream" LDV was a huge commercial success which gave the band a rebirth of sorts. But there is so much more here. "22,000 Days" sounds almost Beatle-esqe in places as it ponders how short our lives are and how we shouldn't waste time. Hayward puts together a nice pair of tracks with "In My World" and "Meanwhile." Lodge contributes a longer artsy track in "Talking Out Of Turn" and the more inward and sullen "Nervous." The album is unusual in that most of it flows well until the last six minutes when Ray Thomas' track are tacked on, almost like an afterthought. One gets the feeling he was somehow less appreciated, and yet in the view of many, his slightly off-kilter and more theatrical pieces do their job in bringing some strangeness and excitement to a band that otherwise plays it a bit too safe.

Despite my reluctance toward the more mechanical sounding percussion, LDV excels in creating a lush and rewarding sound and arrangement. All of the guitars and bass parts are tasteful and layered with care. Moraz is frequently coloring each track with an array of cool keyboard and synth parts, he is the secret weapon on LDV. Some tracks are further dressed with lovely string arrangements from the New World Philharmonic. Rolling Stone described the sound as an "elegant soufflé consists of silkily strummed guitars and gossamer Mellotron and keyboards, capped by a host of agreeable, charcoal-mellowed vocals. They manage to fill every small hole in the sound with a kind of comforting, pea-soup sonic fog. Like the Genesis of Wind and Wuthering, the instrumental weave here is so tight, the strands so densely and artfully stitched into the fabric..." -Parke Puterbaugh

The final lines of Puterbaugh's review reached the same conclusion as my own. This is a charming release that was "terribly unhip" but why judge it in those terms? It was and remains a reflection of a pastoral and melancholic longing some people have, of memories and curiosities of times past, as well as taking stock of the present. The themes and content seem a perfect fit for the luxuriously crafted, dreamy sound the Moodies have dealt them. In essence they understood where the material was going and they succeeded quite brilliantly is presenting it with a top-notch sense of grandeur, while at the same time managing to make the tracks catchy and appealing beyond their core audience. And it may be that very crime which many proggers will not forgive them for, but in my view the Moodies have always been on the warm milk side of prog. They balance the conflicting interests as well as anyone could in that time and place-and for the most part LDV is an excellent album.

A special mention to some incredible art work on both the front and rear cover. They carry this over to small drawings on each lyric page and it creates a great bond between the written word and the music.

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 Long Distance Voyager by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.28 | 133 ratings

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Long Distance Voyager
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by HolyMoly
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3 stars [Disclaimer: towards the end of this review I make some speculations about the band's personal motivations behind the songs. Please note that these are only speculations on my part, and not based on any real knowledge of the musicians' lives at the time. I am, however, serious about my speculations, and mean no harm in voicing them]

Unlike many of the classic prog albums, this is an album I was THERE for, bought on its day of release back at the age of 12 in 1981, and although I'd never rank it as a classic, it's an album I know by heart, and so thoughts come easily and freely when thinking of what to say. My elder prog colleagues here at Prog Archives may fondly remember that day in their youth when they took their horse and cart to the local trading post to buy the first copies of CAN's Monster Movie, likewise I was there and remember the fuss (by me, anyway) over this release.

I had spent most of the last decade (age 2-12) listening to mostly Moody Blues albums, and after the pretty good but underwhelming Octave three years prior, this album seemed even at first glance to be a more exciting proposition. For one, there was a new guy on keyboards. I remember buying a copy of Us magazine with the Moodies on the cover, talking about Mike Pinder's replacement Patrick Moraz, who had been in a group called Yes. I'd heard that band's name before, but it didn't mean much to me yet. It was mainly what I heard every night when I asked my mom, "Do I HAVE to go to bed now?" (rim shot).

Okay, side one: immediately this album announces itself proudly with the magnificent single "The Voice", a classic Justin Hayward tune that is inspiring, melodic, has a lovely guitar solo, and deserves its place on the list of greatest Moody Blues songs of all time. It's classic stuff, everything you like about the band is in there somewhere... except the Mellotron, of course - they'd retired that a while back - but Moraz fills the gap with keyboard washes that blend in well with the guitars. Best song on the album? Actually, batting second, John Lodge's "Talking Out of Turn" gives it a bit of a challenge in that respect. A baroque string arrangement over a simple rhythmic pulse makes this one of the least-dated songs of the era, sounding even contemporary today. And as a ballad, it's one of Lodge's best. Lodge and Hayward collaborate on the next tune, "Gemini Dream", a transparent attempt to cash in on some of that disco crossover gold enjoyed by the likes of ELO (sounding not unlike their excellent "Last Train to London"; I think the song is even similarly about nightclubbing). It's a decent tune, but even in 1981 at the age of 12 I had to say "huh?" a little bit. Then Hayward closes a strong side one with the latest in a long line of Hayward ballads (most recent winner entries: New Horizons, Driftwood), "In My World", and though it goes on a tad too long, it's a beautiful number.

Having front-loaded the first side with the songs with hit potential, side two shows some other sides of the band. Even Hayward's opening "Meanwhile" is kind of a quirky song for him, with almost a jazzy riff and vocal in the verses, followed by anthemic bridges and choruses. Not a highlight, but functions as a signpost telling the listener that side 2 will not merely be more of the same. Case in point: the next track is by drummer Graeme Edge - the only guy in the group that doesn't sing, and most of his contributions in the past have simply been his poetry bits, spoken by the departed Pinder - and is about mortality, entitled "22,000 Days" ("it's not a lot! it's all we got!"). It's a strong tune, not a knockout but certainly different from what's come before. Lodge then weighs in with another ballad (come on John, where's the rock and roll you're known for? And no, Gemini Dream doesn't count) about a troubled relationship called "Nervous". It's heartfelt and an improvement over the last album's similar "Survival" (also song 3 on side 2, how about that). And then the album's over.

Wait, no, where's Ray Thomas? He hasn't written or sung anything yet. Ray Thomas of the happy childlike songs about frogs playing tambourines and eating lamb on Sunday, what have you this offering? What? What's wrong, Ray? You look a little down. Yes, the last three songs on the album are a mini-suite written and sung by Thomas, and boy are they bitter, even shocking. "Painted Smile" is Ray's take on the "sad clown behind the happy mask" theme done by so many artists before (e.g. "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), but this one really made me wonder what was going wrong in his life. And it's not just sad; it's angry at the audience for indulging him, and it's self-pitying and humiliated for pushing on in the rock world past his prime. Likening himself to a jester implies that he sees his role in the band as nothing but a sideshow; and indeed, he always had to play second fiddle to Hayward and Lodge, and even Pinder, and it's clear his confidence is low. The music is a macabre sort of marionette waltz dance, with Thomas's strong vocal wrenching out all the bitter drama he can muster. This leads into a short linking track, "Reflective Smile", which is a recitation over circus music, furthering the "clown" motif, but with a very twisted vocal, suggesting a descent into madness. This is the Moody Blues?

Finally we get the hard dance-rock of "Veteran Cosmic Rocker" (this time a bit reminiscent of ELO's "Showdown"), which further drives home Ray's dismal caricature of himself, the washed up old has-been rocker, hanging on for dear life to a rock world he has no business being in any more ("he's afraid that he's going to die"). The venom in Thomas's voice is so palpable here, it almost strains off pitch in spots, he's just "going for it", as if this were his last gasp. Well, he wasn't done yet, but in a few years his role would finally be limited to backup vocals and tambourine, and singing the obligatory "Legend of a Mind" in concert. And that's a shame... Ray Thomas provided a key ingredient to the band with his 2 songs per album, frequent flute playing, and strong vocals; after this album, we would only hear increasingly watered-down Hayward and Lodge songs, a situation that quickly produced diminishing returns. One of my favorite things about the band growing up was how all 5 of the members contributed and (with the exception of Edge) sang lead; the eventual obsolescence of Ray Thomas was foreshadowed and the process begun with this album.

Probably the last album by the band you really need to own; it's quite good and offers a couple of classics surrounded by good-to-very-good songs. It offers the same variety in voices and styles that characterizes their classic seven albums (1967-1972). The Mellotron is missed, but apart from that it's very much a typical Moodies album, and worth having.

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 December by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.52 | 40 ratings

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December
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars December is The Moody Blues' last album, their sixteenth, and it was released, eleven years ago in the year 2003, pachaged in, this time, a fine painting of a winter landscape. This is a christmas album with both known and unknown christmas songs for the audience to delight. The length is just enough and the album has a fine smooth aura which characterizes every track and almost every moment here. The musicians who participates here are Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge and Norda Mullen(flutist).

Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood for these cheesy christmas songs. I found them uninspired and pale. If I wan't to hear the known ones of this album I would rather hear either more traditional ones or more experimental. A progressive christmas album would have been something. The Moody Blues were progressive in the late sixties and the early seventies + one record from the early eighties. Furthermore my interest has faded. The music is for certain still soft and warm and it would certainly please someone, but not me, and probably not most prog fans. Somebody would say The Moody Blues had never been a real prog band, I don't agree. They were one of thoose band how explored and defined the prog rock genre, even if their sound didn't became the normative prog. Between 1967 and 1972(+1981) they expanded the rock music with great ambition. The band problably won't become one of my favourites but I'll take with me "Days of Future Passed", "To our childrens childrens children", "Every good boy deserves favour", "Seventh sojourn" and "Long distance voyager" as very good albums which described a beautiful time period. Many of their more recent things have unfortunately been pale shadows of them, and it doesn't help to mention "Days of future passed" on every record. "December" wasn't enough for me, and quite an uniteresting end of "The Moody Blues'" carreer.

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 Strange Times  by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.57 | 56 ratings

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Strange Times
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars I have come to The Moody Blues' fifteenth studio album "Strange times" from 1999 which is their second last until now. The cover picture is boring must I say, it has nothing to do with the former fantastic pictures of this band. We see how the sea begins on a shore and a little earth happens to be there too. Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, Ray Thomas(who's back) take help from the programmer and keyboard player Danilo Madonia on this album. The record has a long playing time.

I have for a long time had indulgence with less interesting music from this band because I still thought it was so honest and well performed. Now I have began to get tired of this. It feels like this album hasn't the right integracy and originality. The songs are very smooth and don't disturb the listener at all. But how I would wish to be disturbed! The music has a very clean and flirting image but perhaps I am the wrong listener. I don't feel this album has enough to please me.

Some songs are good. The first "English sunset" is decent(6/10) and the five last song's are quite good. But there are too many bland tracks such as track 2-9. "My little love" is the most beautiful track, and also the shortest with acoustic guitar and a fine melody(7/10) and "Forever now" is good(6/10) as well as "The one" which also has something extra(6/10) and "The swallow" also interests me somehow(6/10). But otherwise this music isn't enough. OK as before, this is certainly not a clumpsy work but I would have wished them to be bold and brave instead of just comfortable. I will give "Strange times" two stars!

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 Keys Of The Kingdom by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.80 | 50 ratings

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Keys Of The Kingdom
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars The Moody Blues' fourteenth studio album "Keys of the Kingdom" from 1991 is in my opinion a quite pleasant work and as the band uses to, alse this album is well produced and intelligent in many ways. The music isn't what I would say progressive in any particular meaning, but I can hear influences from Beatles, Genesis and others still, in the vocals and in the instrumentation.

"Shadows on the wall" has something of John Lennon in it and I love the closer "Never blame the rainbows for the rain". It is a joyfull and poetic work. All tracks are very smooth and poppy. They are done to serve the common ear musical food, and it is presented is quite an orchestrated version. "Say it with love" and "Bless the wings" are two more examples of good tracks on"Keys of the Kingdom". The Moody Blues has gone away from their glory days of weird pop music, but what I most take with me from this one is that the band still plays, and does it good.

Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge, John Lodge and Patrick Moraz should have the credit for this decent album with a not very interesting cover picture where we se mountains and the Moody Blues' sign over them. There are a lot of guest musicians who make the sound powerful even if the compositions aren't. I think my rating will follow in a line of many others who has done the same, by saying this album is okey, but its intentions doesn't go further than that. Three stars!

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 Sur la Mer by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.39 | 54 ratings

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Sur la Mer
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Now I am here again with my review of a Moody Blues' album which I think I liked, yes I did. Their last record "The other side of life" was a disappointment" but after two years it was like the band was more comportable with their own music again. No it wasn't progressive rock, but it had the same professionality that The Moody Blues used to have and just like Genesis' "Invisible touch" is this a typical eighties record with an old prog band that still could do good music.

The record is their thirteenth and it was recorded 1988, 26 years from now and 22 years from their debut album. Now Ray Thomas was gone and the musicians that were left were Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge and Patrick Moraz and Tony Visconti was programming. I don't like the cover, it is as boring as "Octave"s but it is a lot of blue and I think it's a painting. The design of "Sur la mer"'s cover must be though just for the CD box format.

The music here is, just like I said much better than on the last album. The melodies are sweeping and fine and the vocals are very clever and catchy. It is not prog but good pop rock from the eigthies. The first song "I know you're out there somewhere" is very catchy(6/10) and next song "Want to be with you" is well sung and friendly(6/10) and the third track "River of endless love" is the album's best(7/10). Here we have nice ahrmonies and depth and a fine typical saxophone. "No more lies" is perhaps a bit too languorous but I like it(6/10) and "Here comes the weekend" is well performed and dramatid(6/10).

The second half is unfortunately inferior and especiallt the tracks seven and eight aren't interesting at all for me. The closer though: "Deep" is a deep and varied track with a good guitar solo(6/10). Over all was this listening a pleasant experience which left me satisfied with what I heard. My ratings on every track give me the final rating 2,75 which becomes 3 stars overall.

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 The Other Side Of Life by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.20 | 67 ratings

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The Other Side Of Life
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars I follow the line of records made by The Moody Blues and between 1967 and 1983 I have liked what I have heard. But on this twelfth album my opinion about them has changed, or the music has changed.

Three years had gone since "The Present" and now 1986 they released "The Other Side of Life", a record with the same line up than before but with a certainty less interesting sound. As before Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge and Patrick Moraz was there but to be honest I have hard to hear many of them. You could get a hint of the music's direction just by looking at the cover; it isn't fascinating and artistic as the band's former covers.

I am very sure this is the worst "The Moody Blues" album since "The Magnificent Moodies". On that album is wasn't either prog. These songs unfortunately seem to me like quite anonymous pop rock tunes from the eighties. I can't say I appreciate whether the compositions or the arrangements. The record sounds pale and uninspired and sometimes really bad. I would say a couple of songs are okey and worth listen to if you are interested in "The Moody Blues". The "common" prog listener should avoid the album. "The other side of life" also the title track is harmonic, varied and a fine and detailed composition with depth(6/10) and "The spirit" also has some form of spirit(5/10).

The other songs have got four stars of five by me. They sound cliché and like the band had lost their spirit. I am sad but my review of this is negative. Two stars and not recommended.

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 The Present  by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.01 | 80 ratings

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The Present
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars "The Present" is The Moody Blues' eleventh studio album and it was released thirty-one years ago in 1983. The band, then seems to be in a good state of mind after their last wonderful record from 1981. Like many times before the band, chooses to present their music with an extraordinary beautiful cover picture. This time the motive was antic. I looks like Greek statues beside an urn and in the background we can se a high mountain and in the top leaves. The same line up is represented here as last time with Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge and Patrick Moraz.

I would say the saound of this music had been more pop than on last record and it sounds more like music from the eighties. The compositions are a bit more happy and fast and less complicated. I don't either find the sound as rich as before. Still there is good keyboard work that points out sometimes but I often miss Michael Pinder's organ. Perhaps it's significant that the best song, also is the shortest: "I am" is beautiful, with clear vocals and a majestic atonal feeling(8/10). Beside that track four other is worth the be mentioned. "Going nowhere" has intentions and a appreciate the vocals, the strings, the guitar and the keyboards. It's a song with interesting details(7/10). Also the short march "Hole in the world" has value(7/10) as well as "Running water", a quick pop song which is a good example of this record's eighties pop(7/10). Finally "Sorry" is agood certainly good song where the melody is varied and the keyboard stands out(7/10). On the last record I found that the vocals sometimes sounded like Greg Lake. On this record I found similarities with both Pye Hastings(tracks three) and a hint of 10cc. Two tracks couldn't get my attention: "Under my feet" and "It's cold outside your heart" were quite boring but the rest unmentioned tracks are cosy.

This is overall a good Moody Blues' album which some highlights, even it those peaks aren't so high. It is even as almost every record by this band yet and I think you will enjoy your time. I don't know what will happen later in the 80s but I like what this band has done until now(Until "The Present).

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