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THE MOODY BLUES

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Formed in 1964 in Birmingham, UK - Suspended activity between 1974 and 1977 - Still active as of 2017

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.

See also: HAYWARD & LODGE

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

2.31 | 112 ratings
The Magnificent Moodies [Aka: The Beginning]
1965
4.20 | 960 ratings
Days of Future Passed
1967
3.86 | 488 ratings
In Search of the Lost Chord
1968
3.78 | 413 ratings
On The Threshold Of A Dream
1969
4.09 | 460 ratings
To Our Children's Children's Children
1969
3.54 | 356 ratings
A Question of Balance
1970
3.57 | 346 ratings
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
1971
3.75 | 328 ratings
Seventh Sojourn
1972
2.75 | 174 ratings
Octave
1978
3.34 | 240 ratings
Long Distance Voyager
1981
3.03 | 148 ratings
The Present
1983
2.30 | 123 ratings
The Other Side of Life
1986
2.42 | 101 ratings
Sur la mer
1988
2.80 | 91 ratings
Keys of the Kingdom
1991
2.67 | 95 ratings
Strange Times
1999
2.57 | 75 ratings
December
2003

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

3.12 | 66 ratings
Caught Live + 5
1977
3.50 | 45 ratings
A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphonic Orchestra
1993
3.82 | 33 ratings
Hall of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000
2000
3.69 | 18 ratings
Lovely To See You Live
2005
2.84 | 21 ratings
Live At The BBC: 1967 - 1970
2007
3.43 | 23 ratings
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2008
4.33 | 9 ratings
The Days of Future Passed Live
2018

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

3.34 | 10 ratings
Legend of a Band
1990
3.34 | 26 ratings
A Night At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (DVD)
1993
4.12 | 15 ratings
Hall Of Fame
2000
2.20 | 19 ratings
The Lost Performance: Live in Paris '70
2004
3.38 | 17 ratings
Lovely To See You Live (DVD)
2005
2.68 | 12 ratings
Live at Montreux 1991
2005
4.04 | 11 ratings
Classic Artists: The Moody Blues
2006
3.59 | 21 ratings
Threshold of a Dream - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2009
4.16 | 6 ratings
Days of Future Passed Live
2018

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

2.64 | 6 ratings
Go Now - Moody Blues #1 [Aka: In The Beginning]
1965
4.31 | 67 ratings
This Is The Moody Blues
1974
2.50 | 9 ratings
Voices In The Sky - The best of The Moody Blues
1985
2.61 | 19 ratings
Prelude
1987
3.97 | 12 ratings
Greatest Hits
1989
4.26 | 25 ratings
Time Traveller (Box set)
1994
1.18 | 2 ratings
True Story
1996
3.15 | 13 ratings
The Best Of Moody Blues
1997
2.34 | 9 ratings
The Moody Blues Anthology
1998
2.86 | 8 ratings
The Best of Moody Blues - 20th Century Masters
2000
4.00 | 10 ratings
The Singles +
2000
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ballads
2003
4.67 | 3 ratings
Say It With Love
2003
3.95 | 10 ratings
Gold
2005
4.67 | 3 ratings
Moody Blues Collected
2007
4.67 | 3 ratings
Playlist Plus
2008
4.86 | 7 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013
3.29 | 5 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013

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

2.60 | 5 ratings
Steal Your Heart Away
1964
3.14 | 7 ratings
Go Now!
1964
2.60 | 5 ratings
I Don't Want to Go On Without You
1965
2.96 | 7 ratings
Everyday
1965
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Moody Blues E.P.
1965
2.88 | 6 ratings
From The Bottom Of My Heart
1965
3.74 | 8 ratings
Boulevard De La Madelaine
1966
4.78 | 30 ratings
Nights in White Satin
1967
3.17 | 6 ratings
Life's Not Life
1967
2.31 | 7 ratings
Fly Me High
1967
3.29 | 12 ratings
Voices in the Sky
1968
4.03 | 13 ratings
Tuesday Afternoon
1968
3.89 | 16 ratings
Ride My See-Saw
1968
4.00 | 8 ratings
Voices In The Sky
1968
3.29 | 9 ratings
Never Comes the Day
1969
3.82 | 11 ratings
Watching and Waiting
1969
4.71 | 16 ratings
Melancholy Man
1970
4.13 | 19 ratings
Question
1970
4.00 | 10 ratings
The Story In Your Eyes
1971
4.14 | 14 ratings
Isn't Life Strange
1972
4.09 | 11 ratings
I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
1973
3.11 | 9 ratings
Steppin' in a Slide Zone
1978
3.71 | 7 ratings
Had to Fall in Love
1978
3.15 | 7 ratings
Driftwood
1978
3.67 | 6 ratings
Gemini Dream
1981
4.44 | 9 ratings
The Voice
1981
3.63 | 8 ratings
Talking Out Of Turn
1981
4.00 | 9 ratings
Blue World
1983
2.59 | 8 ratings
Sitting at the Wheel
1983
3.20 | 5 ratings
Running Water
1984
3.82 | 11 ratings
Your Wildest Dreams
1986
3.86 | 7 ratings
I Know You're Out There Somewhere
1988
3.83 | 6 ratings
No More Lies
1988
1.24 | 7 ratings
Bless The Wings
1991
3.50 | 8 ratings
English Sunset
1999
3.00 | 3 ratings
December Snow
2003

THE MOODY BLUES Reviews


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 Strange Times by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.67 | 95 ratings

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Strange Times
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars Moodies return after 8 year absence with this final full album of original songs, and it is quite strong, but with a bit different sound. They've thankfully fully left behind the synthpop, and feature a more stripped-down, acoustic style, with more of a singer-songwriter feel. There are still strings and keyboard orchestration, but overall, songs are based more on acoustic guitar and piano, and arrangements built around that. English Sunset is a standout track, but several other really good songs. Justin's vocals are wonderful, and both Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge have greater presence here than on other recent albums, as Ray gets his own song again (and co-write of another song), and this album also brings back the album closing recitation from Edge with orchestral backing. A few too many soft ballads, but a very enjoyable album, with beautiful melodies and vocals throughout. A strong, but neglected album. Best Tracks: English Sunset, Sooner or Later, Foolish Love, My Little Lovely, The Swallow, Nothing Changes. Rating: 3.5
 Keys of the Kingdom by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.80 | 91 ratings

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Keys of the Kingdom
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars Better songs than the previous two 80's albums, and have mostly dropped the 80's synthpop sound by this time (but still a few holdover synthpop tracks and arrangements), although still geared toward commercial production. Multiple songs here still sound exactly like ELO (especially Say What You Mean and Lean on Me), and although that is not necessarily a bad thing, it is not what I want from the Moody Blues. Overall, a much better variety of tracks and return of fuller production and more complex arrangements. And the return of Ray Thomas as singer, songwriter, and flautist with his lovely Celtic Sonant. Certainly a step in the right direction, but the relative lack of success of this album lead to another long gap before the next studio album. Keyboardist Patrick Moraz was fired during the making of this album after he publicly complained about the band and his role in it (and lawsuits ensued). Best Songs: Say It With Love, Is This Heaven, Hope and Pray, Once is Enough, Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain. Rating: 3.5
 Sur la mer by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.42 | 101 ratings

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Sur la mer
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

2 stars This album marked the culmination of their cheesy '80's synthpop period. It represented the lowpoint of the band and this music has not aged well. Still, there are a few good pop-rock songs here, such as the follow-up single to Your Wildest Dreams, I Know You're Out There Somewhere, as well as No More Lies and Vintage Wine. But the rest are mostly forgettable or regrettable simplistic synthpop ditties or limp ballads, and the few highpoints are not enougn to compensate for the rest of the album. Really sappy pop production and synthpop arrangements remove any potential these songs or melodies could have had. Ray Thomas does not appear on this album, as singer, songwriter, or vocalist, and Graeme Edge has a reduced presence, as most of the percussion are programmed drum machines, and their input did not fit in with the synthpop vibe of the time. Rating: 2.5
 The Other Side of Life by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.30 | 123 ratings

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The Other Side of Life
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars Too much disposable 80's synthpop here, but also a couple really good songs in Your Wildest Dreams and the great title track, which showed a different side of the band. At this point, it seems that they are trying to go for a sound more in the style of ELO pop than the Moody Blues, and have lost quite a bit of what made them the great band that they were. But the songwriting and vocals from Justin Hayward still yields some real gems. Ray Thomas was relegated to mostly just a background singer during this period, as his songs and flute were not utilized in this synthpop period. Best Songs: Your Wildest Dreams, The Other Side of Life, I Just Dont Care, Slings and Arrows. Rating: 3
 The Present by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.03 | 148 ratings

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The Present
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars Solid follow-up to Long Distance Voyager, as it attempts to replicate its style and success, with mostly positive results. It has many similar strengths and a nice variety of songs and styles, just not quite as strong as LDV, but still really good. A great single in Blue World, but continues to move more toward radio-friendly songs and production (and that synthpop creeping in). Ray Thomas was still a strong presence on this album, but his contributions would be greatly diminished in the upcoming synthpop period. Best Songs: Blue World, Going Nowhere, Hole in the World, It's Cold Outside of Your Heart, Sorry. Rating: 3.5
 Long Distance Voyager by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.34 | 240 ratings

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Long Distance Voyager
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars Great return to form, where they correct some of the mistakes of the previous (Octave) album, and deliver an album that is nearly as good as those from their heyday. albeit with an eye towards commercial appeal. Several classic tracks here, however, the hit pop single Gemini Dream also marked the beginning of their synthpop period, and the success of this song resulted in the band moving further in this direction over the next several albums, and would lead to the deterioration of that wonderful lush Moody Blues style. Thus, some signs of trouble ahead, but still a first rate album in itself. First album with Patrick Moraz on keyboards replacing Mike Pinder (and his presence would be missed). Basically the last of the great albums from the band, despite not being in the 'classic period'. Best Songs: The Voice, Painted Smile, In My World, Meanwhile, Nervous, Veteran Cosmic Rocker. Rating: 4
 Octave by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.75 | 174 ratings

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Octave
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

3 stars This album marked the band's return from an extended break (1973-1977) when the members did various solo projects. Unfortunately, by the time The Moodies returned in 1978, their place as the premier classically-influenced progressive pop-rock band had been taken over by other bands (particularly ELO) which featured a poppier, peppier sound. When the Moodies returned with this album, which did not have their best songs, and which didn't live up to their earlier classics, their sound and style just seemed somewhat quaint and old-fashioned, and just didn't have much of an impact. There are several quite good songs on here, but overall, not a very triumphant return. Best Songs: Top Rank Suite, Driftwood, One Step Into the Light, I'll Be Level With You, The Day We Meet Again. Rating: 3
 Seventh Sojourn by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.75 | 328 ratings

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Seventh Sojourn
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars The last album from the 'core seven' classic period, but my least favorite of those fantastic seven albums. This was the only album without a concept, theme, or association among the songs, being just a collection of songs, and this album also did not contain any recitation element, just 8 unrelated songs, but still a great album. Lead by the great You and Me and New Horizons, contains several wonderful songs. However, I just have never cared for what became one of their biggest hits, 'I'm just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band'. That and the overall sound of the album just doesn't strike me the same way as the rest of the core 7 albums in that magical string of success. Best Songs: You and Me, New Horizons, Lost in Lost World, Isn't Life Strange, Land of Make Believe, For My Lady. Rating: 4
 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.57 | 346 ratings

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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

5 stars This albums more or less continues the concept from the previous album (A Question of Balance) of looking for meaning in the world, as well as following up on concepts from previous albums. Overall, fantastic concept and execution, the album opens with the instrumental Procession that chronicles the development of music over time (and somewhat follows from the House of Four Doors from ISOTLC), as well as foreshadows a song from later in the album, and which then triumphantly leads directly into my favorite Moody Blues song, The Story in Your Eyes, a rousing, fantastic song with killer guitar riffs, insane counterpoint bass line, and the catchiest melody and chorus. This was the first Moody Blues album I bought myself, and remains a personal favorite. Although ranked a bit lower by some due to a couple of lighter or more whimsical songs, this is a true powerhouse album, containing some of the band's biggest, fullest, and most elaborate and powerful arrangements, on songs such as One More Time to Live, After You Came, You Can Never Go Home, and My Song. An underrated classic. Best Songs: The Story in Your Eyes, Our Guessing Game, After You Came, One More Time to Live, You Can Never Go Home, My Song. Rating: 4.5
 A Question of Balance by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.54 | 356 ratings

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A Question of Balance
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by BBKron

4 stars This album takes on the theme of asking questions and trying to find meaning in the world. Several undisputed classics here, but not quite as grand an experience as some of the previous albums. At this point, they were purposely trying to do songs that were stripped back a bit from the elaborate lushness and complexity of previous albums, so that the songs would translate and work better in concert. And the songs are wonderful, even if stripped back a bit. Opens with the iconic Question and closes with the moving, inspirational The Balance, with numerous highlights in between. Overall, the production and sound quality on these early 70's albums exceeds that of 60's albums, for a great sonic experience. The band really hitting their stride in this period. Best Songs: Question, The Balance, And the Tide Rushes In, It's Up To You, Dawning Is The Day, How Is It We Are Here. Rating: 4.5
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