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The Moody Blues - Caught Live + 5  CD (album) cover


The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.11 | 61 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Nicely out of tune?

In their earlier days especially, the Moody Blues were not particularly good performing live. Their polished studio recordings, complete with excellent production work, did not translate well to the stage. Latterly, they have improved significantly ("Red Rocks" being a case in point), but "Caught live + 5" finds them struggling to do justice to the undoubted quality of the source material.

Both instrumentally, but especially vocally, the band is weak and often sounds out of tune. It's interesting that the album was only released some years after its recording, perhaps quality control had previously prevented its release.

The songs themselves are of course superb, but there's nothing different about them from their studio counterparts by way of improvisation, extension etc. Thus, why buy second rate versions, when you can have the pristine originals?

The fourth side consists of rejected studio songs from the early days of the band, hardly essential.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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