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A NIGHT AT RED ROCKS WITH THE COLORADO SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

The Moody Blues

 

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DocB
4 stars My rating is for the 2002 Deluxe Edition of The Moody Blues' A Night At Red Rocks. This edition has improved packaging and is expanded from 15 to 23 tracks. The extended set list is as follows:

A Night At Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra [2002]

Disc 1: (1) Overture 7:15 (2) Late Lament 1:47 (3) Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) 5:42 (4) For My Lady 4:30 (5) Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back) 4:19 (6) Emily's Song 4:38 (7) New Horizons 6:44 (8) Lean on Me (Tonight) 4:36 (9) Voices In The Sky 4:13 (10) Lovely To See You 4:02 (11) Gemini Dream 4:30 (12) I Know You're Out There Somewhere 5:22 (13) The Voice 5:35

Disc 2: (1) Say It With Love 4:56 (2) The Story In Your Eyes 3:58 (3) Your Wildest Dreams 5:18 (4) Isn't Life Strange 6:49 (5) The Other Side Of Life 7:31 (6) I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band) 8:01 (7) Nights In White Satin 6:37 (8) Legend Of A Mind 10:00 (9) Question 6:22 (10) Ride My See-Saw 5:27

There is a mix of older songs and songs from the current album the band was touring, Keys Of The Kingdom. In my view, the Red Rocks versions of these new songs were better than the album versions. But what makes the deluxe edition special is the addition of songs other than the usual suspects from the back catalogue, such as Emily's Song, New Horizons, Voices In The Sky, and Legend Of A Mind, as well a longer introductory Overture and song introductions by band members. Another reviewer has commented that the original single-disc 1993 release makes for a good live best of collection, but it is the double-disc collection that is essential for long-time fans of the band.

The venue is another plus, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra providing a great addition to some of the old classic songs. If anyone has the opportunity to attend a concert at Red Rocks, do it! The natural geography and acoustics are stunning! We saw The Allman Brothers Band there in 1998, and it was a treat. Having an orchestra with a band like The Moody Blues would only add to the experience. We saw the Moodies on their 1992 tour two weeks before the Red Rocks show was recorded, and they were in good form. It would have been nice to attend the Red Rocks performance -- c'est la vie. But we do have this excellent historical record of the event.

DocB | 4/5 |

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