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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

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Easy Livin
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5 stars Have you heard?

I think this is my favourite Moodies album. It does sound quite dated at times now, but it has an appealing innocence about it. Hayward's vocals are very melodic, and the harmonies are as pure as ever. The tracks are segued together in the way which was to become a trademark of the band, and which gives their albums a certain continuity.

The album opens with what was at the time a very futuristic track. "In the beginning" includes robotic effects and electronic wizardry, before introducing the more familiar sounding "Lovely to see you", a classic uplifting number. Ray Thomas' makes two contributions to the album, including the lilting "Dear Diary".

"Never comes the day" has a more structured feel to it, with subtle time changes, and fine vocals. The closing section of the album from "The Dream" onwards is really a single piece. It includes "The voyage" and "Have you heard (Parts 1&2)", the four sections melding together to form a wonderful 9 minute track. While most of the album is fairly basic, this is a fine piece of prog, including some haunting melotron, and bombastic orchestration.

I suspect those hearing the album for the first time today will notice more acutely how the music here has aged, but for those who have been familiar with it for the last 30+ years, it still sounds as fresh and inspired now as it did then.

Easy Livin | 5/5 |


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