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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)

2.29 | 91 ratings
The Magnificent Moodies [Aka: The Beginning]
1965
4.18 | 838 ratings
Days Of Future Passed
1967
3.83 | 422 ratings
In Search of the Lost Chord
1968
3.76 | 359 ratings
On The Threshold Of A Dream
1969
4.09 | 397 ratings
To Our Children's Children's Children
1969
3.51 | 303 ratings
A Question Of Balance
1970
3.54 | 300 ratings
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
1971
3.71 | 285 ratings
Seventh Sojourn
1972
2.72 | 147 ratings
Octave
1978
3.31 | 209 ratings
Long Distance Voyager
1981
3.02 | 125 ratings
The Present
1983
2.25 | 105 ratings
The Other Side Of Life
1986
2.40 | 83 ratings
Sur La Mer
1988
2.77 | 76 ratings
Keys Of The Kingdom
1991
2.60 | 82 ratings
Strange Times
1999
2.52 | 64 ratings
December
2003

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

3.12 | 57 ratings
Caught Live + 5
1977
3.45 | 37 ratings
A night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphonic Orchestra
1993
3.75 | 26 ratings
Hall of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000
2000
3.63 | 15 ratings
Lovely To See You Live
2005
2.76 | 18 ratings
Live At The BBC: 1967 - 1970
2007
3.39 | 20 ratings
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2008
4.15 | 4 ratings
The Days of Future Passed Live
2018

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

3.22 | 8 ratings
Legend of a Band
1990
3.29 | 23 ratings
A Night At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (DVD)
1993
4.04 | 11 ratings
Hall Of Fame
2000
2.15 | 17 ratings
The Lost Performance: Live in Paris '70
2004
3.32 | 15 ratings
Lovely To See You Live (DVD)
2005
2.57 | 9 ratings
Live at Montreux 1991
2005
3.98 | 8 ratings
Classic Artists: The Moody Blues
2006
3.54 | 17 ratings
Threshold of a Dream - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
2009
4.00 | 2 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
4.33 | 58 ratings
This Is The Moody Blues
1974
2.31 | 7 ratings
Voices In The Sky - The best of The Moody Blues
1985
2.54 | 17 ratings
Prelude
1987
3.85 | 12 ratings
Greatest Hits
1989
4.24 | 23 ratings
Time Traveller (Box set)
1994
1.18 | 2 ratings
True Story
1996
3.07 | 9 ratings
The Best Of Moody Blues
1997
2.16 | 6 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
3.82 | 8 ratings
Gold
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Moody Blues Collected
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Playlist Plus
2008
4.80 | 5 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013
3.14 | 3 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Timeless Flight
2013

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

2.33 | 3 ratings
Steal Your Heart Away
1964
2.80 | 5 ratings
Go Now!
1964
2.00 | 3 ratings
I Don't Want to Go On Without You
1965
2.00 | 3 ratings
Everyday
1965
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Moody Blues E.P.
1965
2.83 | 5 ratings
From The Bottom Of My Heart
1965
2.00 | 3 ratings
Boulevard De La Madelaine
1966
4.52 | 21 ratings
Nights In White Satin
1967
2.67 | 3 ratings
Life's Not Life
1967
3.00 | 4 ratings
Fly Me High
1967
3.18 | 9 ratings
Voices in the Sky
1968
3.97 | 11 ratings
Tuesday Afternoon
1968
3.81 | 13 ratings
Ride My See-Saw
1968
3.86 | 7 ratings
Voices In The Sky
1968
3.20 | 6 ratings
Never Comes the Day
1969
3.78 | 9 ratings
Watching and Waiting
1969
4.70 | 14 ratings
Melancholy Man
1970
4.15 | 15 ratings
Question
1970
3.86 | 7 ratings
The Story In Your Eyes
1971
4.09 | 11 ratings
Isn't Life Strange
1972
4.00 | 8 ratings
I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
1973
2.67 | 7 ratings
Steppin' in a Slide Zone
1978
3.20 | 5 ratings
Had to Fall in Love
1978
3.50 | 4 ratings
Driftwood
1978
3.50 | 4 ratings
Gemini Dream
1981
4.33 | 6 ratings
The Voice
1981
3.20 | 6 ratings
Talking Out Of Turn
1981
3.83 | 7 ratings
Blue World
1983
2.29 | 6 ratings
Sitting at the Wheel
1983
3.20 | 5 ratings
Running Water
1984
3.75 | 9 ratings
Your Wildest Dreams
1986
3.75 | 5 ratings
I Know You're Out There Somewhere
1988
3.50 | 5 ratings
No More Lies
1988
1.24 | 7 ratings
Bless The Wings
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
English Sunset
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
December Snow
2003

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 To Our Children's Children's Children by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.09 | 397 ratings

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To Our Children's Children's Children
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars I've bought the double CD release with bonus tracks and definitely recommend it for Moody Blues offer the one kind of moody and dreaming landscape with lyrical singing, more down-to-earth music as opposed to psychedelic "In search of a dream". This means to me also that there are fewer progressive elements to discover.

"Higher and higher" is a futuristic upbeat track with good electric and acoustic guitar playing and rising soundscapes. "The eyes of a child - part one" has pleasant vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar + mellotron tracks. "Floating", "Gypsy" and "Candle of life" are pop highlights with strong melodies and harmonies. "Candle of life" has a pompous landscapes with classical piano and tons of mellotron evoking orchestra. If you're looking for midly progressive tracks than you'll be quite happy with "Beyond" with mellotron intro, organ intermezzo. I would say that the pop elements on the album are by far most recognizable out of other directions the band tried here. A strong album of their classic era.

 In Search of the Lost Chord by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.83 | 422 ratings

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In Search of the Lost Chord
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The second album by MB relies on own instrumentation instead of orchestra. These guys have mastered quite a few instruments including harp, saxophone, sitar and can do a things or two in production, you certainly won't be disappointed when it comes to sound.

The music is in the pop-rock vein, with bold moments, sometimes even experimental but dated and little progressive comparing to today's progressive trademarks. You can feel emotions and good hearted-intentions that few other bands can convey. Melodies are excellent and so are vocal harmonies, dinstinctive with a lot of substance. The typical mellotron is used in the background to a good effect and epicness. Another instrument I would highlight is the bass that is well thought out and audible. Apart from music, the cover and concept of the album are other two highlights.

Musically, I like the pompous ending of "House of four doors (Part 1)" with creepy doors, mellotron/piano. The following "Legend of a mind" has a convincing instrumental part with excellent flute and enigmatic mellotron. You can hear distant psychedelia and epic vocal harmonies. "Voices in the sky" is a warm folky track with mellotron, flute, acoustic guitar and piano - full sound. "Best way to travel" sounds like coming from a different band because it is rocking and sounds a bit rough. The bass, drums remind of psychedelic Beatles. "The actor" is a soaring ballad and the band chose the best possible vocal to it. Harmonies deliver even more emotional depth.

3.5 stars as this is musically a great but progressively non-essential album.

 Never Comes the Day by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1969
3.20 | 6 ratings

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Never Comes the Day
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars This single has two songs taken from the Moodies' classic line-up's third album On the Threshold of a Dream (1969), which in my opinion might be the most uneven of the seven wonderful albums. That unevenness is represented here as well. 'Never Comes the Day' is in my opinion among the finest Justin Hayward songs: great sounds -- Pinder's mellotron is there, naturally --, beautiful melodies and a dynamic alteration between dreamy, mellow parts and the catchy chorus, with such gorgeous build-up in between. The only detail I'm not that fond of is the harmonica.

'So Deep Within You' is a mediocre Mike Pinder song. Of course it sounds pretty good per se, as the Moodies always did at that innovative era, but the composition is rather dull and monotonous.

 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.54 | 300 ratings

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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars I bought this album because of the lovely cover, interesting name and a good listening experience with MB albums from the 70's and was hoping for a solid prog-related album. I can say it was a good investment. There is enough creativity, some invention, typical MB emotions and warmness in the music. Guitar rocks unusually hard, mellotron and organ are calming but progressive enough. Vocals by MB are ones and only with nostalgic ghost and fine harmonies. The simplest element in the music are drums alternating between pop and rock patterns. Most tracks are melodic and accessible but there are standout tracks also for a progger's mind: "Procession" is an impressive ouverture building on various type of keyboards, exotic beats, sitar, harpsichord with a trip to classical music and reaching the church-like Hammond organ accompanied by mellotron.

"The story in your eyes" is a classic melodic MB upbeat track with lovely guitar and bass playing but let's not forget a rock'n'roll piano towards the end.

"Our guessing game" has some more interesting drums but I would classify it as a ballad with great vocal harmonies. "Emily's song" is also a ballad thanks to lush cello and xylophone textures.

"One more time to live" is one of the best compositions on the album, complex in the sense of MB because of many things going on and showing band's versatility this time on acoustic guitar and flute, as well as organ.

"My song" is a bit pretentious ballad with a bit buried vocals and very dinstinctive Mellotron all over. The instrumental part is even more overblown, quite dramatic and more sad than happy. The track comes down to earth towards the end of the song.

Highly recommended for ambitious rock fans.

 Days Of Future Passed by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.18 | 838 ratings

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Days Of Future Passed
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by Jochanan

5 stars "Brave Helios wake up your steeds, Bring the warmth the countryside needs."

This record holds a special historical importance in my eyes. It is like Marx brother movies in a way. They marked a great milestone in rock music, but I believe they are somehow forgotten nowadays.

This album is absolute poetic dessert, very sweet, yet very deep, without toothache. The orchestra sounds nostalgic, like watching a Hollywood romance from the 30's, or some musical with Marx brothers :-)

In the same year Sgt. Pepper was released. For comparison, the Beatles followed new way of psychedelia and Eastern influences to close their career somewhere in a raw hard rock like it was shown in Let it be Naked. It was 2 years to the King Crimson debut. I want to point out that the Moodies kept thus early 60's bumpy naive songwriting up to early 70's as if their progress was 2 or 3 years behind. But as Ivan_Melgar_M said in his review, the Moodies never were progressive...

That's my impression and the reason why I haven't been able to dive into their further albums. But this one... This one sounds better balanced and more adult. The songs are colourful, yes, still there is this base from which they were able to draw more juice from one musical idea and to slide to other idea and song. And they brought just amazing atmosphere of a dusk.

I think the great credit for the album holds the orchestra with the whole concept pushing the band into more formal production with longer songs. But still, I don't want to underestimate the band's qualities, rather to point out the influence. It is not a fusion of rock band and orchestra yet, but a rock symphony it is, probably the first one in the history.

"Red is grey and yellow white, but we decide which is right... And which is an illusion."

 Lovely To See You Live by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Live, 2005
3.63 | 15 ratings

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Lovely To See You Live
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

4 stars This was a surprisingly good concert from their 2005 concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Norda Mullen has replaced Ray Thomas on flute and vocals and her female voice adds color to the other voices in the absence of an orchestra. Graeme Edge gets assistance on drums from Gordon Marshall who's a more vigorous drummer than Graeme. Keyboards are covered by Paul Bliss who replaces Mike Pinder who left the band after the Octave album. Justin Hayward and John Lodge are the heart of the band who wrote all the hit Moody Blues numbers. The band now are more of a folk rock band than a progressive rock band and numbers off their more recent albums like December Snow (December) and Lean On Me Tonight (Keys To The Kingdom) display their romantic side. Since I'm not familiar with Moody Blues after their classic 70's period it was good to hear these songs and another romantic song Justin wrote, Forever Autumn, off the War Of The Worlds rock opera. The band show that they are still capable of performing rocking numbers like I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) and Question. The songs breathe without the incumbency of an orchestra and the girls' voices add another dimension to the music.
 Hall of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000 by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Live, 2000
3.75 | 26 ratings

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Hall of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2000
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

3 stars This was a relatively short concert featuring Ray Thomas in one of his last performances and the concert is for the most part pedestrian and predictable. The large World Festival Orchestra does most of the work while the band go through the motions to the adoring middle-aged fans, some who are swinging in the aisles. However, everybody appears to be having a good time responding to the band's numerous hits like Nights In White Satin, Story In Her Eyes and English Sunset. The concert does come alive during the two John Lodge songs, Isn't Life Strange and I'm Just A Singer (in a rock and roll band) when Justin Hayward opens up on his strat electric guitar and you can detect an affinity between he and John as they swerve their guitars to the music. The encore is one of their best songs, Question, which really deserved better treatment than what they gave.
 Long Distance Voyager by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.31 | 209 ratings

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Long Distance Voyager
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

2 stars I don't know why this album achieved critical acclaim. The songs are very average, apart from "In My World", which is a beautiful Justin Hayward ballad. The Voice has the makings of a reasonable Hayward rocker but the synths of Patrick Moraz are all wrong for it. In fact I find a disconnect between the pleasant ballads and rockers that The Moody Blues write and the keyboard style of Patrick Moraz. I also can't fathom why you would need to do a string arrangement for the John Lodge song, "Nervous" when you have an electronic mini-orchestra present in the form of Patrick Moraz. The best said about the three Ray Thomas songs that conclude the album is that as a song writer, Ray Thomas makes a very good flutist. As for the song that Graeme Edge wrote for this album, 22,000 Days, it might be fast and edgy, but it doesn't come close to say, Higher And Higher, from the To Our Children's Children's Children album. John Lodge is the only one in the band who can challenge Justin Hayward as a song writer but here he fails to add much life. However he has similar sensibilities to Justin Hayward, so makes a great foil as a contributory song writing partner.
 Days Of Future Passed by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
4.18 | 838 ratings

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Days Of Future Passed
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

3 stars Except for the orchestra this is a typical Moody Blues album. They write a couple of really great songs (in the case of Nights In White Satin, Justin Hayward has written his masterpiece). They add filler to get to around 40 minutes of music, come up with a futuristic album title then get the Art department at Decca to design an imaginative album sleeve.

The problem is it's difficult to tell apart the orchestra from the rock instrumentation. You might as well be listening to Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra or Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf. A few years later Procol Harum made Live: In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The latter is a perfect integration of rock with orchestra. That one is a masterpiece. This one isn't. Nights In White Satin is one of the great songs of the rock era. It works with orchestra or without orchestra. It doesn't matter.

Days Of Future Passed, in my view, would have worked better with less orchestra and more electronic keyboard. Mike Pinder was one of the pioneers of Mellotron technology. He has imaginative ideas which never seem to be developed on. If only the other members of the band weren't so intent in writing pop singles and instead expanded on some of Pinder's use of Mellotron to write longer more atmospheric songs. Otherwise what you get from a Moody Blues album is great album sleeve art which draws you to the music, but the disappointment of listening to songs that have only a peripheral connection to the album title and album sleeve artwork.

 Seventh Sojourn by MOODY BLUES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.71 | 285 ratings

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Seventh Sojourn
The Moody Blues Crossover Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

4 stars I'm not the greatest Moodies fan. Tuesday Afternoon and Nights In White Satin are wonderful songs but do they need the full orchestral treatment on Days Of Future Passed? House Of Four Doors on In Search Of The Lost Chord is an interesting atmospheric piece but do we need the dreary Timothy Leary Is Dead dividing the two sections of it? In The Threshold Of A Dream starts well with In The Beginning and Lovely To See You, but then gets bogged down with songs like Dear Diary until we get to the back end of the album where the really good stuff is (Dream and Have You Heard?). The Apollo Moon landing was technologically breathtaking. However, songs like Floating and Candle Of Life on To Our Children's Children's Children appear not to break any songwriting ground. A Question Of Balance and Every Boy Deserves A Favour are one song albums.

Which brings us to the Moody Blues album Seventh Sojourn, which is by far their best. According to the notes on the album sleeve the band members remember it as their most unpleasant recording experience. If that's the case I wish they had had more unpleasant previous recording experiences.

The opener, Lost In A Lost World is dark and atmospheric. Mike Pinder introduces an instrument called a Chamberlain, a type of mellotron, which makes it's presence felt in the middle section. New Horizons is a beautiful acoustic ballad from Justin Hayward in top form. The lushly orchestrated Thomas composition For My Lady is a sweet lullaby. Lodge chips in with the haunting Isn't Life Strange. You And Me speeds the tempo up with some nice bass work from John Lodge. The Land Of Make-Believe is another beautiful acoustic ballad from Justin Hayward. More Chamberlain and acoustic guitar on the Pinder number, When You're A Free Man is followed by the best composition Lodge ever wrote, I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).

Romantic and melodic with the best rocking number the band came up with, Seventh Sojourn is a fantastic album which never lets up. With a six year hiatus before the band recorded again they should have got better. Mike Pinder exits the band and the great Patrick Moraz take over the keys. That they didn't, I don't know the answer.

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