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The Moody Blues started off as just part of the British Rock Invasion of the sixties with songs like GO NOW. They then turned into the mystery group of the sixties and remain that way today. It started with Days of the Future Passed, then came the hits Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon. However the entire album with these songs on it was and is great which started them down the road to being an album making group rather than just a single hits group. All of their albums have that special mystery about them . My personnel favorite album was Every Boy Deserves a Favor.
For over 30 years, the Moody Blues have been
revolutionizing rock music. With their lyrics of peace, love, understanding, &
spirituality, the Moodies have personally touched the lives of millions of fans worldwide.
They created what is now called "symphonic rock" in 1967 with their
groundbreaking album, Days Of Future Passed,
& broke the bonds of both mainstream & progressive rock with their union of melodic guitar, pioneering percussion, rolling bass, & the haunting mellotron. The spirit of the Moody Blues sails on today in the guise of vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward, percussionist Graeme Edge, vocalist/bassist John Lodge, & vocalist/flutist Ray Thomas. Start your journey into the musical legacy of the rock legend that could not, & still cannot, be slaves to the music critics who wish to categorize them. Presently they are still touring and if you have never been to a Moody concert then you are missing a great musical experiece. They present their elaberate music just as it appears on the cd. In 1998 the group released a great album called Keys for the Kingdom,
The group has released there last album called Strange Times which I have made a separate site for at : http://www.bradcoweb.com/rockgroups/moody2.html
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The Moody Blues formed in the early 1960s in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels, a regionally-popular band. They disbanded when Lodge, the youngest member, went to technical college and Pinder joined the army. Pinder then rejoined Thomas to form the Krew Cats and enjoyed moderate success. The pair recruited Denny Laine, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick, and the five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. The name developed from a planned sponsorship from the M&B Brewery and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, "Mood Indigo".
Soon, the band obtained a London-based management company, 'Ridgepride', formed by ex-Decca A&R man Alex Murray (Alex Wharton), who helped them land a recording contract with Decca Records in the spring of 1964. They released a single, "Steal Your Heart Away" that year which made it onto the charts. But it was their second single, "Go Now" (released later that year), which really launched their career, being promoted on TV with the first ever purpose-made promo film  (predating The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever/ Penny Lane" by approximately 2 years), produced and directed by Wharton. The single became a huge hit in the United Kingdom (where it remains their only Number 1 single to date) and in the United States where it reached #10.
Wharton left the management firm and, after a series of unsuccessful singles, Warwick and Laine departed the group. They were replaced by Pinder and Thomas' El Riot bandmate, John Lodge, and Justin Hayward, formerly of The Wilde Three, in 1966. The band soon realised that their original style of American blues covers and novelty tunes was not working for them and decided to develop an original style. Their new style, featuring the symphonic sounds of the mellotron and Ray Thomas' flute, was to be developed in a concept album revolving around a day in the life of everyman.
The Moody Blues' contract with Decca Records was set to expire and they owed the label several thousands of pounds in advances. However, Deram Records (a London/Decca imprint) chose the band to make a LP in order to promote Deramic Stereo and the group was to be forgiven its debt to the label to make a rock and roll version of Antonín Dvorák's New World Symphony. The Moody Blues agreed but insisted that they be given artistic freedom and be left without supervision. They then convinced Peter Knight, who had been assigned to arrange and conduct the orchestral interludes, to collaborate on a recording of their stage show instead. Deram executives were initially sceptical about the hybrid style of the resulting concept album, Days of Future Passed (1967). However, it was to become one of the most successful commercial releases of all time. Decca producer Tony Clarke was chosen to produce the album and the Moodies carried on a durable working relationship with Clarke who would end up producing all of their albums and singles for the next eleven years.
The album plus two singles, "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon", became massively popular, as was the 1968 follow-up LP, In Search of the Lost Chord. Also included on this album is the song "Legend of a Mind," a song written by Ray Thomas in tribute to LSD guru Timothy Leary which encompassed a masterful flute solo performed by Thomas. Justin Hayward began playing sitar and incorporating it into Moody Blues music, having been inspired by George Harrison. The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children - a concept album based around the band's celebration of the first moon landing. The album reportedly even went to the moon on Apollo space missions.
Although the Moodies had by now defined a somewhat psychedelic style and helped to define the progressive rock (then also known as 'art rock') sound, the group decided for a while to record only albums that could be played in concert, losing some of their full-blown sound for their next album, A Question of Balance (1970). This album, reaching #3 in the American charts and #1 in the British charts, was indicative of the band's growing success in America. Justin Hayward began an artful exploration of guitar tone through the use of numerous effects pedals and fuzz-boxes, and developed for himself a very melodic buzzing guitar-solo sound. For their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971) and Seventh Sojourn (1972) (that reached #1 in both the UK and the US), the band returned to their signature orchestral sound which, while difficult to reproduce in concert, had become their trademark.
Hiatus, solo work In 1973, the group took an extended break — originally announced as a permanent break-up — to recuperate from a heavy touring schedule. Hayward and Lodge released a duo album, the very successful Blue Jays (1975), and the members each released solo albums. Edge produced two, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots (1975) and Paradise Ballroom (1976); Hayward elegantly composed Songwriter (1977), and Night Flight (1980), which would in later years be followed up by Moving Mountains (1985), The View From The Hill (1996), and Live In San Juan Capistrano (1998). Lodge released Natural Avenue (1977); Pinder produced The Promise (1976); and Thomas also two, From Mighty Oaks (1975) and Hopes, Wishes and Dreams (1976).
Reunion, 1977–1990 In 1977, the group decided to record together again. By then Pinder had married and started a family in California, so for their reunion recording the band decamped there with producer Clarke. By all accounts, the sessions had moments of tension and difficulty, but by autumn 1978 Octave was released. Pinder, citing his young family, excused himself from any tour commitments and was replaced by former Yes keyboardist, Patrick Moraz. In spite of these difficulties, the album sold well and produced the hits "Steppin' In A Slide Zone", written by Lodge and "Driftwood", written by Hayward. The band toured in 1979 and by 1980 was ready to record again, this time bringing in producer Pip Williams. Moraz was retained as the band's permanent keyboardist, though Pinder had understood that he would continue to record even if not tour with the band. Pinder attempted legal measures to prevent the new Moody Blues album from reaching the public without his contribution, but he was not successful. Released in 1981, Long Distance Voyager was a colossal success, reaching #1 on Billboard and top 5 in the UK. The album yielded two hits, "The Voice," written by Hayward, and "Gemini Dream," written by Hayward and Lodge. By now, the mellotron had been set aside as their primary synthesizer and the band embraced a more modern, less symphonic approach.
The Present (1983), again produced by Williams, proved less successful than its predecessor, though it did spawn a UK chart hit in "Blue World". In 1986 they enjoyed renewed success with their album The Other Side of Life and in particular with the track, "Your Wildest Dreams" - a Top 40 hit which garnered a Billboard Video of the Year award after being frequently featured on MTV.
They performed live at the charity event concert "Heartbeat '86" which raised money for the Birmingham Children's Hospital. The band played four songs, and later provided backup with Electric Light Orchestra for George Harrison.
The Moodies continued their early video-generation success with Sur La Mer (1988) and its video/single, "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", a sequel to "Your Wildest Dreams". Their sound took on a quite polished and technical quality as Moraz and newly-hired producer Tony Visconti began utilising modern sequencers, synthesizers and drum machines. During this time, Justin Hayward and John Lodge wrote and sang on most of the songs as the band came under pressure from the new record company, PolyGram Records, to promote those it deemed to be the two more commercial looking and sounding members. Ray Thomas was playing a diminished role in the studio. There seemed to be no room for his ethereal flute within these new songs awash in high-tech 80's production. He provided some backing vocals for both The Other Side of Life and Sur La Mer, but according to Visconti, his vocal tracks were never mixed into the final version.
The band had begun to reinforce their concert sound in the later 1980s with the addition of a second keyboardist, Bias Boshell, as well as female backing singers. As they began work in 1990 for their new studio album, Patrick Moraz made some comments in an article in Keyboard magazine regarding his dissatisfaction with his role in the Moodies and he was dimissed before completing work on the album. Bias Boshell and Paul Bliss were brought in to play keyboards on the remaining tracks. Keys of the Kingdom (1991) had modest commercial success. It featured the new single "Say It with Love" and its follow-up "Bless the Wings" as well as a new flute masterpiece by Ray Thomas entitled "Celtic Sonant". Tony Visconti produced some of the tracks, as did Christopher Neil and Alan Tarney.
For touring purposes, the band decided not to hire a permanent replacement in the keyboard chair but instead to tour as a quartet with extra hired musicians. However, keyboardist Paul Bliss has consistently fulfilled keyboard duties with the band on-stage since 1991 - succesfully recreating the Mike Pinder and Patrick Moraz sound live with the Moody Blues. They remained among the highest-earning concert acts, and a series of video and audio versions of their Night at Red Rocks concert enjoyed great success, particularly as a fund-raiser for American public television where it had been first broadcast.
Their first studio album in eight years, Strange Times (1999), proved to be the first Moodies album in almost two decades to be more than moderately received by UK critics; released by Universal Music Group, it made the UK top 10. It was recorded in a studio in Recco, Italy, at Hayward's suggestion, and was produced by the Moodies themselves - attesting to their 3 decades of recording experience. This album was the first to feature Danilo Madonia as an arranger and electric organist. Madonia would go on to play keyboards on all future Moodies studio tracks, including on the follow-up album, "December". "Strange Times" was also the first album since 1970 to include a new poem by Graeme Edge, in an effort to partially recreate their "concept" album sound of the late 60s/early 70s. It became clear to fans that Thomas' interest in the group was waning as he only provided one song for the new CD that, while highly whimsical, was less than two-minutes in length.
Also in 1999, The Moody Blues appeared in one episode of "The Simpsons" called "Viva Ned Flanders". In 2000, the band released "Hall of Fame," a live concert from Royal Albert Hall.
In 2001, an IMAX film was released, entitled "Journey into Amazing Caves", which featured two new songs written and performed by the Moody Blues. The soundtrack also featured Justin Hayward performing vocals and playing guitar throughout. One of these songs, entitled "Water," is the first Moody Blues instrumental studio recording since "Hole in the World" from "The Present" album.
The new millennium saw the Moody Blues reducing their touring schedule. In 2002, founding member Ray Thomas retired from the group, leaving Hayward, Lodge and Edge to continue without him. Flautist Norda Mullen has been a versatile player on-stage and in the studio in Thomas' stead. In 2003, they released, with the absence of Thomas, a Christmas-themed album entitled December. The songs included originals and covers such as John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)".
In 2004, Clint Warwick, the original bass player for the Moody Blues, died of liver disease. The remaining Moody Blues trio have continued to tour over the years. The Moody Blues will tour the UK, US and Europe again throughout late 2006. In addition, Hayward took part in the first UK tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds in April 2006 with a proposed DVD release of the show in November 2006 and a second tour in November 2007.
In March of 2006, the first five of the band's 'Core 7' albums were re-released in Super Audio CD format with Deluxe Editions, featuring bonus songs and some rare previously unreleased tracks by the group. Justin Hayward, who took charge of the remixing of the five albums, plans to do the same with remaining two as well.
The Very Best
DAYS OF THE FUTURE PAST
SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD
ON A THRESHOLD OF A DREAM
QUESTION OF BALANCE
EVERY BOY DESERVER'S' A FAVOR
TO OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN
Go Now! (a.k.a. The Magnificent Moodies) (1965)
Days of Future Passed (1967)
In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
On the Threshold of a Dream (1969)
To Our Children's Children's Children (1969)
A Question of Balance (1970)
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971)
Seventh Sojourn (1972)
This Is The Moody Blues (Compilation double album) (1974)
Caught Live + 5 (1977)
Long Distance Voyager (1981)
The Present (1983)
The Other Side of Life (1986)
Prelude (Compilation of 1967-69 odds & ends) (1987)
Sur La Mer (1988)
Keys of the Kingdom (1991)
A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (1993)
Strange Times (1999)
Hall Of Fame - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000)
Journey Into Amazing Caves (IMAX movie soundtrack) (2001)
Lovely to See You: Live (Live concert double album) (2005)
The Moody Blues' contract with Decca Records was set to expire and they owed the label several thousands of pounds in advances. However, Deram Records (a London/Decca imprint) chose the band to make an LP in order to promote Deramic Stereo and the group was to be forgiven its debt to the label to make a rock and roll version of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony. The Moody Blues agreed but insisted that they be given artistic freedom and be left without supervision. They then convinced Peter Knight, who had been assigned to arrange and conduct the orchestral interludes, to collaborate on a recording of their stage show instead. Deram executives were initially skeptical about the hybrid style of the resulting concept album, Days of Future Passed (1967). However, it was to become one of the most successful commercial releases of all time.
The Group later formed their own label which was distributed by Decca.
Justin and John Lodge released one album together and called themseleves THE BLUE JAYS
Truly a Group to make sure you see in Concert!!
Justin Hayward's most successful solo album
TIME TRAVELER -- THE GROUPS ALL TIME BEST
DVD OF THE RED ROCK CONCERT
This album contains such songs as: Lost n A Lost World, New Horizons, For My Lady, Isn't Life Strange,
You And Me, I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band ,plus many other great songs!
Some Moody Blues Songs
In Your Wildest Dreams
Other Side Of Life
Story In Your Eyes
Veterian Cosmic Rocker
Isn't Life Strange
Nights In White Satin
I Know You're Out There Somewhere
Ride My See-Saw
Legend on My Mine
I'm Just A Singer
The Box set called the Time Traveler contains most of the groups major songs and should be part of every Moody fan collection.
Formed in Birmingham, England in 1964 and consisted of Denny Laine(gitar),Ray Thomas (Flute) Mike Pinder (keyboards) , Clint Warwick (bass) and Graeme Edge (drums) , the group had their first hit with the song "Go Now' .Laine and Warwick left in the summer of 1966 and were replaced by Justin Hayward (lead guitar) and John Lodge (bass guitar) ,and the group became the group we know today as The Moody Blues. Laine join Wings in 1971. Pinder join the group Yes in 1978. The newly formed group had their first hit with the song "Tuesday Afternoon" in 8/24/68 . However the song from the same album , in fact the groups most famous song " Nights In White Satin" was not released as a single until 9/02/72. The group was on labels such as London, Dream, Threshold and Polydor. The group had 13 top 40 singles on the Billboard Charts, however the group was always known more as a album group than a top 40 group. The group is still recording and touring today .
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MOODY BLUES TRIVIA
1-The Moody Blues original group was
by Brian Epstein
2- The Group toured with the Beatles in 1965
3-Orgianl members - Denny Laine/ Clint Warwick/ Mike Pinder/Graeme Edge/Ray Thomas
4-Justin Hayward and John Lodge replaced Laine and Warwick in 1966 at the group's lowest point.
5- Laine join Mc Carthy in 1971 to play in the group Wings
6- The group released their first album as we know them in 1968 called Days of the Future past which went to #3 on the album charts.
7- The Song Nights in White Satin did not become a hit until 1972 after the album was re-released after Seven Sojourn.
8- The group disbanded in 1974 and got back together in 1977 after the album Caught Live was released and was very successful.
9-In 1978 the group released their first studio album again Octave which went Platinum.
10-The groups last album was released in 1999 called Strange Times with hopefully many more to follow!!
Original lineup (Denny Laine, Clint Warwick, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, & Graeme Edge)
Laine & Warwick replaced by Justin Hayward & John Lodge
Mike Pinder replaced by Patrick Moraz
Band becomes a quartet with Moraz's departure
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