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Thursday, December 29, 2011

On the Threshold of a Dream: A History of the Moody Blues


Ray Thomas, vocalist and flautist for the Moody Blues, turns 70 today. This is a history of the band for which he is best known for, the Moody Blues.

May 4, 1964: The Moody Blues, consisting of Denny Laine(lead vocals, guitar), Ray Thomas(vocals, tambourine, flute), Mike Pinder(vocals, mellotron, piano), Clint Warwick(vocals, bass guitar), and Graeme Edge(vocals, drums), are formed in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
Spring, 1964: The single "Steal Your Heart Away/Lose Your Money(But Don't Lose Your Mind)" is released to commercial failure in the UK. The Moody Blues appeared on the UK TV series "Ready, Steady, Go" to promote the B side single.
October, 1964: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their debut album, entitled "The Magnificent Moodies."
October 30, 1964: The Moody Blues perform at the Crawdaddy Club in London, England.
November, 1964: The single "Go Now," backed up by the B side singles "It's Easy Child" in the UK, and "Lose Your Money(But Don't Lose Your Mind)" in the US, is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
Early 1965: A four track(Reel-to-Reel) Extended Play release, featuring all their released singles, is released.
February, 1965: The single "I Don't Want To Go On Without You" is released to regional commercial success. The single peaked at #33 on the UK Singles Chart.
May, 1965: The single "From The Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)" is released to commercial success. The single peaked at #22 on the UK Singles Chart, and at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
July 22, 1965: "The Magnificent Moodies," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Bye Bye Bird," "It Ain't Necessarily So," "I'll Go Grazy," "Stop," "I've Got A Dream," and "I Don't Mind," is released to regional critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 in the UK, but failed to chart in the US.
October, 1965: The single "Everyday" is released to regional commercial success. The single peaked at #44 on the UK Singles Chart.
June, 1966: Bassist Clint Warwick departs from the Moody Blues. He is replaced by Rod Clark.
October, 1966: Clark departs from the Moody Blues. Shortly thereafter, the Moody Blues disband for one month. Denny Laine departs as well.
November, 1966: The Moody Blues re-form, with John Lodge replacing Rod Clark on Bass Guitar and Justin Hayward replacing Denny Laine on lead vocals and guitar.
Late 1966: The single "This is My House(But Nobody Calls)/Boulevard de la Madeleine" is released to commercial failure. The single failed to chart in the UK, but charted at #119 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
January, 1967: The single "Life's Not Life/He Can Win" is released to commercial failure, failing to chart anywhere. It is the last release to feature Denny Laine on vocals.
May, 1967: The single "Fly Me High/Really Haven't Got the Time" is released to commercial failure, failing to chart anywhere. This is the first release to feature Hayward and Lodge. "Fly Me High" was utilized as a jingle on the BBC news network.
September, 1967: The single "Love and Beauty/Leave This Man Alone" is released to commercial failure, failing to chart anywhere.
October 8, 1967: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their second album, the concept album "Days of Future Passed." The concept of this album is a day in the life of everyman. This album featured backing from the London Festival Orchestra.
November 11, 1967: "Days of Future Passed," featuring the songs "Tuesday Afternoon," "(Evening)Time to Get Away," and "Nights in White Satin," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #27 on the UK Albums Chart, #3 in Canada,and at #3 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Tuesday Afternoon" peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100, while failing to chart in the UK, and "Nights in White Satin" peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, respectively.
January, 1968: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their third album, the concept album "In Search of the Lost Chord." The concepts of this album are quest and discovery.
June, 1968: The single "Voices in the Sky" is released to regional commercial success.
July 26, 1968: "In Search of the Lost Chord," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Departure," "Ride My See-Saw," the two-parter "House of Four Doors," and "Legend of a Mind," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart and #23 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Ride My See-Saw" peaked at #42 on the UK Singles Chart, #37 in Canada, and #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Legend of a Mind," which was written about LSD guru Timothy Leary, became a live favorite, with the Moody Blues often protracting Ray Thomas' flute solo.
November 8, 1968: The Moody Blues perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
November 24, 1968: The Moody Blues perform at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
January 12, 1969: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their fourth album, the concept album "On the Threshold of a Dream." The concept of this album is dreams.
April 25, 1969: "On the Threshold of a Dream," featuring the songs "In the Beginning," "Lovely to See You," "Dear Diary," "Never Comes the Day," and "The Voyage," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart, #26 in Canada, and #23 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Never Comes the Day" peaked at #74 in Canada and #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The single failed to chart in he UK. Though not released as a single, "Lovely to See You" is the most well known and recognizable track off of this album. Shortly after the release of this album, the Moody Blues formed "Threshold Records," a subsidiary of Decca Records.
May, 1969: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their fifth album, the concept album "To Our Children's Children's Children." The concepts of this album are space travel and children.
October, 1969: The single "Watching and Waiting" is released to commercial failure, selling about ten copies(half of which were purchased by the Moody Blues themselves). This single marks their first release under Threshold Records.
October 21, 1969: The Moody Blues performed on BBC TV’s "Monster Music Mash."
November 21, 1969: "To Our Children's Children's Children," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Higher and Higher," "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred," "Out and In," "Gypsy(Of a Strange and Distant Time)," "Candle of Life," and "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Million," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart, #11 in Canada, and #14 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Though not released as a single, "Gypsy(Of a Strange and Distant Time)" is the most well known and recognizable track off this album.
November 28, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Detroit, Michigan.
November 29, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Toronto, Ontario.
November 30, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Chicago, Illinois.
December 12, 1969: The Moody Blues perform at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, England. Performances from this show were featured on the "Caught Live +5" album.
December 14, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Odeon, Birmingham, England.
January 17, 1970: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their sixth album, entitled "A Question of Balance."
April, 1970: The single "Question" is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, #8 in Canada, and #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song is the first of the Moody Blues' to feature the subject of political strife, in particular the ongoing Vietnam War.
August 7, 1970: "A Question of Balance," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "How is it(We are Here)," "And the Tide Rushes in," "Minstrel's Song," "Melancholy Man," and "The Balance," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, #3 in Canada, and #3 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Melancholy Man" peaked at #1 in France.
August 30, 1970: The Moody Blues perform at the Isle of Wight festival in Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight, England. The recordings for this performance were not released for 38 years.
November, 1970: The Moody Blues go into Wessex Studios in London, England, to record their seventh album, entitled "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour."
July 23, 1971: "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," featuring the songs "Procession," "The Story in Your Eyes," "Emily's Song," and "After You Came," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the UK Albums Chart, #2 in Canada, and #2 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "The Story in Your Eyes" peaked at #7 in Canada and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
January, 1972: The Moody Blues go into Decca Tollington Park Studios in London, England, to record their eighth album, entitled "Seventh Sojurn."
April, 1972: The single "Isn't Life Strange" is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #13 on the UK Singles Chart, #9 in Canada, and #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
October 31, 1972: The Moody Blues perform at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
November 17, 1972: "Seventh Sojurn," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Lost in a Lost World," You and Me," "When You're a Free Man," and "I'm Just a Singer(In a Rock and Roll Band)," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart, #1 in Canada, and #1 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "I'm Just a Singer(In a Rock and Roll Band)" peaked at #36 on the UK Singles Chart, #172 in Canada, and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. "You and Me," though not released as a single, is a fan favorite and still receives modest airplay on hard-core rock channels.
October 5, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at the New Theater in Oxford, England.
October 6, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at Leeds University in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
October 24, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
November 3, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
1974: Citing exhaustion after 7 years of touring and recording, the Moody Blues split up.
October 8, 1974: The compilation album "This is the Moody Blues" is released in the UK to critical and commercial success, peaking at #14 on the UK Albums Chart.
November 23, 1974: The compilation album "This is the Moody Blues" is released in the US and Canada to critical and commercial success, peaking at #2 in Canada and #11 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
March 14, 1975: The album "Blue Jays," a collaboration between Justin Hayward and John Lodge, is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #4 on the UK Albums Chart and #16 on the Billboard 200. The album's sole single and most recognizable song, "I Dreamed Last Night," peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
September, 1975: The single "Blue Guitar," featuring Hayward with backing from 10cc, is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart and #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. This song is often credited to either the Moody Blues(as it was on "The Best of the Moody Blues") or Hayward & Lodge(Lodge was not present for the "Blue Guitar" sessions).
1977: After a three year hiatus, the Moody Blues re-form.
April 23, 1977: The aforementioned "Caught Live +5" is released to commercial failure in the UK.
June 4, 1977: "Caught Live +5" is released to critical and commercial success in the US. peaking at #26 on the Billboard 200.
October, 1977: The Moody Blues go into Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, to record their eleventh album, entitled "Octave." Founding member and Mellotronist Mike Pinder left the group during these sessions. He was replaced by Patrick Moraz.
1978: The compilation album "The Great Moody Blues" is released to commercial failure.
May, 1978: The single "Stepping in a Slide Zone" is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #41 in Canada and #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
June 9, 1978: 1. "Octave," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Under Moonshine," "Had to Fall in Love," "Driftwood," "I'm Your Man," and "One Step Into the Light," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #6 on the UK Albums Chart, #9 in Canada, and #13 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Had to Fall in Love" peaked at #18 on the Dutch charts. "Driftwiid peaked at #60 in Canada and #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
2. "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds," featuring Justin Hayward's "Forever Autumn," is released to critical and commercial success, peaking at #1 on both the Australian and Dutch charts. It is considered the 40th best selling album of all time in the UK. "Forever Autumn" is often credited to the Moody Blues(as it was on "The Best of the Moody Blues).
November 5, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
November 18, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
November 23, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
November 27, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
December 3, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Checker Dome in Saint Louis, Missouri.
December 4, 1978: The Moody Blues perform in Kansas City, Missouri.
December 5, 1978: The Moody Blues perform in Fort Worth, Texas.
October 22, 1979: The compilation album "Out of This World" is released to regional commercial success, peaking at #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
February 19, 1980: The Moody Blues go into Threshold Studios in London, England, to record their thirteenth album, entitled "Long Distance Voyager." This would be the first release to feature Patrick Moraz on Keyboards, and featured contributions from the New World Philharmonic Orchestra.
May 15, 1981: "Long Distance Voyager," featuring the songs "Gemini Dream," "The Voice," "Talking Out of Turn," "Painted Smile," and "Veteran Cosmic Rocker," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #7 on the UK Albums Chart, #1 in Canada, and #1 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Gemini Dream" peaked at #1 in Canada and at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "The Voice" peaked at #9 in Canada and #15 On the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Talking Out of Turn" peaked at #27 in Canada and #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. All three singles failed to chart in the UK.
November 20, 1981: The Moody Blues perform at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
November 22, 1981: The Moody Blues perform at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
March 8, 1982: The Moody Blues go into Strawberry Studio South in Stockport, England, to record their fourteenth album, entitled "The Present."
August 28, 1983: "The Present," featuring the songs "Blue World," "Meet Me Helfway," "Sitting at the Wheel," "Hole in the World," "It's Cold Outside Your Heart," and "Running Water," is released in the UK to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #15 on the UK Album Chart. "Blue World" peaked at #35 on the UK Singles Chart, while "Sitting at the Wheel" and "Running Water" both failed to chart.
September 2, 1983: "The Present" is released to critical and commercial success in the US and Canada. The album peaked at #11 in Canada and at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Blue World" peaked at #40 in Canada and at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Sitting at the Wheel" peaked at #18 in Canada and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Running Water" missed both charts entirely.
October 17, 1983: The Moody Blues perform in Hartford, Connecticut.
October 22, 1983: The Moody Blues perform at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.
October 25, 1983: The Moody Blues perform at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
November 25, 1983: The Moody Blues perform in Calgary, Alberta.
December 1, 1983: The Moody Blues perform in Los Angeles, California.
1984: The compilation album "Voices in the Sky: The Best of the Moody Blues" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #91 in Canada and #132 on the Billboard 200 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
Late 1985: The Moody Blues go into Good Earth Studios in Soho, London, England, to record their sixteenth album, entitled "The Other Side of Life." The album marked a temporary transition from their signature symphonic sound to more of a synth-pop feel to their music.
April 9, 1986: "The Other Side of Life," featuring the songs "Your Wildest Dreams," "The Other Side of Life," "The Spirit," and "Slings and Arrows," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #24 on the UK Album Chart, #46 in Canada, and #9 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Your Wildest Dreams" peaked at #55 in Canada and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK. "The Other Side of Life" peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in Canada and the UK.
November 16, 1986: The Moody Blues perform at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
October 12, 1987: The Moody Blues go into Good Earth Studios in Soho, London, England, to record what will be their eighteenth album, entitled "Sur la Mer."
October 26, 1987: The compilation album "Prelude," which features all of the Moody Blues' rarities and non-album singles, is released to commercial failure.
May 23, 1988: The Single "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" is released to critical and commercial success, becoming their biggest hit of the 1980's. The single peaked at #52 on the UK Singles Chart, #15 in Canada, and #30 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
June 6, 1988: "Sur la Mer," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "River of Endless Love," "No More Lies," and "Love is on the Run," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #21 on the UK Albums Chart, #35 in Canada, and #38 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "No More Lies" peaked at #15 on the Adult Contemporary charts in the US.
November 10, 1988: The Moody Blues perform at the Lee County Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.
November 21, 1989: The compilation album "Greatest Hits" is released to commercial success. The album peaked at #71 on the UK Albums Chart, and #113 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
1990: The Moody Blues go to record their twentieth album, entitled "Keys of the Kingdom." This album incorporates usage of the drum machine on just north of half the tracks on the album. Keyboardist Patrick Moraz has a falling out with, and departs from, the Moody Blues during these recording sessions. The Moody Blues never again hired a full-time Keyboardist, and instead utilize session musicians.
June 25, 1991: "Keys of the Kingdom," featuring the songs "Say it With Love," "Bless the Wings(That Bring You Back),"Is This Heaven?," "Lean on Me(Tonight)," "Shadows on the Wall," and "Celtic Sonat," is released in the US and Canada to commercial success, but critical failure. The album peaked at #29 in Canada and #94 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Say it With Love" peaked at #36 in Canada and #22 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts in the US. "Bless the Wings(That Bring You Back)" failed to chart.
July 1, 1991: "Keys of the Kingdom" is released to commercial succes, but critical failure, in the UK. The Album peaked at #54 on the UK Album Charts. "Say it With Love" and "Bless the Wings(That Bring You Back)" miss the charts entirely.
October 16, 1991: The Moody Blues perform at the Stadthalle Offenbach in Offenbach am Main, Germany.
December 15, 1991: The Moody Blues perform at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, Florida.
September 9, 1992: The Moody Blues perform at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Performances from this show were featured on the "A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra" album and DVD.
March 9, 1993: "A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #93 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
March 16, 1993: "A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra" is released as a DVD to critical and commercial success. The DVD was certified Gold in the US.
October 9, 1993: The Moody Blues perform at the Target Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
December 17, 1993: The Moody Blues perform at the Wembley Arena in Wembley, London, England.
September 27, 1994: The box-set compilation "Time Traveller" is released to critical success, but commercial failure. It failed to chart, but it was certified Gold in the US.
October 1-2, 1994: The Moody Blues perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
September 23, 1996: The compilation album "The Very Best of the Moody Blues" is released to regional critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #13 on the UK Albums Chart.
1997: The Moody Blues go into Studio Mulinetti in Recco, Italy, to record what will be their twenty-fifth album, entitled "Strange Times." The album features the Moody Blues going back to their Orchestral/Symphonic roots. This is the last studio release to feature Ray Thomas.
January 28, 1997: "The Very Best of the Moody Blues" is re-released as "The Best of the Moody Blues." It is one of their most prevalent compilation albums.
October 20: 1998: The compilation album "Anthology" is released to commercial failure.
August 17, 1999: "Strange Times," featuring the songs "English Sunset," "Love Don't Come Easy," "All That is Real," "Strange Times," and "Forever Now," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #19 on the UK Albums Charts and #93 on the Billboard 200 in the US, while failing to chart in Canada. "English Sunset" missed the charts entirely.
November 6, 1999: The Moody Blues perform at the Beacon Theater in New York City, New York.
December 27, 1999: The compilation album "Classic Moody Blues: The Universal Masters Collection" is released to commercial failure.
March 7, 2000: The compilation album "The Best of the Moody Blues: 20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection" is released to commercial failure. In spite of this, it is one of their most prevalent compilation albums.
May 1, 2000: The Moody Blues perform at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, England. Performances from this show were featured on the "Hall of Fame" album.
August 8, 2000: The aforementioned "Hall of Fame" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #185 on the Billboard 200.
November 14, 2000: "Hall of Fame" is released as a DVD to critical and commercial success. The DVD was certified Platinum in Australia.
2001: The Moody Blues perform for the soundtrack to the IMAX film "Journey Into Amazing Caves."
2002: The Moody Blues go into Studio Mulinetti in Recco, Italy, to record what will be their thirtieth album, the concept album "December." The concept of this album is Christmastime.
Late 2002: Ray Thomas departs from the Moody Blues.
2003: The compilation album "Ballads" is released to commercial failure.
January 14, 2003: The compilation album "Say it With Love" is released to commercial failure.
October 28, 2003: "December," featuring the songs "December Snow," "In the Quiet of Christmas Morning (Bach 147)," "Happy X-Mas(War is Over)," "The Spirit of Christmas," "White Christmas," and "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," is released to worldwide commercial failure. "December Snow" also fails to chart.
May 15, 2004: Former Moody Blues Bassist Clint Warwick dies, aged 63, from Liver disease.
March 1, 2005: The compilation album "Gold" is released to commercial failure. In spite of this, it is one of their most prevalent compilation albums.
June 11, 2005: The Moody Blues perform at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. Performances from this show were featured on the "Lovely to See You: Live" album.
October 26, 2005: The Moody Blues perform in Waukegan, Illinois.
October 29, 2005: The Moody Blues perform at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
November 1, 2005: The Moody Blues perform at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
November 15, 2005: The aforementioned "Lovely to See You: Live" is released to commercial failure.
March, 2006: "Days of Future Passed," "In Search of the Lost Chord," "On the Threshold of a Dream," "To Our Children's Children's Children," and "A Question of Balance" are remastered and re-released with bonus tracks.
August 29, 2006: The compilation album "An Introduction to the Moody Blues," chronicling their early days with Denny Laine and Clint Warwick, is released to commercial failure.
September 29, 2006: The Moody Blues perform at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
October 3, 2006: The Moody Blues perform at Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland.
October 19, 2006: The Moody Blues perform at Amsterdam's Heinekin Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
February 27, 2007: The compilation album "Collected" is released to commercial failure.
March 26, 2007: The live album "Live at the BBC: 1967-1970" is released in the UK to commercial failure.
May 3, 2007: The live album "Live at the BBC: 1967-1970" is released in the US to commercial failure.
April 29, 2008: The compilation album "Playlist Plus" is released to commercial failure.
July 6, 2008: The aforementioned "Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970" is released in album and DVD format to critical success, but commercial failure. In spite of this, it is the most prevalent live DVD of the Moody Blues'.
October 20, 2008: The Moody Blues perform at the Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway.
Late 2008: "Octave," "Long Distance Voyager," and "The Present" are remastered and re-released with bonus tracks.
January 4, 2010: Former Moody Blues Producer and "sixth moody" Tony Clarke dies, aged 68.
October 13, 2010: The Moody Blues perform on the late night TV show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

The music of the Moody Blues is a reminder of happier times for me. This is my tribute to the Moody Blues:



And here's some matters of personal opinion, here. Someone needs to sit down and write a book on the Moody Blues. There's already one out there("The Moody Blues Companion"), but it is not reviewed well(lifetime rating of 2.5 stars). A book would be of real value to Moodies fans. "Question" is my favorite song by them.

And here's an example of fabulous video-making:

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this :) Great blog and a complete list of the Moody Blues' music. I have been a fan since 1967, and finally managed to see Justin Hayward live in Canterbury Cathedral last month, it was a totally amazing evening, and to cap it all I managed to meet Justin and get his autograph. I can't honestly say which is my favourite song, but my favourite album is 'To Our Children's Children's Children' Their music has been with me all my adult life, brilliant :)

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  2. You picked two of my favorites to showcase :-) Wasn't Ray just wonderful?

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