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An Introduction to the Moody Blues

The Moody Blues

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Album Review

As a band, the Moody Blues had two careers. There was the rockin' "Go Now!" Denny Laine-fronted version, and then there was the mystical easy listening/prog/psychedelia that came with Days of Future Passed and the Justin Hayward years. Obviously, the most influential and familiar Moody Blues work came from that later period (and the current band hardly acknowledges the earlier formative years), but there is merit in that early incarnation. Denny Laine had an amazing voice and a gutsy delivery that suited the Moodies' early bluesier material well, and the band was on par with that of any of the British Invasion groups of the time. Although Laine made his biggest mark during his long stint with Paul McCartney's Wings, his Moodies contributions deserve more than a mere backward glance, and there's probably no better place to get more of the story than Fuel's 2006 collection An Introduction to the Moody Blues. From the obvious inclusion of "Go Now!" to the not so obvious (and rare, rare, rare) Laine and Pinder-penned single "People Gotta Go," An Introduction offers up a complete picture of the pre-Days days and gives Laine a little more credit than the Moodies themselves currently do. ~ J. Scott McClintock, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The AMG Review Stinks...

The Moody Blues have actually had about four or five phases. 1. Denny Laine led, 'Brum-Beat' group (Represented by this album). 2. Pinnacle of the Seven Classic Albums (1967-1973). 3. Second Wind (1980's) after the departure of Mike Pinder and addition of Patrick Moraz. 4. Departure of Patrick Moraz. 5. Retirement of Ray Thomas.

One of the best albums

Nice album, But not your best.

Moodies Mark One!

I'd HIGHLY recommend this bunch, if only on the strenght of "People Gotta Go", a track previously only available on a French 1966 EP! If you're looking for the melotron laced Justin Hayward era moodies you're on the wrong bus. This is a decent collection of the band's Denny Laine r&b/jazz/pop era from '64-'66 with some nice surprises (like their 1st single "Lose Your Money" and the underated "This Is My House").

Biography

Formed: 1964 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they're best known today for their lush, lyrically and musically profound (some would say bombastic) psychedelic-era albums, the Moody Blues started out as one of the better R&B-based combos of the British Invasion. The group's history began in Birmingham, England with Ray Thomas (harmonica, vocals) and Mike Pinder (keyboards, vocals), who had played together in El Riot & the Rebels and the Krew Cats. They began recruiting members of...
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