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Anthology: the Moody Blues

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Album Review

One of a burgeoning array of Moody Blues compilations, Anthology was well-intentioned and marked the first attempt to assemble the group's hits and most popular tracks going back to the original lineup in 1964 and "Go Now" (which wasn't even included in the group's four-CD box set), up as far as the mid-'90s. The sound is a match for the remasterings on the individual CDs that Polydor brought out in the late '90s, and most of the important bases in their psychedelic and post-psychedelic history are covered. Those buying this set will be assured of hearing 99 percent of the Moody Blues' tracks ever heard on the radio, but there is still a flaw in the programming. It was nice of the makers, and even unexpectedly ambitious and generous of them to reach back to "Go Now," but they should also have taken the trouble to include the original group's second biggest hit, "From the Bottom of My Heart," which was a Top 40 single in England. Unlike "Go Now," "From the Bottom of My Heart" was an original by Mike Pinder and Denny Laine, and was one of the greatest singles of the entire British Invasion. That would have plugged a serious hole in the group's best-of discographies, would likely have amazed fans of the better-known "Mark II" group (Justin Hayward et al.), and made the jump from the original band's R&B sound to the later group's psychedelia a little easier to understand.

Customer Reviews

Not All Songs Are the Orginal Classic Versions

Buyers should be aware that some songs on this album are different in length and performance than the original classic version -- the version in popular release. If you are the kind of fan who likes to hear the music as you remember it from the 60s, you might be a tad disappointed on some of the cuts, such as 'Ride My See-Saw'. On the other hand, if you enjoy hearing concert performance versions, or other variants to the original classic, then this particular album may be just what you are looking for.

Your Wildest Dreams

The song Your Wildest Dreams is hands down the best song ever. End of discussion.

Moody Blues is underrated!

The Moody Blues are musical geniuses! Their songs are catchy and unique. A band way ahead of their time. I apsolutely love the fact that they incorporate orchestra music into their songs, it adds so much! The Moody Blues is a band I would suggest to anyone.


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 some of the best rival groups working in Birmingham, including...
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