The Moody Blues



The Moody Blues

Postby N2yes » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:12 am

So far ahead of their time. Was their music influenced by Timothy Leary? I'm pretty certain a few acid trips helped create their unique sound. Like YES, this was one band that was heavily focused on vocals and for good reason. What is wild to consider is that Justin Hayward and John Lodge weren't even original members. If one were to look back in their catalog, you would find the release, "Go Now" in which Denny Laine and Clint Warwick did the vocals and played bass respectively.
They went so far and can still sell a record or two. If you really want to hear them at their best, listen to the cuts, "Lovely to See You" and "Tuesday Afternoon". These guys really put the vocals into their sound in a way not too dissimilar to their American cousins, The Beach Boys. We'll save that one for another thread.
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Re: The Moody Blues

Postby john mccleary » Sun Jul 08, 2007 4:41 am

I saw the moody blues in Dallas in 1981.Long distance v.The were awesome Justin blew me away so did John and Patrick Moraz.Yes is first Rush is seconde and the Moody Blues is third.
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Re: The Moody Blues

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Thu May 08, 2008 5:24 pm

Totally surprised that there is only one reply to this Magnus Opus Band.
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I have 4 Moody Blues vids. Live in Paris is good to get historical perspective, even though it is mostly dubbed and the band is pissed off and chain smoking cuz it is a TV production and they have fake playing their instruments.

They are an OK band live, but they do not re-produce the guitar parts as well or as powerfully as on the albums.

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Re: The Moody Blues

Postby Greenglade's Frog » Thu May 08, 2008 5:25 pm

Yes, they did take drugs and were influenced by Timothy Leary. They did LSD and pot, and this of course inspired their music, which is otherworldly and politcal at times.
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Re: The Moody Blues

Postby N2yes » Fri May 09, 2008 4:25 am

I need to check on Ray Thomas' status. Last I heard, he wasn't fairing too well.
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Re: The Moody Blues

Postby sound_chaser » Fri May 09, 2008 9:08 am

The Moody Blues were one of the first bands I got into when I started to discover music for myself. One of my brothers had Every Good Boy Deservers Favour and I was pretty much enthralled with it: I think it’s still my favourite even now. I didn’t really follow them seriously though until the remastered CD’s came out in the nineties. Although all of the albums were brilliant in their own way, listening to them now, it’s blindingly obvious that once they had found a formula, they stuck with it.

One of the main parts of that formula, was allowing each band member to contribute songs to the albums and I’m not sure that was always a good idea: particularly when you had someone as good as Justin Haywood in your band. Some of Ray Thomas’ songs worked and some didn’t and I think Graham Edge’s songs were more a token attempt to get his name on the credits, as they generally seemed to be more of a band effort. Saying that, The Moody Blues certainly were unique and when you look at one of their brilliant album covers, you know exactly what you’re going to get.

I saw Justin Haywood a couple of years ago in the War of the Worlds live show and his vocals were still as great and distinctive as ever.
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Re: The Moody Blues

Postby yesman90125 » Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:09 pm

I think what we now refer to as prog
has more to do with the influence of the Moody Blues than any other musical group.
not only that but i think the sound of the MB'S is probably one of the most consistant
in that regarless of weather it was justin,john,ray.mike or anyone one else singing
it allways is instantly recognisable as the moody blues
to me comenting to much on the moody blues takes away from them rather tham props them up in the same sense that trying to define the beatles
is so elusive
ray is pretty sick
i saw him on his last tour and he put one hell of an effort but it was clear he was getting a bit shaky and couldn't quite project as well as he used to
but he seemed to enjoy it and the audiece gave him intense respect
so the last couple of tours have basicly been justin
graehm and john
and what can you say about justin hayward
that guy can push a note so far that it pierces your brain in a way that only a few singers can or have done
the moody blues are not the same experience they were 10 years ago but as a live act they are still worth every penny and more accesable then they were 10 years ago with the huge crowds
justin hayward and john lodge are some of those guys that seem to define time in much the same way that jon anderson does
in a live setting
you are transported to the time when you first heard
'in search of the lost chord'
or
'every good boy deserves favour'
'to or childrens childrens children'
'days of future passed'
'a question of balance'
or pretty much anything else they have done
for those that have had the experience of hearing those albums
there isn't probably much i can say you don't already know
and for those that havn't
all i can say is you should
not only should you check them out
you ought to make it a prioraty
because an entire world that you didn't know existed is still waiting there for you.

ya know we talk about the holy trinity of groups
and i've expressed the yes, zeppelin, rush thing
but the more i think about genesis
and jethro tull and the beatles and most of all the moody blues
the harder i find it is to support my original vision of this holy trinty
listening to 'the gypsy' i have to wonder if there is anything better
and then of course i hear side 2 of in search of the lost chord
and
i hear god
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