8-24-09 The Moody Blues
How’d I get 7 years into my blogs without a dedicated one to The Moody Blues?
Ah, just as well I waited, as I now have SACD’s of 3 of their ‘classic era’ titles!
CDx2 DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED (Deluxe edition) (SACD) DERAM UK 983215-0
1967 26 TRKS ('06 issue) SACD (1 x CD, 1 x SACD)
LP DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED DERAM
1967 7 TRKS original issue, stereo
CD5 NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN / CITIES DERAM DE 882258.2
1967 2 TRK CD Single CD5 ('99 issue)
7" TUESDAY AFTERNOON / ANOTHER MORNING DERAM US 45-DEM-85028
1967 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD DERAM
1968 12 TRKS original issue
CDx2 IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD (Deluxe edition) (SACD) DERAM UK 983214-7
1968 27 TRKS ('06 issue)(15 x bonus tracks)
7" RIDE MY SEE-SAW / VOICES IN THE SKY DERAM
1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
CD ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM re DERAM US 844769.2
1969 13 TRKS ('97 issue)
LP ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM DERAM
1969 13 TRKS booklet,
7" NEVER COMES THE DAY / SO DEEP WITHIN YOU DERAM US 45-85044
1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP TO OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN'S CHILDREN THRESHOLD
1969 13 TRKS
CDx2 TO OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN'S CHILDREN (Deluxe) (SACD) THRESHOLD
1969 24 TRKS ('06 issue) (SACD)
LP QUESTION OF BALANCE, A THRESHOLD
1970 10 TRKS insert; orig. issue with flap
CD QUESTION OF BALANCE, A (SHM) UNIVERSAL JPN UICY-93716
1970 16 TRKS SHM-CD (6 x bonus tracks) ('08 issue) kami sleeve #0118
7" QUESTION / CANDLE OF LIFE THRESHOLD
1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR THRESHOLD US THS 5
1971 9 TRKS
CD EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR re THRESHOLD
1971 9 TRKS ('97 issue)
7" STORY IN YOUR EYES, THE / MY SONG THRESHOLD FR TH 6
1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
CD SEVENTH SOJOURN THRESHOLD US 820159.2
1972 8 TRKS 1st CD issue
LP SEVENTH SOJOURN THRESHOLD
1972 8 TRKS insert
7" I'M JUST A SINGER... / FOR MY LADY THRESHOLD
1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7" ISN'T LIFE STRANGE (mono) / (stereo) promo THRESHOLD
1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
LPx2 CAUGHT LIVE + FIVE
1977 19 TRKS Live '69 + out-take studio tracks
I think I somehow missed “Go Now” on the AM radio – so the first thing I ever heard by The Moody Blues was likely “Tuesday Afternoon”, one of the singles for “Days Of Future Passed”, an album that is truly one of the cornerstones of British progressive rock. Rock band + orchestra, and recorded very well, I must say. The SACD mastering betters even the Mobile Fidelity gold disc! So crisp, for a 1966 recording! The deluxe edition additionally has some very neat bonus material. And my older brother had a copy of this LP, so it was already in our house, with it’s groovy colorful psychedelic cover. Dig the spoken word piece in “Nights In White Satin”!
“In Search Of The Lost Chord” is easily my favorite Moody Blues LP. Man, I listened to that one a lot, starting at about age 10. Face value, it all went in to my young impressionable mind – virtually totally unaware of the consciousness-expanding nature of some of the information. Yes, they put eastern religion visuals inside the gorgeous Phil Travers LP cover. I saw Justin Hayward perform live in the 90’s, and when he performed songs from Side Two of this LP, tears came to my jaded eyes. Wow, this shit goes deep, with me! Timothy Leary…
“Of course you are, my bright little star…” – I got “On The Threshold Of A Dream” when it came out, but it didn’t resound with me as “Lost Chord” had. Yet, I kept it and tried it again and again over the years, and I can easily say that I like it better now than I did then. I kept a lovely British copy, with it’s huge booklet and striking (Phil Travers again) cover. And I’m in the market for an SACD of it! When I think exists, but it’s only a single disc, not a 2CD Deluxe edition.
I most recently got a 2CD Deluxe edition (SACD) of “To Our Children’s Children’s Children”, and played it last week. Again, this one wasn’t such a favorite of mine when it was a new release, but…wow, the SACD sure sounds good. I’d really like to find a 45 of “Gypsy”! The ’69 live show included on Disc #2 is pretty cool, too.
“A Question Of Balance” was another real favorite of mine. I even got a British import of this LP before the
“EGBDF” was another one that I was luke-warm on, when it was released. Of course, “The Story In Your Eyes” is another great single. Our tale today ends with “Seventh Sojourn”. A glorious album that I chased and caught, unaware that it was the end of the run for my contiguous Moody Blues fandom. But, yes – I have lots of solo albums!
Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder and Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues.