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Hall of Fame
     

Hall of Fame

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by The Moody Blues
 
When the Moody Blues pioneered the notion of recording rock songs with a full orchestra, some folks were suspicious of letting stuffed shirts in on the fun. But as the Moodies' legion of fans have discovered over the course of the past three decades, the blend can be a fortuitous one -- as it often is on this wide-ranging set, recorded live with a full orchestra at

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When the Moody Blues pioneered the notion of recording rock songs with a full orchestra, some folks were suspicious of letting stuffed shirts in on the fun. But as the Moodies' legion of fans have discovered over the course of the past three decades, the blend can be a fortuitous one -- as it often is on this wide-ranging set, recorded live with a full orchestra at London's most prestigious venue. As they do in concert, the band cover every aspect of their storied career, from the still-heady psychedelia of "Ride My See Saw" (which closes the 14-cut set in appropriately explosive fashion) to the sweeter tone of modern-day ballads like "Your Wildest Dreams." The bells and whistles tend to distract from songs that once had something of an edge, with the Vegas-style horns and campy microphone passing of "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock 'n' Roll Band)" coming across as particularly laborious. But the tracks that were always intended to shoulder the weight -- including "Nights in White Satin" and the Dvorák-inspired opening salvo of "Overture" and "Tuesday Afternoon" -- handle it quite well in this setting. There aren't all that many surprises on the 77-minute set, but there's no denying that the Moodies can still pomp up the volume with more gusto than just about anyone around.

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is the second live album by the Moody Blues to appear in just five years, and it is somewhat different from their concert recording with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The most obvious difference is the presence of songs from the group's 1999 album, which aren't bad; "English Sunset," in particular, holds up extremely well as a decent, rousing rocker with a great beat. The band appears to be putting more into their playing here, with a pounding introduction to "The Story in Your Eyes," which gets a jagged, very edgy performance emphasizing the beat and some heavy guitar sounds over the original's lyricism. The rest is what you've come to expect from the group, polished, competent renditions of some of their bigger hits, with the rhythm section pushed perhaps a little farther forward in the mix than you're used to from the group. The sound is very good, also a major surprise given that Royal Albert Hall, where it was recorded, is notorious as a poor venue for rock concerts.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2000
Label:
Ark 21
UPC:
0618681005926
catalogNumber:
810059
Rank:
84539

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Hall of Fame 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly rate the performance and sound quality. The bass and hard hitting percussions sound more real then most groups live recordings. I listen in stereo with a 350 watt per channel parassound amp through my Fried transmission line satellite and subwoofers and the sound from this recording is the next best thing to hearing the Moody Blues live. The bass and percussion are even better then A night at red rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs and the Moodys are, of course, great... But this album is some of the worst rendering of their work I've ever heard. Was really, really looking forward to it and totally bummed when I played it. The sound quality, the recording, (played on a very expensive high end system, by the way) sounds like it was made with cheap portable equipment.. Sounds almost as bad as an old bootleg recording.. Whoever miked it did a poor job, too.. It's as flat, cold and "digital" sounding as it could be... Awful. The rendering of the songs by the Moodys was also a major disappointment and not helped by the poor recording. Downright lame versions of some good stuff...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again the Moodies have shown thay can still perform songs that excite young & old. Our only wish is that once thier final performance does come, it will be with Mike Pinder!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the Moody Blues should be in the rock music hall of fame, if they're not already. they are unequalled in rock.