Best of the Moody Blues

The Best of the Moody Blues

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by The Moody Blues
     
 
This single-CD compilation doesn't do too much more than scratch the surface of the band's sound at its most popular points, but it does do one thing that no prior Moody Blues compilation ever did -- it includes "Go Now," which, as the notes point out, is still the group's top-charting single in England. What it doesn't do is get "Go Now"

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This single-CD compilation doesn't do too much more than scratch the surface of the band's sound at its most popular points, but it does do one thing that no prior Moody Blues compilation ever did -- it includes "Go Now," which, as the notes point out, is still the group's top-charting single in England. What it doesn't do is get "Go Now" in really good sound (no one seems to have a proper master source) or include their even better follow-up single, "From the Bottom of My Heart." Still, this body of work is pleasing and, thanks to its extension back to the original lineup, even a little bit informative, and it was the first Moody Blues compilation to be mastered in 20-bit audio. The dominant personality is Justin Hayward, who has provided the band with most of its hits, followed somewhat distantly by John Lodge, whose songs began to shine as the '70s dawned -- a pair of Hayward/Lodge songs and one solo Hayward release fill out the 17 tracks, which showcase the soulful, the mystical, and the psychedelic aspects of their music in equal parts. It's a good intro to their history, and anyone who wants more can jump to the Time Traveller box.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/1997
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731453580022
catalogNumber:
535800
Rank:
3011

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The Best of the Moody Blues 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST OF THE MOODY BLUES is an EXCELLENT compilation of hits of THE MOODIES! I saw THE MOODIES in concert on NOVEMBER 6TH in ATLANTA, GEORGIA! The concert was GREAT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This compilation follows the Moodies incredilbe chronology in a true manner. Go Now is a pleasant inclusion since by most standards it is not considered a "true" Moodies song. It was recorded before Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the band and the direction of the music changed forever. All the songs reflected here are worthy inclusion of their best. However, the lack of any songs by Mike Pinder (keyboards), Ray Thomas (flute) and Graeme Edge (drums), is a huge drawback. The true strength of the Moody Blues was always the synergy the 5 different members brought to the Music. By including only Hayward and Lodge the uninitiated will be presented with some great songs, but will surely miss the magic of the Lost Chord.
mjoldie More than 1 year ago
great classic music. not like a lot of the crap made today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
was not familiar with some of the songs..but as I listened to the songs...I love them all...a little disappointed that the long version of "night in white satan" was not included...that is a true masterpiece.
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