Magnificent Moodies [Deluxe]

Magnificent Moodies [Deluxe]

by The Moody Blues
     
 

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The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks

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The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks), interspersed with a brace of originals by lead singer/guitarist Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder, and one Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich number, "I've Got a Dream." The shouters, like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Bye Bye Bird," will be the big surprises, showcasing the rawest sound by the group, but "I've Got a Dream" shows a lyrical, harmony-based sound that is vaguely reminiscent of the Four Tops (which is ironic, as that group later cut a single of the latter-day Moody Blues original "So Deep Within You"), while "Thank You Baby," a Laine/Pinder original, offers them doing a smooth, dance-oriented number with some catchy hooks. The group's sound is good and loud, and Laine was a phenomenal singer, though the band lacked the charisma and built-in excitement of such rivals as the Rolling Stones and the Animals. This album is more interesting than its American equivalent, but also not as good, since it leaves off such single sides as "Steal Your Heart Away" and the Pinder/Laine "From the Bottom of My Heart," the latter being the best side this version of the group ever recorded. [Packaged as a mini clamshell box, Esoteric's double-disc 50th Anniversary edition of The Magnificent Moodies is overstuffed with extras. First, it has the original album presented in mono, and the rest of the first disc is supplemented by the non-LP As & Bs of the corresponding singles of the time, plus such rarities as a previously unreleased first version of "Go Now!," and "People Gotta Go," from the French EP Boulevard de la Madeleine. Disc two is where a lot of the rarities come in: previously unreleased sessions from 1964-1966, the live-in-the-studio "Saturday Club" sessions, and, finally, the 1966 Denny Cordell sessions. Apart from the last stretch of Cordell-produced sessions, which bear the fuzz-drenched, stylish swing of mid-'60s London, this is a deep dive into the Moodies at their R&B peak, and while it's certainly for the devoted, there's no question this will satisfy.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2015
Label:
Esoteric Antenna
UPC:
5013929457348
catalogNumber:
22473
Rank:
82412

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'll Go Crazy
  2. Something You Got
  3. Go Now
  4. Can't Nobody Love You
  5. I Don't Mind
  6. I've Got a Dream
  7. Let Me Go
  8. Stop
  9. Thank You Baby
  10. It Ain't Necessarily So
  11. True Story
  12. True Story
  13. Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)
  14. Steal Your Heart Away
  15. Go Now!
  16. It's Easy Child
  17. I Don't Want to Go on Without You
  18. Time is on My Side
  19. From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)
  20. And My Baby's Gone
  21. Everyday
  22. You Don't (All the Time)
  23. Boulevard de la Madeleine
  24. This is My House (But Nobody Calls)
  25. People Gotta Go
  26. Life's Not Life
  27. He Can Win

Disc 2

  1. Go Now
  2. Lose your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)
  3. Steal Your Heart Away
  4. I'll Go Crazy
  5. You Better Move On
  6. Can't Nobody Love You
  7. 23rd Psalm
  8. Go Now!
  9. I Don't Want to Go On Without You
  10. I'll Go Crazy
  11. From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love you)
  12. Jump Back
  13. I've Got a Dream
  14. Laine Pinder
  15. It's Easy Child
  16. Stop
  17. Everyday
  18. Interview with Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge/You Don't (All the Time)
  19. I Want You to Know
  20. Coca Cola Radio Commercial 1965
  21. Sad Song
  22. This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)
  23. How Can We Hang On to a Dream
  24. How Can We Hang on to a Dream
  25. Jago & Jilly
  26. We're Broken
  27. I Really Haven't Got the Time
  28. Red Wine
  29. This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moody Blues   Primary Artist
Ray Thomas   Flute,Harmonica,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals
Graeme Edge   Drums
Denny Laine   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Clint Warwick   Bass,Vocals
Mike Pinder   Piano,Vocals
Rod Clark   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rufus Thomas   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Gerald Chevin   Engineer
Denny Cordell   Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Gus Dudgeon   Engineer
Alex Murray   Producer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Concept

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