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This Is the Moody Blues

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It might surprise those coming in late to their story that the original double-LP version of this album from 1974 was the first compilation devoted to the Moody Blues' work. That's seven years after their switch from R&B-based British Invasion rock & roll to psychedelic music, and ten years into their overall history, an awfully long time for a successful band to avoid the compilation route. That fact alone speaks volumes for how healthy their album sales were -- only the group's decision to take a hiatus seems to have prompted the assembling of this collection. The Moody Blues had actually had enough hits and charting singles between England and America since 1967 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It might surprise those coming in late to their story that the original double-LP version of this album from 1974 was the first compilation devoted to the Moody Blues' work. That's seven years after their switch from R&B-based British Invasion rock & roll to psychedelic music, and ten years into their overall history, an awfully long time for a successful band to avoid the compilation route. That fact alone speaks volumes for how healthy their album sales were -- only the group's decision to take a hiatus seems to have prompted the assembling of this collection. The Moody Blues had actually had enough hits and charting singles between England and America since 1967 so that a good best-of could have been assembled, but the makers went far beyond that, encompassing LP tracks that had become favorites on FM radio between 1967 and 1973 and also ignoring the actual release order of anything here. So instead of a tour through their history, listeners get a kind of collage of most of their best work, the songs nicely representative of the various members' most important contributions to the group's work. That said, however, it should also be pointed out that so much of the band's music is connected, conceptually and thematically, with the surrounding songs on their albums that inevitably the listener will feel rushed through some of this history; additionally, there is one excellent number left off for every three that are included. The CD reissue was impressive sonically for its recompiled and remastered tape sources, and the new annotation by digital producer John Tracy was a good bonus feature. To some degree, this collection has been supplanted by the more fully programmed double-CD Gold collection from 2005. Unless all you're looking for is an overview of the group's classic years, in which case one can add a half-star to the rating of This Is the Moody Blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1990
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042282000729
  • Catalog Number: 820007
  • Sales rank: 21,518

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Question (5:39)
  2. 2 The Actor (4:08)
  3. 3 The Word (Poem) (0:51)
  4. 4 Eyes of a Child (2:35)
  5. 5 Dear Diary (3:46)
  6. 6 Legend of a Mind (6:35)
  7. 7 In the Beginning (2:04)
  8. 8 Lovely to See You (2:34)
  9. 9 Never Comes the Day (4:39)
  10. 10 Isn't Life Strange (5:32)
  11. 11 The Dream (Poem) (0:51)
  12. 12 Have You Heard?, Pt. 1 (1:22)
  13. 13 The Voyage (4:09)
  14. 14 Have You Heard?, Pt. 2 (2:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ride My See Saw (3:32)
  2. 2 Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) (4:01)
  3. 3 And the Tide Rushes In (2:56)
  4. 4 New Horizons (5:05)
  5. 5 A Simple Game (3:18)
  6. 6 Watching and Waiting (4:16)
  7. 7 I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) (4:10)
  8. 8 For My Lady (3:53)
  9. 9 The Story in Your Eyes (2:44)
  10. 10 Melancholy Man (5:05)
  11. 11 Nights in White Satin - London Festival Orchestra and Chorus (4:32)
  12. 12 Late Lament - London Festival Orchestra and Chorus (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Moody Blues Primary Artist
Peter Knight Conductor
Justin Hayward Guitar, Vocals
John Lodge Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Pinder Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Thomas Bass, Flute, Vocals
Graeme Edge Drums
London Festival Orchestra and Chorus Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Justin Hayward Contributor
John Lodge Contributor
Michael Pinder Contributor
Ray Thomas Contributor
Graeme Edge Contributor
Tony Clarke Producer
Anthony Hawkins Remastering
Julie Thompson Contributor
Derek Varnals Engineer
London Festival Orchestra and Chorus Contributor
John Tracy Liner Notes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    First 8-Track!

    This is the 1st 8-track I bought way back when! I still love it. It's so much better on CD than other media...Take this opportunity to love the Moody Blues, again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Time Capsule

    This double CD is a real sonic step up from the scratcthy old album I bought long ago. Professional critics despised the Moodies for their pretensions. In retrospect, they probably wrere no more ostentatious then the late period Beatles. Some of this music is dated (Legend of a Mind) but all of it is tuneful. One problem I have is that Disc 2 will not play in my CD changer but will in a DVD player and my PC.

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    Posted April 25, 2010

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