by The Moody Blues
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The Moody Blues get the two-disc treatment on the latest installment of Polydor's surprisingly thorough Gold series. Rather than just assemble the usual suspects around staples like "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Story in Your Eyes" (which are here), the compilers dove deep into the group's career, providing tracks from solo recordings like "Remember Me My Friend" from Justin Hayward and John Lodge's excellent Blue Jays album and their gorgeous follow-up single, "Blue Guitar," as well as lesser-known late-'70s/early-'80s cuts from Octave, The Present, and Sur la Mer. Gold also includes some of the superior, somewhat neglected album tracks from the group's heyday, such as "Never Comes the Day," "Candle of Life," and the beautiful "Watching and Waiting," any of which could have been singles, and the last a far better track than the oft-compared "Nights in White Satin." Also significant is the dramatic improvement in the sound on these newly digitized tracks, which take full advantage of 24-bit mastering and are vastly superior even to the same cuts on 1996-vintage remastered versions of the group's first seven albums -- textures, timbres, instruments, and musical parts that were formerly buried in the mixes of the songs and only hinted at in playback are suddenly audible in sharp relief here (which leads one to ask when those, plus Octave -- which was out of print as of the start of 2005 -- and the other later albums, might be due for another upgrade). Listeners looking for an easy, affordable, and comprehensive guide to the Moodies will be hard-pressed to find anything better outside of 1994's Time Traveller box set, and its sound quality can't match what one hears on this set. ~ James Christopher Monger & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602498268353
catalogNumber: 000404102
Rank: 6581

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moody Blues   Primary Artist
Justin Hayward   Track Performer,Group Member
John Lodge   Track Performer,Group Member
Michael Pinder   Group Member
Ray Thomas   Group Member
Graeme Edge   Group Member
Chris Spedding   Track Performer
Herbie Flowers   Track Performer
Graham Gouldman   Track Performer
Eric Stewart   Track Performer
10cc   Track Performer
Lol Creme   Track Performer
Kirk Duncan   Track Performer
Ken Freeman   Track Performer
Kevin Godley   Track Performer
Barry Morgan   Track Performer
Jo Partridge   Track Performer
Tom Tompkins   Track Performer
Graham Deakin   Track Performer
Tim Tompkins   Track Performer
Jim Cockey   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Justin Hayward   Composer,Producer
John Lodge   Composer,Producer
Moody Blues   Producer
Michael Pinder   Composer
Ray Thomas   Composer
Jeff Wayne   Producer
10cc   Producer
Tony Clarke   Producer
Bill Levenson   Audio Production
Christopher Neil   Producer
Alan Tarney   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Pip Williams   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Michael Putland   Inlay Photography
Hugh Mendi   Executive Producer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes,Essay
Hugh Mendl   Executive Producer

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Gold 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We might well ask if another Moody Blues best of collection is needed. Gold does have the merit of including songs other than the usual suspects. Still, some of us would like to hear more of the other Moody voices, no offence to Justin and John. I'd especially like to hear more of Ray Thomas' songs and his lovely baritone voice. I made my own compilation of 19 of Thomas' songs from "Another Morning" on Days of Future Passed, through his "Painted Smile" suite on Long Distance Voyager, to Celtic Sonnet on Keys of the Kingdom. It makes for a great listen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have many of their albums ( yes vinyls ) so it was good to hear them again. "Tuesday Afternoon" was a great blast from the past, as were most of the tracks. If you know who they are, you'll enjoy this CD. If you've never heard of them, well then, I just don't know what to tell you. The Moody Blues is definitely a creature of their times.