MOODY BLUES

"Nights in White Satin"


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Formed in Birmingham, England 1964 by keyboardplayer Mike Pinder, flutist Ray Thomas, drummer Graeme Edge, guitarist and singer Denny Laine and bassist Clint Warwick. The band were originally an r&b band, but in 1965 they had a big hit with the ballad "Go Now"
Laine and Warwick left around 1966 to be replaced by singer and guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge. This new line-up introduced the mellotrone which completely changed their sound. They began writing classical inspired music and with especially Hayward´s melodic and catchy songwriting they achieved an enormous popularity and scored several single-hits and their albums sold extremely well throughout the 1970´s.
After a pause in the middle 70´s the band began recording again with Mike Pinder replaced by Patrick Moraz.
In the 1990´s the intervals between their records grew bigger with Hayward and Lodge as key members. The latest release "Strange Times" was released in 1999.

Band Members:

Denny Laine: Born 1944. Composer, vocals, guitar. Laine was the biggest profile in the original Moody Blues line-up. He later joined Paul McCartney´s Wings

Mike Pinder: Born 1941. Keyboards and founder member. Pinder played a big part in creating the classic 1967-72 Moody Blues sound

Ray Thomas: Born 1941. Flute and vocals . Original member and part of the classic line-up

Graeme Edge: Born 1941. Drums. Original member and part of the classic line-up.

Clint Warwick: Born 1940. Bass. Original memeber. Left in 1965

Justin Hayward: Born 1946. Guitar and vocals. Joined in 1967 and a key member in the classic line-up

John Lodge: Born 1945. Bass. Joined in 1967 and a key member in the classic line-up

Patrick Moraz: Keyboards. Joined in 1978



Discography

The Decca/Denny Laine Years:


1. # The Magnificent Moodies - Decca 1965

Tracks:
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. Bye bye bird / 13. Steal your heart away * / 14. Lose your money * / 15. It's easy child* / 16. I don't want to go on without you * / 17. Time is on my side * / 18. From the bottom of my heart * 19. And my baby's gone *
Rating : 5


2. Boulevard de Madeleine - Decca 1966 (NL)

Tracks:
1. Boulevard de Madeleine / 2. Really Haven´t Got the Time / 3. He Can Win / 4. You Don´t / 5. And My Baby´s Gone / 6. Leave This Man Alone / 8. Steal Your Heart Away / 9. It´s Easy Child / 10. This is My House / 11. From the Bottom of My Heart / 12. Lose Your Money / 13. Fly Me High / 14. Every Day / 15. Love and Beauty / 16. Life´s Not Life / 17. I Don´t Want to Go On Without You
Rating : 5



My Suggestion For a 40 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


1. Go Now ( Banks/Bennett ) The Magnificent Moodies
2. Stop ( Laine/Pinder ) The Magnificent Moodies
3. From the Bottom of My Heart ( Pinder/Laine ) Boulevard de la Madeleine
4. Can't Nobody Love You ( Mitchell ) The Magnificent Moodies
5. I´ve Got a Dream ( Barry/Greenwich ) The Magnificent Moodies
6. True Story ( Pinder/Laine ) The Magnificent Moodies
7. I Don´t Want to Go On Without You ( Berns/Wexler ) Boulevard de la Madeleine
8. Boulevard de la Madeleine ( Pinder/Laine ) Boulevard de la Madeleine
9. Cities ( Hayward ) B-side
10. Fly Me High ( Hayward ) Single 1967
11. Love and Beauty ( Pinder ) Boulevard de la Madeleine
12. Every Day ( Pinder/Laine ) Boulevard de la Madeleine
13. Life's Not Life ( ) Boulevard de la Madeleine
14. I Don't Want to Go on Without You ( ) The Magnificent Moodies


The Threshold and Polydor Years:


1. Days of Future Passed - Deram 1967

Tracks:
1. The Day Begins / 2. Dawn: Dawn Is I A Feeling / 3. The Morning: Another Morning / 4. Lunck Break: Peak Hour / 5. The Afternoon:a) Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) b)(Evening) Time To Get Away / 6. Evening: a)The Sunset b)Twilight Time / 7. The Night: Nights In White Satin
Rating : 6


2. In Search of the Lost Chord - Deram 1968

Tracks:
1. Departure / 2. Ride My See-Saw / 3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume / 4. House Of Four Doors / 5. Legend Of A Mind / 6. House Of Four Doors (Part 2) / 7. Voices In The Sky / 8. The Best Way To Travel / 9. Visions Of Paradise / 10. The Actor / 11. The Word / 12. Om
Rating : 8


3. On The Threshold of a Dream - Threshold 1969

Tracks:
1. In the Beginning / 2. Lovely to See You / 3. Dear Diary / 4. Send Me No Wine / 5. To Share Our Love / 6. So Deep Within You / 7. Never Comes the Day / 8. Lazy Day / 9. Are You Sitting Comfortably? / 10. Dream / 11. Have You Heard, Pt. 1 / 12. Voyage / 13. Have You Heard, Pt. 2 / 15. Bye Bye Bird / 16. It Ain't Necessarily So / 17. True Story / 18. And My Baby's Gone
Rating : 5


4. To Our Children´s Children´s Children - Threshold 1969

Tracks:
1. Higher And Higher / 2. Eyes Of A Child I / 3. Floating / 4. Eyes Of A Child II / 5. I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred / 6. Beyond / 7. Out And In / 8. Gypsy / 9. Eternity Road / 10. Candle Of Life / 11. Sun Is Still Shining / 12. I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Million / 13. Watching And Waiting
Rating : 6



5. A Question of Balance - Threshold 1971

Tracks:
1. Question / 2. How Is It / 3. And the Tide Rushes In / 4. Don't You Feel Small / 5. Tortoise and the Hare / 6. It's Up to You / 7. Minstrel's Song / 8. Dawning Is the Day / 9. Melancholy Man / 10. Balance
Rating : 7


6. Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour - Threshold 1971

Tracks:
1. Procession / 2. The Story In Your Eyes / 3. Our Guessing Game / 4. Emily's Song / 5. After You Came / 6. One More Time To Live / 7. Nice To Be Here / 8. You Can Never Go Home / 9. My Song
Rating : 7


7. Seventh Sojourn - Threshold 1972

Tracks:
1. Lost In A Lost World / 2. New Horizons / 3. For My Lady / 4. Isn't Life Strange / 5. You And Me / 6. The Land Of Make-Believe / 7. When You're A Free Man / 8. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)
Rating : 6


8. Octave - Threshold 1978

Tracks:
1. Steppin' in a Slide Zone / 2. Under Moonshine / 3. Had to Fall in Love / 4. I'll Be Level With You / 5. Driftwood / 6. Top Rank Suite / 7. I'm Your Man / 8. Survival / 9. One Step into the Light / 10. Day We Meet Again
Rating : 4


9. Long Distance Voyager - Threshold 1981

Tracks:
1. Voice / 2. Talking Out of Turn / 3. Gemini Dream / 4. In My World / 5. Meanwhile / 6. 22,000 Days / 7. Nervous / 8. Painted Smile / 9. Reflective Smile / 10. Veteran Cosmic Rocker
Rating : 5


10. The Present - Threshold 1983

Tracks:
1. Blue World / 2. Meet Me Halfway / 3. Sitting At The Wheel / 4. Going Nowhere / 5. Hole In The World / 6. Under My Feet / 7. It's Cold Outside Of Your Heart / 8. Running Water / 9. I Am / 10. Sorry
Rating : 4


11. The Other Side of Life - Polydor 1986

Tracks:
1. Your Wildest Dreams / 2. Talkin' Talkin' / 3. Rock 'N' Roll over You / 4. I Just Don't Care / 5. Running Out of Love / 6. Other Side of Life / 7. Spirit / 8. Slings and Arrows / 9. It May Be a Fire
Rating : 4


12. Sur la Mer - Polydor 1988

Tracks:
1. I Know You're Out There Somewhere / 2. Want to Be With You / 3. River of Endless Love / 4. No More Lies / 5. Here Comes the Weekend / 6. Vintage Wine / 7. Breaking Point / 8. Miracle / 9. Love Is on the Run / 10. Deep
Rating : 5


 13. Keys of the Kingdom - Polydor 1991

Tracks:
1. Say It With Love / 2. Bless the Wings / 3. Is This Heaven? / 4. Say What You Mean / 5. Lean on Me / 6. Hope and Pray / 7. Shadows on the Wall / 8. Once Is Enough / 9. Celtic Sonant / 10. Magic / 11. Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain
Rating : 4


14. Strange Times - Universal 1999

Tracks:
1. English Sunset / 2. Haunted / 3. Sooner Or Later / 4. Wherever You Are / 5. Foolish Love / 6. Love Don't Come Easy / 7. All That Is Real Is You / 8. Strange Times / 9. Words You Say / 10. My Little Lovely / 11. Forever Now / 12. The One / 13. The Swallow / 14. Nothing Changes
Rating :


15. December - Polydor 2003

Tracks:
1. Don't Need a Reindeer / 2. December Snow / 3. In the Quiet of Christmas Morning / 4. On This Christmas Day / 5. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) / 6. Winter's Tale / 7. Spirit of Christmas / 8. Yes I Believe / 9. When a Child Is Born / 10. White Christmas / 11. In the Bleak Midwinter
Rating :



My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


1. Nights in White Satin ( Hayward ) Days of Future Passed
2. Departure ( Edge ) In Search of the Lost Chord
3. Ride My See Saw ( Lodge ) In Search of the Lost Chord
4. Voices in the Sky ( Hayward ) In Search of the Lost Chord
5. Lovely to See You ( Hayward ) On The Threshold of a Dream
6. Are You Sitting Comfortably ( Hayward ) On The Threshold of a Dream
7. Never Comes the Day ( Hayward ) On The Threshold of a Dream
8. Higher and Higher ( Edge ) To Our Children's'Children's Children
9. Floating ( Thomas ) To Our Children's'Children's Children
10. Out and In ( Pinder/Lodge ) To Our Children's'Children's Children
11. I Never Thought I'd Live to be a 100 Years ( Hayward ) To Our Children's'Children's Children
12. Question ( Hayward ) A Question of Balance
13. The Tide Rushes In ( Thomas ) A Question of Balance
14. It's Up to You ( Hayward ) A Question of Balance
15. The Story in Your Eyes ( Hayward ) Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour
16. Nice to Be Here ( Thomas ) Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour
17. Isn't Love Strange ( Lodge ) Seventh Sojourn
18. Land of Make Believe ( Hayward ) Seventh Sojourn
19. I'm Just a Singer in R&R Band ( Lodge ) Seventh Sojourn
20. Tuesday Afternoon ( Hayward ) Days of Future Passed
21. Legend of a Mind ( Thomas ) In Search of the Lost Chord
22. Dawning is the Day ( Hayward ) A Question of Balance
23. Minstrel Song ( Lodge ) A Question of Balance
24. Melancholy Man ( Pinder ) A Question of Balance
25. New Horizons ( Hayward ) Seventh Soujourn
26. Isn't Life Strange ( Lodge ) Seventh Soujourn
27. You And Me ( Hayward/Edge ) Seventh Soujourn
28. Voice ( Hayward ) Long Distance Voyager
29. No More Lies ( Hayward ) Sur la Mer
30. Remember Me ( Hayward/Lodge ) Blue Jays

Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - September 25 2011

42 Days of Future Passed - 1967
97 In Search of the Lost Chord - 1968
112 To Our Children's Children's Children - 1969
141 On the Threshold of a Dream - 1969
178 Seventh Sojourn - 1972
312 Long Distance Voyager - 1981
324 The Magnificent Moodies - 1965
236 A Question of Balance - 1970
360 Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour - 1971
467 Caught Live - 1977
649 Present - 1983
973 Octave - 1978
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LINKS:

The Official Moody Blues Page

Mike Bartley´s Moody Blues Page



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