acid, sitars & the Moody Blues

 

SOME BANDS/ARTISTS JUST KEEP AT IT TOO LONG, AND LONGEVITY IS NOT ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY….THINK OF THE ROLLING STONES, HEART, DONOVAN, HAWKWIND OR THE MOODY BLUES.  FOR A LOT OF FOLKS UNDER THE AGE 40, THE NAME THE MOODY BLUES MAY CONJURE A MEMORY OF THE 1986 HIT ‘YOUR WILDEST DREAMS’,  WHICH LINGERS IN THE BACK OF OUR MINDS LIKE AN UNPLEASANT ODOR THAT STICKS IN THE ICEBOX.  IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE REPRESENTATION OF A TALENTED BAND WHO’S EARLIER RECORDS WERE INVENTIVE, UNIQUE AND ENDANGERED NOW OF BEING OVERLOOKED (OR NOT TAKEN AT ALL SERIOUSLY).

THE MOODY BLUES HAD QUITE A GOOD, ALBEIT SHORT, RUN.  FROM 1967 TO 1970 THEY RELEASED FIVE SOLID, ORIGINAL ALBUMS, COMBINING ORCHESTRAL POP, PSYCHEDELIC FREAKOUTS, SOARING BALLADS, INDIAN INFLUENCES AND DRIVING ROCK.  AN OUTSTANDING REPRESENTATION OF THEIR STRENGTHS IS FOUND ON THE 1968 ALBUM IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD.  A SONIC VOYAGE TAKING LISTENERS FROM ODES TO TIMOTHY LEARY (“LEGEND OF A MIND”) TO SITAR-TINGED MANTRA-POP (“VISIONS OF PARADISE” & “OM”),  IN SEARCH IS PRETTY DAMN SOLID FROM START TO FINISH.

FOR SOME LISTENERS, THE MOODY BLUES WILL ALWAYS BE JUST A BIT TOO CHEESY (THINK “NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN”) OR NOT QUITE ‘COOL’ ENOUGH – BUT ANY OF THIS SHOULD BE OUTWEIGHED BY TERRIFIC ARRANGEMENTS, WELL-CRAFTED POP SONGS (THE ENTIRE BAND WERE SONGWRITERS AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALISTS) AND THAT PHENOMENAL MELLOTRON SOUND!!!!

FORGET THE BAD 80’S MTV MEMORIES, OR THE MODERN DAY CASINO TOURS AND RECONSIDER THESE LADS IN THEIR CREATIVE PRIME=



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2 thoughts on “acid, sitars & the Moody Blues

  1. Great stuff, glad someone had the guts to share this. I’m still not public with my love of the early Moodies records, because so few people have heard them (that one soft rock hit off Days of Future Passed notwithstanding). They started going downhill fast the second that Mike Pinder left the band with his Mellotron. No band ever had a better Mellotron player!

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