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The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues are an English rock band that formed in Birmingham during May 1964. Among their innovations was thefusion of rock with classical music, most notably on their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed. As of 2013 they are still active,with one member remaining from the original formation and two from the classic 1967-1978 line-up.

The group was initially made up of vocalist/guitarist Denny Laine, bass player Clint Warwick, keyboardist Mike Pinder, flautistRay Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge. Although the 1965 single 'Go Now' became a #1 hit, their subsequent debut TheMa ...read more

The Moody Blues are an English rock band that formed in Birmingham during May 1964. Among their innovations was thefusion of rock with classical music, most notably on their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed. As of 2013 they are still active,with one member remaining from the original formation and two from the classic 1967-1978 line-up.

The group was initially made up of vocalist/guitarist Denny Laine, bass player Clint Warwick, keyboardist Mike Pinder, flautistRay Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge. Although the 1965 single 'Go Now' became a #1 hit, their subsequent debut TheMagnificent Moodies failed to reach similar success, and Laine and Warwick left a year later. In late 1966, Justin Hayward andJohn Lodge took up their empty positions. Both assumed the role of main songwriter, and it was during this time that TheMoody Blues were transformed from mainly a covers band into a unique combination of classical, symphonic, progressive andpsychedelic rock.

Although they continued recording under their original name, Days Of Future Passed is often considered a complete re. start(perhaps especially by the group itself, which later reflected this in the titles for Seventh Sojourn and Octave, technicallytheir eighth and ninth album). The singles 'Nights in White Satin' and 'Tuesday Afternoon' renewed the quintet’s popularity,and have since remained among their most recognizable songs.

While the music on their second LP featured a full orchestra, subsequent recordings were performed entirely by the band on awide variety of instruments, including the mellotron. Between 1967 and 1972, they brought out seven multi-million sellingstudio albums and embarked on several worldwide tours. After a hiatus of five years, during which most members spent timeworking on solo and duo projects, the band reformed and released Octave. Mike Pinder left the band soon after the recordhad been completed, and was replaced by Patrick Moraz, formerly of Yes.

Seven further studio albums have followed to varying degrees of success, the most recent being December in 2003. Morazdeparted in 1991, after which the group has never included a full-time keyboardist. Ray Thomas eventually retired in 2002,reducing The Moody Blues to the current trio of Edge, Lodge and Hayward. « hide

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LPs
December
2003

2.3
6 Votes
Strange Times
1999

2.5
7 Votes
Keys of the Kingdom
1991

1.9
9 Votes
Sur la Mer
1988

1.9
7 Votes
The Other Side of Life
1986

2.5
6 Votes
The Present
1983

2.6
8 Votes
Long Distance Voyager
1981

3.3
25 Votes
Octave
1978

2.8
13 Votes
Seventh Sojourn
1972

3.4
28 Votes
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
1971

3.7
40 Votes
A Question of Balance
1970

3.8
42 Votes
To Our Children's Children's Children
1969

3.8
43 Votes
On the Threshold of a Dream
1969

3.8
62 Votes
In Search of the Lost Chord
1968

4
80 Votes
Days of Future Passed
1967

4.3
236 Votes
The Magnificent Moodies
1965

3.4
27 Votes
Live Albums
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
2008

3
1 Votes
Live at the BBC: 1967-1970
2007

Lovely to See You
2005

Hall of Fame
2000

A Night at Red Rocks
1993

4.4
8 Votes
Caught Live + 5
1977

4.3
2 Votes
Compilations
An Introduction to The Moody Blues
2006

Gold
2005

Anthology
1998

4.3
4 Votes
The Best of The Moody Blues
1997

2.8
2 Votes
Greatest Hits
1990

Prelude
1987

Voices in the Sky
1984

This Is The Moody Blues
1974

4.4
9 Votes

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