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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 the fusion of rock with classical music, most notably on their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed. As of 2019 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, flautist Ray Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge. Although the 1965 single "Go Now" became a #1 hit, their subsequent debut Th ...read more

The Moody Blues are an English rock band that formed in Birmingham during May 1964. Among their innovations was the fusion of rock with classical music, most notably on their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed. As of 2019 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, flautist Ray Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge. Although the 1965 single "Go Now" became a #1 hit, their subsequent debut The Magnificent Moodies failed to reach similar success, and Laine and Warwick left a year later. In late 1966, Justin Hayward and John Lodge took up their empty positions. Both assumed the role of main songwriter, and it was during this time that The Moody Blues were transformed from mainly a covers band into a unique combination of classical, symphonic, progressive and psychedelic 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, technically their eighth and ninth albums). 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 a wide variety of instruments, including the mellotron. Between 1967 and 1972, they brought out seven multi-million selling studio albums and embarked on several worldwide tours. After a hiatus of five years, during which most members spent time working on solo and duo projects, the band reformed and released Octave. Mike Pinder left the band soon after the record had 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. Moraz departed 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 trio of Edge, Lodge and Hayward. Original member Ray Thomas passed away in January of 2018, just a few months before the band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. « hide

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LPs
December
2003

2.3
18 Votes
Strange Times
1999

2.4
19 Votes
Keys of the Kingdom
1991

2
21 Votes
Sur la Mer
1988

2.2
19 Votes
The Other Side of Life
1986

2.8
21 Votes
The Present
1983

2.8
19 Votes
Long Distance Voyager
1981

3.4
44 Votes
Octave
1978

2.9
28 Votes
Seventh Sojourn
1972

3.6
56 Votes
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
1971

3.6
81 Votes
A Question of Balance
1970

3.7
83 Votes
To Our Children's Children's Children
1969

3.8
86 Votes
On the Threshold of a Dream
1969

3.8
114 Votes
In Search of the Lost Chord
1968

3.9
157 Votes
Days of Future Passed
1967

4.3
427 Votes
The Magnificent Moodies
1965

3.2
47 Votes
Live Albums
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
2008

3.6
5 Votes
Live at the BBC: 1967-1970
2007

4.5
2 Votes
Lovely to See You
2005

4.3
2 Votes
Hall of Fame
2000

3.8
3 Votes
A Night at Red Rocks
1993

4.3
13 Votes
Caught Live + 5
1977

4.1
5 Votes
Compilations
Nights in White Satin: Essential Moody Blues
2017

4
1 Votes
The Polydor Years Box Set
2014

5
1 Votes
Timeless Flight The Voyage Continues
06/25/2013

5
1 Votes
Timeless Flight
06/18/2013

4.5
1 Votes
Timeless Flight (Box Set)
06/11/2013

5
1 Votes
Nights in White Satin: The Collection
03/27/2012

4.5
1 Votes
Collected
2007

4.5
1 Votes
An Introduction to The Moody Blues
2006

Gold
2005

4.3
2 Votes
Ballads
2004

4.5
1 Votes
The Collection
2001

4
2 Votes
Universal Masters Collection
2000

4.5
1 Votes
Anthology
1998

4.3
6 Votes
The Best of The Moody Blues
1997

3.3
4 Votes
Time Traveller
1994

4.5
1 Votes
Highlights from Time Traveller
1994

4.5
1 Votes
Greatest Hits
1989

3.8
2 Votes
Songs in White Satin
1989

4.5
1 Votes
Blue
1989

4
1 Votes
Prelude
1987

3.5
2 Votes
Voices in the Sky
1984

4
2 Votes
This Is The Moody Blues
1974

4.5
13 Votes

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