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Feb 24 16 4:28 AM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:mycroft2001 wrote:It is official. The Moody Blues influenced MoTown. Who would have thought.http://www.whosampled.com/cover/410145/Four-Tops-So-Deep-Within-You-The-Moody-Blues-So-Deep-Within-You/Yes, the Four Tops are among the many acts to cover a Moody Blues song, and they didn't even choose "Nights In White Satin" or any of the MB's other hits - they chose a deep cut.
mycroft2001 wrote:It is official. The Moody Blues influenced MoTown. Who would have thought.http://www.whosampled.com/cover/410145/Four-Tops-So-Deep-Within-You-The-Moody-Blues-So-Deep-Within-You/
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Feb 29 16 4:34 AM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:Go over to SecondhandSongs.com and peruse their list of covers of Moody Blues songs. WhoSampled.com has some of them, but WhoSampled.com stresses samples, while SecondhandSongs.com is more exhaustive when it comes to covers.However, neither of them have Fountains of Wayne's cover of "The Story In Your Eyes." I'll have to add that to WhoSampled.com.
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Mar 1 16 10:02 AM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:Obviously, SecondhandSongs.com is far from exhaustive. Over at WhoSampled.com, I've filled the Johnny Burnette-Dorsey Burnette-Rock 'N' Roll Trio sections with covers that are not on SecondhandSongs.com, let alone the Ivory Joe Hunter section and several others. For crying out loud, SecondhandSongs.com still hasn't created a section for the late, renowned gospel singer Andrae Crouch, while I've barely scratched the surface over at WhoSampled.com by kicking their total well over 100 covers, forget the samples.That said, SecondhandSongs.com is still the tops when it comes to covers, just as WhoSampled.com is the tops when it comes to samples.So, you being the consummate Moody Blues fan, you're going to start noticing covers easily available on YouTube and Spotify that are not posted on SecondhandSongs.com. Even so, no one comes close to having as many covers identified as they do,. What's more, they identify concert covers and televised covers as well as recorded covers.
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Mar 14 16 8:51 AM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:mycroft2001 wrote:http://wcbsfm.cbslocal.com/2014/07/23/denny-laine-talks-moody-blues-wings-with-scott-shannon/With the way the "experts" at the R&RHoF cut off Nick Simper from Deep Purple yet determined that Ron Evans was worthy enough, chose to induct Steve Miller without his band, and left out Laudir De Oliveira from Chicago, wouldn't it be a shame if, whenever the Moody Blues are nominated and inducted, if these "experts" chose only to induct the classic Moody Blues and chose not to induct anyone from the original Moody Blues except those who were in the classic Moody Blues? Or, how about if they decided to induct the classic Moody Blues, and then add Denny Laine and leave out Clint Warwick, like "Go Now" was recorded without a bass guitar? . . .
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Mar 21 16 7:25 AM
Charles Crossley Jr wrote:I'm sorry, I'm not anywhere near as optimistic. Include a producer with the band who has never been a proper member of the band? If they left out Nick Simper from Deep Purple, it would be more than puzzling if they included Tony Clarke with the Moody Blues. It's more likely that he will be inducted either in the musical excellence category or the non-performer category.. . . or the early influence category. . . I'm planning on having a lot of fun with the Nick Simper/Deep Purple flub. For example, if they ever nominate the Doobie Brothers, I will write a post titled "Doobie or Not Doobie? That Is the Question. . ." and continue on to suggest that these knotheads they call "experts" will choose to induct the Michael McDonald-era Doobie Brothers and leave out Tom Johnston. . . .
Mar 25 16 4:36 AM
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Moody Blues’ landmark concept album Days of Future Passed, which the band recorded with accompaniment from the London Festival Orchestra. Longtime bassist John Lodge says the group is in the process of making plans to commemorate the milestone.
“We are planning right now to do a concert with an orchestra,” Lodge tells ABC Radio. “We haven’t decided where yet, but these are our plans, that we will do something special. We’ll do a new version of Days of Future Passed.”
The 70-year-old musician doesn’t explain how The Moody Blues intend to revise the album for the performance, but he reports that the show will be recorded “as a long-form video or DVD.” He adds that “hopefully we’ll be touring with that next year.”
Last year, Lodge told ABC Radio that he would like to see Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, the two Moody Blues members from the Days of Future Passed lineup that no longer are in the band, take part in the album’s 50th anniversary celebration. As for how he now feels about his ex-band mates participating, John says, “It’ll be down to Ray and Mike, to be honest, [depending on] how they feel about it.” Lodge adds, “We’re still in the planning stage trying to work it all out at the moment.”
Thomas and Pinder, who left The Moody Blues in 2002 and 1978, respectively, both contributed to Lodge’s 2015 solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago. John says, “It was wonderful to have them on the album. It was great,” while pointing out that he has known Ray since he was 14 years old.
Released in November 1967, Days of Future Passed was The Moody Blues breakthrough album, and the band’s first to feature Lodge and singer/guitarist Justin Hayward. The record featured two of the group’s best-known tunes, “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon,” and is considered by many music critics to be a psychedelic masterpiece and an influence on the progressive rock genre.
The Moody Blues currently are in the middle of a 2016 U.S. trek called the “Fly Me High” tour that marks the 50th anniversary of Lodge and Hayward joining the band. The outing winds down April 2 in Biloxi, Mississippi, but the group will return to the States for a Las Vegas residency in October that will be followed by a run of fall “Fly Me High” tour dates. Hayward also has lined up a solo U.S. tour in May and June, while both he and Lodge also have scheduled solo U.K. treks in September. Visit MoodyBluesToday.com to check out all of the band’s, Hayward’s and Lodge’s tour dates.
Mar 29 16 3:16 AM
I’m astounded at the amount of bands that just keep on rocking. They just refuse to give up and throw in the guitar/mic/drum stick. The trend these days seem to be for old bands to reunite, or get back together again. Bands that we grew up with, are once again living the life and rocking hard! Bands such as The Moody Blues, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, White Snake and Judas Priest still perform Live Today!
The question is which band has been going at it the longest, with the original members? We decided to compile a list of the oldest Rock bands still performing Today. Guys that have survived the days of Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll. We had one criteria, the band must have to this day more than 80% of their original members still in the band.
Apr 22 16 8:40 AM
Short of an incredible cameo on The Simpsons in 1999, the Moody Blues haven't really had a moment in the sun since their 1988 hit, "I Know You're Out There Somewhere." Since then, they've worked the oldies circuit nonstop, losing a couple of original members along the way. They had a stellar run from 1964's "Go Now" through 1986's "Your Wildest Dreams," but they've never been a favorite of the rock critic establishment. That probably explains why they haven't been on a single Hall of Fame ballot despite regular protests by their huge fan community. But considering the fact that Chicago just got in, it feels like the Moody Blues won't be far behind.
May 10 16 3:55 AM
WGY News Anchor/Reporter Jim Gagliardi had the great pleasure of interviewing Justin Hayward four times in his career and has seen the group over 20 times along with Justin’s solo show in 2013, and the performance coming up on May 18th at The Egg in Albany, NY.
His love of all music is enduring, and the music that Justin has created is inspirational, heart-rending, and timeless.
This interview dovetails very nicely with the release of his new DVD release “In Concert at the Capital Theatre.”
The DVD will contain a new song from Justin as well. This interview is for all the loyal Moody fans out there, and on a personal note; this is Jim’s way of expressing his everlasting thanks for his music.
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I came of age at the genesis of progressive rock. To be honest, I don’t remember thinking a lot about it, or saying to someone, hey man, I just love this progressive rock. My orientation to rock ‘n’ roll was through the blues (“The blues had a baby, and they named it rock ‘n’ roll!“), and prog rock was a strenuous departure from blues-based rock.
It seems I’m not alone. No less than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has found it difficult to honor significant artists who happen to populate prog rock’s roster. We’ll get to that.
I was bound to make an exception or two. Ironically, I didn’t dig the Moody Blues when they started as a this Merseybeat blues-rock quartet out of Birmingham, England, flush with a hit single, “Go Now,” which charted #10 in 1965. Nor was I particularly impressed with their first major album, “Days of Future Passed, with its monster hit, “Nights in White Satin.” The band supposedly recorded the album with the London Festival Orchestra, which turned out to be non-existent. The band employed the Mellotron, which just happens to be a key component in progressive rock.
and we’re left to guess whether the song is a tribute to the spiritual leader of LSD, or an elaborate joke that has to do with another man named Timothy Leary. I’ve heard both versions. I have no idea which one is true. In any case, the song is magnificent.
The several Moody Blues albums that followed–On the Threshold of a Dream,To Our Children’s Children’s Children, A Question of Balance, Every Good boy Deserves a Favour and Seventh Sojourn–were a delightful smorgasbord of melody, mature lyrical content and musicianship (“every song is good!”), and positioned the Moody Blues, in my opinion, in rarefied, almost Beatlesque territory.
And yet: the Moody Blues are not in rock’s hall of fame. Go figure.
When it’s not being called bombastic, pretentious or pseudo-intellectual, progressive rock is generally regarded as “serious” music in the rock idiom. There is of course no standard definition, but prog rock can be described as follows:
Of course, of course…your band is not listed. Feel free to use the comments section below this post. In any case, each one of these rock bands have achieved a lengthy musical resume along with celebrity status. Each will be instantly recognizable to you. But here’s the thing: less than half of them have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. My list:
Moody BluesKing CrimsonYesEmerson, Lake & PalmerElectric Light OrchestraJethro Tull
One reason for this can be found on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website blog, where the hall’s former vice president of education Dr. Lauren Onkeytook a crack at it:
Prog rock’s status in the Rock Hall is less about bias and corruption than it is a reflection of a changing history of the definition of rock ‘n’ roll itself. From its inception, prog rock got a mixed reception…By drawing from classical elements, prog rock implied to some that rock wasn’t artistically interesting or important enough to contain complex ideas. And for many critics, prog strayed too far from rock’s African American origins.
She implied that it’s only a matter of time.
I’ll let the Moody Blues have the last word on this topic:
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