So saddened to see that Rolling Stone magazine has reported the death at 76 of Moody Blues co-founder/ flautist Ray Thomas last week. This is yet another example of why it is bad form for the Rock Hall to wait unmercifully long to recognize these deserving artists. When the subject of rock star excess and […]
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Heartiest congratulations to Justin, John, and Graeme for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! On its golden anniversary, the many myths surviving the Moody Blues’ groundbreaking November 1967 second album Days of Future Passed are variously confirmed, corrected, and embellished by my guests Justin Hayward and John Lodge here In the Studio. Among them: […]
Demonstrating incredible “legs” into their third decade, we take the long distance trip back through time for the Moody Blues with the tasty Justin Hayward/ John Lodge album Blue Jays, a post- #1 Seventh Sojourn album side project ; Justin Hayward’s sublime “Forever Autumn” from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds in 1978; […]
Congrats to Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge for Rock Hall induction coming April 14!!
We pick up in part two of the Timeless Flight box set with selections from the worldwide #1 album Seventh Sojourn; then the tasty Justin Hayward/ John Lodge album Blue Jays; Justin Hayward’s sublime “Forever Autumn” from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds in 1978; the Octave album that year which was the […]
Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back on their latest compilation Icon 2 , it’s surprising how consistent their musical vision has remained regardless of musical trend or fashion , and singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward modestly acknowledges that critics either love them or crucify them for it. “At least we’ve been #1 without being outrageous !” Hayward chuckles in this week’s classic rock interview. “It’s the larger-than-life things that happen in this (entertainment) world, but that’s why we’ve made a point of not following any trend or any fashion , just doing our own music and trusting our own judgment, and doing what we wanted to do. We’ve been under a lot of pressure to compromise . We’ve never given in to that pressure…”(more)
Many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom seriously by 1972, the peak year for this “progressive “ rock movement which had matured with spectacular results, both artistically and commercially. It was the result of a combination of new technology ( the Mellotron , which crudely emulated choral and orchestral sounds ) […]
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally employed some “affirmative action” this year with the induction of progressive rock icon YES, a band whose family tree has enormous branches.
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To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by April 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon to see how this “progressive “ rock movement had matured with spectacular results, both artistically and commercially, confirmed by my guests David Gilmour, Roger […]