For In the Studio episode #25, the many myths surviving the Moody Blues’ groundbreaking November 1967 second album Days of Future Passed were variously confirmed, corrected, and embellished by my guests Justin Hayward and John Lodge here In the Studio. Among them: -After singing “Go Now” in 1964, lead singer Denny Laine left the Moody Blues with […]
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We pick up in part two of the Moody Blues Timeless Flight box set with selections from the worldwide #1 album Seventh Sojourn; then the tasty Justin Hayward/ John Lodge 1975 album Blue Jays; Justin Hayward’s sublime “Forever Autumn” from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds in 1978, plus the Octave album that […]
Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back, 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.
When the subject of rock star excess and decadence is broached, the last band that could possibly come to mind would be Birmingham England’s Moody Blues. After all singer/ lead guitarist Justin Hayward, bass guitarist/ singer John Lodge, keyboardist Mike Pinder, the late flautist/ singer Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge spent their first seven albums […]
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; […]
…the forty-fifth anniversary of the progressive rock masterpiece by Pink Floyd which not even “Time” can “Eclipse”: The Dark Side of the Moon !
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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For Christmas 1971, my 11 year old brother received a present from me of a record album. While on the surface this would appear not the least remarkable … except that it was Meddle by Pink Floyd, containing the 18 minute long opus “Echoes”. Not your standard fare for fifth grade “show and tell “. […]