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Moody Blues
"The Magnificent Moodies"

© London Records

Year of Release: 1965

track listing
  • I'll Go Crazy
  • Something You Got
  • Go Now!
  • Can't Nobody Love You
  • I Don't Mind
  • I've Got A Dream
  • Let Me Go
  • Stop
  • Thank You Baby
  • It Ain't Necessarily So
  • True Story
  • Bye Bye Burd
  • Steal Your Heart Away
  • Lose Your Money (But
    Don't Lose Your Mind)
  • It's Easy Child
  • I Don't Want To Go On
    Without You
  • Time Is On My Side
  • From The Bottom Of
    My Heart (I Love You)
  • And My Baby's Gone
  • Everyday
  • You Don't (All The Time)
  • This Is My House
    (But Nobody Calls)
  • Life's Not Life
  • He Can Win
  • Boulevard De La Madelaine

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    "The Magnificent Moodies"

    The Moody Blues is most famous for mixing classical music with pop music. Such famous songs as Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon from their classic Days of Future Passed, likewise albums like In Search of the Lost Chord and Seventh Sojourn features orchestra-inspired music that everyone recognizes the band's name as The Moody Blues.

    But every band has their humble beginnings. The Magnificient Moodies, an album released in the very early days of the Moodies' career (1966), captures the band recording songs like their fellow British counterparts, like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Yardbirds. The liner notes in this albums states:
    This package turns the clock back to the very early dawn, collecting together the complete recorded output of The Moody Blues Mk. 1: the tracks which formed the first LP, and a balance of thirteen titles unleased as single 'A's' and 'B's'. Nothing was cut way-back-when which did not see the light of day, so nothing is omitted.

    Of the 25 songs on this album, the only songs that can easily be compared to overall style of The Moody Blues later albums can be found at the tailend of the album. With songs like Life's Not Life, He Can Win and Boulevard De La Madelaine, it was a sound that was yet-to-come that would become a staple common sound for The Moody Blues--using orchestrated instruments like flutes and violins. The first 22 songs on this album captures the sound of practically every group that was emerging from The British Invasion of the Sixties. The Moody Blues focused on R&B than any source of music, with songs like Something You Got, True Story, Bye Bye Burd, Steal Your Heart Away, Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind), resembles the rock/blues style of The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds. They even recorded Time Is On My Side, a song that The Stones also recorded in their early years.

    The pop-sounding songs like Can't Nobody Love You, I've Got A Dream, Thank You Baby, And My Baby's Gone can be compared to Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, or even America's Dave Clark Five. It's Easy Child and I Don't Want To Go On Without You both have the early Beatles sound, where the Fab Four could of recorded these songs themselves on their early albums. Another American artist's music is featured here--I'll Go Crazy and I Don't Mind were written by James Brown.

    There are 13 originals written by two members of the band, Denny Laine (who would later join Paul McCartney's Wings) and Mike Pinder. In listening to these songs, you can see the direction the band would lead to their future albums. The last three songs mentioned earlier were written by Laine & Pinder. Surprisingly, I Don't Want To Go On Without You, Thank You Baby, True Story, Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind), And My Baby's Gone (songs mentioned earlier in this review) were all written by Laine & Pinder. Not only were they writing songs related to the common rock/R&B sounds, they also experimented in songs with a pop-classical sound that would become their signature in style. Read on...

    From the pens of Denny Laine and Mike Pinder:
    From The Bottom Of My Heart (I Love You) has an early Beatles sound, but yet it has a sound that would be the focus of their future album, In Search of the Lost Chord. Everyday has a more British pop sound, and so does You Don't (All The Time) and This Is My House (But Nobody Calls). And oh, yes, their most famous earliest song, Go Now is on this album, but it wasn't written by Laine & Pinder. It was actually a R&B cover song that wasn't well-known at the time.

    If you're expecting The Magnificient Moodies to sound like Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord, On The Threshold of a Dream, To Our Children's Children's Children, A Question of Balance, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Seventh Sojourn (as a whole), you're wrong. This album has the definitive early British Invasion sound of pop and R&B. There are some comparisions to the later songs on the album to the future Moody Blues albums, but that only relates to the last three songs.

    But discovering a well-known popular band's beginnings is always an adventure. This is compared to how The Beatles sounded before they recorded albums like Rubber Soul, and especially Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Moody Blues was, and still is, a great band. Like many other bands after them, they would experiment in classical and pop music: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Electric Light Orchestra, and the solo works of former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

    Listening to the R&B/rock blues numbers found on this album has you keep repeating the question: "This is The Moody Blues?" as the final result is overwhelming. This album is good; it captures the British sound in its early stages, as there were many groups from England, with their own individual sound. The Moody Blues' sound does have its similarities to their British peers, but they recorded songs in their own representation and individuality. And it would lead to a new sound that would make The Moody Blues one of the many, many great bands to ever surface from what we call Rock & Roll.

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