Album Details

March 01, 2005
Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Contemporary Pop/Rock, British Psychedelia, Prog-Rock, Art Rock, Album Rock, British Invasion

Album Review

The Moody Blues get the two-disc treatment on the latest installment of Polydor's surprisingly thorough Gold series. Rather than just assemble the usual suspects around staples like "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Story in Your Eyes" (which are here), the compilers dove deep into the group's career, providing tracks from solo recordings like "Remember Me My Friend" from Justin Hayward and John Lodge's excellent Blue Jays album and their gorgeous follow-up single, "Blue Guitar," as well as lesser-known late-'70s/early-'80s cuts from Octave, The Present, and Sur la Mer. Gold also includes some of the superior, somewhat neglected album tracks from the group's heyday, such as "Never Comes the Day," "Candle of Life," and the beautiful "Watching and Waiting," any of which could have been singles, and the last a far better track than the oft-compared "Nights in White Satin." Also significant is the dramatic improvement in the sound on these newly digitized tracks, which take full advantage of 24-bit mastering and are vastly superior even to the same cuts on 1996-vintage remastered versions of the group's first seven albums -- textures, timbres, instruments, and musical parts that were formerly buried in the mixes of the songs and only hinted at in playback are suddenly audible in sharp relief here (which leads one to ask when those, plus Octave -- which was out of print as of the start of 2005 -- and the other later albums, might be due for another upgrade). Listeners looking for an easy, affordable, and comprehensive guide to the Moodies will be hard-pressed to find anything better outside of 1994's Time Traveller box set, and its sound quality can't match what one hears on this set.
James Christopher Monger & Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
  2. Nights in White Satin
  3. Ride My See-Saw
  4. Legend of a Mind
  5. Voices in the Sky
  6. Lovely to See You
  7. Never Comes the Day
  8. Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)
  9. Candle of Life
  10. Watching and Waiting
  11. Question
  12. Melancholy Man
  13. The Story in Your Eyes
  14. Lost in a Lost World
  15. New Horizons
  16. Isn't Life Strange
  17. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock 'N' Roll Band)
  18. Remember Me My Friend [Single Edit]
  19. Blue Guitar
  20. Steppin' in a Slide Zone
  21. Had to Fall in Love
  22. Driftwood
  23. Forever Autumn
  24. The Voice
  25. Talking out of Turn
  26. Gemini Dream
  27. Blue World
  28. Sitting at the Wheel
  29. Your Wildest Dreams
  30. I Know You're out There Somewhere
  31. Say It with Love
  32. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back) [Remix]
  33. Strange Times
  34. December Snow
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