Album Details

RELEASE
March 01, 2005
LABEL
Polydor
GENRES
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)http://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Nights in White Satinhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/nights-in-white-satin/id47137901?i=47137925&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Ride My See-Sawhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ride-my-see-saw/id47137901?i=47137937&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Legend of a Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/legend-of-a-mind/id47137901?i=47137944&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Voices in the Skyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/voices-in-the-sky/id47137901?i=47137948&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Lovely to See Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lovely-to-see-you/id47137901?i=47137956&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Never Comes the Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/never-comes-the-day/id47137901?i=47137961&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)http://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Candle of Lifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/candle-of-life/id47137901?i=47137974&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Watching and Waitinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/watching-and-waiting/id47137901?i=47137980&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Questionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/question/id47137901?i=47137987&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Melancholy Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/melancholy-man/id47137901?i=47137993&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. The Story in Your Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-story-in-your-eyes/id47137901?i=47138002&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Lost in a Lost Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lost-in-a-lost-world/id47137901?i=47138007&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. New Horizonshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/new-horizons/id47137901?i=47138012&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Isn't Life Strangehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/isnt-life-strange/id47137901?i=47138018&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock 'N' Roll Band)http://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Remember Me My Friend [Single Edit]http://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Blue Guitarhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Steppin' in a Slide Zonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Had to Fall in Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Driftwoodhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Forever Autumnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. The Voicehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Talking out of Turnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Gemini Dreamhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Blue Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Sitting at the Wheelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Your Wildest Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. I Know You're out There Somewherehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Say It with Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back) [Remix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Strange Timeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. December Snowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gold-the-moody-blues-remastered/id47137901?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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