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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1971 classic from the UK Pop/Prog pioneers featuring two bonus tracks: 'The Story In Your Eyes' (Original Version) and 'The Dreamer'. Previously released as an SACD disc, this regular CD issue features sleeve notes and rare photographs. 11 tracks.


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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0018LMZOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This gem from 1971 includes some of the Moody Blues best works. The stand-out cut for this hybrid SACD is the amazing, "Procession", in which the Moodies attempted to document the progression of music through the years. In stereo, it was always a revelation, but in surround sound the original quadraphonic mix is reproduced with exquisite clarity and definition. The song literally dances around the room. The entire album exudes new life through this new mix - however, the center speaker does not emit sound; only the four individual speakers (left and right front and left and right rear), plus the subwoofer. The unreleased bonus tracks are a welcome surprise, with the original version of, "The Story In Your Eyes" at an extra half minute added. It's more of a `free' mix towards the end sounding more like a tight `jam'. The Hayward/Thomas addition of "The Dreamer" is a pleasant song and this is the first time it has been available. Note that the bonus tracks are in stereo only; an unexplained mystery on an album mixed for multi-channels. Also note that the bonus song, "After you Came" listed on the booklet does not exist on the CD - a major faux-paus!

Please note that all Moody Blues Hybrid SACD's do not reproduce the front central channel - a result of the original quadraphonic tape mixing
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By alleyuke on October 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a long time fan of the Moodies, I have all of the vinyl albums in a closet. Due to years of being played, they are full of noise from scratches and wear. My attempts to record them to cd using a software based program that removes some of the pops and clicks and converts them to WAV or MP3 resulted in loss of a lot of the sound quality and are just not pleasant to listen to. I also have some of them on cassette tape (you can just imagine how they sound after having been in a box for 20 years).

After finding out that the first seven albums that the Moodies recorded were available in newly re-mastered versions and that Justin Hayward was at the center of the project, I did a search and easily found them at Amazon. The old vinyl copy of "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor" was in the worst shape of all, so I ordered it and in a couple of days found it in the mailbox (way to go Amazon). Here is my impression of the re-mastered album:

The re-mastering by none other than Justin Hayward along with Alberto Parodi and others, has resulted in a wonderfully listenable album. You can hear things in detail that you never were able to hear before! This is a good thing because they accomplished the rare feat of bringing out the original warmth and texture that Tony Clarke and Derek Varnals wove into the original vinyl during the recording,engineering and mix-down,but were able to do so without the digital coldness that is so often found with CDs. I would also like to give credit to none other than "The master of the mellotron" Mike Pinder who worked closely with Derek and Tony in achieving the incredible sounds that were made using the Mellotron (Pindertron). The high quality insert with lyrics,great pictures,band bio and credits,is one of the nicest I have seen in a CD package!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I feel strangely ashamed that I don't own this album, although I've heard it many times. It shall be my next acquisition, for I can still remember the wonderful mixture of enchantment and sweet-spirited perceptions contained in this excellent recording. I enjoy the whole album, though my favorites are the masterpiece "One More Time To Live", the sensitive "You Can Never Go Home Anymore", and the exotic, provocative Pinder gem "My Song". When I saw the Moodies for the first time, around l973, they did many songs from this album, including a great rendition of "One More Time To Live". I recommend this recording to those Moody Blues fans who feel that this very special band is at its best when creating magical music sprinkled with hope and innocence. I really must obtain a copy of it myself!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Breyel on May 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Mobile Fidelity gold-plated CD of "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" faithfully reproduces the original analog recordings, Phil Travers' cover and gatefold artwork as well as the lyrics to this album. The only thing missing is the original record sleeve photo of the Moody Blues in concert.

As musicians, lyricists and singers, the Moody Blues were at their zenith in "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour". The idealistic message of peace and love is evident here amidst lyrics dealing with alienation, rejection, futility, compassion, creation and mysticism. Their trademark fusion of rock and classical music is prominent in their Moog synthesized orchestrations and strong vocal harmonies.

While the title "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" is a direct reference to how one learns to remember the sonic scales (E, G, B , D, F) - a scale repeated throughout the album, using the Moog synthesizer - it is also an apt thesis that defines the lyrical content of the album. That is to say, humanity deserves better despite the trails and tribulations encountered in life.

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"Procession" is an instrumental piece that opens with a cosmic (Moog) whir, then dissolves to a wind blowing over a still, desolate atmosphere. Thunderclaps and rainfall break the silence, then yield to the sound of droning insects and chirping birdsong. The sonic scale played on piano, note for note, is layered on top of these sounds, effectively becoming the musical a priori imprinted in man's psyche; one that impels him to tap a succession of drumbeats and utter communicative grunts.
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