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
on October 23, 2009
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! In addition to the original 9 songs there are two bonus tracks which are interesting to hear,(imho)although either demos or outtakes.
As a amateur musician and Mellotron maniac,I'm impressed and very happy to have purchased this first installment of what will eventually become a complete collection of the core 7 Moody Blues albums.
I highly recommend this great album whether you are a MB fan or not. Their music can bring you to a place of deep peace, wonder and realization of things that are most precious.
Thanks for the great service Amazon and kind regards to all, Alan
on September 30, 1999
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!
on May 24, 2001
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.
"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. On discovery of rhythm and vocal harmony, man's `procession' sees him structuring a melody with sitar, flute, harpsichord and organ - instruments which identify not periods in time but the musical ethnicity of India, China and Europe, and hence the universality of music. Essentially, it's "In Search Of The Lost Chord" rediscovered and found.
Building on the crescendo of "Procession", an electric guitar rips into "The Story In Your Eyes". A rousing and infectious Hayward rocker, the lyrics describe a bleak and uncertain future that was plausible in 1971, given the Vietnam War, street protests, over population, pollution and nuclear proliferation. Yet, amidst this angst-filled backdrop comes a hopeful note from the singer, "I can hide inside your sweet, sweet love for evermore".
"Our Guessing Game" is a reflective Thomas composition about dreams deferred, opportunities missed and the uncertainty of the consequence, all of which creates a sense of unhappiness and futility in life..."Our Guessing Game". Despite the quandary in life Thomas sings about, there lies a glimmer of optimism when juxtaposed against the Moody Blues' singing, "Bless the days when I'm feeling strong".
"Emily's Song" is a lullaby Lodge wrote for his newborn daughter (Emily). Strangely, if one were not aware of this fact, the song with its gentle melody could quite easily pass as an ordinary love song.
"After You Came" is a powerful percussion piece from drummer, Graeme Edge, expressing the ups and downs in life and learning to "laugh when it hurts so hard".
"One More Time To Live" evokes a dark and foreboding indictment of man and his "world passing by". Consider the cause-and-effect relationship of the lines, "Turn the earth to sand and still commit no crime / How one thought will live provide the others die." To drive the point home Lodge sings, "I have riches more than these", such as "degradation, pollution, population, illusion, annihilation, revolution, starvation". In spite of these environmental and socio-political ills, man can improve his condition with "contemplation, communication, compassion, salvation, elation, solution".
"Nice To Be Here" is a rather whimsical song, as if a nursery rhyme for a child, what with Thomas describing various animals harmonizing their voices and antics to create a symphony amidst a forest. It's a truly delightful song with an up temp and playful bass line.
"You Can Never Go Home" is very simply Hayward saying, to quote another song of his, "I believe what is lost is lost forever".
"My Song" is Pinder's plea for "a planet with one mind"..."before it's too late". The middle instrumental passage is `Cosmic Rock' at its best and very reminiscent of an earlier Pinder song, "The Voyage".
On the whole, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour remains, after 30 years, the magnus opus of the Moody Blues.
on March 8, 2000
This is the first Moody Blues album I ever heard, and I have been hooked ever since. I was 11 yrs old. It was ominous and magical back then - it still is. Being able to escape into these incredible musical spaces and verse was a blessing. Overall, the sound has a magnitude and an ancientness to it, which can be found in J.Hayward's cosmic guitar sound and M.Pinder's dreamily expansive "My Song", and also in J.Lodge's profound "One More Time To Live". "Procession" is their intro piece, normally a wonderfully executed poetic rendering in verse by G.Edge, here a delightful instrumental taking us through musical history from prehistory to ...the Moody Blues, what else! R. Thomas' flute playing on the album is a special treat and really adds to the sweetness, the innocence and dreamlike sound pervading this work. The one 'rock-sounding' song on the album, "The Story in Your Eyes" (J.Hayward), is totally hot. But all the songs are worth it really, and this album is so great because it's not an assault on the senses, but an intriguing and engaging and sometimes all-encompassing good listen. And none of this can't relate what the album itself is - gorgeous and magical and heavenly, etc. Buy it, or have a listen somehow. That these guys aren't in the hall of fame is either a conspiracy of sorts, or maybe the hall of fame ain't what it's cracked up to be... Granted, the Moody Blues ARE entirely unique, but I see some of the inductees, and I really have to wonder ... the Moodies are SO much greater ...
This CD is likely the least well-known of the classic 7 Moody Blues releases. This CD is also likely the most progressive and experimental of the classic 7, which is saying a lot considering how well regarded "Days of Future Passed" is as one of the first, if not the first, rock concept albums, and one of the first progressive rock albums.
As with most of The Moody Blues first 7 albums, this CD also has a concept, albeit a somewhat loose concept. In this case, the concept is the evolution of man and his society, and whether and how that society might survive. As you can imagine, the tone of the album is relatively downbeat and somber.
The opening track is perhaps the most progressive Moodies track of any Moodies album, "Procession". This song is nothing less than the encapsulation of the evolution of man from man's primate ancestors to today. This song is one of those that have earned The Moody Blues comments such as heavy-handed, pretentious and overblown. Certainly the song attempts to summarize our history with three words: desolation, creation and communication. The music that goes with these three little words is nothing less than art, simple, building in complexity as the piece progresses until the last moments in the song when the song becomes crescendos of guitars, organs and drums, underscoring the complexity of modern life, leading into the next number.
While the next song, "The Story in Your Eyes," seems to try to dispel the downbeat opening, the lyrics have the stanza:
But I'm frightened for your children
That the life that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we've been waiting for
Will turn to rain
These lyrics add to the general gloom of the opening number, and furthering the theme of the album, which is whether mankind will yet survive. While the lyrics have their downbeat portions, the music is fast and is the song that is closest to mainstream rock on this album. This song was also the one chosen to be the single released from this CD.
The next song is one of Ray Thomas's mellow numbers, but again the lyrics include hints of a darker future:
Wonder why we try so hard
Wonder why we try at all
You wonder why the world is turning around
When in the end it won't matter at all
Before you get the feeling that you should just lie in bed for the rest of your life comes "Emily's Song," which was written about a baby girl. This song is again mellow, a fairy tale of song. There is chamberlain and percussion to give a vaguely cheery lullaby feeling to this song. The most charming theme is that by living through our children we gain a perspective on the world that we've lost as adults (so true!). The song suggests that we can regain what we've lost by being with our children, and letting them pull us into their world. Is it any wonder that grandparents like grandchildren?
"After You Came" is a fascinating song when viewed in the perspective of previous Moodies albums. The song seems to suggest that many of the otherworld lyrics from the previous Moodies albums were unrealistic, and the Moodies, as well as their listeners, needed to regain their earthly perspective. This theme was even more explicitly captured in the lyrics of the next album, "Seventh Sojourn," as the Moodies worked hard to undo the sometimes cult following they achieved due to their intensely spiritual earlier albums.
Just when you think the album is heading somewhere upbeat comes "One More Time to Live", a reprise to the first song "Procession," detailing the host of man's sins and emotions, trying succinctly to express all the things that man could think, and perhaps should think, but also perhaps realizing that the solution requires philosophies and determination that can not be revealed in a simple song.
Before the album takes itself so seriously that you achieve a dire funk, "Nice to Be Here" gives us a fantasy to relieve the stress of thinking too deeply. Ray Thomas has a penchant for creating songs like this one, which are one part childhood fantasy, one part philosophy, and one part longing for escape. A cute and clever song that somehow fits.
The last two songs on the CD seem to relate to each other, and though they are sung in a mellow, almost downbeat, fashion, the lyrics suggest a way out for mankind.
"You Can Never Go Home" by Justin Hayward is full of soaring instruments and vocals, and tells us that we are another step toward the future. The song is a love song, but it is a love song with dual meanings that fit into one person's love, and the meaning that love has for the future of man.
"My Song" by Mike Pinder is a fitting conclusion to this album, and makes you wish the album would have gone on for another disk. Mike sings:
Where did I find all these words
Something inside me is burning
There's life on other worlds
Maybe they'll come to earth,
Helping man to find a way.
Mike's other lyrics suggest that he is having a hard time telling us all his thoughts and concerns, and he's ready to take any help to sort it all out, even if it's those extraterrestrials that so many of us talked about in the late 60s and early 70s.
This album has never been considered to be a "great" album. Yet, the album tries to explain where mankind is, how we got here, and perhaps, where we might go. Only a group like The Moody Blues could tackle such an impossible subject in a mere 40 minutes. If you are feeling heavily introspective and mellow, and you are looking for mood music, spin this CD, and you'll find that 40 minutes just wasn't enough.
on July 19, 2003
Growing up in the early 70's, The Moddy Blues were one of the 6 major progressive rock bands and had the whole collection. Every Good Boy stand out for me as one of the best of the Moodys. The whole album just has a bit different sound then the other albums and when you play a certain song, you can tell it is from this album. I am not sure if it is meant to be a concept album, but to me, it all flows together and each song is just great. The sounds the band gets on this album really are great with the mellotron choir sounds and flute, acoustic guitar and vocals. I think what sets this album apart from the other Moddy's albums for me is the way the vocals are mixed, multi-vocal parts almost in each and every song and are fantastic.For starters, am radio played The Story in your eyes and was and still is one of the greatest songs ever written, a three minute intense whirlwind of a tune and my fav on the album. I think what did it for me with this album is the first song Procession, it includes some chants and great flute and is just mystical and magical and a great opening number. The third song is a great Ray Thomas tune that is also one of my favs on the record called Our Guessing Game and is filled with great vocals all over and very emotional and upbeat. Emily's Song is a beautiful mellow song and very heartfelt. After You Came is also a fantastic song and in the vein of The Story in your Eyes with great acoustic and flute and lead guitar, a great one.
One More Time to Live slows things down a bit and evokes parts of the first song, Procession and is mezmerizing. Nice to be hear is a happy song and extremely catchy and again, includes great vocal parts. You can Never Go Home is a laid back song with the vocals making it a definate highlight. To end it all is a great one called My Song. It starts quiet and builds into a great symphonic section and then is quiet and before you know it, it build again, another fav from the album.
Again, this album does it for me more then any other Moody;s albums, it just all flows together into one piece and is the most emotional lyrical albums I believe the Moody's ever did. The way the music and songs build and change are just wonderful, a beautiful and powerful journey.
EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR, yet another great CD by the Moody Blues, is now even better, thanks to warm, thick remastering and two bonus cuts. The rocker "The Story In Your Eyes" is now clearer and more interesting, whereas "You Can Never Go Home" now inspires me even more to put looking good for pretty actresses as a higher priority than attending Thanksgiving Dinner at my old school for my 15th graduation anniversary, because the lyrics are easier to understand and the instrumentation carries them along even better than on the 1997 remastered version. This is one reissue you definitely should NOT pass up.
This is the first of the "post-concept" album releases of the fabulous group that had first put the vital and exciting new sound of synthesized music on the map and integrated it with such mastery with the wall of dreamy electric sound they are so famous for. After exhausting the field of concept albums with four or five in a row, commencing with "In Search Of The Lost Chord" and ending with "Question Of balance a few breathless years later, the group finally retired in the early 1970s to regain their energy and momentum, and eventually released this new album, which features a wide range of terrific songs written by each of the band members, but really lacking any unifying theme other than the interesting word play on the musical scale with the album's title of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor i.e., first letter of each of the words in the title works out to EGBDF, or the musical scale. Nothing like historical musical trivia to spark up a review!
There is a lot of good listening here, and a lot of musical virtuosity, especially with Mike Pinder on the Moog synthesizer, but also with great electric guitar and bass work by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, respectively, and also with terrific work by Graham Edge on drums and Ray Thomas on a variety of wind instruments. Of course, "The Story In Your Eyes" was the smash single driving the album up the charts, and every song from The Procession" to the final "My Song are quite good. My own personal favorites are "The Story In Your Eyes and a terrific song that never got any air time at all, "You Can Never Go Home Again" written and sung by Justin Hayward. By the way, Justin and John (Lodge) later released a interesting album called "Blue Jays" that I would love to see come out on CD. While it is an uneven album, there are four or five songs in it that truly deserve to see the light of day again, and unfortunately they never play any of them in concert. As far as this album is concerned, in my humble opinion it is a definite keeper. Enjoy!
This is probably my favorite collection of Moody Blues songs, although it's the one that's gotten the most flack for its perhaps overly-ambitious approach. I think it's also the most innovative and adventurous of all their albums, with the song-cycle theme over-arching the great individual tracks and tying them all together into one organic whole. Some of the most beautiful Moody Blues songs are here--Procession, The Story in Your Eyes, and One More Time to Live. Whether it succeeds or not in its greater aspirations--such as the attempt to encapsulate the entire history of mankind in one 50-minute album--this is still a great collection of many of the Moody Blues' greatest songs.