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Is there another band from the classic rock era that's as full of hot gas as the Moody Blues? Not bloody likely. With music that oozes neoclassical pretensions and lyrics that read like the poetry of an English schoolboy who has breathed a little too deep of the gathering gloom, the Moodys showed just how terminally silly rock could get once it became established enough in the marketplace to begin to put on artistic airs. Even if you find that assessment of their work overly harsh, you'll agree that this, the latest in a long line of Moodys anthologies, is a poor value. Despite the presence of many of their U.S. chart hits, the set pales next to The Best of the Moody Blues, which includes six more songs, notably "Go Now," proof that when the Moody Blues first made the charts, they were a very different sort of band. What the heck happened? --Daniel Durchholz

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listen  1. Nights In White Satin (Single Version)Peter Knight and The London Festival Orchestra and The Moody Blues 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ride My See-SawThe Moody Blues 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Question (Full Version)The Moody Blues 5:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Story In Your EyesThe Moody Blues 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)The Moody Blues 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Steppin' In A Slide Zone (Edit)The Moody Blues 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Voice (Full Version)The Moody Blues 5:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gemini Dream (Full Version)The Moody Blues 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Blue WorldThe Moody Blues 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Your Wildest DreamsThe Moody Blues 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Know You're Out There SomewhereThe Moody Blues 6:37$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 7, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004RCV9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Knock, Knock" (Who's There?) "Ivana" (Ivana who?) "Ivana know vat you vere tinking ven you bought dis CD, dummkopf!"
Listen, don't be suckered into buying these chintzy 20th Century Masters products. Nine times out of ten there's a better alternative. That's certainly true here.
For a mere $ more you can get The Best of the Moody Blues, which not only includes all eleven songs from the 20th Century Masters CD, but also six additional songs: 1)"Go Now" from the original Moody Blues (and a top 10 in the U.S. in 1965), 2)"Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)," the second single from Days of Future Passed, 3)"Voices in the Sky," 4)"Isn't Life Strange," 5)"Blue Guitar," a Justin Hayward solo single from 1975 and 6)"Forever Autumn," a Justin Hayward single from Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds in 1978. These are all terrific songs and certainly make a better single-disc retrospective.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matt Walsh on February 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Any, repeat, ANY Moody Blues greatest hits or best of compilation in the world is better than this piece of crap, yet another in the series of "Millenium" cd's where 10 or 11 random singles are carelessly thrown onto a cd.
Can you possibly take seriously a Moody Blues best-of that includes "Slide Zone" and "Blue World" and OMITS "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Isn't Life Strange"?! I mean, HELLO! We're lucky they even included "Nights in White Satin" at this rate!... Trust me, if you want a greatest hits set for the Moodies, get the "Best Of" cd or, even better (if you wanna spend a few extra bucks) the Anthology. This cd is most certainly NOT worth the investment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dreyer on March 11, 2000
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What in the world would anyone do with another Moody Blues greatest hits package? I am a big fan of the band, but I can't see rereleasing the same old tracks over and over again. There are not even any bonus tracks or rarities. There are much better greatest hits collections out there that show more of the band's depth and talent - buy one of those.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By WordSmith on December 7, 2002
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Getting 11 tracks from one of the world's most respected and enduring rock bands ...(£8) is excellent value by any measure. Speaking as an Englishman in England, I wouldn't have bothered reviewing this item except that (a) it's not available in Britain and (b) Amazon's own editorial review is so long on self-esteem and so short on reality that I felt something had to be done to redress the balance. So I give this compilation 5 stars when, musically, it's perhaps really only worth four stars.
It's not just that the negative reviews are so full of silly crap that they shoot themselves in the foot, it's more that this item is already a collector's item. I'll take more notice of reviewers who savagely criticise The Moody Blues when they've written more than 290 tracks and have been at the top of the music profession for 25 years.
Hot air indeed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Low on April 24, 2005
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This is a good length compilation of some of the British rock group's more well known songs. Personally I'm not in favour of gargantuan 30 song compilations. There's no way you're going to play something of that length right through. Back in the LP days, a record side lasted 15 - 25 mins. After that, only occasionally would you go on to play side 2. If you're wanting a disc crammed with material, the recently released 'Gold' is your best bet. Thankfully 'Go now' isn't on this compilation. It is from a former incarnation of the Moodies and really doesn't fit with any of their subsequent material.

The song sequence is chronologic here, and starts therefore with their most well known song 'Nights in white satin'. It's great to start a Cd with such a potent number. The first 5 songs come from their progressive rock period (first seven albums, 1968 - 72) and the remainder from 1977 to the present day. While the 68 - 72 period yielded the more essential music with each of the first seven LPs basically flawless, this compilation is only looking at songs that were or could have been singles. The quality of the songwriting and production is very good throughout. If you're more into the cosmic, poetic, introspective, haunting, Moody compositions then you're not going to like the orchestrated rock and roll of 'Just a singer' or the synthesised plodding of 'Gemini dream.' But everyone's 11 song Moody compilation is going to be different. Generally this one is consistent, evocative, melodic multichordal pop rock. A great buy if you want a digestible chunk of high profile Moody songs.
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The Moody Blues were an excellent Band in their time, Although they were a little mellow I still enjoyed their style of music. I mix them with my Pink Floyd music on my MP3 player and it works. I pride myself in my music mixing. I am as good as any professional DJ, When I mix the music one song just bleeds into another and it's beautiful. I wrote this review on 8 / 10 / 14
Today I listened to my mix, My MP3 player was set on manual mix and mixed the Moody Blues with my early Pink Floyd, It was a great mixture with different songs off of Ummagumma and Saucer Full of Secretes. I could not have done it better. It was like it normally belonged with each other. Both bands were just genius. If you folks out there enjoy these type's of music, You might just try the mix yourself I truly believe you will enjoy these amazing bands
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