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The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wight, 1970 (2009)

The Moody Blues , Murray Lerner  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Moody Blues
  • Directors: Murray Lerner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025X4P8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In 1970 The Moody Blues were at their creative and commercial peak. After reinventing themselves from their R&B roots to a much more sophisticated sound, between 1967 and 1970 they released five albums, four of which hit the Top 5 in the UK with two of them going to No.1. They enjoyed similar success in the USA where four of the albums hit the Top 20 and the other was just outside. At the end of August 1970, shortly after the release of their album "A Question Of Balance", The Moody Blues took to the stage of the Isle Of Wight Festival in front of an audience estimated at over half a million. This DVD makes that performance available to be seen for the first time.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Moody Blues performance May 29, 2009
By Bob
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A special thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment for releasing this dvd. If you are a fan of the core 7 albums and the five members who created that wonderful music, then you are going to love watching this dvd. For me, the Isle of Wight concert was basically England's version of Woodstock with over a half a million people attending.

The band's performance is a little rough around the edges, but you can see how all five members show their delight and excitement and even a little fear in performing in front of that huge audience. Especially fun to watch perform is Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge. New interviews with the members are included (miss Ray). The interview with Mike Pinder talking about and demonstrating the mellotron is fascinating.

Also fun to watch is the band performing songs that are not currently on their tour lists (Gypsy). Currently, at the end of their concerts, John Lodge always thanks the audience for following them on their journey, and it is wonderful to have this recording taken from around the beginning of that journey.

So if you are a fan of British rock or a die-hard fan of the Moodies, this dvd is a must have. Especially if you are one of the Troubadour (Justin Hayward) fans.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any Moody Blues Fan. May 31, 2009
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful historic concert performed by the band during the time that a lot of people think that they were at the peak of their career. It is so good to see archive performances from this period finally becoming available.

Preceding the concert there is a 20 minute documentary including interviews with Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, and Mike Pinder, most of which were taken from 1998. Believe or not, Mike does pull out his old mellotron. Also, a valuable comment was made by Justin, where he mentions there are no other "real" live video recordings of them from this period. By "real" I believe Justin means that this is an auctual raw performance, rather than being lip-synched. This was the case with the previously released Live in Paris '70, but not with this one.

Setlist on the concert portion of the DVD includes Gypsy, Tuesday Afternoon, Never Comes the Day, Tortoise and the Hare, Question, The Sunset, Melancholy Man, Nights in White Satin, Legend of a Mind, and Ride My See Saw. Video & audio portions of still other songs from the performance, such as Minstels Song and Are You Sitting Comfortably, due appear in the documentary portion, but not in their entirety. The complete set can be obtained on audio by purchasing the previously released CD or MP3 download of the performance.

I encourage prospective buyers to not be discouraged by the fact that the setlist is incomplete. The simple fact that this is available at all that makes this DVD valuable, as endorsed by Justin himself.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage live moody blues concert on dvd May 29, 2009
Format:DVD
This is a rare look at the Moody Blues live in 1970. It is not a highly polished performance like their studio albums,but it is very good nonetheless. It starts with a 20 minute intro with present interview footage of John,Justin,Mike&Graeme,but sadly without Ray. The most interesting of this is Mike's demonstration of the mellotron and its interior workings. Next comes about an hour of actual concert footage. Most of the concert is excellent,with the weakest song being "Tortoise and the Hare". To be honest,the mellotron is extremely hard to play live,and Mike gives it his best shot. " Melancholy Man" is an absolutely blistering performance. Other standout performances are "Never Comes the Day","The Sunset",and "Legend of a Mind". The encore,"Ride My Seesaw",is a compilation of footage from various concerts. Some of the concert film was lost,and this is most likely the reason for this. The dvd has only 10 songs,while the cd has 14, due to the fact that some film footage was lost [as mentioned in the dvd booklet]. After the concert are present day reflections from the band [once again ,no Ray]. The end of the disc has Graeme reciting "Late Lament". This is an excellent look at early Moody Blues live. An absolute must for Moodies fans and for anyone who likes rock concerts that don't sound like they were done in the studio. There are no overdubs....this is a great raw performance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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What a treat for us fans of the real, legendary Moody Blues, at their peak, when Mike Pinder still graced the stage with Justin Hayward and the others. The Moodies produced seven wonderful albums between 1967 and 1972 before Mike Pinder left the band (and took the magic with him) and the rest of the guys carried on in a decidedly different musical direction. They were "The Moody Blues" thereafter, playing along with various keyboard players, drummers, extra singers and orchestras, to much acclaim and financial success. Plenty of videos of this whole extravaganza, for sure! But until now never any video of the real Moodies. So this DVD is priceless. Watch it and enjoy the Moody Blues live. And maybe, just maybe, this release might inspire the five Moodies to get together one more time for a concert reunion. There aren't many bands left from the 60s-70s with all their members still around, but the Moody Blues are all still with us. So how about it Mike, Ray, Justin, John and Graeme? Please?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars An A+ 'vintage' performance
The 'mood' of the times is really captured well on this DVD, and of course the music of the Moodies is top notch; A truly classic 'live' performance, that will transcend time and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B.A.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice insight into the early blues
Published 1 month ago by kym JOHN
5.0 out of 5 stars moody blues Australian DVD format
wonderful to have their music in a DVD format i can play
looking forward to more of their dvd's in australian or region free format so i can purchase from you
especially... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent footage of The Moody Blues. Great picture Great Sound. They are in there prime. Waited for something like this for years. You will not be disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas A. Potoniec
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful concert !
Absolutely loved seeing the Moody Blues perform live back in their early days. Beautiful music, harmony and lyrics makes them one of my all time favorite bands from that era. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linekin Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Moody fans!
Half documentary and half concert, I loved this trip to the past. You really get the flavor of the band when it was 1970. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic- The Moodies at The Isle of Wight Festival...Cool DVD..
JH seems a bit nervous on stage......You'd be nervous too- wait until you see the people! (Approx. 600,000 people attended the Isle of Wight. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M.G.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for home video...
Maybe I just did not read the description carefully, but I was expecting a professional, video of the concert itself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark J. Murdock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for 1970
I'm glad I bought this DVD, because this is a great look at the band just as they were hitting their stride. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jack D
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