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The Best Of The Moody Blues Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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17 hits from all phases of their career, including-for the first time on any Moody Blues compilation- Go Now ! Other tracks- Tuesday Afternoon; Knights in White Satin; Ride My See-Saw; Question; Forever Autumn (from Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds"); Your Wildest Dreams; I Know You're Out There Somewhere , and more. Notes, pix even an interview with Justin Hayward!

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Fans of the Moody Blues hungry for the band's intoxicatingly rich arrangements and soaring melodies need look no further than this terrific compilation. What it lacks in depth this collection makes up for in breadth, spanning the band's 30-year history of hits from "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" to "Your Wildest Dreams." Featuring some of Justin Hayward and John Lodge's best songwriting and packed with performances truly worthy of the superlative adjective greatest, this collection of hits delivers the goods. --L.A. Smith

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Go Now
  2. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
  3. Nights In White Satin
  4. Ride My See-Saw
  5. Voices In The Sky
  6. Question
  7. The Story In Your Eyes
  8. Isn't Life Strange
  9. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)
  10. Blue Guitar
  11. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
  12. Forever Autumn
  13. The Voice
  14. Gemini Dream
  15. Blue World
  16. Your Wildest Dreams
  17. I Know You're Out There Somewhere


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000002GNC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Peterson on September 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For those who are not familiar with the Moody Blues and are unsure where to start collecting their individual CDs, get this CD. While not all of their charting singles are here (it omits "Sitting At The Wheel") it does gives you a nice introduction to the Moody Blues, including the Denny Laine/Clint Warwick period where "Go Now" stems from.
While I totally appreciate all the reviews here, there are some inaccuracies I have to correct. First of all this collection came out five years ago, not more than ten years ago as another reviewer states (he's refering to the 1989 release "Greatest Hits/Legend Of A Band", which doesn't include "Go Now"). Secondly, "Nights In White Satin" is neither the "Days Of Future Past" version nor the single version. Rather, it's the complete recording WITHOUT the orchestral overdubs (the Moody Blues don't play on the introduction, nor do they play on "Late Lament", Mike Pinder's reading of Graeme Edge's poem, which was a seperate recording). Thirdly, they don't play on the orchestral ending/interlude of "Tuesday Afternoon"; this is where the single version faded anyway.
That said, it's still a fine representation of the Moody Blues (eons ahead of the Millenium Collection). However, if you don't mind spending the extra dough, get "Anthology" which is an even better collection (as a number of other reviewers allude to).
Peace.
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By A Customer on July 27, 1999
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How do you fit so many Moody Blues songs on one CD? That's easy...you edit the hell out of them. Nights in White Satin is edited in the very beginning and also has a large portion of the ending cut out. There are others edited as well, including Tuesday Afternoon. If you don't mind that, this CD offers a good sampling of their great music. I bought it for the song Forever Autumn from War of the Worlds. It's the single version that was often played on radio. I like the song so much that I wanted both versions. In fact, this may be the only CD, other than War of the Worlds, that has this beautiful song.
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Obviously this "The Best of the Moody Blues" CD is aimed at casual/ new fans of these symphonic rockers, and on that level, it does work very well. To 'paint outside the lines', the disc contains the memorable Hayward-Lodge tune "Blue Guitar", as well as the wonderful single mix of "Forever Autumn" which is also not officially a Moodies' track, but is a must-have, and I think the only other place it's available on CD is on the "Time Traveller" box set. This disc also contains the pre-1967 hit "Go Now" from when future Wings member Denny Laine was handling lead vocals, and there's no denying that it sounds joltingly out-of-place in this context. One thing that I feel is worth pointing out is that, apart from "Forever Autumn" and "Go Now", all the songs on this CD were written by Justin Hayward and/ or John Lodge, and that's perhaps misleading for people just getting to know the group--it might make them think that the Moodies' were essentially the Hayward & Lodge band, and although that's pretty much what it HAS evolved into over the years, that's certainly not the case with their "Core 7" albums from 1967-1972. Longtime and original member Ray Thomas wrote many songs for the group, including the famous Timothy Leary tribute "Legend Of A Mind" which, somewhat bafflingly, isn't included here. I don't think it would have been a bad idea to lose, say, "Voices In The Sky" and "Go Now" to make room for "Legend..."--I mean, "Go Now" really is drastically out-of-place here, and not all that great to begin with, and it would be nice to have at least one quality composition from another member other than Hayward & Lodge.Read more ›
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Having a "best of" the Moody Blues is sort of like a best of Bach. What it is really meant by "best of" is that this music was generally the most radio played. Working within that limitation, this music is a little taste of what this group has contributed to rock music, though I could have wished that other tracks or additional tracks were chosen. If you would like more than what this CD has to offer, I recommend purchasing the "Time Traveler" collection, which has either four CDs or five CDs, because there are two different versions of this collection. If you really enjoy the Moody Blues, I strongly urge you to buy their first seven albums, which begin with "Days of Future Passed" and end with "Seventh Sojourn."

This collection has "Go Now" from "The Magnificent Moodies," an album that was very different from what was to come. This version of the Moody Blues included Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, Denny Laine, Graeme Edge, and Clint Warwick.

After several singles Laine and Warwick left, to be replaced by John Lodge and Justin Hayward; the Moody Blues were born!

From "Days of Future Passed (1967 in U.S.)" is "Nights and White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)." This concept album mated rock and classical music together, and heralded art rock and symphonic rock. Occasionally bombastic and pretentious, this album is one of the best selling rock albums.

"In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)," the most psychedelic album by the Moody Blues, contributes "Ride My See Saw" and "Voices in the Sky," two very different songs that give you few clues as to the album. At the time the "House of Four Doors" and "Legend of a Mind" combination on that album was unique in rock.
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