Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies (1965)

1965 LP The Magnificent Moodies (UK Decca LK-4711)

01. The Moody Blues - I'll Go Crazy
02. The Moody Blues - Something You Got
03. The Moody Blues - Go Now
04. The Moody Blues - Can't Nobody Love You
05. The Moody Blues - I Don't Mind
06. The Moody Blues - I've Got A Dream
07. The Moody Blues - Let Me Go
08. The Moody Blues - Stop
09. The Moody Blues - Thank You Baby
10. The Moody Blues - It Ain't Necessarily So
11. The Moody Blues - True Story
12. The Moody Blues - Bye Bye Bird

13. The Moody Blues - Steal Your Heart Away
14. The Moody Blues - Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)
15. The Moody Blues - It's Easy Child
16. The Moody Blues - I Don't Want To Go On Without You
17. The Moody Blues - Time Is On My Side
18. The Moody Blues - From The Bottom Of My Heart (I Love You)
19. The Moody Blues - And My Baby's Gone
20. The Moody Blues - Everyday
21. The Moody Blues - You Don't (All The Time)
22. The Moody Blues - This Is My Home (But Nobody Calls)
23. The Moody Blues - Life's Not Life
24. The Moody Blues - He Can Win
25. The Moody Blues - Boulevard De La Madelaine

If you want to listen to the music... look up in the right column.
Als je naar de muziek wilt luisteren... kijk boven in de rechter kolom.

The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks), interspersed with a brace of originals by lead singer/guitarist Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder, and one Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich number, "I've Got a Dream." The shouters, like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Bye Bye Bird," will be the big surprises, showcasing the rawest sound by the group, but "I've Got a Dream" shows a lyrical, harmony-based sound that is vaguely reminiscent of the Four Tops (which is ironic, as that group later cut a single of the latter-day Moody Blues original "So Deep Within You"), while "Thank You Baby," a Laine/Pinder original, offers them doing a smooth, dance-oriented number with some catchy hooks. The group's sound is good and loud, and Laine was a phenomenal singer, though the band lacked the charisma and built-in excitement of such rivals as the Rolling Stones and the Animals. This album is more interesting than its American equivalent, but also not as good, since it leaves off such single sides as "Steal Your Heart Away" and the Pinder/Laine "From the Bottom of My Heart," the latter being the best side this version of the group ever recorded. (by Bruce Eder)

1 berichten:

Patsoul said...

I saw them in a little club called the "Twenty" in a Belgium town (Mouscron), It was great specially Denis Laine. Great post, many thanks.

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