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    Any Moody Blues fans here? They're one of my favorite bands, and "To our children's children's children" is one of the greatest albums ever made in my opinion. Here's a great, unknown track from that album:

    (You can hear the previous song fading out at the beginning. They did a lot of crossfades on their albums. A DJ's nightmare in the vinyl days!)

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKiw9-HLkXU[/ame]

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    Other tunes from the same album:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0p1MwX6vG4[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zc1YIh7K0[/ame]

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    I like the Moody Blues also. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Great Album. The Story in your Eyes. Great Song

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    MASSIVE Moodies fan here thanks to my dad. I see them at least once a year.

    I also saw Justin and got his autograph on his solo tour in August which was amazing.

    My favorite Moodies song is also a rarity. It's an outtake from the Keys of the Kingdom sessions called "Highway".

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PakmcMSF78g[/ame]
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    Quote Originally Posted by prayfordaylight View Post
    MASSIVE Moodies fan here thanks to my dad. I see them at least once a year.

    I also saw Justin and got his autograph on his solo tour in August which was amazing.

    My favorite Moodies song is also a rarity. It's an outtake from the Keys of the Kingdom sessions called "Highway".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PakmcMSF78g
    I'm not sure if I've ever heard this. I've seen the title many times in the Time Traveller box set, but I don't have it. It seems similar to Lean On Me in terms of arrangement and rhythm, so maybe they felt they were too similar to appear on the same album? A great tune!

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    I saw them twice back in the 80s but surprisingly the only album I have apart from a compilation is Long Distance Voyager. They put on a fantastic show; this is when Ray Thomas, the flautist, was still with them. My favourite songs are as follows:

    Nights In White Satin
    Question
    Isn't Life Strange
    In My World
    Talking Out Of Turn
    For My Lady
    The Voice
    I'm Just A Singer In a Rock'n'Roll Band

    and Justin Hayward's Forever Autumn & Hayward/Lodge's Blue Guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freypower View Post
    I saw them twice back in the 80s but surprisingly the only album I have apart from a compilation is Long Distance Voyager. They put on a fantastic show; this is when Ray Thomas, the flautist, was still with them. My favourite songs are as follows:

    Nights In White Satin
    Question
    Isn't Life Strange
    In My World
    Talking Out Of Turn
    For My Lady
    The Voice
    I'm Just A Singer In a Rock'n'Roll Band

    and Justin Hayward's Forever Autumn & Hayward/Lodge's Blue Guitar.
    They played For My Lady at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1992. I recently saw a document about that gig. It was a surprise to my that it was the first time they played that song live. It was covered here in Finland in the 80's by a guy who's famous here. It was sung in Finnish. I'd always thought that the original was a hit, but I guess it wasn't. A fantastic song.
    Talking Out Of Turn is interesting. I think it was in that same document that some guy mentioned it as a favorite song of his. They have also played it live later. And now you mentioned it. I find it interesting, because I'm a Moody Blues fan, but I don't hear anything in this song. Is it the lyric or melody, or both that makes the song great for you?

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    That rousing chorus:

    Talking out of turn
    Shot to pieces
    When will I learn?

    set to a brilliant & uplifting melody which, despite the sadness, makes you want to sing along. What about the strings at the end? It really lifts you up.

    The lyrics are some of my favourite lost love lyrics. I just find it moving & heartfelt, particularly the second verse:

    But I took a little more of you each day
    When I didn't see that I was breaking you apart
    With angry words of love I didn't mean
    Oh why, can't believe that I would ever
    Talk myself out of tomorrow
    Talked like a fool to yesterday
    And as the evening loses colour
    Your love began to fade away

    It is English restraint.

    I also see it as the 'sad' counterpart to the 'happy' In My World from the same album. I could have listed every other song from that album, especially 22000 Days & Veteran Cosmic Rocker.

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    Yes, big Moodies fan here. I've seen them live 11 times and met John Lodge (bassist) in 2000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangkim11 View Post
    Yes, big Moodies fan here. I've seen them live 11 times and met John Lodge (bassist) in 2000.
    What was he like?

    Was he tall, by the way? I understand that both Justin and John are about 6'1''. When you listen to their gentle music, you don't imagine them as big guys.

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