FIVE DECADES WITH THE MOODY BLUES | #4M #MusicMonday

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The Moody Blues | #4M #MusicMonday


Welcome to the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” blog hop, aka #4m, hosted by
X-Mas Dolly, with co-hosts Jamerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy.

I’m on a concert high once again, having attended
The Moody Blues DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED 50th Anniversary concert on July 7th.

This band is timeless, and sounds as good now, as in the past. It was a magical night!

The Moody Blues first formed in 1964 and their second single became a hit:

In 1966, Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the band and took it in a new direction,
pioneering what was to become known as “art rock” and “prog (progressive) rock”.

The aforementioned 1967 album, “Days of Future Passed”, combined orchestral
sounds with haunting melodies and stands the test of time.

Their signature song, “Nights in White Satin” (and my favourite!),
did not catch on with the public initially but was re-released
and became a huge hit in 1972 and again in 1979:

Over the years, they produced 16 studio albums, 17 compilation albums and 26 singles.

DISCOGRAPHY

Their live shows are masterpieces of musicianship and artistic lighting.

My review of The Moody Blues “50th Anniversary of Days of Future Passed” concert
@ Sony Centre, Toronto on July 7, 2017:

This was our fourth time seeing the Moody Blues in concert, and I can honestly say it was THE most incredible experience of them all! My love for the band goes back to the album they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of: 1967’s “Days of Future Passed”. For the first half, they played some of their old hits, including a few that were not in their usual performance lineup, so that was a treat, right there. The “moody blue” psychedelic graphics were a nice touch, also. Imagine our delight to find a full orchestra on the stage when we returned from the short intermission! The “note for note, cut for cut” album recreation was spectacular, including some breathtaking graphics on screen, and a video of esteemed actor, Jeremy Irons, performing the poems, “Morning Glory” and “Late Lament”. Justin Hayward and John Lodge are still in fine voice, and drummer Graeme has retained his “Edge”. The rest of the band is stellar as well. In almost 50 years of attending concerts, this one was an absolute standout!

SETLIST:
Set 1:
I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
The Voice
Steppin’ in a Slide Zone
Say It With Love
Nervous
Your Wildest Dreams
Isn’t Life Strange
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
The Story in Your Eyes

Set 2 (Days of Future Passed):
The Day Begins
(with Jeremy Irons) (performed live by the orchestra)
Dawn Is a Feeling
Another Morning
Peak Hour
Tuesday Afternoon
(listed as “Forever Afternoon (… more )
(Evening) Time to Get Away
The Sunset
Twilight Time
Late Lament
(with Jeremy Irons)
Nights in White Satin

Encore:
Question
Ride My See-Saw

Note: Filmed for a future broadcast. Set 2 and the Encore featured a 67 piece orchestra
conducted by Elliot Davis.

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Personal video:

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Are you a Moody Blues fan?

Looking forward to your comments!

Debbie

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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20 thoughts on “FIVE DECADES WITH THE MOODY BLUES | #4M #MusicMonday

  1. Hi Debbie – wonderful memories for you of the concerts and your following of the band, while good for us to have your post here … loved and still do ‘Nights in White Satin’ … thanks for reminding us and giving us some excellent titles to listen to – cheers Hilary

  2. Oh yeah, you’ve rocked the house today my friend and if anyone knows about Moody Blues I surely do because I married Dave Moody!!! hahahahaha (just a coincidence… hahaha I wish)!!! But he loves their music!!! Thanks for playin’ along with us today and sharing the MOODY BLUES!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  3. Once again, you’ve made me pleasantly jealous! I have Days of Future Passed and To Our Children’s Children’s Children out in the car, and a pleasant memory of listening to the top 40 when (according to my memory, which by research proves slightly off), that Stepping In A Slide Zone debuted the same week as two other big UK groups- the Kinks with Rock N Roll Fantasy, and the Stones with Miss You…

  4. Love, love, love The Moody Blues! I would have so enjoyed seeing them again because this is real music as opposed to the claptrap that is produced today. Love to hear Jeremy Irons read out these great poems (Impassioned lovers wrestle as one, lonely man cries for love and has none). For my wedding (I would have been married 20 years July 5th…totally forgot about it until the next day-hahahaaa), the first song we danced to was “For My Lady” by the Moody Blues. Glad you showcased them here today and that you loved the concert

    1. Hi Birgit; I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to go to the concert. There may be a TV special or DVD in future, as the entire show was being filmed. I thought Jeremy Irons was perfect for the poems, as well! 🙂 Nice choice for a wedding song…

  5. A Moody Blues fan? But of course, starting with Go Now. May I admit I envied you for being able to experience this concert? But reading your post was the next best thing.

    1. Another thing we have in common, Alana. 🙂 I know The Moodies were touring in New York state as well. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to see them, but am glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for checking it out!

  6. Oh man! What an incredible concert experience that obviously was! I mean, The Moody Blues alone is spectacular and then add to that a 67-piece orchestra? WOW!!
    Your video has fantastic quality.
    Thanks for posting that 1964 performance of Go Now. I love that song! Hard to believe that it’s been 53 years since that appearance.
    I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favorite MB song: I like so many of them. And you’re absolutely right: the Moody Blues music is timeless.
    Seeing them in concert is most definitely on my Bucket List!
    Listening to and watching the videos you posted is a perfect send-off as I head to bed…(I said to someone that I was going to bed back at 4am and that was 7 hours ago). Their psychedelia sound will surely lull me off to sleep…

    Have a great week Debbie. Thanks for sharing your concert with us!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. I hope you get the chance to see them live, Michele. They always put on a great show, but this was the best one yet! ♥ The orchestra was a surprise that hadn’t been publicized. Lucky us! Toronto was only one of two venues doing that. The whole concert was filmed, so there will likely be either a TV special or a DVD in future. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you got some sleep! Thanks for coming over, tired as you were.

  7. Debbie,

    The Moody Blues is one of the old groups I was introduced to again a few years ago that I totally forgot about or I didn’t know who they were, to begin with, but recognized some of their hits. “Nights in White Satin” probably is my favorite song by the band, too. I think I’d like to look into getting a greatest hits compilation by them. It amazes me when I go back to listen to the 60s and 70s groups at all the talent and wonderful mewsic they put together. I’m so happy you decided to join the 4M gals today, dearie! Have a songtastic week!

    1. Hi Cathy; The Moody Blues have a huge catalogue spanning more than 50 years, so a compilation of hits is a good idea. 🙂 There’s a bunch of different ones on Amazon. I remember taking part in this blogfest a few years ago, combined with another called #MusicMonday. That one seems to have disappeared, but I’m glad Marie and the three of you are still doing the 4M’s. Seven years is a long time in the Blogosphere, so, congratulations!

  8. So glad you enjoyed their concert, Debbie. Loved your video you made. Jeremy Irons was brilliant as always and the graphics stunning. You filmed it so well. I must admit that I know of Moody Blues but have never been that familiar with all their music. Loved the orchestral pieces. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Cathy; I’m glad you enjoyed the video. 🙂 This is something I’ve only started doing recently and need more practice. The Moody Blues have a lot of classical musical influences. That particular album was recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra. They usually don’t bring one to their concerts (computer tracks are used), so this was a real treat! Thanks for reading my post. Have a good week!