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Namespaces Article Talk. Contact us and we will do our best to help. Pay instantly with your debit or credit card through PayPal. Cathryn Draper. Eil is proud of the exceptional customer service that we have been providing to collectors for over 25 years. Bias Boshell was the first, replaced in by Guy Allison before Boshell returned by , as well as female backing singers. In , halfway through the production of their new studio album, Patrick Moraz did an interview with Keyboard magazine and made some comments in the article that suggested dissatisfaction with his role in the Moodies.
His complaints ranged from the Moodies' music becoming too simple in structure to the other members' reluctance to allow him to make significant contributions to the songwriting on their albums. He also was occupied with spending large amounts of time planning a music concert to celebrate his native Switzerland 's th anniversary instead of rehearsing with the Moodies and as a result, he was fired from the group before the project was completed, so Boshell and new keyboardist Paul Bliss were brought in to finish the new album's keyboard tracks.
Despite previous credits as an "official band member" and being included in group photos on the four '80s studio albums from "Long Distance Voyager" to "Sur La Mer", subsequent Moodies compilations downplay Moraz to being merely an "additional keyboardist" and several band photos have him cropped or airbrushed out, notably on the covers to Gold which did not even mention him in the booklet liner notes, let alone include his picture and the more recent compilation Polydor Years — Keys of the Kingdom , released in , had modest commercial success when released and once again, Hayward's songs led off the album, with the new singles " Say It with Love " and " Bless the Wings That Bring You Back.
Lodge made a defining shift in his songwriting on this album, leaving his trademark high-energy rock music, and instead gravitating towards slow love ballads such as "Lean on Me Tonight " though he had earlier contributed some songs in this gentler vein such as "Emily's Song" for his daughter in , "Survival" in , and "Talking Out of Turn" in , while his more powerful songs continued with "Magic" and the Lennonesque "Shadows on the Wall".
This gentler trend continued on the two successive Moodies albums. Hayward wrote the driving two-part piece "Say What You Mean. The ensuing tour saw them invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival. A non-album Hayward-Lodge song cut at these sessions, "Highway", was included on the "Say It with Love" twelve-inch single and on a later box set and compilation album , while the vinyl album did not include their song "Once is Enough" as on the compact disc version.
The group remained a steady concert draw, and a series of video and audio versions of their Night at Red Rocks concert enjoyed great success, particularly as a fund-raiser for American public television where it had been first broadcast.
The group also continued their use of additional musicians on stage and in the studio, but after the two legal suits from both Pinder in and Moraz in , the band was careful not to recognise future keyboardists as official members.
Following on from his contributions as keyboardist on the 'Keys of the Kingdom' album, Paul Bliss continued to play keyboards for the band live, being promoted to first keyboardist in but was replaced in March after 19 years continuous service. After Edge injured himself in , second drummer Gordon Marshall was brought in to back him up; he stayed with the group after Edge returned and remained in the position until autumn of when he left to play in a Moody Blues cover band "Legend of a Band" and another cover band "Reflections".
From to the group took a hiatus from recording and spent time trying to perfect the art of performing live with an orchestra. The recording hiatus ended in , with the album Strange Times , their first album in almost two decades to be more than moderately received by British critics, although Justin Hayward was quoted as saying he was disappointed at the album's chart performance — probably not helped by the long recording hiatus — which was notably less than Keys of the Kingdom in It was recorded in Recco , Italy, at Hayward's suggestion, and was the band's first self-produced effort.
The album featured keyboards and arrangements from Italian musician Danilo Madonia, who continued to work in-studio with the band. The album opened with "English Sunset" a pop song featuring a modern, nearly techno arrangement. Strange Times was also the first album since to include a new poem by Graeme Edge, "Nothing Changes", narrated by Edge, with Hayward then singing the concluding portion of the track, and notably concluded by quoting Mike Pinder's song title "A Simple Game".
This was taken from the last tour on which Boshell played. He left the live line-up in ; Bliss took over first keyboard duties, with his former second keyboard role filled by Bernie Barlow and Julie Ragins when Barlow took maternity leave from to The soundtrack also featured Justin Hayward performing vocals and playing guitar throughout. The new millennium saw the Moody Blues reducing their touring schedule. At the end of , founding member Ray Thomas retired from the group, reducing the Moody Blues to the trio of Hayward, Lodge and Edge, the last being the only original member.
Flautist and rhythm guitarist Norda Mullen was recruited early the following year for their North American tour, and has worked with the band live and in the studio since then. Toward the end of , they released an album entitled December. December was the group's first album to include covers since their debut album The Magnificent Moodies. These deluxe editions were unique for an art rock group like the Moodies in that one of their members, Justin Hayward, was the one taken on to do the work, instead of a professional master technician.
Hayward stated that he listened to virgin vinyl copies of these albums and used them as reference points for the new compact discs. The ride incorporated multi-sensory experiences as well as a re-orchestrated version of the song by Justin Hayward. A re-recorded version of Graeme Edge's "Late Lament" again followed, which had each group member reading a verse of the poem.
Their long-time producer, Tony Clarke, died in January They released a new compilation album called Timeless Flight in Other bands on the cruise included The Zombies and Lighthouse.
Original vocalist and flautist Ray Thomas died on 4 January , at the age of 76, just a few months before the band were due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
They also helped make synthesizers and philosophy "part of the rock mainstream". In , readers of Rolling Stone voted for them as one of the ten bands that should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Writing for The Guardian in , Rob Chapman described the band as "psychedelia's forgotten heroes". He stated: "Despite their success, rock critics rarely took the Moody Blues seriously, a pattern that continued for the next 45 years. Like the Beatles , they understood how pop songs worked as ensemble pieces.
None of them were particularly virtuosic or showy as musicians and their music is refreshingly free of the noodling long[u]eurs that characterised the output of their more self-indulgent contemporaries.
During his acceptance speech in Cleveland , Ohio , Justin Hayward said, "If you didn't know already, well we're just a bunch of British guys, but of course to us and to all British musicians, this is the home of our heroes and we all know that The Moody Bluegrass project is a group of Nashville artists who have recorded two tribute albums of Moody Blues songs in the bluegrass style. Much Love , was released in In addition to many of the participants of the first album, a number of tracks included guest performances from Hayward, Lodge and Edge, each of whom is credited as the lead vocalist on one song plus Thomas and Pinder, making this the first time since that these five musicians all appeared on one newly recorded album.
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Candle Of Life 2. Melancholy Man 3. Question 4. The Story In Your Eyes 5. Isn't Life Strange Side D 1. Emily's Song 3. King And Queen 4. Had To Fall In Love 5. Driftwood 6. The Voice.what a unique voice justin hayward has he just draws you into the song.