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Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute To The Moody Blues [Double CD]

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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Red River
  • ASIN: B00F42A0LI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lovely to See You - Harley Allen
2. Land of Make Believe - Alison Krauss, Tim O'Brien
3. The Voice - John Cowan
4. The Other Side of Life - Larry Cordle
5. It's up to You - Jan Harvey
6. Ride My See - Saw
7. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) - John Cowan with Sam Bush
8. Legend of a Mind - Tim O'Brien
9. Your Wildest Dreams - Harley Allen
10. Nights in White Satin - Alison Krauss, John Cowan
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Know You're out There - Vince Gill
2. Dear Diary - Tim O'Brien
3. Meanwhile - Harley Allen
4. Dawn Is a Feeling - Peter Rowan
5. It's Cold Outside of Your Heart - Justin Hayward
6. You and Me - Ricky Skaggs
7. Say It with Love - Jan Harvey
8. Send Me No Wine - John Lodge
9. The Story in Your Eyes - Ronnie Bowman
10. Nice to Be Here - Sam Bush
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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In May Of 2004, Jon Weisberger wrote of the Moody Bluegrass project, The notion of creating bluegrass and bluegrass flavored settings for rock and roll songs is hardly new. One might argue that the precedent was set by Bill Monroe himself almost 50 years ago, when he encouraged the Stanley Brothers to record a version of ''Blue Moon Of Kentucky'' that owed more to Elvis Presleys then-current cover than to the decade-old original. Since then, the stream of such projects has waxed and waned, but never disappeared, and the flood that has emerged in the past few years offers powerful testimony to its continued appeal. In this 2CD set, the finest talent in Nashville and the world of bluegrass converge on some of rock and rolls signature songs by interpreting The Moody Blues catalog . . . leaving room for current MB members John Lodge, Justin Hayward and Graeme Edge to join in on the revival on Disc 2. From Alison Kraus to Vince Gill, and John Cowan to the late Harley Allen, this cast of characters infuses their own special magic into old-school melodies we all grew up with, making them classics for a new generation.

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Disc: 1

1. Lovely to See You
2. Land of Make Believe
3. The Voice
4. The Other Side of Life
5. It's up to You
6. Ride My See
7. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
8. Legend of a Mind
9. Your Wildest Dreams
10. Nights in White Satin
11. Late Lament
12. Never Comes the Day

Disc: 2

1. I Know You're out There
2. Dear Diary
3. Meanwhile
4. Dawn Is a Feeling
5. It's Cold Outside of Your Heart
6. You and Me
7. Say It with Love
8. Send Me No Wine
9. The Story in Your Eyes
10. Nice to Be Here
11. Voices in the Sky
12. Have You Heard
13. Higher and Higher
14. Tuesday Afternoon
15. Highway
16. Lost Chord


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5.0 out of 5 stars Two previous tributes released as double CD 19 Feb 2014
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The first CD of this set was originally released in 2004, followed by the second CD in 2011. I don't know the history but I suspect that the first CD was intended to be a one-off. The presence of three actual Moody Blues and two ex-Moody Blues members on the second CD suggests that they were impressed by the original album and may have encouraged the sequel. I can certainly understand how and why they were impressed.

The Moody Blues didn't have a huge number of hit singles, and their biggest UK hit (Go now) came very early in their career and didn't make any impact in America. I am therefore not surprised that it isn't featured here. More surprising is the omission of both Question and Isn't life strange, which were top 30 hits in America and bigger than that in the UK. Perhaps they weren't suitable for adaptation to bluegrass, but it doesn't really matter what the reason is. The songs chosen all clearly work well in a bluegrass style.

The credits on this combined release are mostly limited to who sings on what tracks; the musicians are not credited on individual tracks and I get the impression that some are not mentioned at all. So I don't know which tracks Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder played on (except that their tracks are on the second CD), but the other three each sing lead on one track - Justin Hayward (It's cold outside of your heart), John Lodge (Send me no wine) and Graeme Edge (Higher and higher), If any of them contribute instrumentals, the credits don't say.

Nights in white satin, being the outstanding song, is inevitably one of the highlights. It is one of five tracks on which John Cowan sings lead vocals; he is clearly a fine singer who I need to investigate further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering Moody Blues 25 Jan 2014
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I can't praise this album enough. Having been on a mission to fill a gap in my music collection, I purchased other Moody Blues CD's, but this is my secret favourite! Wondeful stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Sep 2014
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superb better than this first bluegrass
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two previous tributes released as double CD 19 Feb 2014
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first CD of this set was originally released in 2004, followed by the second CD in 2011. I don't know the history but I suspect that the first CD was intended to be a one-off. The presence of three actual Moody Blues and two ex-Moody Blues members on the second CD suggests that they were impressed by the original album and may have encouraged the sequel. I can certainly understand how and why they were impressed.

The Moody Blues didn't have a huge number of hit singles, and their biggest UK hit (Go now) came very early in their career and didn't make any impact in America. I am therefore not surprised that it isn't featured here. More surprising is the omission of both Question and Isn't life strange, which were top 30 hits in America and bigger than that in the UK. Perhaps they weren't suitable for adaptation to bluegrass, but it doesn't really matter what the reason is. The songs chosen all clearly work well in a bluegrass style.

The credits on this combined release are mostly limited to who sings on what tracks; the musicians are not credited on individual tracks and I get the impression that some are not mentioned at all. So I don't know which tracks Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder played on (except that their tracks are on the second CD), but the other three each sing lead on one track - Justin Hayward (It's cold outside of your heart), John Lodge (Send me no wine) and Graeme Edge (Higher and higher), If any of them contribute instrumentals, the credits don't say.

Nights in white satin, being the outstanding song, is inevitably one of the highlights. It is one of five tracks on which John Cowan sings lead vocals; he is clearly a fine singer who I need to investigate further.

I've not come across Jan Harvey before, but she does well on It's up to you and Say it with love. Her daughter Emma was only 8 when she recorded Voices in the sky, but given the quality of the other tracks, you can be sure that track would have been omitted if it wasn't up to standard. I's a quite remarkable performance for a child of that age. Vince Gill (I know you're out there) and Ricky Skaggs (You and me) each sing lead vocal on one track.

I am familiar with some of these songs, particularly via the compilation The Singles+, which I own. I'll confess that I don't play it as often as it deserves and this very differently styled collection will inspire me to play the original Moody Blues more often.

I could continue enthusing about this collection for a while yet, but the seemingly unlikely combination of Moody Blues songs and bluegrass stylings clearly works for me.
4.0 out of 5 stars So Have You Heard? 11 Sep 2014
By Grateful Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a budget priced release made up of Moody Bluegrass (2004) and Two Much Love (2011) on Bunny Rae Records and distributed by Red River Entertainment. I think that both of the original releases might still be available individually as I saw them not that long ago still being sold somewhere. The packaging for this two cd version is really cheap. The songs are generally well done and the second disc Two Much Love has Justin, John, Graeme and Mike guesting on different songs. There are a few spots where it turns into sort of generic bluegrass. A few big names turn up here including Peter Rowan. In fact, the version of It's Cold Outside Of Your Heart would appear on Justin's Spirits album which was being recorded around the time that this was. If you like the Moodies and like bluegrass, it's a cool listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Good Translation of Moody Blues Songs 20 Jan 2014
By David Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a Moody Blues fan, not a Bluegrass fan but I like it when I hear it. I learned about this double album by listening to Justin Hayward's recent album, and reading the notes that came with it. I am glad that I bought this album. The vocals are first rate and have the expected country twang. A variety of singers expertly deliver these familiar songs in a winning fashion. The instrumental accompaniments are the strength of this album. I really liked the crisp presentation of these songs. It is great to hear how well these songs were translated to this art form. It made me want to get out all of my Moodies albums and listen to them one more time. Justin, John and Graeme provide lead vocals on 3 different tracks, and Ray plus Mike provide instrumentals on Dear Diary. However, these bluegrass artists carry this music on their own.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but Justin does bluegrass on his own much better.. 26 Aug 2014
By flying Burrito Daddy - Published on Amazon.com
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Hit and miss here.

I believe if Justin would go full bore into this genre and re-record a whole album of old Moodies, then we will have a 5 star classic! His 3 bluegrass renderings on Spirits of the Western Sky are very good, love all the overlapping acoustic guitars and mandolins.
He does this genre very well, but I would rather here him singing instead of some of these twangers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
By William G Shipp - Published on Amazon.com
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Great service from the seller-outstanding songs,well done in the BlueGrass way.
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