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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00000JSBD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Strange Times (Album Version) 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Words You Say (Album Version) 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Little Lovely (Album Version) 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Forever Now (Album Version) 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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MOODY BLUES Strange Times (1999 UK 14-track CD with picture sleeve including English Sunset Love Dont Come Easy Forever now. The sound features acoustic guitar slightly processed electric guitar light organ flute and string arrangements. The exception may be the opening track English Sunset which is arguably one of the fastest most emotionally charged and synthesizer-laden Moody Blues songs ever recorded. The CD remains in fantastic condition and shows minimal evidence of being played)

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It figures that the Moody Blues' dignified brand of pop rock would age well. The group's second studio album of the 1990s--its first in eight years--reveals a veteran foursome still capable of delivering sophisticated goods in a satisfying manner. The 57-minute package, the first self-produced recording the group has released since this current line-up formed in the mid-60s, takes a yearning, cautiously optimistic view of our modern state of being and adorns it with a pleasant sheen of mature energy. The sound ranges from politely symphonic to playfully Beatles-esque. Strange Times, in fact, offers a few nods to the Moody Blues' storied history, even including a spoken-word coda by Graham Edge à la Days of Future Past. (The poetic content is a bit baffling, though.) Justin Hayward is in fine voice, and the album's up-tempo pieces ("Foolish Love," "The One," "English Sunset") rate as highlights Though a touch too sweet in places, Strange Times is an engaging listen for long-time fans. --Terry Wood

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Cheatle on 26 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who lost sight of the Moodies in the late 80s or early 90s and gave them up as merely a touring band,"Strange times" is an excellent way to be reintroduced to the melodic masters of five decades.Their best album since "Long Distance Voyager", "ST" has all the hallmarks of a classic Moodies album.

Justin Haywards songwriting and vocals have lost nothing over the years-those who heard him in 2006 on The Moodies or War of the Worlds tours will testify to that-and he is in standout form here.From the punchy techno beat of "English Sunset" to the exquisite beauty of "The Swallow" Justin delivers the class and style that mark him out as one of the great English songwriters,singers and guitarists of the past 50 years-he is that good!

The Hayward/Lodge collaborations on the title track( overlooked single material) and the quirky "The One" also pack a punch as does the uplifting"Sooner or Later".Graeme Edges "Nothing Changes" has the hallmark Moodies poetry meets Classic Rock sound and it is only on Lodges four slower numbers that things drag a little(although there are some nice touches and strong melodies here too).Time also for Ray Thomas to sign off his Moodies recording career with the charming "My Little Lovely".

Since this album the Moodies have continued into the new decade with a soundtrack("Journey into Amazing Caves" 2001),their first holiday themed album("December" 2003) and two excellent live outings("Hall of Fame"2000 and "Lovely to See You" 2006).Critics have been writing The Moodies off since 1968 and with a new album in the works,further SACD releases imminent,BBC sessions and an Isle of wight concert CD/DVD all due this year its fair to say that our beloved Band are still ,thankfully,searching for that lost chord and will outlast their detractors.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 4 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Moody Blues bounced back with this very pleasant album in 1999 and went on tour to promote it. Some excellent tracks herein such as the opener 'English Sunset', 'Words you say' and 'Strange times', the title track. Ray Thomas even gets a short nursery rhyme style track 'My little lovely' - shame it's so short. The albums piece de resistance for me is the final track. Written by Edge, it's a fantastic spoken vocal telling of being here, now and forever and nothing changes..and then in comes the vocals from Justin and the final 'sting' is that "life is just a simple game"...which of course was a Moody Blues penned hit for the Four Tops in the early 70s. A lovely touch and food for thought...life is just a simple game...well I guess it is. Enjoy the record, it's not the best thing ever recorded but it is well worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joan-Violet VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
My favourite on this album is Swallow a gentle Justin Hayward no. simple and true lyrics with a reflection of Driftwood. I love Wherever You Are... this is a very good John Lodge no. I used this song on a slide show of my old precious Photographs the words seem to fall into the right places on the right photos...strange? All That is Real is You a Justin Hayward no that really gets to me I love it...a bit in reflection of Nights In White satin with..Oh How I Love You..nice. Foolish love another Justin Song ..very strong. John Lodge's Forever Now is an interesting concept of eternity and very moving..makes you think.
Haunted by Justin is catchy and upbeat with that eerie feel about it. The Album as a whole is an excellant long awaited release taking the Moody Blues into the new century as a formost rock band. I purchased this album when I saw them live in the early Spring of 2000 at The Empire Theatre in Liverpool..they were a sensation that night...the following May they appeared live at The Royal Albert Hall I have the DVD of that performance its a wow of a show. enjoy the album, a timeless collection of songs...with it's brilliant creative album sleeve reflecting time and the sea, in shades of blue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the M&B5 for 25 years now - "Octave" was a 15th birthday present in 1978, after which I sought out the entire back catalogue and then subsequent new stuff. This is the best thing since "The Present" (1983) . Since then, we've had to make do with some poor albums (1 or 2 tracks good and the rest forgettable) and umpteen compilations (why? - all that was needed was "This is the Moodies, pt2"!).
English Sunset evokes the late 60's material and the next few tracks raise your spirits, like the sun coming out on a dull day. Pity that John Lodge (great guitarist) then takes on a number of bland songs beyond his limited vocal range - why has Ray Thomas been so sparingly used over the years?
But it all comes right in the end coutesy of Justin and then Graham Edge evoking Days of Future Past (contrived it may be but they deserve to get away with it).
What next? Well, with the handful of great tracks here plus "Driftwood" and "The Day We meet Again" from "Octave", not forgetting the best of the years in between, I'd say "This is the Moodies Pt 2" is there for the making!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
For this long time Moody Blues fan the band were never quite the same after the departure of Mike Pinder , though the albums immediately following that all had moments to cherish, indeed "Long Distance Voyager" was arguably superior to Pinders last "Octave" . After "The Present" I rather lost touch with the band though a mate in a rare moment of generosity lent me a copy of "Sur La Mer" which was as dreadful as the title suggested and confirmed that I had indeed been right to abdicate my loyalty to the band . However reading the other reviews on Amazon , and taking into account the bargain price I decided to investigate their 1999 album Strange Times . And now I am torn , For while Strange Times has it moments and it was great to hear new material by the band I couldn't help feeling it was all a little too bland.
Self produced Strange Times is a polished collection of pop/soft rock hybrids with some draped orchestration and keyboards courtesy of Danilo Madonia. Most of the tracks are written by either Justin Hayward or John Lodge -three tracks are co-written but there are one each for Ray Thomas-the pretty but slightly odd and mawkish little ditty for his grandson "My Little Lovely - and Graeme Edge . Edge gives us one of his would be profound poems that harks back to the bands past while welcoming the new millennium . For some reason it's actually one of my favourite things off the album .....nostalgia I suppose.
The majority of the album drifts by very nicely indeed but isn't especially memorable . It's all consummately glossy and proficient but it lacks dynamic range.
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