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The Present [CD]

The Moody Blues Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001HMEU7O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD Remastered & Expanded

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Present one of the Moody Blues finest albums 12 Jan 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Brilliant album. I believe this is one of their finest albums and that includes the core 7. Wonderful songs.Tehnically breathtaking. They rock or can make you cry. Running Water is a superb ballad and I think one of Justin Haywards best.Why do the Moodies think this is a bad album and refuse to play any of the music from the album at any of their concerts? Recorded 20 years ago and sounds fresh today as it did then. Superb.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb 28 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is by far my favourite Moody Blues album and one of my favourite albums of all time. There is not a single track that will disappoint here from the Rock and Roll classics such as 'Blue World' and 'Sitting by the Wheel' to the quietly reflective 'Running Water' and 'Sorry'. If you like Justin Hayward's music or The Moody Blues at all then buy this album!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Moody Blues were never going to be as good once quasi - mystic mellotron noodler Mike Pinder left the band. For a start they lost one of their strongest song writers and replaced him with bouffant topped knob twiddler Patrick Moraz who contributed...well lots of knob twiddling I suppose. Still the Present is by no means a bad album . Its just not up there with the bands best.
Released in 1983 it's the second album to feature Moraz after errr the other one Long Distance Voyager, and the album see's the band embrace many of the significant aspects of the times with the lush synth textures, plump bass lines and shiny production courtesy of Pip Williams . Lest this terrify any fans of the Moody Blues earlier work not familiar with this album there are still lots of crystal clear chords wonderful vocals and terrific songs .
"Blue World " with it's wavering keyboard lines and squelchy electronic bass spine may have ,at the time signalled a brave step into the future ( or the present !) for the band but the plea from Justin Hayward ( in fine voice as ever ) for a world in which everyone cares more for their fellow man ( or woman ) is a classic Moody's theme . Indeed the first four tracks of this album are great. "Sitting At The Wheel " is John Lodge in typical rocker mode and goes with a real swing led by a zesty keyboard melody and Graeme Edges "Going Nowhere " once again signifies him as an under-rated contributor to the bands cannon of songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult Favorite... 14 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
For years "The Present" was heralded as an insignificant album for the Moody Blues. Some people felt it was rushed to cash in on the success of "Long Distance Voyager". However, slowly but, surely, this album has crept up from the backbone of the fans to become one of the Moody's most memorable albums and has developed a cult following of fans that would love to hear at least a cut or two from this LP included in their live show. "Sitting at the Wheel", "Blue World", & "Running Water" quickly come to mind.

Anyone with an eye for art would have picked up on the take off of Maxfield Parrish's "Daybreak" as the album cover. Making some fans covet the vinyl album even more and some to want it on Vinyl to get the FULL EFFECT of the artwork of the cover (something that is sadly lacking in cd's and mp3's).

Music fans today who are not into Vinyl have no idea what they're missing but they are catching on quickly!

"The Present" has some fine guitar work from Justin, some incredible bass work from John, and Patrick Moraz on the keyboards really make this album shine.
It's still one of my favorites as time passes, it's becoming more and more THE "classic" or "favorite" of many of the fans due to the overlooked work on this album that is easily appreciated after a few listens. Be surprised. Good Moody Blues On This CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Present 3 Nov 2013
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This Album was quite a "departure" from their old style of music as I've only got it on vinyl I had forgotten what it was like ... even after all these years it is still very "fresh" sounding
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Brought back memories instilled by the original vinyl LP. Very enjoyable and will hopefully cause many more pleasurable hours of listening.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 15 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to the band, outside of Nights... and Tuesday Afternoon, didn't come until Long Distance Voyager. For me the aforementioned title and The Present are Classic Moodies and deserve to be placed along side the Classic Seven. Glad to see it's finally been remastered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Present 27 Mar 2014
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If you are a Moody Blues Fan this is another album which needs to be in your collection, Brilliant Album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I only had this on mc cassete in 80s n looking forward too vinyl...
brilliant lp I mind in 80s on a country bus my ghetto blaster playing sitting at the wheel rock n roller :) going nowhere etc it's a long time since I heard this lp through one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Another great Cd from One of Britain`s greatest artists This music should never be forgotten so go out and buy it
Published 11 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars The Present - Moody Blues
1st Listening: This blew me away...a great album..great songs...IF you are going to buy one-buy this one...they werent having an off day here, full of great stuff.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. D. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody Blues - The Present
This CD is good quality with a melodic pop, well written and nice melodies. This CD along with Long Distance Voyager form two of the 80 albums that deserve to be known. Read more
Published 18 months ago by José Henrique
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some people say...
I Have just listened to this after not playing it for many years - I can see why some people run it down but to be honest, what we have here is a typical "2nd period" Moodies... Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by mariopops
Welcome to the second Moodies album of the Eighties, two years after the release of 'Long Distance Voyager'. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2011 by J. McCarraher
5.0 out of 5 stars moodies as good as ever
ifound this album as good as any moodies previous releases, although every good boy is my ultimate favourite, ifeel that "the present" has great content, the songs are good. Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by A. Peers
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