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The Present
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on 10 October 2014
Sound quality is very good arrived in good time packaged as usual in good condition. Some how this album passed me by at the time of release so I mist it first time round but I'm glad I got it, some songs are really good and remind me of the Moodies of old, recommended if your a fan and missed it like me.
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on 25 February 2014
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 thing I know it's 5 star moody at there best and my fellow kitchen staff loved hearing it being played
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on 11 February 2013
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..this will get listened to over and over..Thank you for your wonderful contribution to my music collection
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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. Best of all Is "Meet Me Halfway " a Hayward /Lodge collaboration with wonderful vocal interplay and that irresistible aching lamenting quality of all the best Moody Blue tracks
The Hayward ballads "Cold Outside Of Your Heart " and "Running Water " are typically lovely , the more rudimentary pop of "Under My Feet " is thoroughly enjoyable and the Ray Thomas ballad "Sorry " is cheesy MOR but classy cheesy MOR. The military percussion led "Hole In The World " is just odd and "I Am" is the obligatory Thomas track that makes you wonder how it ever got on the album .
The Present like Long Distance Voyager before it is an album that starts very strongly and then tails off towards the end . Like another reviewer points out it's pure MOR but it's no where near as bad that reviewer makes out. Like any genre of music , some is good ,some bad ,some hovering in-between .This is mostly quality MOR. Like a huge comfortable pillow smelling very faintly of some exotic herb. The loss of Mike Pinder certainly robs the band of his contemplative moody mellotron tones but the sound while more contemporary than what has gone before still has that reassuring richness and effulgence of melody without being too trite or toe curling .Well....for the most part anyway.
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on 27 March 2014
If you are a Moody Blues Fan this is another album which needs to be in your collection, Brilliant Album.
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on 5 September 2014
Not their finest but has some great songs on it.....this denotes the end of an era for me....
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on 12 December 2014
Arrived as promised - not as good as their earlier albums.
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on 17 April 2015
Great present for husband he was really pleased
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on 15 November 2014
Where the Moodies morph into ELO, but it works!
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on 10 July 2015
delivery great content not great......
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