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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and moody and ultimately simple.., 4 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Strange Times (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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Initial post: 4 Oct 2015 19:56:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Oct 2015 20:01:36 BDT
Algy says:
'A Simple Game' was a 1968 Moody Blues gem written & sung by Mike Pinder - originally a single 'B' side, it's included on 'This is The Moody Blues' 2LP/CD ( another then unissued version that featured Justin Hayward on Lead vocal was also recorded as they considered it as a single at one point)

- later the Four Tops successfully covered it

curious & a nice touch that Graeme Edge concludes his 1999 poem/song 'Nothing Changes' by quoting the long retired Mike Pinder's words as if The Moodies are reaffirming their place in their musical world ....

Thereafter they became a touring band (virtually in effect their own 'tribute band')

pity this strong song filled album (albeit with perhaps now a little dated techno production aspects) was never followed up by any further proper studio albums (bar one Xmas themed package album) as the band were always chiefly an album orientated outfit and their thoughtful albums are much missed...
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