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Keys Of The Kingdom...A very deep and spiritual feeling to this album. I particulary love, Bless These Wings.. it digs at your emotions..Is this Heaven does the same in a more refined sense, Hope and Pray Takes you to higher levels of thoughts within the very soul. I love Ray Thomas' Celtic Sonant it's beautiful and at the end of the Album the rare combination of Justin & Ray penned Never Blame The Rainbows For The Rain...This no. could hit the charts if the Moodies released it now...its hit material catchy thought provoking and the music is Pure Moodies class...On the whole this Album reflects the more spiritual side of the Moody Blues a very important side of their music...buy it you must or lose out on a brilliant set of songs.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2012 15:41:44 BDT
Christopher Nash says:
Completely agree. Now that the plastic soulless 80s were mercifully over, the band began it's climb back here, and this was followed by the magnificent Strange Times. Welcome back, the Moody Blues.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 23:46:12 BDT
Gr8 comment, so very true and still now since I wrote this Rainbows can b released as a single more so
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2013 16:14:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Feb 2013 16:54:09 GMT
not sure I fully agree with that - they still made some fine music in the 80's notably on 'Long Distance Voyager' and songs like; 'Running Water', 'Blue World', 'Your Wildest Dream' & 'I Know Your Out There Somewhere', 'Deep' were pretty decent efforts - while this album has the rather naff 'Say What You Mean What You Say What You Mean What you....' where Hayward's spoken narration is embarressing (odd as both Graeme Edge & earlier Mike Pinder had excelled at the spoken word passages on Moodies' albums ....)
Moodies Drummer Graeme Edge once apparently called this album; 'A Load of old B *llocks !' - which is harsh and incorrect - but then maybe he was miffed as he had NO song on it ?
it rather lacks a coherant style I feel...to me it appears 'choppy' even tho' 85% full of Hayward & Lodge songs unlike the wonderful 'flow' of earlier Moodies 'core seven' & 'Blue Jays', even LDV albums and in this respect harks back to the disjointed feel of some parts of 'Octave' in 1978.
the tap dance song sounds much more another Hayward solo track (Like 'Top Rank Suite', 'It's Cold Outside of Your Heart' etc) than a Hayward Moodies song too ( a recurring common problem post 'Mike Pinder era' as Hayward & Lodge stretched themselves ever thinner....Ray Thomas effective absence in the mid 80's didn't help either...)
Here a few of the more 'traditional melodic' Moodies type songs shine through, notably 'Bless The Wings' (better here than the weaker single mix version) and 'Never Blame The Rainbows', and 'Hope And Pray' is nice..while 'Say it With Love' was a fine opening Hayward Moodies style track ...
'Once is Enough'...certainly is !! (virtually just the title repeated over & over it seems, pure 'padding') John Lodge's 'Shadows On The Wall' is basically just a re-hash of Lennon's 'Imagine' piano figure and the curiously heavy handed (for Moodies) brass driven 'Magic' sounds like a Lodge solo track too....in truth I suspect evidence of a band not sure of it's position in Rock, trying too hard to be 'contemporary' and ignoring their basic melodic strengths too much with differing producers etc...
By this time Mike Pinder & Tony Clarke (plus the underrated Derek Varnals) were all mere memories, but on the stronger songs the band under Hayward's leadership still sound impressive...
Ray Thomas' 'Celtic Sonent' was a breath of fresh air....only for the weaker more 'modern' tracks either side of it to emphasise the band's problems
On 'Strange Times' they did far more 'Moodies-ish' styled songs set to both an orchestral and modern keyboard sound which flowed far better, tho' again sadly Ray Thomas, on his Moodies swansong, was almost a passenger....
Posted on 8 Mar 2013 23:11:33 GMT
I still feel the same about this album despite the negative comments from some and rainbows as single material still stands with me.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2013 23:32:58 BDT
Oh I see, its not all sunshine and roses for the Moodies
once Mike left, after all. Funny that........because under
Time Traveller, Joey clearly gives the opposite
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 20:04:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2014 20:22:03 GMT
No Joey doesn't !!!
- IF you bother to read properly what Joey wrote...my posting on there was in line with what I say above !
notably re Hayward and Lodge having to 'stretch' themselves more and more... (as opposed to the two or three 'classics' they penned for earlier 'core seven' era albums) ...in order later to cover Mike Pinder's loss...Ray Thomas effective absence, and even Graeme Edge songs 'drying up'...thus while a few Hayward 'Moodies' gems such as; 'Bless The Wings', 'Hope And Pray', 'Say it With Love', Justin & Ray's superb 'Rainbows' etc plus Ray's most welcome first lone song in years 'Celtic Sonent' and John's 'Lean on Me' are fine...after that the 'solo' type songs are featured to fill out the album that are less 'Moodies style' songs (more 'solo album' type stuff) - which are the keys...to the style inconsistancy that Moodies albums - actually beginning back on 'Octave' (with Mike) in 1978 - all later seem to have as at least two major group composers, plus another decent one...were absent or effectively absent....and it shows !
Re their 80's fortunes however, bear in mind The band had a number one album LDV after Mike left...plus another two very big selling albums in 1986 and 1988, plus at least SIX CHART hit singles between 1981 and 1988 in the USA and UK...and later a very big selling live album/DVD 'Red Rocks'...plus a big selling 'Very Best of...' that charted...
'Keys of The Kingdom' actually charted as well in fact in 1991...
I never ever said it WAS 'all sunshine and roses' for The Moodies after Mike left so I'd ask you to kindly DON'T mis-quote me !
I gave an aptly 'Balanced' opinion on their overall career both with Mike and 'post Mike' eras...and of course it certainly was NOT 'all sunshine and roses' WITH Mike was it...? (the 1965-66 decline in chart fortunes, Hayward and Pinder composed 'flop' singles in 1967...reduced to being put on Decca's 'budget label' DSS....later 'Watching and Waiting' in 1969 flopped...etc plus a big section of the music press derision, R & R Hall of Fame 'snubbing them'...still ! )
I suggest you re-read my initial posting - carefully - and my further response to your 'reply' on that other thread !
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2014 20:26:29 GMT
I have not mis-quoted you, in fact i have not even quoted
you at all. Mine was only a 4 line post, surely you can
grasp the difference between a quote and giving the "the
opposite impression", as my post clearly states.
In fact, you have given me the opportunity of declining
your invitation to pick my way through the morass of
contradictions and irrelevant facts on the band, which is
my interpretation of your posts..........
Under 'Time Traveller', you give me the impression (thats
not a quotation or mis-quote, by the way, its an
IMPRESSION!) that you are contemporary with the band,
elsewhere you seem to be obsessively childish.
Obviously, we are both very fond of the band, and if you
just want to talk about the Moody Blues, then thats fine. I
will respond, but I have nothing to correct in my previous
comments, I stand by them. Further, I am certainly not
interested in just assuaging your ego for having dared to
contradict you, which is what I think is at the heart of both
your recent comments, here and elsewhere on Moodies
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