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Hayward and Lodge hit rock bottom
, 14 July 2005
This review is from: December (Audio CD)
For a band that made a string of wonderful, classic albums in the late sixties and early seventies, and some pretty good stuff subsequently, this release shows how far they have lost their way. While the sound quality is sparkling, of the few original songs, only Justin Hayward's December Snow is worthy of inclusion on a Moody Blues album. The other originals are poor outtakes from Strange Times. As for the rest, who needs it? Happy Christmas (War is Over) is a pale imitation of the original and White Christmas is a dire caberet remake of a great song. This album is truly awful - and I have every Moody Blues album and have seen them more than 30 times over four decades. As for Ballads, the compilation December was paired with in the UK - it is another thrown together compilation of the usual few songs found on Moodies best of's, missing out great songs like The Actor, Never Comes The Day etc. in favour of the obvious choices. It is badly mastered and not from recent digital remasters. If you are a true fan of the Moody Blues avoid this at all costs. What a terrible end to the career of what was once such an influential band.
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