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"we've already said...." Quintessential Swinging 60's with DENNY LAINE in the limelight The Magnificent Moodies,
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"we've already said...."
Quintessential Swinging 60's with DENNY LAINE in the limelight
The Magnificent Moodies: Easy to love and difficult to hate.
When it comes to 60's you can't go about saying EVERYTHING 60's equals great anything current scene equals S*** the reality is not like that. In the end we are still not talking about spiritual elevation but of pop, someone can say MMT by the Beatles is pure class, I can't agree at all, at least not about the set of MMT songs as a whole.
Point is it is not for everyone. To the chase with this one:
Magnificent Moodies however is adored by Denny Laine fans but still remains , despite the fact you might not even know who he is (don't confuse Denny Laine with the song ` Penny Lane' by the way). It's still more a something for everyone release without any fuss in effort to really `get it' If you want a `different kind' of album from the said decade try `Bull of The Woods' `Smiley Smile' or why not the `Wedding album' it seems promising if you like avant garde. I also reviewed George Harrison's debut Wonderwall the other day, that's one of those beyond compare LP's of 60's.
Again, provided you are into that type of thing. `Magnificent Moodies `is nevertheless still magnificent and very much a quintessential swinging 60's release, apart from Go Now I was initially taken by the snippets I had heard of Boulevard de La Madeleine, albeit in much worse sound quality than it is presented in here.
This is stellar stuff even if it is not the album that you listen to through and through and get an ethereal feeling about it for - like some people can relate to when the fully `Get' say what `Pet Sounds' is really about.
The above said is not to put the nail in the coffin for Moodies, it is just to give you some idea of what to expect - nothing else. You say - Denny Laine Moodies must be a plethora of band like them, I say well true, but to me Moodies still sum up the essence of the era, with compassion and commitment, not unlike fellow brumbeat act `Applejacks' although Moodies tend to sound a little bit more `hard working' when their at it.
With all the original album tracks first and after it you have the singles, mind you
you have to know you will be in for quite some playing duration, and must already have an interest in deeply investigating similar releases(like `Nashville Teens' Tobacco Road), Regardless you are also free to do like I do now, dip in, a little bit here, a little bit there. It is said the aforementioned `Boulevard' eminates from the time when Laine went to Spain and explored his Romani heritage, and it is the most sophisticated and refined track in the set, and lyrically it's both witty and emotionally put together, the delivery is swift, and sweet. `Boulevard' sums up everything that is great about this band but in smaller dosage, for those who find it difficult to `catch the drift' of the rest of the repertoire. I like the Magnificent Moodies, it is also jangly like Byrds, but somewhat lighter, if that is an apt term for it (you won't get any `Bell's of Ryhmney'. Moodies however provide a solid ground , but not the least heavy in sound, i.e. very easily listenable.
To make the above approach to work work also takes talent.
Even if this album it's not eclectic or pop art, there still rests some unmistakeable talent behind the making of Magnificent Moodies: emotive lyrics, exquisite vocal performances and frankly just a `solid groove' in lack of a better term.
'The Final Say'
All things considered thus I have a feeling YOU are going to like it, there is no question, it's under the right
LK 4711 Vinyl LP (2013)