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The Magnificent Moodies CD
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Most of these recordings seem to utilise Mike Pinder's piano as the focal point, especially their sole major hit, 'Go Now'. There are a handful of Laine/Pinder songs on the album, plus several more among the fourteen bonus tracks culled from single releases. While the album is quite strong, especially 'I'll Go Crazy', 'I Don't Mind', 'Let Me Go' and 'Go Now', the bonus tracks are mostly bland. It isn't hard to see why they needed a makeover. What isn't in doubt is the quality of the recordings or the band's performances. Worth a listen if you like the genre.
This release from Esoteric comes in two versions – I have the two CD version – the single disc is a little cheaper and features just the first disc of the double set. This disc consists of the Magnificent Moodies album, the UK release, along with single A & B sides, EP tracks and an unreleased version of Go Now! The second disc in the double set features previously unreleased material along with BBC recordings and some Denny Cordell sessions from 1966 and is one for the real fans of the band. Whether you purchase the one or two disc CD version you will ONLY get the first disc via AutoRip to your Amazon music library – this is not made clear in the Product Description!
One of Amazon's best music reviewers, Mark Barry, has written one of his highly detailed reviews for this album so I will not duplicate all that information here but recommend checking the review from December 2014. The Magnificent Moodies is not like the band's later work but is just a decent mid-sixties album – the singles featured here are much stronger material even though not big sellers at the time. Who knows what this line-up may have achieved with a couple more hits – but that could have meant we would never have had the band's Mark 2 catalogue and I'm sure most of us wouldn't want to change that!Read more ›
Even if their 1965 debut album doesn't musically come anywhere near reflecting the sound THE MOODY BLUES acquired circa 1967's "Days Of Future Passed" (and stayed with for the whole of their lengthy career) - you have to admire Esoteric Recordings and their full-throated reissue of their Sixties Pop debut - it's properly gorgeous and then some. If only some of the major labels would pay attention to the superlative presentation that's on offer here...
Housed in a glossy 5" Mini Box Set, it features top-class remasters from original 4-track master tapes (including rare STEREO versions on Disc 2), a monstrous 43 bonus tracks (29 of which are Previously Unreleased), a lavishly annotated 24-page booklet, three black and white postcards with fan-club info on the rear and even a foldout colour poster rammed on the flip side with a memorabilia montage that will thrill fans to their little cotton socks. Both CDs are picture discs housed in different card artwork - and it doesn't cost £49.99 but twelve quid - wow!
There's tons of material to get through here - so onwards towards that dreamy Threshold (if you know what I mean)... UK released 15 December 2014 (January 2015 in the USA) - "The Magnificent Moodies" is an 'Official 50th Anniversary 2CD Edition' on Esoteric Records ECLEC 22473 (Barcode 5013929457348) and breaks down as follows (all songs are MONO except Tracks 21 to 29 on Disc 2 which are in STEREO):
Disc 1 (74:41 minutes):
1. I'll Go Crazy
2. Something You Got
3. Go Now
4. Can't Nobody Love You
5. I Don't Mind
6. I've Got A Dream
7. Let Me Go [Side 2]
9. Thank You Baby
10. It Ain't Necessarily So
11. True Story
12.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In perfect condition and arrived in very good time. I was however disappointed because it didn't have the type of songs that I know they had made a lot of, and it was very much... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alice
Can't knock the music and this remaster improves on the quality of previous releases. However, beware: the original master tapes distort in places (notably the piano on Go Now) and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Wade
This is what a remaster should be. Great packageing and some very rare music. Have every Moody Blues record and most of this stuff too, but still have never heard a few of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Flipper602
Fantastic - I didn't like this album until now. Wonderful restoration of a very good debit album. OK the great albums came after this, but this stands on its own as a fine record.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really great booklet, & a couple of good songs - at the price, it was "just" worth getting.Published 10 months ago by jse