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For any Moody Blues fan, there is no bad DVD. For the casual fan, you would still be charmed by this live performance. Void of the sometimes overbearing orchestration, the Moody Blues prove they are truly a rock band that can perform on their own. Remember that this is 1991 and 5.1 DTS was not available, so the sound quality is not perfect, but is more than adequate. The visual quality is not up to the par of the “Albert Hall” performance, but it is in letterbox format, which makes a world of difference. Ray Thomas gives a truly standout performance with a great version of his “Legend Of A Mind” and “Tuesday Afternoon” never sounded so true to the original. This concert was to promote the “Keys To The Kingdom “ album, which, I must admit, is not their strongest album. However, “Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back)” is a great song. This DVD set is great in that it doesn’t seem to have been heavily reedited nor have the sound distorted, other than a very crisp and loud Hayward guitar. Granted, these are the big standout hits, unlike the more recent “Lovely To See You”, but it is a grand performance. It feels and sounds raw and real!
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on 11 June 2005
I first saw the Moodies in the early seventies. At their peak, they were a terrific live band, even if the choice of songs for live shows has always been a bit predictable. This concert was recorded on the 'Tour of the Kingdoms' promoting their first new studio album in three years. Patrick Moraz had left, taking with him his over excessive keyboard style, and this tour was possibly their strongest ever live line up. Paul Bliss had recently joined on second keyboards along with Gordon Marshall on second drums, and with two female backing singers, the band had a full and expansive sound which is captured well here.
The show has enormous energy and, unlike today, the band really look like they are enjoying playing live; Nights in White Satin includes Justin Hayward's beautiful held note at the end which is lost from later versions with the orchestra, and the whole of Ray Thomas' flute solo on Legend of a Mind is included rather than being edited out as on the Hall of Fame DVD. On some tracks, such as Lean On me, the mix is a bit rough, but if anything this adds to the live feel - there do not appear to be any overdubs.
The band went on to do the Red Rocks show and several orchestral tours and still tour regularly. They have never again captured the sound, feel and energy of this line up. Ray Thomas has now gone, replaced by Norda Mullens, a superb flute player, but the loss of Ray's beautiful baritone voice has left a big hole in the harmonies. Graeme Edge contributes far less than he did, and with only Paul Bliss on keyboards, their current live sound is a lot thinner. The band are more like a caberet act on a grand scale today, with endless tours and little energy covering much the same set list; going through the motions to keep the pension funds topped up. Compared with so many of their contemporaries - Brian Wilson, McCartney, the Stones, Crosby and Nash etc. - the Moodies have not worn well in the last decade, either live or in the studio, and their legacy has sadly been damaged as a result. This DVD captures them when they were still a terrific rock band and is well worth buying.
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on 18 February 2014
An enjoyable trip to the Moody's past, listen and watch what music was like before the evolution of today's mega productions with much less "equipment"
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on 26 June 2013
I was a big fan of the Moody Blues and have enjoyed othe music DVDs I have purchased. Unfortunately, the sound on this recording leaves a lot to be desired.
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on 7 October 2014
Great Item, as described, many thanks, 10/10, A++++++++++
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on 9 January 2015
sound production was a little poor
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For any Moody Blues fan, there is no bad DVD. For the casual fan, you would still be charmed by this live performance. Void of the sometimes overbearing orchestration, the Moody Blues prove they are truly a rock band that can perform on their own. Remember that this is 1991 and 5.1 DTS was not available, so the sound quality is not perfect, but is more than adequate. The visual quality is not up to the par of the “Albert Hall” performance, but it is in letterbox format, which makes a world of difference. Ray Thomas gives a truly standout performance with a great version of his “Legend Of A Mind” and “Tuesday Afternoon” never sounded so true to the original. This concert was to promote the “Keys To The Kingdom “ album, which, I must admit, is not their strongest album. However, “Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back)” is a great song. This DVD set is great in that it doesn’t seem to have been heavily reedited nor have the sound distorted, other than a very crisp and loud Hayward guitar. Granted, these are the big standout hits, unlike the more recent “Lovely To See You”, but it is a grand performance. It feels and sounds raw and real!
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