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Painting the Island Blue
on 30 July 2012
It's a shame that the Moodys aren't given the credit that they deserve. I think it may be that, as with The Who influenced the English Punk movement of the late seventies, Prog Rock owns a large dept to The Moody Blues, but unfortunately is a way-less cool genre of music.
Ok, to the album. It has a great rag-bag feel to the sound, which makes a nice chance to the usual polished studio versions of these songs.
"Question" uses electric instead of acoustic guitars, creating an great AC/DC style riff (excellent!).
You also get expanded versions of "Have you Heard" & "Legend of a Mind" & an absolutely raucous finale with "Ride My See Saw", played at a brake neck speed.
My only criticism of that album is that there's no talking between the songs, which would have given the occasion a greater sense of its importance.