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3.0 out of 5 stars Seventh so-so............., 22 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Seventh Sojourn (Audio CD)
Well this was just about the Moodies' last worthwhile effort -and by worthwhile I mean there are just about enough half decent tracks on this album to make it worth listening to. You & Me and Land of Make-Believe stand out for me as the best two, and When you're a Free Man and Lost in a Lost World are acceptable compositions even though I never really rated Mike Pinders' songwriting.Nothing personal Mike,just wish you had stuck to playing the mellotron. However the two single releases are terrible. I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll band sounds as corny as the title suggests despite a reasonable guitar riff from John Lodge,and Isn't Life Strange is just the most dire song imaginable, although I can't even comment on For my Lady and New Horizons except to say that they were the forerunners of the flimsy material to follow from this once great band. It gives me no pleasure at all to criticise them,being the first band I ever loved as a tender teenager but the dissapointment of their demise still haunts me to this day. Farewell Justin,John,Ray,Mike and Graeme,I'm glad I knew you but I will forever be in search of the lost band.
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2012 01:52:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2012 02:06:37 BDT
ART says:
If you never really rated Mike Pinder's song writing, why therefore do you think that
"this, (Seventh Sojourn) was just about the Moodies last worthwhile effort"? Answer,
because Mike left the band during the recording of Octave, and were pretty well semi
-detached before then.

Without Mike's song writing and arrangement skills, Nights In White Satin would not
be the phenomena it is, Mike wrote the magical inner parts, as Justin is happy to
admit.......Listen again to the introduction of You and Me, the chamberlain part over
Justin's guitar, its a completely different theme to the main song, composed by Mike.
It is repeated 3 times in the first minute and doesnt re-appear again, but what a diff
-erence it makes!! Justin relied on Mike to "make-sense" of his tunes, and without
him.........well, I can forgive the Moodies anything for the core 7.

Mike Pinder was the heart and soul of this band, a father figure, until he edited him
self out of their future. Without him, the other band members had no one to look up
to, and nobody to impress, so they stopped trying...........

I have an anecdote for you: in Nov 1972, I rushed home with this album and couldnt
get beyond Lost In A Lost World, it is so mighty. Listen to the rhythm, its advanced
for the 1980's, but for 1972, extraordinary! Not one contemporary review that I read,
understood it. Up yours, the NME. It is as unique as the Moodies were unique, now
turn on the radio, and its virtually all acute rhythms or scratchy guitar against
a soaring string or synth sound. The Moodies sound has had so many re-treads,
created by others, that today's musicians dont even know the origin of the sound.
Well, that origin aint Kraftwerk. The main protagonist is Mike Pinder.

Perhaps you might change your mind about Mike's talents........

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2012 13:46:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2012 13:48:32 BDT
Zomby Woof says:
I guess I will have to stand corrected. Thanks for the constructive criticism of my review--I didn't realise that Mike Pinder was so responsible for the overall Moodies sound.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2012 21:14:16 BDT
ART says:
You have accepted the criticism with good grace, it doesnt always
happen that way! I generally do not challenge an opinion on what
Moody Blue's tracks are good or bad, fans can never agree, but
believe strongly, that Mike's talent is generally over looked, in the
wider world, and including by musicians that should know better......

The Moodies indulged in a lot of uncredited co-writing. on In Search
Of The Lost Chord there are 3 tracks by Justin, but only one which
is part credited to Ray, despite the fact that Ray wrote flute parts for
all 3. Conversely, Justin quite clearly wrote the extensive guitar solo
for Ride My See-saw, credited to John.

I suspect that an accommodation was reached, whereby the original
creator of an idea, had his, and his name only, credited.

I think a joint credit normally refers to lyrics and music written by
different band members, except Procession, which was intended to
emphasise a band collaboration.

The Moodies were a democratic band, unlike The Who, with
Townshend walking away with virtually all the writing credit and all
the royalties!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 11:00:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2012 11:07:21 BDT
Zomby Woof says:
Perhaps you would like to give me some more constructive criticism on my review of EGBDF. You will see that another contributor has stated that my opinion 'sucks', but my comments on these two albums are based on what I felt at the time of their release. I was around 15-16 at the time and absolutely crazy about the bands previous albums, and my opinions of the band have changed little since then.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 12:49:40 GMT
T. Davies says:
"You have accepted the criticism with good grace, it doesnt always happen that way!"

That's because Moodys' fans are a breed apart ;-)

Off to see them in Ipswich again this June, can't wait!
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